The anchor of the South African batting line up for close to a decade now, Faf du Plessis’ impressive stroke play has earnt him plaudits from around the world. His tendency to adapt his batting style based on the situation the team is in makes him a very valuable asset. Initially making a name for himself in the MTN Pro40 competition in 2010, his performances saw him earn his first call-up for the national side. Through the ups and downs, the South African cricket team has faced over the years, Faf has been one of the shining lights of this era. One of the most consistent and reliable batsmen in the world, the added responsibility of being captain has brought out the best in him.
|Name||Faf du Plessis|
|Date of Birth||13 July 1984|
|Height||5 feet 11 inches|
|Playing Role||Right-hand batsman|
Faf du Plessis made his debut back in early 2011 against India; a solid half-century sealed his spot in that year’s World Cup. Initially regarded as more of a hard-hitting finisher, over the years, the sheer range of his batting has come to the world’s notice. Every batsman has that one knock that cements their place in the side. For Faf, his performance in Adelaide during his test debut in 2012 was a game changer. His exceptional performance saw the Proteas salvage a draw and eventually win the series. This win handed them the ICC Test Championship mace.
|Format||Matches||Innings||Runs||Highest score||Average||Strike Rate||100||200||50||4s||6s|
Along with AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis has been one of the best batsmen for the Proteas in the past decade. The past few years have seen him take his game to a whole new level. His ability to move through the gears and see out wins with composed batting in high-pressure situations is second to none. Having played 143 ODIs, 64 Tests and 44 T20Is, he comes into any team with a solid pedigree. A modern-day South Africa legend, here are some of Faf du Plessis’ best international career stats:
Ever since his debut in the IPL with Chennai Super Kings back in 2012, he has been one of the best batsmen of his team. His stint with Rising Pune Supergiants may not have been the best, but that could be attributed to the lack of opportunities he was afforded. In this year’s IPL, he will once again dawn the yellow of CSK as they used their Right to Match card to steal him for a measly 1.6 crores.
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