Faf du Plessis Biography
Faf du Plessis can easily be called a modern phenomenon. Put him in the white flannels and he would grit it out, facing ball after ball for hours; hand him the coloured clothing and he can smash the ball to all parts of the ground. Like his friend and schoolmate AB de Villiers, du Plessis can adapt to any format with grace and stamp his authority.
An alumnus from the famous school Affies, du Plessis shot through the age groups and represented South Africa under-19s and also played for the Emerging Squad. However, in 2008, he opted to play for Lancashire under a Kolpak contract. Though he has made a name as a batsman over the years, he used to hone his leg-spin quite regularly in his younger days.
With his Lancashire days behind him, du Plessis eyed higher honours with South Africa. After a successful domestic season in 2010-11, he was called up to the ODI side and marked his debut with a fifty against India.
Picked for the World Cup that year, du Plessis was in the thick of things when South Africa were eliminated under embarrassing circumstances against New Zealand in the quarter-final. That year he was also picked for the Chennai Super Kings, where he has remained since. Du Plessis has opened the innings for them quite successfully.
However, du Plessis remarkable efforts in Test cricket is what has helped him make a name for himself. On debut, he battled through the last day against Australia at Adelaide to save the Test and make a ton. Then, a year later, his remarkable ton nearly pulled off a near-impossible run-chase against India at Johannesburg.
Along with de Villiers, he forms the fulcrum of South Africa’s batting line-up across formats. Du Plessis also captains South Africa’s T20I side and lead them to the semi-final of the ICC World T20 2014 in Bangladesh.
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