Former South African skipper Francois du Plessis, popularly referred to as ‘Faf’ du Plessis introduced his retirement from Check cricket. His choice to give up from the longest format of the sport got here on Wednesday, February 17. Du Plessis mentioned he now desires to deal with the shortest format for the subsequent two years.
The fitting-handed center order batsman and part-time leg spin bowler marked his ODI debut towards India in January 2011 at Cape City. And after a protracted wait, he was awarded a spot within the Check facet on the tour to Australia at Adelaide in 2012. Du Plessis performed in 69 Assessments for South Africa and scored 4,163 runs. Within the course of, he scored 10 centuries, 21 fifties and registered his highest rating of 199 in 2020. The 36-year outdated was handed the Check captaincy in December 2016 and assumed full-time captaincy in all codecs of the sport within the following yr. He has led the Pretorian facet in 32 Check matches, with 17 victories and boasts a hit charge of greater than 50 p.c.
He’s thought of as an orthodox, all-conditions method and a dogged method participant on the crease,which makes him an asset within the shortest type of the sport. He made his T20I debut towards England at Chester-le-Avenue, in 2012.
Because the calm and composed cricketer introduced his retirement from the lengthy format of the sport. We check out his prime 5 performances in Check cricket:
110 (not out) vs Australia, 2012
In his maiden Test match, Du Plessis smashed a profession defining knock towards Australia at Adelaide. He held the fort below immense strain, confirmed immense grit and resolve with AB de Villiers to grab an exhilarating draw on the ultimate day.
134 vs India, 2013
Faf du Plessis and de Villiers scored centuries as South Africa and India fought out an epic draw within the first Check on the Wanderers Stadium. Du Plessis’ 134 runs from 309 balls and De Villiers’ 103 off 168 deliveries shared a fifth wicket partnership of 205 runs — a world record for a fifth wicket stand within the fourth innings of a Check match.
135 (not out) vs Bangladesh, 2017
Throughout Bangladesh’s tour of South Africa, du Plessis joined his colleagues to smash an unbeaten 135 runs from 181 balls to put up a mammoth 573 for 4 (declared). His hundred was ably aided by 4 different Pretorian gamers who too scored 100 plus scores to present their facet huge victory by an innings and 254 runs.
120 vs Australia, 2018
Du Plessis overcame obstacles to attain a resolute ton which crushed Australia’s fourth Test hopes. The Proteas captain performed with a badly broken finger, below immense strain and a scathing Australia assault to put up his eighth Check century on day 4 of the fourth Check in Johannesburg. His excellent 120 runs (178 balls) that secured a historic sequence win towards the Aussies in their very own yard. He was out on a duck within the first innings.
199 vs Sri Lanka, 2020
Du Plessis narrowly missed a double century however as soon as once more proved that he is nonetheless the daddy for South Africa. However his career-best 199 put his staff in command on day three of the primary Check towards Sri Lanka. He additionally accomplished 4,000 Check runs, whereas additionally smashing his 10th hundred within the longest format.