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Faf du Plessis

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Leg break
Played for:
South Africa, Lancashire, Northerns, South Africa A, Titans, Chennai, South Africa Under-19, Melbourne Renegades
Roles played:
Skipper-T20 | Ex Skipper-ODI | Batsman
ICC Rank:
Batting:
23
Bowling:
0
Batting:
54
Bowling:
0
Batting:
6
Bowling:
0
Home country:
South Africa
Born:
July 13, 1984, Pretoria, Transvaal

Profile

Francois 'Faf' du Plessis was one of the four inexperienced players to be named in South Africa's 30-man preliminary squad for the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, thanks to an impressive half-century on ODI debut against India earlier that year. He was subsequently selected in the 15-man squad. The seven games he played in the tournament did not help him transpire his talent into performance as he managed to surpass 50 just once.

In 2008, du Plessis was given a six-month contract with Lancashire after impressing the board with good performances in local tournaments. He was known as one of the best fielders in county cricket, vouched by Lancashire coach Mike Watkinson. South Africa were in danger of losing another talented cricketer to England but a strong show in the 2010 domestic season was rewarded with a call-up against India in early 2011.

du Plessis, who was hardly known in India, took everyone by surprise when he was signed by Chennai for the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League, ahead of experienced cricketing stars like Brian Lara, Sourav Ganguly and Chris Gayle. The South African had a good first season with the franchise and in 2012, was one of the most successful run-scorers for the team. The team had enough faith to retain him for the following two seasons as well.

However, a dream Test debut awaited the talented batsman later that year against the dangerous Aussies which brought him success in his first taste of the longest format of the game. du Plessis was named in South Africa's Test squad, but wasn't included in the playing eleven for the first Test. Fortunately for him, JP Duminy was ruled out due to injury and that paved the way for his debut. du Plessis showed tremendous temperament and grit as he scored a patient fifty in the first innings, followed by a gutsy maiden Test ton in the second that helped the Proteas salvage a highly unlikely draw against Australia.

In 2013, the Protea was handed full-time T20I captaincy after being the stand-in skipper for AB de Villiers in a few games.
In the Test series against Pakistan in the UAE, du Plessis was found guilty of tampering the ball, rubbing it against the zip on the pocket of his trousers. He received criticism from many around the world, but his South African team-mates stood by him, claiming that none of the acts he was reprimanded for, were intentional.


Statistics

Show:
  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 14 22 996 3 52.42 43.26 3 4 137
ODI 47 45 1102 5 27.55 83.35 0 7 72
T20 20 20 553 4 34.56 125.96 0 5 85
IPL 14 12 398 0 33.16 130.92 0 3 73
CLT20 4 4 121 0 30.25 147.56 0 1 52
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 14 5 78 69 0 0/1 / - 5.30 0 0 0 0
ODI 47 9 150 142 2 1/8 / 71.00 5.68 0 0 0 4
T20 20 2 8 3 0 0/0 / - 2.25 0 0 0 0
IPL 14 1 6 16 0 0/16 / - 16.00 0 0 0 0
CLT20 4 3 36 52 1 1/3 / 52.00 8.66 0 0 0 1
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 9 0 0
ODI 26 0 6
T20 10 0 0
IPL 4 0 2
CLT20 1 0 0
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
ODI 2 1 1 0 0 50
T20 16 9 7 0 0 56.25

Career

Span:
Test:
2012-2014
 
ODI:
2011-2013
 
T20:
2012-2014
 
IPL:
2012-2014
 
CLT20:
2012-2012
Test
Debut:
South Africa Vs Australia at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide - Nov 22, 2012
Last played:
South Africa Vs Australia at Newlands, Cape Town - Mar 01, 2014
ODI
Debut:
South Africa Vs India at Newlands, Cape Town - Jan 18, 2011
Last played:
South Africa Vs Pakistan at Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah - Nov 11, 2013
T20
Debut:
South Africa Vs England at Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street - Sep 08, 2012
Last played:
South Africa Vs India at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur - Apr 04, 2014
IPL
Debut:
Chennai Vs Mumbai at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai - Apr 04, 2012
Last played:
Chennai Vs Punjab at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi - Apr 18, 2014
CLT20
Debut:
Chennai Vs Sydney Sixers at The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg - Oct 14, 2012
Last played:
Chennai Vs Yorkshire at Kingsmead, Durban - Oct 22, 2012
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