Francois du Plessis

Player Bio

Born 13 July 1984 South Africa
Age 35 Years, 03 Months, 7 Days
Batting Side Right Handed
Bowling Side Leg break
Batting Rank 11
Teams South Africa, Kent, Lancashire, Northerns, South Africa A, Titans, Chennai Super Kings, South Africa Under-19, Melbourne Renegades, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, Rising Pune Supergiant, Stellenbosch Kings, World XI, Edmonton Royals, Paarl Rocks, Belfast Titans

Batting & Fielding Performance

M
I
N/O
R
HS
100S
50S
4S
6S
AVG
S/R
CT
ST
Test
60
102
14
3745
137
9
21
458
19
42.55
46.04
56
0
ODI
143
136
20
5507
185
12
35
495
66
47.47
88.60
81
0
T20
44
44
6
1363
119
1
8
126
45
35.86
135.48
21
0
IPL
162
146
14
3632
96
0
22
322
99
27.51
124.12
80
0

Bowling Performance

I
O
M
R
W
Best
5W
AVG
E/R
S/R
Test
5
13
60
69
0
0/1
0
-
5.30
-
ODI
11
32
143
189
2
1/8
0
94.50
5.90
96.00
T20
2
1.2
44
3
0
0/0
0
-
2.25
-
IPL
50
130.2
162
914
50
5/19
2
18.28
7.01
15.64

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.

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Cricket World Cup 2019 POINTS TABLE

Team
P
W
D
L
PTS
9
7
1
1
15
9
7
0
2
14
9
6
0
3
12
9
5
1
3
11
9
5
1
3
11
9
3
2
4
8
9
3
1
5
7
9
3
1
5
7
9
2
1
6
5
9
0
0
9
0

Francois du Plessis News

Watch: Virat Kohli breaks into laughter as Faf du Plessis’ proxy-skipper loses toss too

Having lost nine successive tosses in Asia, an exasperated South Africa captain Faf du Plessis brought his deputy Temba Bavuma to the toss and lost another.

IND vs SA 3rd Test Preview: Rampaging India aim for clean sweep against struggling Proteas

If Faf du Plessis' side manages to pull off a win in the third Test, it will be more than a consolation win as they open their account in World Test Championships with 40 points.

Desperate du Plessis won’t mind sending ‘someone else’ to end toss losing streak

South Africa have struggled in Indian conditions and not winning the toss in the first two Tests has only made things tougher for them. Opting to bat in Visakhapatnam and Pune, India put up 500-plus totals to virtually bat the visitors out of the game.

Cannot replace South Africa’s seasoned campaigners overnight, says Faf du Plessis

Faf du Plessis said the difference between India and South Africa throughout the ongoing Test series has been the gulf of experience between the sides. He said it is not easy to find replacements of seasoned campaigners such as Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers.

I have learnt my lessons from 2015 tour: Faf Du Plessis

While South Africa struggled against the spinners last time around and are expected to have a tough time again, du Plessis feels their number one spinner Keshav Maharaj can trouble the high-profile Indian batting.