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Francois du Plessis is a former South African professional cricketer and former captain of the South Africa national cricket team. He is excellently known as Faf du Plessis and is considered one of the greatest fielders of all time. He is well known for being the captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League. He has played domestically for teams like the Chennai Super Kings. He represented his native South Africa in the 2011 Cricket World Cup and was named as one of five Players Of The Year in the same season. Faf is one of the few batsmen to average over 50 in Test play for his career. He has played South African domestic cricket for Northerns and the Titans, as well as matches for Lancashire County Cricket Club, Chennai Super Kings, Rising Pune Supergiant, and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League. Additionally, du Plessis was bought by the Northern Superchargers for the 2022 season of The Hundred in England in April 2022.

Faf Du Plessis Famous For

  • Being a former South African professional cricketer.
  • Being a former captain of the South Africa national cricket team. 

Where is Faf du Plessis from?

Faf du Plessis was born on 13th July 1984 with the real name of Francois du Plessis in Pretoria, Transvaal Province, South Africa. He is of South African nationality and he came from a South African-white ethnicity. Similarly, his religion is Christian and his race is white. Faf has celebrated his 37th birthday as of 2021 and as per his birthdate, his star sign is Cancer. He is the son of his father Francois Du Plessis who is a Former Rugby Player whereas his mother’s name is not known. He has one sister named Rhemi du Plessis.

Regarding Faf’s education, he attended Afrikaanse Hoer Seunskool and later went to enroll at the University of Pretoria to get a degree in sports science. But, he decided against going there. 

Captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore, Faf Du Plessis

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Faf du Plessis Career Timeline

  • Faf du Plessis jumps off his cricket career with Lancashire County Cricket Club for the 2008 season as a Kolpak player where he signed a new three-year deal. 
  • It was announced in March 2010 that he would no longer be allowed to play for Lancashire as a Kolpak player after changes to the Kolpak rules. 
  • Then he was signed by Chennai Super Kings to play in the Indian Premier League in 2011 and became one of four uncapped players to be named in South Africa’s 30-man preliminary squad for the 2011 World Cup. 
  • He was named one of the five South Africa Cricket Annual Players Of The Year in 2011 as well as he was named in Paarl Rocks’ squad for the first edition of the Mzansi Super League T20 tournament in October 2018. He was the leading run-scorer for the team in the tournament, with 318 runs in nine matches.
  • Faf was selected to play for the Edmonton Royals franchise team in the 2019 Global T20 Canada tournament in June 2019 and was named in the squad for the Paarl Rocks team for the 2019 Mzansi Super League tournament in September 2019.
  • He was drafted by the Colombo Kings for the inaugural edition of the Lanka Premier League in October 2020 and was signed by the Quetta Gladiators for the 2021 Pakistan Super League in February 2021 but, in June 2021, Faf was ruled out of the rest of the tournament due to a concussion sustained during a match after colliding with teammate Mohammad Hasnain.
  • Subsequently, he captained the Saint Lucia Kings in the 2021 Caribbean Premier League, and the Bangla Tigers in the 2021 T10 League.
  • He was also selected to play for the Jaffna Kings following the players’ draft for the 2021 Lanka Premier League in November 2021.
  • Faf was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2022 Indian Premier League auction and named as the team’s captain on 12th March 2022. In April 2022, he was bought by the Northern Superchargers for the 2022 season of The Hundred in England.

South-African Cricketer, Faf Du Plessis

Source: @instagram.com/fafdup

International career

  • Faf Du Plessis made his ODI debut on 18th January 2011 against India and made unbeaten 60 runs and was chosen ahead of Albie Morkel for the 2011 World Cup on the Indian Sub-continent. 
  • He made his Test debut for South Africa against Australia at the Adelaide Oval in 2012 as the number 6 batsman.
  • He scored 188 runs in the match and was selected as Man-of-the-match and scored a match-saving 110 not out from 376 balls over 466 minutes in the 2nd innings.
  • He scored a resilient unbeaten 78 from 142 balls to take his team’s score to 225 in the 1st innings in the next test at WACA Ground, from 75/6 with able support from Robin Peterson (31 off 45), Vernon Philander (30 from 54) and last man Morne Morkel (17 from 15).
  • Later, he was named captain of the South African T20 team for three matches against New Zealand and was fined 50% of his match fee after being found guilty of ball-tampering in a Test match against Pakistan in October 2013.
  • He scored a test match-saving hundred with a score of 134 off 309 balls against India while chasing 458 to win in the 4th innings in December 2013 as the match ended in a draw with South Africa on 450/7.
  • He was also named in the T20I XI by Cricinfo for his performances in 2013 and his second Hundred came only 6 days later in his next ODI match on 2nd September 2014.
  • He scored 126 from 109 balls against the same opposition although South Africa lost by 62 runs and fell only four runs short of becoming the first batsman in history to score 4 ODI hundreds in a row on 6th September 2014 against Australia. 
  • As well, he set the record for playing the most number of international cricket innings before scoring a duck (108) on 17th December 2014 and became the only batsman to play in over 100 international innings before his first-ever duck.
  • He scored his second first innings century at the same ground: St. George’s Oval on 27th December 2014 and scored 119 in 56 balls against West Indies on 11th January 2015, becoming the first South African to score centuries in all forms of the game.
  • Faf was named captain after original skipper AB de Villiers was ruled out due to a surgery for the 2016-2017 Australian tour of South Africa to play five ODIs.
  • He scored his sixth century in the second game and became the second cricketer to score centuries in all international formats as captain on 2nd October, after Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan.
  • He has scored 17 international centuries till April 2018 and is the first South African to score a century in all international formats.
  • He is the first player to score a century in an innings of a day/night Test as captain and scored 185 runs in the fourth ODI against Sri Lanka, the second-highest individual score by a South African on 7th February 2017.
  • ODI captain De Villiers stepped down from captaincy and Du Plessis was named as the captain in all three formats on 24th August 2017 as well as he was named as the captain of the World XI team for the three T20Is in Lahore, Pakistan on the same day.
  • He scored his 5,000th run in ODI cricket in March 2019, in the second ODI against Sri Lanka. He was named as the captain of South Africa’s squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup the following month. He finished the tournament as the leading run-scorer for South Africa, with 387 runs in nine matches.
  • He was named the Men’s Cricketer of the Year at Cricket South Africa’s annual award ceremony. in August 2019 and scored his 4,000th run and his tenth century in Test cricket in December 2020, in the first Test against Sri Lanka.
  • Faf ended with 199, becoming the 13th player to be dismissed on 199 in Tests, and also won the man of the match award.
  • He announced his retirement from Tests after leading South Africa in 36 Test matches on 17th February 2021.
  • Furthermore, he has scored centuries (100 or more runs in a single inning) on 10 occasions in Tests, 12 occasions in One Day Internationals (ODIs), and once in Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is).
  • In November 2012, he scored his first century against Australia on his debut, in the second innings of a test match, in which he scored unbeaten 110 runs. His highest Test score came in December 2020 against Sri Lanka when he scored 199 in Centurion.
  • It was over three years later in his 51st ODI that he made his first ODI century, scoring 106 against Australia in Harare as his highest ODI score of 185 runs came on 7th February 2017, against Sri Lanka in Cape Town.
  • He set the record for the second-highest ODI score by a South African after 188 by Gary Kirsten and scored his maiden T20I century against the West Indies in January 2015, becoming the first South African to score centuries in all three formats of the game.

Who is Faf Du Plessis Wife?

Faf Du Plessis is a married cricketer. He tied a knot with his long-time girlfriend Imari Visser in November 2013 at Kleine Zalze. They have 2 daughters, one born in 2017 and the other in 2020. The couple is having a good time together, which signifies they do not have affairs with other people. Concerning Faf’s sexual orientation, he is straight.

Faf Du Plessis with his wife and daughters

Source: @instagram.com/fafdup

How much is Faf Du Plessis Net Worth?

Faf Du Plessis has a net worth of $1.5 million as of 2022 whereas he has also a handsome amount of salary which is around thousands of dollars per year. He earned around the US $120,000 at the IPL teams Chennai Super Kings at the IPL player auction in the 2010 IPL season. Various sources also revealed that Faf earns over half a million dollars annually from South African cricket excluding his sponsorship deals and IPL earnings. Through his social media, Du Plessis has either endorsed or promoted various brands such as Puma, Nimue Skin International, H2coco Coconut Water, Panerai, and pHformula. In addition, his major source of income is his cricket career.

How tall is Faf Du Plessis?

Faf Du Plessis is 5 ft 11 in or 180.5 cm tall and his body weighs around 79 kg or 174 lbs. He has dark brown hair and eye color. Besides, his body build type is athletic. Faf’s physique combined with his perfect height and masculine look takes him to the top of the desired list the young gen women. 

Did You Know?

  • He has played domestically for teams like the Chennai Super Kings.
  • He represented his native South Africa in the 2011 Cricket World Cup and was named as one of five Players Of The Year the same season.
  • He graduated from the University of Pretoria and made his domestic debut with Northerns in 2004.
  • His cousin is the rugby player Marcel du Plessis.
  • He is one of the few batsman to average over 50 in Test play for his career.

Source: Gossip Gist

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