Proteas’ captain Faf du Plessis is celebrating his 34th birthday today. As we watch him in action at the moment with his Proteas teammates in Sri Lanka let’s take a look at some fun facts about the cricketer.
Faf Du Plessis went to Afrikaanse Hoer Seunskool (also known as Affies), in Pretoria. His fellow pupils included former Proteas’ teammates AB de Villiers, Heino Kuhn and Jacques Rudolph.
His father, Francois Du Plessis, played rugby for Northern Transvaal in the 1980s. Faf’s second cousin is Namibian rugby player Marcel du Plessis.
Faf du Plessis made his Test match debut for South Africa on 23 November 2012 against Australia. He became the fourth South African batsman to score a Test century on debut when he scored an unbeaten 110 runs in the 2nd innings.
He made his ODI debut on 18 January 2011 against Australia making an unbeaten 60 runs.
Du Plessis made his 1st ODI hundred in August 2014 against Australia. He scored 106 runs off 98 balls while the Proteas were chasing 327 runs to win. Du Plessis’s partnership of 206 runs with AB de Villiers for the 3rd wicket is the highest for South Africa against Australia. Faf’s second ODI hundred came only 6 days later in his next ODI match when he scored 126 runs from 109 balls also against Australia. Du Plessis scored his 3rd consecutive ODI hundred 2 days later against Zimbabwe scoring 121 runs off 140 balls.
Faf du Plessis was named ODI captain for the 2016-17 Australian tour of South Africa after AB De Villiers was ruled out due to injury. On 2 October, du Plessis scored his sixth century in the second match becoming the second cricketer to score centuries in all 3 international formats as captain. During that same match at the Wanderers in Johannesburg, du Plessis become the first batsman to score centuries in all 3 formats of the game at a single venue. He is the 1st South African batsman to score a century in all 3 international formats.
On 7 February 2017, du Plessis scored 185 runs in the 4th ODI against Sri Lanka. This is the 2nd highest individual score by a South African. The highest being Gary Kirsten’s unbeaten 188 runs.
Faf has played 52 test matches for the Proteas scoring a total of 3197 test runs. He has played 117 ODIs during which he has scored to total of 4379 runs. He has played 39 T20 Internationals scoring a total of 1191 runs.
Faf loves surfing. When he moved to Cape Town, teammate Dale Steyn introduced him to the world of surfing. He is one of the best dressed players in the Proteas’ squad. He enjoys wearing funky street-style clothing.
Happy Birthday, Faf! We wish you all the best for the year ahead! Have a successful tour in Sri Lanka with the Proteas!