Francois “Faf” du Plessis was born on 13 July, 1984. He is a South African cricketer and the current captain of all formats of the Proteas. He is a usual fixture at international level for the South African national cricket team. A right-handed middle order batsman who moved up to number 3 and also bowls part-time leg spin, du Plessis has played South African domestic cricket for Northerns and the Titans, as well as matches for Lancashire, the Chennai Super Kings, and the Melbourne Renegades. He made his Test debut in November 2012, he became the fourth South African to score a Test century on debut. Du Plessis was subsequently also named T20 captain of South Africa for the following Twenty20 series against New Zealand and confirmed full-time skipper in Feb 2013. Du Plessis took over the Test captaincy from teammate AB de Villiers in December 2016 after he relinquished it.
Faf was given a 6-month contract with Lancashire for the 2008 season starting in April as a Kolpak player after impressing the board with good performances in the local Nottinghamshire leagues for Mansfield Hosiery Mills and in the Lancashire League for Todmorden. Du Plessis started his Lancashire account by scoring 55 against Durham UCCE before being dismissed by opening bowler Foster. Following his six-month stint with Lancashire, he signed a new three-year deal with the club. Lancashire coach Mike Watkinson praised his fielding, saying “if there’s a better fielder in county cricket I’ve not seen him this season”. In March 2010, it was announced that Du Plessis would no longer be allowed to play for Lancashire as a Kolpak player after changes to the Kolpak rules. In 2011, he was signed by the 2010 IPL Champions Chennai Super Kings for US$120,000 at the Indian Premier League player auction.
Faf made his ODI debut on January 18, 2011 against India and made unbeaten 60 runs. He was chosen ahead of Albie Morkel for 2011 World Cup in Indian Sub-continent. Du Plessis made his Test debut for South Africa against Australia at Adelaide in 2012 as the number 6 batsman; due to the unfortunate injury and non-availability of JP Duminy.
His record breaking was in 2016–17 Australian tour of South Africa to play five ODIs, was named captain after original skipper AB de Villiers ruled out due to a surgery. On 2 October, Du Plessis scored his sixth century in second game. In the process, he became the second cricketer to score centuries in all formats as captain, after the Sri Lankan, Tillakaratne Dilshan. During that same match at Johannesburg, he set a rare record for becoming the first batsman in cricket history to score centuries in all three formats of cricket at a single venue at Johannesburg.
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