Faf du Plessis turns 37: relive the South African’s best strokes

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As Faf du Plessis celebrates his 37th birthday on Tuesday, we look back on the South African’s strong career and remarkable journey that began during a memorable debut that defined him as a batsman and leader.

The right-handed batsman made a confident start to his international testing career when he scored 78 and 110 not-outs on his debut against Australia and became and remained the only South African to make half a century and a century in testing debut.

The first South African to score a century in all three formats of international cricket ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ

Happy birthday, Faf du Plessis! pic.twitter.com/cehC97OV3e

– ICC (@ICC) July 13, 2021

His game-saving 110 * in the fourth innings of this game, at 466 minutes, is also the longest that a South African has beaten in the fourth innings of a friendly.

Du Plessis took over the test captaincy from the charismatic AB de Villiers in 2016 and led the team in 36 games before relinquishing the lead in January 2020.

Happy birthday @ faf1307 brother! May you have a wonderful day and year full of joy and happiness. #happybirthdayfaf pic.twitter.com/2bmZHPHIGy

– Suresh Raina๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ (@ImRaina) July 13, 2021

Du Plessis, who was South Africa’s only captain to record both home and away series wins against Australia, ended his career with 4,163 runs in the longest format, averaging 40.02 points across 10 centuries and 21 fifties. He announced his retirement from Test Cricket in February 2021. Du Plessis announced his decision to leave the game’s longest format and said he would focus on the shortest format for the next two years.

Happy birthday to the man I admire most on and off the field. I’m not just an ardent fan, he’s more like family. he is everything for me. ๐Ÿฅบ

Happy birthday my world. โค๏ธ @ faf1307 #HappyBirthdayFAF | #FafduPlessis pic.twitter.com/VZfFn2hyD5

– Faf Du Plessis Fan Club ๐Ÿฆ (@TrendsFaf) July 12, 2021

The Pretoria-born right-hander only produced one of his best innings for South Africa in December 2020 when he scored 199 goals in the first of the two-game series against Sri Lanka at his home stadium in Centurion. The knock was his highest score in the format.