Faf du Plessis, a dedicated cricketer, has been a vital part of the South African national team since 2011. He made his ODI debut in the same year, earning his place in the squad by amassing over 500 runs in South Africa’s domestic competition. Du Plessis’ debut was a promising one, as he marked it with a solid half-century against India. He went on to play seven matches during the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, delivering his best performance with a score of 52 against Bangladesh.
His Test debut came a year later, in 2012, when South Africa faced Australia in Adelaide. It was a remarkable start to his Test career, with du Plessis scoring 78 in the first innings and following that up with a match-saving 110-not-out in the second.
In August 2014, du Plessis achieved his first one-day international century against Australia. This remarkable feat was soon followed by two more centuries, including an impressive 126 against Australia and a stellar 121 against Zimbabwe. He came incredibly close to becoming the first batsman in history to score four ODI centuries in any multi-team ODI tournament but was caught just four runs short of this achievement, bowled out by Mitchell Johnson in the final match of the series.