Former South African captain Faf du Plessis has announced his retirement from Test cricket.
He believes that it is the “right time” to “walk into the new chapter”. Faf du Plessis represented South Africa in 69 Test matches, where he scored 4,163 at an average of 40.02 with 12 fifties and ten centuries in his fifteen years old Test career.
He announced it on his Instagram post where he quoted that “the time is right to walk into a new chapter.”
“It has been an honour to play for my country in all the formats of the game, but the time has come for me to retire from Test cricket. If someone had told me 15 years ago, that I would play 69 Test matches for South Africa and captain the side, I wouldn’t have believed them.”
With the retirement from Test cricket, he believes that he can gear up in the shorter formats of the game, especially in T20Is keeping in mind the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup in India this October.
“The next two years are ICC T20 World Cup years. Because of this, my focus is shifting to this format and I want to play as much of it as possible around the world so that I can be the best player I can possibly be”
South Africa have never won the T20 World Cup. Their best is being semi-finalists twice, in 2009 and 2014.
Captaincy record and debut
Faf du Plessis has been one of the most prolific South African batsman, playing alongside the likes of Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Jacque Kallis and Graeme Smith.
After the retirement of the Kallis and Smith, Faf du Plessis took over captaincy for South Africa in Test cricket in 2016, where he led the side to 36 Test matches, winning 18 and losing 15. He is the third most successful Test captain for South Africa.
More than half of his career runs came during his captaincy, where he scored 2,219 runs at an average of 38.92 with 13 fifties and five centuries.
He will be mostly remembered for his debut innings, where he scored 78 and 110* in Adelaide against Australia that helped South Africa to draw the match.
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