Faf du Plessis knocks against India: Faf du Plessis, a one-of-a-kind talent who continues to dominate white-ball cricket throughout the world, turns 39 today (July 13). Faf du Plessis, a post-Jacques Kallis staple for South African cricket, has established himself as one of the best all-format batters of all time.
He has played 69 Tests, 143 ODIs, and 50 T20Is for South Africa, although this would not have been possible without the introduction of England’s then-new immigration policy, which led in Faf du Plessis being unable to continue as a Kolpak player in English county cricket.
In Tests, ODIs, and T20Is, Du Plessis has scored 4,163, 5,507, and 1,528 runs, respectively. However, as a natural leader and a superb fielder, the Pretoria-born batsman has always contributed to his teams’ success in ways other than with his bat. In terms of his career, he has always enjoyed playing against India, particularly in white-ball cricket, where he excels against spinners like no other.
In this article, we will look at some of Faf du Plessis’s finest innings against India.
1) 134, Wanderers, Johannesburg, 2013 (Test)
It was certainly one of Faf du Plessis’ greatest innings since nearly pulling off a miracle against India in Johannesburg in 2013. South Africa collapsed in chasing 458 in the fourth innings, falling from 108/0 to 197/4 despite a good start from the openers.
At the crease, this drew Faf and AB de Villiers together. Du Plessis was aiming to keep the innings together once more, with the latter playing his natural game. The Indian bowlers seemed powerless against these two as they put on a 205-run partnership.
Two fast wickets drew India back into the game, but they knew the outcome was still in doubt with du Plessis on the crease.
An unlucky run-out 16 runs short of the mark ended his magnificent 134-run knock, which nearly made India sweat in defence. Stumps was called with the hosts only eight runs short of the mark at 450/7, and the match concluded in a tie.
2) 133*, Wankhede, Mumbai, 2015 (ODI)
The ball came sweetly into the bat and travelled quickly over a lightning-fast outfield in a runfest on a belter of a surface at Wankhede.
AB de Villiers (119 from 61 balls) and Quinton de Kock (109 from 87 balls) both hit hundreds in that game, and both did so at a faster rate than du Plessis’ (133 from 115 balls), and one might easily argue that his achievements were eclipsed by their runs.
However, du Plessis once again served as the innings’ anchor, allowing other batters to score freely around him. Despite his hamstring injury, he continued to bat for his team, contributing to a massive total of 438/4. Even de Villiers praised du Plessis’ performance at the time, saying:
“Faf was underappreciated for this knock. He came in during a tough period in the middle of the innings when Indian spinners began to dominate. He kept the innings under control, allowing Quinton and myself to relax in the middle.”
3) 120, Kingsmead, Durban, 2018 (ODI)
In Durban, it was a day-night game, and South Africa’s batsmen were battling against the spin combo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. But, along with Chris Morris, Faf du Plessis stood tall and anchored the innings. He proved that overcoming the spin pair was not impossible if one put in the effort.
He concluded his innings with 120 runs off 112 balls, ensuring that his team finished with a solid total of 269/8, giving his bowlers something to bowl at. However, Virat Kohli’s century ruined the score, and India chased down the mark in the 46th over to take a 1-0 lead in the six-match series.
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