Another sad moment in the game of cricket was there this week as Faf du Plessis, the legendary South African batsman, announced his retirement from Test cricket.
Now 36 years old, du Plessis made this decision after a crumbling away series defeat to Pakistan last month. Du Plessis’ first test appearance was back in 2012 against Australia. In that series, Faf hit a brilliant match-saving 4th innings century. From that match onwards, Faf gained popularity and became a mainstay on the South African side.
Having played 69 matches between 2021 to 2021, and scoring a grand total of 4163 runs with 10 centuries and 21 fifties, Faf ended his illustrious career. He was also a great captain. That is evident from the win:loss ratio of 18:15 under his captainship. He was also the only South African captain who won a test series against Australia in their home. That series victory also earned him the nickname ‘Dragon Slayer’.
In an interview, Faf confessed that if someone would’ve told him that his career would be so great and that he’d captain the national side, then he probably won’t have believed them.
Overall, Faf had a wonderful test career and his team would definitely miss him a lot.