South Africa’s legendary batsman and former captain Faf du Plessis announced his retirement from Test cricket on Wednesday. The 36-year-old played 69 Test matches for his country and scored 4163 runs at an average of 40.03. He scored 10 centuries and 21 half-centuries. Du Plessis briefed the fellows about retirement through Instagram posts. He shared a picture of he picked up the bat in his hand and captioned, “My heart is clear and this is the right time to start a new chapter. ‘
Du Plessis’ Test career was eight years long
Faf du Plessis’s Test career lasted eight years long. He had a Test debut in Adelaide against Australia in November, 2012. He barely pulled his team in several matches. Du Plessis played his last Test match against Pakistan in Rawalpindi this month. The performance of the right-hander batsman on his visit to Pakistan was very disappointing and he could make only 55 runs in two Tests. He scored 8, 23, 10, 17 and 5 in 5 final Test innings. Du Plessis’s best Test score is 199 runs, which he made in a test played against Sri Lanka in January, 2020.
Team wins 18 Test matches under du Plessis captaincy
The record in the captaincy of du Plessis has been good. In his captain, South Africa played 36 Test matches in which the team made 18 matches. However, du Plessis had left the test and T20 team captain with immediate effect last year. He said that he wanted to promote the new generation. Du Plessis took the decision to leave the Test and T20 captain after being removed from the captaincy of the ODI team. Let’s say the South African team’s performance in the World Cup of 2019 was not good, after which du Plessis was removed from captaincy.
Du Plessis eyes on upcoming two T20 World Cups
In his retirement post, du Plessis said he will now focus more on the forthcoming two T20 World Cups in India (2021) and Australia (2022). “It was a year for all of us to fight against adversity,” Duplessis wrote. There was uncertainty, but it made me a clear opinion on many aspects. ‘ He said, ‘ it is a matter of honour to represent the country in all formats of the game but now it is time for me to retire from Test cricket. “The next two years will be the ICC T20 World Cup,” Duplessis said. That is why I am focusing my attention on this draft.