Cricket is a beloved game. Faf du Plessis has been a vital player in the South African lineup in every game format in his long international cricket career. Faf was the former captain of the South African team. He is a performer who never forgets to entertain the spectators with his amazing shots. Here, we are presenting "Top 10 knocks by Faf du Plessis in his cricket career".
1. 112* Vs. New Zealand
Faf du Plessis scored a stunning hundred against New Zealand at Centurion in South Africa. This was another Faf's special, as he achieved it in front of a balanced New Zealand side. Faf hit a ton in South Africa's first pink ball test in 2016. At last, South Africa won the series.
2. 118* Vs. Australia
After an early top order collapse Faf took his team from 44/3 to over 250. Faf called it his best knock and admitted that he had never been so motivated to show what he was made of after having his integrity questioned. This match was full of drama, twists and turns, but South Africa lost the game at the end.
3. 120 Vs. Australia
The South African team had won three successive series in Australia but had not been able to do the same at home but this time, the skipper Faf had some other plans as he made it his mission to change that. Faf scored a magnificent knock of 120 runs against Australia. This motivated the entire African team as the skipper led the team from the front with his exceptional batting. South Africa won the series by 3-1. Faf set an example that if you really want to achieve something, then no one in the universe can stop you.
4. 134 Vs. India
Faf du Plessis was considered one of the best all-format players of cricket. Du Plessis played an incredible innings of 134 runs against India in a test clash in 2013. Du Plessis and his batting partner Mr. 360 forged an unforgettable partnership of 205 runs. South Africa ended up with 450/7, leading to a draw. Faf and AB de Villiers both scored a ton in the fourth inning.
5. 119 Vs. West Indies
Faf du Plessis was one of the greatest fielders in cricket, renowned for his ability to take brilliant catches. Faf played his greatest T20 Internationals knock against Windies on January 11, 2015 in the 2nd T20I match. The South African skipper played a blistering knock of 119 off 56 balls at a remarkable strike rate 212.50. His explosive innings contributed to South Africa posting a mammoth total of 231/7 in their allotted 20 overs. It was a captain's knock by Faf du Plessis.
6. 78 Vs. Australia
Faf du Plessis made his test debut in 2012 against Australia in Adelaide. It is difficult for any player to play a debut test match against a top team like Australia and do so well. But Faf was a gem who shone in every situation. In the first innings, Faf made an impressive knock of 78 runs, including 13 fours and 1 six.
7. 110 Vs. Australia
Faf du Plessis was indeed one of the best cricket players worldwide. Faf was known for his exceptional skills and elegant batting technique. He made his test debut in Adelaide in 2012, when the Proteas team was defending their test mace in Australia. Faf played a superb knock of 110 runs against Australia. This knock was memorable as it was his debut hundred in test cricket. Du Plessis batted for 466 minutes and faced 376 deliveries. This knock highlighted his concentration and resilience.
8. 125 Vs. Australia
Faf du Plessis played another blistering knock of 125 runs against Australia in the fourth innings of the test match in 2018. This was one of his best knocks against the Kangaroos. Faf smashed 25 boundaries and two over-boundaries, meaning 72 runs in boundaries. South Africa won the match by 40 runs, and Faf's innings played a vital role in this victory of the Proteas team.
9. 199 Vs. Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka batted first and posted 396 runs on the board. In response, the host (South Africa) put up a mammoth total of 621 runs, with Faf leading from the front. Faf achieved his highest score in his test career against Sri Lanka in 2020. Faf played a classical knock of 199 runs off 276 deliveries, including 24 boundaries. At last, South Africa won the match by an innings and 45 runs.
10. 185 Vs. Sri Lanka
Faf du Plessis played memorable innings against Sri Lanka in the test and ODI games. In an ODI match against Sri Lanka, Faf delivered his best ODI knock of 185 runs against Sri Lanka. He smashed Sri Lankan bowlers all over the park and propelled South Africa to a mammoth total of 367/5 in 50 overs.