Flexible and agile on field, powerful with the bat and handy with the ball, Francois “Faf” du Plessis has all the ingredients that go into the making of a modern cricketer.
Having impressed in the South African domestic league MTN40 in 2010-11, he earned a call-up to the national side and made his debut in the home series against India in January 2011. After building on the 60 he scored in his first innings, he was retained in South Africa's World Cup squad, although the campaign ended against New Zealand in the quarterfinals where the South African middle-order imploded.
He made his Test debut in November 2012, and ‘Marathon Man’, as he is called, became only the fourth South African to score a century on Test debut.
He came of age as a batsman in August-September 2014 when he scored three consecutive hundreds in a tri-series against Australia and Zimbabwe, and fell short of a fourth by just four runs.
After a brief stint at the helm, he was named full-time South African T20 captain in February 2013. His maiden T20 hundred as captain would come in January 2015, when he scored 119 against West Indies in a losing cause.