“The man who has so many shirts, but can never find one”
Former South African captain Faf du Plessis turns 38 on Wednesday 13 July. The veteran drummer, who was last seen in action at IPL 2022, is currently on holiday with his wife.
Du Plessis is one of the most famous Proteas cricketers. He led the nation forward through formats and took the sport to new heights in his country. His best came in the ODIs where he has an average of 47.47, which includes 12 centuries and 35 fifty.
Many ardent cricketers and fans have taken to social media to wish legend Proteas a happy birthday.
Virat Kohli, who shared the dressing room with him at the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), took his instagram story wish his teammate on this auspicious day.
“Wishing you much grace, health and peace. Now and always. Happy birthday my brother.”
Robin Uthappa, who was a teammate of du Plessis in the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), took to Twitter to wish the latter on his birthday, writing:
“Sending warm birthday wishes to my brother @faf1307🤗 Always wishing you the best. Have a great year ahead. Lots of love!”
Faf’s wife, Imari du Plessis, wrote a heartfelt note on Instagram for the famous cricketer:
“My love. The man who has so many shirts, but can never find one. You have these things that bind you…like a ‘day’ scent and a ‘night’ scent or the way you can make any flirty conversation – *blush, blush* or you can never sit still.”
“On a more serious note though, when I think of the many anniversaries together – this is what I think is the most amazing quality about you – Your ability to see potential in others and your talent for bringing it out. I am who I am, because of the way you saw me.
“You are an optimist and I thank my lucky stars every day. May the Lord bless you and keep you, shine his face upon you and be gracious to you. May the Lord turn his face to you and give you peace. Happy birthday @fafdup.”
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‘I would love to see those experienced players in the team’ – Morne Morkel backs du Plessis’ inclusion in T20 World Cup squad
Former South African pacer Morne Morkel, meanwhile, has urged coaches to include veteran batsman Faf du Plessis in Proteas’ T20 World Cup squad.
While he last represented South Africa in the T20I in 2020, the right-handed hitter has performed extremely well in franchise cricket. He had a spectacular run in IPL 2022, scoring 468 carries and leading the team forward.
Speaking on ICC Digital last week, Morkel said:
“You want all your great players to play and Faf is still playing well at the age of 37. He is still playing well, moving well on the pitch and he has done exceptionally well for RCB (in the IPL). I would like see these experienced players on the side.
“It’s up to them (Cricket South Africa) to come out on top, but I’m definitely a big fan of them.”
Du Plessis, who has 1,528 runs in 50 T20Is, will no doubt bolster South Africa’s batting roster ahead of the showpiece event.
It remains to be seen whether the selectors will choose the former skipper as they chase the elusive title later this year in Australia.