“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.

He wrote:

“Wishing you much grace, health and peace. Now and always. Happy birthday my brother.”

Virat Kohli sent his greetings on the occasion of South Africa's anniversary.  (Credits: Instagram)
Virat Kohli sent his greetings on the South African’s birthday. (Credits: Instagram)

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!”

Sending warm birthday wishes to my brother @faf1307 🤗 I always wish you the best. Happy new year ahead. Lots of love! https://t.co/j2yXO8z2Ah

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.”

She added:

“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.”

Here are some other birthday wishes for Faf du Plessis:

The man who inspired me both on and off the court. The man who taught me how to deal with chess. The man who made my childhood great. The man I cherish the most. admired and the reason for my happiness.Happy Birthday Idol @faf1307 ❤️ @faf1307 | #FafDuPlessis https://t.co/3IBjzP4HZL

Happy birthday Faf Du Plessis ❤️ The streets will never forget this Adios! https://t.co/byoU4r3FOs

Happy birthday to one of the greatest cricketers and one of the most humble people who ever lived! Thank you, Faf du Plessis, for all you have done for the CSK. You are an absolute gem! We love you, @faf1307 and we will always cherish the good days with you💛 https://t.co/zQYsaI5UyH

Happy birthday to a man who can change his strike rate at any time, anchor the sleeve well, maker of classy shorts, outstanding captain, fun to watch fielder and humble human being @faf1307 Sir. May God always bless you with happiness, success and good health. #FafDuPlessis https://t.co/JymVxYcuZX

Happy birthday to the eternal Super King “Faf Du plessis”. One of the most consistent foreign hitters in the IPL and helped us win both the 2018 and 2021 editions. His hits in the 2018 Qualifier-1 and the 2021 Final will be remembered forever.@faf1307 #Superkingforever https://t.co/9KvS8HtU4W

Happy Birthday FAFulous to Our Legend CSK Faf Du Plessis 💛 https://t.co/ZWpMVasS0N

First South African to score a century in all three formats.First captain to score a hundred day-night test.Wishing South African cricketing legend Faf Du Plessis a very happy birthday…❤️❤️😍😍👏👏💪 💪🎂🎂 https://t.co/oTkXtQlcGJ

‘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.

Edited by Sudeshna Banerjee

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