Faf du Plessis in 2012. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
CHENNAI: Faf du Plessis has tasted enormous success in all formats of the game. While he has played numerous knocks that have helped South Africa cross the finish line over the years, the one innings that’s often been spoken about is his Test debut —against Australia in Adelaide in 2012.
The 110 he scored in that game is rated among Faf’s best.
“South Africa was totally out of that game and losing that Test. He got a 78 and then in the second he batted for 376 balls to score an unbeaten 110. His performance in that innings to secure a draw was a significant individual performance and he showed enormous character and leadership for a guy playing his first Test,” former Australian player Tom Moody said during the show “Cricket Inside Out” on the ICC website. Faf has gone on to play 65 Tests for South Africa and has 3901 runs with 9 centuries to his credit.
Former Zimbabwean bowler Pommie Mbangwa felt that Kyle Abbott — who played 11 Tests and 28 ODIs for SA — too had a memorable debut during the 2013 home series against Pakistan.
“I recall the Kyle Abbott debut in Centurion against Pakistan where he had match figures of 9 for 68. He came in as a replacement for Jacques Kallis who was injured. He gets to play and doesn’t even take the new ball as South Africa had Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander. Abbott came in as second change and for his seven-for haul he took just 11.4 overs. The amazing thing in that game was that — in the second innings he got only two more wickets and I don’t know why it was the case,” Pommie said.