Faf Duplessis announces retirement from test cricket

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Faf Duplessis has finally announced his retirement from test cricket . With not much test cricket for South Africa soon , Faf intends to concentrate on T20 format and is eyeing the T20 World cups.

Faf has played in 69 tests scoring 4163 runs at 40 average , scoring 10 centuries . He led South Africa in 36 tests winning 18 and losing 15 tests .  One of his most memorable test innings  has come in his debut test at Adelaide vs Australia in 2012 . South Africa were staring at defeat at 77/4 as the last day began. Faf and AB deVilliers batted with resilience to save the test on a last day pitch . During his inninngs Faf lost both De Villers and Jacques Kallis after having long stands with them  but himself remained not out on 110 after providing the stonewalling for 376 deliveries !! The Proteas managed to save that test and win the series by winning the last test .  As captain the successive series wins over formidable India (2-1) and Australia (3-1) at home in 2018 were high points of this captaincy . 

South Africa will be further dented with the loss of Faf  from the test team . His void will be difficult to fill . 

It has been a year of refinement in the fire for us all. Uncertain were the times, but they brought clarity for me in many respects. My heart is clear and the time is right to walk into a new chapter. It has been an honour to play for my country in all the formats of the game, but the time has come for me to retire from Test cricket,” du Plessis said in a statement posted on his Instagram account. “If someone had told me 15 years ago, that I would play 69 Test matches for South Africa and captain the side, I wouldn’t have believed them.

“I stand in a place of utmost gratitude for a Test career full of blessings bestowed on me. Every high and low has shaped me into the man I am proud to stand up as today. In all things, those instances worked towards the good of who I believe I am today.”  Faf said 

*** by Amitava Mukherjee

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