|D. O. B.||13 July, 1984|
Du Plessis was born in Pretoria in July 1984 and went to Affies. It was there that he met AB de Villiers and their cricketing careers have been inextricably linked ever since.
Initially, Du Plessis was considered the better cricketing prospect and captained AB through their school years. They both played for Northerns Schools for three years, from 2000-02, but only AB made the SA Schools side.
De Villiers made his Test debut in 2004 before Du Plessis had even played for the Titans and, somewhat disenchanted, he joined Lancashire for two seasons in 2008/09, toying with the idea of qualifying for England. But fortunately for South Africa, Du Plessis decided that his future did not lie there, he returned home and made his debut for the Proteas in January 2011.
His Test debut followed against Australia in November 2012, Du Plessis scoring the first of his epic rearguard centuries, and soon he was captaining the national team, taking over from De Villiers.
And now, with De Villiers retired, Du Plessis is the uncontested captain of South Africa and universally admired for his batting skills, especially his ability to adapt to any situation, his leadership and his superb fielding.
There was another string to his bow in the form of leg-spinners that were good enough to earn him a five-for at the Wanderers in a T20 game against the Highveld Lions, and take 4-24 against the same team to win the 2011/12 final.