Faf du Plessis was named the captain of the One-Day International side by the Board of Directors of Cricket South Africa on Monday (September 11).
Du Plessis, who is South Africa’s 12th captain in the format, has a phenomenal record in the period when he stood in for AB de Villiers, his predecessor, between 2013 to 2016. In nine ODIs under du Plessis, South Africa have won eight and lost only once.
“Congratulations to Faf on his appointment as the natural successor to the ODI leadership,” said Haroon Lorgat, the chief executive of CSA. “He has established himself as one of the best leaders in world cricket and this was reflected in his appointment as the captain for the World XI currently engaged in the T20 series against Pakistan.”
The decision came after the National Selection Panel recommended du Plessis’s name after AB de Villiers stepped down from the position last month. The latest development makes du Plessis the leader of the national side in all three formats.
Du Plessis had taken over the reins in Test cricket in December 2016, when de Villiers stepped aside with an injury. In 14 Tests under his leadership, South Africa have won eight, lost three and drawn three. Du Plessis has led the Twenty20 International side since 2012, with South Africa winning 19 games and losing 13.
De Villiers’s decision to step down as ODI captain was influenced by the fact that South Africa had a worthy successor in du Plessis. “Faf du Plessis has proved to be an outstanding captain of the T20 and Test teams, and bearing this in mind, I have informed CSA that I would like to step down as captain of the ODI team,” he was quoted as saying in a CSA release.
Du Plessis’s first assignment as captain of the ODI side will be against Bangladesh at home, when the two sides lock horns in three matches in October.