“My heart is clear and the time is right to walk into a new chapter,” wrote ex-South Africa captain Faf du Plessis on Instagram as he bids adieu to the longest format of the sport. He made his Test debut in November 2012 against Australia. He had scored 199 runs in a recent innings against Sri Lanka in Centurion. Although, his form in the recently concluded Test series against Pakista was dismal.
But current form is not the basis of retirement for the SA batsman. He said that he wanted to focus more on the limited format of the game and thus he is taking this decision. He wrote: “The next two years are ICC T20 World cup years. Because of this, my focus is shifting to this format and I want to play as much of it as possible around the world so that I can be the best player I can possibly be. I strongly believe that I have a lot to offer to the Proteas in this format. This does not mean that ODI cricket is no longer in the plans, I’m just making T20 cricket the priority in the short-term.”
He announced the retirement on Instagram:
He will continue playing in the T20 format but did not confirm anything about his involvement in the ODI side.