Faf du Plessis' 'Fazal' tattoo and its meaning you need to know

Faf du Plessis’ ‘Fazal’ tattoo and its meaning you need to know

While the meaning his tattoos has either been revealed by himself or searched by his finicky fans, many have been unable to decipher the one over his left rib.

Faf du Plessis
Faf du Plessis. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

“He loves to get his kit off, doesn’t he? Every second, whenever there was an opportunity to take his shirt off, he’d do it. And fair enough, if you look like that, why wouldn’t you?” says Brendon McCullum while describing his Chennai Super Kings teammate Faf du Plessis.

Svelte looks, sculpted body, tattooed skin, gelled hair, and swagger are all Faf du Plessis’ things. He could have well been a model had God not bestowed him with that wily cricket brain. But du Plessis took the looking-good task as seriously as his game, with tattoos on his skin adding more to his swag.

He has many of those, all of which he dedicates to the different stories of his life. The quarter sleeve on his arm gives an insight into all important life events. Another one, on the side of his arm, reads “Dies a Domino XVII I MMXI”; it symbolizes his debut for the Proteas at Lord’s in England.

On the side, he has a compass directed towards the Adelaide Oval, the venue of his Test debut for his team. The same one also has dates of his marriage inscribed and the day he was baptized. Right above that one is “Agape”, meaning unconditional love.

While the meaning of his tattoos has either been revealed by himself or searched by his finicky fans, many have been unable to decipher the one over his left rib, which reads “Fazal” in Urdu. The word translates to “grace”, and a believer of the Almighty, du Plessis dedicates this one to the change in his life by the grace of God.

Du Plessis shifts focus to limited-overs cricket

Du Plessis was last in action during the Indian Premier League’s 14th edition and he is set to regroup with his franchise CSK as the league resumes from September 19 in the United Arab Emirates.

Having hung his boots from the longest format of the game, the 36-year-old has admitted that he wants to shift his focus to the shortest version of the game with the next two years being the ICC World Cup years. He finished his Test career on a high as his final Test innings turned out to be a career-best and match-winning 199 against Sri Lanka in a series that South Africa won 2-0.