Graeme Smith : The Great Proteas Player and Captain

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One of the most successful player and captain of South Africa- Graeme Smith retired earlier this year after being at the service of the South African team for 11 years. A short note on his achievements and his cricket life.

Graeme Smith : The Great Proteas Player and Captain

The immediate period following the World Cup cricket 2003 was a tough one for South Africa. The way South Africa exited the World Cup caused quite a noise and were low times for the South African cricket who had once again been labeled "chokers". Shaun Pollock resigned from captaincy. Subsequently, Graeme Smith was selected as captain for South Africa's next Test.
There were many who did not find the decision to be good one, since before becoming the captain Smith had only played 8 test matches and 22 ODIs. He was just 22 years and 82 days old and became the youngest South African captain.

However, in the subsequent series in England in 2003, he made two consecutive double centuries - scores of 277 and 259, and surpassing a few records. In coming years, in spite of a few failures here and there, he became a great opening batsman for South Africa and also led the team to a number of great victories.
In the process, he became one of the most successful captains in the world cricket, as well as the most successful captains of South Africa.

Under him, South Africa won 51 out of 104 test matches and lost 27, while in ODIs, out of 149, South Africa won 92 and lost 51. And he used his great batting skills to led South Africa to win in a lot of matches too.
in 2008 Smith added 415 for the first wicket with Neil McKenzie against Bangladesh, which is a current world record opening partnership.
He was always a key player to get out for and watched closely by the opposition teams.

Things were not going good against Aussies for Graeme Smith in later part of 2013, and he decided to retire. Yet, he will be regarded as one of the greats of the South African cricket and would be very much missed.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
7th Aug 2014 (#)

This is not a sport I follow, but I'm glad you enjoy it.

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author avatar Ptrikha
7th Aug 2014 (#)

And are you aware of any cricket players?

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author avatar yugasini
7th Aug 2014 (#)

Thanks for the post, have a nice day.

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author avatar Ptrikha
8th Aug 2014 (#)

Thanks Yugasini

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author avatar snerfu
7th Aug 2014 (#)

Cricket begins one day and then is played the next day.In between they have a lot of rain and loads of coffee and tea. If anyone misses anything in cricket it is a WIN or LOSS. (Tell me whether I have missed something here!) Cricket players revel in these -- tea and more tea. Good for cricket that it has its share of ardent followers like you who write about it. It keeps us informed of course -- but about what? Sorry if this sounds too trite.

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author avatar Ptrikha
8th Aug 2014 (#)

snerfu it seems you do not like cricket much. Even I do not like excess of cricket, but I do like to write about it.

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author avatar Margaret Michel
13th Aug 2014 (#)

Interesting piece! Thanks for sharing!

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author avatar Ptrikha
14th Aug 2014 (#)

Thanks Margaret.

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