Graeme Smith is a former South African batsman who served as one of the longest-serving captains of the Proteas. Smith was given the onus of leading South Africa after having an experience of just eight test matches. Smith was regarded as one of the grittiest openers in the modern game and built a team filled with match-winners during his captaincy tenure. As of now, Graeme Smith works as a cricketing expert and has commentated in ICC tournaments as well as the Indian Premier League (IPL)
Name: Graeme Craig Smith
Born: February 1, 1981
Graeme Smith Age: 39 years (As on April 2020)
Role: Left-handed batsman, former South African captain, broadcaster
School: King Edward VII School, Johannesburg
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
Educational Qualification: NA
Father: Graham Smith
Mother: Janet Smith
Morgan Deane (Separated)
Children: Cadence Christine Smith and Carter McMorrin Smith
Test: March 8, 2002 vs Australia
ODI: Match 30, 2002 vs Australia
T20I: October 21, 2005 vs New Zealand
Major Teams: South Africa, Cape Cobras, Western Province Boland, United Cricket Board of South Africa Invitation XI and Rajasthan Royals
Graeme Smith became the youngest captain at the age of 22 to lead South Africa.
Smith has featured in over 100 Tests as captain making him the only player to do so. He has also registered 53 wins during that reign which is the most by any captain.
Under Smith’s captaincy, South Africa won 92 of the 149 ODIs.
Graeme Smith also holds the record of most centuries which were 15, by a captain in Test wins and has the most runs as captain which was 8659.
Graeme Smith had scored 9265 runs in Tests, 6989 runs in ODIs and 982 runs in T20Is for South Africa.
Graeme Smith is also the fastest South African to get to a 1000 Test runs.
Graeme Smith’s South African side holds the record for the highest successful run chase. The target to chase was 434 in an ODI versus Australia, as Smith and Herschelle Gibbs played a pivotal role through a 187 run stand for the first wicket.
Graeme Smith also holds a weird a record against England in the years 2003, 2008 and 2012, as Nasser Hussain, Michael Vaughan and Andrew Strauss resigned from the captaincy post for England in Tests after failing to beat South Africa at home.
The veteran announced his retirement in the 2014 Test series versus Australia.
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