South African Test captain Graeme Smith announced his retirement from international cricket after the on-going third Test against Australia. Besides 9,257 runs and 27 centuries in Test cricket to his name, here are some interesting details about the left-hander.
Young Captain: Graeme Smith was 22 years, 82 days and only eight test matches old when he was handed the South African Test captaincy, making him country’s youngest Test captain and number fourth on the list of youngest Test captains all over the world.
Most Tests as Captain: Smith holds the world record for captaining in most Tests that is 109 matches; he has been at the helm of affairs from 2003 to 2014.
Most wins as Captain: Smith also holds the world record of highest number of wins in Test matches as skipper with 53 wins.
Most Centuries by a Captain in Wins: Out of Smith’s 27 centuries in Test cricket, 15 came as a captain in Test match wins, the most number of centuries by a captain in wins.
Fastest to Milestones: Smith is the fastest South African to reach 1000, 3000, 4000, 6000, and 7000 test runs.
Most ODI Matches: Smith has lead Proteas in 150 ODI matches, most by a South African captain.
Graeme Smith made his test debut against Australia in 2002 at Cape Town and is currently playing his last match at the same venue against the same opposition.
The swashbuckling left hander was a perfect example of leading from the front throughout his career and captained his side for more than a decade; he is perhaps latest of the living legends to bow out of the game.