Graeme Smith
Graeme Smith


One of the most successful captains in international cricket, Graeme Smith unexpectedly retired from International Cricket few time back. Off-late, he has revealed the ultimate reason behind his retirement from International Cricket. The former South African claimed that the health problems of his daughter and other such stressful factors has played a crucial role for him to retire from International Cricket. He was the youngest captain for South Africa and he was assigned captaincy at the age of 22.

Graeme Smith also stated of the fact that he wanted to play the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup but certain series of events had made his decision much more obvious. He stated that the things that happened around him made him appear into inevitable circumstances to take the decision. He said that certain incidents played major part for him to take the stern step. These included his family, Gary Kirsten’s appointment as a coach and later Kirsten moved aside, Kallis’ retirement from International Cricket. He also claimed that he desired to prolong his cricket career and had wishes to play in the series against England in South Africa, the next year. He also told that his family and friends were stunned at his decision and according to him, his father is yet not dealt with it as yet.

Smith said that the time when his daughter was injured, he was in the middle of a massive series captaining South Africa against the mighty Aussies. His daughter was burnt with hot water down her face, arm and leg very badly. He spoke about the fact that at that time, he had to take his daughter to the hospital in the morning, had the procedure for her check up and then he used to leave to play the test match for his side. These things played an enormous role in his decision to retire at the age of 33.

In spite of his retirement from International Cricket, he carried on to play for Surrey but he then suffered from a knee-injury which did cut his career short. But the 33-year old claims that he hopes to make a return to the game, not as a player but perhaps in the role of something other than that.

He said that he still possesses the same amount of passion for the game and he is interested in anything that involves cricket as a part. Graeme Smith also said that there are offers for him to play in the Big Bash League in Australia.

Here is a statistical look at Graeme Smith career:

Matches Innings  NO  Runs Highest Average Balls Faced Strike Rate 100s 50s Catches
Tests 117 205 13 9265 277 48.25 15525 59.67 27 38 169
ODIs 197 194 10 6989 141 37.98 8648 80.81 10 47 105