On Friday, Graeme Smith turns 32 and captains South Africa for the 100th time
When you need a quiet conquerer, when you need someone to get the job done without much fuss, you need Graeme Smith. At first sight, anyone can easily mistake him for a rugged rugby player. But it's his batting and leadership skills, more than his physique that have made him a South African cricketing legend. When he was given the team's captaincy at the age of 22, with just 8 Tests under his belt, many hadn't even learned his name. His promotion as ODI skipper after South Africa's disappointing performance in the 2003 World Cup, was also seen by many as a hasty decision.
The Proteas were yet to completely shake off the cobwebs of the match-fixing scandal when he took over the reins from Shaun Pollock. Not only did Smith lead the team out of the abyss of that ill-reputation, he led them to two historic series wins in Australia and saw them become the top Test team for the first time in history.
On February 1, 'Big Biff' celebrates his 32nd Birthday. What makes this day so special for him is that he will also become the first captain in the history of cricket to lead his side in hundred Tests. Click on to check out the important milestones in Smith's career.