Graeme Smith

Cricket Player

Many thought Graeme a controversial choice to replace Shaun Pollock as captain of the South African cricket side after the country’s disastrous World Cup campaign in 2003.

But the down-to-earth lefthander took it all in his stride, taking on the massive responsibility at the tender age of 22, so becoming South Africa’s youngest cricket captain to date. He made the selectors proud that same year when he justified his selection (before being made captain he had not even been a regular in the national side) by scoring two consecutive Test double centuries in his country’s tour to England, and by 2004 he had been named Wisden Cricketer of the Year.

Born in Johannesburg in 1981, Smith has represented several teams including Gauteng, English county team Hampshire and Somerset, and Western Province. The past few years have brought their ups and downs, but what will stand out as the highlight of Smith’s career so far is leading his side to a historic 3-2 one-day series victory, over Australia after chasing a massive 434 run total. Smith played a crucial role in that victory forming a vital second 187 -run second wicket partnership with Herschelle Gibbs and scoring 90 off 55 deliveries.

Lunch Spot: Pigalle, Greenpoint, Cape Town