Regarded as one of the best test match openers of all time as well as a captain who led the Protea Cricket team to top the rankings in all three disciplines of the game.
Graeme Smith’s leadership and batting were all about being direct and upfront. The subtleties of captaincy have grown into his game, but he was still at his most comfortable surging once more unto the breach himself with a cursory backward glance to see if his men were following.
He can hardly be blamed for doing things his own way. He was handed the reins at 22 – which made him his country’s youngest captain – and tasked with rebuilding South Africans’ faith in the integrity of the game itself.
His 11 years at the helm of SA Cricket has not only equipped him with a wealth of experience by leading a diverse team under immense pressure but has also given him the opportunity to learn and adapt his on field leadership for business.