Graeme Smith still Proteas’ true leader in one-day cricket

Johannesburg, Jan 27: Graeme Smith is still the best leader in South Africa’s one-day squad despite not being the official captain of the team, according to senior cricket writer, Rob Houwing.
 “Graeme Smith is clearly the natural and most suitable leader but just not actually captain. That is the slightly strange (his admirers might still insist illogical) dynamic in the current, imperfect South African one-day international team,” Houwing wrote in his column for Sport24.
 “Of course the Proteas do need to keep the future in mind, particularly as “Biff” turns 32 on Friday, the very day when he leads out a Test team for the 100th time when his country embarks on the first encounter with Pakistan at the Wanderers,” he added.
 “The beefy left-hander also deserves, frankly, the opportunity to focus more single-mindedly on his batting, at the very least in the limited-overs arena, and not have to obsess as much about such issues as field placements, bowling changes and the diplomatic cares that go with captaincy,” he further wrote.
 Houwing added: “But there is also a slightly uncomfortable feeling about watching the present Proteas teams, in the two shorter versions of the game, go a little erratically about their business in those environments while AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis cut their teeth as skippers and make errors.”
 “Everything about him just oozed leadership and responsibility, really, as his 10th ODI century provided the all-important foundations for the Proteas’ last-gasp triumph through Ryan McLaren’s unlikely, delightfully innovative paddled six off James Franklin,” he added.
 “Many critics have always been curious about whether Smith would actually be able to make the rare switch from skipper to ordinary soldier, given that he was so born to leadership,” he wrote.
 “The answer is probably yes and no. No, in the sense that all too often he continues to look the most comfortable man in charge, even if no officially so, and yes because we may be seeing encouraging fruits at the crease from his very relief from the captaincy portfolio,” he added. ANI

Lastupdate on : Sun, 27 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 27 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 28 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST

  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg
  • TwitThis
  • Mixx
  • Technorati
  • Facebook
  • NewsVine
  • Reddit
  • Google
  • LinkedIn
  • YahooMyWeb
  • Print News

Enter the Security code exactly as you see it in the image security code is CaSe SeNsItIvE(Cookies must be enabled)

  • Kashmir

Kupwara shuts to remember Jan 27, 1994 massacre victims

‘19 Yrs Ago On Jan 27, Soldiers Shot Dead 27 Civilians For Observing Strike On R-Day’


Kupwara, Jan 27: This frontier district observed a complete shutdown on Sunday to pay homage to 27 civilians killed on this day allegedly by Army for observing shutdown on January 26. The strike call was More

  • Srinagar City

Milad processions held



Srinagar, Jan 27: Braving bone-chilling cold, thousands of devotees on Sunday participated in processions organized in connection with the Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi (SAW) celebrations. Main procession was More

  • Jammu

High-powered committee likely to submit report within week

Amendment in Panchayati Raj Act


Jammu, Jan 27: A four-member committee looking into the suggestions for incorporating various provisions in the existing J&K Panchayati Raj Act, is likely to submit its report to the government within More

  • South Asia

'Pakistan National Assembly to be dissolved before March 16'


Lahore, Jan 27: Pakistan's National Assembly will be dissolved before March 16 and the date for the next general election will be announced in the coming ten days, Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira More

  • World

Nightclub fire kills 245 in Brazil

Santa Maria (Brazil), Jan 27: At least 245 people died today when a fire tore through a nightclub packed with university students in the southern Brazilian city of Santa Maria, police said. The death toll More

Designed Developed and Maintaned By Imobisoft Ltd /Algosol Software Solutions