He made South Africa the best team in the world, they stood apart. The dream would have been to win a world cup, eventually that did not happen for Smith. He was Unlucky when it comes to world cup. But they had the No.1 tag the best team, but one tag that kept coming along with them, the chokers! Smith would have not liked it.
Who would have ever thought, South Africa would ever chase a total over 400 in ODI? This man made that happen, a fine day at Johannesburg march 2006. Smith's 55 ball 90 as a opener set up the chase for South Africa. The best day for ODI cricket. Not to forget Gibbs's 175.
Smith Saw his team growing. Under his captaincy, he had best players. Ab.de, Kallis, Amla, Boucher etc. The best captain marshalled his best troop.
Presence is like an X-factor, hard to explain, but Smith had this immense presence when he was leading from the front. Monstrous confidence radiated through him. Somehow he comforted the leaders of South African cricket and they completely forgot their history as a conservative cricket nation, and Smith bustled his way through.
Right after this, he got the tag "The bravest man in world cricket". Sydney, 2009,Smith Walked in at no.11 to save a test match, he played despite his broken hand and 8.2 overs to survive. The whole Sydney cheered when Smith was out to bat. They had great respect for Smith.
Smith did it all after starting as the youngest captain in his nation's history and then becoming the longest serving.He won twice in Australia, the test series that would remain for ever in cricketing memories.
Smith was the only South African batsmen to register two double centuries in a test series. 259 and 273 both against England in 2003, he was the only one to post four double 100's in a winning cause in tests, two against Bangladesh,one each against Pakistan and England. A true champion in all ways, he had a wonderful average of 79.33 in five test series in 2003, 714 runs is what he scored and the only South African captain to manage 700 runs in a test series. In the year 2008, Smith managed 1656 runs at an average of 72 in 15 tests that included six 100's and six 50's. Smith had his own legacy, his figures were so gigantic as his looks.
Smith had led South Africa for over 4000 days, Yes, the longest! and he had been every one's favorite. Since the age of 10 Smith had been saying he wanted to captain his country and he has put forward his goals and he had accomplished them. Smith is not an angry man, he knows what he needs and he has done everything for what the team needs and handled those quite brilliantly. He knew he was struggling against Australia at home, at 33, not the right age to quit. He took the decision to quit all forms of International cricket.The 4th innings hero, Bye Bye Smith!