Graeme Smith is one of the greatest batsmen, who represented the South African National Cricket team. Entrusted with the responsibility to lead the team from the front, Graeme became the country’s youngest captain at the age of 22. It was in 2003 World Cup, the South African team suffered a big blow, when they got eliminated from the first round once again. Then Captain Shaun Pollock, was blamed for the entire scenario and was sacked from the position.
Graeme better known as Biff, took over the task of rebuilding the shattered team once again. The year 2003, proved to be extremely good for Biff, he shot to fame when he scored consecutive double tons against England. His score of 259 in Lords still remains to be surpassed by any foreigner.
Graeme has been an aggressive captain and a brutal batsman. This left-handed batsman was well-known for his attacking strokes. He was always a great leader. In 2009, in a test match against Australia, when South Africa was losing the match, Graeme came out with a broken finger to save the match. South Africa lost the match, but Graeme’s effort, his innings and his courage on lot of praises.
He has given the team many moments of glory, the legendary ODI match against Australia where both the sides scored more than 400 will forever remain in the pages of history. Under Graeme Smith, the Proteas won series against Australia in 2008-09 and then again repeated the same in 2012-13.
Graeme has achieved many feats, surpassing Ricky Ponting, the former Australian captain, with 49 test wins, Biff became the most successful test captain. In 2007, Smith’s South Africa, took over the number one spot from the unbeatable Australian in official ICC ODI ranking.
This outstanding cricketer, has given South Africa many moments to cherish but could never fulfill the dreams of the fans by bringing home the World Cup. After losing the quart-finals to New Zealand in 2011, Graeme decided to quit the ODI and T20 captain. AB De Villiers took over the humongous task from Biff. Graeme declared his retirement from test matches in 2014.
Graeme played for the Rajasthan Royals in the first IPL series. He also captained the Surrey County Cricket club in 2013.
This tall, well-build batsman was born on 1st Feb 1981 to Janet and Graham Smith. He was born and raised in Johannesburg.
Graeme dated Minki van der Westhuizen , a swimsuit model for a brief period. In 2011, Graeme got married to an Irish singer, Morgan Deane. The couple had to kids together, Carter McMorrin Smith and Cadence Christine Smith. This famous couple has sadly broken up.
Graeme and his current partner Romy Lanfranchi, became the proud parents of a baby boy in 2016 December.
This multitalented cricketer has been quite efficient in his childhood days as well. Graeme completed his education from King Edward VII School.
Graeme’s wife broke the silence and spoke about their split. The pop-star accused her former husband of cheating with a mutual friend while he was still married to Morgan. She told the media that, that she was not at all aware of what was going on in Graeme’s mind. She revealed that she was heart-broken, when she received an accidental text from her husband about their divorce, which was actually meant for his lawyer. Morgan also informed the media about her struggle when she was married to Graeme Smith, she said Graeme took no responsibilities of her and the kids. Graeme denied all the charges. Bitterness forced the couple to part ways in 2014.
Graeme Smith Net Worth
This successful former Proteas captain, has an estimated net worth of $21 million US dollars as of 2017. He also qualifies in the second position of top 10 richest South African athletes.
After retirement, Graeme chose to be the associated with a financial service company called Momentum, which funds the South African Women’s ODI cricket team.
With fame comes controversy. Early in 2005, Dwayne Bravo of West Indies accused Graeme of racial comments. Graeme demanded an apology from Bravo, when no evidence of such accuse was found against Smith. Bravo refused to bend and it earned him lot of criticism from the South African press.
Graeme Smith started his career as a batsman in the South African team. This destructive cricketer showed his stamina, when he stood firm against the sledging of the Australian. His contribution in the team is worth praises. He proved his efficiency as a batsman as well as a captain to all the critics who wrote him off completely.
Graeme’s journey was not easy; he was given the charge of a wrecked team. Under his, leadership South Africa created history by winning in England for the first time in 40 long years. From being the chokers to clinching the number one spot from the Australians, the Proteas team has gained a lot from Graeme Smith.