In this piece we look at some stats which define the performance of Rajasthan Royals (RR) – who under Shane Warne’s inspirational leadership – won the inaugural season of the IPL in 2008, went through a tough phase thereafter before again constantly punching above their weight in the last few editions. Anything drivable on the off-side will be driven, brutally, often inelegantly, but always effectively. This outstanding run of form could have continued but for an unusual dismissal: in the third Test at Trent Bridge Smith, on 35, played back to Andrew Flintoff and trod on his stumps to be dismissed hit wicket. As a left-handed batsman and right-arm fast-medium swing bowler, Stokes is regarded as one of the best all-rounders in the world. Graeme Smith, who announced that he would retire from all formats of international cricket after third Test against Australia, had to meet fire-with-fire in his, Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals - Match 37, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Capitals - Match 42, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings - Match 44, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Capitals - Match 38, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore - Match 39, Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad - Match 40, Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians - Match 41, Kings XI Punjab vs Sunrisers Hyderabad - Match 43, Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians - Match 45, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab - Match 46, 20 Oct, 2020 After the game, of course. As it turned out, the Graeme Smith I played alongside for the Rajasthan Royals in 2008 was different to the Graeme Smith I faced in the Test arena. He held the position of test captain until his retirement in 2014. Under the captaincy of Shaun Pollock, South Africa suffered yet another setback in the 2003 ICC World Cup that they hosted. Shaun Maclean Pollock OIS is a South African cricket commentator and former cricketer, who was captain in all formats of the game. He is also regarded by some as one of the best wicket-keepers and captains in modern limited-overs international cricket. Tillakaratne Mudiyanselage Dilshan (Sinhala: තිලකරත්න ඩිල්ෂාන්; born on October 14, 1800 is a former Sri Lankan cricketer and former captain of the Sri Lanka national cricket team. 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He scores an unbeaten 108 in South Africa's chase of 414, After leading South Africa in 27 Twenty20 internationals, Smith announces that he is, February 1, 1981, Johannesburg, Transvaal, Neil McKenzie appointed South Africa's high performance batting consultant, How issues of race have cast South African cricket into turbulence this winter, Graeme Smith 'shocked' after threats on supporting Black Lives Matter movement, Graeme Smith: DLS method needs to be reviewed, Graeme Smith denies Thami Tsolekile's allegations of racial discrimination, Readers recommend - Curated tweets by ESPNcricinfo, South Africa v Australia at Cape Town, Mar 8-12, 2002, South Africa v Australia at Cape Town, Mar 1-5, 2014, South Africa v Australia at Bloemfontein, Mar 30, 2002, South Africa v Pakistan at Port Elizabeth, Nov 27, 2013, South Africa v New Zealand at Johannesburg, Oct 21, 2005, South Africa v Australia at Johannesburg, Oct 16, 2011, Surrey v Gloucestershire at The Oval, May 11-14, 2014, Western Province Boland v Dolphins at Cape Town, Apr 7, 2004, Somerset v Surrey at Taunton, May 18, 2014. He received his county cap at lunch on day 1 of the first championship fixture of the 2013 season against Somerset. They had finished day one with 405 runs on the board which was the most ever put on by a pair in a single day of Test cricket without losing a wicket. He is considered as one of the finest medium pacers of his time. , In October 2019, he was elected as an honorary life member of the Marylebone Cricket Club in recognition of his outstanding achievement in Cricket. His blistering innings of 311 off 255 balls was followed by another amazing knock of 105 in the T-20 Cup match against Northamptonshire. Rudely referred to as "what's his name" by Nasser Hussain prior to the first Test, A mid-pitch altercation in an ODI involving Smith, Andrew Hall and Mohammad Yousuf (then Yousuf Youhana) results in a, In less than a year, Gibbs and Smith bring up their third 300-plus partnership. He is a left-handed batsman and a right-arm off spin bowler. Born in Christchurch, New Zealand, Stokes moved to northern England with his parents at the age of 12, where he learnt the game and began playing club cricket for local teams. They sounded quite funny looking back. In the 2007 World Cup he started the tournament with four successive 50s, a feat never before achieved by a captain. Graeme Smith captaincy record - Get latest news & video articles on Graeme Smith captaincy record . Hussey was a relative latecomer to both the one-day international and Test Australian teams, debuting at 28 and 30 years of age in the respective formats, with 15,313 first-class runs before making his Test debut. He appeared in his 100th Test against England on 19 July 2012. Without any doubt, Smith is one of the most successful cricket captains in the world, based on the number of wins. Hussey is also widely known by his nickname 'Mr Cricket'. Stephen led New Zealand 218 times in ODIs, the second-most by a captain only behind Ricky Ponting (230). Although initially regarded as an inexperienced captain, his growth in the role was evidenced when he was selected to captain the ICC World XI in the ICC Super Series Test Match between the ICC World XI and Australia in October 2005.
de Kock is regarded as one of the best wicket-keeper batsmen in the world. He formed a destructive opening partnership with Gibbs. 200 matches, 110 wins, 74 losses, five ties, 59.52 win percentage. Read about Graeme Smith's Profile, Latest News, Articles, Career updates only on ESPNcricinfo.com. Smith did not pass 20 again in the series as a galvanised England led by Vaughan won the match and fought back to draw the series 2–2, but Smith nonetheless finished the series with an aggregate of 714 runs at an average of 79.33,  and was named player of the series (jointly with Flintoff). As a player, he is a left-handed batsman and occasional off-break bowler. All cricket pundits always admire MS Dhoni’s calm and relaxed approach to captaincy.
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