Heroes in defeat often provide the most poignant memories in sport. Graeme Smith’s hobble back to the dressing room after being dismissed tonight must rank as the most moving moment of this tournament so far, and is likely to remain so. It made the local crowd overcome their great sadness to rise to applaud the valiance of the man who had battled the odds all evening.
Although I would love to start of with saying that South Africa once again pulled of a miracle but this time it wasn’t to be. This time South Africa lost in the 5th day of the 3rd Test against Australia but it is the Never Say Die attitude which I always admired about South Africa and they once again showed that with a tremendous partnership between the 2 tail order batsman Ntini and Dale Steyn.
And when all hope were gone after Steyn got out and there was no way that the South African captain Graeme Smith could come to bat in the last wicket, “Smith walked out at No. 11, looking to survive 8.2 overs with a broken hand, his own blood recently injected into his right elbow, and a desperate Australian attack”
It was a special moment in World Cricket and for me, watching Smith come out from that dressing room to bat in No. 11 with his broken hand and all the Australian crowd giving Graeme a standing ovation was really inspiring.
Although I always admired Graeme for his wonderful leadership but my all time heroes were Jhonty, Cronje, Donald, Pollock…..Smith surely made his place in my heroes list today for his brave effort and great leadership.
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