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South Africa's world record chasers: Where are they now?

Here's a look at the members of South Africa's record-breaking chase, and what happened to their careers thereafter.

South Africa pulled off one of the greatest heists in cricket ever when they usurped Australia’s total of 434 in the deciding match of the ODI series in 2006.

It has been a decade now, and t20s have become the thing to look forward to. Yet, the record for the chase remains intact, and eleven South Africans etched their name in history by being part of the line-up. The recent record partnership of Michael Lumb and Riki Wessels in a List-A match helped Nottinghamshire reach a total of 445, which was almost chased down. 

Let us look at the members of the South African team that made one of the two line-ups that started the 400-run trend in ODIs.


Graeme Smith

Graeme Smith
Smith provided the initial momentum with a 55-ball 90.

 

Smith was thrust into the captaincy role as a 22-year old in 2003. The decision turned out to be a masterstroke, as he moulded a set of match-winners into a cohesive unit that became a force to reckon with. He captained the side to the No.1 title in Tests, and set up the chase for South Africa that day, giving them belief that they can hunt down the daunting target. His 55 ball-90 at the top of the order gave impetus to Herschelle Gibbs to go into launch mode.

He now leads a successful retired life, a part of which goes in the commentary box and as an expert. He dabbled in business by being part of Momentum, a financial company, and was also the tournament director for the Ram Slam T20 in South Africa a few years back.

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