Smith’s beginning of international career was nothing short of spectacular when he made his Test debut for South Africa against Australia in 2002. In just the third Test, Smith slammed a double century. Immediately he was regarded as the future of South African cricket.
After former skipper Shaun Pollock announced his resignation after the 2003 World Cup, Smith was selected as the Test team captain. At that time he became the youngest ever South African captain (22 years and 82 days old).
Smith guided his team strongly and became one of the most successful captains of his country. He has the record of highest number of wins (53) by a South African skipper. Along with his captaincy, Smith was also very consistent with the bat.
Despite having achieve lots of records in his beautiful career, Smith decided to announce his retirement when he was just 33 years old. He could have easily stayed for some more years at the helm of one of the world’s finest Test side.