Graeme Smith, the former South African Test captain, spoke about his retirement in a recent interview. Smith has revealed that family reasons played a part in his decision to retire from international cricket. Smith made the announcement, bringing an end to an eminent career in which he became the most successful Test captain of all time and scored more than 17,000 runs. Smith retired from international cricket in March 2014, playing his last Test against Australia. South Africa’s most successful Test captain said that he had been considering retirement since undergoing ankle surgery in April of last year and believes that doing it after the third Test against Australia at Newlands is as good a time as any. Actually the ill-health of his daughter and other stressful factors played a crucial role in calling time on his cricket career. In a recent interview he said that when he thought about his daughter’s injury, it was a really stressful time in his life. She was burnt with hot water down her face, arm and leg. When she got hurt, South Africa team was in the middle of a massive series against Australia. Smith was taking her to the hospital on the morning of the game, having the procedure and then having to leave to go to play the Test match.
He also spoke about his descendant Hashim Amla. He told that he wouldn’t have initially picked him as a leader. He did not think initially he would have been his first choice because he operates in a much removed way. He’s a very religious person, he’s very calm, relaxed and slightly removed in the adobe, said Smith when he was asked about Hashim Amla. Later, Smith backs Amla to succeed and believes that he has it in him to take the pressures of captaincy.
He could not continue playing for Surrey as a knee injury put him out. Thus, he would not return for 2015. He misses his teammates and the fellowship but now he has settled into his retirement life.