MCC elects Graeme Smith as Honorary Life Member
The former belligerent southpaw batter from South Africa, Graeme Smith, has been elected as the honorary life member of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) - the global custodians of cricket laws.
Smith instilled a fearless attitude in his side and led by example. He would effortlessly dispatch the ball over the ropes with disdain and make bowlers look meek.
The marvellous hitter of the cricket ball, who was very strong square of the wicket, has a phenomenal Test match record; he blasted 27 centuries, 38 fifties and amassed 9,265 runs in the cricket's most sacred format and took the Proteas captaincy reins only at the age of 22.
Smith has piled up a whopping 6,989 runs in ODIs with ten centuries and 47 half-centuries to his name. He was ecstatic at receiving the honorary membership.
England was a happy hunting ground for the well built attacking batsman as in 2003 he struck two double centuries on the tour and the second double ton came at Lord's in which he made an entry in the record books by managing the highest individual score of 259 - which turned out to be a record by an overseas player and perhaps his magnum opus.
The swashbuckling opener, who was also named in the Wisden's Cricketers of the Year in 2004, etched his name on the prestigious Lord's Honours Board in 2008 by hitting a century in the tie match against England.
Smith also marshalled his troops superbly in the historic first Test series triumph in Australia, in 2008-09.
In 2013, the double ton in Dubai against Pakistan was a significant milestone, considering that he was brought up on quick seaming tracks and him adapting in slow turning tracks of Arabian Peninsula, getting better of Saeed Ajmal - who was at his peak - was something special.
Another impressive feat was his match-winning three centuries across four innings in the 2005 Carribean tour that culminated in a domineering 2-0 series win against a formidable West Indies side.
Former Australian off-spinner Tim May is also awarded Honorary Life Membership for his accomplishments in cricket.