The Poepol of the Week Award goes to Telford Vice, a freelance cricket writer in South Africa. He has the balls to call Graeme Smith the following: “Graeme Smith has been a figure easy to misunderstand. That should not hide the fact that he is among the toughest, most intelligent cricketers around – and a great batsman to boot”
Here is the article he wrote about Graeme Smith: http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/572863.html
Graeme Smith is by far the dumbest captain our national side has ever had. He has no concept of strategy. He has a terrible record as captain for obvious reasons. We lost many test series we should have easily won, and we drew many many more we should have won comprehensively, if only Smitty had half a functioning brain when it came to strategic thinking. Smith is a very good batsmen, but an intelligent captain, not at all. He is like Ringo Star. They used to say: “Ringo is not the best drummer in the world. In fact, he is not the best drummer in the Beatles.”
Graeme Smith has been a total failure as a captain for South Africa. In all formats of the game. Just look at his stats as captain. That says it all.
If you watched Graeme Smith snatch defeat from the jaws of victory on many many different and very important occassions like we all have over the years, then all we can do is shake our heads at dribble like this written about Graeme Smith in this article by Telford Vice.