Ian Smith

Country: South Africa
Born: February 23, 1925, Durban, Natal
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Legbreak
Died: August 25, 2015, Eston, Pietermaritzburg district, KwaZulu-Natal, (aged 90y 183d)

Ian Smith Bio

Vivian Ian Smith, commonly known as Ian Smith, was a South African cricketer known for his exceptional legbreak bowling abilities. Although he lacked a googly in his arsenal, his accuracy and incredible spin made him a formidable opponent, especially on turning tracks. Born on July 5, 1924, in Johannesburg, South Africa, Smith’s contribution to South African cricket is highly revered.

Smith commenced his international career when he embarked on a tour of England with the South African cricket team in 1947. In the only match where South Africa truly challenged their opponents, Smith made an impressive debut at Nottingham, taking seven wickets for 189 runs. This remarkable performance laid the foundation for his successful tour, as he led the averages with 58 wickets at an outstanding average of 23.17. His exceptional highlight of the tour came at Derby, where he recorded his best figures of 13 for 66, including an astounding spell of 6 for 1 that featured a remarkable hat-trick.

With his ability to exploit spin-friendly conditions and deceive batsmen with his prodigious turn, Smith established himself as a crucial member of the South African cricket team during his early years. His accurate and consistent legbreaks troubled numerous renowned batsmen during his career, earning respect and admiration from opponents and teammates alike.

In 1955, Smith had the privilege of representing South Africa once again on a tour, marking another important chapter in his cricketing journey. However, during this tour, he found himself playing second fiddle to fellow spinner Hugh Tayfield, who stole much of the limelight. Despite being overshadowed on that particular tour, Smith continued to contribute to the team’s success whenever his services were required.

Smith’s cricketing prowess extended far beyond the boundaries of South Africa. His reputation as a fearsome spinner traveled across countries and earned him admiration from cricket fans worldwide. Known for his unwavering dedication and professionalism, Smith constantly honed his craft and remained a crucial asset to the South African cricket team throughout his career.

Beyond his remarkable cricketing abilities, Smith will be remembered for the enthusiasm and passion he brought to the game. His commitment to fair play and sportsmanship set an example for aspiring cricketers, making him a true inspiration.

After retiring from professional cricket, Smith remained involved in the sport in various capacities. He served as a coach and mentor to young cricketers, passing on his knowledge and expertise to the next generation. His contributions to South African cricket were recognized when he was inducted into the country’s Cricket Hall of Fame, solidifying his legacy as one of the greatest spinners to have represented his nation.

Ian Smith’s remarkable career, defined by his incredible spin bowling, accuracy, and commitment to the sport, remains an inspiration to cricketers around the world. His legacy lives on, and his impact on the game will continue to resonate for generations to come.

Ian Smith Career Stats

Ian Smith Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 9 16 6 39 11* 3.9 - - 0 0 - 0 3 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 97 114 61 547 37 10.32 - - 0 0 - - 38 0
List A - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Ian Smith Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 9 12 1655 769 12 4/143 7/189 64.08 2.78 137.9 1 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 97 - 22088 8233 365 9/88 - 22.55 2.23 60.5 - 26 8
List A - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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