When it comes to the sporting world, South Africa has proven time and again that it can hold its own against the very best in the world.
Not only have South Africans gone toe-to-toe with the world’s best, but they have defeated them and in the process set a multitude of world records.
Below are some of the records that South African cricketers have set:
1. First player to hit six sixes off one over in a One-Day International Cricket Match
In 2007, legendary Proteas batsman Herschelle Gibbs became the first person to score six sixes in one over in an international match.
Gibbs’ record came in the 2007 World Cup at St. Kitts, Basseterre, as he bludgeoned Netherlands bowler Daan van Bunge all around the park for six sixes in one over.
Gibbs became the third batsman to hit six sixes in an over and the first in international cricket.
2. Most matches played in Test cricket as captain
Former Proteas skipper Graeme Smith became the first cricketer to make 100 Test match appearances as captain in 2013.
Smith holds the record for the most matches played in Test cricket as captain and he’s the only player to captain a side in 100 Tests.
Smith became South Africa’s youngest ever Test captain when he took charge of the Proteas at the age of 22 years 82 days in 2003.
Smith who became the fastest South African cricketer to reach 1000 test runs holds the world record of the highest number of wins in test matches as a captain with 53 wins.
3. Most dismissals by a wicket-keeper in a Test match
Former South African cricketer AB De Villiers holds the record for the most dismissals in a single test match together with Jack Russell of England and Rishabh Pant of India.
All three wicket-keepers claimed 11 scalps in a single test match, all of them catches.
Jack Russell did it against South Africa at New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg in 1995. AB de Villiers matched Russell’s feat against Pakistan, also in Johannesburg in 2013. Pant did it against Australia at the Adelaide Oval in Australia in 2018.
4. Most dismissals by a wicketkeeper in all forms of international cricket
Former South African wicket-keeper holds the record for the most dismissals by a wicket-keeper in all forms of the game.
Boucher sits comfortably in first position with 998 dismissals. In second place is Australian Adam Gilchrist with 905 scalps.
Unsurprisingly, Boucher also holds the record for the most Test dismissals.
5. Most fours by a player in a Twenty20 International
South African batsman Herschell Gibbs also holds the record for the most fours hit in an innings in a Twenty20 international. Gibbs hit a massive 14 boundaries in a match between South Africa and the West Indies in Johannesburg, South Africa on 11 September 2007.