It was on this day in 2002, Hansie Cronje, one of the great captains, died on a plane crash. The moment we hear the name Hansie Cronje, we remember the scandal and his plane crash. But there’s something more worth this man has contributed to the game of cricket. He is one of the best captains cricket has ever had. Under his leadership, the South African team has recorded 99 wins out of 138 one-day internationals.
Hansie is still missed in South Africa. He is regarded as one of the greatest player in both forms of cricket. Hansie never compromised on discipline. It is said that he instilled his discipline in the team when he became the captain. The team as we all know, was excellent in all departments of the game during his captaincy. Fielding standards were at unreachable heights. Above all this, there was professionalism in the team.
Hansie was also a great all rounder. His medium pace deliveries has often served to be turning points of the game. As a middle order batsman, he has also earned many ‘man of the match’ awards. An example to quote would be the one with Australia in 1994, when he guided his team to victory. It was a triangular series that included New- Zealand also. He scored 91 runs and remained unbeaten.
Every man commits mistakes. But it requires great guts to confess that mistake to the whole world and it is obvious that Hansie had that guts.