The Proteas, the national cricket team of South Africa, represent their country internationally. Cricket South Africa is in charge of managing the Proteas. As a full member of the International Cricket Council (ICC), South Africa is accorded Test, One-Day International (ODI), and Twenty20 International (T20I) status. They entered international cricket during the 1888–89 seasons. The team was initially incapable of competing with Australia or England but after gaining knowledge and skills, they were able to form a competent team by the first decade of the 20th century. The team has performed well and has frequently maintained the top spot in international rankings. South Africa also ranks among the best ODI cricket sides, winning more than 60% of their games. Currently, the team is rated fifth in ODIs, fourth in T20Is, and third in Test matches. Here are the Top
1. Jacques Kallis -
Jacques Henry Kallis, a South African cricket coach, and former player, was born on 16 October 1975. In addition to being a right-handed batsman, he is also a right-arm fast-medium swing bowler. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest players in the history of cricket as well as one of South Africa's top batsmen. After holding the top spot in ODIs for over three years, he was the finest all-around player in the world by late 2001.
2. Shaun Pollock -
Shaun Maclean Pollock, a South African cricket analyst and former player who served as a captain in all formats of the game, was born on 16 July 1973. He is considered one of the best all-arounder players in history. He topped ICCI ODIs rankings for several years. He was the number 1 ODI bowler from 1991 to 2008,
and the number 1 all-rounder for South Africa from 2006 to 2008.
3. Graeme Smith -
Graeme Craig Smith, a South African cricket analyst and former player who represented South Africa in all forms, was born on 1 February 1978. One of the best openers of all time is Smith. He scored two double hundreds in back-to-back Test matches while South Africa was touring England in 2003: 277 at Edgbaston and 259 at Lords. In 2008, Smith was the number one ODI batsman. He was also the best T20I batsman in 2006 and 2007.
4. Hansie Cronje -
Right-handed South African cricketer Wessel Johannes Hansie Cronje, was born on 25 September 1969, captained the cricket team in the 1990s. He bagged 1st position in the ODI ranking by ICC in 1994; during the period from 1995 to 1997 he was the world's number 1 ODI all-rounder in ICC Rankings.
5. Dale Steyn -
Dale Willem Steyn, a former South African professional cricketer who played for the South African Cricket Team, was born on 27 June 1983. Frequently, he is recognized as the best Test bowler of his period and one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time. Steyn earned 78 wickets at an average of 16.24 during the 2007–2008 seasons, earning him the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year Award for 2008. Steyn was regarded as the best test bowler between 2009 and 2016, as he bagged 1st position in ICC Test Ranking for more than seven years continuously.
6. AB De Villiers -
Abraham Benjamin de Villiers, a former cricketer for South Africa at the international level, was born on 17 February, 1984. With his highest score of 217 against India on 4 April 2008, De Villiers became the first South African to record a double century. De Villiers beat the West Indies by hitting 149 runs off of 44 balls on 18 January 2015, setting records for the quickest fifty and century in One Day International cricket. He is a three-time winner of the ICC ODI Player of the Year award. He secured 1st position in ICC Test Rankings for three years (2013-15) and was ranked 1st in ODI Rankings in the years, 2010-2017.
7. Hashim Amla -
Hashim Mahomed Amla, a former international cricket player from South Africa who competed in all three game formats, was born on 31 March 1983. He still owns the South African batting record for the highest individual Test score (311 not out), which he scored against England. He achieved the number 1 position in ICC ODI Ranking for five years (2010-14).
8. Vernon Philander -
Vernon Darryl Philander, a former South African, right-handed bowling all-rounder who competed internationally, was born on 24 June 1985. Philander took five wickets in the first test against New Zealand in March 2012, which
ended in a draw. He then delivered a match-winning effort in the second test at Hamilton, taking 4-70 and 6-44 for his second 10-wicket haul. He was ranked first in the ICC Test Bowling Rankings for the year 2013 and in ICC Test All Rounder Ranking in the year
9. Kagiso Rabada -
Kagiso Rabada, a right-arm fast bowler who represents South Africa internationally in all formats was born on 25 May 1995. In the fourth Test against England at Centurion in 2016, Rabada recorded his first ten-wicket haul in a Test match. In the game, he claimed 13 wickets, including two five-wicket hauls, and
had his best bowling statistics of 7/112 for England in the first innings. In his twenties, he dominated the ICC ODI and Test bowling rankings by January 2018.
10. Tabraiz Shamsi -
South African cricketer Tabraiz Shamsi, who was born on 18 February 1990, is famous for his unorthodox left-arm spin bowling. After his outstanding performance in the three-match T20I series against Pakistan in Pakistan, where he picked up six wickets, Shamsi led the ICC T20I bowler rankings in March 2021 for the first time in his career.