Cape Town, Dec 27: South African captain Graeme Smith's lucky charm is back in his hands! He has said that his Test match cap, which was stolen ahead of the ongoing second Test against India, has been returned to him.
"Big thx everyone, got my cap back! must have been @janbraai lamb offering...;-) quality crowd on boxing day, big for the boys," Sport24 quoted Smith's Twitter post, as saying. An official Cricket South Africa (CSA) tweet also confirmed the return of the cap. "@GraemeSmith49's cap has been found and returned to its rightful owner," the tweet said.
Smith had earlier said that the cap, which he had been using since his first Test in 2002, had gone missing while travelling from Cape Town to Durban for the match.
"Realise this is a long shot, but had my test cap that I''ve used since my 1st test for Proteas stolen on travel up to Durbs!" Smith had said in a Twitter post. "Cap means a lot to me so if you know anything pls give me a shout......thx ."
The 29-year-old has played 89 Tests since his debut in March 2002 against Australia, notching up an average of over 50 with 22 centuries and 29 half-centuries and having taken 117 catches.
India might have been hoping that with Smith's lucky charm gone missing, they would have had a slight edge over him in this ongoing test. But, whatever the case, they have lost that edge now!