Late, former South African captain Hansie Cronje, who would have turned 47 today, is our Legend of the Week, brought to you by Aquavita.
As the Proteas prepare for their one-off ODI against Ireland, we take a look at some of the great underdog stories, which often involves the Irish.
Richard Snell, who turns 48 today, ripped apart Australia in the World Series final in 1994.
Lance Klusener, who turns 45 today, produced the fourth-best debut figures in Test history.
On this day in 1993, Jonty Rhodes scored his maiden Test century to seal a series win against Sri Lanka.
On this day in 1979, Mike Procter equalled a record that still stands today.
Robin Jackman, who is 71 today, was denied a Test debut because the match was cancelled.
Robin Peterson, who turns 37 today, was instrumental in the Proteas’ comeback victory over India at the 2011 World Cup.
On this day in 1998, Allan Donald and Mike Atherton squared off at Trent Bridge in one of the great battles.
On this day in 2014, Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn took 16 wickets between them to guide the Proteas to their first win in Sri Lanka in 14 years.
Andre Nel was in the headlines for all kinds of reasons when India toured SA in 2006.
The most important single in ODI history?
Back in 2008, Dale Steyn, who celebrates his 33rd birthday, produced one of his best Test performances against Australia at the MCG.
Liam Plunkett hit a six off the last ball to secure a tie against Sri Lanka at Trent Bridge.
On this day in 1975, West Indies won the inaugural Cricket World Cup when they defeated Australia in the final at Lord’s.