Best captain in the world: Cricket is a team game but a captain always plays an important role in it. A good leader helps the team to take tough decisions on the field.
A captain is tested during crunch situations as he is the one who is rotating the bowlers and giving fields to his bowlers. Along with leading the team, a captain also has to perform with bat or ball to show that he can lead from the front.
There have been many captains over the years who have handled this pressure extremely well and have led their team to new heights. Let’s have a look at some of the best captains to have ever played the game.
1. Steve Waugh
The former Australian skipper was a gutsy captain at his time. He led Australia to 16 consecutive Test wins from October 14, 1999 to February 27, 2001 before they lost to India in the famous Kolkata Test. Waugh also led Australia to 1999 World Cup win.
Win percentage in Tests: 71.92
Win percentage in ODIs: 65.23
2. Graeme Smith
Smith was given the role of captaincy when he was just 22 and had played just 8 Tests then. As an opening batter, he led the team from the front and contributed heavily in making South Africa a superpower. Under Smith, SA won many matches overseas. He holds the record of most wins as a Test captain.
Win percentage in Tests: 48.62
Win percentage in ODIs: 64.23
3. MS Dhoni
A clever captain and a probably one of India’s biggest cricketing stars, MS Dhoni led India to 3 ICC titles (2007 World T20, ICC World Cup 2011, 2013 Champions Trophy) which no captain in the world has ever done before. He is known to have a brilliant cricketing brain and is known as ‘Captain Cool’.
Win percentage in Tests: 45
Win percentage in ODIs: 59.52
4. Ricky Ponting
The former Australian captain is known for his aggression on the field. His hunger of winning was unmatchable. He led Australia to 2 consecutive World Cups in 2003 and 2007. Under Ponting, Australia became a world beating team and won all over the world. He had the best win percentage as captain in ODI cricket.
Win percentage in Tests: 62.33
Win percentage in ODIs: 76.14
5. Imran Khan
Imran Khan led Pakistan from a struggling team to a world champion. He was an attacking captain who led the team from the front. Along with his captaincy, he was among the best all-rounder at his time. Right now, he is the Prime Minister of Pakistan.
Win percentage in Tests: 29.16
Win percentage in ODIs: 55.92
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