Captain of a cricket team is the most important member of the team. The Cricket team captain has a lot of responsibility and it’s his duty to bring out the Best of each of his Team Players. He is also known as the skipper of the team and he has additional responsibilities as compared to the other members of the team. Captain of a team must be an experienced player with good communication skills, a person who gives a fair chance to everyone, who choose the team very carefully, does not take advantage of his power. Basically, a good captain must be able to maintain coordination within his team and at the same time he must be able to make his country proud. As we know, with great power, comes great responsibility, and so is the position of captain responsible for the pride of the whole country. Because whenever a cricket team won a match, it is referred to as the country that won a match. We never say that Indian cricket team won the match, we always call it as the victory of India. This article consists of the 10 best captains of cricket teams that made their country proud and also possessed all the qualities that a good leader must have.
10. RICKY PONTING
Ricky Thomas Ponting served as the captain of Australian Cricket team between 2004 and 2011 in Test Cricket and between 2002 and 2011 in One Day Internationals. He is a specialist right handed batsman who is also a slips and close catching fielder and as well as a very occasional bowler. His bowling style is right arm medium pace or right arm off break. He made Australia won 108 Test matches out of 168, 262 ODI’s out of 375 and 7 T20 matches out of 17 as a member. He also possess many international records under his captaincy like the record for most victories ODI captain i.e. 162, second most victories as Test captain i.e. 48, highest victory rate of 75.74 % as the ODI captain in more than 20 matches. Under his captaincy, Australia won 2 World Cups. He also holds the record of most consecutive Test victories won as a captain , i.e , 16 and record of undefeated as Captain in World Cups. Not to forget, he have the most consecutive Ashes defeats in England , i.e. ,2. Thus, it is clearly visible that under his captaincy, Australia definitely was one of the strongest cricket teams of all times.
9. STEVE WAUGH
Stephen Rodger “Steve” Waugh served as the captain of Australian team from 1999 to 2004 in Test Cricket and from 1997 to 1998 in One Day International cricket. He is a right handed batsman and a medium pace bowler. He has a world record of 16 consecutive test victories. He even made Australia won 1999 World Cup under his captaincy. He became the 30th cricketer inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame. He was also awarded with the Australian of the Year award in 2004. Basically, he is an Australian Living Treasure who is also one of the best cricket captains ever.
8. M. S. DHONI
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the captain of Indian Cricket Team from 2004 and still counting. He is a right handed batsman and wicket keeper and his bowling style is right hand medium pace. He made India won 24 test matches out of 47 from 2008 – 2012, 77 ODI matches out of 135 from 2007 to 2013 and Twenty 20 20 matches out of 41 from 2007 – 2012. Under his captaincy, India won ICC WOrld Twenty 20 held in South Africa in 2007 and 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup. He is also the captain of the team Chennai Super Kings of Indian Premiere League and the team won the third and fourth seasons of Indian Premiere League held in 2010 and 2011 respectively.
7. NASSER HUSSAIN
Nasser Hussain is a former England cricketer who is also considered as one of the best ever cricket captain. He is a right handed batsman and his bowling style is right arm leg break. He was the captain of Test Cricket from 1999 to 2003. He made England won 17 out of 45 matches under his captaincy. Hussain was considered as a virtuoso captain who who applied all his daring and frenetic energy into cricket. He balanced his responsibility as a captain and a player very effectively. He was also considered as England’s most reliable batsman.
6. GRAEME SMITH
Graeme Craig Smith is a South African cricketer. He is also the captain of his team from 2003 and counting for Test Cricket. He is a left handed batsman and his bowling style is right arm off break. He usually is the opener or occasional off spinner of his team. He holds the world record of captaining in the most test matches and also the record of providing most number of wins in the test matches i.e. 50 under his captaincy. He has given the most number of centuries as a captain and has also taken the highest catches as a non wicket keeper in test matches. He is the fastest South African cricketer to reach 1000 test runs. Thus Graeme Smith has played an important role in South Africa’s remarkable success and that is why he is considered as one of the best ever captains of all times.
5. SOURAV GANGULY
Sourav Ganguly is a former Indian cricketer. He served as the captain of Indian Cricket team from 1999 – 2005 for ODI Cricket and from 2000 – 2005 for Test Cricket. He was a left handed batsman and his bowling style was right arm medium pace. He made India won 21 test matches out of 49 and 76 One Day Internationals out of 146 under his captaincy. He also served as the captain of Kolkata Knight Riders and captain cum mentor of Pune Warriors in the Indian Premiere League. He is regarded as one of the most successful captains of all times.
4. IMRAN KHAN
Imran Khan is a former cricketer who played for Pakistan Cricket team. He was a right handed batsman and his bowling style was right arm fast pace. He actually was an all rounder in Pakistan cricket team. He took over the captaincy of Pakistan cricket team in 1982 and retired from his captaincy as well from cricket in 1992. He made Pakistan won the Cricket World Cup in 1992 under his captaincy. He holds the record of taking most wickets i.e. 78 in test wins, record of having the best bowling figures i.e. 8 wickets for 60 runs in test wins and also the record of the most five – wicket hauls i.e. 6 in test wins as a captain.
3. ARJUNA RANATUNGA
Arjuna Ranatunga is a former Sri Lankan cricketer. He was a left handed batsman and his bowling style was right arm medium pace. He was selected as the captain of Sri Lankan cricket team in 1988 and maintained his captaincy for next 11 years. He is the only player, who played the first and the 100th test match for a country. He was recognized as a belligerent leader. He was also famous for defending hir players, regardless of what the did. He made Sri Lanka won 89 ODI matches out of 193 and 12 Test matches out of 56. He made his team won the 1996 Cricket World Cup under his captaincy.
2. CLYDE WALCOTT
Sir Clyde Leopold Walcott was a west Indian cricketer. He was a right handed batsman and his bowling style was right arm fast medium pace. He maintained his captaincy from 1974 – 1985. In his captaincy he made West Indies won 36 Test matches out of 74 and 64 ODI matches out of 84. He was known as the best batsman in the world. He was honored as the Wiseden Cricketer of the year in 1958.
1. HANSIE CRONJE
Wessel Johannes “Hansie” Cronje is a former South African cricketer and he was the captain of his team in early 1990′s. He was a right handed batsman and his bowling style was right arm medium pace. Under his captaincy, South Africa won 27 Test matches and also 99 ODI matches out of 138. He is the third most successful captains worldwide, in terms of percentage of wins. He was the only captain who spoke to his players with his eyes, rather than his hands or mouth. He used to set the field with his eye movements. Hansie Cronje was the only Test captain who is said to have forfeit an innings.