Cricket, one of the most popular Sport in the World that everyone loves to watch. It’s rules are much more complicated as compared to other field sports like Football or Baseball. Cricket is almost played in all the Continents except America. Different Countries represent their players in this sport and these group of people comprises a team which as a Cricket fan I expect you know. And the most Important thing about a team is its Leader or Captain that always have a vital role in any game. I had prepared a list of Top 10 Best Cricket Captains ever which had contributed their heart and soul in raising their team and emerging as one of the Top teams in the World.As the Australian team is the most successful among the other teams and so were the Captains. 2 Australian captains are in the top 5 position in the list headed by M.S.Dhoni.
Before going the Best cricket Captains list, let us understand the importance of the captain in cricket. A Captain is known as a skipper of the Team just like M.S Dhoni is the Skipper of Team India. Captain plays a crucial role in the selection of playing 11 as well as he is responsible for all the major activities in the filed like selection of bowlers and field setting. He is always the first person to answer any rule breaking activity done by his players. And at the same time, He is always the first to praised if his team won a match or a World cup. Captain of a team is not fixed and changes according to particular situation. But what my list contains the name of those Captains that are most successful from where the professional cricket starts and lead their team to win the most number of awards with their captaincy. So enjoy reading it.
Top 10 Best Cricket Captains
Stephan Fleming is a left Hand Opening Batsman and the former captain of New Zealand Cricket team. He was one of the youngest Captain in the cricket history. He served as a captain of New Zealand team at the age of 23 from 1997 to 2007. He has been praised for his captaincy by famed personalities like Shane Warne and Mahela Jawardene. He is the longest-serving and most successful of all the other New Zealand Captains. Nurturing the talents like Chris Cairns and Brandom Mecmulllum is all added in his Career achievements with which New Zealand has claimed its position in the top class Cricket.
One of the Top Captain that has never struggled doing captaincy and batting at the same time. Although he was born in Madras India, he has been the Captain of England team for about 4 years. He is much famous for his enthusiastic spirit and periodically changing strategies. He always make changes in the field position of players randomly. And that’s why He is the most energetic among the other Best Cricket Captains.
Sir Clyde Leopold Walcott, is a former West Indies Cricketer and Team Captain. He was one of the most successful Batsman and Captain in the early days of International Cricket. He has been awarded as an honor of “Sir” and as the “Wisdom Cricketer of the Year” in 1958. As West Indies is one of the early teams who has started playing cricket, Walcott captained is his team for approximately 10 years in a 6 day test match format with a winning ratio of more than 50%. Under his captaincy, West Indies served as the top ranking cricket team for years.
Sourav Ganguly is one of the most promising Indian Captain. He was the captain of Test Team of India from 2000-2005 and for ODI from 1999-2005. Under his 6 years of captaincy, Team India has won 21 Test Matches out of 49 and 76 ODI’s out of 146. Popularly known as Dada, He was very emotional and aggressive both as a cricketer and commentator(the profession which he choose after his retirement). Sourav Ganguly is a left Hand Batsman and right arm medium pace bowler. He is also one the top 5 most run scored player in ODI’s.
Imran Khan is professionally a right hand fast bowler.But actually i consider him as an all rounder as he has played some fabulous innings with his bat and scored centuries. He had been the captain of Pakistan cricket team for ten years between 1982 and 1992 the longest time span among all the other team captains. And most important thing about Imran Khan is that he is the only captain who lead Pakistan to won a single glorious World Cup. Apart from a cricket player and team Captain he is also much active in cricket Commentary and Pakistan Politics.
Graeme Smith is a left hand Batsman and Skipper of South African Team. He led his team to an equal position where the top Teams like Australia and India stands and emerging South African team as one of the deadly competitors to other side. Who can imagine that a team can chase a target of 434 runs in 50 overs and win that game. And that’s why he is considered as the best Captains of all time. Smith and Gibbs are the most successful opening partners.He served as a test captain from 2003 till present and ODI captain from 2003 to 2011.
Arjun Ranatunga is a former Sri Lankan player and Captain. At the time when he is nominated as the Team Captain, Sri Lankan team is under praised and low rating Cricket nations. But as he leads his team in the World Cup of 1996 and Won that billion Dollar Cup, the way how people thinks about this team completely changes and currently it is the one among the Top 3 Best Cricket Teams. And this defines what an empowered leader Arjun is. He was a left Hand Batsman and a right arm medium pace bowler and one of the remarkable personality in Cricket.
Steve Waugh was a perfect all-rounder and a great right hand Batsman. He served as an Australian Captain both in ODI’s and Test from 1999 to 2004. He has a record of winning 16 consecutive test Victories. Under his captaincy, Australia has also won the World Cup of 1999. Steve has also played a major role in nourishing the talents of new players in his team like Ponting and Lee .He is often known as “Mr cool” by his team mates.
Ponting, the man behind building Australian team as one of the successful teams the World has ever seen. The Words are less but the facts are infinite which proves his reputation. Within his Captaincy,Australia has won 265 ODI’s out of 375 and 108 test matches out of 165. But the facts hasn’t finished. Ricky has also lead Australian team to won 2 World Cup titles Consecutively. And this is what that defines to me the class of a true captain. Apart from Captaincy, Ricky Ponting is one the most devastating right Hand Batsman and a superb fielder.
1.M S Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni popularly known as M.S.dhoni or “Mahi” is the present cricket captain of Team India. Under his Captaincy Team India has won almost all the top-level awards including a ODI World Cup, Champions Trophy and a T20 World Cup. Team India is at the number 1 position in the Current ICC ODI rankings. And this is all because of Dhoni. He is surely the Best Captain India has ever got. Dhoni is much famous for his strategies in the field including some bizarre steps he takes. He is the First Captain who implemented to bowl a spinner the very first over in an innings. Apart from his Captaincy, He is a middle order right hand Batsman and often known for his powerful Sixes at the end of the Innings.
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