Though Cricket is a game of collaborative efforts from each member, still the captain has a major role to play in planning the strategies. He holds the credit for bringing together his team and infusing in it a great sense of energy and motivation even during difficult times. This game has found great captains who led their nation to the path of success. I have compiled a small list of ten great cricket captains.
10. Stephen Fleming
This New Zealand former cricketer is widely known for his tactical abilities and captaincy, having been praised from the likes of Shane Warne as the “best captain in world cricket” and most recently, Graeme Swann who said that Fleming is one of the two true leaders that he’s ever seen besides Strauss. With his aggressive captaincy, he made the other side struggle for runs.
9. Arjuna Ranatunga
Arjuna Ranatunga led the most underrated team to the world cup victory in 1996. The Sri Lankan team were considered underdogs but the image changed during the 1996 Cricket World Cup, when Sri Lanka defeated tournament favorite Australia. This victory started a new era of Sri Lankan cricket team competitiveness on global stage. In June 2000, Ranatunga played in Sri Lanka’s 100th Test match, becoming the only player to represent his country in their first and hundredth Test.
8. Imran Khan
He is one of the finest all-rounder who led the Pakistani team to the glorious World Cup victory in 1992. He played international cricket for two decades in the late twentieth century. Well, this personality after his smashing career in Cricket entered in politics. His versatility doesn’t sees a full stop here, he is a well-known philanthropist and cricket commentator.
7. Sourav Ganguly
Popularly known as “dada”, he is one of the most influential captain of India. He has motivated and nurtured the career of many younger players who played under him. He transformed the indian team into an aggresive figting unit. He led Indian team to the 2003 world cup finals. He is the most successful Indian test captain in overseas with 11 wins. Indian team was ranked at eighth position as per ICC rankings before he became the captain and under his tenure the team rank went up to as high as second position.
6. Graeme Smith
This 6ft 2 inch tall man has left no stones unturned in his captaincy period. He is currently the most successful Test captain, having overtaken Ricky Ponting’s 48 Test victories.Talking about his unique batting skills, he scored back to back 50’s in the 2007 World Cup, a feat never achieved before by a captain. To add to his undefying glories, he captained the first South African side that triumphed over Australian team in the test series on their soil.
5. M.S. Dhoni
Known for his calmness at pitch, he is considered as the most successful captain of India Team. Despite belonging from a small city, his achievements has no boundaries. From the 2007 T-20 World Cup to the 2011 ODI World Cup and then 2013 Champions Trophy, Indian team achieved success consistently under his captaincy. He took India to the first position in the ICC Tests ranking. He is regarded as one of the greatest match finishers in limited-overs cricket.
This 6 feet inch tall powerful-minded former West Indian cricketer is one of the most successful captain of all time; during his captaincy the side had a run of 27 matches without defeat, making West Indies as the most feared team in the world for more than a decade. Lloyd captained the West Indies in three World Cups, leading to two consecutive victories, in the year 1975 and 1979, and took the team to finals in 1983.
3. Steve Waugh
The name “Iceman” given to him suits his overall personality. With his great focus at game, he captained the Australian team in the ICC world cup event of 1999 to a remarkable victory. He has a great achievement of scoring more than 10,000 runs in test cricket. He holds a world record of leading Australia to fifteen of their record sixteen consecutive Test wins.
2. Kapil Dev
Hailing from Haryana, this all rounder had a marvellous career in cricket. Under his captaincy, India witnessed her first World Cup achievement in the year 1983. Coming to his balling skills, he developed a fine inswinging yorker during the 1980s, which he used very effectively against tail-enders. As a batsman, he was a natural striker of the ball. The Wisden Cricketer’s Almanack, it was reported that “Kapil Dev’s sportsmanship proved the deciding factor in a close-run match”. The Indian government awarded him with the prestigious Padma Shri and Padma Bhusan for his glory.
1. Ricky Ponting
Topping our list is one of the most influential captain in the history of cricket, Ricky Ponting. He achieved the rarest feat of leading the Australian team to two consecutive World Cup victories in the year 2003 and 2007 and was also the part of 1999 World Cup victory under the captaincy of Steve Waugh. Despite surrounded with lot of controversies, he is regarded as one of the finest batsman of all times. He is one of the three batsmen who have been called players of the century, along with Brian Lara and Sachin Tendulkar.