The term captain in cricket has taken on many different meanings over the years, depending on the role of the captain within the team and the format of the game played. In Test cricket, the captain leads his team from the ground and prepares the pitches, conducts training sessions, and selects players for match-day squads. The captain may be assisted by a coach or manager who deals with off-field issues such as contracts and league standings.
One of India’s greatest cricketers, Kapil Dev was also one of its finest captains. He was the captain when India took a short encounter in Bangalore and won by an innings in 1983 – this would later be called India’s ‘first miracle’. In 1987, he led England to their ‘second miracle’ by knocking out England, a team that had been unbeaten for almost two years.
Tendulkar has a record 11 titles under his belt as ODI captain, behind Inzamam-ul-Haq of Pakistan, who retired in 2007 with 12. Tendulkar will overtake Inzamam on February 10 when India play Sri Lanka in their last league match in Chennai.
One Day Internationals have been a breeding ground for quick captains who seize their chances and win matches. Ricky Ponting is often regarded as one of them, with the win percentage ranking him as one of the finest captains Australia has ever produced. When he took over in 2002, he set several records for his ability to put pressure on opposing teams and win in tough conditions.
Born in Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, Jayawardene is yet to retire from international cricket with over 9,000 runs and 350-plus wickets. He was awarded the ICC World Twenty20 2007 Player of the Year award. Jayawardene was appointed as the chairman of selectors of Sri Lanka Cricket in June 2015. Mahela represented Sinhalese Sports Club and Sri Lanka at domestic level and later played for English county Middlesex before joining Surrey County. 2004.
Fleming captained New Zealand from 1999 to 2007 and led them to victory in 23% of their 196 matches. Overall, he has scored 4770 runs with one century and 39 fifties at an average of 39.81 and a strike rate of 83.41.
Although there have been other captains, such as Steve Waugh and Jonty Rhodes, who have led their teams to victory in more than 50 international matches (though no one else has ever done it three times as Ricky Ponting did in 2007), they were not that abundant. , Ricky Ponting has led his team to 200 victories, 80% of which were victories. The next closest was Stephen Fleming with 124 wins in 241 matches.