Being a Captain is not an easy job. Yes, it is a matter of pride when it comes to leading your respective country but it also comes with a lot of responsibility. There are a few cricketers who thrive when they become leaders, and there are also a few who stumble under the pressure of captaincy. That can happen, rather than is completely normal in Sport.
On the other hand, there is also the third kind. The kinds who were captain before and post their leadership era they could never perform because they so used to leading from the front. Let’s Look at a mix of some of these Legendary Cricketers.
1. Kapil Dev
Some of us have grown up watching Kapil Dev, while the rest have heard stories about him from our parents. Now, what if we show you another side of Kapil Dev? A side which would totally amaze you.
The Former World Cup-winning Indian Captain only had an average of 19.73 while he was not at the helm of the side. As a Non- Captain, the all-rounder from India played 96 innings and managed only 1521 runs. He still managed to do well with his bowling though but with someone like the stature of Kapil Dev, we surely expected more than surface level initiatives. Having said that, it all started from Kapil Dev and there is no doubt that he would go down in the books of cricket as one of the greatest players/ captains to have played the game.
You call for a run and he will wish his partner good luck at the same time. Certainly, one of the best Gentlemen the game has ever produced, Jammy had niceness written all over him. Though his team did not, he did quite well during his tenure of being the One Day Captain for Team India. Post his captaincy days, the right-handed batsman from India averaged only 23.66 in 15 Innings and could manage to score only 355 runs.
There is no doubt that he was absolute class before and during his captaincy days for the most of his career. Having said that, his Test Form continued even after his Leadership days and he continued to bring laurels to the country.
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He is one of the youngest South African Test Captains ever. As we all remember, South Africa did quite badly in the 2003 World Cup and was in desperate search of a new captain. Smith, who was impressing many with his talent with the bat and maturity to deal with situations was handed over the captaincy after playing just 8 Test Matches and 22 One Day Internationals.
He eventually went on to Captain the Proteas in more than 100 Test Matches and has the maximum wins by any captain in the history of Test Cricket- 50. He was captain almost all his life and unfortunately for him, he could never really cope up with not being captain post his resignation. His numbers dropped down drastically as he managed a mere 527 runs in 22 innings averaging 23.95.
4. Mohammad Azharuddin
It is safe to say that Azharuddin set the trend of playing with a lot of style in India. There were many legends even before this man, but he did it with a lot of style. We see that with a lot of cricketers these days but in that era, his flair really stood out. The collar of his shirt up, and he playing the stylish flick shot is surely something no cricket fan can ever forget.
Azhar was quite a successful player and captain as we all know but even he could not take it once he decided to move on from the post. As just a Batsman and not a Captain, Azhar made his presence on 11 such occasions, averaging 26.80 with just 268 runs in his kitty.
5. Ricky Ponting
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Also known as Punter, Ricky Ponting was surely a remarkable cricketer. The owner for 27,000 runs in International Cricket was also a 3 time World Cup winner. The last 2 of them being as Captain. The former right-handed Batsman from Australia also has the most wins in the history of One Day Cricket,(165) as a captain and 4th most in Test Cricket (77).
He could never really match his old self, post his captaincy era but did not do very badly either. He played 14 matches during that tenure managing 407 runs in 44 innings at an average of 33.91.
6. Sourav Ganguly
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Thr Prince Of ‘Kolkata’ as they call him has been one of the most fearless Captain India has ever produced. He was the one who taught the entire bunch on how to tackle fire with fire and also on how to stamp authority overseas. India started winning abroad under his tenure which rarely happened before.
Under his leadership, India also reached the final of the 2003 World Cup and won the Natwest Trophy in England. All was going well in his life until Greg Chappel decided to impose, rather force some other plans. Ganguly had to forcefully resign as Captain but that surely did not let that dampen his spirits. Even post his captaincy he managed to score 1099 runs at a more than a decent average of 39.25. He also managed to score 12 half centuries during that period while featuring in only 31 Innings. Dada for a reason they said, very well said.
7. Mahendra Singh Dhoni
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There is no doubt that Dhoni was the Best Limited Overs Captain the World has ever produced. Yes, he has won everything a captain could from the World Cup’s to the IPL Trophies to the Champions League and has a record every other captain would be envy of.
But how many of you actually know that post his captaincy era he has actually bettered his record? Yes, you read that right. Since the time he put in his papers, the wicket-keeper batsman from India averages a whopping 89.57. Maybe because he is still the captain as Virat Kohli and his boys put it? Surely a lot of credit goes to Virat Kohli as well to allow Dhoni to play freely and eventually set into his new role.
The former Indian Captain has scored 627 runs in 14 innings with fife half centuries ever since. Considering he comes to bat in the lower middle order, those numbers are surely the ones we all should take a bow to.