The role of a captain is one of great responsibility and scrutiny. Sort of like a double-edged sword, a good captain makes the team click on a winning day and takes the blame on a losing day. Play the main role while leading the team. It's vital to be courageous and active to motivate surrounding teammates and to get the best out of them.
We have been blessed with many such great captains in cricket who are always positive in their character and decision-making. Today we bring to you the 5 most successful captains with the most wins in cricket so far.
Ricky Ponting (Australia)
Ricky Ponting is one of the finest cricketers to come out of Australia and that’s because of the legacy he has left behind as a skipper. Under his captaincy, he led the team in 230 matches, Australia won 165 and lost just 51. The Aussie legend has the most wins as a captain of a cricketing nation and also poses the best winning percentage of 76.14 among all international captains. Having led the Aussies to two ICC World Cup wins, he is the most successful skipper of the nation.
MS Dhoni (India)
One of the greatest all-time wicket-keeper batsmen, MS Dhoni is the most successful captain of the Indian cricket team. The character and vision with which he has led the team is the reason that the Indian cricket team has shot to the absolute top. Under Dhoni’s captaincy, India has won 110 matches out of 200, making the captain with the most matches and most wins for India.
MS Dhoni is known as one of the topmost successful cricket captains in the world as he is the only captain in the world to win all ICC Championship trophies.
Allan Border (Australia)
Another Australian legend on the list, Alan Border was very successful as the captain of the team also personally as a batsman. Being handed the captain's responsibilities in 1984, he carried out his duties until he retired in 1994 as the leading high scorer in ODIs and Tests of that time. Having led the team in 170 matches, Australia won 107 matches while they ended up on the losing side 67 times. Known as Captain Grumpy, he has appeared in the second-highest number of matches as Test captain.
WJ Cronje (South Africa)
Hansie Cronje had great abilities and his contribution to the team was vital in taking the team to the top. Under his captaincy, the Proteas won 99 out of 138 matches. Holding a win percentage of 73.70, he has the second-highest winning ratio among the most successful captains. At that time the accusation of a match-fixing scandal was leveled against Hansie Cronje. That scandal is still considered one of the biggest match-fixing scandals in the world.
Stephen Fleming (New Zealand)
Stephen Fleming is the former Kiwi cricket captain who has led the team towards numerous victories. Truly a thinking mind and courageous to fight any sticky situation. He led the side to 98 victories out of 218 matches. With a win percentage of 48.04, he holds the worst win percentage having played the second most number of matches as the skipper of an international side.
With 106 losses, he has also lost the most number of games by any captain who has played over 200 matches.
With the current set of generations writing their own legacies, today's most successful captains stand in the name of Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, etc. With many more to come, let us know your comments on who do you think is the most successful captain in the game of cricket