There have been many instances in the past where we have seen weak armies winning over the strongest just because of good planning and motivation. All this can be done by the leader of the army. The captain plays the same role in the Gentlemen’s Game. There are eleven players with their all different individual abilities but who makes them play together as a team is a good captain.
Here let us look after the best captain of the cricketing fraternity in the arena of red ball cricket.
5. Allan Border, Australia (1984-94)
Alan Border played the role of anchoring the team and making them what they are from a struggling side at that time. He led the Australian team in 93 Tests out of which he won 32. He remains the only captain in test history of scoring to 150s in the same match in a match against Pakistan.
4. Clive Lloyd, West Indies (1974-85)
The attacking West Indian batsman was one of the best captains the island nation produced. He made the West Indian team a dominating force in the world of cricket back in the 70s. Out of the 74 matches he lead the team, he came out victorious in 36 of them.
3. Steve Waugh, Australia (1999-04)
He is the captain with the best win percentage by any captain. Out of the 57 matches he played, he won a whopping 41 matches which gives a win percentage of 71.92%. He also holds a very unique record of 16 consecutive wins i.e. the most by any captain.
2. Ricky Ponting, Australia (2004-10)
He took over the baton from Steve as the captain the year 2004. He was no better than his predecessor in case of win percentage with a win percentage of nearly 62%. Under his captaincy the team underwent the Golden Era as they were the most dominating team in the world under him. He won 48 matches out of the 77 matches he captained.
1. Graeme Smith, South Africa (2003-2014)
Graeme Smith was appointed as the captain of the South African team at a very tender age of 22 years. He has the record of playing most number of matches as a captain. He played 109 matches out of which he won 53 matches. He also took the South African team to No 1 position in test cricket during his earlier captaincy days.