In Depth Analysis on who’s the Best Skipper in Cricket-By Suhas Bengeri


Game of Cricket is 140 years old. It is totally uncertain. Cricket fans in sub _continent follow madly.
Cricket fans all over the world have one thing in common. Praise the skipper when he is on
Winning streak and blame him for losing. Thus you cannot judge a player by skipper’s
performance by one series as a captain

However, you have to collect his entire data as a captain before forming an opinion.

We will give captains 2 marks for victory and 1 mark for draw

For example if captain A wins 3 tests,1 draw,1 loss, it means he has collected 7 points
Out of possible 10. Thus he has 70% marks which is quite high

Today we are going to give data of 17 captains from different nations. Study & let us know
Who is the best captain in last 50 years? Here is the list

1 Australia : Ricky Ponting, Mark Taylor, Steve Waugh, Beaned, Ian Chappel
2 South Africa : SM Pollock, Cronje
3 England : Brearley, Peter May, Illingworth, Vaughan
4 West Indies: Lloyd, Viv Richards, Walsh,
5 New Zealand: Fleming, Howarth, Coney
6 Pakistan: Miandad, Wasim Akram

Of 17, Australia will have 5 while England have 4.
New Zealand will have2 captains, South Africa also has 2 along while West Indies surprisingly do not have a proper candidate.

Ganguli, Dhoni come near our selection criteria. But just winning world cup does not qualify one from being the best captain. We will give their records in depth

Let us have a look at records of these player. In this article, We will be covering only 1 but more will follow in subsequent articles.


Let’s begin with Ricky Ponting, He created a record which will be difficult to break.
He scored 120 and 143* in fantastic run chases which enabled Aus to win the series.
Ironically it was his 100 th test. Let us look at his batting as well as captainship record.
In all he played 168 test matches. In these he hit 41 hundreds. That means a century after every 4 tests!

He scored 13,378 runs at an fantastic average of 51.85. Very few cricketers have gone 50.
As a skipper of test team, he led his side in 77 tests with a record 48 wins.He was a great in One Day  format too where he played 375 times for his country.

Average in this format is 42 & he has scored 30 centuries. He was at helm of his side leading the team 229 times while winning 168 of those games.F

Competition    Test       ODI
Matches            168        375
Runs scored    13,378   13,704

Batting average- 51.85   42.03

41hundreds/62fifties in Tests

30Hundreds and 82fifties in ODI’s

13000+ runs each in both format.
He was unlucky in T20 format winning jut 7 out of 17

Record as captain

Matches /Won /Lost /Drawn /Tied /No result /Win %

Test-  77




Ratio– 62.34%


ODI’s -229




Success Ratio-71.62%

Twenty20  17



Success Ratio– 41.18%