Five greatest cricketers who failed as a captain, number 1 may surprise you

Virat Kohli recently crossed 10,000 ODI runs and is allready a great batsman in cricket history. While his batting form has been a thing of great pride for the Indian fans, but his captaincy record may sometimes not go well with the cricket experts.

Virat Kohli is criticized for changing the playing XI in every match and that may be a big reason why India lost the highly contested test series in England 4-1. The scoreline doesn’t suggest the real story but it was Virat Kohli’s captaincy that could have done the trick in last three tests and the result would have been alot different.

The great batsman is not the only cricketer to be criticized for his captaincy skills but there have been other greats of the game who were not great as a captain.

5- Heath Streak- Zimbabwe

The former Zimbabwe great was world leading bowler in late 90’s and early part of 20’s but his captaincy record didn’t do justice to the legacy he created as a bowler.

Streak led the African country in 68 ODIs from 2000 to 2004 and lost on 47 occasions as a captain. He eventually stepped down from the role and continued to serve the country as a bowler.

He is still considered the greatest ever fast bowler from his country and is currently associated with Bangladesh team as a bowling coach and its because of him that bowlers like Taskin Ahmed and Mustafizur Rahman have flourished.

4- Andrew Flintoff- England

Flintoff was possibly one of the best all-rounders of 20’s and he was a big threat when he played against Australia and India. The right hander was a prominent reason for England’s victory in Ashes from 2005 to 2009 but his captaincy career didn’t go well as he would have expected.

The 40-year-old led his country in 11 test matches where he lost on 7 occasions. He also captained the European team at the 2006 tour of India where his side was outclassed 5-1. Selectors brought back regular skipper Michael Vaughan and Flintoff was removed off the duties.

3- Chris Gayle- West Indies

The big man of cricket is still there and going strong in T20 format of the game. The Jamaican cricketer is the highest run getter in T20 history and changed how the game is played in the shortest format. His one impactful innings is all his team needs to outclass the opposition but same doesn’t apply to his captaincy skills.

The 39-year-old replaced Brian Lara as the captain of the team and went onto lead his side in 53 ODIs where his team lost on 30 occasions.

He was soon released from the post and Windies has struggled to find a good captain from then to the present times.

2- Brian Lara- West Indies

Considered as one of the greatest to take up the cricket field, Lara was certainly the greatest asset to the game. It is still tough to decide between Brian Lara or Sachin Tendulkar as the greatest of all times but Lara certainly didn’t had a great outing as a captain.

The Trinidadian cricketer lead his side in 47 Tests and just won on 10 occasions. He had a 50% win percentage in ODIs but leading his side to 2004 Champions trophy triumph was a big boost to his captaincy records.

1- Sachin Tendulkar- India

It is quiet shocking to put the name of the “great man” in the list but he prove that every shining thing may have a scar on them.

Arguably the greatest of all time, Tendulkar tops the chart of all the batting records but his captaincy record didn’t went the way as everyone would have thought of.

The master captained India in 23 test matches where he won on just four occasions. The Mumbai cricketer also led India in 73 ODIs, winning on just 23 occasions.

Originally Published by Digitalsporty

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