The Telegraph, a British newspaper, recently published a list of world’s best test cricket captains. The captains were ranked and rated on the basis of their scores, style and ability to lead and accomplishments. It was a pleasant surprise to see Misbah-ul-Haq
being ranked the best cricket captain in the world.
1. Misbah-ul-Haq – The Best Cricket Captain in the World
About Misbah-ul-Haq, The Telegraph quoted, ‘To raise Pakistan cricket, first Misbah had to save it. When he took over the Test captaincy in 2010, Pakistan were the pariahs of world cricket. Three of its players had been banned for spot-fixing. The game was on the verge of collapse. Out of this, Misbah crafted one of Pakistan’s most successful teams in history. Under his unflappable, cerebral leadership, Pakistan has beaten Australia and England, won in Sri Lanka and ascended to No.3 in the world, and all without being able to play at home. All the while, Misbah has averaged 50 with the bat and scored the joint-fastest Test century of all time. One of the great captains – ever.’
The rest of the list is as follows:
2. Brendon McCullum (New Zealand) – He made New Zealand one of the most likeable teams in world cricket.
3. Angelo Mathews (Sri Lanka) – A diplomat, an ambassador, a tactician, a leader: without him, Sri Lanka might well have crumbled under the weight of its own internal politics years ago.
4. Mushfiqur Rahim (Bangladesh) – Under Mushfiqur, their bullish, street-fighting wicket-keeper, Bangladesh now go out expecting to win.
5. Alastair Cook (England) – England needs Cook to keep going.
6. Hashim Amla (South Africa) – Amla has been a surprisingly proactive captain since taking over from Graeme Smith.
7. Virat Kohli (India) – The first man ever to score centuries in each of his first three Tests as captain.
8. Michael Clarke (Australia) – His emphasis on leading by example was admirable, and paved the way for his unbelievable run of form in 2012.
9. Denesh Ramdin (West Indies) – A cautious, ambition-free, grudge-bearing captain whose occasional wins have come almost by accident.
10. Nobody (Zimbabwe) – Zimbabwe don’t actually have any Test matches scheduled.