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A good leader is not the one who gives orders and expects that everyone will follow them; a good leader must be smart and strong enough to help the other players. Captains can make or break a good game. On another hand, the captain might also face all kinds of negativity if the whole team loses a match. It is his responsibility to take all the reactions, may it be positive or negative. Here are Successful Cricket Captains.

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Top 10 Most Successful Cricket Captains of All Time

Top 10 Most Successful Cricket Captains of All Time
Top 10 Most Successful Cricket Captains of All Time

The following list has been made, keeping in mind the number of matches played and they winning streaks.If you have another opinion about some players, please tell us in the comment section down below and we will certainly look into it. As for this one, keep reading and enjoy.

10. MA Atherton (ENG)

MA Atherton
MA Atherton

Number 10 of Top 10 Successful Cricket Captains, is occupied by Mike. Mike Atherton was an opener in the era of classic English tradition. The defense was his strong point, but when his bad back wasn’t playing up, he managed to hook freely and timed the ball sweetly through point. In opponents’ eyes, he was England’s most sought man for the seven years until his retirement at the end of the 2001 Ashes. Thrust into the captaincy at the early age of 25, he proved more durable than successful, but after ultimately resigning in 1998, he slipped rather comfortably into the role of elder statesman.

Michael Atherton Captaincy Record in Test Matches

Span Mat Won Lost Tied Draw W/L %W %L
1993-2001 54 13 21 0 20 0.61 24.07 38.88%

Michael Atherton Captaincy Record in ODI Matches

Span Mat Won Lost Tied NR %
1994 – 1997 43 20 1 1 48.80%

9. A Ranatunga (SL)

A Ranatunga
A Ranatunga

speaking of Top 10 Successful Cricket Captains, Ranatunga can’t  be missed. A specialist left-handed batsman and a part-time medium pace bowler, Ranatunga’s glittering career with the Sri Lankan national team started in 1982 when Sri Lanka were relative newcomers to international cricket. He was a key player in the team. Under Ranatunga’s captaincy, Sri Lanka had started to improve rapidly. Their growing success rate culminated with a blistering performance and triumphed in the 1996 Cricket World Cup.

Arjuna Ranatunga Captaincy Record in Test Matches

Span Mat Won Lost Tied Draw W/L %W %L
1989-1999 56 12 19 0 25 0.63 21.42 33.92%

Arjuna Ranatunga Captaincy Record in ODI Matches

Span Mat Won Lost Tied NR %
1988- 1999 193 89 95 1 8 48.37%

8. SR Waugh (AUS)

SR Waugh
SR Waugh

Stephen Rodger Waugh was presumed to be in the early stages of his career as only a “moderately talented” player, at one point losing his Test place to his brother Mark, he became one of the leading batsmen of his time.  He is one of only 12 players to have run over 10,000 Test runs, led Australia to fifteen of their record sixteen consecutive Test victories, and to victory in the 1999 Cricket World Cup.

Steve Waugh Captaincy Record in Test Matches

Span Mat Won Lost Tied Draw W/L %W %L
1999- 2004 57 41 9 0 7 4.55 71.92 15.78%

Steve Waugh Captaincy Record in ODI Matches

Span Mat Won Lost Tied NR %
1997-2002 106 67 35 3 1 65.23

7. AN Cook (ENG)

AN Cook
AN Cook

A gem for the cricket world, Cook is at number 7 of Top 10 Successful Cricket Captains. He is widely assumed as one of the greatest and most successful batsmen ever to have played for England, and one of the most skilled batsmen of the modern era. Cook played for Essex’s Academy and made his debut for the first XI back in 2003. He played in a variety of England’s youth teams from 2000 until his inclusion to the Test side in 2006.

Alastair Cook Captaincy Record in Test Matches

Span Mat Won Lost Tied Draw W/L %W %L
2010- 2016 59 24 22 0 13 1.09 40.67 37.28%

Alastair Cook Captaincy Record in ODI Matches

Span Mat Won Lost Tied NR %
2010-2014 69 36 30 1 2 54.47

6. MS Dhoni (India)

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni

Know as one of all time finest finishers in cricket. Dhoni holds many captaincy records such as most wins by an Indian captain in Tests and ODIs, and most back-to-back victories by an Indian captain in ODIs. He took over the ODI captaincy from Rahul Dravid in 2007 and eventually led the team to its first-ever bilateral ODI series wins in Sri Lanka and New Zealand. Indian Skipper and Wicket keeper deserve to be among Top 10 Successful Cricket Captains.

MS Dhoni Captaincy Record in Test Matches

Span Mat Won Lost Tied Draw W/L %W %L
2008- 2014 60 27 18 0 15 1.50 45.00 30.00%

MS Dhoni Captaincy Record in ODI Matches

Span Mat Won Lost Tied NR %
2007-2016 199 110 74 4 11 59.57

5. CH Lloyd (WI)

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CH Lloyd is at number 5 of Top 10 Successful Cricket Captains. He captained the West Indies between the years 1974 and 1985 and oversaw their surreal rise to become the dominant Test-playing nation, a position that was only relieved in the latter half of the 1990s.

Clive Lloyd Captaincy Record in Test Matches

Span Mat Won Lost Tied Draw W/L %W %L
1974 – 1985 74 36 12 0 26 3.00 48.64 16.21%

Clive Lloyd Captaincy Record in ODI Matches

Span Mat Won Lost Tied NR %
1975-1985 84 64 18 1 1 77.71

4. RT Ponting (AUS)

RT Ponting
RT Ponting

He is considered by many to be one of the Top 10 Successful Cricket Captains of the modern era, alongside the likes of Sachin Tendulkar of India and Brian Lara of the West Indies. On 1 December 2006, he reached the highest career rating achieved by a Test batsman in the last 50 years.

Ricky Ponting Captaincy Record in Test Matches

Span Mat Won Lost Tied Draw W/L %W %L
2001 – 2010 77 48 16 0 13 3.00 62.33 20.77%

Ricky Ponting Captaincy Record in ODI Matches

Span Mat Won Lost Tied NR %
2002-2012 230 165 51 2 12 76.14

3. SP Fleming (NZ)

SP Fleming
SP Fleming

He was especially noted for his captaincy, having been appreciated by the likes of Shane Warne as the “best captain in world cricket” and most recently, Graeme Swann. He said that Fleming is one of the two true leaders that he’s ever seen, alongside Andrew Strauss and is among Top 10 Successful Cricket Captains.

Stephen Fleming Captaincy Record in Test Matches

Span Mat Won Lost Tied Draw W/L %W %L
1997 – 2006 80 28 27 0 25 1.03 35.00 33.75%

Stephen Fleming Captaincy Record in ODI Matches

Span Mat Won Lost Tied NR %
1997-2007 218 98 106 1 13 48.04

2. AR Border (AUS)

AR Border
AR Border

He played 156 Test matches in his career, a marvelous record until it was passed by fellow Australian Steve Waugh. He has the record for most consecutive test starts with 153. Border still retains the world record for the number of consecutive Test appearances of 153. He is second on the list of Top 10 Successful Cricket Captains.

Allan Border Captaincy Record in Test Matches

Span Mat Won Lost Tied Draw W/L %W %L
1984 – 1994 93 32 22 1 38 1.45 34.40 23.65%

Allan Border Captaincy Record in ODI Matches

Span Mat Won Lost Tied NR %
1985-1994 178 107 67 1 3 61.42

1. GC Smith (ICC/SA)

GC Smith
GC Smith

A tall, left-handed opening batsman, on the famous 2003 South African tour of England made double centuries in consecutive Test matches: 277 at Edgbaston, and 259 at Lord’s. The 259 is the highest score made at Lord’s by a foreign player. On 24 October 2013, that batsman Smith became the second South African and 12th overall to complete 9,000 runs in test cricket in his 112th test match. He is a true skipper and is among Top 10 Successful Cricket Captains, to say the least.

Graeme Smith Captaincy Record in Test Matches

Span Mat Won Lost Tied Draw W/L %W %L
2003 – 2014 109 53 29 0 27 1.82 48.62 26.60%

Graeme Smith Captaincy Record in ODI Matches

Span Mat Won Lost Tied NR %
2003-2011 150 92 51 1 6 64.23

Please Leave a comment below who is your favorite among these Successful Cricket Captains.?

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