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Top 10 Most Successful Cricket Captains

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Captains play the main role while leading their whole team. It’s important for them to be courageous and active in order to motivate their teammates. We have seen many such great captains in cricket who are always so positive to their decisions and successful. Here we have compiled a list of 10 Most Successful Cricket Captains of all time. Scroll down.

10. Misbah Ul Haq – Pakistan

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Captaincy Records In Test Matches

Period

Matches Won Lost Tied Draw W/L %W

%L

2010-15

42 20 11 11 1.81 47.61

26.19

Captaincy Records In ODI Matches

Period

Matches Won Lost Tied NR

WIN%

 2008-15  87  45  39 2 1 53.48

One of the most successful cricket captains? Yes! He is the man who led Pakistan Cricket Team out of the hardest time when the team was almost crushed. He worked out with his positive plans and became a really great captain of the team. He also was a key performer for Pakistan. To be honest, Misbah Ul Haq took the team on the top again after the match-fixing scandal of Salman Butt that threw the whole Pakistan Cricket Team back. Misbah took the responsibility and led the team quiet wonderfully! Misbah Ul Haq holds the 10th spot in the list of most successful cricket captains of all-time.

9. Stephen Fleming – New Zealand

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Captaincy Records In Test Matches

Period

Matches Won Lost Tied Draw W/L %W %L
1997-2006 98 28 27 25 1.03 35.0

33.75

Captaincy Records In ODI Matches

Period Matches Won Lost Tied NR

WIN%

 1997-2007  218 98  106  1  13  48.04

Stephen Fleming is a former New Zealand cricket captain who led the team towards numerous victories. Truly an active mind and courageous to fight any trouble. He led the side to 28 victories and have won number of series against different cricket teams. He served the side for a very long period and have won numerous matches. Stephen Fleming holds the 9th position in the list of most successful cricket captains of all time.

8. Arjuna Ranatunga – Sri Lanka

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Captaincy Records In Test Matches

Period Matches Won Lost Tied Draw W/L %W %L
1989-99 56 12 19 25 0.63 21.42

33.92

Captaincy Records In ODI Matches

Period Matches Won Lost Tied NR

WIN%

 1988-99  193  89  95  1  8  48.37

Most successful Sri Lankan cricket captain of his era. In 11 years since 1988 to 1999, Arjuna Ranatunga captained Sri Lankan cricket team and at that time Sri Lanka was known as the most weakest team. Ranatunga transformed the whole team into a well-competitive one and also triumphed a World Cup Trophy in 1996, which boosted up their confidence. His hard work brought the team to the front and made it the strongest one in the world. That was all about his successful strategies. He was appreciated by many Cricket Legends of that time and till now, he is unforgettable. Arjuna Ranatunga holds the 8th spot in the list of most successful cricket captains of all time.

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7. Imran Khan – Pakistan

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Captaincy Records In Test Matches

Period Matches Won Lost Tied Draw W/L %W %L
1982-92 48 14 8 26 1.75 29.16

16.66

Captaincy Records In ODI Matches

Period Matches Won Lost Tied NR

WIN%

 1982-92  139 75  59 1 4 55.92

He was one of the most successful cricket captains of Pakistan who also led the team to the victory of World Cup in 1992. Imran Khan wasn’t just a good captain but also he was a great performer himself. He boosted up the team’s confidence and that’s what was his biggest achievement. Imran Khan captained in 139 ODI matches from which Pakistan won 75 and and lost 59. Winning ratio was surely quiet handy for the team under his captaincy. He became inspirational since then. Imran Khan holds the 7th spot in the list of most successful cricket captains of all time.

6. Hansie Cronje – South Africa

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Captaincy Records In Test Matches

Period Matches Won Lost Tied Draw W/L %W %L
1994-2000 53 27 11 15 2.85 50.94

20.75

Captaincy Records In ODI Matches

Period Matches Won Lost Tied NR

WIN%

 1994-2000  138  99  35  1  3  73.70

Proved himself in the domestic and made a great debut in the International cricket in World Cup 1992. Soon he became the youngest vice-captain of the South African cricket team. He had great abilities and his contribution to the team was wonderful to take the team to the top. Soon everybody realized that South Africa is becoming quiet critical to defeat and that’s what earned them a great reputation. Credit goes to the captaincy of Hansie Cronje who himself played a key-role as a best all-rounder in the team and led the team to number of victories and achievements. At that time, the team established well but the accusation of Hansie Cronje in a match-fixing scandal putted the whole team in a difficult situation. That scandal is still known as the most biggest match-fixing scandal in the world. Still Hansie Cronje is known for his greatest captaincy and that’s why he holds the 6th spot in the list of most successful cricket captains of all time.

5. Clive Lloyd – West Indies

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Captaincy Records In Test Matches

Period Matches Won Lost Tied Draw W/L %W %L
1974-85 74 36 12 26 3.0 48.64

16.21

Captaincy Records In ODI Matches

Period Matches Won Lost Tied NR

WIN%

 1975-85  84  64  18  1  1  77.71

Clive Lloyd captained West Indies cricket team for 11 years (1974-1985). At that time, West Indies was purely a predominating team in the world of cricket and Clive Lloyd was a key player in the team. The way he led the team in the world was absolutely noticeable because of his astonishing abilities and his contribution in the team made West Indies one of the most feared cricket teams in the world at that time. West Indies maintained that reputation for more than 20 years, Clive Lloyd still holds the 5th position in the list of most successful cricket captains in history.

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4. Graeme Smith – South Africa

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Captaincy Records In Test Matches

Period Matches Won Lost Tied Draw W/L %W %L
2003-14 108 53 28 27 1.89 49.07

25.92

Captaincy Records In ODI Matches

Period Matches Won Lost Tied NR

WIN%

 2003-11  149  92  51  1  5  64.23

The former South African cricket team captain who contributed his long term services in the team. Graeme Smith wasn’t just a fabulous captain but also he was a greatest player in the team. Quiet known for his finest opening knocks with Hershel Gibbs. That’s what made him one of the greatest and well reputed players in the world. Smith gets the whole credit for bringing his team to the front and motivating them well for the difficult times. Graeme Smith proved himself with his tremendous records and kept the winning ratio of the team on top. Graeme Smith holds the 4th spot in the list of most successful cricket captains of all time.

3. Ricky Ponting – Australia

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Captaincy Records In Test Matches

Period Matches Won Lost Tied Draw W/L %W %L
2004-10 77 48 16 13 3.0 62.33

20.77

Captaincy Records In ODI Matches

Period Matches Won Lost Tied NR

WIN%

 2002-12  229  164  51  2  12  76.03

We’re talking about one of the greatest cricket captains who’ll be remembered forever. Yep! Ricky Ponting is one of the finest cricketers we’ve seen and that’s because of his tremendous performances and greatest captaincy. Under his captaincy, he led the team to 48 victories in 77 matches. Being the only cricket captain to lead the team in more than 200 matches. His motivation to the team was always a boost up for them. In 230 matches under Ponting’s captaincy, Australia won 165 and lost just 51. That all makes sense and explains everything about his captaincy records and the way he became successful. Ricky Ponting is the 3rd most successful cricket captain in the list of most successful cricket captains of all time.

2. MS Dhoni – India

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Captaincy Records In Test Matches

Period Matches Won Lost Tied Draw W/L %W %L
2008-14 60 27 18 15 1.50 45.0

30.0

Captaincy Records In ODI Matches

Period Matches Won Lost Tied NR

WIN%

 2007-Present  191  104  72  4  11  58.88
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One of the greatest wicket-keeper batsmen of all time. MS Dhoni is the current cricket captain of Indian cricket team. Talking about his captaincy, to be honest, he is reall sharp. The decisions he make and the motivation he gives to the team is the reason that took Indian cricket team on top. MS Dhoni have also led his team to triumph the trophy of World Cup in 2011. He have been awarded by ICC and Indian Government because of his numerous achievements in the game. His contribution to the team is praiseworthy. Under Dhoni’s captaincy, India have won 104 ODI matches out of 191 and that means he is maintaining the winning ratio of his team. MS Dhoni holds the 2nd spot in the list of most successful cricket captains of all time.

1. Steve Waugh – Australia

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Captaincy Records In Test Matches

Period Matches Won Lost Tied Draw W/L %W %L
1999-2004 57 41 9 7 4.55 71.92

15.78

Captaincy Records In ODI Matches

Period Matches Won Lost Tied NR

WIN%

 1997-2002  106  67  35  3  1  65.23

Now maybe you must be wondering that why Steve Waugh takes the 1st spot in the list. Well, he is kind of a person who never takes pressure in a difficult situation of the game. He always stayed calm and active to keep it all going. In 1999, he led the Australian cricket team to the victory of World Cup trophy. Well, that’s not an easy task to make it to the Finals and take victory of the tournament. Steve Waugh wasn’t just a amazing captain with calm decisions, but also he was a great player and his contribution to the succession of the team was praiseworthy at that time. He is also one of those 11 players who reached the milestone of 10,000 runs in Test format. Overall, he is been an classy cricketer in the world. Steve Waugh is known as one of the top most successful cricket captains in the world. Cheers!

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