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5 Players who were in the team just because they were captains

There have been a few occasions when the out of form players stayed in the team for a long while, just because they were the captains.

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Gulbadin Naib. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The cricket universe has always believed that the captain is the most integral part of a cricket team. Not only does the skipper looks after the team but he also leads his players by example. Over the years, we have seen a plethora of great captains like Ricky Ponting, Graeme Smith, MS Dhoni, Mashrafe Mortaza, Brendon McCullum and now, Virat Kohli has also joined the elite list.

All the aforementioned players knew how to get the best out of the resources they had besides showcasing their individual talent as per the team’s requirements. As the popularity of cricket is increasing day by day, the competition for a place in the national team has got more intense. Whenever a player loses his touch, he soon finds himself out of the team.

But, there have been a few occasions when the out of form players stayed in the team for a long while, just because they were the captains. Here’s a look at the 5 of those players –

1. Sarfaraz Ahmed (Pakistan)

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Sarfaraz Ahmed. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The former captain of Pakistan, Sarfaraz Ahmed had made a name for himself by guiding the nation to the ICC Champions Trophy win in 2017. The wicketkeeper-batsman became the skipper in 2016 when PCB sacked Shahid Afridi as the T20I skipper.

Soon, he took over the reins of the team in the other two formats and, Pakistan prospered under his leadership. Though the team was performing well, Sarfaraz’s individual numbers were not up to the mark. He could only score 2 hundreds in the 116 ODI matches he played while in the Test format, he had an average of just 36.39.

Also, he had a below-par strike rate of 126.67 in the T20I format. Hence, when the other players’ form dipped, Sarfaraz’s poor record got exposed and PCB soon removed him from the team.

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