5 players with the shortest career as an International captain
Here we look at the top five players with the shortest captaincy career in International cricket.
Updated - Mar 26, 2020 11:31 pm
Leading the team at a higher level is something most of the cricketers have a dream of. Captaining the national team becomes pride and responsibility for the player in charge irrespective of the number of opportunities he will see for that role. Some players get a chance to lead in a couple of matches, some of them get to lead in excess of 100 matches and a few who even went as far as winning matches in hundreds. In this article, we look at five captains in International cricket whose taste of International captaincy lasted in a countable span.
Here we look at the top five players with the shortest captaincy career in International cricket:
5. Justin Ontong – 234 balls
Justin Ontong had a marathon professional career that lasted about 20 years. However, he couldn’t replicate his success of domestic cricket at International level as he featured in only 44 matches for South Africa. Ontong played two Tests, 28 ODI matches and 16 T20Is for the national side. Ontong’s final appearance in South African jersey came during the home T20I series against West Indies. Skipper Faf du Plessis was rested for the last match of the 3-match series in Durban as they were 0-2 down.
Ontong was asked to lead the team as he was the most experienced player in the squad. Morne van Wyk’s unbeaten 114 powered South Africa to 195/3 and West Indies, in reply, were bowled out for only 126 in 19 overs. Justin didn’t get a chance to bat or bowl but did claim three catches on the field. That game saw an end to his 14-year International career and a captaincy career which lasted only 234 balls i.e. 39 overs; the five shortest of all time.