5 players with the shortest career as an International captain

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.

4. Thilina Kandamby – 224 balls

Thilina Kandamby
Thilina Kandamby. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Captaining Sri Lanka didn’t look like an achievement in recent times, especially in 2017. Repeated losses witnessed the Sri Lankan selectors rotate captains almost every series and tour that year after Angelo Mathews resigned from the role. Thilina Kandamby, only featured in 44 Internationals, also got a chance to lead the Lankans but during their glorious days which featured the likes of Mahela Jayawardene, Sanath Jayasuriya, Kumar Sangakkara and Lasith Malinga.

Kandamby got chance to lead Sri Lanka in the one-off T20I game on their tour of England after the 2011 World Cup. The home team was restricted to only 136/9, a total that was chased down by the Lankans with ease. Jayawardene (72* off 57) and Sangakkara (43* off 39) shared an unbeaten 97-run stand to guide the visitors to a 9-wicket win with 16 balls to spare. Jayasuriya was the only batsman to be dismissed in the chase. Sanath never played a T20I after this and featured in only one ODI match after it.

In fact, this T20I hosted by Bristol was also turned out to be the last appearance for Kandamby in this format. He played ODIs until 2014 and his professional career didn’t move past 2016 even though he was only 33-year-old at that time. Thilina didn’t lead Sri Lanka in an International match after this T20I which meant that his captaincy career spanned only 224 deliveries. Kandamby managed to take only one catch through his International captaincy that lasted approximately two and a half hours.