All time captains’ XI in ODI cricket

All time captains’ XI in ODI cricket

The cricketing world has produced enough tales of legendary captains for us to relish it for centuries to come.

2. Graeme Smith

Graeme Smith
Graeme Smith. (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

A critical phase of  South African history came after the 2003 World Cup, where a young Graeme Smith was asked to take over the captaincy from Shaun Pollock. A move which many expected to be an unnecessary gamble turned out to be a significant milestone moment in their history as Smith became the most capped and most successful captain in the history of Test cricket.

Smith’s most significant contribution came in the Test matches for South Africa, where they began to become an indomitable force. His record was stellar in ODI cricket as well, winning a staggering 92 games out of 150 matches he captained the Proteas. His win-percentage of 64.23 ranks as the second-best among captains (Minimum 150 matches), only behind another legendary leader named Ricky Ponting.

He nearly scored 7,000 runs as an opener for the Proteas in the ODIs, leading them in the 2007 and 2011 World Cups. He built a side which terrorized teams in bilateral tours, but the team could never win an ICC trophy. It would be fair to say, the trophy was a tad unlucky to never get wrapped in the hands of this gentleman.