Asia Cup 2018: Team-wise captaincy ratings

Asia Cup 2018: Team-wise captaincy ratings

All the captains had to work hard in the sweltering UAE heat.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. (Photo Source: Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Leading a side at the international level isn’t an easy job to do. It comes with its own set of complications. The Asia Cup 2018 witnessed some great games of cricket. While a few encounters were completely one-sided, the remaining went down to the wire leaving everyone on the edge of their seats. These close games are very tricky ones for the team captains as a single wrong move from them could potentially change the result of the match.

Apart from India, all the other teams went into the tournament with their regular skippers. The captains had a huge role to play right from making the correct bowling and fielding changes in crunch situations to the all-important and difficult DRS calls. Here is how all the six captains fared in the tournament.

Rating of the captains

1. Anshuman Rath | Hong Kong – 4/10

Anshuman Rath
Anshuman Rath of Hong Kong. (Photo by Nigel Roddis – IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

The 20-year-old Hong Kong skipper has had a great learning curve leading his team in the Asia Cup. His captaincy largely followed a static approach in the Qualifier tournament. He had his fixed set of five bowlers who did the job for him and well-defined roles for his batsmen. Although this worked out great in the preliminary rounds, the same approach against big teams wouldn’t have the exact impact.

Even though he had quite a few all-rounders available, Rath didn’t use them in the game against Pakistan. A part-timer, if given an over or two could have brought a crucial breakthrough. However, he was quick to realise the mistake and used his bowlers much more effectively against India restricting them to a below-par total.