Half-yearly report: Rating ODI Captains of top 10 teams in 2019
Few of the captains touched the new low despite having a great start to the year while a few hit the hilt after having a shaky start.
Published - Jul 27, 2019 1:45 pm | Updated - Feb 27, 2020 3:44 pm
It was an important year for the ODI cricket as its future was dependent on the 2019 World Cup. A lot of games were played across the globe in the lead up to the championship. Finally, the format lived up to his hype when both England and New Zealand played the mother of all finals and now the fans are craving for more of the same.
Right from the start of 2019, the top-ranked ODI teams were preparing for the England carnival. Particularly the assigned skippers of respective sides were testing out different strategies. They also had to keep a check on their trade. In the end, ten teams battled it out and only one captain stood tall on the podium.
Here are the half-yearly ratings of ODI captains of top 10 teams
10. Gulbadin Naib, Afghanistan – 5
The Asian side started the year on a positive note with a tied ODI series against Ireland in their adopted home, India. Skipper, Asghar Afghan was in pristine touch as he was adjudged Man of the Series. Then out of the blue, the ACB decided to change the leadership of the group and Gulbadin Naib was handed the responsibility. Even though some of the senior players sounded their concerns Naib began his captaincy journey with a win against Scotland.
After that, the team visited Ireland for a 2 match series where both the teams won a game apiece and Naib scalped 7 wickets. Then the next stop was the 50 over championship in England where the Kabul express was expected to outrun some establishes teams. In a turn of events, the side floundered under pressure and the skipper was not able to inspire the squad.
Like a selfish captain, Naib promoted himself in every department and the results were not fruitful. Now after being sacked from his post, he has come out with allegations against senior players and it is not a leadership quality. In the last two months, the dressing room atmosphere of the Afghanistan team has been completely spoiled.