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Rating all the top ODI captains at the moment

A lot has changed in the ODIs since the World Cup last year.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

There’s been a lot of talk around ODI cricket and the context this year. There is no World Cup or any big tournament. With the Test Championship going on in full fledge and T20 World Cup only eight months away, there is a tendency of not giving too much importance to the 50-over format.

However, there’s been some quality ODI cricket that’s been played in the recent past. India and West Indies battled it out in an enthralling series while India fought hard to gain a 2-1 series win over the Aussies when they toured India for a short trip and both teams fought tooth and nail to get over the line. England’s series against South Africa was also an exciting one.

Moreover, captains have their task cut out between balancing the formats and getting players ready. In fact, captaincy is a challenge at the moment. Last year was the World Cup year and it brought out the best of everyone. Thus, let’s rate the all the current ODI captains of the top nine teams.

Rating ODI captains of the teams:

9. Sarfaraz Ahmed – 6.5/10

Sarfaraz Ahmed tweets
Sarfaraz Ahmed. (Photo Source: Twitter)

If you look at numbers and wins, you might term the rating 6.5 for Sarfaraz Ahmed as harsh. But you consider the last 12 to 15 months and Pakistan cricket has been struggling. In fact, since the start of 2019, Pakistan are lying 16th in terms of win-loss ratio among the 20 ODI teams.

Pakistan have blown hot and cold in the ODI format and they’ve struggled big time at certain stages. Under Sarfaraz, Pakistan did manage to win the Champions Trophy but they’ve not had any luck since that win. There’s barely any significant win in the recent past.

Moreover, Pakistan’s slump has coincided with Sarfaraz’s loss in form and it has clearly affected his captaincy. Thus, he is set to be replaced. With Pakistan not playing another ODI, apart from the one-off game against Bangladesh next month, till July later this year, Pakistan haven’t revealed a new skipper. But reports suggests that the wicket-keeper batsman is likely to be axed in this format as well with Babar Azam replacing him at the helm.

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