Rating ODI captains of the year 2019
As many as 150 ODIs were played in 2019 which included 48 games in the 2019 World Cup as well.
Updated - Jan 5, 2020 2:27 pm
For the most part of it, 2019 was the year of ODIs. It was a World Cup year and thus, the focus was largely on the 50-over format. As many as 150 ODIs were played in 2019 which included 48 games in the 2019 World Cup as well. England won the World Cup and were the best ODI team overall as well in 2019. India and Australia were not too far behind either.
There were 20 teams that played ODI cricket in 2019. In those, there were 33 players who led their teams with 11 of those captaining in at least 10 ODI games in 2019. Thus, with 2019 done and dusted and ODIs yet to start in 2020, we look back at the captains and how they fared in the year 2019.
Here, we also rate them for the way they performed in 2019:
10. Gulbadin Naib – 1.5/10
Much was expected of Afghanistan in 2019 and they were expected to win a game or two at least in the 2019 World Cup. However, it turned out to be a disappointment for them. 2019 as a whole was a disappointment as far as ODIs are concerned. They won just four out of their 20 ODIs.
However, one of the biggest shocks was when the board and selectors decided to switch captaincy. Asghar Afghan was axed and Gulbadin Naib was entrusted with the responsibility. However, that didn’t go well as Afghanistan won just two games under his captaincy tenure.
As captain, he scored just 217 runs at an average of 19.72 with the bat. But he did take 19 wickets which is the most by a captain in ODIs in 2019. Afghanistan’s poor performance in the World Cup meant that Naib never played a single game after the mega event and was also removed as captain.