Rating the captains according to their DRS usage in 2019 World Cup
The use of DRS was an important aspect of this tournament as it determined the fortunes of different sides.
Published - Jul 17, 2019 10:38 am | Updated - Jul 17, 2019 10:38 am
In the 12th edition of the championship the hosts, England scripted a fairytale by winning the title for the first time. All their hard work in white-ball cricket over the last four years paid dividends. On the other side, New Zealand suffered heartbreak after reaching extremely close to the finish line. All in all the game served the purpose of getting the ODI format the required charm.
It was a tournament which was full of dramatic moments and that helped in building up the excitement among the audience. Especially the use of DRS ( Decision Review System) was an important aspect of this tournament as it determined the fortunes of different sides. It has also helped the officials avoid blunders on the field.
Here is the list of captains and their DRS usage ratings
1) Afghanistan, Gulbadin Naib – 5.5
The Asian team buckled under the pressure of stage freight coupled with the off-field issues. As some of their stars had a disappointing campaign the side bowed out without registering a single win in the championship. Overall the Afghanistan team didn’t play to its potential under the leadership of Gulbadin Naib.
He always took decisions without consulting with the seniors of the team. Against Pakistan, the team lost its review in the 7th over when the young wicketkeeper Ikram Ali Khil persuaded him to take the call. Afterward, two decisions went against the Afghan team including the dismissal of Imad Wasim where DRS would have helped them get their first win.
2) Australia, Aaron Finch – 6
The Australian team hit the right notes in the 2019 World Cup. Aaron Finch-led side was dominating the tournament till they faced a rejuvenated English side in the knock-outs. What was more refreshing to see was the team’s disciplined approach towards the opposition. It can be considered a fruitful term for the Kangaroos after the most dreadful year of Australian cricket.
Before the series, Finch was made to look the weakest link of the side but he proved his critics wrong with consistent performances and active captaincy. Still, when it came down to the use of technology he didn’t fare better. His side has the least success rate of 20% with only one decision getting overturned in the entire sojourn. It also included a selfish review by the skipper in the semi-finals.
3) Bangladesh, Mashrafe Mortaza – 6.5
At the end of the group stages, it was really sad to see the Bangla tigers languish in the bottom half of the points table. It was the best exploits of the Bangladesh team at the highest level. Along with the experienced players, some of the youngsters also stepped up but luck didn’t favor them. Nevertheless, the campaign was full of positives for the Mashrafe Mortaza-led side.
The skipper was going through an indifferent form which also hampered his decision-making skills. In the entire series, there were only 5 instances when the side required the help of technology. Only one of them was successful and it clearly shows the laid back approach of skipper in making tough calls. Mortaza never shows his authority on the field and as a result, bowlers persuade him easily while taking the reviews.
4) New Zealand, Kane Williamson – 7.5
Having played back to back World Cup finals Black Caps again proved their mettle in ICC events. The New Zealand team played impressive cricket under the able leadership of Kane Williamson as the young side showed nerves of steel in high octane clashes. It was an abrupt end to their dream run with a controversial rule separating them from their first championship.
Williamson is a captain who takes decisions tactically rather than emotionally. In this World Cup, the Kiwis used the technology on very few occasions, 8 to be precise which shows that he was very clear about using his resources wisely. Though they got only three of their referrals overturned the skipper always discussed with his teammates before making any move.
5) Pakistan, Sarfaraz Ahmed – 6
The Men in Green were scratchy at the start and then their fluency came to the fore at the back end of the tournament. Pakistan’s team’s unpredictability is difficult to understand than Hilbert problems. Looking at their team combinations and recent struggles in white-ball cricket the Sarfraz Ahmed-led side had a decent outing in the 2019 World Cup.
The side is full of optimists and it is not helpful when they have only review per innings. Especially Sarfraz who gets excited even while keeping the wickets. Pakistan used 10 reviews and only two of them were successful. The most bizarre one has to be Mohammad Amir coaxing his skipper when the ball was pitching miles outside leg stump before hitting David Warner’s pads.
6) West Indies, Jason Holder – 7.5
The Caribbean team consisted of heavy artillery in the form of power hitters and pace battery but they misfired at the wrong time. Led by Jason Holder the Windies were not up to the mark when the situation demanded street smartness on the field. As a result, the team finished just above the wooden spoon holders Afghanistan which is disturbing for a side who has won two titles in the past.
The skipper of the island nation is a thinking personality and it is evident from his utilization of DRS. His side had a 60% success rate with only 4 referrals getting stuck down. The team proved the on-field umpires wrong for a total of 9 times. In the game against India Holder used two brilliant reviews when the officials turned down the caught behind appeals.
7) Sri Lanka, Dimuth Karunaratne – 8.5
The Lankan Lions had a tidy campaign with only three wins to their name. Throughout the series, the team was blowing hot and cold with the lone bright spot coming in the form of a win against eventual champions England. The newly-appointed skipper Dimuth Karunaratne did his part of guiding the team but some of the key players were not equal to the task.
Though Karunaratne was unable to achieve the required success he looked assured with his decisions on the field. He was making bold moves with smart bowling plans and field placements. He never used the technology inefficiently and the numbers suggest the same. Out of 6 DRS referrals, the team got it wrong only one time which means the skipper may have focused on the point of not wasting the reviews in team meetings.
8) South Africa, Faf du Plessis – 7
Proteas have the uncanny habit of floundering in ICC events and again it was clear from their below-par performances in this edition. The big match players never arrived at the party and the result was an early exit from the World Cup bus. The team struggled with injuries and the off-field issues added fuel to the fire which made the things burdensome for the skipper, Faf du Plessis.
South African team was guilty of not grabbing their chances with the prime example being the inappropriate use of DRS in crucial times. In a do or die encounter against Kiwis the side missed the prized scalp of Kane Williamson as the team used up the review before the game-changing event. Sometimes Du Plessis takes the bowler’s verdict for granted and it can haunt the team at important stages of the match.
9) India, Virat Kohli – 7.5
Virat Kohli’s men continued their dominance in white-ball cricket but unfortunately, they stumbled upon the might of Kiwis in semi-finals. The middle muddle continued its presence and now it has become a long-standing headache for the team management. Apart from a couple of ties, Kohli’s leadership was praiseworthy as his tactics worked for the major part of the tournament.
This time the Indian skipper was more composed on the field and it also reflected in the team’s utilization of DRS. India took a total of 11 referrals and they missed the mark only 4 times. The biggest mistake came against Brits where he didn’t trust his instincts and it cost him the scalp of Jason Roy. He cannot be crucified for that decision as his trusted comrade, MS Dhoni missed the trick on that particular day.
10) England, Eoin Morgan – 7
The top-ranked ODI team lived up to its hype as they played fearless cricket whenever opportunities knocked on their door. The team was full of match winners and each of them stood up at different times. The skipper, Eoin Morgan should be admired as he stuck with his winning combinations even when the Brits suffered a minor lapse in the group stages.
Morgan is a reserved character and hardly talks to his teammates on the cricket field. It might be the reason why the team is lying at the bottom of the table when it comes to the proper utilization of reviews. They had a success rate of less than 30% in the championship. It is the only facet where the England skipper struggles in his captaincy as his bowlers coax him and take advantage of his selfless nature.