T20 World Cup 2021: Ranking top 8 captains ahead of the tournament

T20 World Cup 2021: Ranking top 8 captains ahead of the tournament

In this frenetic format of the game, at times the captain runs the ship of the team.

Aaron Finch
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The matches of the T20 format are a mix of entertainment, thrill, and excitement which keeps the fans on the edge of their seats more often than not. The evolution and popularity of it have also increased the demands of the game. Previously fielding wasn’t a prominent aspect of the game but with the emergence of T20, a run saved is probably a run scored.

The format has introduced us to explosive batting, incredible fielding, and even calculative bowling. If the batters are bringing in some innovative shots then the bowlers have stepped in with more variations under their sleeves. And watching the fielders grab a stunner of a catch is probably a usual scene now. In the T20 format where a ball not scored off seems to be a little achievement in itself, captaincy is a demanding task too.

Leading the side and bringing up the best performances from the players is a tough job. Especially in T20Is where often crunch moments arrive, the skipper has to be calculative yet take the necessary risk as losing patience would mean losing the battle. Unlike in Tests or ODIs, one cannot allow the storm to pass as every decision and call has to be taken super quick. In this frenetic format of the game, at times the captain runs the ship of the team.

 Ranking the top 8 best captains in T20I cricket

8. Mahmudullah

Mahmudullah
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The Bangladesh side has played 22 matches and won 12 since January 2019. Mahmudullah has led the Bangladesh side in 22 of their matches wherein the team has won 10 of the games and faced defeat in 12 matches. Under the captaincy of Mahmudullah, Bangladesh has a winning percentage of 45.45. His performances for Bangladesh have helped the side to go toe-to-toe with other international teams.

In 97 T20Is, Mahmudullah has scored 1650 runs and has also scalped 32 wickets. He has played an instrumental role in the rise of Bangladesh cricket. He became the first Bangladesh player to hit a World Cup century when he scored 103 against England and took Bangladesh to the quarterfinal of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. He then hit a century in the next match to become the second Bangladesh player to hit consecutive ODI centuries.

The spirits would be high for the Bangladesh team as they recently defeated the Australian side 4-1 in the T20I series. The team exuded some great character to outplay the visitors. This was the team’s first-ever bilateral series victory over the mighty Australians. Along with some other key names on the side, Mahmudullah has been one of the pillars of the national side.