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Top 10 captains with highest win percentage in World Cup history

These captains ruled the tournaments via their teams and thus have achieved a considerable amount of success in terms of high winning percentage.

Ricky Ponting Captains with most man of the match
Ricky Ponting. (© Getty Images)

Despite the notion that cricket is a team game, individual brilliance is paramount for the success of the team. A captain of the team becomes a more important player when he leads in a tournament like the ICC World Cup, as the pressure to win increases multi-fold given the level of competition in the tournament. There have been captains who made their teams dominate the tournaments by sheer individual performances and leadership skills in pressure moments.

Take it Imran Khan and MS Dhoni’s decision to move themselves up the order in the final of the World Cup, or Kapil Dev’s brilliant use of the all-rounders in the 1983 edition, even Allan Border’s management of the young players in 1987 win can be heralded as examples of great captaincy by some of the great minds of the game. These captains ruled the tournaments via their teams and thus have achieved a considerable amount of success in terms of high winning percentage. Today we chronicle ten such amazing leaders in World Cup history.

Here are the Top 10 captains with highest win percentage in World Cup history (minimum 15 matches captained)

10. Mohammad Azharuddin (India) – 45.45%

Mohammad Azharuddin
Mohammad Azharuddin. (Photo by Neal Simpson/EMPICS via Getty Images)

Mohammad Azharuddin is the only captain to lead the Indian team in three World Cup tournaments and captained in 23 matches. Known for his calm demeanor, the team saw its best outing in the 1996 edition reaching the semi-finals against Sri Lanka. His other two campaigns came in 1992 and 1999 which saw India failing to reach the semi-finals.

He is the only captain on this list to lose more matches than he has won in the World Cup, losing 12 and winning 10 matches out of 23 skippered with one ending in no result. Azharuddin, as a batsman made 826 runs in 30 matches with a best of 93 runs and eight half-centuries in the tournament.

Azhar was a decently successful captain in his multiple tenures, but his decision to chase after winning the toss in the 1996 World Cup semi-final at the Eden Gardens on a turning pitch, was criticized a lot since Sri Lanka had three good spinners. 

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