5 Captains Who Have Got Highest Win Ratio In ODI Cricket
The team captain's responsibility is to appropriately and continuously lead, encourage, and represent the members of their assigned team. The captain of the team will serve as a role model for the teammates. There have been many remarkable cricket captains from many countries who have taken their national teams to the new heights.
One-day international cricket is one of the most demanding format of the game, which requires skills, strategy and endurance. Captaining an ODI squad is a difficult assignment, but here are 5 skippers, who have proven that success can be learned. The five most victorious ODI captains of all time are shown below.
Stephen Fleming was an excellent left-handed hitter and the first Kiwi captain who entered the list of captains with the highest win ratio in ODI cricket. From 1997 to 2007, he was the captain of the New Zealand cricket team. He commanded his national team in 218 ODI matches throughout this time, making him one of the captains to lead their teams in 200 or more ODI games. New Zealand won 98 of the 218 One-Day Internationals, giving Stephen Fleming a winning record of 48.04, the lowest among the list's players. Under his command, New Zealand lost 106 ODIs, more than the number of matches they won.
Hansie Cronje, from 1994 to 2000, was the captain of South Africa for nearly 6 years. He commanded South Africa in 138 One-Day International matches, winning 99 of them. That gives it a 73.7 percent chance of winning. Under his leadership, South Africa advanced to the World Cup semi finals in 1999 but was heartbreakingly ejected following a stalemate in that game. In the year 2000, he retired from cricket due to the match-fixing scandal. Many believed that if he had continued to play, he would have achieved more match wins for South Africa.
From 1985 to 1994, Allan Border led the Australian cricket team for nearly a decade. During his captainship period, there were less number of ODI matches played. He represented as a captain in 178 One-Day International matches, winning 107 of them. With a victory record of 61.42% in ODIs, he comes to number three in terms of highest win ratio.
Allan Border's best ODI performance came in 1987 when he led Australia to a world cup victory. This is what sparked Australia's domination in one-day international cricket.
MS Dhoni is often considered the coolest cricket captain ever, who lead an ODI team. From 2007 to 2018, India achieved victory in 110 One-Day Internationals under his captaincy. MS Dhoni led India in 200 One-Day International matches at the time, winning about 60% of them. During his tenure, India also lost 74 ODI matches, lowering the winning percentage somewhat. Despite this, he led India in the most ODI matches and also won the most ODIs.
The pinnacle of his career came in 2011, when India won the ODI World Cup for the first time in 28 years under his leadership. In the finals, he was awarded the Man of the Match. Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the iconic Indian skipper, is in the second number in terms of total ODI victories.
The former captain of Australia, Ricky Ponting leads the list with 165 one-day international victories. From 2002 to 2012, he was the captain of the national cricket team. He commanded them in 230 One-Day Internationals and won 76.14 percent of them, the greatest winning percentage on the list. Ricky Ponting was lucky enough as a captain to win two world cups in a row, in South Africa (2003) and in the West Indies (2007). Some of Australia's best players were on his team, including Shane Warne and Adam Gilchrist. He will be remembered as the finest captain of one of the best ODI sides of all time.