Captains play a major role in deciding the outcome of the matches. In Test matches, the captains have to lead from the front with bat. The modern day captains, the majority of whom are a batsman, have made sure that they score big runs with the bat and help their team win the matches on their own. Coming up the order in Test matches helps the team a lot.
Here we look at the 5 current captains with best batting averages in Test matches.
1. Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli leads with the highest batting averages for captains in Test matches currently. He has led India in 6 matches and has scored 685 runs. He bats according to the demand of the game. His batting average as a captain is 80.88. In Australia, he was the captain of the Indian team for 2 matches and scored 4 great centuries in as many games. In the Test matches against Sri Lanka, he did not have a great series with the bat but his captaincy proved that he can lead on the field. His batting has come of age and with captaincy he can do very well in the upcoming series against South Africa which will be a big test for the Indian team.
2. Angelo Mathews
Angelo Mathews is another current captain in Test matches who had a great time with the bat. He comes at number 5 in the batting order and more often than not scores. He has played 20 matches as captain and scored 1949 runs. His batting average in Test matches is 72.19. These are remarkable numbers for the batsmen coming lower down the order. In the 3rd Test match against India, he scored a brilliant century but could not help Sri Lanka to avoid a series defeat. He is an exceptionally talented batsman and plays well with the tail, helps his team in a difficult situation.
3. Hashim Amla
Hashim Amla is another current Test captain with a good batting average. He comes at number 3 in the batting order and loves to play a long inning for South Africa. He has captained South Africa in 8 matches and scored 556 runs. His batting average in Test matches as a captain is 69.50. He was made the Test captain of the South African team in 2014 and has done well as test batsmen. He has a solid technique and can adjust to any situations. His batting helps the team to score big runs and put pressure on the opponent team.
Misbah-ul-Haq has been the backbone of the Pakistan batting line up for quite some time. He comes at number 4 and almost always finds his team struggling in the context of a match. He has captained 39 matches and scored 2992 runs. His batting average is 56.45. He knows how to bat and whenever the team is in trouble he comes and delivers for the team. Misbah-ul-Haq has centuries and double centuries during his captaincy period. He has solid technique and has the ability to play long innings.
5. Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum is another Test captain with good batting average. He is an aggressive batsman who does not allow the bowlers to settle to a particular line and length. He has captained in 24 Test matches and scored 1910 runs. His batting average as a captain is 47.75. His batting makes for exciting viewing for the audiences. He is also an aggressive captain and set attacking fields.