Best Captaincy Records in ODI

5. Hansie Cronje – Wessel Johannes Cronje, besides being a right-handed batsman of reputewas also the captain of the South African Cricket Team. He was more of an all-rounder who has served his motherland in numerous occasions. He made his ODI debut against Australia in 1992. Cronje had captained South Africa in 138 ODIs and has received success in 99matches, with a winning percentage of 73.70%. He was doing well with his captaincy until he was suspected of being involved in the match-fixing scandals. Cronje died in an aircraft accident in 2002. 

4. Imran Khan – Imran Khan Niazi is the ex-captain of the Pakistan Cricket Team. He was a prolific all-rounder, an able leader and a genuine mentor to rely upon. He is arguably the second-best all rounder to emerge after Gary Sobers of West Indies. Khan made his ODI debut against England in 1974.He took a mediocre side and transformed them into a bunch of World Champions by leading them to the World Cup title in 1992.Out of the 139 ODI matches he had captained, Khan achieved success in 75 matches, losing only 59 matches with a winning streak of 55.92%.

3. Sourav Ganguly – Sourav Chandidas Ganguly, popularly known as ‘Dada’ among his teammates, is the ex-captain of the Indian Cricket Team. Apart from being one of the finest players of the ODI format, Ganguly is a genuine sportsperson of upright magnitude. Blessed with the gift of the sublime ethnicity of so-called ‘valued captainship’, SC Ganguly is a name of utmost repute among his fans. Although controversies (which are later resolved though and mostly proved false) and dissensions came showering towards him, he bypassed them with utmost ease and simplicity. Some felt he couldn’t play the bouncer, others surmised that he was God on the off-side; some laughed at his lack of athleticism, others took immense pride in his ability to galvanise a side. Yet, nobody can conjecture that he was India’s most successful Captain of all times. Ganguly made his ODI debut against West Indies in 1992. On becoming a captain, he selected a bunch of raw and not-so-experienced but talented players and set his journey. After that, everything is what everyone knows. He reached the zenith, the utmost region of success that the Indian Team had never ever tasted before. Out of the 147 ODIs he had captained his side on, he relished success in 76 cases, thereby possessing an enviable winning streak of 53.52%.

2. MS Dhoni–Mahendra Singh Dhoni, better known as ‘Mahi’ among his teammates, is the current captain of the Indian Cricket Team. He is arguably the most successful captain the Indian Cricket Team has ever got. This wicket-keeper batsman of Ranchi has proved his mettle in all formats, especially in the limited-over formats, viz., in T20s and ODIs. It is under his majestic captaincy that India has won the ICC World Cup 2011. His ‘Captain Cool’ naturealong with his power-hits (read Helicopter shots)is what makesMahi a renowned personality in International Cricket. He made his ODI debut in 2004 against Bangladesh. Out of 159 ODIs he has captained, he has reached success in 88 matches till now, with a winning percentage of 60.40%.

1. Ricky Ponting – Ricky Thomas Ponting, popularly known as ‘Punter’ amongst his teammates, was the captain of the Australian Cricket Team. Known as an uncompromising player of his generation, Pontingbecame the most successful ODI player-cum-captain of the Australian Cricket Team. He led the baggy green side to win two ICC World Cups, consecutively for the years 2002 and 2007. Ponting made his ODI debut in 1995 against South Africa, a fairly stronger side that time.Ponting has a clean record of 76.14%winning streak, as he won 165 ODI matches out off 230,he has captained upon.

  

Player

Mat

Won

Lost

Tied

NR

%

Ricky Ponting(Aus/ICC)

230

165

51

2

12

76.14

MS Dhoni(India)

159

88

57

4

10

60.40

Sourav Ganguly(Asia/India)

147

76

66

0

5

53.52

Imran Khan(Pak)

139

75

59

1

4

55.92

Hansie Cronje(SA)

138

99

35

1

3

73.70