Chasing down huge totals in Cricket is not as easy and simple as coming back to win a game from three or four goals down in a football game. The team chasing down the total though knows how exactly they need to score and at what rate and are under constant pressure to achieve that. The asking rate often shoots up at times and more often, teams crumble and fail to chase than do it successfully. Chasing that score, even if not colossal always, and making their teams move on the winning track under that mountain-like pressure is not at all an easy task to succumb to. It is the reason why a chase is given so much importance, so here are the captains who have won most of the games with their teams chasing in the One Day International’s. Top 5 captains with most chased wins in ODI are:-
Ricky Ponting (64) – At the top of this statistical feature is Ricky Ponting and his Australia team. Team Australia was the most dominating and cruising team under Ponting and had won 64 ODI matches while following the target set by their opponents. It was one of the salient features of their team and was one of the prominent reasons that they won three back to back World Cups of 1999, 2003 and 2007. They were not only good at setting but also chased down big totals, as far as winning matches are concerned.
Stephen Fleming (56) – The second man to make his mark in the list is the skipper Stephen Fleming of New Zealand, one of the finest skippers that the Kiwis have ever produced. They had Fleming won 56 ODIs as captain batting second. Fleming and his ODI team are at the second position of Top 5 captains with most wins in ODIs chasing.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (52) – Next up at no. 3 is MS Dhoni, the present Indian captain, popularly called by his team mates as ‘Mahi’. As another World Champion skipper like Ponting, he has 52 wins on batting second, behind him and is going quite good to take over the reins from Ponting quite soon. It has been a part and parcel of the style of his captaincy to let the opposition go and bat first, let them set a target and then go out all guns blazing and chase it down thoroughly. India is also the most successful team when it comes to chasing scores in the vicinity of 300.
Arjuna Ranatunga (50) – The 4th position is held by the skipper, Arjuna Ranatunga of Sri Lanka with 50 such wins on batting second.
Mohammad Azharuddin/ Graeme Smith (49) – The fifth position has a share over here between Indian skipper, Mohammad Azharuddin and South African skipper Gremme Smith, both of them having 49 wins apiece.