In International Cricket, the captain holds a major responsibility. Also a captain is held responsible for the performance of the team as a whole. Throughout the years, we have seen a number of batsmen who made into successful captains.
In this article, we are to emphasize upon the captains who were involved in the most number of 300 plus innings totals in One Day International Cricket –
1. MS Dhoni, 38* times –
Leading the chart is the Indian skipper, Mahindra Singh Dhoni. He has captained a total of 177 matches and on 38 occasions his team posed a total of over 300 runs. In the ongoing World Cup too, India is performing extremely well and they have batted first in the tournament on three occasions and in each of the time, India has scored over 300 runs. This is simply majestic coupled up with intense consistency.
2. Ricky Ponting, 38 times –
The former Australian captain still remains as one of the most successful international captain in the history of the game. He led Australia into successive victorious campaigns at the World Cup in both 2003 and in 2007. Ponting has been Australia’s prime talent.
3. Mahela Jayawardene, 22 times –
He captained the Sri Lankan side in the World Cup in 2007 and Sri Lanka made to the final and were the runners up of the tournament. On a total of as many as 22 occasions, Sri Lanka surpassed the total of 300 runs under his leadership in ODIs. He captained for over 100 ODIs for Sri Lanka.
4. Graeme Smith, 21 times –
The former South African captain was a superb captain and he led his side brilliantly. He himself was an opening batsman and gave South Africa brilliant starts. Also as a matter of fact, it was under the leadership of Graeme Smith that South Africa chased down 438 runs in 2006 against Australia. This happens to be the highest ever chase in ODI cricket.
5. Sourav Ganguly, 19 times –
The former Indian captain is also present in the list. He was a brilliant left handed batsman himself and mostly opened the batting for India. It was under Ganguly’s leadership that India chased down the mammoth target of 326 runs against England in the Natwest series final in 2002.