Stat Attack: Captains with most number of International runs

Stat Attack: Captains with most number of International runs

Stat Attack: Captains with most number of International runs

Captain is the one who is responsible to take the team forward and is expected to lead from the front. Quiet often there have been batsmen captains and as batsmen they would be required to set example for the team.

The task of captaincy often gets difficult for a player as there are too many things a single player needs to concentrate on. But in the pressure situation as well there have been few captains who have performed brilliantly. They have not only led the team brilliantly but scored big runs as well.

So, here let us take a look at list of captains who have scored most number international runs:

Player Matches Innings Runs Highest Score
Ricky Ponting (ICC/Aus) 324 376 15440 209
Graeme Smith (Afr/ICC/SA) 286 368 14878 277
Stephen Fleming (NZ) 303 348 11561 274*
Allan Border (Aus) 271 319 11062 205
MS Dhoni (Ind) 275 284 10018 224
Arjun Ranatunga (SL) 249 275 8726 131*
Brian Lara (WI) 172 204 8410 400*
Mohammed Azharuddin (Ind) 221 230 8095 192
Mahela Jayawardene (Asia/SL) 186 205 7673 374
Sourav Ganguly (Asia/Ind) 196 218 7665 144

Stat updated till 4 January, 2015

It is the Australian captain, Ricky Ponting who tops the list of captains with most number of runs in international cricket. With 15440 runs, Ponting is the most successful batsmen captain. There is no doubting that he was a successful captain as he has taken the Australia to many World Cup wins and Test wins as well.

There are only 5 players who have scored 10000 or more runs as captain. The latest entrant into the 10,000 club is MS Dhoni and he reached this landmark in final innings of Test career of 24*. Other 3 players to have reached this landmark are South African captain Graeme Smith, Stephen Fleming of New Zealand and Allan Border of Australia.

With the Tri-series and World Cup coming up Dhoni would have a good chance to go higher up the list and probably also the Number 3 position by the end of this year.