The eleventh ICC Cricket World Cup is not even 6 months away from getting kicked off in Australia and New Zealand, the hosts for the World Cup. Defending Champions take on their Arch Rivals Pakistan in the inaugural match on February, 2015. Here is a short emphasis on the captains of all the fourteen participating teams in the World Cup. These men will remain skippers of their respective side unless they are out of the World Cup due to any injury.
Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan): Mohammad Nabi will lead Afghanistan in their first ever World Cup. So there wont be any pressure and expectations from the fans back home. But the team will look to prove the world what they are capable of. They woill look to cause few upsets in the tournaments.
Michael Clarke (Australia): A lot of expectations were rested on Australia for the 2015 Worst Cup and the man who will be handling those pressure will be Michael Clarke. Clarke is an aggressive and attacking captain who has led the Aussies to the 2010 World Twenty20 finals and Ashes whitewash in 2014. He is capable of taking Australia all the way to glory in his own backyard.
Mushfiqur Rahim (Bangladesh): Mushfiqur Rahim is one of the greatest wicket keeper to have played for Bangladesh apart from being a captain who likes to lead his team from the front. Often, he doesn’t get any help from his teammates and that will let his team down which is evident from the fact that Bangladesh are yet to win a match in 2014.
Alastair Cook (England): Cook is under big pressure from various quarters on whether can he make a good leader in ODI’s. There are doubts over his test captaincy for he silenced the critics by humbling India 3-1 at home a week ago. He has his task cut out and give all he could if England stand a chance for qualifying atleast till the semis in the World Cup.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (India): Dhoni will lead defending champions India in the 2015 World Cup. He, as always will lead from the front and take his troops to defend the World Cup he won with India four years ago. He has already won the 2007 World T20, 2011 World Cup and 2013 Champions Trophy and became the first captain to win all these trophies.
William Porterfield (Ireland): Ireland are always known for causing upsets in the World Cup, be it Pakistan in the 2007 World Cup or England in the 2011 edition. This time around, William Porterfield will look to take his team to the second round which is considered as a fair result for the Irish.
Brendon McCullum (New Zealand): Brendon McCullum is not only an aggressive batsman but also an aggressive leader who has taken New Zealand to greater heights. With the World Cup scheduled to take place in New Zealand, McCullum will expect his team to do well and gun for glory.
Misbah-Ul-Haq (Pakistan): The old war horse will lead Pakistan for one last time in the 2015 World Cup. Misbah is a type of captain who is defensive, just like his batting style. He has a very good team to play with and only the time will tell whether he can do an Imran Khan for the people of Pakistan.
AB De Villiers(South Africa): AB de Villiers is one of the most exciting cricketers present in the circuit. Since appointed as a captain, de Villiers has done well both as a captain and as a batsman. He needs to be careful while leading his team in the World Cup as his team has a rich haul of history in choking.
Angelo Mathews (Sri Lanka): Angelo Matthews, ever since appointed as captain, there is sudden shift in his game. He started to take responsibility to himself and lead by example. He led Sri Lanka to the victory in Asia Cup and will hope to give TM Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene a fitting farewell by winning the title.
Saqib Ali(UAE): This right handed 36-year old batsman will be leading his team in the 2015 World Cup. He has led his team to qualify for the World Cup and will look to cause few upsets in the tournaments.