Many players dream of leading the national team at one stage. But while the leadership is a very special quality, the team management and selectors choose it carefully. Generally, they award it to the big names who take responsibilities in every situation.
Till the date, a total of 39 different players have led the Indian national cricket team. Many legendary cricketers have led the Indian team at least in one format. However, few other legendary cricketers never led the Indian team despite serving for the country successfully for a long time. Let’s take a look.
Here are the five Indian legends who never led Team India
The former left-arm pacer Zaheer Khan was the legendary pace bowler in Indian cricket history. Many top-class batsmen always felt trouble to face him while he was the master, especially in reverse-swing bowling.
Zaheer played a crucial role for India to win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 where he finished as the joint-most wicket-taking bowler (21 wickets). He served for India from 2000 to 2014 and played 92 Tests, 200 ODIs and 17 T20Is where he got 311 Test wickets, 282 ODI wickets and 17 T20I wickets.
Though he played the leadership role in the Indian pace-bowling unit effectively during his late international career, Zaheer never led the Indian team.