Test cricket is one of the most important forms of cricket for an aspiring cricketer as it brings out the best of temperament and tests the patience of the players. Any cricketer who wants to be known as a good player even in the T20 era strives hard to make a name in the longest format as it defines him as a cricketer.
In the history of cricket we have seen many teams that were almost impossible to beat at home but there were teams that proved to be hard to beat in any conditions.
Here’s a list of captains who have successfully taken their team to the most victories in test matches in foreign soil –
Clive Lloyd/Graeme Smith –
Captaining arguably one of the best test teams to have ever played the sport, Clive Lloyd tops the list with 23 wins along with the Proteas skipper Graeme Smith who forged a really strong South African team which could win in any conditions with the sheer amount of confidence that the team has achieved over the period of 23 wins.
However Lloyd led a team that had stars in every slot and were a thorn in the opposition’s heart in every step. This team would go on to win the World Cup after this run and thus proved themselves a great team. Smith on the other hand could not take the African’s to a World Cup victory but still remains as a great test captain.
Ricky Ponting/Steve Waugh –
The Australian team were almost invincible for a decade when Steve Waugh the captain of the 96 World Cup winning team forged a squad of players who were fearless facing any opponent. The stature of the opponent did not matter to this group and they went on to win 19 matches away from home without losing any in this golden period.
After Waugh had his day Ricky Ponting one of the greatest captains the game has ever seen stepped into the role of the Australian team skipper and straight away continued the aggression that the Aussies were now associated with. Ponting who won a World Cup for his team refused to even get a draw out of a test match and usually went all in for a victory. This attitude gave Ponting his 19 wins away from home that is still to be bettered by an Aussie.
One player who takes most of his team’s troubles on his backs and takes the team out of a tough situation every other game, Misbah soon became a household name in the cricketing fraternity and his gritty knocks became the ideal way to show how a team would be able to run on a single batsmen. Dismal performances from almost every batsmen in the Pakistan team has seen Misbah over perform his task but when he led a team that was in good form, Misbah was able to take his team to some memorable victories.
One thing that Misbah will remember in his career is the number of wins that he got his team during his tenure. With 16 wins away from home, Misbah makes this list as the only player from the sub-continent and shows that a good team can perform in any conditions.
Allan Border –
Yet another Australian, Allan Border is till date regarded as the best captain that the Australian team has ever seen. He is the first person to instill the aggression that we usually associate an Australian team. Although he had a terrific group of players to compliment him, Border always had that knack of pulling something out of nowhere and making things happen. He also has a long list of records in Australian cricket some of which are yet to be broken. His illustrious career had its high when he went on to forge 13 wins at different test venues outside the continent.