Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Shahzad.Firdous, Jun 5, 2020.
Whose captaincy was the best in the world?? I would go with Imran.
Arjuna Ranatunga.Absolute genius as a strategist.Made Sri Lanka an almost invincible ODI team from a bunch of talented individuals he knit together.Imran was a greta motivatot but not at his best as a tactician .Remember 1982 Edgbaston and 1987 Oval test .Steve Waugh simply inherited an empire.
Ranatunga resembled a great military tactician.Literally wove Sri Lankan cricket to its status as a cricketing power.
How good was Cronje?
Great in his own right,but faltered at crucial stages .One of the great ODI captains of all with 99 wins but at times could fail to press home an advantage in both forms of cricket.With more luck could well have led the Proteas to atleast 2 world cup wins.
Steve Waugh did not inherit a champion side. He made a good team into a champion team!! Ponting inherited a great team not Steve Waugh.... Its like comparing Sachin with Kohli ... Steve Waugh vs Ponting...
Mark Taylor was more instrumental in building the nucleus- a great tactician-Even Alan Border before 1994.
They were instrumental in building the nucleus but it was Steve Waugh who got them together for a purpose and built the great Aussie team which Ponting took to a highest level....
The MOST difficult job of captaincy to successfully lead a team with unity and with maximum output, is none other than Pakistan.
On one hand, there is the most corrupt and incompetent cricket board to deal with. I mean, lets not even go there. Steve Waugh and many others would not have the FOGGIEST of ideas as to what we are talking about here. They can't imagine such animal even exists.
But to deal with the team alone is unfathomable challenge for many captains.
There is a HUGE mess of problems within the dressing room.
There are HUGE egos, HUGE JAHAALUT in may players (when you have mochi darzi, chai wala type chouthi jamaat fail kids from the street become national stars), there is a HUGE issue players not being able to focus on what matters, there are linguistic and regional divisions, there is politics and back stabbing and there are groups with in the team - ALWAYS. There is a sever lack of street smartness. Many, many selfish players who only are obsessed with personal performance so that they can stick with the team as long as they can.
And then there is a genetic mutation and deeply ingrained idea in our DNA that EVERY single debutant firmly believes that he should be the team's captain, so he starts thinking and acting like one from the first day. (seriously, Imran Khan was once leading a Pak team that had SEVEN former captains, lol)
Sooner or later, everyone tries to become Imran Khan while others go to Hakeems to be prescribed with paalak for extra energy in mids of all those who take drugs and fix matches, and give sajdas on the ground but break the team curfew to late night party - I mean seriously, Steve Waugh or Ranatunga or Gregg Chappell or Steven Fleming or any other captain would ended up in a mental hospital leading this bunch of headless chickens.
Ranatunga was better because he won the WC without ditching Biryani.