Taking to Twitter, the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday asked the Twittersphere, in a poll, to identify which captain was the best. And well, well, well, our Prime Minister and the former Pakistan team captain aka Imran Khan just beat them all including Kohli in the ICC best captain poll!
The options given by the ICC were the current India captain Virat Kholi, former South African captain AB de Villiers, current captain of Australia’s women’s Team Meg Lanning, and former Pakistan skipper Imran Khan.
According to the ICC, the captaincy stood out for these four players and became a blessing for them. It said that for these players the averages improved when they became leaders of their dressing room.
On Tuesday, the world’s governing body for cricket put out a question in the poll. It asked, ‘Who would you rate as the best among these giants?’ with the other options being former South African skipper AB de Villiers and Australian women’s team captain Meg Lanning.
It definitely turned out to be a nip and tuck race. As of now, Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan bagged 47.3% of the 536,346 votes polled. Meanwhile, Kohli, who just became a father earlier this week, got 46.2% of the votes. On the other hand, De Villiers had 6%, while Lanning got 0.5% of the votes.
South Africa’s De Villiers’ average was 45.97 when he was not the captain. However, during the captaincy, the average shot up to 63.94. As per the stats, Lanning also saw a spike in her average when she became the captain. When she was not the captain she was averaging 43.87 but while playing as the skipper her average rose to 60.93.
In addition to this, the ICC tweets show that Indian cricket team captain Kohli’s average shot up to 73.88 from 51.29 in ODIs when he took over the captaincy.
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Khan, who is also the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), had a test average of 25.43 with the bat and 25.53 with the bowl in Tests. However, the world cup winning skipper’s Test average was 52.34 and the bowling average was 20.26 when he was captaining.
Twittersphere is having a field day with the poll result
At the tender age of 16, Khan made his first-class cricket debut. After playing in England for a while, he caught the selectors’ eyes in Pakistan, and he made his Test debut against England after playing for PIA and Dawood Industries.
The legendary cricketer, under the leadership of whom Pakistan won its first and only Cricket World Cup, Khan, also motivated the team and lifted up their spirits for Cricket World Cup 2015. He gives the team a lesson of perseverance, determination, and hard work. The emotional video is worth a watch!
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