Hansie Cronje has clearly been the best captain I have seen. Steve Waugh was not good at all as captain and I wouldnt rate him highly in that aspect.
Among current captains, Fleming has been good. Lara is turning out good. Ganguly has been very good in showing some mettle and building his team but he hasnt been tactically as sound as he should to be rated among great captains.
Hussain was helping rebuild England but sadly he had to retire from captaincy 2 years far too early. I wouldnt say Streak is a great captain as he hasnt shown any great tactics. Agreed, he has a weak team but he doesnt show innovation which he can.
I have read a lot obout Frank Worrell and reckon he is the greatest captain for uniting the Windies. Imran united the Pakistani team for just a few years and they ended up winning the World Cup. However players didnt exactly have gr8 regard for him which puts him down in my great captains list. Ranatunga and now Ganguly ahave helped unite their respective teams a lot which is praiseworthy.
I believe Brearley was great but if you have an average record, you should not even be playing in the XI. I liked the agressive captaincy of Akram but he didnt have support of all sections of players. This is where Azhar was not at his best. He was tactically very good but didnt always have the support of all his players (like Sidhu) for various reasons.
When I look at captains, I look at stretegy, team building for the future and respect of players. Thats why Worrell is far above the rest.
Last edited by Pratters; 17-01-2004 at 05:43 AM.