Four Great Captains That Have Showcased Their Skills At 2019 World Cup
Now that we are into the fourth week of the World Cup, we have seen enough cricket to be able to shortlist the four best captains out of the 10 teams playing. Cricket bettors probably won’t be completely surprised to see that the captains of the top four teams currently on the ICC points table have made our shortlist of best World Cup captains.
Atop the ICC points table at present is New Zealand, led by Kane Williamson with outright cricket betting odds of 6. They are followed by Australia (3.50) led by Aaron Finch. Meanwhile, India (3) are in third place led by Virat Kohli. We must point out that India have played just 5 games, while the rest of the top 4 have played 6 games each. Finally, England, who started out as the favourites, are now in fourth place (3), and are led by Eoin Morgan.
Best World Cup Captains
The World Cup is the biggest ICC tournament in cricket. Needless to say, it’s the dream of every captain to lead his country to victory. The pressure of playing at the World Cup and performing well is very real, though. And no one feels it more than the captain. Some of the criteria that we subsequently used to select our top four captains include leadership abilities, decision making, leading from the front with their own performance, staying cool under pressure and winning consistently.
First on our shortlist of best World Cup captains is Kane Williamson. The Kiwi cricketer isn’t a flashy captain or someone who likes to be in the limelight. However, he has led from the front playing two fantastic innings in the last two games. He was unbeaten on 106 against South Africa and hit a magnificent 148 against the West Indies to win back-to-back man of the match awards.
Williamson has performed wll with the bat. However, he has also been fantastic at leading, rotating his bowlers brilliantly and backing the likes of Lockie Ferguson who is now ranked number 5 on the list of leading wicket takers with 11 wickets to his name. New Zealand are yet to lose a game at the World Cup.
Australia’s Aaron Finch was under a lot of pressure coming into this World Cup. That’s because his side had performed poorly during the absence of David Warner and Steve Smith. Finch has since done a great job in helping Warner and Smith settle down. He has also been brilliant with introducing the right bowling changes.
Former England captain Michael Vaughn rates Finch as the best technical captain of this World Cup. One of the biggest challenges that Finch has had to address was bringing his own style into the captaincy and not being overwhelmed by the seniority of Warner or Smith. He has done a great job at the World Cup.
Virat Kohli is a great Indian batsman, but there were question marks over his captaincy. He has done well at the World Cup, controlling his emotions, making smart field placements and coping with the loss of key players like Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Kohli’s biggest test as a captain will come towards the end of the tournament as India enters the semi-final stage. India are yet to lose a game at the World Cup.
Eoin Morgan has huge expectations on his shoulders. After all, the bookies and English fans expect England to lift the 2019 World Cup. England has done well and Morgan has been brilliant both with the bat and as a captain. However, England have lost on two occasions and have shown others teams that they have weaknesses which can be exploited.
Morgan is a no nonsense captain. It will subsequently be up to him as well as the other senior players in the side to ensure that England have no more hiccups on their road to victory at the 2019 World Cup!