Cricket is a multifaceted sport that unities millions of people across the world. Over the years, Cricket has seen some legendary players that have made a difference from their end and have become role models for the next generation of cricketers.
Some players have been consistently performing well for their national team but unfortunately never got an opportunity to captain their teams.
Allan Donald (South Africa)
Allan Anthony Donald is a former South African fast bowler and currently appointed as the head coach of the Knights franchise for the forthcoming 2020-21 season. The cricketer is widely acknowledged as White Lighting by his teammates, and he is one of the most successful pace bowlers South Africa ever had. The Proteas player was South Africa’s highest wicket-taker with 330 test wickets in 72 matches at an overall average of 22.25. He retired with 20 five-wicket and 3 Ten-wicket hauls to his name but never captained the South African side.
Curtly Ambrose (West Indies)
The Windies Legend, Sir Curtly Elconn Lynwall Ambrose, is one of the finest pace bowlers and the second player to break the 400-wicket hurdle in Tests. The Caribbean cricketer played 98 Test matches, took 405 wickets at an overall average of 20.99. He bowled nearly 1001 maiden overs making him the leading wicket-takers of all time.
Ambrose was rated as the world’s best bowler in the ICC player rankings, but the player never led his team. After the retirement of the Icon, he was commenced into the ICC Hall of Fame and named as one of West Indies all-time XI by a panel of experts.
Harbhajan Singh (India)
India’s most succeeding off-spinner, Harbhajan Singh is the third Indian bowler to take 417 test wickets behind Kapil Dev and Anil Kumble. The bright-eyed turbanator is the youngest Indian cricketer to take 400 wickets after the Sri Lankan legend, Muttiah Muralitharan.
Harbhajan created history by becoming the first Indian bowler to take a hat-trick in Test cricket by taking the most crucial wickets of the Australian line-up (Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, and Shane Warne).
Glenn McGrath (Australia)
Glenn Donald McGrath is a former Australian international cricketer and the most successful pacer in the history of cricket. He has played 124 Test matches and taken 563 wickets. McGrath has been the driving force of the Australian bowling attack that dominated other teams for almost a decade. The Australian pacer has 29 five-wicket hauls to his name and has
been a three-time world cup winner (1999, 2003, 2007).
In Test cricket, Glenn holds a record for dismissing the most batsmen for ducks.
Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka)
The Sri Lankan Cricketer, Muttiah Muralitharan’s unique delivery made him one the greatest spin bowlers. It enabled him to be one of the most successful bowlers in both international formats. Yet, he never got a chance to lead his team. He has held the number one spot in the ICC player rankings for 1711 days.
Muralitharan played 133 Test matches and claimed 800 wickets at an economy rate of 2.47 and still holds this record.
Stuart Broad (England)
Stuart Broad is England’s most rewarding player in both the Test and ODI formats. The right arm seam bowler and left-handed batsman holds a record of the second-highest ever Test score made by a number 9 Batsman- he scored 169. Stuart is also the first English bowler to take 10-wicket haul at Lord’s. He has represented his team in 138 Test matches and taken 485 wickets at a bowling average of 28.50. Regardless of all his contributions, he never got a chance to captain his national team.
Mark Waugh (Australia)
Mark Waugh, often nicknamed as ‘Junior is an Australian cricket commentator and a former international cricketer. Waugh is considered to be one of the best slip fielders, and he also held the record of most Test catches by a non-wicketkeeper. The Aussie cricketer has played 128 Test matches and scored 8,029 at an average of 41.81. Even then, he never got a chance to captain his team.
VVS Laxman (India)
One of India’s best players of the new ball, VVS Laxman, has played 134 Tests for India, scoring 8781 runs at an overall average of 45. He is among the few players who have played 100 test matches without ever appearing for a One-Day World Cup. Laxman is known for his elegant stroke play and had been a part of the Indian team that was world-renowned in that
The right-handed batsman has scored 17 centuries and 56 half-centuries but never captained the Indian team in the format.
James Anderson (England)
James Michael Anderson is all-time England’s leading wicket-taker across all the formats. Anderson is the only English bowler to exceed 500 test wickets. The right-arm pace bowler has so far played 152 test matches and taken 587 wickets without ever captaining the English side.
He currently has 28 five-wicket hauls and has exceeded Sir Ian Botham’s record of 27. He is currently ranked No.8 in the ICC Test Bowling Rankings.