Many prominent players dream of captaining the national side, some succeed, and some don’t. The limited-overs game has always been the best way to test an equal amount of talent and knowledge to obtain adequate game plans. Let’s take a look at some great cricketers who were exceptional players but never given a chance to lead their side on the international level.
MATTHEW HAYDEN (AUSTRALIA)
The humongous hitter, Matthew Hayden, has always been renowned as the most decorated opening batsmen of Australia. The left-hander had a successful career and could score quickly in both the international formats. Hayden has played 161 ODI matches and scored 6,133 runs at an average of 43.80. He formed one of the most thriving opening partnerships with Adam Gilchrist. Hayden ended his cricketing career with 15016 international runs at an average of around 47.45.
GARY KIRSTEN (SOUTH AFRICA)
Gary Kirsten, the former South African cricketer, was one of the strongest pillars of the team. His determination and calm approach gained him a reputation in both the One-Day and Test levels. Gary has played 185 One- Day International matches and scored 6,798 runs at a batting average of 40.95. He still holds the record for highest innings by a South African
during the 1996 World Cup; 188 not-out against UAE. Gary mentored the Indian cricket team, who lifted the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011.
BRETT LEE (AUSTRALIA)
Brett Lee is one of the fastest bowlers in the history of cricket. He terrified batsmen with his sheer pace. He was part of the subsequent title-winning Australian squads of 2003 and 2007. Lee finished his One-Day international career with 380 wickets, and Test cricket with 310 wickets. The pacer had taken 9 Five-wicket hauls in the limited-overs cricket. Lee will
always be a shining example for all the young players in all the formats of the game.
NATHAN ASTLE (NEW ZEALAND)
Nathan John Astle is recognized for his aggressive batting and terrific fielding in the slip. The Kiwi player is a complete package as a cricketer and has played all the three formats of the game. Over a career span of 12 years, he has played 223 ODI Matches and scored 7,090 runs. Nathan is the second New Zealand player to have scored more than 7000 runs in One Day
MICHAEL BEVAN (AUSTRALIA)
The Australian ODI Legend, Michael Gywl Bevan is widely known as the best finisher in the white-ball format. Batting at Number four, he has played 232 ODI matches and scored 6,912 runs. The left-handed batsman has engraved his name in the pages of Australian cricket history. Bevan was a natural athlete with an exceptional temperament that never had a slack
season with the bat.
YUVRAJ SINGH (INDIA)
Yuvraj Singh is India’s most stylish left-hander and one of the best limited over cricketer in the history of the game. He is famous for his magnificent cover drives, hitting ability, and fielding. The prince of Indian cricket has represented the national team 304 times and scored 8701 runs at an average of 36. He has scored 14 centuries and 52 half-centuries in his ODI career. Regardless of such credentials, he has never got an opportunity to lead the side.
JONTY RHODES (SOUTH AFRICA)
Jonathan Neil Rhodes is acknowledged as the God of fielding and South Africa’s most swaggering sports personality ever. He is the first Proteas player to take 100 ODI catches. Jonty has played 245 One-Day matches and scored 5,935 runs at an average of 35.11 but never captained his team. He took five catches and set a world record for most dismissals by a fielder. Apart from being a successful cricketer, he is also a published writer.
ZAHEER KHAN (INDIA)
The left-arm fast-medium bowler, Zaheer Khan, was one of the most valued bowlers of Indian cricket. He is known to be one of the finest bowlers India ever had but never got a good chance to captain the Indian team. Zaheer has been part of 311 test matches, 282 One Day Internationals, and 17 T20 Internationals with a total of 610 wickets. The Pacer has 11
Five-wicket hauls in his name and the highest test score by a number 11.
MUTTIAH MURALITHARAN (SRI LANKA)
Muttiah Muralitharan is the Sri-Lankan legend who holds the world record for the most wickets in both international formats. In One-Day Cricket, the giant performer has taken 534 wickets in 350 matches with a bowling average of 23.08. Murali has taken 10 Five-wicket hauls, and his best bowling figures in ODI is 7/30. He was rated as the best bowler by Wisden cricketers in 2002.