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Top 5 Best Successful Captains In ICC ODI World Cup

Discover the cricket legends who led their teams to glory – Top 5 ICC ODI World Cup captains.

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Cricket is commonly described as a game with three main parts: batting, bowling, and fielding. However, there's a fourth aspect that is often overlooked, and that's the role of the captain.

Here's a glance at the top five captains who achieved the most success in ODI World Cups, excluding those from India.

Eoin Morgan (2015-2019)


The trailblazer who changed how England and other parts of the world played white-ball cricket, Morgan led England in two ODI World Cups. In the 2015 World Cup, Morgan and his team exited in the group stages, a move that some now see as the best thing for England's white-ball cricket. Following this early exit, Morgan, along with Trevor Bayliss, adopted a new way of playing white-ball cricket. They focused on staying aggressive throughout the innings, scoring high runs whether batting first or chasing big scores quickly when batting second. This change in strategy might not have been necessary on July 14, 2019, when England was chasing 242 runs for a win. However, in one of the most thrilling ODI matches ever, Morgan and his team triumphed, helping England secure their first-ever 50-over World Cup. 
World Cup Captaincy Status:
MatchesWonLostWin%
179752.94

Clive Lloyd (1975-1983)


Clive Lloyd, the first successful limited-overs captain, led the West Indies in three ODI World Cups. In 1975, he played a key role in their victory, scoring 102 runs in the final against Australia. In the next World Cup, he had a strong team, including Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Colin Croft, Joel Garner, and Malcolm Marshall, securing a second title by beating England in the final with a century from Sir Viv Richards. However, their quest for a third consecutive win was halted in 1983 when, against expectations, India defeated Lloyd's team by 43 runs in the final while defending a modest score of 183. This marked Lloyd's last World Cup as West Indies captain, and he retired from the game a year later. Despite his team's previous successes, they couldn't secure a hat-trick of victories, and England won their first-ever 50-over World Cup.

World Cup Captaincy Status:

MatchesWonLostWin%
1515288.23

Imran Khan (1983-1992)


Imran Khan, often considered Pakistan's greatest cricketer, captained the team in three ODI World Cups. In 1983, they made it to the semifinals but lost to the West Indies by eight wickets. In 1987, during the World Cup in the sub-continent, Pakistan, led by Khan, narrowly lost to Australia by 18 runs in the semifinals. Khan retired from international cricket after this. However, influential leaders persuaded him to come out of retirement to lead Pakistan in the 1992 World Cup. Despite facing challenges in the tournament, Khan had undying belief in the team's success. On March 25, they achieved victory, beating England by 22 runs in the final.

World Cup captaincy Status:

MatchesWonLostWin%
2214863.63

Stephen Fleming (1999-2007)


Except for 2003, New Zealand made it to the semifinals in the other two, exceeding many predictions. Despite having top-notch players in each edition, what set apart Fleming's teams was their ability to unite and play cohesively under his leadership. This ensured that his side consistently posed a challenge to the strongest teams in the tournament. 

World Cup Captaincy Status:

MatchesWonLostWin%
27161059.25

Ricky Ponting (2003-2011)