Test Cricket: The role of captain in the game of cricket is very important because he has to inspire other players with his performance. Especially if the match is in the long format of the cricket ie Test, then the responsibility of the captain definitely increases.
If the captain of a team is also its lead batsman, then his responsibility increases because he has to make runs with the bat in addition to making decisions under the captaincy. Although many players have led their country’s team in Test cricket, very few people have been included in the successful names.
Let’s take a look at the top-5 batsmen who have scored the most runs as captain in Tests.
Stephen Fleming – 5156 runs
In his 14-year career, Fleming captained New Zealand in 80 Tests and is the third-most captain in Test history. As captain, Fleming had scored 5156 runs which included 8 centuries. Fleming’s best score as captain was 274 * which he scored against Sri Lanka in Colombo in 2003.
Clive Lloyd – 5233 runs
Clive Lloyd is one of the greatest captains in cricket history. He is also the captain of most matches for the West Indies.
Lloyd, who captained the West Indies in 74 matches, has scored 5233 runs in 111 innings with an impressive average of 51.30. Throughout his career, he batted aggressively and his best score as captain was 242
Ricky Ponting – 6543 runs
Talking about the history of Test cricket, Ricky Ponting is the most successful captain of this format. He also holds the record for the second-highest number of wins in Test cricket.
He always led Australia with aggression and won 48 of 77 Test matches. As captain, Ponting had scored 6543 runs with 19 centuries in 140 innings. Ponting’s best score as captain of Australia is 209 runs.
Alan Border – 6623 runs
Allen Border is the second-most captain in Test cricket. Although he is not the most successful captain of Australia, he worked to maintain the dominance of Australia in the late 20th century. As captain, Border has scored 6623 runs in 154 innings which includes 15 centuries and 35 half-centuries.
Graeme Smith – 8659 runs
When Graeme Smith took over as captain of South Africa, his country was going through a very bad phase due to the match-fixing episode. Young Smith, who took charge of the team at the age of 22, completely changed Africa’s fortunes in cricket. He made his team one of the best teams of the Test.
Smith is the captain of most matches in Test history and has led Africa to 109 matches. Smith is also the only captain to have won more than 50 wins in Test cricket and is also one of the best openers in this format.
Smith as captain has scored 8659 runs in 193 innings at an average of 48. As captain, Smith has scored 25 centuries, which is the highest century by any captain in the history of cricket.