Ranking top 5 Captains with the Highest Win Percentages in International Cricket

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The game of cricket involves 22 players and each team has 11 players competing against the next 11. The 11 players in the game are really important, but it is the leader or skipper who has a big responsibility. The team might have a variety of great players, but those great players need a trustworthy leader. We have seen a lot of great captains, who have had a legendary tenure leading an international side. The name MS Dhoni and Ricky Ponting always comes to our mind when we take a look at some of the greatest captains in international cricket.

There is no doubt that some of these great captains have won some major games in their time. However, it is also interesting to see the win rate of these certain international skippers. This determines how much success they have had as a leader. The win rate gives us a glimpse of how dominant these teams were under these great leaders. There have been many skippers in the game which has been going on for more than 2 centuries. Who has had the best success rate is the big question everyone will want the answer to.

So, here’s a look at the 5 captains with the highest win rate in international cricket:

5. Hansie Cronje ( 65.96%)


The end of Hansie Cronje’s career might have been tragic, but there is doubt that he has been a great skipper for South Africa. The all-rounder had turned the Proteas team into one of the powerhouses in international cricket. Cronje has had a great career as a skipper where he had led the side in 191 matches. Along with that, he has also achieved a win rate of 65.96% making him one of the most successful skippers for South Africa. Sadly, we couldn’t get to see more of this charismatic leader due to his tragic death at only 32 years of age, but we still have to appreciate what he has done for his nation as a leader.

4. Steve Waugh ( 66.25%)


There is no doubt that Steve Waugh was one of the most successful batters for Australia who has been part of two World Cup victories. Waugh has also been one of the best captains for the Australian team. Waugh has led the Australian team in 163 matches and has had a win rate of 66.25%. He also led the Australian team to their second World Cup title in 1999, which they won after 12 years. Waugh will always go down as one of the greatest captains Australia has ever had.

3. Asghar Afghan ( 67.82%)


The Afghanistan team has come a long way after 2015. The team has now grown into one of the dark horses in international cricket. One of the most successful leaders during those times was Asghar Afghan. Asghar was not only one of the best middle-order batters for Afghanistan but also a great skipper until his retirement in 2021. He had led the upcoming Afghanistan side in 115 matches and has also achieved a win rate of 67.82%. It is safe to say that he has played a major role in the growth of the Afghanistan team who is now a full-fledged international side.

2. Ricky Ponting ( 67.9%)


There can never be a list of successful international captains without Ricky Ponting. Ponting had already established himself as one of the top batters in the game. He took over the reins from Waugh and became one of the best international captains as well. Ponting is the only Aussie skipper to have two World Cups to his name. he has led the Australian team in 324 games and has achieved one of the highest win rates in international cricket. He was after all the leader of one of the most dominant Aussie sides and was almost unbeatable during his tenure.

1. Rohit Sharma ( 73.45%)


It is amazing to see Rohit Sharma who had taken the captaincy role late in his international career and still has managed to be one of the most successful leaders in Indian cricket. Rohit is currently one of the most successful captains in international cricket right now. He also has the highest win rate in the game leading his team in 115 matches with a win rate of 73.45%. Rohit will also be leading the Indian team in the 2024 T20 World Cup in the West Indies and the United States of America(USA) and will be hoping to finally get his hands on a major trophy. 

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