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by on January 18, 2011
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Most Matches as Captain in Test Cricket

Captaincy in the game of cricket is not an easy task as it seems. A successful captain is always thinking ahead of the ongoing match whether he is in the field or sitting in the pavilion .He is the one who not only considers the tactical situation of the game but also considers what his team is going through at any point in time.

Here is a list of skippers who played the most matches as captains of their respective national cricket teams in test cricket.

Captain Country Span Matches Won Lost Tied % Won
Allan Border Australia 1984-1994 93 32 22 1 34
Graeme Smith South Africa 2003-2011 83 38 24 0 46
Stephen Fleming New Zealand 1997-2006 80 28 27 0 35
Ricky Ponting Australia 2004-2010 77 48 16 0 62
Clive Lloyd West Indies 1974-1985 74 36 12 0 49
Steve Waugh Australia 1999-2004 57 41 9 0 72
Arjuna Ranatunga Srilanka 1989-1999 56 12 19 0 21
MA Atherton England 1993-2001 54 13 21 0 24
WJ Cronje South Africa 1994-2000 53 27 11 0 51
MP Vaughan England 2003-2008 51 26 11 0 51

 Most Matches as Captain in ODI Cricket

Aussies skipper Ricky Ponting leads the slot of most matches as captain in the ODIs. Not only Ricky Ponting is the most successful captain of the Australian side but also he holds the best success ratio amongst all the captains of the cricketing nations since the advent of the game of cricket. Ricky Ponting has played 221 matches with an outstanding success ratio of 76.7%.Following is the list of top captains with most appearances in ODIs:

Captain

Country Matches Won Lost % Won
Ricky Ponting Australia 221 160 48 76.7
Stephen Fleming New Zealand 218 98 106 48.0
Arjuna Ranatunga Srilanka 193 89 95 48.4
Allan Border Australia 178 107 67 61.4
M Azharuddin India 174 90 76 54.2
SC Ganguly India 147 76 66 53.5
Graem Smith South Africa 140 85 48 63.8
Imran Khan Pakistan 139 75 59 55.9
WJ Cronje South Africa 138 99 35 73.7
Brian Lara West Indies 125 59 59 50.0

Most Matches as Captain in T20 Cricket

English skipper Paul Collingwood holds the record of most matches as captain inT20 Internationals. Paul Collingwood has played 30 T20 matches as a captain where he won 17 matches, ensuing in a success ratio of 60.7; he lost 11 as a skipper. Next to follow is New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori who has captained the Kiwis in 28 matches and won 13 matches in all. Following is the list of skippers who played most matches as captains in T20 Internationals.

Captain

Country Span Matches Won Lost % Won
Paul Collingwood England 2007-2011 30 17 11 60.7
Daniel Vettori New Zealand 2007-2010 28 13 13 50.0
Graeme Smith South Africa 2005-2010 27 18 9 66.7
MS Dhoni India 2007-2011 25 12 11 52.1
KC Sangakkara Srilanka 2009-2010 21 12 9 57.1
MJ Clarke Australia 2007-2010 18 12 4 73.5
Shahid Afridi Pakistan 2009-2010 18 8 10 44.4
Chris Gayle West Indies 2007-2010 17 6 10 38.2
Ricky Ponting Australia 2005-2009 17 7 10 41.2
WTS Porterfield Ireland 2008-2010 17 7 8 46.7

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