Top five: batters with the most runs as captain in ODI
NEW DELHI: Leading off to one side carries tremendous responsibility and pressure. But in the history of cricket, there have been a few stalwarts who used the added responsibility to further improve their own individual games.
TimesofIndia.com here takes a look at the top five players who scored the most captain runs in one-day Internationals:
One of the best hitters the game has ever played, Ricky Pointing of Australia believed in the mantra of leading by example. Ponting led the Australian side to unmatched heights during his tenure as captain along with his batting prowess. Ponting was one of the few whose batting improved markedly with the added responsibility of captaining the side. In the 230 ODIs that Australia led between 2002-12, Ponting scored 8,497 massive runs at an average of 42.91 that included 22 tons and 51 fifty and with a higher score of 164, which was scored against South Africa in Johannesburg in March 2006. Ms dhoni
One of the most successful limited-overs captains of all time, Ms dhoni was phenomenal with the bat as well during his reign as leader. Between 2007-2018, where he donned the captain's cap, Dhoni, the batsman, earned the tag of 'the greatest finisher of the game'. In the 200 ODI matches that he led the side in, Dhoni amassed 6,641 runs at an impressive average of 53.55, remaining unbeaten 48 times. With 6 centuries and 47 fifties, Dhoni helped India cross the finish line on numerous occasions. Stephen Fleming
New Zealand great Stephen Fleming was a strong leader, who led the Kiwi side in 218 ODIs. Along with marshalling the troops between 1997-2007, Fleming was very impressive with the bat as well. A top order batsman, who opened for New Zealand in 103 ODI innings in his career, Fleming scored 6,295 runs during his era as the Kiwi ODI captain. Seven hundreds and 38 fifties helped Fleming maintain the average of 32.78 during that time. During Fleming's reign as captain New Zealand won 98 ODIs out of 218.
One of Sri Lanka's most decorated captains, Arjuna Ranatunga was phenomenal with the bat. A stylish left hander, who played 269 ODIs, Ranatunga captained the side in 193 matches. During his stint as the skipper, Ranatunga led by example, amassing 5,608 ODI runs at an average of 37.63 with a highest score of 131 *. Four tons and 37 fifties were scored by Ranatunga as ODI captain of Sri Lanka, where he also remained unbeaten on 34 occasions. Ranatunga as captain had a win percentage of 48.37. The biggest highlight of his captaincy was was leading Sri Lanka to the ICC ODI World Cup title in 1996. Graeme smith
Currently the director of South African cricket , Graeme smith was always a leader. From 2003-2011, Smith was in charge of the South Africa team on the field and during that time, the pressure of leadership did not affect Smith's batting. A swashbuckling left-handed opener, Smith gave the Proteas innumerable moments of joy as a batsman. In the 150 ODI matches as captain of the side, Smith amassed 5,416 runs at an average of 38.96, with 8 tons and 37 fifties. With a highest score of 141, Smith also remained unbeaten on 9 occasions. Out of the 149 ODIs that Smith captained in, the Proteas won 92.