Aakash Chopra lists top six Indian captains

Aakash Chopra (born 19 September 1977) is an Indian cricket commentator and former cricketer who played for the Indian cricket team from late 2003 until late 2004 as a defensive opening batsman and close catcher in Test matches.

Due to the out break of corona virus the scheduled sports event has been called off. Thus Sports personalities turns social media to entertain the peoples without fail. Previously IPL used Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni’s photo to create awareness on corona spread.

In that list former cricketer Aakash Chopra list the top six captains of Indian cricket.

6. Ajit Laxman Wadekar

Ajit Laxman Wadekar (1 April 1941 – 15 August 2018) was an Indian international cricketer who played for the Indian national team between 1966 and 1974. Described as an “aggressive batsman”, Wadekar made his first-class debut in 1958, before making his foray into international cricket in 1966. He batted at number three and was considered to be one of the finest slip fielders. Wadekar also captained the Indian cricket team which won series in the West Indies and England in 1971(first victory of Indian team in test cricket outside of India was recorded in 1968 under the captaincy of Tiger Pataudi against New Zealand)

“Under Ajit Wadekar, we won for the first time in West Indies and England- both in 1971. He may have captained in only 18 matches, in which we didn’t win a lot of Test matches, but then we are talking of the 1970s here. Under Wadekar, India started winning and the seeds of them becoming a superpower were laid under his leadership” Chopra said.

Ajit Wadekar
Ajit Wadekar

5. Rahul Dravid

At No. 5 appeared Rahul Dravid who saw a lot of ups and downs during his captaincy. Chopra praised the former wicket-keeper’s winning percentage record.

Rahul Sharad Dravid is a former Indian cricketer and captain of the Indian national team. He is the Director of Cricket Operations at National Cricket Academy, Bengaluru, India. He also monitors the progress of India A and India under-19 cricket teams. In 2004, after completing his century against Bangladesh in Chittagong, he became the first and the only player till date to score a century in all the ten Test-playing countries.

“He also didn’t captain for a long time, he actually relinquished the leadership [post winning the Test series in England in 2007]. He saw a few highs but he also saw a very bad low which was the 2007 World Cup in West Indies where the team was knocked out in th3 first round. But then, under his leadership, we went on to beat England in England, a place where we haven’t managed to win post that. His win percentage is also outstanding” Chopra further added.

Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid

4. Virat Kohli

Chopra named the current Indian skipper Virat Kohli at No. 4. The current skipper has failed to prove himself at ICC tournaments but under his leadership, India is at No. 1 in Test ranking for the past 3 years.

Virat Kohli is an Indian cricketer who currently captains the India national team. A right-handed top-order batsman, Kohli is regarded as one of the best batsmen in the world. He plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League (IPL), and has been the team’s captain since 2013.

“Virat has a good team, he is steadily becoming a better captain. He may not have won an ICC trophy but under his leadership, but from the past three years the team has been at the numero-uno spot in the Test rankings. He will also play the final of Test championship and may possibly also win it. As far as ICC events are concerned, the team has always made its way to the semis or even the finals.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli

3. Sourav Ganguly

Chopra listed Sourav Ganguly at No. 3 of his list. The former Indian captain, known as Dada, changed the face of Indian cricket after the 2000 match-fixing scandal. Under his leadership, precious talents of Indian cricket like Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, etc were developed.

Sourav Chandidas Ganguly , affectionately known as Dada (meaning “elder brother” in Bengali), is an Indian cricket administrator, commentator and former national cricket team captain who is the 39th and current president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India. As a cricketer he played as a left-handed opening batsman and was captain of the Indian national team.

Ganguly
Ganguly

2. Kapil Dev

The hero of 1983 famous India’s world cup win Kapil Dev has found himself at No. 2. He is considered as the best all-rounder the country has ever produced.

He was a fast bowler and a hard hitting middle order batsman. Regarded as one of the greatest all-rounders to play the game, he is also regarded as one of the greatest captains in the history of cricket. He was named by Wisden as the Indian Cricketer of the Century in 2002.

Dev captained the Indian cricket team that won the 1983 Cricket World Cup. He was India’s national cricket coach between October 1999 and August 2000. He retired in 1994, holding the world record for the greatest number of wickets taken in Test cricket, a record subsequently broken by Courtney Walsh in 2000.

Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev

1. MS Dhoni

At No. 1, it is none other than Mahendra Singh Dhoni who is the only captain in the world to win all 3 ICC trophies. He also took men in blue to the first spot in Test ranking back in 2009.

MS Dhoni captained the Indian national team in limited-overs formats from 2007 to 2016 and in Test cricket from 2008 to 2014. Under his captaincy, India won the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, the 2010 and 2016 Asia Cups, the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. A right-handed middle-order batsman and wicket-keeper, Dhoni is one of the highest run scorers in One Day Internationals (ODIs) with more than 10,000 runs scored and is considered an effective “finisher” in limited-overs formats.

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