Captaining a team, especially in the sport of cricket, is indeed not an easy task. The leader of the ship has the responsibility to drag the team along with them not only with the playing skills, but also other traits. And yet, at times, despite putting their best efforts, some captains or players fail to get it right.
But what happens when a cricketer has been forced to take up the leadership responsibility during tumultuous times? Certain players come as skippers when the outfit is exceedingly low in terms of confidence due to some scandals or soul-crushing losses. In such cases, the captain has the duty not only to restore the pride of the team but also to navigate them to winning ways.
We take a look at five players, who took over the leadership duties under torrid circumstances:
Michael Clarke may not boast the legacy created by the likes of Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh; however, a World Cup win and an Ashes whitewash are enough to name him as one of the most successful Australian captains. Clarke took over as the skipper of the Aussie outfit from Ponting after the 2011 Cricket World Cup.
Under Ponting, Australia did taste some of its unparalleled success. However, during the fag end of his career, they also suffered an Ashes loss at home and their earliest exit at the 50-over World Cup since 1992. Hence, Clarke, who became his successor, had a tough job to propel his side to become a powerhouse again.
As the full-time captain, the New South Wales-born led the Baggy Greens to a Test series win in Sri Lanka and whitewashed India at home. Four years later, the 39-year old made Australia lift their fifth and the first World Cup at home.