Leading a national team in cricket or any other sport for that matter is one of the toughest jobs. Not only does a captain have to plot and plan tactics besides worrying about his own performances, he/she also has the onus of creating a positive culture in the dressing room besides showing confidence in his/her players and ensuring that they get the best out of them.
It is often said that ‘great players don’t make for good captains’ and while it is unfair to generalize it, the names mentioned in the below list certainly testify the aforementioned fact to the hilt.
Here’s a look at 10 great cricketers who weren’t good captains:
One of the greatest batters to have ever graced this beautiful game, it is fair to say that Brian Charles Lara did not enjoy leading his side as captain.
Lara captained the West Indies at a time when they were in a consistent decline and that is perfectly reflected in his W/L record across formats.
While he still had a decent outing in the ODI format where he led the West Indies to the 2004 Champions Trophy triumph, it was his Test record as skipper that drew immense criticism.
Lara led the West Indies in 125 ODIs with a 50% success record but in Test cricket, the Caribbean islands managed just 10 wins in 47 games, losing as many as 26.
Despite such a poor record, Lara led the West Indies for a better part of nine years till his final hurrah in the 2007 World Cup on home soil.