Cricket can be a cruel game sometimes. Despite individual brilliance, we have seen that a lot of players haven’t been able to achieve all that they have desired professionally. Over the years, the game has evolved manifold and it commands individuals to be on the top of their game with matches coming thick and fast.
There have been a plethora of players who, despite doing well, have not been able to lead their side in the international cricketing circuit. While some have been a part of controversies, others have just been overshadowed by their peers, who too have done exceptionally well in the international circuit.
In this article, we take a look at 8 international cricketers of the top 8 cricketing nations in world cricket, who despite achieving legendary status, could never captain their team on the biggest stage.
Legendary Players Of Top 8 International Cricket Teams Who Could Never Captain Their Side
Sri Lanka- Muttiah Muralitharan
It’s only a matter of shame that the highest-ever wicket-taker in world cricket, couldn’t captain his national team on a regular basis. Muttiah Muralitharan has been an epitome in world cricket and among the best, if not the best bowler in the world. Murali’s captaincy was always overshadowed by the presence of other Lankan legends like Sanath Jayasuriya, Kumar Sangakkara, and Mahela Jayawardene.
The Lankan spin wizard has a bundle of world records to his name. The most prolific of them being, he is the highest wicket-taker in the history of Test cricket with 800 scalps to his name. He also has the most ODI wickets to his name as he picked a total of 534 wickets in his international career. It’s only difficult to learn that Muralitharan couldn’t captain Sri Lanka on a regular basis despite being a legend of the game.