Captaincy is one of the most vital aspects of the T20 format. The importance of captaincy was signified in the very first edition itself when MS Dhoni masterminded India’s inaugural World Cup win. Darren Sammy led the Windies to two T20 World Cup titles. He remains one of the most successful T20I skippers. Captaincy is sure to play a big part in the upcoming T20 World Cup too. Lets look at Top 5 Captains Ahead Of T20 World Cup 2021.
Top 5 Captains Ahead Of T20 World Cup 2021
#5 Babar Azam
Babar Azam will be leading Pakistan for the first time in a World Cup. He has a good team at his disposal. His personal form too has been nothing short of phenomenal. Pakistan did give a good account of themselves in the series against England. But a lot rides on Azam’s shoulders to deliver under high pressure. The way Azam leads the side in the tournament may well dictate their fortunes in the World Cup.
#4 Kieron Pollard
Kieron Pollard is one of the finest strikers of the cricket ball. He is the captain of the Windies team who are the defending champions. The West Indies team can hunt down any team on their day. Their batting lineup is deep and explosive. T20I veterans like Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo will be hungry to add a 3rd world title to their kitty. With Pollard at the helm, they have one of the smartest cricketing brains. Pollard’s smartness can prove to be counterproductive at times. This is the only factor that they need to be careful about.
#3 Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson is fresh from the success of leading New Zealand to win in the WTC finals. This win broke their jinx of not winning a major ICC trophy since 2000. Kiwis might not be having a solid T20 unit unlike other teams but expect them to punch well above their weight. They have dropped Ross Taylor from the side and this leaves a lot of responsibility on Williamson. Regarded as one of the coolest minds in the business, Williamson’s captaincy will be paramount to New Zealand’s success.
#2 Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli arguably holds the highest winning percentage among other captains in this list. But the fact that India have lost 3 major ICC knockouts under Kohli can’t be missed. This will be the first time Kohli will be leading India in a T20 World Cup. He has a fantastic team that is a mixture of dynamic talent, experience, and finesse. Kohli has a great sounding board in Rohit Sharma. If India is able to overcome the final hurdle then there is surely a World Cup for the taking.
#1 Eoin Morgan
Eoin Morgan is the man behind England’s white-ball revolution. England are a completely changed unit post the debacle of the 2015 ODI World Cup. They narrowly lost out in the finals against West Indies in 2016. Morgan’s captaincy played a major role in England’s maiden ODI World Cup win in 2019. England will be hoping Morgan pulls off an encore in the T20 World Cup too. It will mark the golden run of England’s white-ball cricket.