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India hosted the 13th edition of the ICC World Cup. The ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 included the top 10 teams with the finest players in the game. It also included 10 of the top captains competing in the event to lead their respective teams to victory.
Some of these teams’ captains accomplished an outstanding job as captains and players, while others struggled and failed miserably, which was reflected in their team’s results. We will discuss the ten captains and how they fared in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.
Rating of the Captains in the ICC World Cup 2023
|Shakib Al Hasan
Pat Cummins (9.5/10)
When Pat Cummins was named white-ball captain, there was much speculation that he was a better test captain. But here he is, having led Australia to its sixth World Cup victory. Cummins masterfully guided the squad to victory against the best Indian team in the final at Narendra Modi Stadium. He was strategically superb, as was his performance in the final. Cummins performed admirably overall.
Rohit Sharma (9/10)
One of the finest captains in the ICC World Cup 2023, Rohit Sharma was outstanding throughout the tournament. He guided his side to the finals without losing a game, which was a major factor in India’s win. Rohit’s blazing beginnings always set the tone for the competition’s most successful batting lineup. Rohit was also an excellent leader, but they were defeated in the finals. Rohit scored 597 runs with 31 sixes at a strike rate of approximately 125.
Kane Williamson (8/10)
Even though Kane Williamson didn’t captain the team in all the matches, he captained it four times, including in the semifinals. In terms of performance, he was amazing with the bat in the games he played, and his captaincy was also excellent, despite a few blunders. A few judgments contributed to New Zealand’s exit from the semi-finals. Williamson hit three half-centuries and scored 256 runs in four innings, averaging 85.33.
Temba Bavuma (7/10)
South Africa finished second and lost in the semi-finals to Australia, yet many people still believe Temba Bavuma was the team’s captain. Individually, he was a burden on the squad, failing in practically every game in the ICC World Cup 2023. He scored 145 runs at 18.12, with a high of 35. Bavuma was also out for a duck in the semi-finals when his side needed him. He was a total failure.
Hashmatullah Shahidi (6.5/10)
Before the tournament began, few people had heard of Hashmatullah Shahidi, the Afghan captain. But one thing is certain: he is now well known. It is due to how he led his squad and excelled personally. He was good at what he did, scoring runs to help his club win a couple of games. Shahidi scored 310 runs at 51.66, including three half-centuries. Afghanistan won four World Cup matches for the first time under his leadership.
Scott Edwards (6/10)
The Netherlands won two games in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, against South Africa and Sri Lanka, with skipper Scott Edwards leading the way in both. Even though the top order struggled in several games, Edwards was the middle’s rock. He was fairly proficient with the bat and gloves, and he certainly pleased everyone. He scored 259 runs throughout the tournament, averaging 37 runs per game, and he scored runs under pressure.
Babar Azam (5/10)
Babar Azam came into the competition as the No. 1 rated ODI batsman, and he had a lot riding on him. However, Pakistan’s captain fell short on the grand stage. In the tournament, he had three half-centuries, just one of which came in a winning cause. Babar scored 320 runs at 40 with an 82.90 strike rate, which was below his level. The poor form of his players didn’t assist his situation, and Pakistan suffered as well because they depended heavily on Babar.
Kusal Mendis (5/10)
After Dasun Shanaka was forced out due to injury, Kusal Mendis took over as Sri Lanka’s coach after the first two games. Mendis scored 198 runs, including 14 sixes, in the first two games. Nonetheless, he was a terrible captain. He and his staff both failed to deliver. Sri Lanka finished with only two victories and did not qualify for the ICC Champions Trophy 2025. In his seven innings as captain, Mendis scored 96 runs, which is awful.
Shakib Al Hasan (4/10)
Shakib Al Hasan had a great World Cup in 2019, scoring over 600 runs and taking 11 wickets. His performance in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, on the other hand, was opposed. Bangladesh’s prospects hinged on his performance, and he was a colossal disaster. He made one half-century against Sri Lanka and 186 runs in seven innings. Shakib got nine wickets at an average of 36.55, which is unusual for Shakib. His terrible performance was one of the primary reasons for Bangladesh’s dismal result in the tournament.
Jos Buttler (3/10)
Jos Buttler made 225 runs in six innings to help England win their second T20 World Cup in 2022. However, he was far from his best in the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup. Buttler performed terribly, as England failed to qualify for the semi-finals despite having so many famous names in the squad. Buttler scored 138 runs with a low average of 15.33 and a top score of 42. He was the tournament’s biggest failure as a captain.