After the ICC World Cup 2011, most of the test-playing nations have appointed new captains to prepare new teams for the next world cup and give the youth talent a chance at the international level. And we have seen very exciting cricket in the last 8 months, from the famous Cardiff test to the Galle pitch nightmare.
The new captains have been closely watched, hailed, criticized and questioned, which got me wondering, which captain has performed the best so far?
According to the test match stats, the best individual performance award goes to Australia's Michael Clarke who has made 541 runs in 7 matches with 3 centuries. The second-best performer here is Tilakaratne Dilshan with 526 runs in 8 tests with one century. But looking at their batting averages, it’s a whole different story; Brendon Taylor has the best average of 71.60 in 3 matches. Graeme Smith comes next with an average of 61.66 in just 2 matches, whereas Misbah-ul-Haq has an impressive average of 57.25 in 7 matches.
Looking at the team performance, Michael Clarke leads the way again with 5 wins and 2 draws, next comes Misbah-ul-Haq with 4 wins, 1 loss and 2 draws. The worse performers in this list are the Windies with 2 wins, 4 losses and 4 draws. The former #1 test side has also been scratchy with 3 wins, 4 losses and 4 draws.