The big stage of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is here, with South Africa and Australia playing the first match of the Super 12. The qualifiers have been completed, and we have Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Namibia, and Scotland qualified for the business end of the tournament. All the Super 12 teams are the best in the world, and in this format, no team can be predictable as any team can win the game on their given day. But one thing that remains constant and which is the most important factor in winning a match is the captain’s role in the game. The skills and experience of the captain will play a big role in such a huge tournament. Let’s look at the records of all the captains of Super 12 in T20 International matches.
Virat Kohli and Babar Azam
Virat Kohli’s men take on Babar Azam’s Pakistan in Dubai on Sunday in the biggest clash of the tournament. India has had the advantage over Pakistan in the T20 World Cup so far. Among all the captains with more than 25 games under their belts, Kohli has the highest win percentage of 60. Kohli has won 27 matches as captain of the Indian cricket team. It’s Kohli’s last series as a captain in the shortest format for his country, and he will surely give his all for India to win it’s second T20 World Cup and Kohli to end his captaincy on a high note. On the other hand, the young Pakistan captain, Babar has also been impressive as captain of Pakistan. Babar has won 15 out of 28 matches as captain and has a decent win percentage of 53.57 against top teams in international cricket.
Finch and Bavuma
Australia is not in great T20 form as they lost a series to Bangladesh before this tournament. Also, they lost to India in their warm-up match. But they won against the Kiwis in the last over of the match. Their captain Aaron Finch is coming from an injury, and his form will play a key role in Australia’s road in the World Cup. Finch has been a reasonably good captain for Australia in the shortest format as he has won 24 and lost 23 matches in his career as a captain. Finch is an experienced campaigner, and his tactics will be decisive for Australia. South Africa has a new captain in the form of Temba Bavuma. Bavuma has captained South Africa in only eight T20 Internationals and is a young captain. South Africa and Bavuma need to bring their A-game to win their first-ever ICC tournament.
Morgan and Pollard
The 50-over World Cup-winning captain is gearing up to win yet another ICC World Cup. Morgan is in great captaincy form as he managed KKR to qualify for the finals from nowhere. Morgan has a great record as the captain of the England Cricket Team in T20I. He has won 37 matches out of 64 at a win percentage of 57.81%. Morgan will be hoping to add another trophy to his World Cup trophy cabinet with his experience and depth in the England team. The West Indies is the most lethal team in this format and has proved it by winning this prestigious tournament twice. West Indies recently gave their team’s captaincy to the experienced all-rounder Kieron Pollard. Pollard doesn’t have a good record as the captain of the West Indies as he has registered just nine wins in 26 games. But, the West-Indian maestro certainly has a million tricks up his sleeve, especially in this format, and in this format, you can never keep the West Indies out of the tournament.
Williamson and Nabi
The Kiwi legend and captain Kane Williamson is one of the greatest captains of the game. Along with his experience, his calm and composed nature will be a crucial factor for New Zealand in this T20 World Cup. New Zealand recently won the ICC Test Championship under his leadership but has never won a white ball ICC tournament. Williamson has a great team, and his stats in T20 Internationals as a captain are also pretty decent, with a win percentage of 46.94%. Williamson has to lead the side from the front with his batting and captaincy skills to win a white ball ICC tournament. On the other hand, Nabi is a newly appointed captain for Afghanistan in the 20-over format. He has led Afghanistan in the 50 overs format and has brought them to the limelight. When it comes to T20 cricket, just like the West-Indies, Afghanistan is also a lethal team, and they can even beat top sides like Australia, South Africa, etc. Nabi already has a 50% winning percentage. Even though he is a new captain in this format, his experience playing in different leagues will be crucial for Afghanistan’s fate in this tournament.
Mahmudullah and Shanaka
Mahmudullah’s men fought hard in the qualifiers to reach the Super 12 stage. Now, they look like vintage Bangladesh, with the likes of Shakib, Mustafizur, etc., performing well for their country. Mahmudullah himself looks in great touch, and as a captain, he has led his team brilliantly. Mahmudullah has an excellent record in T20I with a win percentage of 50 in 30 matches. The hope of Bangladesh will be on Mahmudullah and his men to make a big statement in this tournament. Sri Lanka and Dasun Shanaka are entering the Super 12 with a 100 percent win record in the qualifier stage of the T20 World Cup. Shanaka has a great start to his World Cup campaign as the captain of Sri Lanka, and his team also looks solid. Sri Lanka has finally gained momentum in the shortest format, and their newly appointed captain has brought them luck. With a win percentage of 63.64, Shanaka has built a great T20 squad in the past six months. Shanaka will need help from his teammates to continue this glory run until the end of the tournament.
Coetzer and Erasmus
The experienced Kyle Coetzer and his men have managed to qualify to the Super 12 with three successive wins. One of them includes against the might Bangladesh Tigers. Coetzer is an experienced chap and has won many matches in the associates’ teams tournaments. Coetzer has had an incredible win percentage of 55.56 in 37 matches as captain in T20I. Coetzer needs to bring all his experience to the biggest stage of the tournament for Scotland to create history. Talking about history, what a qualifier stage it has been for Namibia as they reached the Super 12 by beating Ireland by eight wickets. Namibia has risen from the ashes and has already made a mammoth mark in this ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. Their captain Gerhard Erasmus has led the team with great courage. Gerhard’s men hold a great chance of creating an upset for one of the top teams in the tournament, and we shall look forward to it in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.