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Top 10 Cricket Captains Over the Years

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Cricket is a team game and every team requires a leader who can lead from the front. Team games are played by a set of people, but they are a herd unless guided by the leader. A captain provides aegis to the team. Unlike other sport such as football, basketball or any other team sports, their coa

ch coins the strategy and captains are just for name sake. Whereas, in cricket, the captain takes all the major decision both inside as well outside the field. We often see less influential team upset powerful team in big ICC Cricket tournaments. Recently Bangladesh beats New Zealand in ICC Champions Trophy is a brilliant example of outstanding leadership quality from its skipper. There is no denying, captain plays a vital role in pushing the team to play extra miles.

Here is the list of top ten most prominent cricket captains over the years:

#10 Arjuna Ranatunga (Sri Lanka)

Arjuna Ranatunga

Arjuna Ranatunga

One of the most influential cricketers of Sri Lankan team during 1989-1998. The man who lead his team to high in 1996 World Cup Championship. By far, he is considered to be the best captain of Sri Lanka cricket. He held the captain’s post for 193 games and won 89 of those, his span was around 11 years.

#9 Imran Khan (Pakistan)

Imran Khan

Imran Khan

Pakistan always remained an underdog team when it comes to international cricket. Despite having several great players the team could not develop a winning culture. In that era, more emphasis was on the individual performances rather on the team victory. The man who fixed all these issues and introduced a golden era in Pakistan cricket was Imran Khan, he took over the captaincy in the year 1992. The real highlight of his captaincy was winning the world cup in Australia in 1992 against all the odds.

#8 Michael Vaughan (England)

Michael Vaughan

Michael Vaughan

Michael Vaughan, one of the best player in England Test squad, stepped up for England captaincy after Nasser Hussain. The apex of his career was during 2005 Ashes series. He leads England to first Ashes victory since 1986-87. This was the time when he introduced several young players to England team. He holds the record for the most test as a captain for England. He is considered to be the most dynamic captain of England team ever.

#7 Stephen Fleming (New Zealand)

Stephen Fleming

Stephen Fleming

Stephen Fleming is one of the most stylish and capped captains of ODI cricket. His peculiar style of opening the innings for the team and leading from the front somehow represents his individuality. He led New Zealand to the 1999 World Cup semi-final and won the Champions Trophy in 2001.

#6 Saurav Ganguly (India)

Saurav Ganguly

Saurav Ganguly

The Prince of Calcutta, Saurav Ganguly (Dada), the most aggressive captain of India. Who can forget dada’s historical jersey wave off from the gallery of the home of cricket? Saurav Ganguly was known as the most successful captain of India. He taught his boys the tactics of winning overseas matches. He led his team to 14 finals though, winning only 2. He led team India to 2003 World Cup finale against Australia. Saurav Ganguly is famous for his charismatic commentary style.

#5 Graeme Smith (South Africa)

Graeme Smith

Graeme Smith

Graeme Smith took over the captaincy of South Africa at a very young age. He is the only player who leads his team to 100 test matches. He is the second best captain when we look into winning percentage. He led his team to rank one in both tests as well as ODI cricket and had won several series for the team subsequently.

#4 Steve Waugh (Australia)

Steve Waugh

Steve Waugh

Steve Waugh is one of the most successful captains and the man behind the building of ruthless Australian team after winning 1999 Word Cup. He was the best all-rounder that any team can imagine. He even played a major role in nurturing the talents of new players in his team. He is often referred to as ‘Mr. Cool’ by his teammates. He won several series for his team. During his captaincy, he set the record for 16 consecutive test wins.

#3 Mahendra Singh Dhoni (India)

Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Mahendra Singh Dhoni

The man who led India to 2011 ICC World Cup Championship victory after 28 years. He won several matches for India and the only captain to win all three ICC limited-overs trophies (World Cup, Champions Trophy, and the World Twenty20). M.S Dhoni is known for his resilient temperament and unorthodox cricketing style. His “Helicopter Shot” gain widespread popularity. Often termed a “Captain Cool”, Dhoni led India to rank 1 in ICC World ranking in all the three formats of cricket. He is definitely one of the best captains that India has ever received.

#2 Ricky Ponting (Australia)

Ricky Ponting

Ricky Ponting

One of the most successful cricket captain of the world. He led Australia to consecutive ICC World Cup Championship victory in the year 2003 and 2007. He is no doubt the most destructive No.3 batsmen of all time. He has the highest winning percentage as captain. He was part of the hat-trick World Cup winning Australian team. Ricky Ponting linked with several controversies of misbehaving and influencing decisions of the umpire. No doubt he led the best Australia squad during his cricketing tenure (2002-2011) called as “golden era”.

#1 Clive Floyd (West Indies)

Clive Floyd

Clive Floyd

The former cricket captain of team West Indies, Clive Lloyd was the captain of West Indies when they won the world cups in 1975 and 1979. He was an explosive batsman and no doubt the best captain in entire cricket history of all time. Under his leadership, West Indies ruled the cricket world for almost two decades. He hit a match-winning hundred in the first ever World Cup Final at Lord’s in 1975 to make West Indies victorious. He will always be memorized as greatest cricket captain of West Indies.

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Why Are Underprivileged Players Performing Better At Olympics?

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India is competing at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. The Tokyo Olympics 2020 started from July 23, 2021, to Aug. 8, 2021. On day twelve of the Tokyo Olympics 2020, all the teams had been doing very well. India has secured sixty-fourth place out of the eighty by achieving one silver and one bronze medal in the Women’s forty-nine-kilogram Weightlifting & Women’s Singles Badminton Olympics 2020.

This year’s Tokyo Olympics has given India some historic moments. Both Indian Men and Women Hockey teams have qualified for the quarter-finals and made their place in the semi-finals this year. It was a landmark moment for India after 49 years, and India made it so far in the Olympics. 

When we look at the Olympics more, we know that several players around the globe who have been representing their nations are from underprivileged backgrounds. Since we started growing up as individuals, we have seen the struggle of disadvantaged people in society. It is not always necessary to be successful with all the amenities and availability of the best resources. Often, help, hard work, dedication, perseverance, and persistence are essential to achieving goals. One of the most important qualities is to stay grounded. It’s not always a good thing to expect such kind of behaviour in a real-life. 

At times, few people in the same society cannot even afford the necessities of life such as food, clothing, shelter. Yet, with the minimalist things, big dreams and complete dedication, they become some of the most incredible gems of this world by representing their nation globally. In the same way, in the Olympics, many such underprivileged players. These players’ performance in the Olympics is impressive as compared to any other privileged players.

It may be the situation because their goal is not to succeed in the Olympics and bring medals for their nation. Their goals may be to take the Olympics as a chance to improve their lifestyle and give assurance to their family. Many Olympians have secured this opportunity to represent their country in the Olympics after an incredible amount of hard work. Their families have supported them to meet their needs and make all the required games accessories available.

It doesn’t mean that privileged players don’t understand the importance of what they have in their life. We must remember that the person who looks privileged right now might have been less privileged at some moment. The dedication towards their field of career has made them what they are today. 

So we must understand that being privileged and underprivileged is one of the prisms when we look at the performance of the athletes in the Olympics.

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Indian Hockey Teams Break The Olympics Jinx

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Indian Women’s hockey team qualified for the Olympics semi-final after defeating the Australian team 1-0 in the quarterfinals.  The Indian women’s hockey team registered a historic victory at the Tokyo Olympics. Indian women’s hockey team scored the victory goal in the 22nd minute of the game. The goal was scored by Gurjit Kaur scored from a short corner.

After losses against Netherlands, Germany and Great Britain, India staged a great comeback to secure its place in the semi-finals of the Tokyo Olympics. The women’s hockey team created history by becoming the first-ever Indian women’s team to reach the semi-finals at the Olympics. Indian women’s hockey team qualified for the Tokyo Olympics after defeating the United States by 6-5 in the qualifiers.  Australian team gained back-to-back three penalty corners, but the Indian defence, led by Savita and Deep Grace Ekka, stood strong in front of the goal. The Australian team was surprised by India’s pace and determination and therefore they panicked while defending.

In the last eight minutes of the game, the Indian team was under tremendous pressure. The Australian team had secured four more penalty corners, but they failed to breach the Indian defence.

Gurjit said they are very happy. Qualifying for the semi-finals is the result of the hard work that they had put in for several days. In 1980, they were qualified for the Games but this time, they made the semi-finals. It is a proud moment for them. Their team is just like their family, they always support each other and found support from the country as well.  she further added.

Meanwhile, on August 1, 2021, the Indian men’s hockey team, defeated Britain by 3-1 in the quarter-final to secure its spot in the semi-finals at Tokyo Olympics. Indian hockey team led by Manpreet Singh has created history at the Tokyo Olympics. The team qualified for the semi-finals for the first time since the 1972 Olympics. Goals from Dilpreet Singh, Gurjant Singh and Hardik Singh made sure that India reached their first Olympic semi-final since the 1972 Games. It became challenging for India when skipper Manpreet Singh was suspended for six minutes, and he had to sit out.

Britain got the advantage of Manpreet’s suspension. But they did not make it count as Hardik Singh scored the third goal in the 57th minute. In the final three minutes despite pushing continuously, Britain was unable to score another goal and was eliminated. Indian players became emotional on the turf after they made it to the semi-finals.

Manpreet Singh said they are very happy because they reached the semi-final after a long time. The tournament is still remaining and they need to keep their feet on the ground and focus on the next match. said Manpreet.

This is a very big day for India, both the hockey teams have reached the semi-finals and it is a really big accomplishment. They used to meet them when both men’s and women’s teams were in Bengaluru. Their confidence was always high, they knew that they would reach the semi-finals, only two steps are remaining to win but reaching the semi-finals is a very big accomplishment, said former Sports Minister Rijiju. Indian Men’s hockey team has reached the semi-finals after 49 years. It is a very big thing and as a nation, everyone should celebrate, he added.

The gold medal matches of both the men’s and women’s teams will take place on August 6 and 7 respectively.

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P.V. Sindhu Creates History At The Tokyo Olympics

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Olympian shuttler PV Sindhu wins bronze in the shuttle race against Chinese shuttler Hebing Jiao. The PV Sindhu legacy has made India proud. Exceptional achievement as the first Indian woman and the only Indian athlete to win two consecutive medals at the Olympics, the Silver at Rio Olympics 2016 and the Bronze at Tokyo Olympics 2020.

Sindhu dominated Bing Jiao 21-13, 21-15 to bounce back from her semi-final loss to Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei. Despite the heartbreaking loss, her confident demeanour in the bronze medal match was evident right from the start. Sindhu’s exemplary smashes caused problems for He Bing Jiao, but also her excellent ability to retrieve made sure that the He Bing Jiao had to work twice as hard to win points.

In game one, Sindhu excelled because of her speed, power, and guile, defeating Bing Jiao 21-13. After gaining an early lead in the first, she landed on her feet in the second to take a 4-1 advantage, which she extended to 11-8 at the half. Even though He Bing Jiao came close to making it 11-11, Sindhu once again came out strong and started to pull ahead. Despite He Bing Jiao’s best efforts, Sindhu remained unmoved as she won two more consecutive points to finish it off at 19-15.

The defence has always been Sindhu’s weakness, but in this game, it was much stronger. Pusarla’s Coach Park Tae-Sang Told PTI “For Sindhu defence has been a weakness, there is no problem with her attack. Every player, every coach knows that and today her defence was 200%. It was superb. The entire tournament, barring yesterday, she has been very good in defence,” “We have been working every day on her net play and defence and I am happy it worked”.

Coach Park Tae-Sang’s international career as a player ended in 2002 with him earning a gold medal at the Asian Games. After turning professional coach in 2013. In late 2019, after the abrupt departure of women’s coach Kim Ji Hyun, he took over the duty of training Sindhu after serving as a national coach for the Korean badminton team for five years from 2013 to 2018.

Speaking after winning the bronze medal match against He Bing Jao, Badminton World Federation (BWF) quoted Sindhu as saying, “It makes me feel really happy because I`ve worked hard for so many years. I had a lot of emotions going through me should I be happy that I won bronze or sad that I lost the opportunity to play in the final? But overall, I had to close off my emotions for this one match and give it my best, my all, and think about the emotions. I`m really happy and I think I`ve done really well. It`s a proud moment getting a medal for my country.”

In addition, Sindhu said that the focus will now be on the Paris 2024 Olympics.

On an emotional Instagram note, Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu-Ying revealed how PV Sindhu encouraged her after the match. China’s Chen Yufei defeated Taiwan’s Tai Tzu-Ying in the women’s singles final. After finishing second at the Tokyo Games, Tai had to settle for the silver medal. After the medal ceremony, she revealed how PV Sindhu offered her words of encouragement after the final loss.

She hugged Tai and told her she did a wonderful job in the final, Tai wrote on Instagram. Sindhu’s encouragement after the final made her cry, the Chinese Taipei shuttler added. “PV Sindhu hugged me and told me I know you are sick but you did very well, but today was not your day,” “She held me in her arms and said she knew it all. That sincere encouragement made me cry,” she added.

From being the first Indian to become Badminton World Champion to winning medals for India in two consecutive Olympics, she has indeed built a legacy.

 

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