ICC Cricket World Cup 2023: Rating performance of all 10 captains
ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 had ten of the best teams participating in the tournament.
The 13th edition of the World Cup took place in India. The top ten teams with the best players in the game took part in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. It also saw ten of the best leaders compete in the tournament to take their respective teams to the very end.
Some of the captains of these teams did an amazing job both as captains and players, while there were a few that couldn’t impress and failed badly, which also showed in their team’s performance. Here we are going to talk about the ten captains and how they performed in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.
All ten captains in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023
10. Scott Edwards (NED) – 6/10 :
Netherlands registered two wins in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 against South Africa and Sri Lanka, and skipper Scott Edwards was the top-scorer for them in both games. Despite top-order failing in a number of games, Edwards was the backbone of the middle. With the bat and gloves, he was pretty good and certainly impressed everyone. He scored 259 runs at an average of 37 in the tournament and scored runs under pressure.
9. Kusal Mendis (SL) – 3/10 :
Kusal Mendis took charge after the first two games for Sri Lanka when Dasun Shanaka was ruled out due to injury. In the first two games, Mendis scored 198 runs with 14 sixes. But as a captain, he was totally horrible. He couldn’t perform, nor could his team. Sri Lanka ended up with only two wins and also couldn’t qualify for the ICC Champions Trophy 2025. Mendis scored 96 runs in 7 innings as a captain, these are horrible numbers among all.
8. Shakib Al Hasan (BAN) -4/10 :
Shakib Al Hasan had a dream performance in the 2019 World Cup, where he scored over 600 runs and took 11 wickets. But his performance in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 was totally contrasting. Bangladesh’s chances depended on his performance, and he was a big flop. He scored one half-century, which came against Sri Lanka; apart from that, he scored 186 runs in 7 innings. With the ball, Shakib took 9 wickets at an average of 36.55, which was unlike Shakib. His bad performance was one of the main reasons for Bangladesh’s poor tournament.
7. Jos Buttler (ENG) – 3.5/10 :
Jos Buttler scored 225 runs in six innings in the T20 World Cup 2022 when England won their second T20 title. But in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, he was nowhere near his best. Buttler failed miserably, which affected England, and they couldn’t qualify for the semis despite having so many big names in the side. Buttler scored 138 runs at a below-par average of 15.33 with a high score of 42. He was the biggest-flop as a captain in the tournament.
6. Hashmatullah Shahidi (AFG) – 7.5/10 :
Before the start of the tournament, not many knew about Hashmatullah Shahidi, who led Afghanistan in the tournament. But one thing is sure, now everyone knows about him. It is because of the way he led his team and also performed individually. He was brilliant in what he did and scored runs to take his team to a few wins. Shahidi made 310 runs at an average of 51.66, including three half-centuries. Under him, Afghanistan won four matches for the first time in a single World Cup edition.
5. Babar Azam (PAK) – 4/10 :
Babar Azam entered the tournament as a No. 1 ranked ODI batter, and there were a lot of expectations from him. But Pakistani skipper failed to deliver on the bigger stage. He scored three half-centuries in the tournament, and only one came in a winning cause. Babar scored an overall 320 runs at 40 with a strike rate of 82.90, which is below his own standard. The bad form of his players also didn’t help his cause, which is why Pakistan also suffered because they relied a lot on Babar.
4. Kane Williamson (NZ) – 7/10 :
Kane Williamson didn’t captain the team, but he captained the side in four matches, including the semi-finals. Speaking of his performance, he was incredible with the bat in hand in the games he played, and his captaincy was also on point apart from a few mistakes. A few decisions made a difference in New Zealand losing the semi-finals. Williamson scored 256 runs in four innings at an incredible average of 85.33 with three half-centuries.
3. Temba Bavuma (SA) – 6/10 :
South Africa finished at the second place and lost the semi-finals to Australia, but many would still think that Temba Bavuma was the captain of the team. Individually, he was the burden on the team and failed in almost every game in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. He scored 145 runs at 18.12, with a best of 35. Bavuma also got out for a duck in the semi-finals when his team needed him. He was a big flop.
2. Rohit Sharma (IND) – 9/10 :
Rohit Sharma was superb in the entire ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. He led his team to the finals without a defeat, which was one of the key reasons for India’s success. Rohit’s explosive starts always set the tone for the batting line-up, which was so successful in the competition. Rohit was brilliant with his captaincy as well, but unfortunately ended up as runner-ups. Rohit scored 597 runs at a strike rate of around 125 with 31 sixes.
1. Pat Cummins (AUS) – 9/10 :
There was a lot of talk when Pat Cummins was given the captaincy of white-ball cricket that he was a better test captain. But here he is today, having taken Australia to their sixth World Cup title. Cummins led the team brilliantly and beat the strongest Indian team in the final at Narendra Modi Stadium. He was tactically brilliant, and his performance in the final was also brilliant. Cummins was pretty good overall.