whether good captain can win matches or the team ????
April 22, 2012 2:47am CST
In IPL we had seen several new captains for different teams. some got criticized and some got applause. But my question is whether good captain can win matches for the team? In IPL-1 we had seen that shane warne captained the RR from nowhere to the trophy. At that time everybody said that RR won cup only because of the captaincy. But the same shane warne captained the RR for next 3 seasons but reached nowhere.In first season they had akmal and tanveer from Pakistan. they were in good form in that IPL. Pathan and jadeja was also in good form. But during the next seasons they lost akmal and tanveer. pathan and jadeja lose there form. So they lose the IPL. But warne was there as captain but they dont even manage to reach top 4! Now everybody is praising the captaincy of ganguly but i think he captained KKR for first season with much better team but not even reached the top 4! But now he has one of the weakest team in the paper and they are performing well. What happened to the captaincy of ganguly in first season? In this IPL RR is performing well but i never heard anybody praising the captaincy of dravid. He has much weaker team than others and he is performing well in IPL and leading the team from front. In first season, one of the strongest team was deccan chargers but finishes last in point table! but in second season the same team under same captain- gilcrist won the trophy! so whether good captain can win matches for the team? There is any need of good captain? A team with great players can win matches even though they dont have a good captain?
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6 Jun 12
But what confuses me is during first IPL, Deccan chargers had a good captain- gilcrist and a powerful team with saymonds, gibbs, rohit sharma, ojha, styris, afridi.... but they end up last in the order. With the same team , they lifted the trophy next time. what was the problem there?
22 Apr 12
I think a captain is generally as good as his team. But a good captain can inspire the team to perform better. Sometimes a great captain can get great results even with a mediocre team. Dada is a perfect example. When he inherited the Indian team, it was down in the dumps, there was a defeatist mentality about it. He started the change and brought aggression and attitude into the team. If you thought that the display at Lords of taking off the shirt was just a show of emotion think again. It was a statement, a statement of intent that if you do something to us, we will not sit back and take it. We will come to your home and do the same to you. Similarly, remember the century at Australia in the first test, when Indian top order was again rocking against bounce. That set the tone for probably India's best tour down under!! So a great captain makes a big difference to a team. Cheers! Ram
22 Apr 12
If we look at cricket matches, in general, we can see that a team's performance & their strength win matches. It doesn't matter whether you have a strong captain or a weak captain. But, what really matters is how a captain can manage his team & his players. As mentioned in one of the responses, a good captain & a good team go hand in hand. If a strong captain does not know how to utilize the talent & the resources in his team, the team will have no direction & they will lose games. Moreover, if a weak captain knows how to utilize his resources correctly & extracts the maximum out of them, that team is going to win matches...
23 Apr 12
I dont think that the team's strength wins matches irrespective of captain. A good captain can defend even a small score against a great batting line up with there bowlers by using tactics and fielding set up. It is true that it all depends upon how captain manage the team.
22 Apr 12
I think both go hand to hand, a good captain with some good players in form and who could deliver in time leads to victory. As you said RR is playing well and nobody is praising Dravid, in the first season RCB loss most of the matches played and only Dravid was criticised when he was the only one playing consistently for RCB in that season. I think most likely in IPL or for any team a right captain must be selected for the players of a particular team who can manage them without any hazard, then only the combination will be right and the players must be in form to deliver ...
23 Apr 12
Definitely! The overall match is won by the team as a whole, at the end of the day! However, without an inspiration, without someone to guide you through this day, that task will be tough! Doubled by the fact that if the team fails, the captain will be blamed! Hence I think that the captain's post is the most important in cricket! Even if out of form, a leadership quality to motivate your team and bring out the best in them!