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Tactically astute to inspirational leadership: Top 3 captains in CWC 2023

CWC 2023: Top three captains from league phase of ODI World Cup 2023. Rohit Sharma, Pat Cummins and Hashmatullah Shahidi lead thier teams successfully.

CWC 2023_ Rohit Sharma has 9 wins from 9 games in world cup so far _ Walking Wicket (Photo_ ©ImRo45_Twitter)
Rohit leads India to semis withput losing a league game (Photo: ©ImRo45/Twitter)

After an intense league stage comprising 42 games in the CWC 2023, India has emerged as the unbeaten side, claiming the top spot on the leaderboard with 18 points in nine games and a formidable net run rate (NRR) of +2.570. Joining them for the upcoming semifinals are South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. While much credit typically goes to the batters and bowlers, the role of team captains often goes unnoticed, despite being a thankless job. The belief a captain instils in the team during challenging times, leading with responsibility, sets a crucial example that distinguishes them from others.

Let's delve into the performances and leadership styles of the top three captains in the CWC 2023:

Rohit Sharma (India)

Rohit Sharma, with an impressive batting display, exemplifies aggressive intent at the top of the order. As the captain, he shouldered the responsibility of implementing India's strategy of playing with intent and aggression in the first ten overs. In nine innings, Rohit amassed 503 runs at an average of 55.88 and a strike rate of 121.49, including three fifties and a century. His 131-run knock against Afghanistan in just 84 balls showcased a blend of flamboyance and strategic shot selection.

Rohit's leadership skills were evident in managing the team during challenging periods. Supporting players like Shreyas Iyer during a rough patch and adapting strategies, such as employing the five-bowler theory when Hardik Pandya was injured, resulted in dominant performances. India successfully restricted opponents, including Sri Lanka, South Africa, Pakistan, Australia, and England, to under 200 runs in crucial encounters.

CWC 2023: Hashmatullah Shahidi lead Afghanistan to some great victories | Walking Wicket (Photo_ ©X_Twitter)
Afghanistan under Hashmatullah did a great job in WC (Photo: ©X/Twitter)
Hashmatullah Shahidi (Afghanistan)

Hashmatullah Shahidi emerged as a crucial leader for Afghanistan, shouldering the responsibility to anchor the team in memorable victories. With a focus on preserving his wicket, Shahidi scored 310 runs in nine innings at an average of 51.66 and a strike rate of 73.11, including three fifties. His stability in the middle overs (11 to 40) contributed significantly, making 256 runs at an average of 51.20.

Shahidi's leadership extended beyond his batting prowess. Despite having world-class spinners like Rashid Khan, he managed resources effectively, adapting to the game's flow and exploiting opposition weaknesses. His calm demeanour, combined with strategic field placements, played a pivotal role in Afghanistan's success.

Pat Cummins turn things around for Australia after initial hiccups in CWC 2023  _ Walking Wicket (Photo_ ©X/Twitter)
Australia under Pat Cummins looks a very strong side (Photo: ©X/Twitter)
Pat Cummins (Australia)

Pat Cummins, facing a challenging start with two consecutive losses, showcased resilience as Australia's captain. A standout moment came in a crucial spell of 2/32 against Sri Lanka, where he dismissed both openers, turning the tide in Australia's favour. Cummins picked up 10 wickets in nine innings at an average of 43 and an economy of 6.15.

Cummins' leadership played a pivotal role in Australia's turnaround. When facing adversity, decisions like Travis Head's return to the opening spot showcased a ruthless approach, contributing to Australia's seven consecutive victories. His composed approach and calculated decisions were instrumental in steering Australia to the semifinals.

As the ODI World Cup 2023 progresses, these captains stand out not only for their individual performances but for the strategic acumen and leadership they bring to their teams. The first semifinal between India and New Zealand is set for November 15 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, followed by the clash between South Africa and Australia at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on the next day.


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