5 Indian captains with the highest win percentage in ODIs: Leading your country at the international level is something a young cricketer dreams. For a player, it’s a great honour to be the captain of his team. A captain’s tactics tend to decide the fate of the match.
But with great power comes great responsibility. You get praised for the success of your team, but also get trolled for the losses. In India, a captain acts as the face of Indian cricket and has more accountability than any other cricket captain in the world.
Today, we will be looking at the top 5 Indian captains (min. 10 matches as captain) with the highest win percentage in ODIs.
5) Virender Sehwag
Former Indian explosive opener Virender Sehwag, known for his fearless batting, captained India in 12 matches. Under his captaincy, India won 7 ODIs and had to face the loss in 5 ODIs. With 58.33% wins, Viru occupies the fifth spot in the list.
During his short stint as a captain, he became the first captain to score a double hundred in ODI cricket. He also registered the highest ODI score of that time, 219 runs. He achieved the landmark against the West Indies at Holkar Stadium, Indore.
4) Mahendra Singh Dhoni
MS Dhoni is the most successful Indian captain ever, with 110 wins in the ODI format. He led the Indian team in 200 ODI matches and won 110 of those 200 games. India lost 74 games under his captaincy in the ODI format, while five resulted in a tie, and eleven didn’t yield a result.
The most memorable of his 110 victories for India include the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup Final and the ICC Champions Trophy Final in 2013. With the Champions Trophy win, he became the only captain to win all three glorious ICC Trophies.
With his win percentage being 59.52%, Mahi stands at the fourth position in the list.
3) Ajay Jadeja
The former cricketer led India in 13 ODIs between 1998 and 1999. Under his leadership, India clinched eight victories and suffered five losses. Jadeja’s last appearance as Indian captain in 1999. After the 2000 match-fixing scandal which shook Indian cricket, Sourav Ganguly became the new Indian captain.
Jadeja’s win percentage as captain was 61.53, which places him at number three on our list.
2) Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli is undoubtedly the best ODI batsman in today’s generation, and there are no second thoughts about it. In 2017, he became the regular captain of team India in all formats.
To date, Virat Kohli has captained India in 95 ODIs. India won 65 and lost 27 games under the leadership of Virat, whereas one game ended up in a tie, and two matches gave no results.
Kohli sits at the number two spot with a 70.43% win percentage, which is quite an impressive record.
1) Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma is arguably the current era’s best opening batsman. The limited-overs vice-captain of India sits at the number one position in the list.
He has led India in 10 games and won India 8 out of those ten matches. India faced two losses during his stint as the captain. He might have led India in just ten ODIs, but the quality of leadership he has presented has been way better than the actual current Indian captain.
The memorable highlight of his short career as Indian captain in the ODIs, to date, has been the Asia Cup victory in 2018 in the absence of virat kohli.