Successful captains are those who can bear pressure with assurance and maintain their commitment to their vision even when public opinion and expectations are constantly shifting.
In cricket history, there have been a lot of successful captains. But only a few captains went on to win multiple ICC trophies and they will be remembered forever.
- Ricky Ponting – 4
Ricky Ponting is one of the greatest captains in the history of cricket. Ponting was a great batsman and used to lead by example. He had a great career as a captain, leading Australia to four ICC Trophy victories.
These four trophy victories are intriguing since they all occurred during a seven-year period, from 2003 to 2009. Australia first won back the ICC Cricket World Cup under Ponting in 2003. He finished the competition with three centuries, placing third overall, and was named man of the match in the final game.
Then, under Ponting, Australia defeated the West Indies in the final match to claim the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy. His total rose to three in 2007 as Australia won the World Cup three times in a row. Australia has now triumphed in three of their previous four ICC competitions with this victory.
- MS Dhoni – 3
The only Indian captain to win three ICC tournaments is MS Dhoni, who is also their greatest wicketkeeper in history. The World T20 in 2007, the 50-over World Cup in 2011, and the Champions Trophy in 2013, were all won under Dhoni’s leadership. Under him, India had an outstanding run that lasted for over seven years.
As captain, he led his team to 110 victories and racked up 6,633 runs. His 53.92 average is the highest of any captain with at least 1,000 ODI runs. He became a game legend thanks to his big hitting and finishing skills.
- Darren Sammy – 2
In 2012 and 2016, West Indies were led by Darren Sammy to both of their ICC T20 World Cup victories. After Chris Gayle’s contract with the WI Cricket board was not renewed, Sammy became the all-formats captain of West Indies in 2012. He guided West Indies to their first T20 World Cup victory in the same year.
The 2012 ICC T20 World Cup marked a pivotal point in West Indies Cricket history as they won their first World Cup since 1979. A squad that once ruled the world of cricket has reclaimed its glory. Additionally, in 2016, Darren Sammy guided the West Indies to their second T20 World Cup victory. West Indies won the championship of the shorter format once more by defeating England in a thrilling final.
- Clive Lloyd – 2
The West Indies team which was dubbed the best Test side ever was captained by Clive Lloyd. Between 1974 to 1985, he served as the captain of the West Indies team. The team won 27 straight Test matches when he was in charge, going without a loss.
Under Lloyd, West Indies won the first ICC Cricket World Cup in 1975 as well as the second Cricket World Cup in 1979.