Graeme Smith of South Africa tops the list of most successful captains in test cricket. In 193 innings he scored 8659 runs at an average of 47.84 including 25 centuries and 36 half-centuries with 277 being the highest score. He is followed by Australian legend Alan Border. In 154 innings he scored 6623 runs at an average of 50.95 including 15 centuries and 36 half-centuries with 205 being the highest score. Ricky Ponting of Australia is ranked 3rd on the list of most successful captain in test cricket (min 1000runs). In 140 innings he scored 6542 runs at an average of 51.51 including 19 centuries and 35 half-centuries with 209 being the highest score.
In the history of test cricket only 7 players have scored more than 5000 runs as a captain. These players come from countries like – Australia, India, England, South Africa, West indies & New Zealand.
Australia is the only country to have 2 players or captains who have scored more than 5000 test runs as a captain. The names of these players are Alan Border (6623 runs) and Ricky Ponting (6542 runs). Rest countries have 1 player each to feature in the list for 5000+ runs as a captain. From India – Virat Kohli (5864 runs), England – Joe Root, South Africa – Graeme Smith (8659 runs), West Indies – Clive Lloyd (5233 runs) & from New Zealand – Stephen Fleming (5156 runs).
|Greame Smith||South Africa||109||193||8659||277||25||36||47.84|
|Clive Lloyd||West Indies||74||111||5233||242*||14||27||51.3|
|Stephen Fleming||New Zealand||80||135||5156||274*||8||31||40.6|
|Brian Lara||West Indies||47||85||4685||400*||14||19||57.84|
|Mahela Jayawardene||Sri Lanka||38||66||3665||374||14||10||59.11|
|Sir Garry Sobers||West Indies||39||71||3528||178*||11||15||58.8|
|M S Dhoni||India||60||96||3454||224||5||24||40.64|
|Kane Williamson||New Zealand||40||65||3331||251||11||14||57.43|
|Arjuna Ranatunga||Sri Lanka||56||92||3118||131||2||22||36.26|
|Vivian Richards||West Indies||50||74||3068||146||6||23||45.12|
1. Which player has scored most test runs as a captain?
Graeme Smith of South Africa has scored the most test runs as a captain – 8659 runs.
2. Which batsman has the highest test average as a captain?
Australian legend Don Bradman has the highest test average as a captain – 101.52.
3. Which player has most test half-centuries as a captain?
Graeme Smith of South Africa & Alan Border of Australia has the most test half-centuries – 36 each.
4. What is the highest individual test score as a captain?
Brian Lara of West Indies has the highest individual score in tests as a captain. He scored 400* against England.