5 Indian origin cricketers who captained other countries
It is a common phenomenon in cricket for players with origins in one country going on to represent another one during their international careers. However, the sport has also witnessed instances when such cricketers have gone on to captain the nation they are based in for a considerable period of time.
Over the years, a number of players hailing from an Indian origin have skippered international sides other than India. While some of them had quite a lot of success in the role, there were quite a few who couldn’t quite produce the kind of performance that was expected.
Here’s a glance at 5 Indian origin cricketers who captained other countries:
5. Aasif Karim (Kenya)
One of Kenya’s longest serving captains in ODI cricket, Asif Karim, hails from the Indian community settled in Mombasa, Kenya. He was a regular part of the Kenyan team during their early years in international cricket, beginning from the 1996 World Cup and has represented the African nation in 34 ODIs.
Karim took over as the skipper of Kenya in the year 1997 and was at the helm for 21 matches, including the 1999 ICC World Cup. During his captaincy reign, the team won 6 matches and lost 15 of them. In 1999, the mantle of captaincy was handed back to former skipper Maurice Odumbe.
However, Aasif Karim continued to play every now and then before retiring from the sport following Kenya’s monumental 2003 World Cup campaign.