5 risky captaincy picks that turned out to be masterstrokes
More often than not, the best player in the side or more traditionally, the best batsman in the side is made the captain of cricket teams. That has been the case for a long time and still is. A significant reason for sticking to this template is that selectors and the board executives generally do not like to take unconventional calls when it comes to such a big decision.
However, over the years, selectors have taken plenty of inspired decisions when it comes to choosing the captain.
Needless to say, sometimes those decisions have not worked out while in some cases, the decisions proved to be wildly successful and the captains in question went on to gain legendary status.
Here is a look at 5 of those captaincy picks that proved to be absolute masterstrokes.
#5 Eoin Morgan
Many would have expected England to kick on and become a major force in limited overs cricket following their triumph in the 2010 World T20, but that never happened. In the lead up to the 2015 World Cup, England were in disarray as they struggled to come to terms with the modern game and Eoin Morgan was drafted in as the captain to replace the struggling Alastair Cook.
Appointing someone who does not even sing the English national anthem looked like a bit of gamble from the outset. England were knocked out in the group stage of the World Cup and the choice of Morgan as the limited overs captain was already looking shaky.
However, following the World Cup, Morgan adopted a far more aggressive approach in one-day internationals and T20Is, as England became a team of belligerent power hitters. More importantly, he created a team that could bat big and bat deep, which is why England is now one of the top limited overs sides in the world.
The evolution in the team's approach saw them steamroll opponents both home and away, as Morgan's appointment eventually proved to be a very shrewd one. A year after becoming the captain, Morgan led England to the ICC World T20 final but a Carlos Brathwaite freak show snatched the trophy from their hands. England would start favourites for the 2019 World Cup for sure.