In international cricket, the role of captain is very important and every player would dream of leading his country’s team. Many times, after a captain leaves, the teams think of handing over the command of the team to their most experienced player, but there have been many veterans who have not got the chance to captain.
1. James Anderson is one of the greatest fast bowlers of international cricket. Anderson, who made his international debut in December 2002, has played 151 Tests, 194 ODIs and 19 T20s so far. Anderson, the highest wicket-taker for England, is the fourth-highest wicket-taker in the Test. Anderson has never been given the responsibility of captaincy despite consistently performing well for his team.
2. It has often been seen in international cricket that only the finest batsmen in the team are given the chance to captain, but former Australian batsman Matthew Hayden never got this chance. Hayden (14,825) is the highest run scorer in international cricket. Hayden, who scored 8,625 in 103 Tests and 6,133 runs in 161 ODIs between 1993 and 2009, has scored 30 Tests and 10 centuries in ODIs.
3. Yuvraj Singh played international cricket from 2000 to 2017 and during this time he played 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20 matches. He scored 1,900 in Tests, 8,701 in ODIs and 1,177 in T20s. Yuvraj has also taken 111 wickets in ODIs. After the 2007 World Cup, Yuvraj was named for the leadership role, but MS Dhoni was named captain for the T20 World Cup.
4. Glenn McGrath, who took 563 wickets in 124 Tests and 381 wickets in 250 ODIs, is the highest bowler taking 949 international wickets in 376 matches. McGrath played a key role in Australia winning three consecutive World Cups in 1999, 2003 and 2007. However, it is very difficult for the fast bowler to lead the international team and this is probably why McGrath did not get a chance as captain.
5. Former Sri Lankan off-spinner Muthaiah Muralitharan has never had a chance to captain him in his nearly two-decade international career. Murali has taken the highest wickets in both Test (800) and ODI (534) formats and is the highest bowler to take 1,347 international wickets. Considered the greatest spin bowler in world cricket, Murali was also part of the 1996 World Cup winning Sri Lankan team.