October 7, 2009

Champions Trophy

A tale of two captains

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Daniel Vettori and Ricky Ponting with the Champions Trophy, Centurion, October 4, 2009
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While Australian captain Ricky Ponting had a short stay at the crease, Daniel Vettori was unavailable for New Zealand in the final of the Champions Trophy. However, Ayaz Memon in his column in Daily News & Analysis takes nothing away from the fact that both have instrumental in ensuring their respective teams' success in the tournament.

It could be argued that since neither Ricky Ponting nor Daniel Vettori had a tangible role to play in the final, the importance of a captain has been exaggerated. But that is mistaking a one-off performance for leadership, which is what captaincy in cricket is all about.

Simon Briggs presents his four best - and worst - moments from the recently concluded Champions Trophy in the Daily Telegraph.

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