July 9, 2012

Who is the most successful captain of them all?

Akhila Ranganna

Satyam Mukherjee, a scientist at Northwestern University in Illinois, has tried to come up with an answer to a question that has often inspired much debate: who was the greatest captain the game has seen? Mukherjee has used, what he calls, a “complex network approach” to come up with the answer. More from the Economist.

So who is the most successful captain in Test history? According to Mr Mukherjee, it is Steve Waugh, captain of Australia between 1999-2004. It is difficult to disagree with his finding. Mr Waugh holds the record for the most consecutive Test wins at 15 (the team itself was unbeaten for 16).

Akhila Ranganna is assistant editor (Audio) at ESPNcricinfo

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