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World Cup Captains List

Ten captains, nine of whom led their teams in the previous 50-over World Cup, are set to command their respective squads at the upcoming 2023 World Cup in India. The span of four years has ushered in notable transformations, with nearly every team experiencing a shift in leadership. In India, Virat Kohli has handed over the captain's armband to Rohit Sharma, while Pat Cummins has succeeded Aaron Finch as Australia's captain. Babar Azam has orchestrated a revival for Pakistan, after taking the reins from Sarfaraz Ahmed. Similarly, Dasun Shanaka has steered Sri Lanka's ship, offering them a shot at achieving what Dimuth Karunaratne and his team couldn't in England in 2019.


Retirements have also played a role, with Faf du Plessis exiting the scene. Temba Bavuma now steps into his shoes, determined to expunge South Africa's painful memories from the previous year's T20 World Cup. Eoin Morgan, the architect behind England's historic triumph in the maiden 50-over World Cup, has also transitioned. As they gear up to defend their championship, the responsibility now falls on the shoulders of Jos Buttler.


Amidst this sea of leadership changes, Kane Williamson stands as the lone exception. However, his participation in the World Cup is clouded by uncertainty due to a knee injury. Should he fail to substantiate his fitness within the next two weeks and undergo recovery, all ten teams might witness a reshuffle in their captaincy roles.

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World Cup Captains

PlayersTeamsWin%Lost%MatchesWonLostTiedNRSpan
AUS89.656.8929262012003-2011
NZ88.8811.11981002015-2015
WI88.2311.7617152001975-1983
AUS85.7114.28761002015-2015
IND82.3511.7617142102011-2015
IND81.8118.181192002003-2003
ENG8020541001979-1979
NZ77.7722.22972001992-1992
IND77.7722.22972002019-2019
PAK7525862002011-2011
ENG7525431001975-1975
SA73.332015113101996-1999
IND73.3326.6615114001983-1987
SL72.7227.271183002007-2007
SL72.7227.271183001996-1999
AUS71.4228.57752001996-1996
ENG71.4228.57752001983-1983
AUS70301073002019-2019
AUS70201072101999-1999
AUS68.7531.2516115001987-1992
PAK66.6633.3315105001996-1999
SL66.6622.22962012011-2011
NZ66.6633.33642002011-2011
SA64.735.2917116002007-2011
PAK63.6336.3622148001983-1992
SA62.537.5853002015-2015
ENG62.537.5853001987-1987
ENG62.525852011992-1992
PAK62.537.5853002019-2019
ENG62.537.5853001992-2003
NZ60301063102019-2019
AUS6040532001975-1975
NZ59.2537.03271610011999-2007
SL57.1442.85743002015-2015
PAK57.1442.85743002015-2015
ENG55.5544.44954002007-2007
SA55.5544.44954001992-1992
ENG52.9441.171797102015-2019
WI50501477001999-2007
WI50501477001992-1996
SL50401054102003-2003
NZ5050633001996-1996
WI5033.33632012003-2003
NZ5050633001983-1983
SA5033.33632102003-2003
WI5050633001987-1987
NZ5050422001979-1979
ENG5050422002003-2003
NZ5050422001975-1975
BAN46.1553.841367002015-2019
IND43.4752.17231012011992-1999
SL42.8557.14734002019-2019
WI42.8557.14734002011-2011
BAN42.8557.14734002011-2015
ENG42.8542.85733102011-2011
IRE41.6658.331257002011-2015
BAN4060523001999-1999
PAK4060523001975-1979
KEN38.4661.531358002003-2011
ZIM37.550834011999-1999
AUS37.562.5835001979-1983
SA33.3355.55935012019-2019
BAN33.3366.66936002007-2007
ENG33.3366.66624001996-1996
NZ33.3366.66624001987-1987
PAK33.3350623012003-2003
IND33.3366.66312002007-2007
PAK33.3366.66312002007-2007
WI31.2562.516510012015-2019
ZIM30701037002011-2015
SL2562.5825011992-1992
IRE2562.5825102007-2007
ZIM2562.5825012003-2003
UAE2080514001996-1996
CAN16.6683.33615002011-2011
ZIM16.6683.33615001983-1983
ZIM16.6666.66614011996-1996
CAN16.6683.33615002003-2003
AFG16.6683.33615002015-2015
KEN16.6666.66614011996-1996
IND16.6683.33615001975-1979
ZIM12.587.5817001992-1992
SL8.3391.6612111001983-1987
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World Cup Captains FAQ

  • Who are the captains of the World Cup 2023?

    India’s Rohit Sharma, Australia's Pat Cummins, England's Jos Buttler, Pakistan’s Babar Azam, Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan, Sri Lanka's Dasun Shanaka, Afghanistan's Hashmatullah Shahidi, South Africa's Temba Bavuma, Scott Edwards of the Netherlands and Kane Williamson of New Zealand will be the 10 captains leading their respective teams at the World Cup 2023 in India

  • How many captains are playing the World Cup 2023?

    A total of 10 captains will be leading their respective teams at the 2023 World Cup in India – Rohit Sharma, Pat Cummins, Jos Buttler, Babar Azam, Kane Williamson, Dasun Shanaka, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Shakib Al Hasan, Scott Edwards and Temba Bavuma

  • Which Indian captains have won the World Cup?

    Kapil Dev and MS Dhoni are the only two Indian captains to have won the World Cup. While Kapil's devils won the ultimate prize in cricket in 1983 by defeating the might West Indies in the final at Lord's, MS Dhoni made history 28 years later when in 2011, India became the first team to win a 50-over World Cup at home

  • How are team captains chosen in cricket?

    The selection of a cricket team's captain revolves around several criteria. The individual must possess adept leadership and people management capabilities, coupled with the capacity to make sound decisions amidst high-pressure situations. The captain's prowess might not necessarily make them the team's premier player, yet they must assume the mantle of being the primary decision-maker, embracing accountability, and exemplifying leadership at the forefront.

  • What is the role of a captain in a cricket team?

    The captain stands as the foremost representative of the team, shouldering the outcome of a match regardless of victory or defeat. Beyond this crucial accountability, the captain assumes other pivotal roles, such as devising strategic choices like altering the bowling lineup, orchestrating shifts in the batting order, assessing the game's dynamics, and most paramount of them all, maintaining composure to effectively guide the team

  • Who has been the No. 1 captain in cricket history?

    Defining a definitive "No. 1 captain" is a vague concept given the multitude of exceptional leaders in various contexts. Among these, notable figures such as MS Dhoni, Ricky Ponting, Virat Kohli, Graeme Smith, Kapil Dev, Allan Border, and numerous others have emerged as profoundly successful captains.

  • Which cricket captain has won all the trophies?

    No cricket captain has clinched all trophies in the sport, given its continual evolution over time. Nonetheless, the former Indian captain, MS Dhoni, stands as a unique exception by securing victory in all three major ICC tournaments of his era: the T20 World Cup in 2007, the ODI World Cup in 2011, and the Champions Trophy in 2013