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Captaincy styles

Postby raja » Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:19 am

Posted this initially in the NZ-England Test thread, but it deserves its own thread.
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From all my years of following cricket, I've found reasonably successful captains tend to fall in one of two categories.
(Of course, finally you're only as good as the quality of your team, but assuming other things being same (quality of team, quality of opposition), the captaincy style then becomes relevant in getting it to deliver).

1) Personally highly ambitious and hungry for success. These guys lead by example, they demand a lot from their own selves, they hate losing - and this rubs off on the team. They might be brash, self-centered - but they wear their team jersey with great pride.
Other players tend to raise their game, just cos the captain himself is so hungry (and demanding!).
Examples:
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Kevin Pietersen (was unfortunately sacked as captain after just 3 games)
Saurav Ganguly
Steve Smith
MS Dhoni
Virat Kohli

2) The "man manager". These guys get along great with the rest of the team - they make effort to make everyone feel he's liked and belongs. As a result, they themselves end up being respected and generally likeable. They put emphasis on team effort, they're usually very disciplined because they want the rest to be too. They hate losing too (no one likes losing!), but their way of showing it is different. They're much quieter than Type-1, but not necessarily less effective.
Examples:
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Rahul Dravid
Graeme Smith
Stephen Fleming
Faf du Plessis
Mahela Jayawardene

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Re: Captaincy styles

Postby raja » Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:20 am

This was bolero's response:

I have a 3rd captain attribute

Win at all costs.Be ruthless, no quarter given, none asked for.

Douglas Jardine
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Re: Captaincy styles

Postby squarecut » Fri Apr 06, 2018 5:40 am

There can be a fourth type of captain as well.

Minnowbash the weaker opponents. Get minnowbashed by stronger opponents.

1. Mike Denness
2. Jayasuriya

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Re: Captaincy styles

Postby Katto » Fri Apr 06, 2018 6:04 am

What category would Mark Taylor fit into?

or Allan Border?

neither seem to fit into the above

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Re: Captaincy styles

Postby bolero » Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:01 am

Dont know where to fit Border or Taylor, they were total team men and respected by their team mates.

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Re: Captaincy styles

Postby Katto » Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:16 am

I would also put Ponting in the same category as Steve Smith, maybe Clarke too

all our recent captains have been bogans. Border was the last middle class. Mark Taylor a country boy. Everyone since = bogan.

I don't think England have ever appointed a chav as captain.

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Re: Captaincy styles

Postby Boycs » Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:22 am

What about Steve Waugh?

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Re: Captaincy styles

Postby Boycs » Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:24 am

Katto wrote:I would also put Ponting in the same category as Steve Smith, maybe Clarke too

all our recent captains have been bogans. Border was the last middle class. Mark Taylor a country boy. Everyone since = bogan.

I don't think England have ever appointed a chav as captain.


Flintoff?

But cricket in England is a private school game for the majority it has struggled to break some of the class barriers. Football hooligans and all that. But some progress is being made at school level.

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Re: Captaincy styles

Postby squarecut » Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:37 am

In India the first country boy (so to say) to become the captain was Kapildev and second was Dhoni. And it must be said that this changed the attitude of Indian cricketers.

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Re: Captaincy styles

Postby Katto » Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:36 am

Boycs wrote:
Katto wrote:I would also put Ponting in the same category as Steve Smith, maybe Clarke too

all our recent captains have been bogans. Border was the last middle class. Mark Taylor a country boy. Everyone since = bogan.

I don't think England have ever appointed a chav as captain.


Flintoff?

But cricket in England is a private school game for the majority it has struggled to break some of the class barriers. Football hooligans and all that. But some progress is being made at school level.


yeah he probably was. His tenure was though if you blinked you would've missed it.

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Re: Captaincy styles

Postby bolero » Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:04 am

Boycs wrote:
Katto wrote:I would also put Ponting in the same category as Steve Smith, maybe Clarke too

all our recent captains have been bogans. Border was the last middle class. Mark Taylor a country boy. Everyone since = bogan.

I don't think England have ever appointed a chav as captain.


Flintoff?

But cricket in England is a private school game for the majority it has struggled to break some of the class barriers. Football hooligans and all that. But some progress is being made at school level.


Well said. A sport must not be seen as an elite sport. in that sense, football has been far more popular than cricket in England. Unlike India and Australia, where cricket is a mass sport, that is not the case in England. Football has far outstripped cricket in popularity in its home, but that calls for a wider debate.

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Re: Captaincy styles

Postby raja » Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:55 am

squarecut wrote:There can be a fourth type of captain as well.

Minnowbash the weaker opponents. Get minnowbashed by stronger opponents.

1. Mike Denness
2. Jayasuriya

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Re: Captaincy styles

Postby raja » Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:00 am

Katto wrote:What category would Mark Taylor fit into?

or Allan Border?

neither seem to fit into the above


Both could fit into Type-2, couldn't they?

Just cos a Type-2 player is a team-man, it doesn't mean he tolerates poor performances. That would make him a weak captain - someone like Tendulkar. :-)

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Re: Captaincy styles

Postby raja » Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:09 am

Or maybe Border is Type-1, but Taylor was definitely more Type-2 than anything else.

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Captaincy styles

Postby Going South » Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:15 am

there is another kind of type-1 that play to show shirtless display after win. first of it’s kind that showed BCCI that they can win on tours instead of always bending over.
Mr Sourabh Ganguly.

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Re: Captaincy styles

Postby Going South » Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:17 am

there is another kind that’s a good player that should never been a captain

1. sachin tendulkar

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Re: Captaincy styles

Postby raja » Sat Apr 07, 2018 5:08 am

Paddles' comment (was on the NZ-England Test thread):
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Martin Crowe is in the first group, but also noted for his cricketing intelligence, trying new things not on a whim, but with careful planning and forethought, innovative. Not noted widely as a man manager, though, as he divided non city folk. Jardine shared this planning and intelligence trait, although took it to deplored by many levels with his ruthlessness.

The quintessential man manager is Mike Brearley, Botham or Gower are quoted as saying he had a degree in people. Many claim he brought the best out of Young Beefy by keeping him happy.

I'm not sure Dhoni belongs in group 1, I think he is more group 2, but you should know Indian cricket better than I do.

Put the Chappell brothers in group 3 too. Lloyd also. And Viv. Steve Waugh too, although he was widely noted as very self average happy and group 1, he viewed sledging as 'mental disintegration'.

AB was group 1 imo. Taylor group 2. Coney group 2 despite his spat with Hadlee. I guess Howarth was group 1.