The 2021 edition of the T20 World Cup is all set to be played in the UAE and Oman from October 17 to November 14. The event was supposed to be held in Australia last year but had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The 2021 edition was to be held in India but had to be shifted to another venue, again due to the pandemic, although India have retained hosting rights for the event. West Indies are the defending champions in the event, having won the T20 World Cup in 2016. As we gear up for the latest edition, we rank the main captains on the basis of their record in the T20 format.
1. Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli will be leading India in the T20 World Cup for the first time. It will also be his last World Cup in the T20 format as a leader. Hence, Kohli will be keen to walk away on a high. Kohli has captained India in 45 T20 games. Of these, India have been victorious in 27 games, losing only 14. While leading the side, Kohli has an amazing record as a batter. He has amassed 1502 runs at an average of 48.45. He has an average of 68.75 in India and nearly 50 in Australia. In winning causes, Kohli has 982 runs at an average of 57.76. However, he has not been in great form of late, which is a worry for India.
2. Babar Azam
Babar Azam has led Pakistan in 28 T20 games of which Pakistan have won 15 and lost only eight. He has led from the front with the bat as captain, scoring 914 runs at an average of 43.52. He averages 57 from three games in Australia, over 50 after four games in South Africa and 41.33 after four matches at home. Azam has an impressive record in winning games as well – 614 runs at an average of 47.23. The sample size is a bit small but Azam has led from the front.
3. Eoin Morgan
Eoin Morgan has led England in 64 T20I matches of which the team has won 37 and lost 24. He doesn’t have a great overall record as a batter while leading the side. Morgan has scored 1371 runs in 64 games at an average of 27.97. Except for New Zealand and Australia, where he averages 68 and 44 from six and eight games respectively, he has a poor T20 record in most nations. Even in England, he averages 23 after 25 games. Morgan has scored 60 runs in two games in UAE. In winning causes, Morgan has scored 950 runs at an impressive average of 41.30. He will be keen to rediscover his form soon.
4. Aaron Finch
The big-hitting batter has led Australia in 49 T20 matches so far of which the team has won 23 and lost 24. As a batter in these games, he has contributed 1589 runs at an average of 36.11 with a best of 172 against Zimbabwe. 620 of those runs have come at home while 209 runs have been scored in England at an average of 52.25. He also averages nearly 50 in New Zealand. However, Finch has a horror record in the UAE. He has 10 runs from five games at an average of 2. This is something that he needs to improve upon. In winning matches though, Finch averages 48.47 which proves his match-winning ability.
5. Kane Williamson
Kiwi legend Kane Williamson has led the team in 49 T20 games heading into the World Cup. New Zealand have won 23 and lost 24. As captain, he has scored 1383 runs in 49 games at an average of 31.43. 934 of these runs have come at home from 30 games. Williamson doesn’t have a great record in the UAE, averaging 28 from five games. In winning causes, the Kiwi captain has scored 789 runs at an average of 41.52. He will be keen to prove a point in the UAE.
6. Kieron Pollard
Kieron Pollard has led West Indies in 26 T20 games of which they have won nine and lost 12. He has contributed with bat and ball as captain, scoring 475 runs at an average of 33.92 and claiming 15 wickets at 21.93. Pollard has been excellent for West Indies in winning causes, averaging 51 with the bat and 20.50 with the ball. He has played most of his matches as captain at home though, which is why his leadership in the T20 World Cup will be under the scanner.