World Cup 2019: Meet the captains

Here's a look at the 10 captains of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. From Kohli to Finch and from Naib to Holder, here are the skippers who will lead their teams as 10 nations fight for the ultimate prize in cricket.

Eoin Morgan, England | Though an Irishman, Morgan imbibed the ethos of English cricket. He instilled fearlessness among the players. The left-handed batsman switched from Ireland to England in 2009. Within a decade, he is the most-capped ODI player (198) for England. ODIs: 222 Runs: 6977 50s: 45 100s: 12 HS: 124 (n.o) Photo: Getty Images
Faf du Plessis, South Africa | Being a childhood friend of the legendary AB de Villiers — the skipper of the 2015 edition — Faf has borrowed the strength, strategies and all things positive to cause a turnaround. Having found form with the bat in the IPL for Chennai Super Kings, the right-hander will be the key to the Proteas' batting line-up. ODIs: 134 Runs: 5120 50s: 32 100s: 11 HS: 185 Photo: Getty Images
Sarfaraz Ahmed, Pakistan | Sarfaraz Ahmed led from the front when Pakistan clinched the Champions Trophy in 2017. And as the team gears up for the World Cup, the focus will be on the captain. Two years ago, he became the first Pakistan captain since Imran Khan to win a 50-over world title. Here is his chance to add one more feather to the cap! ODIs: 106 Runs: 2128 HS: 105 Catches: 99 Stumpings: 23 Photo: Getty Images
Gulbadin Naib, Afghanistan | The 28-year-old bowling all-rounder has been a consistent performer, but his appointment as skipper raised eyebrows. The national selectors replaced the seasoned Asghar Afghan with Naib. When the team begins its World Cup campaign, he will have a lot to prove. ODIs: 55, Runs: 830 HS: 82 (n.o) Wickets: 50 Photo: Getty Images
Mashrafe Mortaza, Bangladesh | Over the years, Mashrafe has led by example and has made it a point to involve each and every player in the entire process. And this democratic approach has helped Bangladesh achieve success. His ability to swing the ball will be of huge help for the side and in crucial overs, the 35-year-old can contribute immensely with the bat. ODIs: 209 Runs: 1752, Highest: 51 (n.o), Wickets: 265 Photo: Getty Images
Dimuth Karunaratne, Sri Lanka | Dimuth Karunaratne had not featured in ODIs since 2015. But the selectors were impressed with the way he led Sri Lanka to a Test series win against South Africa. A top-order batsman who's also a part-time seamer, Karunaratne can prove effective in the World Cup and a lot will depend on how he handles the team under pressure. ODIs: 18 Runs: 267 HS: 77 Wickets: 2 Photo: Getty Images
Jason Holder, West Indies | The lanky all-rounder took over as ODI captain in 2014 in the wake of a controversy. The players had withdrawn from the tour of India over a contract dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board, and he started the repair. ODIs: 95 Runs: 1574 50s: 8 Wickets: 121 Best bowling: 5/27 Photo: Getty Images
Kane Williamson, New Zealand | Even in a tournament like the IPL, Williamson manages to score strictly through cricketing shots. Grounded, sleek and well-timed. The approach is similar when he leads New Zealand in international cricket. The right-hander will be the anchor for the batting department in the UK. ODIs: 139 Runs: 5554 50s: 37 100s: 11 HS: 145* Photo: Getty Images
Aaron Finch, Australia | After his team buckled under controversies, Finch tried his best to put the team together and bring out results. It has not been a bed of roses for the 32-year-old though. In the last few months, he has had a form slump, but he has taken things in his stride and has slowly bounced back. With Warner and Smith back, Australia looks quite a settled unit, but a lot will depend on how Finch — the opener — fares. ODIs: 109 Runs: 4052 HS: 153 (n.o) Wickets: 3 Photo: Getty Images
Virat Kohli, India | As an ODI skipper, the series wins in South Africa and Australia will provide Virat ample confidence as he walks into the marquee tournament. As a batsman, he is the No. 1 player in both Tests and one-dayers. The 2011 World Cup winner will want a repeat of fortune this time around too. ODIs: 227 Runs: 10843 50s: 49 100s: 41 HS: 183 Photo: Getty Images


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