Nasser Hussain’s statement from the final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, ‘Pakistan Cricket at its best, one minute down, next minute up’ certainly defines Pakistan Cricket. Since its inception, the flow of men in green either has been too high or too low.

Pakistan of the 90’s were considered a force to reckon under the dominating trio of Imran Khan, Waqar Younis, and Wasim Akram assisted by the likes of Javed Miandad and others.

Despite giving a long list of players, the Pakistan Cricket history has also witnessed the greatest of captains who have left their essence in the game and are discussed yet.

Here is a list of the top 5 captains of the Pakistan Cricket Team

Waqar Younis:

Top 5 captains of Pakistan Cricket Team
Top 5 captains of Pakistan Cricket Team

Waqar Younis, who has recently retired as the bowling coach of the Pakistan Cricket Team, has also been working as the local commentator. His retirement came alongside Misbah ul Haq, who stepped down from the head coach post, soon after the board named the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 squad for the team.

His coaching era might not have been memorable and adored but his leadership had been great for the mates.

The reverse swing bowler had sent many greatest batsmen of all time back to the pavilion with his dancing speed.

One of the top captains of the Pakistan cricket team in the history of the game has taken 373 test wickets and 416 ODI wickets during his career. He formed one of the most dangerous opening fast bowling pairs with Wasim Akram.

Have a look at his captaincy record:

Tenure: 1993-2003

Games: 62

Won: 37

Lost: 23

Tied: 0

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Waqar Younis’ bowling moments:

Misbah ul Haq:

Top 5 captains of Pakistan Cricket Team
Top 5 captains of Pakistan Cricket Team

Misbah ul Haq will always be counted among the greatest Pakistani captains. Especially in Test cricket, Misbah had maintained a fabulous record.

He might have been bashed for his coaching but people were on the verge of showering praises seeing the long-term results of his during-tenure decisions after he retired from the posts.

Best known for his composure with the bat, He scored 5,222 runs at an average of 47 with a strike rate of 73. Misbah also has served Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) as the chief selector.

He retired from all formats on 14 May 2017. Misbah announced his retirement in April 2004.

Have a look at his captaincy record:

Tenure: 2018-2015

Games: 87

Won: 45

Lost: 39

Tied: 2

Misbah ul Haq with ICC Test Mace:

Inzamam ul Haq:

Top 5 captains of Pakistan Cricket Team
Top 5 captains of Pakistan Cricket Team

Inzamam ul Haq is one of the Pakistani batsmen with an aggressive approach. His tactics helped the nation lift the ODI World Cup 1992.

He scored 8830 runs in the red-ball format with a batting average of close to 50. He is the only Pakistani batsman to score 20,000 runs in international cricket. Inzamam captained the team from 2003-2007 and announced retirement in 2007.

Have a look at his captaincy record:

Tenure: 2002-2007

Games: 87

Won: 51

Lost: 33

Tied: 0

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Inzamam ul Haq batting glimpses:

Wasim Akram:

Top 5 captains of Pakistan Cricket Team
Top 5 captains of Pakistan Cricket Team

Wasim Akram, the king of swing, had been majestic with the ball and was known as one of the terrific bowlers of the cricket world during that time.

Akram is currently working with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) as the committee member, and the valuable coach of the PSL franchise, Karachi Kings. He is also a renowned commentator the nation currently owns.

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Akram also holds the record for most wickets in List A cricket with 881 and second in terms of ODI cricket with 502 in total. He retired from the game in 2003.

Have a look at his captaincy record:

Tenure: 1993-2000

Games: 109

Won: 66

Lost: 41

Tied: 2

Wasim Akram bowling from World Cup 1992:

Imran Khan:

Top 5 captains of Pakistan Cricket Team
Top 5 captains of Pakistan Cricket Team

Unquestionably, Imran Khan is the greatest skipper of the Pakistan Cricket Team and there is no alternative found yet. Pakistan’s first-ever World Cup victory came under Khan’s sound leadership who is now the Prime Minister of the country.

The all-rounder had always been inspiring on and off the field.

Imran rounded off his career after the 1992 World Cup and left an ever-lasting impact that Pakistan Cricket still hunts for a leader like him.

Have a look at his captaincy record:

Tenure: 1982-1992

Games: 135

Won: 79

Lost: 59

Tied: 1

Highlights of 1992 World Cup winning moments:

Apart from them, Sarfaraz Ahmed and Babar Azam can be counted among the finest Pakistani captains respectively.

Discussing Babar’s tenure, it has not been so long since he kick-started. Also, he did not have a great start to his leadership career. Babar, who was put on the duties as Sarfaraz’s career, seems a developed captain now after considering Pakistan Cricket’s recent performances.

In the recently coiled up ICC T20 World Cup 2021, Pakistan played like a pro and ended the journey with high heads.

As far as Sarfaraz Ahmed is concerned, he might not have led the team for so long but the era has been the most inspiring one.

Under his captainship, Pakistan became the World’s number one T20 team and stayed for a notable duration. Also, Pakistan’s 11 consecutive T20I wins came under the 34-year old.

Not only this, but Sarfaraz led the green shirts to defeat India for the first time in the final of the ICC events thrashing them away in the Champions Trophy 2017. Also, he was the winning captain of the ICC U19 World Cup.

These were the top 5 captains of the Pakistan Cricket Team. Among them, which captain you have loved the most?

If you think, there should be someone else in the list, mention them in the comments below.

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