Durban, South Africa: After the completion of league matches, the analysis of captains provide an interesting picture. The captains of all teams, except Dhoni, led from front in batting. 4 captains who are openers too, impressed with the bat. 2 captains who are just batsman (David Hussey and Mubarak) impressed in patches, while one bowler captain (Kumble) proved again he is one of the best bowler of his era, the remaining batsman-wicketkeeper Dhoni proved he should be called a Wicketkeeper-batsman now.
Here is the list of the performances of all captains after league stage.
Batting of Captains
South Australia Klinger (Opener) 4 matches 213 runs 3 50s, Avg 71, SR 126, 20 4s, 9 6s
Warriors Jacobs (Opener) 4 matches 191 runs 2 50s, Avg 48.75, SR 125, 22 4s, 7 6s
CD How (Opener) 4 matches 188 runs 2 50s, Avg 94, SR 138, 24 4s, 8 6s
Lions Petersen (Opener) 4 matches 170 runs 2 50s, Avg 56, SR 154, 18 4s, 5 6s
MI Tendulkar (Opener) 4 matches 148 runs 1 50s, Avg 37, SR 139, 20 4s, 1 6s
Victoria David Hussey 4 matches 145 runs 1 50s, Avg 48, SR 123, 12 4s, 3 6s
Guyana Sarwan 4 matches 144 runs 1 50s, Avg 36, SR 139, 18 4s, 4 6s
Wayamba Mubarak 4 matches 90 runs 0 50s, Avg 22, SR 112, 8 4s, 4 6s
CSK Dhoni 4 matches 3 innings 63 runs 0 50s, Avg 63, SR 131, 6 4s, 1 6s
RCB Kumble 4 matches 1 innings 1 run 1 not out
Kumble has emerged as one of the best bowlers of the tournament and has got mixed results on his planning for the matches. He has got the 4th best economy rate so far. He has also produced 2 best economic performances of the matches, among the top 3 most economic performances of the tournament by bowlers bowling 4 overs.
Dhoni on the other hand has been miles ahead of fellow wicketkeepers with 11 scalps, 6 of which has been stumpings. As a captain, his luck is still smiling despite the decisive mistake of overlooking Muralitharan or Raina in favor of Ashwin in the eliminator over against Victoria which they lost. Muralitharan and Raina bowled very well taking 2 and 4 wickets at good economy rate to get CSK to a tie. Ashwin had a bad day in that match. Still Dhoni’s decision of handing him the ball lost them the match, probably. Also his decision of not coming up to bat has shocked all.