7 popular fast bowlers who have captained their teams in international cricket


    It is quite rare to see fast bowlers playing the role of a captain in cricket matches. Most of the teams have a batter as their captain. Although there is no rule for it, most of the nations have followed the trend of having a batter as the team’s captain.

    Very few fast bowlers have captained their teams in international matches. Jasprit Bumrah will make his captaincy debut tomorrow against England, but before that, we will look at the seven popular pace bowlers who have captained their nations since the year 2010.


    (Please Note: Specialist fast bowlers who led their nations after 2010 are only considered.)

    1. One of the popular fast bowlers in cricket – Stuart Broad

    Current England pacer Stuart Broad was once the white-ball skipper of the English team. He led the nation to two ODI wins and 11 T20Is wins. Broad even led England in ICC T20 World Cup 2012.

    2. One of the popular fast bowlers in cricket – Pat Cummins

    Late last year, Cricket Australia named Pat Cummins as their new Test skipper. He took over the reins of the team from wicket-keeper batter Tim Paine.


    3. One of the popular fast bowlers in cricket – Mashrafe Mortaza

    Mashrafe Mortaza helped the Bangladesh cricket team achieve much success in all formats of cricket. He won one Test, 50 ODIs and 10 T20Is as captain of the Bangladesh team.

    4. Suranga Lakmal

    Not many fans would know that former Sri Lankan cricket team fast bowler Suranga Lakmal captained his team in five Test matches. The islanders won three of those five games.

    5. Lasith Malinga

    Another Sri Lankan pacer to feature on the list is Lasith Malinga. The right-arm pacer helped Sri Lanka win the ICC T20 World Cup in 2014.

    6. Tim Southee

    Fast bowler Tim Southee has captained the New Zealand cricket team in one ODI and 20 T20Is. He has won 12 matches as a captain.

    7. One of the retired fast bowlers – Kyle Mills

    Another Kiwi player to feature on this list is Kyle Mills. The retired New Zealand pacer led the Blackcaps in four ODIs, registering one win.

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