Taking the nation to the ICC tournament finals is a big achievement for any captain. Often fans have seen that the players come under pressure while playing at the grand stage of the ICC tournament finals. Some of the biggest names of world cricket have failed to deliver the goods for their team in ICC tourney finals.
However, they have been a few captains who have led their teams from the front even in the biggest match of their careers. They soaked all pressure and played big knocks for the team. In this article today, we will look at the top four highest scores by captains in ICC tournament finals.
4. Kane Williamson – 85 vs. Australia, 2021 T20 World Cup
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson played a crucial knock of 85 runs for his country in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 final against Australia. Playing their first-ever ICC T20 World Cup Final, the New Zealand cricket team got off to a slow start. However, Williamson’s 48-ball 85 ensured that they ended with a 172-run score. Unfortunately, Williamson’s knock went in vain.
3. MS Dhoni – 91* vs. Sri Lanka, 2011 World Cup
Not a single cricket fan can forget MS Dhoni’s epic knock of 91 runs that helped the Indian cricket team defeat Sri Lanka in the ICC World Cup Final 2011. His innings changed the game and helped India become the 2011 World Cup winner.
2. Clive Lloyd – 102 vs. Australia, 1975 World Cup
West Indies legend Clive Lloyd was the first captain to score a hundred in an ICC tournament finals. Playing against Australia in the first-ever Cricket World Cup Final, Lloyd scored 102 runs and helped the Caribbean team win.
1. Ricky Ponting – 140* vs. India, 2003 World Cup
The record for the highest individual score by a captain in ICC tournament finals is in Ricky Ponting’s name. The former Aussie skipper scored 140 runs against India in the 2003 World Cup Final. His inning powered Australia to their second consecutive World Cup trophy.