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Top 5 Test Captains of Tests in 2018

We shall present to you the Top 5 Test Captains of 2018 based exclusively on their performance on the field.

Last updated: 31.12.2018
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The year 2018 was yet another spectacular year which witnessed a lot of mesmerizing cricketing action around the world in all the three formats of the game, Test Cricket to be specific. The year started with the founders of the game, England colliding with the longtime champions, Australia on 4 January 2018. This match was played in Sydney and resulted in an English victory by an innings and 123 runs. The year ended with South Africa beating Pakistan by 6 wickets at Centurion and ending the game in just 3 days.

In between these games, a total of 46 other matches were played and the teams were led by many players. Of these players, we shall present to you the Top 5 Test Captains of 2018 based exclusively on their performance on the field.

Virat Kohli


The name of Virat Kohli has become synonymous with success, but unfortunately, this Indian skipper has failed to top this list. However, with a great performance as a captain, Virat has managed to place himself in the list of Top 5 Test captains of 2018. Under his leadership, the Indian team played 13 matches and tasted victory in 6 of them, with no match ending in a draw. The win percentage of Virat Kohli's captaincy in 2018 was 46.15 percent, which is indeed not so good according to the standards set up by him.

Kane Williamson

The New Zealand skipper, who once played in the U-19 team alongside Virat has proven himself to be a great strategist and this is reflected in his team's performance in 2018. Kane led the Kiwis through 7 test matches this year and held his head high in 4 of them. When his strategic planning seemed to fail, he managed to end two matches in a draw and lost only to Pakistan by an innings and 16 runs in Dubai. His victory percentage of 57.14 percent places him 4th in the list of top 5 test captains of 2018.

Suranga Lakmal

Suranga Lakmal became the captain of the Sri Lankan team after their captain, Dinesh Chandimal had to step down due to some issues. However, Lakmal led the Sri Lankan team through 5 matches in 2018 and managed to win 3 of them, which is not a bad record for someone who is a newbie in leadership. His tactical skills helped him to score a victory against a team like South Africa and his win percentage stood at 60.00 percent which places him 3rd in the list of top 5 test captains of 2018.

Faf du Plessis

This Proteas skipper was on fire throughout the year and went to lead his team to a victory in 6 out of 10 matches. The team lost only to Australia and Sri Lanka and did not play a single draw. Faf du Plessis has always stressed on result oriented matches and played for victory, due to which his win percentage stands at 60.00 percent, which is the second best for any team in 2018.

Joe Root

With the roots of his country deeply engrossed in cricket, the English skipper has been the best test captain of 2018 with 8 victories in 13 matches played throughout the year. The most iconic victory that he led his team through was the 4-1 series victory against India, which gained him immense popularity and respect. Also, he led England through three victories by an innings coming against India, Australia and Pakistan. Although England lost 4 matches in 2018, the highest for any team still Joe Root remains the best test captain of 2018.

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