Excellent Four: The Rest is Just Williamson
There may not be too many people to be surprised by Joe Root’s decision. The announcement of his resignation from the post of England captain was not inevitable but it was expected.
After leaving the route, it was almost a chapter. Virat Kohli, Steven Smith, Root, Kane Williamson ‘Fabulous Four’ / ‘Fab Four’ or ‘Excellent Four’ to a generation of cricketers. The team has been relying on great batting for a decade, with everyone captaining the Test team in their respective countries.
However, Kohli, Smith, and Root stepped aside in different situations. All that is left is Williamson, for how long?
Steve Smith: The weeping is over
- Steven Smith broke down in tears. Australia’s newly banned captain was speaking to reporters at Sydney Airport in 2016. Speaking of taking responsibility for the ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test, Smith could not control himself.
- Banned from Australia’s Test captain – Smith seems to have been thrown into the abyss while flying in the sky.
- In 2014, Smith led Australia to their first Test in a series against India in the absence of Michael Clarke. Seba has captained 3 matches. Michael Clarke retired from the Ashes the following year and took over the reins. Smith’s dream journey begins.
- He led Australia in 34 matches until the 2016 Cape Town Test. Australia won 16 matches and drew 6 matches. Batsman Smith also got a new look at that time. Thus, where the career average is 59.8, as a captain it is 69.59. However, in the matches that Australia has won, the batting average of Captain Smith is 61.6! Smith has captained 15 of the 26 centuries.
- Smith’s dream journey came to a halt during that 2016 tour of South Africa. Cameron Bancroft was caught tampering with the ball on a television camera and was later banned for several terms, along with co-captain Warner and captain Smith. Smith was given a one-year suspension, not being allowed to captain for another year.
- After the ban, batsman Smith made a great comeback in the 2019 Ashes, scoring 74 runs at an average of 110.56 in 4 Tests. Tim Payne, who was given the captaincy in Smith’s absence, stepped down due to a history of offensive text messages before the last Ashes. Australia then put Pat Cummins in charge. In Cummins’ corona-related absence, Smith returned to lead the second Ashes Test. But for that one test.
- Captain Smith’s career is literally a great mix of excitement and frustration!
Virat Kohli: Debate at the end
- In the series that captain Smith started, so did Virat Kohli. In the absence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kohli played in the first Test of the series against Australia in 2014. Dhoni retired in a hurry after the Boxing Day Test, leaving the Test captaincy permanently in Kohli’s hands.
- Kohli, who scored a double century in his debut as captain, indicated that he was ready to take charge. In all, Kohli led India to a record 6 Tests, winning 40 matches, a record. Under Kohli, India became unbeaten on home soil and won all the 611 series.
- Kohli also brought ‘history’ to India on foreign soil. In 2015, India won the series for the first time in 22 years on Sri Lankan soil. Kohli’s India also made history by winning the series for the first time on Australian soil in 2019. They won again in 2020-2021, although Kohli went on paternity leave after the first Test.
- Before the 2021 T20 World Cup, he announced that there would be no captain in this edition. Until then, everything was fine. But the controversy began before the tour of South Africa. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced last December that Kohli had been sacked as the ODI captain. Kohli’s conflict with the board quickly became public.
- India is in Cape Town to play their last Test in a series draw against South Africa. However, they are at a rate that raises the possibility.
- After 24 hours, Kohli announced his resignation from the Test captaincy.
Joe Root: The team on one side, he on the other
- When Joe Root announced his resignation from the captaincy, he scored six centuries in the last 20 Tests. However, the England team was playing alone! England has not won the last 16 Tests. After the Ashes, they also lost the series against West Indies. The reversal of the batsman’s route and the captain’s route finally stopped.
- Following the Ashes, England retrenched their head coach, the manager of boys’ cricket. England also dropped a number of cricketers, including James Anderson and Stuart Broad. But the route survived.
- Despite drawing two Tests in the West Indies tour, England lost the last Test. Even then, his interest in captaincy was heard on a positive route. However, he left the country before the start of the next season, saying it was the right time.
- Root was given the job after Alastair Cook stepped down in 2016.
- He has won the series against India in 2016 on home soil, won the series against South Africa in the 2019-20 season, and has won the series 4-0 in Australia.
- In the beginning, the captaincy had an effect on his batting, but he overcame it. Then he started to do well consistently, but surprisingly England became inconsistent.
- Root also has the record for most wins, the most runs as a captain, the most centuries, and the highest-scoring record with England leading the way.
Kane Williamson: What the future holds
- June 23, 2021, Southampton. New Zealand wins first ICC World Test Championship title Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson were at the crease when the victory was confirmed – two new generation cricket chariots of the Kiwis. New Zealand’s golden generation finally regrets a global title!
- However, after that test, only Williamson has played another test in this edition till now. The New Zealand captain has been suffering from an elbow injury for some time now, even with the question of what is in front of his career.
In 2016, Brendon McCullum took over, and Williamson has led the Kiwis in 36 matches, the second-highest in New Zealand. They have won 28 matches, the second-highest.
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