Current Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, has been voted as the perfect cricket captain through a poll conducted by International Cricket Council (ICC) on Twitter. The poll also included Indian captain, Virat Kohli, former South African superstar, AB De Villiers, and Australian women cricketer, Meg Lanning.
ICC said that captaincy proved to be a blessing for these four extraordinary cricketers as their averages increased after being made the captain of their national team.
“You decide which of these ‘pacesetters’ were the best among these geniuses!” said the poll.
Who would you rate as the best among these giants?
— ICC (@ICC) January 12, 2021
A total of 536,346 votes were registered in the 24 hours, with Imran Khan taking the majority of the votes and beating runner-up, Virat Kohli, by 1.1%.
Imran’s performances for Pakistan with both the bat and the ball have been remarkable. He was influential as captain and went onto win Pakistan’s first and only World Cup title in 1992 against all odds.
Before being made the captain, he averaged 25.43 with the bat and 25.53 with the ball. Ever since he was made the captain, his batting average went up to 52.34 with the bat and 20.26 with the ball.
His impact, both on and off the field, for Pakistan cricket has been widely documented and he proved to be a role model for the young and upcoming cricketers at that time.