5 great players who did not prove to be good captains

#5 Heath Streak

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Probably the best bowler that Zimbabwe has ever produced, Heath Streak was the strike pacer for the side for a number of years. With certain abilities with the bat as well, he was a handy cricketer for the country. But as a captain, he couldn’t produce the goods as the team lost 47 out of 68 ODIs he led in and won just 18.

During his tenure from 2000 to 2004, Zimbabwe was a much better side as compared to the current one but Streak was unlucky to be the leader during a tough time. Post his retirement, he has been active in the coaching department and shaped the fast bowlers of Bangladesh cricket in the recent times.

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#5 Heath Streak

Embed from Getty Images Probably the best bowler that Zimbabwe has ever produced, Heath Streak was the strike pacer for the side for a number of years. With certain abilities with the bat as well, he was a handy cricketer for the country. But as a captain, he couldn't produce the goods as the team lost 47 out of 68 ODIs he led in and won just 18. During his tenure from 2000 to 2004, Zimbabwe was a much better side as compared to the current one but Streak was unlucky to be the leader during a tough time. Post his retirement, he has been active in the coaching department and shaped the fast bowlers of Bangladesh cricket in the recent times.