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How Pakistan's World Cup captains performed

New Delhi: A captain in cricket is totally different from that of football or hockey. Here you need to develop and change your strategies time to time according to the situation. Due to the smaller

India TV Sports Desk India TV Sports Desk Updated on: November 01, 2014 9:34 IST

Inzamam-ul-Haq, the highest run-scorer for Pakistan in ODIs, was arguably its best batsman after the retirement of legendary Javed Miandad. He took charge of a dispersed side which suffered great humiliation at the '03 WC and put a sense of belief into a relatively new team. At the eve of the 2007 WC, Pakistan were left without pacers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif and later went onto suffer an embarrassment of being knocked out of the event by Ireland.

Thrown out of the competition in the initial stages for two consecutive times, Pakistan had a point to prove. The WC 2011, jointly hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, saw a new, energised Pakistan team with allrounder Shahid Afridi as its leader. Although Afridi had a great tournament personally, Pakistan lost to arch rival India in the semi-finals, a defeat most fans blamed on Misbah-ul-Haq, the team's next captain.

The 2015 WC is just months away now and with Pakistan's tour of Sri Lanka ending in disaster, it is unclear whether Misbah-ul-Haq will be retained as the skipper for the big event. Most former players have backed Afridi as the top choice to takeover from Misbah.

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