quarterfinals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 about to begin, it is a good
time to assess the form of the captains of the eight surviving teams. Let me take
up the performance of the skippers in the league stage in the order in which
they figure on the Castrol Index.
Pakistan captain Shahid
Afridi (Castrol Index 115) is the kind of character who has been
inspirational. He has had a very good tournament with the ball, claiming 17
wickets and securing a Bowling Efficiency of 103 - the best among those who
have bowled more than just a couple of overs. He has the kind of body language,
the energy and the presence on the field that rubs off on the other players.
(Castrol Index 93) is a quality player himself but he can only do so much
tactically with that New Zealand side. Because of the kind of talent it has,
the team seems to be going through its paces. If Vettori can put up a big
performance by getting wickets in his 10 overs, he can add more value to New