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Leading from the front: The captains we count on

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Leading a side in T20 cricket can be tricky. A T20 captain has to take gambles, be proactive as they have less room for error as the momentum can shift faster than light because of a decision. 

The T20 World Cup 2021 has some quality captains in terms of such traits, leadership and strategy.

A captain's results, win percentage, batting or bowling average while captaining the side etc. can be some good parameters to determine the quality of captaincy and leadership. 

Among the captains of the T20 World Cup 2021, Virat Kohli's win percentage is the highest (64.44 per cent). Having captained India in 45 matches, Kohli has scored 1,502 T20I runs at an average of 48.45. 

His average is also the highest among the current captains. He has not won any significant T20 trophy yet, but the cricket world will be looking forward to him as this will be his last tournament as a captain. 

Another captain, who has a win percentage higher than 50 per cent and a batting average higher than 40 per cent, is Babar Azam. Only two current captains, including him and Virat Kohli, have achieved this feat. 

Pakistan will be hoping for a return to their glory days at the T20 World Cup under Babar's leadership. 

Both Aaron Finch and Kane Williamson have captained their teams in 49 matches and both have a win percentage of 46.94 per cent. 

Williamson is known for his brilliant strategy and leadership as a skipper. He has led the New Zealand side to the inaugural World Test Championship title and will be expected to bring results in the shortest format too. 

On the other hand, Aaron Finch has scored a record 1,589 runs as a captain. Australia has some other experienced players like Smith, Warner, Maxwell and Starc..

Though Mahmudullah captains a team that is not very successful in T20 cricket, he has an impressive win percentage of 48.15%. The recent victories against Australia and New Zealand have helped his record. 

Batting at the lower middle order, he averages 25.50 as a captain. Mahmudullah has averaged 60.00 in the recent T20 series against New Zealand in Bangladesh and has been the highest run-scorer for his side. 

The skipper has to be in such form if Bangladesh wants to have a decent run in the T20 World Cup 2021.

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