Young guns: Youngest cricketers to become Test captains

Mar 23, 2017, 06:02 IST | mid-day online correspondent

On this day in 1962, ex Indian cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi became the youngest player to captain a Test team. We look at the youngest Test captains and their records when they led their national side.

Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi - 21 years, 77 days
Stats as skipper: Team - India. Played - 40. Won- 9. Lost - 19. Draw - 12. First Test as captain - 23 March 1962.

Angelo Mathews - 25 years, 279 days
Angelo Mathews
Stats as skipper: Team - Sri Lanka. Played - 23. Won - 10. Draw - 8. Lost - 5. First Test as captain - 8 May 2013 

Tatenda Taibu - 20 years, 358 days
Tatenda Taibu

Stats as skipper: Team - Zimbabwe. Played - 10. Won - 0. Lost - 9. Draw - 1. First Test as captain - 6 May 2004.

Waqar Younis - 22 years, 15 days

waqar younis
Stats as skipper: Team - Pakistan. Played - 17. Won - 10. Lost 7. Draw - 0. First Test as captain - 1 December 1993.

Graeme Smith - 22 years, 82 days
Graeme Smith
Stats as skipper: Team - South Africa. Played - 108. Won - 53. Lost - 28. Draw - 27. First Test as captain - 24 April 2003.

Shakib Al Hasan - 22 years, 115 days
Shakib Al Hasan

Stats as skipper: Team - Bangladesh. Played - 9. Won - 1. Lost - 8. Draw - 0. First Test as captain - 17 July 2009.

Ian Craig - 22 years 194 days
Team - Australia. Played - 5. Won - 3. Lost - 0. Draw - 2. First Test - 23 December 1957.

Javed Miandad - 22 years, 260 days
Javed Miandad

Stats as skipper: Team - Pakistan. Played - 35. Won - 16. Lost - 5. Draw - 14. First Test as captain - 27 February 1980.

Murray Bisset - 22 years, 306 days
Stats as skipper: Team - South Africa. Played - 2. Won - 0. Lost - 2. Draw - 0. First Test - 14 February 1899.

Mohammad Ashraful - 22 years, 353 days
Mohammad Ashraful
Stats as skipper: Team - Bangladesh. Played - 10. Won - 0. Lost - 9. Draw - 1. First Test as captain - 25 June 2007.

Monty Bowden - 23 years, 144 days
Stats as skipper: Team - England. Played 1. Won - 1. Lost - 0. Draw - 0. First Test as captain - 25 March 1889.

(All Pics/ AFP)

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