Captaincy is one of the most difficult jobs in cricket. Captains make almost all of the decisions on the field. Everything is mostly done by the skipper, from field placement to batting order, bowling changes, and motivating the players.
If captaincy is the most difficult job, wicket-keeping is the most demanding. The keeper, on the other hand, is in a unique position. He has the best perspective to oversee things on the field, so having a captains who is also a wicket-keeper can be advantageous. Some wicketkeepers have also opened innings for their teams.
Gilchrist is one of the greatest wicket-keeper-batsmen of all time. He was great behind the stumps and was extraordinary with the bat. Despite possessing all of the qualities that the best Australian captains have ever possessed; he was never appointed permanent captain of his national team due to the school of thought that being a wicket-keeper and an opening batsman would have been too much for him to handle.
Flower is without a doubt Zimbabwe’s best batsman. Because of Zimbabwe’s position in world cricket, the elder of the Flower brothers was frequently deprived of long tours, and as a result, he never had enough opportunities to prove his worth and talent, which could have made him a bigger player. Flower was a versatile player because he was neat and tidy behind the stumps. Despite his lack of success as captain, he is Zimbabwe’s highest run-getter in both Tests and ODIs and is unquestionably one of the best players to have represented Zimbabwe.
Alec Stewart, the England veteran, scored a slew of runs across multiple formats. With 133 Tests and 170 ODIs under his belt, he is England’s fourth most-capped Test player and third-most-capped ODI cricketer. Stewart made his debut against the West Indies during the West Indies’ 1989-90 tour. He opened the batting for England and went on to score nearly 9000 runs in Tests.
Maurice Ouma is a former opening batsman who later became the first-choice wicketkeeper. Since 2000, he has been a member of the Kenyan cricket team. Ouma played in both the 2000 and 2002 Under-19 World Cups for Kenya, maintaining his position at the top of the middle order. In August 2006, Ouma played in a three-game One-Day International series against Bangladesh.