The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday launched a Twitter poll asking fans to choose which captain was the best. The options included Indian team skipper Virat Kohli, former South African captain AB De Villiers, current captain of Australia’s women team Meg Lanning and former Pakistan captain and current PM Imran Khan. The poll showed that the averages of these players improved when they started leading their teams and thus, they are the true 'pacesetters' in modern-day cricket.
Captaincy proved a blessing for some extraordinary cricketers ð§¢ð— ICC (@ICC) January 12, 2021
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You decide which of these ‘pacesetters’ were the best among these geniuses! pic.twitter.com/yWEp4WgMun
While at one point it seemed that Imran Khan was winning the poll, Virat Kohli overtook the former Pakistan all-rounder right at the end as Indian fans started trending the hashtag 'Vote for Kohli' when it seemed like the Indian skipper would lose. It even appeared as though Kohli had the win, but in what screenshots and reactions show as some form of glitch, there was a discrepancy in the pre-final and final counts and when the poll ended, after 536,346 votes were cast, Imran Khan won by 47.3% of votes and Kohli got 46.2% - a very big turnaround in the final seconds. AB De Villiers got 6% of the votes whereas Lanning ended up with 0.5%.
Imran-Kohli on 47% . Only 10 minutes left, Do your best, Vote for Kohli https://t.co/ZHutesNus5— à¤¤à¤à¤¿à¤à¤¦à¤° à¤ªà¤¾à¤² à¤¸à¤¿à¤à¤¹ à¤¬à¤à¥à¤à¤¾ (@TajinderBagga) January 13, 2021
Desh ka maamla hai dosto, kuch kar sakte ho kya ð¹ð¹ https://t.co/2Di1Kt7JOU— Rofl Gandhi 2.0 ð¹ð (@RoflGandhi_) January 13, 2021
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Several Indian netizens have complained and questioned ICC and Twitter on how Imran Khan won the poll as Virat Kohli was leading it a minute before it ended. "How did that change in the last second, Kohli was leading till 11.45 am with 47% and suddenly within 1 second it changed?" Johns, a user asked. Even screenshots shared by users show Kohli having a narrow lead over Imran Khan.
How did that change in last second, Kohli was leading till 11.45 am with 47% and suddenly within 1 second it changed?— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) January 13, 2021
God damnn you changed the poll in the last one second.ðð— Saumya mishra (@Saumya_miishra) January 13, 2021
I literally have the screenshot pic.twitter.com/pe0f8y3Fw4— Nationalist Herald (@Nation_Herald_) January 13, 2021
The ICC tweets show that Virat Kohli’s average shot up to 73.88 from 51.29 in ODIs when he took over the captaincy. Imran Khan had a test average of 25.43 with the bat and 25.53 with the bowl in Tests. However, his Test average was 52.34 and bowling average was 20.26 when he was captaining. Meg Lanning's average also improved from 43.87 to 60.93 after she took over the captaincy. Villiers averaged 45.97 when he was not the captain but during the captaincy, the average rose to 63.94.
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