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Taibu becomes youngest captain in Test cricket

May 06, 2004 17:42 IST

Tatenda Taibu became the youngest captain in the Test cricket history when he led Zimbabwe in the first Test against Sri Lanka at Harare on Thursday. Taibu, who will turn 21 on May 14, obliterated India's Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi's long standing world record.

Pataudi was 21 years 77 days old when he captained India for the first time in the third match of five match series against West Indies at Bridgetown in 1961-62. Pataudi, however, got the captaincy by accident rather than by appointment.

Nariman Contractor was Indian captain for this tour and captained India in first two Tests, but was unavailable because of a head injury and Pataudi was given this responsibility of leading his side. It is to Pataudi's credit that he turned out to be one of the best captains India have ever produced.

Taibu, despite becoming the youngest Test captain, still does not hold the unique record associated with 'Tiger' Pataudi. Pataudi was the youngest of the eleven players whom he captained in that match at Bridgetown. This Zimbabwean side has as many as five players younger than Taibu!

It is worth mentioning thatĀ in AprilĀ Taibu became the youngest captain in one-day internationals. So he now holds the top spot in both forms of cricket.

The accompanying table lists the youngest captains in Test cricket:
Years Days Captain For Vs Venue Season
20 358 T Taibu Zim SL Harare 2003-04
21 77 Nawab of Pataudi Ind WI Bridgetown 1961-62
22 15 Waqar Younis Pak Zim Karachi 1993-94
22 82 GC Smith SA Ban Chittagong 2002-03
22 194 ID Craig Aus SA Johannesburg 1957-58
22 260 Javed Miandad Pak Aus Karachi 1979-80
22 306 M Bisset SA Eng Johannesburg 1898-99
23 144 MP Bowden Eng SA Cape Town 1888-89
23 169 SR Tendulkar Ind Aus Delhi 1996-97
23 217 GC Grant WI Aus Adelaide 1930-31
23 292 IFW Bligh Eng Aus Melbourne 1882-83
23 319 SP Fleming NZ Eng Christchurch 1996-97
23 354 ADR Campbell Zim SL Colombo 1996-97

Rajneesh Gupta