What are all the captains from the 2011 World Cup doing now?

As Shakib Al Hasan is the only captain from the 2011 World Cup to captain a side in the 2023 World Cup, let's see what the captains from then are doing now!

What are all the captains from the 2011 World Cup doing now?

MS Dhoni and Ricky Ponting with World Cup trophies (Images via Pinterest, X)

On August 11th, Bangladesh Cricket Board announced that veteran all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will be the team’s ODI captain. Hasan replaced Tamim Iqbal who stepped down from the position a few days back. Shakib is currently the Test and T20I captain of Bangladesh as well. 

This stint as Bangladesh ODI captain will be Shakib’s second in the position. He captained the side for 49 games between 2009 and 2017. Shakib also captained the side in one game in the 2015 World Cup. He captained the side in the 2011 World Cup, with Bangladesh failing to reach the Quarter Finals due to a terrible Net Run Rate. 

Out of all the 14 captains in the 2011 World Cup, all have retired from the game except Shakib Al Hasan. Shakib is also the only captain in the 2023 World Cup to have captained in the 2011 and 2015 World Cup. 

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Let’s find out what all the captains from the 2011 World Cup are doing now

With Shakib Al Hasan writing a small history for himself, let us have a look at the other 13 captains from the 2011 World Cup are doing these days.

MS Dhoni

MS Dhoni 2011 World Cup
MS Dhoni with 2011 World Cup trophy (Image via Mumbai Mirror)

The Captain Cool led India to their 2nd World Cup victory after 28 years. He gave up his white ball captaincy in 2017, letting Virat Kohli take over his position. Since then, he’s played in the 2017 Champions Trophy and the 2019 World Cup. He retired in 2020, but still plays for and captains for the Chennai Super Kings, recently leading them to their 5th IPL title.

Kumar Sangakkara

Kumar Sangakkara
Kumar Sangakkara (Image via ICC Cricket)

Kumar Sangakkara was on the losing side in the 2011 World Cup finals in his last game as captain. After stepping down as captain in ODIs and T20s, Tilakaratne Dilshan was appointed as captain across all formats. Sangakkara retired from all formats in 2015. In 2019, he became the president of the Marylebone Cricket Club, Director of Cricket for Rajasthan Royals in 2021, and regularly works as a commentator.

Shahid Afridi

Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi (Image via ICC Cricket)

Shahid Afridi, or Boom-Boom as his fans call him, played ODI cricket till 2015. His last game was against Australia in the 2015 ODI World Cup. He played his last game for Pakistan in 2017 and his last International game against the West Indies, representing ICC World XI at Lord’s for a charity game. 

Daniel Vettori

Daniel Vettori New Zealand
Daniel Vettori (Image via ICC Cricket)

Daniel Vettori retired after the 2011 World Cup but started playing again during the 2013 Champions Trophy and 2015 World Cup. After retiring, Vettori started coaching. He was the head coach for Royal Challengers Bangalore from 2014 to 2018. He was the spin bowling coach for the Bangladesh team and currently works as the assistant coach for Australia. He was recently appointed as the Head Coach of Sunrisers Hyderabad

Sir Andrew Strauss

Andrew Strauss
Andrew Strauss (Image via The US Sun)

After the 2011 World Cup, Sir Andrew Strauss retired from the sport. He was gifted 100 bottles of wine from all of his teammates as a token of appreciation. In 2015, he was appointed as the new Director of Cricket for the English cricket team. He made sure the team paid more attention to the limited overs format to ensure England would be a more competitive side. This change of approach led to England winning the 2019 World Cup and 2022 T20 World Cup. Strauss stepped down in 2018 to take care of his wife, Ruth Strauss, who had been diagnosed with a rare type of Lung Cancer. He now runs the Ruth Strauss Foundation to support families that have lost people due to Cancer. 

Graeme Smith

Graeme Smith
Graeme Smith (Image via Cricinfo)

Graeme Smith stepped down as South Africa’s limited-overs captain in 2011 after the World Cup but remained the Test Captain. In fact, he is the most successful Test captain of all time, winning 53 tests. Ricky Ponting comes in 2nd, with 48. After retirement in 2013 in all formats, Smith became the Director of Cricket in 2019. He held this post for 3 years. He also has stints as a commentator in various leagues in the world, such as the IPL. 

Ricky Ponting

Ricky Ponting World Cup
Ricky Ponting with World Cup trophies (Image via ICC)

2007 World Cup winner Ricky Ponting gave up his role as captain in both Tests and ODIs after the 2011 World Cup. He retired from the game in 2012. After retirement, Ponting worked as a coach for Mumbai Indians from 2014 to 2017. After that, he was appointed by Delhi Capitals as their new Head coach. Apart from coaching in the IPL, Ponting was the assistant coach for Australia for a few months and he regularly works as a commentator as well. 

Darren Sammy

Darren Sammy
Darren Sammy (Image via News18)

Darren Sammy was the West Indies ODI Captain till 2013, but continued as the T20 Captain, winning the 2012 and 2016 T20I World Cups. He started coaching in the PSL and now is the limited-over coach of the West Indies Cricket team. 

Elton Chigumbara

Elton Chigumbra Zimbabwe
Elton Chigumbra (Image via ICC Cricket)

Elton Chigumbara was replaced by Brendan Taylor after the 2011 World Cup. he was given back captaincy in 2014 while Taylor led the Test team. Chigumbara played for Zimbabwe till 2020 but he still plays domestic cricket. 

William Porterfield

William Porterfield Ireland
William Porterfield (Image via T20worldcup,com)

William Porterfield captained the Ireland side till 2020 and then retired in 2022 after playing his final ODI against the West Indies. He was also the Test captain, leading the team in 3 matches against England, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. 

Jimmy Kamande

Jimmy Kamande Kenya
Jimmy Kamande (Image via ESPNCricinfo)

Kenya’s captain Jimmy Kamande played his last game in the 2011 World Cup against Australia. He was sacked from captaincy as well. He later started coaching the U-19 Men’s Kenyan Team and now is the head coach of the Tanzanian Men’s team. 

Peter Borren

Peter Borren Netherlands
Peter Borren (Image via ICC Cricket)

The Dutch Captain played his last game in 2018 but continued to captain the T20I side till 2017. He played his last match in 2018 in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier. In 2021, a Twitter user asked him if the Dutch National Team still exists to which he replied “’Exists’. Fair. Struggle to pay rent…. But wear the orange with pride”.

Ashish Bagai

ashish bagai canada
Ashish Bagai (Image via Cricinfo)

The Indian-born wicket-keeper who captained Canada at the 2011 World Cup, retired in 2013 and started working as a Management Consultant in an American Consulting firm. Currently, he is the Co-CEO and Managing Director at Vitana Pediatric and Orthodontic Partners. The company works towards the growth of dentists. Check out his LinkedIn profile.

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