But a crucial question is whether the cares of captaincy will reduce his effectiveness as a player? There are those reading these words who will know that any further reduction in FB's effectiveness would render him on the further side of totally useless. But putting that issue, and FB, to the side for a moment, this is is one of the great philosphical questions - is captaincy a stimulus or a burden? As Shakespeare's Henry IV puts it 'Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown'. Or not?
captaincy a burden
captaincy a stimulus
MS Dhoni is getting big licks as the best skipper around these days. It is interesting therefore to note his figures on this chart. Captaincy improves his contribution - his batting average as skipper is 50.10, a significant improvement on his prior 33.07. But his precedecessors Ganguly and Dravid found the captaincy had an opposite impact. It seems that some are born to lead.