Cricket captain as psychoanalyst
Mike Brearley , former England Captain here.
Cricket captaincy ( specially in Tests) always seemed to be a more complex job compared to captaincy in any other sport . In Professional sports such as Baseball , American football the Manager or Coach has a significant contingent to advise on strategy . On the other hand , despite advice from fellow players , veterans etc. , a captain must pretty much understand , cajole , demand , strategise etc . Seems a very natural career progression.