Cricket in Ireland is governed by the Irish Cricket Union, which represents the country's regions in international cricket. There have been three Test matches, 173 One-Day International matches, and 106 Twenty-20 International matches for the Irish national cricket team. Following is the list of the top 10 best captains of Ireland:
1. William Potterfield
Ireland's national cricket team is captained by William Thomas Stuart Porterfield. He scored 1,000 runs in the Afghanistan T20I series in March 2017. Having succeeded Trent Johnston, he became the Irish national cricket team's captain for their first-ever Test match against Pakistan in May 2018. With this record, he holds the topmost position on this list.
2. Trent Johnson
Trent Johnston served as captain of the national cricket team of Ireland until 2013 and thus remained a constant figure within the team until his retirement. His appointment as captain of the Irish cricket team for the 2005 Intercontinental Cup semi-finals against the UAE in Windhoek, Namibia was his first international assignment.
3. Gray Wilson
Wilson plays for the Ireland national cricket team as a wicket-keeper and right-handed batsman. He appeared in all formats of cricket, including Tests, One Day Internationals, and Twenty20 Internationals. Wilson was a member of Ireland's national cricket team during the 2005 ICC Intercontinental Cup.
4. Jason Adam Max Molins
Jason Adam Max Molins is a former captain of the Ireland national cricket team and a right-handed batsman. From 2001 until 2005, he captained Ireland's national cricket team, leading them to triumphs over Zimbabwe, Surrey, and the West Indies. He is without a doubt the most successful captain, having captained the Ireland national cricket team more than 45 times with a winning ratio of 60%.
5. Justin Benson
Justin Benson is a right-handed batter, right-arm bowler, and sometimes wicket-keeper. Justin played his first match for Ireland against Australia in the year 1966. Between 1966 and 1967, he captained the Ireland national cricket team in all matches. He played his final match against the MCC at Lord's in 1967 and was a member of Ireland's national cricket squad 59 times.
6. Andrew Balbirnie
Andrew Balbirnie, a right-handed batsman and sometimes wicket-keeper, is a former captain of the Irish cricket team. He made his international One Day International Cricket debut on 5th July 2010 against Scotland. He is well known for his outstanding batting. He played his hundredth international match for Ireland in a Tri-Nation series against the West Indies in 2019.
7. Paul Stirling
Paul Stirling is the opening batsman for the Ireland national cricket team, as well as an occasional right-arm off-break bowler. Stirling made his international One Day International debut at the age of just 17 against New Zealand. He is one of the leading run scorers in T20 Internationals. He was named vice-captain of the Ireland national cricket team in June 2020.
8. Kevin Joseph O'Brien
Kevin Joseph O'Brien was born in Dublin, Ireland on March 4, 1984. Kevin made his international ODI debut in the year 2006 against England. He became the first player in Ireland's national cricket team's history to take 100 wickets in one-day internationals. O'Brien billed as a real all-rounder, had a productive experience in the 2007 World Cricket League, finishing second in runs at an average of 50 or above. O'Brien announced his retirement from ODI cricket in June 2021, shifting his emphasis to T20 and Test cricket.
9. William Kyle McCallan
He is an Irish national cricket team right-handed batsman and off-spin bowler. This former Irish cricketer made his international ODI debut against Wales on 2nd June 1996 at Dublin. He has scored 3,616 runs at an average of 23.33 and taken 256 wickets. In addition, he captained Ireland's national cricket squad 54 times. He announced his retirement from international cricket on December 2, 2009.
10. Dekker Curry
Dekker Curry is a right-handed batsman who plays for Ireland's national cricket team as a right-arm break bowler. Curry made his One Day International Cricket debut against England on 13th June 2006. He captained Ireland's national cricket side three times in the ICC Trophy in 1994, 1997, and 2001, as well as the European Championship in 1996. In 1998, he also played cricket for Northern Ireland in a Commonwealth Games event.