The poll finished with Imran Khan defeating Virat Kohli by a narrow margin.
Legendary Pakistan captain Imran Khan has edged past modern-day great Virat Kohli of India in a Twitter poll for best player who improved their individual performances after becoming captains, conducted by the International Cricket Council.
India's talismanic batsman Virat Kohli came in second with 46.2% of the votes while former South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman AB de Villiers received six percent of the votes.
"Captaincy proved a blessing for some extraordinary cricketers".
On the other hand, Ab de Villiers bagged 6% of the votes while Meg Lanning ranked last after securing 0.5% of the votes.
"You decide which of these "pacesetters" were the best among these geniuses!" tweeted the ICC. It said the players' averages improved when they became leaders of their dressing room.
De Villiers. who holds the record for the fastest ODI century in men's cricket, averages 63.94 with the bat as captain (45.97 not as captain).
Imran Khan scored 3807 runs in 88 Test matches at an average of 37.69 and 3709 runs in 175 ODIs at an average of 33.41.
The figures showed that Khan had a test average of 25.43 with the bat and 25.53 with the ball in Tests before captaincy, however, the world cup winning skipper's average improved drastically to 52.34 with bat and 20.26 with ball when he took on the captain's role.