Leading a side into as competitive an event as IPL is a task. The support staff can assist with training and planning, but it’s the captain who has to execute strategies on the ground and lead from the front. With so much to deal with, captains can fail, at times miserably. From Dhoni to Kohli, here’s a list of captains with the highest defeat percentage in the history of IPL.
1. Virat Kohli:
The India national team skipper must have aspired to be the most successful captain in IPL history when he took over the mantle from Daniel Vettori in 2013. Unfortunately, things didn’t pan out that well for the Delhi lad. Virat Kholi has played 125 games for RCB as the skipper, winning 55 and losing 63. His win percentage (46.69) isn’t the lowest ever, but the lowest among all the current captains.
2. Kumar Sangakkara:
The ex-Lankan skipper has the most deplorable record as a captain. Sangakkara has been at the helm of Kings XI Punjab, Deccan Chargers and Sunrisers Hyderabad at different points in time. In 47 outings as a skipper, his losses were twice (30) than his wins (15). That speaks for the lowest win percentage (34.04%) among all those who ever captained a side in IPL.
3. Mahela Jayewardene:
Another former Lankan skipper, Mahela has the second-lowest win percentage (35%) ever. The legendary middle-order bat has fulfilled the duties of a captain for three franchises, Punjab Kings, Delhi Daredevils and Kochi Tuskers Kerala. In a total of 30 matches, he could muster just 09 wins. His stint as a coach might be disappointing but as a coach for MI, he is doing well.
4. Ajinkya Rahane:
An accomplished batsman and India test vice-captain, Rahane didn’t fare well as a captain. He played as a captain in 25 games, managing to win only 09 games. With a win percentage of just 36, he finds a mention among the least successful captains ever in IPL. Rahane captained Rajasthan Royals in 24 outings and Rising Pune SuperGiant in one (in absence of MSD.)
5. Shane Watson:
The Aussie all-rounder was a prolific performer with both bat and ball. But his record as a captain is just lacklustre. Having captained Rajasthan Royals in two editions (2014 and 2015), Watson finished with a paltry 39.13 win percentage. As a skipper, he featured in 24 games, losing 13 and winning 8. In absence of Kohli, he even captained RCB in a few matches.
6. MS Dhoni:
It’s surprising to find the most successful captain in IPL history on the list of captains with the highest defeat numbers. But life is hard and stats don’t lie. MSD has led Chennai Super Kings and Rising Pune SuperGiants in 188 IPL outings, winning 110 with a win percentage of 58.82. CSK under him clinched the title three times in 2010, 2011 and 2018. Plus, he’s the only captain to have won over 100 IPL matches. He features on the list not for his win percentage but for the staggering number of matches (77) he lost as a captain. No captain has lost these many.
For various reasons, some captains fail to live up to the expectations in the IPL. Read on, here’s the list of six captains with the lowest win percentage in IPL history.