Captaining an IPL team is a responsibility. Some captains rise to the occasion and some cannot. Successful captains keep their teams motivated, identify and back talent, plan and execute well, and lead from the front. From Dhoni to Rohit, here’re skippers that have done it all consistently.
1. MS Dhoni:
MS Dhoni has been an exceptional captain for both team India and Chennai Super Kings. He has featured in 110 wins in IPL, making him the only captain to have won over 100 matches. Under him, CSK won three titles and made it to the playoffs 10 times and the finals 08 times. Note that, his win percentage (58.82) is second only to Rohit Sharma. Dhoni also captained the now-defunct Rising Pune SuperGiant for two seasons but failed miserably. Out of the total 14 outings for RPSG as the skipper, the legendary captain barely managed 05 wins.
2. Rohit Sharma:
Which is the number one team in the IPL? It has to be Mumbai Indians. The credit for the team’s success in recent years goes to skipper, Rohit Sharma. Before him, MI had a few big names but failed to gel as a team and struggled. In 2013, Rohit took over the captaincy from Ricky Ponting, leading MI to the maiden title win. Under his leadership, MI went on to repeat the performance in 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2020. Thus far, the India opener has led MI in 116 games, winning 68 and losing 44. His win percentage of 60.34 is the best for any IPL captain ever.
3. Gautam Gambhir:
Gautam Gambhir was equally aggressive with his stroke play and captaincy. He was never a regular captain for India, but has led two IPL sides at different points in time. His stint with the Kolkata Knight Riders from 2011 to 2017 is noteworthy. He succeeded a struggling team from Sourav Ganguly and transformed it into a winning unit. Gambhir led KKR to two title wins in 2012 and 2014. In 2017, he shifted to Delhi Daredevils from where he had an unceremonious exit. His 71 wins in 129 outings make him the third most successful skipper in IPL history.
4. Virat Kohli:
Virat Kohli enjoys success as a batsman in IPL but as a captain, his figures are disappointing. He has been leading Royal Challengers Bangalore since 2011 and is yet to win a single title. Under him, RCB could make it to the finals once and to the playoffs twice. Kohli’s win percentage is unimpressive (46.69), having lost 63 matches out of 125. However, what makes him one of the most successful skippers is the 55 wins, the fourth-highest for any captain in IPL history.
5. David Warner:
Which is the number one team in the IPL? It’s Mumbai Indians. But the most consistent team on the IPL circuit has to be Sunrisers Hyderabad. Captain David Warner has been pivotal in making SRH the IPL champions in 2016 with his shrewd captaincy and explosive batting. As a captain, he has featured in 63 games, winning 34 and losing 28. His win percentage is 54.76.
As you can see, from MS Dhoni to Rohit Sharma, IPL has had its share of most successful captains who led their respective teams to victory more often than rest.