The Indian Premier League (IPL), in its fourteen years of supremacy, has amassed over 50 captains of around ten distinct teams.
Since its indoctrination, the league has created world-class hype that still is sealed as the afterward tournaments are still one step behind its class.
Stressing eight to ten teams per division in the last 14 years, it has featured a bulk of players to lead their respective franchises over a tenure.
Those, who overpowered others, stayed, while those, who failed to portray brilliant showcases, got overpowered by latter skippers.
MS Dhoni is the bright example of dynamism who has been supervising his team since the inaugural edition and concocts among the top-most successful captains in IPL.
The rest sides have been attempting the alliance of different local, foreign players as the leader and then stick on to the one who fits best.
Discussing the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), the franchise has been led by four captains since the league kicked off. The foremost publish was handled by Rahul Dravid but after the collapse, the vacancy was passed onto Anil Kumble.
After Kumble, Daniel Vettori led the team for two consecutive years; 2011 and 2012, but since 2013, Virat Kohli was assigned the duties and still is with the clue to progress. Notably, he is yet to conquer an IPL title despite being in the playoffs, final several times.
Mumbai Indians (MI), the most successful franchise with five trophies, assigned Rohit Sharma with the duties in 2013 but before that, Harbhajan Singh was destined for 2012. Whereas, the greatest of all time, Sachin Tendulkar led the first four versions of the world’s cash richest T20 league.
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), now named Punjab Kings, are yet to conquer an IPL title. Running after the trophy, they have tried nine captains since the first release. Inciting from Yuvraj Singh to KL Rahul currently, the team still traces for the maiden title.
PBKS have been accompanied by Yuvraj (2008-09), Kumar Sangakkara (2010), Adam Gilchrist (2011), David Hussey (2012), Gilchrist (2013), Gorge Bailey (2014-15), Murali Vijay (2016), Glenn Maxwell (2017), Ravichandran Ashwin (2018-19), KL Rahul (2020- onwards) respectively.
The men in blue, Delhi Capitals (DC), earlier named Delhi Daredevils, also have a prolonged history of captains in 13 to 14 years.
They have adjudicated Virender Sehwag (2008-09), Gautam Gambhir (2010), Sehwag (2011-12), Mahela Jayawardene (2013), Kevin Pieterson (2014), Jean-Paul Duminy (2015-16), Zaheer Khan (2017), Shreyas Iyer (2018-20), Rishabh Pant (2021) but are yet to triumph.
In the years-long history, aficionados have witnessed depreciating teams that no more exist currently. Pune Warriors (PW) is one of those teams that participated in a few formats and then was pulled out.
Exhibiting themselves in 2011, 2012, and 2013, the franchise was banned following the financial issues. Surprisingly, they tried five captains during a three-year tenure.
Starting from Yuvraj Singh who led the 2011 publication, the franchise followed Sourav Ganguly and Steve Smith in 2012 alongside Angelo Mathews, Ross Taylor, and Aaron Finch in 2013.
Deccan Chargers (DC) have got a similar history as the Warriors. The Chargers got banned by the BCCI following continual players’ banning in the editions Chargers played.
They have been commanded by VVX Laxman (2008), Gilchrist (2008-10), Sangakkara (2011-12), and CL White (2011-12) sequentially. Notably, the Chargers were the IPL 2009 heroes playing beneath Gilchrist.
On the other hand, Gujrat Lions (GL), which was added as one of the replacements for two-years banned teams, CSK and RR, played only 2016 and 2017 editions. It represented Suresh Raina as the skipper but Brendon McCullum also got a chance to lead the team in one of the matches of 2017.
Notably, Kochi Tuskers is also one of the franchises that could render a few editions or the only team to play the single edition. After playing in 2011 in Jayawardene’s captaincy, it was terminated the following year.
Sun Risers Hyderabad (SRH), the 2016 winners, are also among the list of teams trying more than one captain in 14 years.
The orange army has played under Adam Gilchrist (2008-10), Sangakkara (2011), Vettori (2012), Sangakkara (2013), Darren Sammy (2014), David Warner (2015-17), Kane Williamson (2018-19), Warner (2020), Williamson and Warner (2021, that is to be resumed soon).
Rajasthan Royals (RR) chose to accord with Shane Warne for the first four seasons and then swapped on Rahul Dravid in 2012 and 2013. The pink army tried Shane Watson in 2014 and 15 and then preferred Ajinkya Rahane in 2018 as they were terminated for two years as mentioned above.
The inaugural release’s champion chose Australia’s Smith for 2019-20 but now are on the track with Sanju Samson as the 2021 season is good to go a few days later.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), the two times IPL champions, have tried Ganguly, McCullum, Ganguly in the first three editions respectively, and then preferred Gambhir from 2011-17 persuading two titles, 2014 and 2012, under him.
After Gambhir’s tenure, the appellation was transferred on to Dinesh Karthik for the next two seasons but the ultimate collapse forced the management to go with England’s Eoin Morgan from 2020- onwards).
Among the plentiful list of specified skippers, numerous have failed but a few have remained consonant in impersonating the dazzling exhibition. Here are the top 10 most successful captains in IPL history.
Top 10 Most Successful Captains in IPL
MS Dhoni probably is among the top IPL captains and the second most successful captain when it comes to owning the trophies.
Under his leadership, CSK has won three trophies. He has commanded CSK in 195 games attaining 115 out of them.
Rohit Sharma, the hitman, is certainly the most successful IPL skipper with five trophies since 2013. Although he has led MI in fewer games than Dhoni but has a better winning record.
His triumphant percentage as a captain is over 60 succeeding 72 out of 123 games for the blue men.
Gambhir is the third-best IPL captain when it comes to playing the most number of matches for a team as the leader.
Since the inaugural release, he has won 71 games out of 129 games for the Devils and the Riders at a winning percentage of 55.42%.
Virat Kohli, however, is yet to win in the Indian Premier League for the Bangalores but his winning rate is 48% winning 60 out of 132 games since 2013.
Adam Gilchrist, who had led the Chargers and Punjab from prime season to 2013, has accomplished 35 out of 74 games at a gratifying rate of 47.29%.
Shane Warne, one of the top 10 successful IPL captains, has triumphed 30 out of 55 games at a champion percentage of 55.45 leading the Royals.
The retired Indian cricketer, Virender Sehwag, leading Kings XI Punjab, and Delhi Daredevils, has accomplished 28 out of 53 games with a winning percentage of 53.77 from 2008 to 2015.
The greatest cricketer of all time, Sachin Tendulkar, whilst commanding Mumbai Indians from 2008-11, has won 30 out of 51 encounters with a winning percentage of 58.82%.
Leading Pune Warriors, Rajasthan Royals, Rising Pune Supergiant since 2012-2020, Steve Smith has won 25 out of 43 games with a winning percentage of 59.52.
David Warner guided the Risers to their inaugural IPL win in 2016. His blooming batting form alongside impressive captaincy skills made him the second-highest run-getter after Kohli’s 900 run-tally.
He has won 35 out of 69 games as a captain of his side (Delhi Daredevils, Sun Risers Hyderabad) with a winning percentage of 52.17.