List of Indian Premier League captains
In cricket, a captain is a player who leads the team and has additional roles and responsibilities. The Indian Premier League (IPL) is a professional league for Twenty20 cricket in India, which has been held annually since its first edition in 2008. In the six seasons played, 34 players have captained their team in at least one match.
The Chennai Super Kings's Mahendra Singh Dhoni has played the most number of matches as a captain, leading the team in 96 matches with a win–loss percentage of 61.05. The best win–loss percentage is of Pune Warriors India's Ross Taylor: 100.00; though among captains who have captained more than ten matches, Mumbai Indians's Rohit Sharma has the best win–loss percentage: 76.92. Dhoni has won the most number of matches playing as a captain, with 58; whereas Adam Gilchrist has lost the most number of matches playing as a captain: 39. Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara are the only players to captain three teams: the former has captained the Delhi Daredevils, the Kings XI Punjab and the Kochi Tuskers Kerala, whereas the latter has captained the Deccan Chargers, the Kings XI, and the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
James Hopes of the Daredevils have captained the most number of matches without registering a win; he led his team in three matches, two of which were lost and one ended with no result. Six players have captained the Daredevils, the Indians and the Warriors each; five players have captained the Kings XI and the Royal Challengers each; four players have captained the Deccan Chargers; three players have captained the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Rajasthan Royals each; whereas two players have captained the Super Kings and the Tuskers each.
The list includes those players who have captained their team in at least one IPL match. The list is initially organised by the number of matches as a captain and if the numbers are tied, the list is sorted by last name.[α][β][γ]
|First||Year of the first IPL match as a captain|
|Last||Year of latest IPL match as a captain|
|Mat||Number of matches as a captain|
|Team(s)||Team(s) for which the player has played as captain in at least one match|
|Won||Number of games won|
|Lost||Number of games lost|
|Tied||Number of games tied|
|NR||Number of games with no result|
|Win%||Percentage of games won to those captained[δ]|
|Dhoni, Mahendra SinghMahendra Singh Dhoni||India||2008||2013||96||Chennai Super Kings||58||37||0||1||61.05|
|Gilchrist, AdamAdam Gilchrist||Australia||2008||2013||74||35||39||0||0||47.29|
|Gambhir, GautamGautam Gambhir||India||2009||2013||63||36||28||0||0||55.60|
|Warne, ShaneShane Warne||Australia||2008||2011||55||Rajasthan Royals||30||24||1||0||55.45|
|Sehwag, VirenderVirender Sehwag||India||2008||2012||52||Delhi Daredevils||28||24||0||0||53.84|
|Tendulkar, SachinSachin Tendulkar||India||2008||2011||51||Mumbai Indians||31||22||0||0||58.82|
|Dravid, RahulRahul Dravid||India||2008||2013||48||22||26||0||0||45.83|
|Sangakkara, KumarKumar Sangakkara||Sri Lanka||2010||2013||47||15||30||2||0||34.04|
|Singh, YuvrajYuvraj Singh||India||2008||2011||43||21||21||0||1||50.00|
|Ganguly, SouravSourav Ganguly||India||2008||2012||42||17||25||0||0||40.47|
|Jayawardene, MahelaMahela Jayawardene||Sri Lanka||2010||2013||30||10||19||1||0||35.00|
|Kohli, ViratVirat Kohli||India||2011||2013||26||Royal Challengers Bangalore||14||9||2||1||60.00|
|Kumble, AnilAnil Kumble||India||2009||2010||26||Royal Challengers Bangalore||15||11||0||0||57.69|
|Vettori, DanielDaniel Vettori||New Zealand||2011||2012||22||Royal Challengers Bangalore||12||10||0||0||54.54|
|Singh, HarbhajanHarbhajan Singh||India||2008||2012||20||Mumbai Indians||10||10||0||0||50.00|
|McCullum, BrendonBrendon McCullum||New Zealand||2009||2009||13||Kolkata Knight Riders||3||9||1||0||26.92|
|Sharma, RohitRohit Sharma||India||2013||2013||13||Mumbai Indians||10||3||0||0||76.92|
|Hussey, DavidDavid Hussey||Australia||2012||2013||12||Kings XI Punjab||6||6||0||0||50.00|
|White, CameronCameron White||Australia||2011||2013||12||7||5||0||0||58.33|
|Finch, AaronAaron Finch||Australia||2013||2013||10||Pune Warriors India||2||8||0||0||20.00|
|Laxman, V. V. S.V. V. S. Laxman||India||2008||2008||6||Deccan Chargers||1||5||0||0||16.66|
|Pietersen, KevinKevin Pietersen||England||2009||2009||6||Royal Challengers Bangalore||2||4||0||0||22.22|
|Ponting, RickyRicky Ponting||Australia||2013||2013||6||Mumbai Indians||3||3||0||0||50.00|
|Mathews, AngeloAngelo Mathews||Sri Lanka||2013||2013||5||Pune Warriors India||1||4||0||0||20.00|
|Pollock, ShaunShaun Pollock||South Africa||2008||2008||4||Mumbai Indians||3||1||0||0||75.00|
|Hopes, JamesJames Hopes||Australia||2011||2011||3||Delhi Daredevils||0||2||0||1||0.00|
|Karthik, DineshDinesh Karthik||India||2010||2010||3||Delhi Daredevils||1||2||0||0||33.33|
|Raina, SureshSuresh Raina||India||2010||2010||3||Chennai Super Kings||1||1||1||0||50.00|
|Warner, DavidDavid Warner||Australia||2013||2013||2||Delhi Daredevils||0||2||0||0||0.00|
|Bravo, DwayneDwayne Bravo||West Indies||2010||2010||1||Mumbai Indians||0||1||0||0||0.00|
|Patel, ParthivParthiv Patel||India||2011||2011||1||Kochi Tuskers Kerala||0||1||0||0||0.00|
|Smith, SteveSteve Smith||Australia||2012||2012||1||Pune Warriors India||0||1||0||0||0.00|
|Taylor, RossRoss Taylor||New Zealand||2013||2013||1||Pune Warriors India||1||0||0||0||100.00|
|Watson, ShaneShane Watson||Australia||2008||2008||1||Rajasthan Royals||0||1||0||0||0.00|
- To sort these tables by any statistic, click on the icon in the column title.
- These statistics do not cover the games played in other tournaments such as the Champions League Twenty20, the British Asian Cup or the 2008 Kolkata Knight Riders tour of Australia.
- These statistics are correct as of the 2013 season.
- Games that did not have a result are not taken into consideration while calculating the result percentage. Ties are counted as half a win.
- The information in the nationality column is according to ESPNcricinfo. This information may not necessarily reflect the player's birthplace or citizenship.
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