List of Indian Premier League captains

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The face and shoulders of Mahendra Singh Dhoni wearing a brown-coloured t-shirt.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni of the Chennai Super Kings has the best win–loss percentage among those players who have captained their team in more than 20 matches.[1]

In cricket, a captain is a player who leads the team and has additional roles and responsibilities.[2][3] The Indian Premier League (IPL) is a professional league for Twenty20 cricket in India,[4] which has been held annually since its first edition in 2008.[5] In the six seasons played, 34 players have captained their team in at least one match.[1]

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.[1] 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.[1] 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.[1] 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.[1]

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.[1] 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.[1]

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]

Key[edit]

Key
Symbol Meaning
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]

IPL captains[edit]

Indian Premier League captains[1]
Player Nationality[ε] First Last Mat Team(s) Won Lost Tied NR Win%
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

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ To sort these tables by any statistic, click on the Table sort icon icon in the column title.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ These statistics are correct as of the 2013 season.
  4. ^ Games that did not have a result are not taken into consideration while calculating the result percentage. Ties are counted as half a win.
  5. ^ The information in the nationality column is according to ESPNcricinfo. This information may not necessarily reflect the player's birthplace or citizenship.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Indian Premier League / Records / Most matches as captain". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Cricket Australia; Frank Pyke; Ken Davis (8 March 2010). Cutting Edge Cricket. Human Kinetics. p. 132. ISBN 978-0-7360-7902-0. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Ken Davis; Neil Buszard (5 April 2011). Cricket: 99.94 Tips to Improve Your Game. Human Kinetics. p. 69. ISBN 978-0-7360-9078-0. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "ICC Members- India". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "IPL auction 2011: Teams to spend big for top cricketers". The Economic Times. Retrieved 18 August 2013.