List of Indian Premier League captains

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

The Chennai Super Kings's Mahendra Singh Dhoni has played the most number of matches as a captain and he is unanimously regarded as the best captain in the entire tournament. [5] The win–loss percentage among successful captains who have captained over 10 matches, CSK's Mahendra Singh Dhoni is most successful with a win–loss percentage: 50.00 and is the most successful captain in the history of IPL winning 1 titles as a captain along with Rohit Sharma with 6 titles and a win-loss percentage of 99.99 and Gautham Gambhir's win-loss percentage: 55.46 with 2 titles.[6][5]Dhoni has played 162 matches, and won the most number of matches playing as a captain, with 100 and has lost the most number of matches playing as a captain with 64.[5] 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, Kings XI Punjab, and the Sunrisers Hyderabad.[5]

James Hopes of the Daredevils has 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.[5] 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.[5]

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]

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]

List of IPL captains[edit]

Indian Premier League captains[5]
Player[7] Nationality[ε] First Last Mat Team(s) Won Lost Tied NR Win%
Mahendra Singh Dhoni  India 2008 2019 166 100 65 0 1 60.60
Gautam Gambhir  India 2009 2018 129 71 57 1 0 55.03
Murali Vijay  India 2016 2016 8 Kings XI Punjab 3 5 0 0 37.5
Adam Gilchrist  Australia 2008 2013 74 35 39 0 0 47.29
Shane Warne  Australia 2008 2011 55 Rajasthan Royals 30 24 1 0 54.54
Virat Kohli  India 2011 2019 102 Royal Challengers Bangalore 49 48 2 3 50.00
Virender Sehwag  India 2008 2015 53 Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab 28 25 0 0 52.83
Sachin Tendulkar  India 2008 2011 51 Mumbai Indians 30 21 0 0 58.82
Rahul Dravid  India 2008 2013 48 22 26 0 0 45.83
Kumar Sangakkara  Sri Lanka 2010 2013 47 15 30 2 0 31.91
Rohit Sharma  India 2013 2019 89 Mumbai Indians 51 37 1 0 57.31
Yuvraj Singh  India 2008 2011 43 21 21 0 1 48.83
Sourav Ganguly  India 2008 2012 42 17 25 0 0 40.48
George Bailey  Australia 2014 2015 36 Kings XI Punjab 16 19 1 0 44.44
Mahela Jayawardene  Sri Lanka 2010 2013 30 10 19 1 0 33.33
Anil Kumble  India 2009 2010 26 Royal Challengers Bangalore 15 11 0 0 57.69
Daniel Vettori  New Zealand 2011 2012 22 Royal Challengers Bangalore 12 10 0 0 54.54
Shane Watson  Australia 2008 2017 24 Rajasthan Royals

Royal Challengers Bangalore

8 13 2 1 39.13
Harbhajan Singh  India 2008 2012 20 Mumbai Indians 10 10 0 0 50.00
Kevin Pietersen  England 2009 2014 17 3 14 0 0 17.64
David Warner  Australia 2014 2017 47 25 22 0 0 57.00
Jean Paul Duminy  South Africa 2015 2017 16 Delhi Daredevils 6 9 0 1 36.12
Brendon McCullum  New Zealand 2009 2016 14 3 10 1 0 21.43
Steve Smith  Australia 2012 2019 25 17 8 0 0 68.00
David Hussey  Australia 2012 2013 12 Kings XI Punjab 6 6 0 0 50.00
Cameron White  Australia 2011 2013 12 7 5 0 0 58.33
Shikhar Dhawan  India 2014 2014 10 Sunrisers Hyderabad 4 6 0 0 40.00
Aaron Finch  Australia 2013 2013 10 Pune Warriors India 2 8 0 0 20.00
Dinesh Karthik  India 2010 2019 22 11 11 0 0 50.00
V. V. S. Laxman  India 2008 2008 6 Deccan Chargers 1 5 0 0 16.66
Ricky Ponting  Australia 2013 2013 6 Mumbai Indians 3 3 0 0 50.00
Angelo Mathews  Sri Lanka 2013 2013 5 Pune Warriors India 1 4 0 0 20.00
Shaun Pollock  South Africa 2008 2008 4 Mumbai Indians 3 1 0 0 75.00
Darren Sammy  West Indies 2014 2014 4 Sunrisers Hyderabad 2 2 0 0 50.00
James Hopes  Australia 2011 2011 3 Delhi Daredevils 0 2 0 1 0.00
Glenn Maxwell  Australia 2017 2017 14 Kings XI Punjab 7 7 0 0 50.00
Suresh Raina  India 2010 2017 32 16 16 1 0 50.00
Dwayne Bravo  West Indies 2010 2010 1 Mumbai Indians 0 1 0 0 0.00
Parthiv Patel  India 2011 2011 1 Kochi Tuskers Kerala 0 1 0 0 0.00
Ross Taylor  New Zealand 2013 2013 1 Pune Warriors India 1 0 0 0 100.00
Zaheer Khan  India 2016 2017 23 Delhi Daredevils 10 13 0 0 43.5
Ajinkya Rahane  India 2017 2018 16 7 9 0 0 43.75
Kane Williamson  New Zealand 2018 2018 17 Sunrisers Hyderabad 10 7 0 0 58.82
Ravichandran Ashwin  India 2018 2019 14 Kings XI Punjab 6 8 0 0 42.86
Shreyas Iyer  India 2018 2018 8 Delhi Capitals 4 4 0 0 50.00
David Miller  South Africa 2016 2016 6 Kings XI Punjab 1 5 0 0 16.66
Kieron Pollard  West Indies 2019 2019 1 Mumbai Indians 1 0 0 0 100.00
Bhuvneshwar Kumar  India 2019 2019 5 Sunrisers Hyderabad 2 3 0 0 40.00

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. ^ 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.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "ICC Members- India". International Cricket Council. Archived from the original on 25 August 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  4. ^ "IPL auction 2011: Teams to spend big for top cricketers". The Economic Times. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h "Indian Premier League / Records / Most matches as captain". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 8 October 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  6. ^ "Indian Premier League Cricket Team Records & Stats | ESPNcricinfo.com". Cricinfo. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  7. ^ http://stats.espncricinfo.com/indian-premier-league-2013/engine/records/individual/most_matches_as_captain.html?id=117;type=trophy Archived 22 June 2013 at the Wayback Machine