As the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League moves towards final matches, captains of all teams are under great pressure, handling the responsibility of ensuring that their teams win. Captains continue to lead the teams through the matches, coping with a lot that has changed this year for IPL 2020 with COVID-19. Captains are not only in charge of leading their teams in the battles of runs and wickets but also make sure that their energy and morale stays high on the ground. AB De Villiers recently praised RCB captain Virat Kohli, saying that he always leads the team staying in the front. It is indeed a highly important quality, which is one of the major factors involved in being a captain. The IPL best captain accolade is not an easy one to win and requires various skills and abilities.
Each captain has his unique skills, pros, and cons, but some exceptional players have left their mark on cricket fans’ hearts. This leaves us with a highly debatable topic, that who is the best captain in IPL’s history?
Here’s a look at some of the best people who have captained an IPL team.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been Chennai Super Kings’ captain since the first Indian Premier League season, taking the team to victory thrice, in 2010, 2011, and 2018 seasons. He also has had an extensive experience of leading a team from his tenure as the captain of Indian national cricket team, helping the team win various accolades under his captaincy. The IPL captain for Chennai Super Kings holds an impressive record of over 60% wins, the most in IPL’s history. He has played a total of 167 matches as captain, winning 101 and losing 65, to get a 60.48% winning percentage.
The powerful right-hand batsman started leading Mumbai Indians after spending initial IPL years with the Deccan Chargers. He is currently leading the MI side in Hotstar IPL 2020 and is known for leading the franchise to the glorious IPL victory three times, winning in 2015, 2017, and 2019. He is also known for his amazing performance for the Indian team and has also earned the nickname ‘Hitman’. He is also argued as the best captain in IPL besides Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the three victories. An expert sports panel has also declared both of them jointly as the best captains in IPL history. He has to lead his team in 111 matches, winning 65 of them and having 3 tied. This brings his winning percentage at an impressive 58.56%.
A name that needs no introduction, Sachin is also regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket. He has also had a chance to lead the Indian team and holds many impressive accolades to his name. He played 51 IPL matches as captain of the Mumbai Indians team, leading the franchise to victory in 30 of those matches. He announced his retirement from Indian Premier League after leading Mumbai Indians to victory in IPL 2013 edition when they beat Chennai Super Kings. That brought his winning percentage to a total of 58.82, just under 2% shy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s record.
David Warner started his IPL Captaincy stint with Sunrisers Hyderabad, leading the team to their maiden tournament win in 2016. He is known as one of the most destructive openers across different types of cricket. Not only did he successfully led the Indian Premier League team as a captain, but he also instilled confidence in the team with the second-highest run record of 848 runs, with a 151.42 strike rate. He holds a 55.77% winning percentage after playing 52 matches as IPL captain and winning 29 out of them.
Undoubtedly, after so many wins and accolades on the field, and after winning so many hearts of cricket fans, Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has topped the list of best captains in IPL. Dhoni has a keen understanding of everything from his team’s players, dynamics, and of the game itself. He shows his love for the sport by being a great player, inspiring his team to do more and achieve great things on the pitch. Now all that is left to see is if he will be able to lead his team to the victory in IPL 2020.