As the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 season approaches, cricket enthusiasts worldwide eagerly anticipate their favorite team’s and captain’s performance in the prestigious tournament. A tournament that can quickly become a fierce competition between two teams, where the captain plays a crucial role in determining the team’s success.
IPL 2023 boasts of exceptional captains from different teams. Mumbai Indians’ Rohit Sharma, the mastermind captain MS Dhoni of Chennai Super Kings, and many other leaders have proven their worth in this tournament. If you are curious about who leads your preferred team this IPL season, this is the perfect place to discover. This article will delve into the current list of IPL captains, including team-specific captains from 2008 to 2023.
In this season’s IPL, ten teams will compete in league matches, playing a total of 14 matches each. Each team’s captain will strive to lead their team to win the trophy. The list of captains this year includes MS Dhoni leading CSK, Nitish Rana leading KKR, and KL Rahul heading LSG, among others. Explore the complete list of captains for this year’s IPL.
Here are the captains leading their respective IPL teams for the 2023 season
- Mumbai Indians: The seasoned veteran and aggressive opener Rohit Sharma
- Chennai Super Kings: The cool-headed and experienced MS Dhoni, who has led CSK to three IPL titles.
- Kolkata Knight Riders: The dynamic Nitish Rana, who will be leading KKR for the first time.
- Royal Challengers Bangalore: The South African captain Faf du Plessis, who will be looking to bring glory to RCB this season.
- Rajasthan Royals: The young and talented Sanju Samson, who will be hoping to lead RR to their second IPL title.
- Sunrisers Hyderabad: The versatile and hard-hitting Aiden Markram, who will be captaining SRH for the first time.
- Gujarat Titans: The explosive all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who will be leading GT in their debut IPL season.
- Delhi Capitals: The Australian opener and experienced IPL campaigner David Warner, who will be captaining DC for the first time.
- Punjab Kings: The aggressive opener and Indian international Shikhar Dhawan, who will be leading PBKS for the first time.
- Lucknow Super Joints: The stylish and consistent batsman KL Rahul, who will be hoping to lead LSJ to their first-ever IPL title.
IPL Team Captains from 2008 to 2023
Chennai Super Kings (CSK)
The Indian Premier League has seen many talented captains leading their teams with great success. One of the most notable captains in IPL history is Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who has captained the Chennai Super Kings for the longest time. Under his leadership, CSK has won the IPL title four times. Let’s take a look at the complete list of CSK captains and their performance in IPL:
2008: 16 matches, 9 wins, 7 losses, 0 ties, 0 no result, win percentage of 56.25%
2009: 14 matches, 8 wins, 5 losses, 0 ties, 1 no result, win percentage of 64.29%
2010: 16 matches, 9 wins, 7 losses, 0 ties, 0 no result, win percentage of 56.25%
2011: 18 matches, 9 wins, 8 losses, 0 ties, 1 no result, win percentage of 55.56%
2012: 18 matches, 12 wins, 8 losses, 0 ties, 1 no result, win percentage of 55.56%
2013: 18 matches, 12 wins, 6 losses, 0 ties, 0 no result, win percentage of 66.67%
2014: 16 matches, 10 wins, 6 losses, 0 ties, 0 no result, win percentage of 62.50%
2015: 17 matches, 10 wins, 7 losses, 0 ties, 0 no result, win percentage of 58.82%
2018: 16 matches, 11 wins, 5 losses, 0 ties, 0 no result, win percentage of 68.75%
2019: 17 matches, 10 wins, 7 losses, 0 ties, 0 no result, win percentage of 58.82%
2020: 14 matches, 6 wins, 8 losses, 0 ties, 0 no result, win percentage of 42.86%
2021: 16 matches, 11 wins, 5 losses, 0 ties, 0 no result, win percentage of 68.75%
2022: 6 matches, 2 wins, 4 losses, 0 ties, 0 no result, win percentage of 33.33%
2022: 8 matches, 2 wins, 6 losses, 0 ties, 0 no result, win percentage of 25.00%
Mumbai Indians (MI)
Mumbai Indians, the most successful team in the Indian Premier League, owe much of their success to their long-standing captain Rohit Sharma. With 10 years at the helm, Sharma has led the team to an impressive five IPL titles. Let’s take a look at the team’s performance over the years under his captaincy:
In 2008, Sachin Tendulkar captained the team to a 50% win rate, with seven wins and seven losses.
The following year, Tendulkar led the team to a 42.86% win rate, with five wins, eight losses, and one tie.
In 2010, Tendulkar’s last year as captain, Mumbai Indians won 11 out of 16 matches, giving them a win percentage of 68.75%.
Harbhajan Singh took over as captain in 2012, but his tenure was short-lived, with the team winning 10 out of 17 matches that year.
The following year, Rohit Sharma took over as captain, leading the team to a win percentage of 68.42% with 13 wins out of 19 matches.
In 2014, Mumbai Indians had a win percentage of 46.67% under Sharma’s captaincy, with seven wins and eight losses.
However, the team bounced back in 2015, winning 10 out of 16 matches and achieving a win percentage of 62.50%.
In 2016 and 2017, Mumbai Indians had win percentages of 50% and 70.59%, respectively, under Sharma’s leadership.
In 2018, the team struggled, winning only six out of 14 matches and finishing with a win percentage of 42.86%.
Mumbai Indians came back strong in 2019 and 2020, winning 11 out of 16 matches both years and achieving a win percentage of 68.75%.
In 2021, the team had a win percentage of 50% with seven wins and seven losses.
However, in 2022, Mumbai Indians had a difficult season, winning only four out of 17 matches and finishing with a win percentage of 23.53%.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) is a professional Twenty20 cricket team that has participated in the Indian Premier League (IPL) since the inaugural season in 2008. The team has had several captains over the years, with Virat Kohli serving as the captain for the longest period of eight seasons.
Under Virat Kohli’s leadership, RCB’s performance has been mixed, with the team winning 9 matches in 2013, 8 matches in 2015 and 2016, and 9 matches in 2021. However, the team has also experienced several losing seasons, such as in 2014 and 2019 when they won only 5 matches each.
Other notable captains for RCB include Rahul Dravid, Kevin Pietersen, Anil Kumble, and Shane Watson. The team’s best season so far was in 2011, when Daniel Vettori led them to 9 wins out of 14 matches. In the 2022 season, the team was led by Faf du Plessis, who guided them to 9 wins out of 16 matches. Overall, RCB has a win percentage of 46.43% in the IPL.
Delhi Capitals (DC)
Delhi Capitals (DC) is a franchise team that competes in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The team has had several captains over the years, with Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, and Shreyas Iyer each captaining the team for multiple seasons.
Under the captaincy of Gautam Gambhir, DC had their most successful run in the IPL, winning 9 out of 15 matches in 2009 and 7 out of 14 matches in 2010. In 2019, Shreyas Iyer led the team to their first-ever playoffs appearance, finishing the season with a win percentage of 62.50%.
Other notable captains for DC include Mahela Jayawardene, Kevin Pietersen, JP Duminy, Zaheer Khan, and Rishabh Pant. Zaheer Khan captained the team in both 2016 and 2017, while Rishabh Pant led the team to 10 wins in 2021.
Overall, DC has a win percentage of 45.89% in the IPL, having won 67 out of 146 matches played. The team’s performance has been inconsistent over the years, with some seasons being marked by significant losses, such as in 2014 when they won only 2 matches out of 14. However, the team has also had some successful seasons, including their performance in 2021 when they finished as runners-up in the IPL.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)
Gautam Gambhir was the longest-serving captain of the Kolkata Knight Riders, leading the team from 2011 to 2017. Prior to him, Sourav Ganguly captained the team in the inaugural season of IPL in 2008, followed by Brendon McCullum and then Ganguly again in the same year. Gambhir took over the reins in 2011 and led KKR to their first IPL title in 2012. He continued to lead the team until 2017, with a win percentage of over 50% during his captaincy tenure. Dinesh Karthik took over as the captain in 2018 and led the team for three seasons, with Eoin Morgan leading the team in 2020 for a brief period. In 2021, Morgan captained the team for the entire season, with Shreyas Iyer taking over in 2022.
Rajasthan Royals (RR)
The Rajasthan Royals team has witnessed multiple changes in its captaincy over the years. Shane Warne held the position in the initial seasons, leading the team to an impressive win percentage of 81.25% in the debut season of 2008. Rahul Dravid took over the reins in 2012 and 2013, achieving a win percentage of 61.11% in the latter year. The team has also been led by Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith, and Sanju Samson, with varying levels of success. Sanju Samson led the team in the 2021 and 2022 seasons, where the team won 42.86% and 58.82% of their matches, respectively.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH)
Sunrisers Hyderabad has seen multiple captains leading their team in the IPL over the years, but David Warner has been their most successful captain. Under his leadership, Sunrisers Hyderabad has won an IPL title and 35 matches. Kumar Sangakkara, Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson, and Warner himself have also captained the team during various seasons. The team’s win percentage has ranged from 16.67% in 2021 to a high of 64.71% in 2016.
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Punjab Kings has had a relatively unstable captaincy history in the IPL, with 11 different captains leading the team over the past 15 seasons. Yuvraj Singh was the first captain for the team in 2008, leading them to an impressive 90.91% win percentage. Since then, the captaincy has changed hands several times, with Adam Gilchrist, George Bailey, Ravichandran Ashwin, and KL Rahul all serving as captain for at least one season.
In the last three seasons, KL Rahul has been the primary captain, leading the team in 22 matches. However, the team has only managed to win 9 out of those 22 matches, resulting in a win percentage of 40.91%. In 2021, Mayank Agarwal also took charge as captain for 6 matches, but the team was able to win just one match under his leadership. In the most recent season, Shikhar Dhawan was appointed as captain for the first time, and he led the team to a win percentage of 57.14%, winning 8 out of 14 matches.
Gujarat Titans (GT)
The Gujarat Titans and Lucknow Super Giants are two relatively new teams in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Gujarat Titans were introduced in 2022, and under the captaincy of Hardik Pandya, they managed to secure their first IPL title. They put in an impressive performance, winning 12 out of their 16 matches and losing only 4.
Lucknow Super Giants (LSG)
Similarly, the Lucknow Super Giants also made their debut in the 2022 IPL season, led by KL Rahul. The team played 15 matches, winning 9 and losing 6. Though they didn’t manage to secure the IPL trophy, they still put in a commendable effort and made a strong impression in their first season.
Who has been the most successful captain in IPL history?
MS Dhoni holds the record for being the most successful captain in IPL history. He has led the Chennai Super Kings to four IPL titles, making him the longest-serving and most successful captain in the league.
Which IPL team has had the most captains?
Punjab Kings holds the record for having the most captains in IPL history. They have had 13 different captains, with Shikhar Dhawan being the latest addition to the list.
Who was the youngest captain to win an IPL title?
Rohit Sharma is the youngest captain to have won an IPL title. He was just 26 years old when he led the Mumbai Indians to their first IPL championship.
Which IPL team has had the same captain from the beginning?
The Chennai Super Kings are the only team in IPL history to have had the same captain from the beginning. MS Dhoni has been the captain of CSK since the team’s inception in 2008.
Who was the first non-Indian captain to win the IPL?
Shane Warne was the first non-Indian captain to win the IPL. He led the Rajasthan Royals to victory in the inaugural IPL season in 2008, marking the team’s first and only IPL title to date.