Who are the captains of IPL 2019 teams: The Sportsrush presents before you the full list of cricketers who call the shots in IPL 2019.
The 12th season of the Indian Premier League is currently underway. Merely five matches into the tournament, there have already been several incidents which have it in them to be recalled in the season to come.
From Kolkata Knight Riders all-rounder Andre Russell and Delhi Capitals wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant assaulting the bowlers at will to Kings XI Punjab captain Ravichandran Ashwin mankading Rajasthan Royals wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler, the first four days of IPL 2019 were doubtlessly riveting.
Notwithstanding how individual players have performed, this piece is dedicated to the men who lead the eight franchises. Given the role of a captain in cricket, IPL captain become all the more important for their respective franchises.
Who are the captains of IPL 2019 teams
Captain of CSK – Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Currently into his 11th season as the leader of the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has captained in the most number of matches in the IPL. In 161 matches as captain in the IPL, CSK have won 96 under Dhoni with a win percentage of 60. Apart from CSK, Dhoni had also led Rising Pune Supergiants in IPL 2016.
Among captain who have led an IPL team in more than 10 matches, Dhoni had the best win percentage and also the most wins. Having led Super Kings to three IPL titles, Dhoni became only the third captain after Rohit Sharma to do so.
Captain of Delhi Capitals – Shreyas Iyer
Delhi Capitals surprisingly handed Shreyas Iyer the captaincy after Gautam Gambhir stepped down from the role midway last season. For a 23-year old to be handed the reigns in between a season can be a daunting task. However, Iyer did enough to impress the team management of retaining him as a captain in this season. In 10 IPL matches under Iyer, Capitals have won five and lost five.
Captain of Kings XI Punjab – Ravichandran Ashwin
Seasoned off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was handed the reigns of Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2018. While it was an unusual decision to hand Ashwin the captaincy, it has brought mixed results for Kings XI till now. In 16 matches as IPL captain, Ashwin has led Punjab to victory on only seven instances.
Captain of Kolkata Knight Riders – Dinesh Karthik
In the absence of injured Gautam Gambhir, wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik first captained in the IPL during the 11th match of IPL 2010 between Delhi Daredevils and Chennai Super Kings at Delhi. Co-incidentally, he ended up replacing Gambhir again as a regular skipper at Kolkata Knight Riders last season.
In 24 matches as an IPL captain, Karthik has made his respective teams (Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders) win on 13 occasions.
Captain of Mumbai Indians – Mumbai Indians
In 2013, Mumbai Indians had announced star batsman Rohit Sharma as the captain of the side. The development yielded unprecedented results for the Indians as they ended up becoming the first franchise to win three IPL titles. With Sharma leading them on all the three instances, he witnessed his name being written in the history books.
In the 90 matches which Mumbai have played under Sharma, they have won 51 and lost 38. With a win percentage of 57.22, Sharma would be looking to stand tall on the expectations in the ongoing IPL 2019.
Captain of Rajasthan Royals – Ajinkya Rahane
India’s current Test captain usually comes to the rescue when IPL teams don’t have their regular captains with them. While his first IPL match as captain came for Rising Pune Supergiant, he is currently leading Rajasthan Royals. Rahane was named Royals’ captain after Australia batsman Steven Smith was banned from the IPL last year. Out of 17 matches as IPL captain, Rahane has led his team to victory on seven occasions and lost the other 10.
Captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore – Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli’s IPL captaincy had recently come under the scanner when former Indian cricketers like Gautam Gambhir and Sourav Ganguly had opined about the same. The 30-year old cricketer might have played the third-highest number of matches as an IPL captain, but his record is not worth bragging about.
Elected to lead Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2013, Kohli is currently playing his seventh IPL season as a captain. Him not leading RCB to a title so far earns him plentiful criticism for the same. Out of 97 IPL matches under Kohli, Royal Challengers have won 44 and lost 48.
Captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad – Kane Williamson
Much like Rahane, Kane Williamson was handed Sunrisers Hyderabad’s captaincy after David Warner was banned from IPL 2018. Not even a regular player for Hyderabad before then, Williamson emerged as the highest run-scorer and led SRH to the final of the tournament.
In 17 IPL matches as captain, Williamson has tasted success on 10 occasions and lost seven matches. Depsite Warner’s return, Williamson will continue to lead Sunrisers in IPL 2019.
How Twitter reacted:
“We are led by the best captain in the world and he keeps reminding us that we are not the fastest team on the field, but we can be the smartest team.” @DJBravo47 on @msdhoni‘s street-smart captaincy and his mentorship! https://t.co/yr4QHuYehI #WhistlePodu #Yellove 🦁💛
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) March 27, 2019
Highest Average In IPL As Captain For Each Teams
Sachin – 40.07 ❤️
Rohit – 30.69
Kohli – 45.54
Dravid – 28.54
Dhoni – 42.35
D Karthik – 45.45
Ganguly – 33.68
Gambhir – 31.61
Warner – 53.97
Williamson – 52.50
— Shebas Tendulkar (@ShebasTendulkar) March 27, 2019
— Harshith Varma (@HarshithVarma1) March 27, 2019
@IPL Cricket God gave back what KXIP deserves as that no ball. The expression of the captain after the no ball was quite similar to that of Buttler after his dismissal in the last game. #KKRvKXIP #VIVOIPL
— Indrashis Bose (@indrashis_bose) March 27, 2019
#GautamGambhir @GautamGambhir your comments clearly show how much you dislike Virat Kohli …:) Atleast he didn’t sit the IPL out like u did … You were the captain of Delhi and left the team midway … You have no right to tell him anything ..#beMoreMatured
— Mehul (@Mehul5775) March 18, 2019
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