Top 10 Most Successful Captains in IPL: Captain plays important role in the team in any sport especially in in the game of cricket. If a team wins, the captain is praised and if game lost then captain has to face criticism. Starting from the toss to the last ball of the match, a captain has to make a decision every moment. The success of every captain is major parameters to determine who is best. So, let’s take a look at the Top 10 Most Successful Captains in IPL.
10. Rahul Dravid
The wall of Indian cricket started his IPL career as the captain of his home team Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the year 2008 but was not very successful. In 2011, he was appointed as the captain of the Rajasthan Royals (RR) and performed brilliantly taking his side to the 2013 IPL playoffs and hence qualifying for their first Champions League T20, which was a fine way to bid goodbye to his great cricketing career.
Dravid extracted brilliant young talents for India in the form of Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant, Jayant Yadav and much more. He captained his side for 48 matches and won 22 of them, thus making a win percentage of 45.83.
9. Sachin Tendulkar
The God of Indian cricket and inarguably the greatest batsman in the history of the game and who has almost all the batting records to his name has been a great leader and idol for the Mumbai Indians (MI). In 2010 edition of Indian Premier League, he led Mumbai Indians to the final of the tournament and hence reaching the Champions League T20.
Tendulkar made 618 runs in 14 innings during the tournament, breaking Shaun Marsh’s record of most runs in an IPL season. He was declared player of the tournament for his performance during the season. He also won Best Batsman and Best Captain awards at 2010 IPL Awards ceremony. He captained his side for 51 matches, winning 30 of them, thus making a win percentage of 58.82.
8. Virender Sehwag
One of the most explosive and destructive openers in the history of the game, “The Sultan of Multan” captained Delhi Daredevils for 2 seasons and that turned out to be the most successful seasons the Delhi Daredevils ever had as Delhi qualified for the playoffs on both the occasions and were even the table-toppers in the IPL season 5. He led the team in 53 matches, winning 28 of them, thus making a win percentage of 53.77.
7. David Warner
The Pocket-Rocket opener from Australia was appointed a captain of the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) for IPL 2015 season. Warner ended the season as the tournament’s leading run scorer, rewarding him with the orange cap, although the Sunrisers narrowly missed out on reaching the knock-out phase.
He was chosen to continue leading the team for the second season in 2016, leading the team to its first championship with 69 runs off 38 balls in the final against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). He has captained his side for 39 matches, winning 22 of them, thus making a win percentage of 56.41.
6. Shane Warne
One of the greatest bowlers the game has ever seen showcased his captaincy skills for the first time in his cricketing career when he was named the captain of the Rajasthan Royals (RR) in 2008. He led the Royals to victory in the first season of the competition. He continued as captain of the Royals for a further four seasons, the 2011 season being his last with the franchise. He led the team in 55 matches, winning 30 of them, thus making a win percentage of 55.45.
5. Adam Gilchrist
One of the greatest and the most destructive wicket-keeper batsman the game has ever seen, “The Demolition Man” captained the Deccan Chargers (DC) to victory in the second season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). He also captained the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) from 2010 to 2013. Gilly captained for a total of 74 matches, winning 35 of them, thus making a win percentage of 47.29.
4. Virat Kohli
The superstar of Indian Cricket and one of the best batsmen in the game at the moment was made the captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the 2011 edition of the IPL. In the 2016 IPL, Kohli led the Royal Challengers to the final almost single-handedly and broke the record for most runs in an IPL season (of 733 runs) by scoring 973 runs in 16 matches at an average of 81.08, winning the Orange Cap.
Kohli scored four centuries in the tournament, having never scored one in the Twenty20 format before the start of the season, and also became the first player to reach the 4000-run milestone in the IPL. He has captained his side for 75 matches winning 37 of them, thus making a win percentage of 52.77.
3. Rohit Sharma
Regarded as one of the most talented players the game has ever seen, Rohit Sharma became a revelation as a captain when he started leading the Mumbai Indians (MI) side in 2013. He led the team to their first IPL victory in the first season as a captain. It was a terrific season for him as a captain as he helped Mumbai Indians to win the IPL as well as the Champions League T20 in 2013.
Rohit led the team to IPL glory in the 2015 season as well, winning the Man of The Match Award in the final. He thus became one of only 3 players to lead their side to 2 IPL victories. He has captained his side for 63 matches, winning 38 of them, thus making a win percentage of 60.31.
2. Gautam Gambhir
The lanky left-handed opener from Delhi started his IPL captaincy career when he was promoted to captain the Delhi Daredevils (DD) in IPL 2010. In 2011 IPL, he was picked up by the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and was made captain immediately. Under Gambhir’s captaincy, the Kolkata Knight Riders qualified for the IPL playoffs and also made it to the Champions League Twenty20 for the first time.
Gambhir eventually led the side to their first title in 2012 by defeating defending champions Chennai Super Kings by 5 wickets at their home ground in Chennai. He led the side to victory in the 2014 season as well. Under his leadership, KKR holds the record for most number of matches without losing with 10 wins on a trot. He has captained his teams for a total of 112 matches, winning 65 of them, thus making a win percentage of 58.48.
1. Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Regarded as one of the most destructive finishers and one of the most successful captains in the history of the game, MS Dhoni has been the leader of his IPL teams for 9 long seasons. He captained the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) from 2008 to 2015 and the Rising Pune Supergiant in 2016.
Dhoni led CSK to 2 IPL titles and 2 Champions League titles and has made his team reach the playoffs in every IPL till 2015, thus making him the most successful captain in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL). He has captained his teams for a total of 143 matches, winning 83 of them, thus making a win percentage of 58.85.