Captains Of The IPL Tournament : When MS Dhoni led the Chennai super kings team to their third ever IPL title last season, he also made them the most successful IPL Team in the history during the process. Moreover, he has always been the core part of the team ever since the IPL established in the Indian cricket and that is one of the biggest reason why he is been rated so higher in the world of cricket in terms of his captaincy.
On the other side we have the likes of Rohit Sharma and Gautam Gambhir who have also played a big role in their team’s successful run in the IPL over the past few years and whilst looking at, we can certainly say that the “Its always the skipper who drives the performance of his team at any given day or tournament”. So as we are talking about the IPL captains here, let’s take a brief look at their stint with the team till now along with the expectations on their shoulders this IPL season.
#1 MS Dhoni (Chennai Super Kings)
As we are starting this debate on the captains of the IPL teams, it would not be justified if this won’t be starting from the best one of the lot.MS Dhoni did have a terrific last year in the IPL for CSK and although every cricket experts and pundit did write off his team within the start of the season, he proved his prowess whilst taking them to the IPL glory eventually.
Apart from his captaincy, he has also been their main man across all the seasons and this could well be the reason why he was instantly been handed over the captaincy of the CSK side ever since they came back from their suspension period last year. Talking about his captaincy in the IPL 2019, he will be carrying a lot of expectations this time around whilst taking care of a team which is overloaded with lots of experience and Old horses. Apart from that responsibility, his bad form in the T20 cricket might be one of the biggest concern for him and his franchise eventually but we all know MSD and the manner in which he shut down his critics every time around.
#2 Rohit Sharma (Mumbai Indians)
What more could you ask form a player who has made his team win three titles in the minimal numbers of the season playing as a captain amongst his counterparts, Rohit Sharma isn’t just the spearhead of the Mumbai Indians batting since long; he has been their main stalwart in the captaincy role as well. Moreover, he would be carrying a lot of expectation form all the Mumbai Indian fans and the franchise owners after the debacle they have been through in the past season.
Rohit’s stint in the captaincy for the Mumbai Indians is the biggest reason behind his role as a vice-captain for the Indian national team and there have been random instances when he has led the national team in Kohli’s absence and making them win some good number of trophies in the process. Still, when it comes to his role for the team this coming IPL season, he would certainly be having a big responsibility on his shoulders with the likes of Pandya brothers, Malinga, Yuvraj Singh and several other players alongside.
#3 Virat Kohli (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
If there’s one captain show is craving for an IPL title more than anyone else, it has to be RCB’s captain Virat Kohli. Kohli might have been lucky enough to witness some good success to his name in the Indian colors but he has yet not been able to deliver as a captain for the RCB team ever took he took the responsibility over a few years back. While there’s no doubt about his batting and fielding, he has always been short of luck whilst making into the knockout rounds quite a number of times until now. Still, it is yet to be seen how he will be delivering as a captain in the IPL 2019 once he will be loaded with some big names in the likes of AB de Villiers, Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Umesh Yadav and Coulter Nile in his armory.
#4 Dinesh Karthik (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Dinesh Karthik has been handed over with the captaincy role last season once Gautam Gambhir decided to leave the franchise in order to pursue his dreams of playing for the Delhi team in the IPL one last time. He has still done quite a good job in the past season while making his team reach the knockout rounds but his team has mostly been surrounded by the fitness concerns of their key players during their last season.
Even this time around, they have lost their young fast bowler Shivam Mavi to injury and with that been said, Karthik will be having a big task to his hand to turn the tables once again for his team in the IPL tournament. Apart from his captaincy, Karthik has been the mainstay in batting since last season and with 498 runs under his belt last season; we can certainly accredit him for most of their wins in the IPL 2018. With the IPL 2019 bringing more challenges for his batting and captaincy alongside, it would be interesting to watch how he get along with all the pressure and responsibilities on his shoulders.
#5 R Ashwin (Kings XI Punjab)
Aswhin has had a mixed bag last season with his maiden run in the captaincy role for the Punjab team. Even though his team went on to have a splendid start for their IPL season last year, they were unable to make a place in the knockout rounds eventually. Apart from his captaincy, he hasn’t been able to don any wonder with his bat or ball for the team and eventually his team ended up being at the No7 spot at the end of the season.
This time around, Punjab has spent the most cash in the IPL auction and whilst they have roped in some big names like Sam Curran and Nicolas poor, it would be quite interesting to see how Ashwin makes the best use of his available squad of players in the process. Moreover, the team management has also brought on Mike Hesson who is the former coach of the New Zealand team and him along with Ashwin would be carrying some big hopes and expectations on their heads from all the fans and the franchise owners.
#6 Shreyas Iyer( Delhi Capitals)
Delhi can surely be termed as one of the unluckiest teams of the IPL history and even after having a good start to their season, they have ended up with the same fate most of the time. On the other side, Iyer has been appointed as a captain once Gautam Gambhir decided to sit out of the team given to his poor run with the bat for the team in his debut season. Ever since then Iyer has shown on some big sign of hopes for the team and even though they ended up in the last spot, they will be having a lot of positives to be taken forward this time around.
Iyer has been one of the key players to the team and this year around, he has been given a big push with the trading of the Indian national team opener Shikhar Dhawan from the Sunrisers Hyderabad team in the trading window. Still, only time would tell the difference that would be coming around in the fate of the Delhi franchise in the IPL 2019.
#7 Kane Williamson ( Sunrisers Hyderabad)
If we have to name one player who has shined big time with both his batting and captaincy last season for his IPL team, it has to be Kane Williamson for the sun risers Hyderabad team. Not only he has made them reach the finals of the IPL 2018, but he also went on to become the Orange cap holder for scoring the most number of runs in the entire IPL 2018 season.
On the other side, it would be interesting to see whether the Hyderabad team would be going with him or their former captain David Warner who will be joining the team after serving a suspension of one year for ball tampering case. Still, Williamson holds the best chances of being the captain once again and whilst having the best bunch of bowlers in his team, we can surely expect the “ Big Kane” to finally have his hands on the IPL title.
#8 Ajinkya Rahane (Rajasthan Royals)
Just like SRH, Rajasthan Royals would also be facing the same issue with their captaincy roles as their former captain Steve Smith would be coming back after a yearlong ban out of the ball-tampering saga last year. Meanwhile, after being handed over the captaincy in Smith’s absence last year, Rahane did some good job whilst taking his team into the qualifiers before bowing out in the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders in the eliminator round.
Still there would be a rare chance that he will be replaced by Smith for the captaincy role as the former has yet to fit in to his role of a batsman for the team and whilst the RR would be hoping for s title glory this time around, a lot would depend on Rahane and his role as the skipper for the men in blues.
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