IPL captains

IPL 2018

Team Captain
Chennai Super Kings (GL) MS Dhoni
Delhi Daredevils (DD) Gautam Gambhir (announced March 7)
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) Ravichandran Ashwin (announced Feb 26)
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Dinesh Karthik (announced March 4)
Mumbai Indians (MI) Rohit Sharma
Rajasthan Royals (RR) Ajinkya Rahane (announced Mar 26)
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Virat Kohli
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) Kane Williamson (announced Mar 29)

IPL 2017

Team Captain
Delhi Daredevils (DD) Zaheer Khan
Gujarat Lions (GL) Suresh Raina
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) Glenn Maxwell
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Gautam Gambhir
Mumbai Indians (MI) Rohit Sharma (winning captain)
Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) Steve Smith
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Virat Kohli, Shane Watson
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) David Warner

For the 10th season, six teams retained their captains from the previous year, with Rising Pune Supergiant and Kings XI Punjab being the exceptions in appointing Steve Smith as captain for the sacked MS Dhoni and Glenn Maxwell for the unavailable Murali Vijay. Shane Watson led Royal Challengers Bangalore in the initial few matches which Virat Kohli was forced to miss due to a right shoulder injury.

IPL 2016

Team Captain
Delhi Daredevils (DD) Zaheer Khan, JP Duminy
Gujarat Lions (GL) Suresh Raina
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) Murali Vijay
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Gautam Gambhir
Mumbai Indians (MI) Rohit Sharma
Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) MS Dhoni
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Virat Kohli
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) David Warner (winning captain)

Two new teams were formed ahead of the ninth season, replacing the suspended Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, but one of the newly-formed franchises (Rising Pune Supergiants) appointed Dhoni as the captain, while the other new franchise (Gujarat Lions) appointed Suresh Raina. Elsewhere, Zaheer Khan took over the mantle of Delhi Daredevils captaincy from Jean-Paul Duminy and Murali Vijay did so for Kings XI Punjab, whose former captain George Bailey went unsold in the auction.

IPL 2015

Team Captains
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) MS Dhoni
Delhi Daredevils (DD) Jean-Paul Duminy
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) George Bailey
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Gautam Gambhir
Mumbai Indians (MI) Rohit Sharma (winning captain)
Rajasthan Royals (RR) Shane Watson
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Virat Kohli
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) David Warner

Delhi Daredevils continued to change their captains and this time, as part of an overhaul, Jean-Paul Duminy was named as captain, replacing the offloaded Kevin Pietersen. Sunrisers Hyderabad, in what was their third season in the IPL, appointed David Warner as captain. The six other franchises—Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Mumbai Indians (MI), Rajasthan Royals (RR), and Royal Challengers—had stuck with their captains from the previous season.

IPL 2014

Team  Captain
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) MS Dhoni
Delhi Daredevils (DD) Kevin Pietersen
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) George Bailey
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Gautam Gambhir (winning captain)
Mumbai Indians (MI) Rohit Sharma
Rajasthan Royals (RR) Shane Watson
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Virat Kohli
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) Shikhar Dhawan, Darren Sammy

Kumar Sangakkara (the Sunrisers Hyderabad captain for the previous season) had opted out of the IPL 2014 auction and the Hyderabad franchise named Shikhar Dhawan as the Sri Lankan’s successor. However, deep into the season, Dhawan was relieved of captaincy, which was burdening him, and Darren Sammy was given the mantle.

Months after his England contract was terminated, Kevin Pietersen was appointed as the Delhi Daredevils captain, replacing Mahela Jayawardene, who had gone unsold in the auction. Kings XI Punjab replaced former captain Adam Gilchrist, who retired from IPL at the end of the sixth season, with his compatriot George Bailey. Another change in captaincy was Rajasthan Royals appointing Shane Watson as their captain, after Rahul Dravid, who, after captaining the winners of the inaugural edition for two seasons, became their mentor.

IPL 2013

Team Captain
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) MS Dhoni
Delhi Daredevils (DD) Mahela Jayawardene
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) Adam Gilchrist
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Gautam Gambhir
Mumbai Indians (MI) Ricky Ponting, Rohit Sharma (winning captain)
Pune Warriors India (PWI) Angelo Mathews
Rajasthan Royals (RR) Rahul Dravid
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Virat Kohli
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) Kumar Sangakkara

Mahela Jayawardene took over as Delhi Daredevils captain ahead of IPL 2013, after Virender Sehwag stepped down from the role at the end of the previous season. Mumbai Indians bought Ricky Ponting for US$400,000 in the auction and made him the captain. He would later in the season pass on the baton to Rohit Sharma and this change in leadership brought the Nita Ambani-owned franchise their first Indian Premier League title.

Elsewhere, Pune Warriors India (PWI), in their third season in the IPL, appointed Angelo Mathews as captain, following Sourav Ganguly’s retirement from the IPL. Hyderabad got a new franchise, Sunrisers Hyderabad, ahead of this season, and Kumar Sangakkara, who had captained Deccan Chargers, was named the captain. Virat Kohli became the permanent captain of RCB, taking over from Daniel Vettori.

IPL 2012

Team Captain
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) MS Dhoni
Deccan Chargers (DC) Kumar Sangakkara, Cameron White
Delhi Daredevils (DD) Virender Sehwag
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) Adam Gilchrist
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Gautam Gambhir (winning captain)
Mumbai Indians (MI) Harbhajan Singh
Pune Warriors India (PWI) Sourav Ganguly, Steve Smith
Rajasthan Royals (RR) Rahul Dravid
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Daniel Vettori, Virat Kohli

Sachin Tendulkar stepped down as captain of Mumbai Indians, with the mantle being passed on to Harbhajan Singh, who had been the vice-captain. Pune Warriors India were another franchise who had to name a new captain because Yuvraj Singh suffered an injury ahead of this season. Sourav Ganguly, who had been the team mentor, became their captain. Rahul Dravid succeeded Shane Warne as Rajasthan Royals captain, after having moved from Royal Challengers Bangalore ahead of the previous season.

IPL 2011

Team  Captain
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) MS Dhoni (winning captain)
Deccan Chargers (DC) Kumar Sangakkara
Delhi Daredevils (DD) Virender Sehwag
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) Adam Gilchrist
Kochi Tuskers Kerala (KTK) Mahela Jayawardene
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Gautam Gambhir
Mumbai Indians (MI) Sachin Tendulkar
Pune Warriors India (PWI) Yuvraj Singh
Rajasthan Royals (RR) Shane Warne
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Daniel Vettori

This season saw a lot of changes in captaincy across the entire league.

Kochi Tuskers Kerala and Pune Warriors India were the two new teams to join the league and Mahela Jayawardene was appointed as Kochi Tuskers’ captain and Yuvraj Singh became the Pune Warriors captain.

Anil Kumble quit playing and became Royal Challengers’ mentor, with the captaincy being handed over to Daniel Vettori. Sourav Ganguly had gone unsold in the auction that preceded this season and Kolkata Knight Riders, who had been led by the Bengal Tiger in the first three seasons, appointed Gautam Gambhir as their captain. This diminutive Delhi left-hander was purchased by the Shahrukh Khan-owned franchise for a whopping 11.04 crores in the auction.

Two world class wicketkeepers, Adam Gilchrist and Kumar Sangakkara, swapped franchises and were the captains of their new IPL teams. Sangakkara went from leading Kings XI Punjab to lead Deccan Chargers and Adam Gilchrist, who had won Deccan Chargers the title in this league’s second season, moved to the PCA IS Bindra Stadium to lead Kings XI.

Having sold Gambhir to KKR, Delhi Daredevils had to name a new captain and Virender Sehwag, who had played for them as a non-captain the previous season, became their captain for the second time.

IPL 2010

Team  Captain
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) MS Dhoni (winning captain)
Deccan Chargers (DC) Adam Gilchrist
Delhi Daredevils (DD) Gautam Gambhir
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) Kumar Sangakkara
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Sourav Ganguly
Mumbai Indians (MI) Sachin Tendulkar
Rajasthan Royals Shane Warne
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Anil Kumble

Sourav Ganguly became Kolkata Knight Riders captain for the second time, having been stripped of captaincy only in the previous season.

Kumar Sangakkara replaced Yuvraj Singh as Kings XI Punjab captain and Gautam Gambhir became Delhi Daredevils captain after Sehwag relinquished captaincy to concentrate on his batting.

IPL 2009

Team Captain
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) MS Dhoni
Deccan Chargers (DC) Adam Gilchrist (winning captain)
Delhi Daredevils (DD) Virender Sehwag
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) Yuvraj Singh
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Brendon McCullum
Mumbai Indians (MI) Sachin Tendulkar
Rajasthan Royals Shane Warne
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Kevin Pietersen, Anil Kumble

VVS Laxman was replaced as Deccan Chargers captain by Adam Gilchrist, who would go on to win them the IPL, and Brendon McCullum was appointed as KKR captain, having been preferred for this role by the then coach John Buchanan. Kevin Pietersen replaced Rahul Dravid as RCB captain for the 2009 season, after the south Indian franchise’s seventh-place finish in the inaugural season. And then, with this South African-born cricketer departing for international duty, legendary Indian leg-spinner Anil Kumble took over as captain midway through the season and led Royal Challengers to the Final.

IPL 2008

Team Captain
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) MS Dhoni
Deccan Chargers (DC) VVS Laxman
Delhi Daredevils (DD) Virender Sehwag
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) Yuvraj Singh
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Sourav Ganguly
Mumbai Indians (MI) Sachin Tendulkar
Rajasthan Royals Shane Warne (winning captain)
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Rahul Dravid

The Indian Premier League was a new concept and has been the most prominent Twenty20 cricket league in the world since its inception in 2008. But ahead of the inaugural season, the Fab Four of Indian cricket—Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, and VVS Laxman, who were not your typical T20 players or T20 specialists as they say—were appointed as captains of Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Deccan Chargers, respectively, and were the icons of their respective IPL teams. Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh were named captains of Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab, MS Dhoni (the most expensive buy of the IPL 2008 auction) led Chennai Super Kings and Shane Warne was the only overseas player to captain an IPL side.

About IPL captains

Chennai Super Kings have been the only franchise who have never changed their captain, while Delhi Daredevils have had the most number of captains (8) over the first 10 seasons. Three Australian captains (Shane Warne, Adam Gilchrist and David Warner) have won the IPL once each (2008, 2009 and 2016) and the other seven seasons have been won by teams with Indian players as captains (MS Dhoni (2), Gautam Gambhir (2) and Rohit Sharma (3)).

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