5 Most successful captains in IPL history

There have been few players who have enjoyed a long run in captaincy because of their consistent performance. So, SportzPoint comes with the 5 most successful captains in IPL history

Arijit Barua
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In a tournament like IPL, the role of captain is of utmost importance given that the game can change very quickly. However, it is not an easy job to lead a side in such a big tournament. The franchises also do not give a longer run to a player if he fails to perform as a captain. There have been few cricketers who have enjoyed a long run in captaincy because of their consistent performance.

In this article, will be discussing about the 5 most successful captains in IPL history. This includes only those players who have captained in a minimum of 50 matches.

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#5. Shane Warne | 54.55

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Shane Warne was the captain for Rajasthan Royals in the inaugural edition in IPL 2008. Leading one of the underdog teams of the tournament, Warne led the Jaipur-based franchise to glory in IPL 2008. He was a master at identifying young talent and carried a bunch of young boys with his experience to lift the IPL trophy in 2008. Moreover, he was at the helm of affairs for Rajasthan as a mentor, coach, and most importantly as the captain. In 55 matches that Warne captained during his IPL stint, his team could emerge victorious in 30 games with a win percentage of 54.55.

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#4. Gautam Gambhir | 56.48

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One of the most aggressive captains in the IPL, Gautam Gambhir proved to be a valuable asset for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2011. As captain, Gambhir led KKR to their maiden IPL triumph in 2012. He led by example and inspired the troops to a fruitful IPL campaign. Gambhir's form as an opener translated into his success as a skipper. Even in IPL 2014, Gambhir was yet again instrumental in guiding KKR to another IPL win within two years. With two IPL trophies win, Gambhir ranks among one of the most successful captains in IPL history. In 108 matches as captain in IPL, the Delhi-born lad won 62 matches with a win percentage of 56.48.

#3. Sachin Tendulkar | 58.82

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Despite his huge stature as an Indian cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar was never counted as one of the country's most successful captains. He didn't enjoy a successful stint as India captain during the late 1990s. However, when Mumbai Indians asked the Master Blaster to lead the IPL team, Sachin had a decent record leading the franchise. Under him, MI reached the finals in the 2010 edition where they were defeated by CSK in the last. Overall, Sachin was captain for a total of 51 matches and won 30 of these matches with a win percentage of 58.82. Later, Rohit Sharma took over from him as skipper.

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#2. MS Dhoni | 59.18

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the only player who captained a side in the 2008 edition and is still leading a team. He won 3 IPL trophies for CSK under his captaincy in the year 2010, 2011, and 2018. In total, Dhoni has captained 196 matches and has won 116 of them which takes his winning percentage to 58.82. Except for 2 seasons in 2016 and 2020, He led his team to the IPL playoffs in all the seasons. He also holds the record for playing most IPL matches as a captain.

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#1. Rohit Sharma | 60.16

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With 5 IPL trophies in 8 years as captain, Rohit Sharma is definitely the best captain in tournament history. Rohit comes at no. 1 spot of this list of most successful captains of IPL history. He has won more than 60 percent of the match, he has captained in. In total, He has led the team in 123 IPL games with 74 of them resulting in a win. Rohit was Mumbai's skipper in their successful campaigns in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2020. And will definitely wants to add more trophies to his name. 

Highest win percentage as a captain in IPL history :

Player Name Matches Won Lost Win %
Rohit Sharma 123 74 49 60.16
MS Dhoni 196 116 80 59.18
Sachin Tendulkar 51 30 21 58.82
Gautam Gambhir 108 62 46 56.48
Shane Warne 55 31 24 54.55
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Most Successful IPL Captains

N.B : The stats are accurate as of 20/09/2021.

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