The IPL is the most-attended cricket league in the world and in 2014 ranked sixth by average attendance among all sports leagues.In 2010, the IPL became the first sporting event in the world to be broadcast live on YouTube.
The 11th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) gets underway this weekend, with eight franchises competing for the coveted title from April 7-May 31 across nine cities. This season sees the return of two franchises – Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals – after the two served two-year suspensions for the 2013 spot-fixing scandal.
Ahead of IPL 11’s opening game between defending champions Mumbai Indians and two-time winners CSK in Mumbai on Saturday,
Here’s record of all teams captain.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni – Captain of Chennai Super Kings
He was the face of Chennai Super Kings for the first eight editions of the league, leading them to two titles (2010 & 2011) and four runner-up finishes. He then became the first player to be drafted by Rising Pune Supergiant in the ninth edition of the league. And, he once again became the first player to be retained by CSK ahead of the IPL Player Auction 2018.
A batting powerhouse, MS Dhoni possesses the ability to destroy different bowling attacks on his own. The calmness and composure in his demeanor along with a sharp cricketing brain accounts for a lethal combination on the cricketing field and the glistening silverware in the trophy cabinets at CSK are a testimony to his extraordinary leadership skills.
|Played for||Chennai Super Kings and Rising Pune Supergiants|
|Captain||Chennai Super Kings and Rising Pune Supergiants|
|Years||2008 – 2016|
|Match Played as a Captain||143|
Gautam Gambhir – Captain of Delhi Daredevils
Gautam Gambhir returns to the DD fold after playing seven seasons with the Kolkata Knight Riders. The left-hand batsman, who led KKR to the title glory in 2012 and 2014, will once again don the Daredevils jersey in 2018. The Delhi batsman who played a key role in India’s 2011, World Cup win has been consistently plying his skills in the domestic circuit for his state-side. A keen student of the game, he is known for his ability to adapt to different situations. As well as he can attack the bowlers, the top-order bat can play the anchor role when required. He has garnered over 4000 runs during the past decade of the Indian Premier League and can prove to be a vital component in DD’s fortunes.
|Played for||Delhi Daredevils & Kolkata Knight Riders|
|Captain||Delhi Daredevils & Kolkata Knight Riders|
|Years||2009 – 2017|
|Match Played as a Captain||123|
Ravichandran Ashwin – Kings XI Punjab
Popularly known for his carrom ball, the right-arm off-break bowler from Chennai, Ravichandran Ashwin made headlines for finishing 2015 as ICC’s top ranked bowler. He also finished as the No. 1 ranked Test all-rounder, for the second time in three years. One of the key players for Chennai Super Kings, Ashwin was a complete revelation in the third edition of the Indian Premier League. His testing spells in IPL 2010 earned him a place in the Indian Squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup. His exploits for CSK over the years meant he was retained by the franchise ahead of the 2014 season. Ashwin, who has evolved and brought plenty of variations over the years, possesses the ability to destroy best batting line-ups and is also a handy lower-order batsman. He was an integral contributor to CSK’s two IPL trophy wins. In VIVO IPL 2016, he was picked up by the Rising Pune Supergiants at the IPL 2016 Player Draft.
Though a hugely successful bowler, Ashwin has never captained in T20 cricket and thus his IPL nous – 120 wickets for CSK – will be the key.
|Played for||Chennai Super Kings , Rising Pune Supergiants & Kings XI Punjab|
|Match Played as a Captain||0|
Dinesh Karthik – Captain of Kolkata Knight Riders
Dinesh Karthik is one of the most consistent wicketkeeper-batsmen in the circuit. With a wealth of experience behind the stumps and with the bat, Karthik is bound to add value to any team he is a part of. His middle-order and top-order exploits are well known in the previous editions of the IPL and 2018 will see Karthik represent the Knight Riders. Sold for a whopping 7.4 crore in the IPL Auction, Karthik will join Robin Uthappa as the second wicket-keeper in the side and look to add some meat to the KKR middle-order.
|Played for||Delhi Daredevils,Kings XI Punjab,Mumbai Indians,Delhi Daredevils, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Gujarat Lions & Kolkata Knight Riders|
|Match Played as a Captain||0|
Rohit Sharma – Captain of Mumbai Indians
One of the most naturally-gifted batsmen in the world, Rohit Sharma is a prolific run-getter in all formats of the game and his batting is all about grace and elegance. When it comes to the shorter format, there are few who can match his striking abilities. Rohit proved why he is regarded as a special talent when he became the first batsman to strike two double centuries in the ODIs. He was one of the most consistent Deccan Chargers batsmen in the first three seasons of the IPL, and was instrumental in his former franchise winning the 2009 crown. However, since 2011, Rohit has been an integral part of the Mumbai Indians guiding their batting line-up. He took over the team’s captaincy a couple of games into the 2013 season and led MI to their maiden IPL title. In the same year, MI also completed a grand double when they clinched the Champions League T20 title. His captaincy was put to test in the 2015 season after the team won just one of their first six games and were struggling to stay afloat. Mumbai Indians then staged a remarkable turnaround and lifted the Trophy for the second time with a convincing win in the final. Rohit, who made a half-century, was named the Player of the Match. A lot will rest on Rohit’s shoulders as the defending champion fight hard to retain the glittering trophy.
|Played for||Deccan Chargers & Mumbai Indians|
|Years||2013 – 2017|
|Match Played as a Captain||75|
Ajinkya Rahane – Captain of Rajasthan Royals
Back with the franchise where he earned the nickname ‘Jinks’ Ajinkya Rahane will once again look to entertain with his silken touch in the shortest format of the game. Calm, patient and determined are qualities that define the solid Mumbai batsman who has scored prolifically for the Royals; twice crossing the 500-run mark during his tenure with the franchise. Schooled in the Mumbai ‘maidans’, the top-order bat puts a price on his wicket. Rahane has been instrumental in RR’s fortunes since being their leading run-getter in IPL 2012. The right-hand bat has over 4000 runs in the shortest format of the game including a century and 33 half-centuries. Rahane be once again looking forward to making his presence felt in the shortest format of the game.
Rahane has taken over the leadership following Steve Smith’s suspension, and thus the question has been raised: how will a batsman whose confidence has appeared low at international level fare when saddled with the burden of captaincy as he tries to remain relevant in India’s limited-overs plans?
|Played for||Mumbai Indians,Rajasthan Royals, Rising Pune Supergiant|
|Captain||Rising Pune Supergiant|
|Years||2017 – 2017|
|Match Played as a Captain||1|
Virat Kohli – Captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore
The Indian Cricket Team’s Captain, popularly known as the Run Machine, ViratKohli’s ability and hunger to score daddy hundreds has taken the cricket world by storm. Ranked No. 1 in ODIs, No.2 in Test cricket and No.3 in T20Is is a testimony of how the stylist top-order batsman has evolved over the years. The flamboyant cricketer was the captain of the Indian team that won the 2008 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup and since then there has been no looking back for King Kohli. He is the new-age cricketer who is aggressive and expresses his mind on the field. In 2008, Kohli was inducted in the RCB squad and started leading the side in the year 2013. In the year 2016, he sat atop on the leading run-scorers list, thereby donning the Orange Cap at the end of the ninth edition of the league. The highest paid cricketer in IPL, ViratKohli was the first one to be retained by his franchise ahead of the IPL 2018 Player Auction and will continue to lead his side.
|Played for||Royal Challengers Bangalore|
|Captain||Royal Challengers Bangalore|
|Years||2011 – 2017|
|Match Played as a Captain||82|
Kane Williamson – Captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad
Kane Williamson is a vital cog in the New Zealand line-up across formats. He has received high praise from none other than the legendary former NZ captain, the late Martin Crowe for his batting abilities and his temperament. He made his Indian Premier League debut for Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2015. Williamson was always rated highly and justified those expectations on his Test debut as he scored 131 against India in Ahmedabad in 2010. The right-handed batsman has been effective in the shortest format of the game as well and is currently New Zealand’s T20 captain.
|Played for||Sunrisers Hyderabad|
|Years||2018 – 2018|
|Match Played as a Captain||0|