If Chennai Super Kings had only one captain leading their side in the Indian Premier League since 2008 then sides like Delhi and Punjab have chopped their captains more often than not. With six of the eight teams giving reigns of their team to an Indian player, here is a look at who will be the skippers in IPL 2020.
Kings XI Punjab after trading last year’s captain Ravichandran Ashwin to Delhi Capitals were seeking someone who could lead their side in IPL 2020. Head coach Anil Kumble after joining the Kings mentioned that they will update the skipper after the auction. Last night after the IPL Auction 2020, Kumble mentioned in a Press release that KL Rahul will lead the squad in the IPL 2020.
Co-owner of Kings XI Punjab Ness Wadia said, “I feel KL is one of the best players in the world. He showed in the second ODI what he is capable of. Even India captain Virat Kohli rates him very highly. He is also a very humble human being, has all qualities of a good leader,”.
Doubts were hovering over the captaincy of Shreyas Iyer and Dinesh Karthik. There were rumours that Ajinkya Rahane or Ravi Ashwin could take over the captaincy of Delhi Capitals from Shreyas but after the auction last night co-owner of Capitals, Parth Jindal mentioned that “Shreyas Iyer will be the one leading the team in the IPL 2020 despite having the likes of Ajinkya Rahane and Ravi Ashwin in the squad. Shreyas led our nicely last year and we want to keep faith in the youngster going forward”.
With Kolkata Knight Riders picking up 2019 World Cup-winning skipper Eoin Morgan, there were speculation that he might take over the reign of Knight Riders in the next season. But due to an uncertainty over his availability for the entire season and every game, Knights assistant coach Abhishek Nayar had confirmed during the mid-auction show on Star Sports that Dinesh Karthik will continue to leading the team in 2020 as well.
Apart from that Chennai Super Kings will be captained by former Indian captain MS Dhoni, Mumbai Indians will led f by Hitman Rohit Sharma, Indian captain Virat Kohli will be the in charge of Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Two overseas recruits, former Australian skipper Steve Smith will lead Rajasthan Royals while the Black Caps captain Kane Williamson will be leading Sunrisers Hyderabad.