“IPL 2021: Who played most IPL matches as captain”- Chennai Super Kings are playing against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 19th match of the IPL 2021, here at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday. This is not just a clash of table-toppers but an encounter between two captains, who are leading the teams for the last many years. One side has Captain Cool MS Dhoni while the other has Captain Fire Virat Kohli. Dhoni is the captain of CSK since the inception of IPL in 2008 whereas Virat is leading RCB since 2013. However, do you know Who played most IPL matches as captain?
In this article, we will take you through the top five cricketers who played most IPL matches as a captain.
- IPL 2021: Who played most IPL matches as captain – MS Dhoni
Three-time champion Chennai Super Kings won all their titles under the talismanic captaincy of MS Dhoni. Dhoni is leading the side since 2008. Overall MS has captained 193* matches in IPL, including one year where he was captain of Rising Pune Supergiants, out of which he won 113 games for his side. Dhoni’s greatness as a captain can be judged by simply looking at one stat; Except for the last year, CSK qualified for the playoff every time they played. In today’s game, CSK will want MS to work his magic and beat RCB to reclaim the top spot.
— Chennai Super Kings – Mask P😷du Whistle P🥳du! (@ChennaiIPL) April 25, 2021
- IPL 2021: Who played most IPL matches as captain – Virat Kohli
Virat became RCB’s regular captain in 2013, however, he first got an opportunity to lead the side in 2011. So far, Kohli has led the Bangalore-based franchise in 130 matches, recording 59 wins and 63 defeats.
Kohli’s captaincy has always been under scrutiny as his win percentage is below 50 right. Virat must be eager to turn the tables upside down and get his hands on the trophy this year.
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) April 24, 2021
- IPL 2021: Who played most IPL matches as captain – Gautam Gambhir
Two-time IPL winning captain Gautam Gambhir is third on this list with 129 matches as a captain where his team registered 71 victories and 57 defeats. He led two teams, one was Kolkata Knight Riders where he won two titles and the other Delhi Daredevil.
Kolkata lifted the IPL trophy in 2012 and in 2014. The team became very consistent under his captaincy. Gambhir left the KKR franchise in 2017 and moved to Delhi where he ended his IPL career mid-season.
- IPL 2021: Who played most IPL matches as captain – Rohit Sharma
The most successful captain in the history of IPL, considering the number of trophies won, Rohit Sharma tops the list with five IPL title under his belt. He has led the side in 121 matches, where MI have registered 70 wins and 47 losses. Rohit Sharma was named captain of MI in 2013, before him, Ricky Ponting was leading the side. In a span of 9 years, MI won five IPL titles under Rohit. MI won IPL in 2020 and in 2019 this year they have a chance of becoming the first-ever team to claim a hat-trick of titles.
Backing your instincts 👊 Challenging yourself 🙌 That’s the #RohitMantra 💙
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 22, 2021
- IPL 2021: Who played most IPL matches as captain – Adam Gilchrist
Back in 2009, when the Hyderabad franchise was named Deccan Charger, Adam Gilchrist won the title as a captain of the side. The Australian power hitter was part of DC in 2008, played few matches under VVS Laxman and then was made captain of the side. The 2008 season was a nightmare for the team but Gilchrist’s side turned the fortune and won the next edition of IPL. In 2011, DC let go of Gilchrist and he moved to Kings XI Punjab (Punjab Kings). Gilchrist captained in a total of 74 IPL matches, where his team won 35 times. His win percentage in the competition was 47.29%.