This season, within the IPL, there can be two model new captains in Rishabh Pant for the Delhi Capitals and Sanju Samson for the Rajasthan Royals. The remaining six captains all have management expertise beneath their belts. Whereas some have been main their groups for a very long time, like MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and David Warner, somebody like KL Rahul was handed over the reins of the Punjab Kings franchise forward of the 2020 season. Eoin Morgan who captains the KKR staff has quite a lot of worldwide captaincy expertise. He leads the England ODI and T20 groups in worldwide cricket.
This season too, the groups can be wanting as much as their respective captains to play stellar roles in each management and particular person performances.
Forward of IPL 2021, TimesofIndia.com does a fast recap of how the eight present captains fared final season, in IPL 2020, which was performed within the UAE:
Rohit Sharma (Captain, Mumbai Indians)
Probably the most profitable captain in IPL historical past, with 5 titles beneath his belt, Rohit Sharma led his staff to the fifth title final season within the UAE. As a batsman, Rohit performed 12 of the 16 video games that Mumbai Indians performed in IPL 2020 and as a gap batsman, batted in all 12 matches. He scored 332 runs, at a mean of over 27 and a strike fee of just about 128. He scored three fifties and had a highest rating of 80. He smashed a complete of 27 fours and 19 sixes in IPL 2020. Rohit missed 4 league stage matches as a result of he picked up a hamstring harm. General, Rohit completed because the 23rd highest run getter of the event final season. Underneath Rohit’s captaincy, Mumbai Indians received xxx of the 16 matches they performed final season.
Virat Kohli (Captain, Royal Challengers Bangalore)
In IPL 2020, Virat Kohli, who has been with the RCB franchise for the reason that very starting, completed because the ninth highest run getter within the event. Virat batted in all 15 matches that RCB performed final season, scoring a complete of 466 runs. He notched up three fifties and had a highest rating of 90*. The Indian captain, who has a fifty plus common in all three codecs of worldwide cricket batted at a mean of over 42 in IPL 2020 and had a strike fee of over 121. He hit a complete of 23 fours and 11 sixes within the 2020 version of the event. RCB completed fourth after the league stage after which misplaced to the Sunrisers Hyderabad within the Eliminator. Underneath Virat’s captaincy, RCB received seven and misplaced eight of the 15 matches they performed in all in IPL 2020
MS Dhoni (Captain, Chennai Tremendous Kings)
The Chennai Tremendous Kings would need to overlook the 2020 version fully. Probably the most constant staff within the historical past of the IPL have been the primary ones to be knocked out of the play-offs race final season. Earlier than that, CSK had made the play-offs each season. Their captain, the talismanic MS Dhoni additionally had a beneath par outing final season with the bat. Within the 14 matches that CSK performed in IPL 2020, Dhoni batted in 12 video games, scoring 200 runs, and not using a single fifty. His batting common final season was 25 and he had a strike fee of simply over 116. The truth that Dhoni struggled with the bat was additionally very evident from the truth that he managed to hit simply 16 fours and seven sixes final season. As a wicket-keeper although, Dhoni maintained his very excessive requirements, taking 15 catches and effecting 1 stumping. Underneath Dhoni, CSK received six and misplaced eight of the 14 matches they performed.
Eoin Morgan (Captain, Kolkata Knight Riders)
Considered one of solely two international captains this season within the IPL, Eoin Morgan is an astute captain, who stays calm even in essentially the most excessive stress conditions. Morgan needed to take over the KKR staff as captain halfway final season, after Dinesh Karthik determined to step down. General, KKR as soon as once more flattered to deceive, not managing to seal a play-off berth and being crushed to the fourth spot by RCB solely on Web run fee. Three groups (SRH, RCB and KKR) completed on 14 factors after the league stage and KKR needed to pay the value for not managing to seal just a few matches, which they need to have received. Morgan, as captain took over at precisely the midway stage of the event final yr, after KKR had managed to win 4 of their first seven matches. Of their subsequent seven video games they received three. General, as a batsman, Morgan batted in 14 innings, scoring a complete of 418 runs, with one fifty. He had a batting common of just about 42 and a strike fee of over 138. His highest rating was 68* and he pummeled 32 fours and 24 sixes within the event.
KL Rahul (Captain, Punjab Kings)
The Punjab Kings completed sixth final season within the IPL, having received six and misplaced eight of their 14 league stage matches. KL Rahul, the captain did not have an incredible outing when it comes to the win-loss share of his staff. Nonetheless, Rahul the batsman was on hearth within the UAE final season and completed as the best run getter of the event. Rahul batted in all 14 matches and scored a whopping 670 runs, with as many as 5 fifties and one century. He had a highest rating of 132* and an unbelievable common of just about 56. Rahul was fully on track in IPL 2020, smashing as many as 58 fours and 23 sixes. He additionally took 10 catches.
Rishabh Pant (Captain, Delhi Capitals)
Swashbuckling left handed batsman Rishabh Pant has rediscovered his mojo. After a stupendous run in worldwide cricket, Pant can be itching to set the stage on hearth within the IPL as nicely. This season although he can be greater than the wicket-keeper and key batsman, he may even be the Delhi Capitals’ captain. With common captain Shreyas Iyer having been dominated out of your entire event with a shoulder harm, Pant has been handed the reins of the staff as Delhi nonetheless proceed to seek for that elusive first IP title. General, as a batsman, Pant is predicted to do significantly better than he did final season. In IPL 2020, Pant batted in 14 of the 17 matches that Delhi performed, scoring 343 runs, at a mean of simply over 31. He scored only one fifty and had a highest rating of 56. The normally explosive batsman managed to hit 31 fours and simply 9 sixes in IPL 2020. With the wicket-keeper’s gloves on, Pant took 13 catches in IPL 2020.
Sanju Samson (Captain, Rajasthan Royals)
One other very proficient Indian wicket-keeper batsman who has been handed the reins of his staff this season is Sanju Samson. The Rajasthan Royals named Samson as their new captain after they launched Steve Smith. Sanju, who obtained congratulatory messages from the likes of Dhoni, Virat and Rohit after he as named captain is a really proficient and explosive batsman, however he hasn’t actually managed to seek out the type of consistency that the likes of different wicket-keeper batmen like Rishabh Pant and Ishan Kishan have showcased of late. This season, with the additional duty of captaincy on his shoulders, Sanju can be hoping to steer from the entrance and do significantly better with the bat than he did in IPL 2020. Final season, Sanju batted in 14 innings, scoring 375 runs, with three fifties. He had a batting common of about 29 and a strike fee of just about 159. His highest rating final season was 85 and he hit 21 fours and 26 sixes. As a keeper, Sanju additionally took 9 catches and effected 2 stumpings.
David Warner (Captain, Sunrisers Hyderabad)
The Sunrisers Hyderabad have been on the lookout for their second IPL title for the reason that 2017 season. Final yr, within the UAE, SRH completed third after the league stage, beating out RCB and KR on NRR (14 factors) after which beat RCB within the Eliminator, however misplaced to DC in Qualifier 2. Captain David Warner, one of many all time finest batsmen within the historical past of the IPL can be hoping he can encourage his staff and lead from the entrance with the bat, one thing he did final season as nicely. Warner, who’s the third highest run getter within the historical past of the event (5254 runs), behind solely Virat and Suresh Raina, batted in all of the 16 matches his staff performed final yr and completed as the best run getter for his staff (SRH) and the third highest general within the season (behind KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan), with 548 runs. He smashed 4 fifties and had a highest rating of 85*. Warner’s batting common final season was virtually 40 and he had a strike fee of just about 135. The Australian left-handed opening batsman smashed 52 fours and 14 sixes in IPL 2020. Underneath Warner’s captaincy, SRH received eight and misplaced eight of the 16 matches they performed general final season.