IPL 2021: Overseas captain in IPL history

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Overseas captain in IPL history

The Indian Premier League has evolved to a great extent and given the opportunity to many cricketers so far including the overseas players. When we talk about skippers in IPL, names like MS Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Sourav Ganguly, Gautam Gambhir crosses our mind. Over the years, there are overseas skippers too who have managed to script their names in the IPL history as team skippers for one of the most successful cricket leagues.

David Warner

Some of the many renowned names include Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne, David Warner have led IPL teams and even won the titles respectively. While some overseas players now are commentators and panelists in IPL such as David Hussey and Kevin Pieterson. Whereas some have been entitled as IPL coaches like Shane Warne, Daniel Vettori, and Ricky Ponting.

On the other hand, there are few who are still playing in the league such as Glenn Maxwell, Dwayne Bravo to name a couple of them. Here we take you through overseas cricketers who led IPL franchises from different countries at a certain point in time.

England: Kevin Pietersen is the only Brit cricketer to have led in IPL. However it wasn’t something of grand scale, he led Delhi Daredevils (Now, Delhi Capitals) to a solitary win and 11 losses during 2014 IPL.

Australia: Apart from India, Australia holds the record for most skippers in IPL which is 12 in total. And many of them have also been the most successful and hold numerous records. Looking at the numbers, Apart from Indian skippers Rohit, Dhoni, and Gambhir, there are only Australian captains Warne, Gilchrist, and Warner who have won the IPL. Of all the Australian skippers, Steven Smith has the best record as a skipper with a win percentage of 66.7 from 24 matches. Whereas, Gilchrist has led in most IPL matches (74).

Shane Warne Rajasthan Royals Best Bowler

Player Teams Span M W L T NR Win %
Adam Gilchrist Deccan Chargers, Kings XI Punjab 2008-2013 74 35 39 0 0 47.3
Shane Warne Rajasthan Royals 2008-2011 55 30 24 1 0 55.4
David Warner Delhi Daredevils, Sunrisers Hyderabad 2013-2017 47 26 21 0 0 55.3
George Bailey Kings XI Punjab 2014-2015 30 14 16 0 0 46.7
Steven Smith Pune Warriors, Rajasthan Royals, Rising Pune Supergiant 2012-2017 24 16 8 0 0 66.7
Shane Watson Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore 2008-2017 24 8 13 2 1 39.1
Glenn Maxwell Kings XI Punjab 2017-2017 14 7 7 0 0 50.0
David Hussey Kings XI Punjab 2012-2013 12 6 6 0 0 50.0
Aaron Finch Pune Warriors 2013-2013 10 2 8 0 0 20.0
Ricky Ponting Mumbai Indians 2013-2013 6 3 3 0 0 50.0
James Hopes Delhi Daredevils 2011-2011 3 0 2 0 1 0.0
Cameron White Deccan Chargers, Sunrisers Hyderabad 2011-2013 12 7 5 0 0 58.3

 

Sri Lanka: In the older editions of IPL, the season witnessed 3 Sri Lankans who led IPL franchises, namely Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, and Angelo Mathews. While Jayawardene, currently is Mumbai Indians (MI) head coach, has a slight edge over Sangakkara when it comes to captaincy records.

 

Player Teams Span M W L T NR Win %
Kumar Sangakkara Deccan Chargers, Kings XI Punjab, Sunrisers Hyderabad 2010-2013 47 15 30 2 0 34.0
Mahela Jayawardene Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab, Kochi Tuskers Kerala 2010-2013 30 10 19 1 0 35.0
Angelo Mathews Pune Warriors 2013-2013 5 1 4 0 0 20.0

 

New Zealand: New Zealand had three skippers in IPL before this season with the likes of Brendon McCullum, Daniel Vettori, and Ross Taylor. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) had almost called it quits prior to Anil Kumble when Daniel Vettori took over the charge. Vettori still continues to stay in the thick of things as an RCB coach. Meanwhile, Kane Williamson is the new addition to the list of skippers in IPL from New Zealand. He is still undefeated as IPL captain (and so was Taylor in his only match):

Kane Williamson

Player Teams Span M W L T NR Win %
Daniel Vettori Royal Challengers Bangalore 2011-2012 22 12 10 0 0 54.5
Brendon McCullum Gujarat Lions, Kolkata Knight Riders 2009-2016 14 3 10 1 0 25.0
Ross Taylor Pune Warriors 2013-2013 1 1 0 0 0 100.0
Kane Williamson Sunrisers Hyderabad 2018-2018 3 3 0 0 0 100.0

 

South Africa: From the current clan of South African cricketers playing IPL total of 9 players, JP Duminy has had the opportunity to captain in most IPL matches. However, it is Shaun Pollock who holds a better win percentage. Pollock was appointed MI captain after Harbhajan Singh was called off due to a ban in 2008.

 

Player Teams Span M W L T NR Win %
JP Duminy Delhi Daredevils 2015-2016 16 6 9 0 1 40.0
David Miller Kings XI Punjab 2016-2016 6 1 5 0 0 16.7
Shaun Pollock Mumbai Indians 2008-2008 4 3 1 0 0 75.0

 

West Indies: The legendary windies players Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy, and Dwayne Bravo have all led IPL franchises, but none of them led it for an entire season and none of them have had an opportunity to script any history.

Kieron Pollard IPL

Player Teams Span M W L T NR Win %
Darren Sammy Sunrisers Hyderabad 2014-2014 4 2 2 0 0 50.0
Dwayne Bravo Mumbai Indians 2010-2010 1 0 1 0 0 0.0
Kieron Pollard Mumbai Indians 2014-2014 3 1 2 0 0 33.3

 


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