5 Players who were surprisingly made IPL captains
Let us take a look at some of those ‘lucky’ captains, and the kind of impact that they left.
Updated - Apr 20, 2019 11:17 pm
A leader plays a very indispensable role in any aspect of life. And leading a team in the toughest league in the world (IPL) is not a cup of tea for everyone. Indian Premier League has witnessed over 50 captains across 12 seasons. However, not every one of them has been much successful.
We often find franchises investing high to get a good cricketing brain for their team. Many captains have also been appointed due to the injury or poor form of others. While many of such captaincy changes failed to create an impact, others have turned out to be masterstrokes. Let us take a look at some of those ‘lucky’ captains, and the kind of impact that they left.
1. Zaheer Khan (DD)
Fed up of a string of captaincy changes, Delhi Daredevils (now Capitals) decided to play a gamble on 38-year-old Zaheer Khan, who had already retired from international cricket. He remained the captain of the team for 2016 and 2017. Unfortunately, this gamble didn’t work and DD won only 10 of the 23 games that it played under him.
He could not bring a change in team’s fate, and DD finished at 6th spot in both the seasons. However, his numbers do not justify his stint. He organized his team beautifully and gave his best on the field. One big controversy that prevailed throughout his tenure was of choosing a retired player over a young player as a captain.