8 Times when captains were changed mid-season in the IPL
A change in captaincy may or may not change the fortunes of the team as it depends upon a lot of other factors.
Updated - May 7, 2021 1:07 pm
The captain is the most important player in the team. His decisions and tactics play a huge role in the success or failure of his team. This is why we only see established and talented players become the captain. The Indian Premier League (IPL) has seen many legendary captains win trophies for their respective teams.
However, it has also seen a team change their captain midway through the tournament in order to make amends from poor performances. There are various reasons which might force teams to change their captain mid-season in the IPL.
Sometimes the regular captain of the franchise is injured; sometimes he himself steps down from captaincy as he feels he is unable to lead the team and sometimes the regular captain is ruled out of the tournament due to various reasons. A change in captaincy may or may not change the fortunes of the team as it depends upon a lot of other factors.
In the article, let’s take a look at 8 times when captains were changed mid-season in the IPL:
1) Anil Kumble replacing Kevin Pietersen in 2009
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) acquired the services of the English legend Kevin Pietersen for a whopping 1.55 million, making him one of the costliest players that year. They also made him the captain of RCB in 2009. However, he wasn’t really having a great season and managed to score only 93 runs in 6 innings.
He wasn’t even able to win matches for RCB as they were languishing at the bottom of the table. The management then decided to appoint Anil Kumble as the captain. This turned out to be a masterstroke as Kumble instantly started delivering results.
RCB went on to reach the finals that year and Kumble himself was superb with the ball. This managed to impress the RCB management as they decided to retain him as their captain. Kumble was the captain in the next season as well.