Five good Indian captains who failed as IPL skippers
Over the years the league has seen many Indian international skippers leading their respective franchise.
Published - Apr 9, 2019 1:41 pm | Updated - Apr 9, 2019 3:04 pm
At the end of the second week of IPL 2019, the teams have already put up some great performances. The fans have witnessed some jaw-dropping, and head-spinning moments from their players. IPL 2019 has lived up to its hype with teams producing close encounters, and gentlemen playing some whirl-winding knocks. Till now most of the franchises have come across speed breakers in their tourney, except RCB who have hit a roadblock in this season.
IPL is one of the toughest tournaments played around the world because of its colossus. Even the international superstars feel the pinch of pressure while playing this league, and from that one can understand the distress of the skipper leading the team. The IPL teams have mostly given the baton of leadership to international captains and experienced players. Over the years the league has seen many Indian international skippers leading their respective franchise, but some of them have a dismal record.
Here are five good Indian captains who failed as IPL skippers :
1) Sourav Ganguly- (KKR, PWI)
Sourav Ganguly was one of the most decorated skippers in Indian cricket history, as he led the nation nearly 200 times in Tests and ODIs. His track record was second to none with nearly 100 wins. When KKR started its campaign in 2008 their leader was the legendary Indian captain SC Ganguly. Even though the southpaw didn’t have any previous experience of leading a T20 side, the franchise nominated him as their skipper because of his international success and his popularity in Kolkata.
Ganguly captained KKR in two seasons of IPL and both the times the team did not qualify for the playoffs. He was a good leader but his tactics were not working in the shortest format. KKR dropped him after two unsuccessful stints in 2010 but he was roped by the new entrants PWI in the auction. Owing to Yuvraj’s absence in the second season the Pune franchise made Ganguly the skipper of their team but the team finished with a wooden spoon as they won only 4 matches out of 16. In the end, the legend led had a 40% winning rate in 42 matches as captain in his IPL career.