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IPL 2022: Most successful captains in IPL history

There have been few players who have enjoyed a long run in captaincy because of their consistent performance.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. (Photo Source: Twitter)

In a tournament like IPL, the role of captain is of utmost importance given that the game can change very quickly. However, it is not an easy job to lead a side in such a big tournament. The franchises also do not give a longer run to a player if he fails to perform as a captain.  There have been few cricketers who have enjoyed a long run in captaincy because of their consistent performance. In this article, we will be discussing the 5 most successful captains in IPL history. This includes only those players who have captained in a minimum of 10 matches.  

5. Cameron White – 58.33

Former Australian player Cameron White featured for RCB, Deccan Chargers, and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL. He took over the captaincy of DC mid-season from Kumar Sangakkara in IPL 2012. In the next season, he captained the SRH side. In the 12 matches White captained, 7 were won by the team making his success percentage 58.33 in the tournament. 

4. Sachin Tendulkar  58.82 

Sachin Tendulkar did not get much success as an Indian captain but he did quite well leading the Mumbai Indians team. Under him, MI reached the finals in the 2010 edition where they were defeated by CSK in the last. Overall, Sachin was captain for a total of 51 matches and won 30 of these matches with a win percentage of 58.82. Later, Rohit Sharma took over from him as skipper.

3. Steve Smith 59.52

Steve Smith has proved his leadership skills in both T20 leagues and international cricket. He did a brilliant job with the Pune team when he was given captaincy replacing MS Dhoni in 2017. He also led the Rajasthan Royals team for multiple seasons. In total, Steve Smith won 25 matches out of 43 he captained, making him the second most successful IPL captain.

2. MS Dhoni 59.60

MS Dhoni is the only player who captained a side in the 2008 edition and is still leading a team. He won 4 IPL trophies for CSK with his captaincy in the year 2010, 2011, 2018 and 2021. In total, Dhoni has captained 204 matches and has won 121 of them which takes his winning percentage to 59.60. Except for 2 seasons in 2016 and 2020, He led his team to the IPL playoffs in all the seasons. He also holds the record for playing most IPL matches as a captain.

1. Rohit Sharma 59.68

With 5 IPL trophies in 8 years as captain, Rohit Sharma is definitely the best captain in tournament history. He has the best winning percentage as a sipper in the league. In total, He has led the team in 129 IPL games with 77 of them resulting in a win. Rohit was Mumbai’s skipper in their successful campaigns in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2020.      

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Highest win percentage as a captain in IPL

Player Matches Won Lost Win percent
Rohit Sharma 129 77 52 59.68
MS Dhoni 204 121 82 59.60
Steve Smith 43 25 17 59.52
Sachin Tendulkar 51 30 21 58.82
Cameron White 12 7 5 58.33

Last Updated: 15 March, 2022.