Top 5 batsmen with most runs as captain in IPL history
Captaincy brought the best out of them without a doubt.
Updated - Feb 2, 2021 1:31 pm
In cricket, captaincy is the most important role on the field. Unlike some other sports, in cricket, the captain is held responsible for running the game while his side is bowling. There are several important decisions that a captain has to make. Given the kind of responsibility which the leader of the side takes, sometimes focusing on their performances becomes difficult.
There have been several instances in cricket when a batsman or a bowler’s form gets disrupted after taking over as the captain. However, there are certain players who have elevated their game upon being named as the captain of their side.
In T20 cricket, especially IPL, there is a lot that rests on the captain of the side. From helping pick up players from the auctions to building a side to making sure everyone gets together, an IPL captain has to do a lot. Come to think of it, there are captains who successfully manage to score big as well and carry their teams.
Here is the list of the top 5 batsmen with the most runs as the captain in IPL history:
5. David Warner (2931 runs)
When David Warner had arrived in the IPL, he would have been one of the most less likely players to lead a franchise. In 2014, Sunrisers Hyderabad bought the opening batsman for his T20 exploits which were by then quite popular. Shikhar Dhawan decided to give up the captaincy of the team ahead of the 2015 season.
That is exactly when he was handed over the captaincy. He had minimal experience of leading a T20 side back then, as he was named the captain of the Sydney Thunder but only managed to play a few matches for them. But, the responsibility of being a leader brought the best out of him. He not only led the team with everything which he had, but he also made sure they were never short of runs.
In the 2015 season, he took the Orange Cap, the year when was given to lead SRH for the first time. In the following season, he led his team to an IPL triumph when he was the second-highest run-getter in the league. In 71 IPL matches in which he has captained, he has scored 2931 runs and has one of the best records as a batsman in the league’s history.