1. Pat Cummins

Pat is a good choice. He has the experience, can set up good fields, and can inspire the team with his bowling performance. Pat can nurture emerging fast bowlers as well.

2. Steve Smith

Smith could be a good choice for teams who are looking forward to the future. A proven performer and a decent captain with a good squad could be the formula to success for any franchise that wants to lift the trophy.

3. Faf du Plessis

The presence of an experienced campaigner could help CSK. He has some experience being South Africa’s captain and hence the management could trust him as the next CSK captain.

4. Jos Buttler

With an experience of 65 IPL games, Jos could lead any team with a decent combination of overseas players and talented Indian youngsters. If any team wishes to draft a wicketkeeper batsman, then Jos should be the prime contender.

5. David Warner

During his captaincy period in SRH he managed to set up a brilliant mixture of youth and experience in the squad. If he returns as the captain of any team next year, there is a possibility that he might replicate his success.