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IPL data crunch: Captain Virat Kohli not among the elite, close battle between MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma


It’s that time of the year where Indian Premier League (IPL) would have gotten underway. A first-look of the teams would have come at this time and fan wars would have already begun.

However, IPL 2020 has been postponed due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. The T20 league has been suspended until April 15 and a further call on the fate of the tournament is expected to come after the 21-day lockdown in India.

Nonetheless, it is not a bad time to do some number crunching around the IPL. Who is the most successful captain in the IPL? Is it Rohit Sharma or MS Dhoni? Where does Virat Kohli rank as an IPL captain? To know more, read on.

Virat Kohli has been one of the greatest batsmen in modern-day cricket. His ability to set and smash records is next to none. As captain at the international level, Virat Kohli has achieved several memorable victories. However, an IPL title has been eluding the Royal Challengers Bangalore captain.




Since taking over as a full-time captain in IPL 2013, Virat Kohli has often led the team with the bat but his captaincy has been found wanting.

Virat Kohli has a win percentage of 47.16 with 49 wins and 55 losses with the RCB. His win percentage is the least among captains who have led their IPL teams in at least 50 matches.

Notably, Virat Kohli is only the 4th captain after MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma and Gautam Gambhir to captain an IPL side more in more than 100 matches.

MS Dhoni vs Rohit Sharma — A close battle

On the other hand, MS Dhoni is the most successful captain when it comes to the number of matches won and the winning percentage. He also holds the IPL record for most matches as captain.

In 174 matches as captain, MS Dhoni has won 104 matches. The Chennai Super Kings captain has a staggering win percentage of 60.11. Notably, no captain who has led an IPL team in more than 30 matches has a win percentage of 60 or above.




Nonetheless, when it comes to the number of titles won, Rohit Sharma is the most successful captain in the history of IPL. Rohit, with 4 titles with Mumbai Indians, has 1 more than MS Dhoni tally of 3 with Chennai Super Kings.

Rohit is not far behind when it comes to winning percentage as well. In 104 matches, Rohit has managed to win 60 as captain with a win percentage of 58.65.

Win percentage of captains with more than 50 matches

Captain Matches Won Win Percentage
MS Dhoni 174 104 60.11
Gautam Gambhir 129 71 55.42
Virat Kohli 110 49 47.16
Rohit Sharma 104 60 58.65
Adam Gilchrist 74 35 47.29
Virender Sehwag 55 30 55.45
Shane Warne 53 28 53.77
Sachin Tendulkar 51 30 58.82

Sachin Tendulkar, who led Mumbai Indians between 2008 and 2012 meanwhile has a fine record when it comes to win percentage. In 51 matches, Tendulkar had led MI to 30 wins and has a win percentage of 58.82. Tendulkar’s arch-rival Shane Warne, who led Rajasthan Royals to glory in the inaugural edition, also is among the top captains with a winning percentage of just over 55.

Meanwhile, keep an eye out on Steve Smith, who will be leading Rajasthan Royals if and when the IPL kickstars in 2020. The former Australia captain has a staggering win percentage of 67.85 with 19 wins in 20 matches.

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