The IPL has also been a platform for the fans to witness some exceptional captaincy. Innovative moves and bold decisions by fearless captains have resulted in some famous wins.
1. MS Dhoni – Dhoni’s journey to greatness began when he successfully led an unheralded, young and inexperienced Indian side to the inaugural World T20 championship. Dhoni used the IPL to further his reputation as a great leader with the ability to motivate individual ordinary cricketers to achieve extra-ordinary milestones collectively.
Dhoni’s win percentage as captain of 61.97% is the best in the league. But, his greatness lies well beyond such statistics. He has proved the fact that a leader’s success cannot be accurately gauged by statistics. It is the number of people that he’s inspired that tells the real story. Whichever way you choose to slice the cake, the bottom line is that Dhoni is the greatest IPL captain of all time.
2. Shane Warne – Shane Warne’s leadership style and captaincy nous are of the kind and quality that need to be recorded in a textbook and used as a guide for young budding leaders aspiring to captain their teams.
3. Rohit Sharma – Rohit’s captaincy is one of those diamonds in the rough that the IPL has helped uncover. He took over as captain from Ponting in the middle of the 2013 IPLT20 edition.
In six years as captain, Rohit has led Mumbai to three titles! Despite his incredible achievements, he remains, to this day, underestimated as captain.
His win percentage of 59.04% is second only to Dhoni’s record. For his incredible leadership in transforming the Mumbai Indians, Rohit makes it to the second spot in the list of the greatest IPL captains of all time.