From MS Dhoni to Rohit Sharma: Captains with most wins in the history of IPL
Winning an IPL trophy is one of the most arduous tasks for a captain. Their first aim is to assure a top-two finish for their team so they get two chances to qualify for the final. And the final's pressure is at a different level in a world-class league like IPL, for which the players are even ready to skip the international duties.Unsurprisingly, former India captain MS Dhoni sits at the top when it comes to leading a franchise successfully. The experience of captaining Team India for nearly a decade has come in handy for him at IPL and he has been Chennai Super Kings' only full-time captain since 2008.Dhoni also has the most wins captain in IPL. But who follows Dhoni on the list? Is it India captain Virat Kohli or Rohit Sharma? Or some other captain? Here are the most successful captains in the history of IPL -MS Dhoni: The only captain to lead a franchise in every match he has played for a franchise, MS Dhoni has been captaining Chennai Super Kings since 2008. IPL 2021 will be his 12th season as the captain. The player with the most captaincy caps, Dhoni has led CSK in 174 matches. The Yellow Army has 105 wins and 68 defeats under Dhoni.He is the only captain with over 100 wins in the history of IPL. The most consistent side in IPL, CSK have 3 IPL title victories and made it to to the playoffs on 10 out of 11 occasions so far.Gautam Gambhir: A two-time IPL-winning captain, Gautam Gambhir successfully captained Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) from 2011 to 2017. He was bestowed with the top job right after joining the franchise for a record price of Rs 11.04 crore.Under Gambhir, KKR won the IPL titles in 2012 and 2014. The former India opener captained KKR to 61 wins and 46 defeats in 129 matches. Gambhir also captained Delhi Capitals.Rohit Sharma: The most successful captain in terms of title victories, Rohit Sharma has led Mumbai Indians to 5 IPL title victories. It was only under him that MI won their maiden IPL title in 2013 and there has been no stopping to the MI's juggernaut since then.In IPL 2020, MI only became the second team to successfully defend the IPL title when they defeated Delhi Capitals in the final. Rohit, who took over from Ricky Ponting during IPL 2013, has an impressive record as captain and led MI to 68 wins and 44 defeats in 116 matches. He has a winning percentage of 60.34, best among others on the list.Virat Kohli: Royal Challengers Bangalore's full-time captain since 2013, Virat Kohli sits next with 55 wins and 63 defeats. RCB are yet to win their maiden IPLtitle and have been an underperforming team since 2013. They have played one final and qualified for the second round twice in 8 seasons.They have a partially revamped squad this year and the management will hope that RCB finally clinch the IPL trophy. Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings are other teams that have been part of IPL since 2008 but haven't won the title.Adam Gilchrist: A one-time IPL-winning captain, Adam Gilchrist captained Deccan Chargers to a title victory in 2009. He also captained Punjab Kings but couldn't emulate his success there. In total, Gilchrist had a 74-match captaincy career, in which he recorded 35 wins and 39 defeats.