IPL 2018: 5 teams with more than one international captain in their side
A captain must make every decision before he knows what its effect will be, and he must carry the full responsibility, not whether his decision will be right or wrong, but whether it brings success.” - Don Bradman
This statement by Sir Don Bradman clearly defines the abilities a captain must possess. Captaincy, like coaching, varies significantly depending on the team and the level the team plays at. Many times in the history of cricket we have seen teams winning the game because of the captain's strategies and how he takes decisions during the game.
The captain generally seeks to influence and control the game.Thus, having multiple thinking brains in the same team strengthens this controlling power, especially in T20 cricket.
We all know that a T20 game can change in a ball or two and thus it requires a player of great temperament to lead the side. The captain becomes the most important asset in such a scenario.
The IPL history tells us something similar. The teams that have won the title were always led by a great leader. Shane Warne led the Rajasthan Royals to the victory in the very first edition of the IPL. He bound the team together and proved how good a leader he was.
Now every IPL team lays a great importance in choosing a captain. Several teams have bagged players who can lead their side in the absence of their regular captain. This step has made the core of the team stronger as more players can contribute to the game with their individual thinking and understanding.
Yes, it is the decision of the captain that counts at the end, but it doesn't hurt for the captain as well to get other's perspective. Here are the 5 teams in this year's IPL that have got more than one player who has captained their international side.
#5 Kings XI Punjab
Ravichandran Ashwin will be leading Punjab's side this year. Although he has never led the Indian national side ever, he has had the experience of leading his state team. Nevertheless, he has the support from the players who have captained their international sides.
Aaron Finch has the experience of leading the Australian T20I side. He will be definitely of great help to Ashwin. The team has the likes of Chris Gayle and Yuvraj Singh who would come handy with their understanding of this particular format.
David Miller, one of the most explosive batsmen in the KXIP squad has led the Punjab side in the past as well.