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IPL 2019: 5 Players you won't believe have captained in IPL

Sujith M
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2.15K   //    22 Jan 2019, 10:35 IST

Murali Vijay led Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2016
Murali Vijay led Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2016

The Indian Premier League is into its 12th season and now an integral part of the life of every Indian cricketer. IPL has spring-boarded many careers with the likes of Pandya brothers, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav and Ambati Rayudu making it big in the international stage.

IPL has witnessed some great captains in the form of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Sourav Ganguly, Mahela Jayawardene, Daniel Vettori, Brendon McCullum, Kane Williamson, and Ricky Ponting.

Some of them succeded while others struggled. Also, IPL has seen some odd captains. Players like James Hopes, Jean-Paul Duminy, Shikhar Dhawan, Glenn Maxwell, and Kevin Pietersen, who rarely or never led their side in International cricket, have captained in IPL.

On that note, here we take a look at the five players you won't believe have captained in the Indian Premier League.


#5 Parthiv Patel

Parthiv Patel in action for Mumbai Indians in IPL
Parthiv Patel in action for Mumbai Indians in IPL

The 33-year-old is one of the underrated players in Indian cricket. Parthiv Patel has played in all the IPL campaigns so far and played 125 games for various franchises. He is one of the very few players who has represented seven teams in the Indian Premier League. 

During the fourth season of IPL, Parthiv Patel got an opportunity to lead his side. He led Kochi Tuskers Kerala against Chennai Super Kings at the Chepauk as Mahela Jayawardene left IPL to play for Sri Lanka. Despite the presence of players like Brendon McCullum and Brad Hodge, Parthiv was made the captain of the team.

Chasing a score of 153, Kochi Tuskers Kerala lost the game by 11 runs and Parthiv Patel managed to score only six runs in the game. It was the only occasion that Parthiv Patel actually led a team in the Indian Premier League.

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