5 most successful captains in IPL history
"Leadership is like swimming, It cannot be learned by reading about it".
The famous quote signifies the importance of a captain. Over the years, the Indian Premier League has witnessed many different captains who tried to take their team to glory. Only a few of them stood out amongst the rest.
A skipper has to make instinctive decisions in the shortest version of the game. Captains not only fulfil a leadership role but also fulfil a management role.The captain's role in the IPL is even more crucial since he has to manage players from all around the globe.
An effective captain is invaluable to the team and its performance outcomes. They will seek to lead by example, to motivate and to inspire the team to successful performances.The format does not allow the skippers to take any time in finding the right combination.
In the first decade of the IPL, there were many successful players who led from the front.Before we enter into the second decade of the league, here is the list of most successful captains.
* The list consists of captains with the highest win percentage * (players to have led in 30 or more IPL games were considered)
#5 Shane Warne (M - 55, W - 30, L - 24, T - 1, W% - 55.45)
Shane Warne was one of the most interactive cricketers to have ever played for Australia. Warne is referred to as "the best Captain Australia never had". Warnie led the kangaroos in eleven one-day internationals winning ten of them. The veteran was given the responsibility of leading the Rajasthan Royals considering his vast experience in all formats of the game.
The wrist spinner was the most experienced player in the Rajasthan Royals camp. He had a young team to deal with and he did his job with perfection. After looking at the Royals lineup even the most optimistic fans wouldn't have imagined their success. Warne led the Rajasthan Royals to the title in the inaugural edition of the tournament.
Apart from that, he helped the Royals to invest in young players like Ravindra Jadeja and Yusuf Pathan. The 48-year-old led the franchise from 2008 to 2011 in which he featured in 55 matches.