IPL Winning Captains List | The Most Successful IPL Captain

IPL winning captains list is big. It includes prominent names in Indian cricket and some of the greatest Australian cricketers. Shane Warne was the first player to lift the coveted trophy, while Hardik Pandya became the latest to join the IPL-winning captains club.

IPL Winning Captains List – The Indian Captains

MS Dhoni is the first Indian captain to lift the IPL. Under him, Chennai Super Kings crowned champions in 2010, 2011, 2018, and 2021 seasons. The franchise also finished runners-up a record five times. Also, Dhoni has the most wins as captain in IPL.

Kolkata Knight Riders have won the IPL twice, and Gautam Gambhir captained the franchise on both occasions. In 2012, the Kolkata outfit beat Chennai Super Kings in the final, while they chased down 200 against Kings XI Punjab to lift a second title two years later. Gambhir scored close to 600 runs in the 2012 season.

Rohit Sharma has guided Mumbai Indians to a record five IPL trophies. The trophy hunt began in 2013 with a victory over Chennai Super Kings in the final. Mumbai Indians went on to win the trophy in the 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2022 seasons. In 2015 final, the ‘Hitman’ grabbed the player of the match award. Lasith Malinga, the highest wicket-taker, was Mumbai Indians’ hero in the IPL 2019 final. 

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Hardik Pandya became the fourth Indian cricketer to hold the IPL trophy after the newly-formed Gujarat Titans defeated Rajasthan Royals in the IPL 2022 final. The all-rounder had a stellar season with the bat – 487 runs at a strike rate of 131. 

IPL Winning Captains List – The Overseas Captains

In 2008, Rajasthan Royals snatched a thrilling win over Chennai Super Kings in the final at DY Patil Stadium. Shane Warne etched his name in the history books as the first captain to win the Indian Premier League (IPL) title. The legendary Aussie was also the head coach of the Royals, who haven’t reached an IPL final since winning the inaugural title.

Adam Gilchrist led now-defunct Deccan Chargers to silverware in the 2009 edition. The Chargers beat Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final by six runs. With 495 runs at a strike rate of 152, Gilchrist finished as the second-most run-getter in the season.

David Warner’s Sunrisers Hyderabad landed its first IPL title in the 2016 season. The Orange Army overcame Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final by eight runs in a high-scoring thriller at Chinnaswamy Stadium. Warner led from the front, scored 848 runs, and took home the orange cap. 

IPL Winning Captains

 

Year

Captain

2008

Shane Warne

2009

Adam Gilchrist

2010

MS Dhoni

2011

MS Dhoni

2012

Gautam Gambhir

2013

Rohit Sharma

2014

Gautam Gambhir

2015

Rohit Sharma

2016

David Warner

2017

Rohit Sharma

2018

MS Dhoni

2019

Rohit Sharma

2020

Rohit Sharma

2021

MS Dhoni

2022

Hardik Pandya

IPL Captain Record – Dhoni & Rohit

MS Dhoni has registered the most wins as captain in IPL. The legendary cricketer captained Chennai Super Kings in 210 matches and claimed 123 victories. However, Hardik Pandya has the best win percentage among players who led their team in more than ten matches in IPL. Under Hardik, Gujarat Titans won 11 of the 15 games – a 73% win percentage. 

Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma is the youngest captain to win IPL. At 26, he guided Mumbai Indians to their maiden IPL trophy. Also, Rohit, behind Dhoni, has the second-most matches as captain in IPL. He has captained the Mumbai-based franchise in 143 matches. Sachin Tendulkar was Mumbai Indians’ skipper in the first three seasons.

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IPL Winners List 

IPL had seven different winners in 15 seasons. Rajasthan Royals won the inaugural edition, Mumbai Indians have won the most titles, and Gujarat Titans are the defending champions. Along with Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders are three franchises that won the trophy more than once.

 

Year

Winner

2008

Rajasthan Royals

2009

Deccan Chargers

2010

Chennai Super Kings

2011

Chennai Super Kings

2012

Kolkata Knight Riders

2013

Mumbai Indians

2014

Kolkata Knight Riders

2015

Mumbai Indians

2016

Sunrisers Hyderabad

2017

Mumbai Indians

2018

Chennai Super Kings

2019

Mumbai Indians

2020

Mumbai Indians

2021

Chennai Super Kings

2022

Gujarat Titans

FAQs About IPL Winning Captains List

 

With five titles for Mumbai Indians, Rohit Sharma is regarded as the best captain in the IPL.

MS Dhoni played the most number of IPL matches as captain. He captained Chennai Super Kings in 210 matches, winning 123 of them.

Harbhajan Singh was the Mumbai Indians captain in the IPL 2012 season. The franchise finished third in the league but was knocked out in the eliminator by Royal Challengers Bangalore.

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