“A captain is as good as his team,” former Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir had rightly said. The former Indian Premier League (IPL) star had won two titles with KKR in 2012 and 2014. He built a strong team of Knights, who fought valiantly under Gambhir. It’s true that a team which has the right balance, trust, and sync often tastes a lot of success. Captaincy plays a crucial role on the field and a skipper also has to lead from the front.
Notably, the Mumbai Indians have been a top side for a while now. Since 2013, the Rohit Sharma-led side has dominated the tournament, winning a record five titles. Notably, they have won the cash-rich league in 2019 and 2020. A third successive trophy is what Mumbai will want this time around with the IPL starting from April 9 onwards across six cities amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
MI skipper Rohit has been an exception. His style of captaincy, mixed with a blend of well-thought decisions and trust have helped him to showcase his authority as a leader. Rohit has the third-most wins as captain in the IPL. He has won 68 matches so far, with a win percentage of 60.34. Rohit needs four wins more to surpass Gautam Gambhir’s tally of 71 wins as IPL captain. Gambhir recorded this tally in 129 games. Rohit (116) is set to achieve the feat quicker than Gambhir.
The power of 75
Rohit needs to pocket seven wins to register the mark of 75 in the IPL. If Rohit achieves this mark, he will become only the second player to achieve the mark after MS Dhoni.
200 and counting
Veteran Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni has led the most number of games in the IPL. Dhoni, who also led the now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiant team, has captained in 188 matches. The 39-year-old wicket-keeper batsman is just 12 away to lead in 200 games. It’s indeed a special moment for Thala.
Only three captains have faced 50-plus losses in the IPL. The likes of Dhoni (77), Virat Kohli (63), and Gambhir (57) are the three skippers to have achieved this unwanted feat. And now, Rohit could join this list if he loses six games this season. Rohit has suffered 44 losses as captain in the IPL.
Rohit has enjoyed plenty of success against KKR. In 17 games as skipper against them, Rohit has won 13, losing only four times. He could be one of the two skippers to register 15 wins against KKR. MS Dhoni (14 wins) is also one victory away from registering this mark. Notably, Dhoni has won 15 or more times against Delhi, Punjab, and RCB. He can also script 15 wins against Rajasthan Royals (14).