Indian Premier League is set to fly within a couple of weeks and the tournament turns eleven this year. IPL has showcased the talent of many unearthed captains over the years.
MS Dhoni is Chennai’s unanimous captain in the IPL
Throughout these years, the journey of the teams have consisted a lot of ups and downs. Teams have required new coaches, players and when team hasn’t performed, even the captain has been axed. And the crown of captain has changed hand to hand in may franchise, while some team have managed to stick with one captain.
Many players had started their career just as a player and as time has pased, they not only established them as a player, but also earned the faith among owners to recruit them as a captain as well.
Today we shall take a look the players who are going to lead the eight IPL teams this year and where they were at the first year of the Indian Premier League back in 2008.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Kolkata Knight Riders will have a new captain after seven long years of Gautam Gambhir. The KKR side will be skippered by Dinesh Karthik, who was bought for INR 7.6 crore.
Karthik, during 2008 IPL was a part of the Delhi Daredevils squad and played a handy role for them that time as the Daredevils reached the Semi Finals stage in the inaugural season.
Chennai Super Kings:
Chennai Super Kings are the only franchise who have the same captain from the start of their first season. In 2008, it was MS Dhoni who led them and it will be the same man who will be leading them this year.
In between the two years of CSK’s absence, Dhoni went on to lead Rising Pune Supergiant, another IPL franchise.
Mumbai Indians have highly talented Indian batsman Rohit Sharma as their captain. And Rohit was a part of the Now defunct Deccan Chargers team in 2008. He also helped the Chargers to win the 2009 IPL that was held in South Africa.
Rajasthan Royals captain Ajinkya Rahane wasn’t an IPL player in 2008. He was with Mumbai from 2010, but came to Rajasthan in 2012 and got his recognition from there.
Delhi captain Gautam Gambhir has recently switched his pledge to his hometown side from KKR, after leading the Kolkata side to two IPL victories. Gautam was a part of the Delhi squad as a player in the 2008 IPL, which was led by Virender Sehwag.
Kings XI Punjab:
The Punjab captain Ravichandran Ashwin has also made a change to his identity for the very first time, as he has left CSK. Ashwin was a part of the Chennai Super Kings side in 2008 IPL that were the Runners Up.
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Flamboyant Virat Kohli is the captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore, and the Indian captain has also never played for any team but RCB in the IPL. He although was just a young under 19 player in 2008 when RCB were led by Rahul Dravid and were a less flamboyant side.
Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner was also a batsman of Delhi Dardevils side in 2008 IPL.