How have the captains fared so far in the first three weeks?
The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has had a brilliant first three weeks of action. With super-overs, last ball thrillers and dominating victories, the fans have been treated. This has certainly been one of the most unpredictable seasons of the IPL.
Captaincy always has a major role to play in the shortest format. From the fielding placements, bowling changes, team selection- every single thing is extremely crucial for a franchise to taste success in the league. The captain should lead by example, so that the team is motivated to perform for long periods of time.
We have seen some extremely smart calls, and some absolutely baffling decisions made by captains in these three weeks. They have had a significant impact on the eventual result of the game.
In this article. we’ll assess the captaincy of all 8 IPL sides:
8. KL Rahul- 6/10
KL Rahul has been fairly disappointing as a captain this season after the initial promise. Punjab are at the bottom of the table, and Rahul has to take a major share of the blame for that. The losses haven’t been as disappointing- it’s the way they’ve lost that has been a major cause of concern.
Not sending an in-form Mayank Agarwal in the super-over, giving Krishnappa Gowtham the final over against the set Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya, and sending young Prabhsimran over Glenn Maxwell against KKR in a run-chase against Sunil Narine and Prasidh Krishna- these have been some of the most appalling decisions made by any captain this season.
The frequent chopping and changing has also not helped their cause. Besides, the ouster of star-batsman Chris Gayle for the entire first half of the season hasn’t made a lot of sense. With wins needed in all the remaining games, the ‘right time’ as KL said when asked about Gayle might just be too late now.