Top five captains in IPL
A captain who made his debut 4 weeks into the tournament, a stand-in captain who was banned for 11 games, another who fractured his wrist and yet another one who offered to resign mid-way through the event. CricketNDTV.com picks top five captains who performed under pressure.
A captain who made his debut 4 weeks into the tournament, a stand-in captain who was banned for 11 games, another who fractured his wrist and yet another one who offered to resign mid-way through the event. It sure has been a tough time for the 8 skippers of the IPL. The IPL has shown how much a pressure job captaincy is. We therefore have picked top five captains so far in the tournament who have performed under pressure. (PTI Photo)
At the top of the table is captain Australia never had. Shane Warne, with his uncanny leading abilities, has turned the weakest and cheapest franchise into the table toppers. Rajasthan Royals have won seven of their nine matches. Warney's own special way of thinking out his dismissals and thinking out the opposition has been the hall-mark of the Rajasthan Royals. So far he has picked 11 wickets. (PTI Photo)
<br /> At number 2, it’s Shaun Pollock who had to become the stand by to the stand by. He came in for Harbhajan who had come in for injured Sachin Tendulkar. And Polly Kaka as he's now called started the revival by winning all 3 games that he was in charge. He led from the front and picked seven wickets and also scored 131 runs. (PTI Photo)
<p>At number 3 we have India's Twenty20 World Cup winning captain MS Dhoni. The highest paid player in the DLF IPL had all the pressure on him and he's managed to keep his team in contention despite the exits of Matthew Hayden, Michael Hussey & Jacob Oram.</p> <p>Dhoni has used all his resources perfectly including the military medium pace of Joginder Sharma. He himself has contributed significantly in crunch situations and so far has scored 332 runs in the tournament. (PTI Photo)</p>
At no 4 we have the man who brought in Shoaib Akhtar to take out Sehwag's batting line up. With 214 runs and 5 crucial wickets, the Prince of Kolkata has provided the goods when needed. Arguably India's best captain ever, Ganguly gives his side the much needed edge with his experience. (PTI Photo)
The Nawab of Najafgarh only makes it to number 5 in our countdown of best captains in the IPL. He has guided his side to five wins in the matches. Viru has produced the best from his ace bowlers. He's among the leading run getters, but he's a bit of a hit and a miss just like the form of his team. He has scored 287 runs and picked three wickets. (PTI Photo)