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IPL 2022 – Top 5 Captains so far in the tournament

With the Mega Auction taking place soon before the start of the IPL 2022 season, there was a lot of chopping and shifting in terms of team composition. More crucially, because only four retentions were permitted per side, some franchises had a new captain in command. A captain surely plays an important role in a franchise’s success, and each club needed to have a proven leader among its ranks.

Rohit Sharma is the most successful captain in IPL history, having led Mumbai Indians to five IPL titles. MS Dhoni stood down as captain of the Chennai Super Kings earlier in the season, having won four IPL titles. Shreyas Iyer was named captain of the Kolkata Knight Riders after being bought in an auction. Meanwhile, the Gujarat Titans, one of the two new teams, took a risk by appointing Hardik Pandya as captain.

In this article, we are going to talk about the top 5 captains so far in the tournament.

Number 1. Mayank Agarwal (Punjab Kings)

 

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The Punjab Kings has had a shaky start to its IPL campaign, winning only four of its first nine games. However, a couple of consecutive victories might put them back in contention for a playoff spot. They are now seventh in the standings, with 8 points after nine games.

Regardless of the outcome, Mayank Agarwal has done an outstanding job as the head coach of the Punjab Kings. In fact, three of Punjab Kings’ victories have come from protecting totals, demonstrating Mayank’s leadership abilities. Against the Mumbai Indians, he made some critical choices that helped Punjab Kings win by 12 runs. Mayank Agarwal was named player of the match for his quickfire fifty and the manner in which he marshaled his troops on the field.

 

Number 2. KL Rahul (Lucknow Super Giants)

 

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After six wins in nine games, the Lucknow Super Giants appear to be on track to enter the playoffs. A couple of wins might put them in the top two, giving them two chances to make it to the finals. KL Rahul has done an excellent job as the new franchise’s captain. He has not only performed well with the bat, but he has also made some sound judgments on the field.

KL Rahul has led from the front, hitting 374 runs at an average of 53.43 in nine innings, including two centuries against the Mumbai Indians. His captaincy was demonstrated by Lucknow Super Giants’ 20-run triumph over Punjab Kings just a few days ago. With only 153 runs on the board, the LSG side would have to work hard to keep the score in check. Rahul, on the other hand, rotated his bowlers quite well, and in the end, it proved to be a comfortable victory.

 

Number 3. Sanju Samson (Rajasthan Royals)

 

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After six wins in nine games, the Lucknow Super Giants appear to be on track to enter the playoffs. A couple of wins might put them in the top two, giving them two chances to make it to the finals. KL Rahul has done an excellent job as the new franchise’s captain. He has not only performed well with the bat, but he has also made some sound judgments on the field.

KL Rahul has led from the front, hitting 374 runs at an average of 53.43 in nine innings, including two hundreds against the Mumbai Indians. His captaincy was demonstrated by Lucknow Super Giants’ 20-run triumph over Punjab Kings just a few days ago. With only 153 runs on the board, the LSG side would have to work hard to keep the score in check. Rahul, on the other hand, rotated his bowlers quite well, and in the end, it proved to be a comfortable victory.

 

Number 4. Kane Williamson (Sunrisers Hyderabad)

 

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After losing their first two games, things were not looking good for Sunrisers Hyderabad. However, Kane Williamson and company have entirely turned their fortunes around, going on a five-game winning streak that ended against table-toppers Gujarat Titans. The New Zealand captain is one of the most experienced leaders in the current scenario, having guided his country to three ICC Finals.

Kane Williamson has utilized the likes of T Natarajan, Umran Malik, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar at key moments in the game. However, the Kiwi hitter will undoubtedly want to improve on his own batting performances as the season progresses.

 

Number 5. Hardik Pandya (Gujarat Titans)

 

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Gujarat Titans may have taken one of the biggest risks in selecting their captain. Hardik Pandya, an Indian all-rounder with no prior experience running an IPL team, was given this responsibility by the new franchise. However, the Titans’ risk has certainly paid off handsomely, as they are comfortable atop the standings.

Despite the fact that the Gujarat Titans have won the majority of their games in close contests, they have outperformed most fans and pundits. In seven innings, he has 305 runs at an average of 61, placing him fourth on the list of greatest run-getters. He had a small groin injury a few weeks ago that prohibited him from bowling. However, he has been taking charge with the bat, coming in as early as the number three spot.