Most Successful Captains in IPL History- From 2008-2024

Most Successful Captains in IPL History: The Indian Premier League started in 2008. Multiple team participate in this event and at the same time multiple teams have won the IPL trophy. There are also some teams that have won the cup multiple times. And the winning of IPL title is all because of the team perfect captaincy and co-ordination.

This article will be focusing mainly on the the top 10 successful captains in the Indian Premier League to date who with the help of their captaincy have made the team win the IPL Cup. Check the details below.

IPL Successful Captains Overview

Article NameMost Successful Captains in IPL History
Event NameIndian Premier League
Most Successful IPL CaptainMS Dhoni

Most Successful Captains in IPL History

The Indian Premier League since the first season has been full to craze and thrills. Every team that has played or is playing in the IPL has full of fans and each and every fan has only one demand which is there favorite team should win the trophy.

To fulfill the wish of the fans, the captain of the team plays a important role. It is the captain of every team who with the help of there skills and experience guide other players of the team so that every player plays accordingly with strategy and win the game.

We have provided the list of top 10 most successful captains in the history of IPL.

Most Successful Captains in IPL (Top 10)

NamesTeamsMP as CaptainW
MS DhoniCSK226133
Rohit SharmaMI15887
Gautam GambhirDC, KKR12971
Virat KohliRCB14366
David WarnerDC, SRH8340
Adam GilchristDC, KXIP7435
Shreyas IyerDC, KKR5527
Shane WarneRR5530
Virendra SehwagDC, KXIP5328

1. MS Dhoni

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni (Photo Credit-

When it comes to captaincy the first name that comes in MS Dhoni. He is also known as the captain cool because he is always claim and never takes decision in rush even though how highly tensed the situation is.

He is undoubtedly the most successful captains of all time because it was during his captaincy the Chennai Super Kings team won the cup 5 times and were runner-up 5 times. That means the teams total appearance in the final is 10 times.

The total match he played as a captain is 236 and the total wins is 113 with 91 losses.

2. Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma (Photo Credit-

The second most successful captain in the list is Rohit Sharma. After Dhoni he is the second captain, under whose captaincy the Mumbai Indians team have won the trophy 5 times. He is known for his aggressive batting skills and calm captaincy in the IPL.

Rohit has played a total of 158 matches as a captain out of which the team won 87 times and lost 67 times.

3. Gautam Gambhir

Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir (Photo Credit- Crictoday)

Gambhir has captained two teams in the IPL. The first was Delhi Capitals, and the second was Kolkata Knight Riders. He could not win a single title for the Delhi Capitals team, but he won 2 titles for with the Kolkata Knight Riders team.

He has played a total of 129 matches as a skipper, out of which he won 71 matches and lost 71 games.

4. Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Photo Credit-

Virat Kohli who is known for his aggressive batting skills and techniques has made its position is the top 10 best captains of IPL. Even though under his captaincy the RCB team could not win a single cup but the team won multiple group stage matches that won fans heart.

He has played 143 matches as a captain out of which he won 66 matches while losing 70.

5. David Warner

David Warner
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David Warner is an Australian player who has been part of the Indian Premier League since 2009. He has captained two IPL teams, they ae Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad.

The Sunrisers Team under his captaincy won 1 IPL Trophy and were runners-up 2 times. But the Delhi Capitals did not get any success during his captaincy.

The total number of IPL matches he played as a captain is 83, and the no. of times he won was 40 but lost 41 times.

6. Adam Gilchrist

Adam Gilchrist
Adam Gilchrist (Photo Credit- Cricketnmore)

One of the greatest wicket-keepers of all time, Adam Gilchrist, is also known for his captaincy skills in IPL. He has captained 2 teams; they are Kings XI Punjab and Deccan Chargers.

Under his captaincy the Deccan Chargers team emerged as the winner of the of season in 2009.

He has played 74 matches as a captain, out of which he won 35 and lost 39.

7. Shreyas Iyer

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer (Photo Credit-

Shreyas Iyer is one of the leading batsman in the Indian Cricket Team as well as in Indian Premier League. His captaincy skills is impressive. The first team he captained is Delhi Capitals from 2018-2020. It was also in 2020 when the DC team had reached the final but couldnot win.

He is currently the captain of the Kolkata Knight Riders team in IPL 2024. It will be exciting to see how he handles the team with his captaincy experience and skills.

As a captain, he has played 56 matches out of which he won 28 game and has lost 26.

8. Shane Warner

Shane Warne
Shane Warne (Photo Credit- Royal Challengers Bangalore)

One of the finest spin bowlers of all time, Shane Warne has captained the Rajasthan Royals team in 2008. It was under his captaincy that the team won the IPL tophy in the first season itself.

9. Virendra Sehwag

Virendra Sehwag
Virendra Sehwag (Photo Credit- IPL Twitter)

Virendra Sehwag, who is also known for his extreme attacking batting style has captained 2 teams. The first was Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) and Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings). He was the opening batsman for both the teams.

He has played a total of 53 matches as a captain and has won 28 and lost 24.

10. KL Rahul

Lokesh Rahul
Lokesh Rahul (Photo Credit- Ocean Property)

The last player in the list is KL Rahul. He has been the captain of Kings XI Punjab, Punjab Kings and is currently serving as the captain of the Lucknow Super Giants in the IPL 2024.

As a captain he has played 51 matches. Won 25 games and lost 24.

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Who is the successful captain in IPL history?

MS Dhoni is regarded as the most successful captain of all time in the Indian Premier League.

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