While the IPL 2021 remains suspended, following an outbreak of covid cases across four franchises, it is indicated by the board officials that the tournament will resume later in the year. This gives the teams and their captains a chance to look back at their performances in the season which was a little more than halfway done – 29 league matches were completed out of the total of 56.
Three teams – Delhi Capitals, Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore – have fared much better than the rest, and seemed most likely to qualify for the playoffs; on the other hand, the campaign of Sunriders Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders seemed to end sooner than other. Here we look at how the captains of all 8 teams fared in decision making, leadership, tactical nous.
IPL 2021: Rating Captains Of All Franchises In The Tournament:
1. MS Dhoni- 9.5
MS Dhoni is considered as arguably the greatest white-ball captain in the game’s history – his trophy cabinet, for India and for the CSK, indicates the same. While the IPL 2020 was CSK’s worst season – they failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time – MS Dhoni has weaved his magic to make CSK a formidable title contender this year.
The inclusion of Moeen Ali was the piece CSK missed last year – but it was down to their skipper who employed the Englishman at number 3 in place of the returning Suresh Raina. Another major indication of Dhoni’s elite-level captaincy prowess was that CSK won 4 of their 5 games at the Wankhede, despite planning their squad earlier for the slow, turning Chepauk pitch.
Usage of Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, at different phases of the game, and making the most of spin pair of Moeen Ali and Ravindra Jadeja – who flourished as a batsman too when promoted – on flat Wankhede – the CSK skipper controlled things well from behind the stumps. A fourth title, in what could be MS Dhoni’s last IPL season, is how CSK’s fans would want to bid adieu to their ‘Thala’.