Mid-season Captaincy changes

Dinesh Karthik handed the captaincy over to Eoin Morgan mid-way through IPL 2020. We will now look at other occasions where the captain’s changed mid-way:


Captain Kumar Sangakkara benches himself for Deccan Chargers in 2012:

Sangakkara benched himself, handing captaincy to White


Deccan Chargers were off to a lousy start winning only one game out of seven.


With Sangakkara struggling to score runs, he decided to drop himself and handed the captaincy to Cameron White.


The change wasn’t helpful, with Deccan Chargers losing six of their next eight games. They finished 8th in what was their last season.
Virat Kohli begins captaincy in IPL 2012:

Vettori hands captaincy to Kohli

Virat Kohli has been a part of RCB ever since the inaugural season of IPL. He was the only player to be retained in the 2010 auction.
Danial Vettori led RCB to the finals in 2011 and continued as captain for the next season.

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Not performing up to the mark, Danial Vettori dropped himself ahead of their 8th game handing the reins over to Virat Kohli.
Under Kohli, the side won four of its next eight games and missed a playoff berth, finishing fifth.


Since then, Virat led the Royal Challengers Bangalore each season, helping them reach the playoffs in 2015 and finals in 2016.
Ricky Ponting handed the captaincy to Rohit Sharma in 2013:

Due to poor returns, Ricky Ponting drops himself while Rohit takes over


The most expensive franchise, Mumbai Indians, were still searching for a title, six years into the IPL.
They purchased two-time World Cup-winning captain Ricky Ponting at the auction and gave him the captaincy.
The team had done a pretty good job under Ponting’s leadership.


Ponting, however, could not get going and was struggling for runs. He made 52 runs in six games and decided to drop himself for the seventh.
He dropped himself and handed the captaincy to Rohit Sharma.


Rohit Sharma led the side to ten victories in their next 13 matches and helped them win their maiden title.

He did not stop there as he led the Mumbai Indians to three more titles, making him the most successful captain in the IPL.
Shikhar Dhawan gives up Sunrisers Captaincy in IPL 2014:

Opener Shikhar Dhawan hands captaincy to Darren Sammy


IPL 2014 was a significant year for Indian cricket. The Indian top-order batsmen were all leading their respective IPL sides, with Virat Kohli leading Royal Challengers, Rohit Sharma leading Mumbai Indians, and Shikhar Dhawan for Sunrisers.

There was also MS Dhoni as the captain of Chennai Super Kings.
The Sunrisers started off losing six of their first ten games.


Seeing how things have gone, Dhawan resigned as captain while Darren Sammy took up the leadership. He led the Sunrisers to two wins in the next four games while the Sunrisers finished sixth.

David Warner took over the captaincy in 2015 and had been leading the side ever since, barring the 2018 season where he was banned. It was under him that Sunrisers won their first title in 2016.
Murali Vijay Replaced David Miller for Punjab in 2016:

Murali Vijay named captain mid way through season


Kings XI finished last under George Bailey in IPL 2015 and looked at David Miller for a change of fortunes in 2016. By 2016, David Miller had a lot of experience with the franchise and provided numerous match-winning knocks.


His captaincy stint wasn’t great, with Punjab winning only one out of the first six games.


The captaincy was handed to Murali Vijay, who led three wins in the next seven games.


The leadership change was not enough to prevent Punjab from finishing last for the second season in a row.
Gautham Gambhir retires while a new era began for the Capitals in 2018:

23 year old Iyer takes captaincy as Gambhir drops himself


Having led the Knight Riders to two titles, Gambhir wanted to go back to the Capitals so that he could help change their fortunes.
His season started poorly, with him only scoring 85 runs in six games, while the Capitals only managed one win under him.
He stepped down as captain, making the 23-year old Shreyas Iyer skipper of the Delhi Capitals.
The Capitals could not make the playoffs even after the switch but have turned heads ever since.
They made the playoffs in the 2019 season and are on course to do the same in 2020.
Smith takes over in IPL 2019:

Smith named captain in place of Rahane


Rahane led the Royals to the playoffs in IPL 2018, which prompted the management to keep him as captain despite Smith’s return.
After six losses in eight games, the Royals asked Rahane to hand the captaincy over to Smith.

Smith took over as the leader and helped the side win three of the next five games. The Royals finished seventh while Royals retained Smith as captain for IPL 2020.

Sanjay Sanapoori

A mechanical engineering student, who has immense love for cricket. Been a fan of the game since 2009 and would love to stay involved with Cricket someway or the other.