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The Indian Premier League (IPL ) is the most popular franchise T20 league in the world. The Indian Premier League (IPL) league was founded by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in 2007.
Since its introduction, the league has gained a lot of support from fans all over the world and now it is being recognized as the best cricket league in the world. Several times it has been seen that many foreign players even skip their international fixtures to take part in the cash-rich league.
Team Mumbai Indians have been the most successful franchise in the history of IPL. The main credit behind the success of the team has been given to their captain Rohit Sharma. He was handed over the captaincy responsibility and he did wonders for the team.
Meanwhile, there are other very successful captains in IPL like MS Dhoni under whom Chennai Super Kings has won 3 titles. In this article, we will have a look at 8 IPL players who can handle the captaincy responsibility of their team in the future and bring amazing results for the team.
Team-Wise One Current Player Who Can Captain Their IPL Franchise In The Future
Chennai Super Kings (CSK)- Sam Curran
The 23-year-old English all-rounder Sam Curran is a brilliantly talented cricketer. He has got the amazing wicket-taking ability and explosive batting technique. Sam Curran is one of the players who is expected to dominate the cricketing world in upcoming years and he has already started doing that.
He was bought at INR 7.2 crore by Kings XI Punjab ( now Punjab Kings) the third-highest bid in the auctions before IPL 2019. Meanwhile, then he was released by KXIP and was purchased by the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) for INR 5.5 cr.
So far he has done a pretty good job for Ms. Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings, he has been seen learning a lot from Dhoni and if he manages to replicate even half of what Dhoni did he can become extremely successful captain for CSK. Talking about his stats with the bat he has smashed 333 runs at an average of 23.78. Meanwhile, with the ball, he has picked 32 wickets at an average of 27.62 and an economy of 8.84.
Delhi Capitals (DC)- Prithvi Shaw
Prithvi Shaw is already a very successful captain as he led India towards victory in the 2018 Under-19 World Cup. Notably, under him, India won their fourth Under-19 World Cup by defeating Australia by 8 wickets.
Also, Shaw led Mumbai to win their 4th title in Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021. Notably, Prithvi Shaw was even the highest run-scorer of the tournament with 827 runs which is the most runs in a single season.
Delhi Capitals always shows faith in the young talents, they recently handed over the captaincy responsibility to young Rishabh Pant and there is no doubt that Prithvi Shaw will also be given the responsibility to become the skipper and lead Delhi Capitals in the future in the IPL. So far Prithvi Shaw has scored 1134 runs in IPL at an average of 24.65 and a strike rate of 146.13 including 9 half-centuries.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)- Shubman Gill
The 21-year-old Shubman Gill is one of the most exciting talents to watch out for in world cricket. At a very young age he has mastered the batting technique and while batting it looks like he has got a lot of experience in his bag. He can play explosive innings for the team and has got both power-hitting and solid defensive ability.
Notably, he was even given the tag of the first-choice opener of India in Tests alongside Rohit Sharma. However, due to the injury, everything got ruined.
Still, Shubman Gill is expected to make a comeback in the national team once he recovers. Looking at Gill it’s safe to say that he is the future of team India and Kolkata Knight Riders. KKR has been struggling to find a good captain after the retirement of Gautam Gambhir and they have been dependent on Overseas captains.
Handling the captain’s responsibility to Shubman Gill seems very likely as he has got the potential to lead the pack. Gill definitely can become a skipper of KKR in the future. Talking about his batting so far he has scored 1071 runs in the cash-rich league at an average of 30.60.
Mumbai Indians (MI) – Ishan Kishan
Finding the successor of skipper Rohit Sharma will be next to the impossible job for 5-time champions Mumbai Indians. However Ishan Kishan is the youngster that can be trusted by the team, he has got that aggressive intent in batting and if he gets the right guidance he can become a very successful IPL captain as well. If somehow he manages to replicate even half of what Rohit Sharma has been doing, Mumbai Indians will be blessed to have a great captain in the name of Ishan Kishan.
So far in the Indian Premier League, the 23-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan has scored 1284 runs at an average of 27.31 and strike rate of 131.96. Meanwhile, Ishan Kishan has also smashed 7 half-centuries. He is someone that Mumbai Indians will have an eye on as a potential future captain.
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Rajasthan Royals (RR)- Yashasvi Jaiswal
Yashasvi Jaiswal is just 19-year-old and has done a lot in domestic and Under-19 cricket. He has got something very special in him which has led him to earn a lot of praise from fans and experts.
The left-hander plays for Mumbai in domestic cricket and is a very smart cricketer. In October 2019, he became the youngest cricketer in the world to score a List A double century. Also, Yashasvi was the leading run-scorer and player of the tournament at the 2020 Under-19 World Cup in South Africa.
Yashasvi Jaiswal was bought by Rajasthan Royals ( RR) for INR 2.40 Cr during the IPL 2020 auction. If Yashasvi Jaiswal gets proper guidance from seniors and legendary cricketers like Shane Warne he can transform himself into a very smart, responsible, and dependable captain.
Also, Rajasthan Royals likes giving opportunities to youngsters, so Yashasvi Jaiswal just has to work a bit more, and then the future is holding a leadership responsibility for him in the Rajasthan Royals franchise in the Indian Premier League. So far he has managed to score only 106 runs in the IPL at an average of 17.66.
Punjab Kings (PBKS) – Nicholas Pooran
The wicketkeeper-batsman Nicholas Pooran is one of the guys who has got everything to become the captain of Punjab Kings (PBKS) in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He was bought by Punjab Kings for a salary of INR 4.2 crore in 2019. In his debut season, he played 7 games and smashed 168 runs at a strike rate of 157.00. Meanwhile, the 2020 season was even better as he scored 353 runs at an average of 35.3 and a strike rate of 169.71. Notably, the first half of 2021 was filled with ducks for Pooran.
In July 2021 Nicholas Pooran was named as vice-captain in the team West Indies for the white ball series against Australia. However, with captain Kieron Pollard getting ruled out, he was handed the responsibility to lead the team and he did an exceptional job as West Indies won that series by 4-1. So the explosive batsman Pooran is just 25 and Punjab Kings definitely will have an eye on handing over the captaincy responsibility to him.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) – Washington Sundar
21-year-old Washington Sundar is a left-handed batsman and right-arm off-spinner. He started his IPL journey in 2017 with Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS). After that Sundar was bought by Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and since 2018, he has been playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore. He has got amazing spin bowling abilities paired with excellent batting ability which he has been improving continuously.
RCB has been led by Virat Kohli for a long time. However, the RCB franchise has to think of a youngster whom they look up to as a Virat Kohli replacement in the future.
Washington Sundar could be the best choice considering the age factor, skill, and overall smartness that he brings to the table. Washington Sundar has been outsmarting batters, and in the future, he can definitely outsmart the opposition captain once he has been given the responsibility of a skipper.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) – Rashid Khan
Sunrisers Hyderabad is having a track record of changing captains whether forcefully or intentionally. In the year 2021, they faced massive criticism for changing captain in the middle of the season.
As they removed David Warner who has been the most successful captain of the franchise and named New Zealand captain Kane Williamson as their skipper. However, they both are 30+ and will say good-bye to cricket at almost the same time. So SRH should have an eye on a youngster who can lead the franchise and what better player they can get other than the champion leg spinner Rashid Khan.
Rashid Khan is arguably the best leg spinner in the world currently. He has got that extraordinary leg-spin bowling ability and is equally effective on any surface in the world with an old ball or a new ball. For Sunrisers Hyderabad has been a go-to bowler whenever they are in trouble and he is just 22 and has got everything a good captain has too.
He has that leadership mindset and has been leading the pack of bowling units. In the future definitely, he can become the leader of the Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise as well. Talking about his stats he has picked 85 wickets in the Indian Premier League at an average of 20.10 and an economy of 6.23. Also, he has got an excellent strike rate of 19.34.
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