Expected Captains of 10 IPL teams: Season fifteen of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has started to ring bells as the process of player retentions for the IPL 2022 has just been completed. All the eight existing IPL teams picked their top players who will remain with the side for a few more years and released the rest of the squad. The IPL 2022 Mega Auction is just a few months from now and the franchises have already begun preparations for that.
The two new teams have been added to the existing pool of eight franchises and the mega auction IPL 2022 is now inevitable. There will be a lot of shuffling of the players and some emotional moments as well for the players who have been associated with certain franchises for a long time in the past and are now released into the auction.
Meanwhile, the IPL 2022 Mega Auction will also force the franchises to change their underperforming captains while a few have already stepped down from their roles. Several franchises have already released their captains while a few captains have themselves relinquished their roles. This article will discuss the Expected Captains of all the 10 IPL teams in the IPL 2022.
Expected Captains of all 10 IPL teams in IPL 2022:
Mumbai Indians (MI) – Rohit Sharma
The most successful IPL captain, Rohit Sharma has been retained by his parent franchise and will hold his leadership roles for the coming season as well. Under Rohit, Mumbai Indians won five IPL titles in eight years and did exceedingly well.
After taking the leadership role from Ricky Ponting in 2013, Mumbai Indians were a little worried about the role and had to give it to Rohit Sharma as he was the only performing player in the team. That move to appoint Rohit, the leader of the side, paid dividends to the franchise.
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) –
MS Dhoni Ravindra Jadeja
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The four-times IPL winning IPL franchise, Chennai Super Kings has retained the likes of Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the coming season of the IPL for a whopping INR 12 Crores and is expected to lead his team once again.
Dhoni had already indicated his plans for the coming season where he said that he wants to play his last match at Chennai’s Chepauk.
Some of the experts believe that MS Dhoni is going to play the entire IPL 2022 season. He will lead the side once again after winning the IPL 2021 in Dubai.
Delhi Capitals (DC) – Rishabh Pant
The young stumper batsman Rishabh Pant has been named as the leader of Delhi Capitals (DC) once again after his success in the last season. He replaced Shreyas Iyer in the team, who is apparently not retained by the franchise.
Pant was appointed leader of the side when Iyer was injured and he did enormously well in the Captaincy. He took his team to the playoffs and was apt with his resource usage.
The franchise has shown faith in the skills of the young Indian southpaw and is handed the reins of the side once again for the IPL 2022.
Expected Captains of all 10 IPL teams in IPL 2022.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) – Kane Williamson
The New Zealand captain Kane Williamson is going to be SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) skipper for the fifteenth season of the Indian Premier League. He has been retained by the franchise for a whopping INR 14 Crores during the recent IPL 2022 Player Retentions.
The franchise earlier sacked David Warner from his captaincy and appointed Kane Williamson as the leader of the group. Warner was not given enough reasons for his removal and thus the franchise was amidst the public rage over their behaviour toward David Warner.
Williamson recently took his national side to ICC T20 World Cup 2021 final despite not having mighty players in the squad unlike India, Australia and England. New Zealand took everyone for a surprise after they reached the final and asserted that a team needs to play like a team in order to proceed forward in any tournament.
Rajasthan Royals (RR) – Sanju Samson
The inaugural champions of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Rajasthan Royals are keen to give another go to young Sanju Samson as the leader of the side. He has been retained by the franchise for whopping INR 14 Crores.
Samson was appointed Rajasthan’s captain during IPL 2021 following Steve Smith’s failure. Though it was not a memorable campaign for the Sanju-led Rajasthan Royals, surely he will have his learning.
He will be eager to apply his learnings in the coming season and fetch results for his team. It will be interesting to see Samson kind of leadership in the coming season.
Punjab Kings (PBKS) – Mayank Agarwal
The Mohali based IPL franchise is struggling to get going in the Indian Premier League. Right from the player selection to their strategies, the franchise has grappled a lot and is keen to make amends to it from the coming season.
Mayank Agarwal is the probable candidate to lead the side in the coming auction. KL Rahul has already parted ways with the franchise and wants to explore opportunities.
Agarwal has been retained by the franchise for INR 12 Crores. He will serve the franchise for a few more years to come and is a good candidate for the captaincy role.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) – Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Santosh Iyer is an Indian cricket player who plays for the national team in international cricket, Mumbai in home cricket, and the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League.
The two times IPL winner, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) doesn’t have a captaincy material cricketer right now. The franchise has retained the likes of Andre Russell, Varun Chakravarthy, Venkatesh Iyer and Sunil Narine during the recent player retention and none of them seems to be the right player to be given the highest order roles and responsibilities.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) – Faf Du Plessis
The biggest question for RCB going forward in the coming season of the IPL will be, Who will be their next captain after Virat Kohli?
Kohli, recently decided to step down from T20 captaincy to manage his excessive workload and since then the debate around RCB’s next skipper started. The franchise definitely wants someone who can take forward Virat Kohli’s legacy and his efforts. It will be interesting to see, who steps into Virat’s shoe in the coming season.
RCB finally confirmed that Faf Du Plessis going to lead Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in IPL 2022.
Expected Captains of all 10 IPL teams in IPL 2022.
Ahmedabad based IPL franchise – Hardik Pandya
Today on 17 January, the official sources confirm the news on Twitter, Ahmedabad announced their first 3 draft players – Hardik Pandya (15 crores), Rashid Khan (crores) and Shubham Gill (7 crores).
Based on the Ahmedabad players choice it is clear cut that Hardik Pandya is going to lead the Ahmedabad team in IPL 2022.
Lucknow based IPL franchise – KL Rahul
Former Punjab Kings (PBKS) skipper KL Rahul is expected to join Lucknow based new IPL franchise as their new captain. If the reports are to be believed, Rahul is in talks with Lucknow officials and the deal is likely to be done by the end of December.
Rahul did well during his stay at PBKS. He scored maximum runs for his side and was quite good with his captaincy as well. However, he wanted to explore more opportunities and hence decided to part ways with the franchise.