IPL 2013 May 9, 2013

The importance of Indian captains in the IPL

Krish Sripada, India
They will find it easier to get the best out of the big Indian contingents in the IPL squads, and form a stronger connect with the crowds
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There is a reason why IPL is spelt with an 'I'. The big stars are roped in, the celebrities make an entry and the cheerleaders try their best to drag our attention away from the action. At its core though, it still is a platform to let local players mingle with the big stars from other countries. India's international commitments have made it impossible for their top players to participate in the Ranji Trophy. The IPL ensures that local players get to share the dressing room with their idols - cricketers whose posters have adorned their walls in their formative years. An Indian captain for each IPL franchise would have been the icing on the cake. That hasn't quite transpired, though.

Rajasthan Royals, because of their lack of resources, handed the reins to Shane Warne, a tactical genius, an astute student of the game and a charmer. Soon, Kings XI Punjab followed suit, handing Kumar Sangakkara the baton, a move that perhaps adversely impacted Yuvraj Singh's returns in the IPL.

IPL 2013 has an interesting mix. Chennai, Rajasthan, Kolkata and Bangalore went for Indian captains. Delhi, Pune, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Punjab went for foreign options. The message was loud and clear from the team owners: local players don't possess the tactical nous and ability of the foreign players. Interestingly, the Indian captains have outperformed their foreign counterparts. Mumbai Indians turned it around midway with Ricky Ponting dropping himself, allowing Rohit Sharma to take over. Coincidentally, the team has responded with three wins in four games. Delhi, Pune and Punjab are languishing on the wrong side of the table. The results perhaps don't say much about the abilities of the respective captains, but there are a few points worth delving into.

One reason why captaincy is an important consideration is the mix of players - four foreigners and seven Indians per XI. Most squads have a huge Indian contingent, so you'd expect communication channels to work far more smoothly with an Indian at the helm. Given the professional grounding that the foreign players already have, they would find it easier to work with an Indian captain compared to local players having to deal with foreign captains. Players will always respond better to a captain who can pronounce their names perfectly, no offence given or taken.

All the teams have huge contingents for man management and planning. In such a scenario, the captain's job doesn't really imitate the pressure-cooker situation of international cricket. The IPL is a great opportunity to groom leaders, and a wonderful testing ground of their maturity. Bangalore did that by handing Virat Kohli the captaincy, instead of taking the easier option of going with AB de Villiers. Perhaps, a lesson was learnt when Anil Kumble swung their fortunes around after a disastrous start to the 2009 campaign under Kevin Pietersen. Kohli commands the respect of his team on the strength of his batting and fielding. What he lacks in experience, he makes up in flair and passion. De Villiers and Chris Gayle aren't too far for a quick word either. Surely in years to come, the heir-apparent to Indian captaincy will ruminate upon the lessons learnt in the IPL.

Mumbai took a bold step with Rohit at a crucial juncture and it seems to have paid off. Had Ponting been more successful with the bat, we wouldn't have seen Rohit in this role. Mumbai have got into a winning run under him, and Rohit's batting has also blossomed.

With Shikhar Dhawan back from injury, perhaps the Sunrisers should've considered him as a captain. Neither Cameron White nor Kumar Sangakkara has consistently figured in the playing XI. With Angelo Matthews standing down as Pune captain, it might be a good idea to give Yuvraj another run to see if he can rediscover his batting touch. Of all the teams, Delhi is the only one that probably has no choice, Virender Sehwag being reluctant to lead.

The IPL is at an interesting point in its evolution. The third auction will initiate a new round of shuffling, with players changing colours and loyalties. What the IPL has lacked so far is the long-term fan loyalty that is seen in football. Chennai and Mumbai have the most loyal fan following - helped by the fact that they retained more players than any of the other franchises in the first reshuffle. Perhaps there's a message there for the other franchises.

An Indian captain will find it easier to get the best out of the Indian contingent, and will also get the crowds going. Additionally, he will definitely fuel fan loyalty. Even if one wants to be a die-hard fan of the Delhi, for example, it is hard to not support RCB led by a Delhi lad when pitted against Jayawardene's Daredevils.

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  • Shumbu on May 13, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    There are multiple reasons why Indian captains are more successful in IPL than foreign captains. 'Communication' is an important factor as the majority of players are from India. Familiar to 'local conditions' is another factor that favours Indian captains. Other than these two, the 'form' of the captain is what makes the difference. Due to the overseas player restrictions, all teams expects high performances from their 4 overseas players at all times. This gives additional pressure to a foreign captain to qualify into that group of four. But an Indian captain as more freedom here as he just have to qualify into a group of seven players! In any case, Twenty 20 is a tough format where the captain has to perform well as an individual and get the best out of his players consistently. If the team is not performing, the captain has come out with a match winning innings to lift their team. MS Dhoni , Dravid and Kohli have done that this season for their teams.....

  • on May 11, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    Not all captains are the best in nature, i mean all forms of cricket. T20 is made for batsman. Obviously you should have a indian captain. Mainly he should be a good batsman. Qualifications are as follows, 1. Quality fielder, good in running betwn wickets. 2. Should be polite and take up the fight till the end (last ball)

  • CricketAkshay on May 11, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    @SK5983 - IPL 7 fresh auction

  • xylo on May 11, 2013, 0:36 GMT

    @Vivekaks - A captain is as good as his team? Sachin and Saurav led the same team, with different results. A good captain makes the team believe in more than the sum of the individuals - examples: Fleming, and Dhoni.

  • QingdaoXI on May 10, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    For IPL-7 following should be the captain of respective teams: 1. M.S.Dhoni: CSK 2. Virat Kohli: RCB 3. Gautam Gambhir:KKR 4. Shikar Dhawan: SRH 5. Rohit Sharma: MI 6. Suresh Raina: DD 7.Ajinkya Rahane: RR 8. Cheteshwar Pujara: PWI 9. Yuvraj Singh KXIP. All can do well, in this lot shikar, Ajinkya and Cheteshwar are young but are the shrewed captain what i have seen from domestic tournamnets and corporate trophy.

  • jvvino1 on May 10, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    Ya. Its correct. IPL needs Indian Captains. It ll be helpful in future also.If suresh Raina performs well as a captain,We ll have more choices.Bcoz Virat,Raina and Rohit are Future Indian Cricket.So This will be best platform to prove their skills as a captain.I think that Suresh Raina should lead any team in 2014 IPL.

  • ravi_hari on May 10, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    An interesting article. In fact when a coach is selected, I laways felt that he should be an Indian as only an Indian can communicate better to Indian team members. However, Gary Kirsten proved my wrong. In IPL too it is easy to say Indian captain can communicate better with 7 Indians in the team. However, seeing the success of Warne and Gilly, one will be tempted to pick foreign players only to lead the side. If Clarke was fit Pune would have seen better fortunes, may be. As Krish mentined some team like Delhi, Punjab abd Pune lack players who can lead. Even sides like Rajasthan will find it difficult to have Indian captains. The franchises should trade for some senior Indians so that they can lead the side. Like KKR has done with Gambhir. The prospective Indian captains is limited to Raina, Dhawan, Ashwin. Which means we have to wait for atleast 2 more seasons before we can unearth players who can become future captains. Foreign captains can fill the interim gap and groom them.

  • JohnnyRook on May 10, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    @KingOwl. I don't think anybody is saying that Indian players make better captains. Author is saying Indian players would make better captains in IPL. Angelo MAthews is a great player and so is Aaron finch. But how much do they really know about Indian conditions and players. MS Dhoni is a fantastic captain but if he plays in SLPL, the team would be better off with him in a senior player role like Tendulkar who will provide counselling and guidance if required instead of making him a captain.

  • Ayush_Chauhan on May 10, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    @xylo that's the point isn't it that people like Rohit, Shikar and Kohli can learn from people like Ponting, Sangakaara and AB.

  • xylo on May 10, 2013, 2:13 GMT

    This article is missing the point entirely. Captaincy just does not come to anyone how much ever they crave it - ask Sehwag, Harbhajan, or Yuvraj. RR's choosing of Warne was a strategic move. Teams would be better off in choosing captains based on their tactical abilities rather than nationalities - I would rather have the Indian players learn a thing or two about tactics from the proven leaders like Sangakkara, Ponting, ABdV, Clarke, Mahela, and even Cook. These men have proved that cricket is a game where thought and man management are key. As is evident to see, the only captain material that India have are Dravid and Dhoni. Dhoni is on a higher pedestal because of the tactical abilities of the coach Flemming. If Warne were to coach RR, with Dravid being captain, that would have evened the field between these two captains. Gambhir, Bhajji, Rohit as captains makes for funny jokes. Kohli is still a work in progress.

  • Shumbu on May 13, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    There are multiple reasons why Indian captains are more successful in IPL than foreign captains. 'Communication' is an important factor as the majority of players are from India. Familiar to 'local conditions' is another factor that favours Indian captains. Other than these two, the 'form' of the captain is what makes the difference. Due to the overseas player restrictions, all teams expects high performances from their 4 overseas players at all times. This gives additional pressure to a foreign captain to qualify into that group of four. But an Indian captain as more freedom here as he just have to qualify into a group of seven players! In any case, Twenty 20 is a tough format where the captain has to perform well as an individual and get the best out of his players consistently. If the team is not performing, the captain has come out with a match winning innings to lift their team. MS Dhoni , Dravid and Kohli have done that this season for their teams.....

  • on May 11, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    Not all captains are the best in nature, i mean all forms of cricket. T20 is made for batsman. Obviously you should have a indian captain. Mainly he should be a good batsman. Qualifications are as follows, 1. Quality fielder, good in running betwn wickets. 2. Should be polite and take up the fight till the end (last ball)

  • CricketAkshay on May 11, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    @SK5983 - IPL 7 fresh auction

  • xylo on May 11, 2013, 0:36 GMT

    @Vivekaks - A captain is as good as his team? Sachin and Saurav led the same team, with different results. A good captain makes the team believe in more than the sum of the individuals - examples: Fleming, and Dhoni.

  • QingdaoXI on May 10, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    For IPL-7 following should be the captain of respective teams: 1. M.S.Dhoni: CSK 2. Virat Kohli: RCB 3. Gautam Gambhir:KKR 4. Shikar Dhawan: SRH 5. Rohit Sharma: MI 6. Suresh Raina: DD 7.Ajinkya Rahane: RR 8. Cheteshwar Pujara: PWI 9. Yuvraj Singh KXIP. All can do well, in this lot shikar, Ajinkya and Cheteshwar are young but are the shrewed captain what i have seen from domestic tournamnets and corporate trophy.

  • jvvino1 on May 10, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    Ya. Its correct. IPL needs Indian Captains. It ll be helpful in future also.If suresh Raina performs well as a captain,We ll have more choices.Bcoz Virat,Raina and Rohit are Future Indian Cricket.So This will be best platform to prove their skills as a captain.I think that Suresh Raina should lead any team in 2014 IPL.

  • ravi_hari on May 10, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    An interesting article. In fact when a coach is selected, I laways felt that he should be an Indian as only an Indian can communicate better to Indian team members. However, Gary Kirsten proved my wrong. In IPL too it is easy to say Indian captain can communicate better with 7 Indians in the team. However, seeing the success of Warne and Gilly, one will be tempted to pick foreign players only to lead the side. If Clarke was fit Pune would have seen better fortunes, may be. As Krish mentined some team like Delhi, Punjab abd Pune lack players who can lead. Even sides like Rajasthan will find it difficult to have Indian captains. The franchises should trade for some senior Indians so that they can lead the side. Like KKR has done with Gambhir. The prospective Indian captains is limited to Raina, Dhawan, Ashwin. Which means we have to wait for atleast 2 more seasons before we can unearth players who can become future captains. Foreign captains can fill the interim gap and groom them.

  • JohnnyRook on May 10, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    @KingOwl. I don't think anybody is saying that Indian players make better captains. Author is saying Indian players would make better captains in IPL. Angelo MAthews is a great player and so is Aaron finch. But how much do they really know about Indian conditions and players. MS Dhoni is a fantastic captain but if he plays in SLPL, the team would be better off with him in a senior player role like Tendulkar who will provide counselling and guidance if required instead of making him a captain.

  • Ayush_Chauhan on May 10, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    @xylo that's the point isn't it that people like Rohit, Shikar and Kohli can learn from people like Ponting, Sangakaara and AB.

  • xylo on May 10, 2013, 2:13 GMT

    This article is missing the point entirely. Captaincy just does not come to anyone how much ever they crave it - ask Sehwag, Harbhajan, or Yuvraj. RR's choosing of Warne was a strategic move. Teams would be better off in choosing captains based on their tactical abilities rather than nationalities - I would rather have the Indian players learn a thing or two about tactics from the proven leaders like Sangakkara, Ponting, ABdV, Clarke, Mahela, and even Cook. These men have proved that cricket is a game where thought and man management are key. As is evident to see, the only captain material that India have are Dravid and Dhoni. Dhoni is on a higher pedestal because of the tactical abilities of the coach Flemming. If Warne were to coach RR, with Dravid being captain, that would have evened the field between these two captains. Gambhir, Bhajji, Rohit as captains makes for funny jokes. Kohli is still a work in progress.

  • Vivekaks on May 10, 2013, 1:54 GMT

    Krish...my point remains...the captain is only as good as the team is...even if the captain is performing well and the team doesnt...we go on to say bad captain and everything... take for instance Graem Smith...he isnt the best bat in the team...i havent seen the most tactical things from him...he just keeps it simple... but he is doing well for his team is just outstanding.... Amla,Kallis,ABD,Steyn, Morkel... Similarly the australia of 2000s....a captain doesnt ever lose tactical knowledge of the game...he just builds as grows...Ponting had an army of supreme players...hence he was a great captain...but wen the players started fading...so did his captaincy... I believe the captain should be one...who has keen knowledge of the game and can relate well to his players and stay calm and grounded.....and it need not be an indian to do that... look at dhoni..how well he has led the indian and foreign players... Kohli has failed to earn respect for his on field behavior...

  • KingOwl on May 10, 2013, 1:25 GMT

    A rose tinted glasses kind of article. The notion that Indian captains would have made it better is at best naive. The teams picked the best captains. Some of the Indian names suggested as possible alternatives are way left field. Not only would they have not worked, such premature appointments would have probably scarred them. As a Sri Lankan, I am not happy at all that Mathews was appointed captain. I think it was too much for him. It would have been the same for the young Indians, or worse.

  • toubhavin on May 10, 2013, 0:32 GMT

    Awesome article. You speak my mind. I would just add that its not like Indian player will have no experience of leading because he must have had lead some team before even becoming eligible to figure in IPL. With India captain you will get commitment for full season for full three years, higher chances for him to figure in team (7/11), better chemistry with the local Indian players, bettern knowledge about the conditions and environment, better knowledge of the players of opposition team etc.. And as you said for India captain more experience foreign player is always available on the fied.

  • Angry_Bowler on May 9, 2013, 22:15 GMT

    I think Suresh Raina can be a good captain too perhaps better than Kohli and Rohit. He already has played as Indian captain during WI ODI series. Most importantly he is cool guy unlike the bad tempered VK and GG, also he is in a better company of Dhoni and Fleming both are amazing in their respective roles. And he is a specialist T20 player as well as most consistent in all IPL seasons so far. I wish, in next season he will play for another franchise may be for Delhi or Pune.

  • sajjodaalman on May 9, 2013, 21:56 GMT

    Excellent article krish! I agree with every word of it.. Even right now in west indies I wish we had a captain like sourav ganguly

  • JohnnyRook on May 9, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    I think it is okay to have a foreign captain who is retired, like Gilly or Warne. But it makes no sense to have a foreign captain still active in international circuit. The reason is that captain's job is a full-time job. He has to give inputs in selections/auctions and team management too. A foreign captain who is busy with international commitments is bound to forget player names during the toss which is surely a sign of how ill-prepared the team is and how much captain knows his players. An Indian captain or a retired foreigner cuts out that risk. Another risk is captain's form. With only 4 foreigners limit, he can easily become a liability and dropping of a captain never really helps the team. However I don't agree with communication problem author has mentioned. Indian players are professional enough to deal with it.

  • NikSaid on May 9, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    @rajmore : Perhaps you read too much into it, but reality is in India, almost all professional sports persons are not truly pro. That said, when I read that, its more about clear communication and understanding, not to lead by reputation, ego and biggest of all, seniority.

  • umangsagar on May 9, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    nice article and a fresh view .. but i guess you got it totally wrong with Sunrisers Hyderabad...Shikhar Dhawan, by no means deserves to lead them. He has played 1 test so far for India albeit with great success as a Batsman, and only a handful ODIs with no success in them...he hasnt been a constant captain in any of the team he has played...I do not know on what grounds you suggest him to be captain? I dont think we should look at it from the point of view of Indian for Captain. Captain should always be the best man tactically available to lead the troupe, along with certain other factors like his place in team, peer respect etc...T20 is something where any captain can go wrong and certainly needs to take few unconventional decisions, in a few matches that DD Lost i thought Mahela was brilliant as a captain and only made the match close due to his captainship, so was Sanga in a few matches initially....wish you all the best for the future articles, its great to see you blossom :)

  • on May 9, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    I would argue with one point: Delhi should have given captaincy to one of it's most seasoned campaigners: Irfan Pathan, at the very least for a match or two, just to see what he would do! Bowlers can make great captains as we know ;)

  • rajmore on May 9, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    Are you saying Indian players are less professional than their equivalent foreign counterparts when you state "Given the professional grounding that the foreign players already have, they would find it easier to work with an Indian captain compared to local players having to deal with foreign captains."

  • Cpt.Meanster on May 9, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    I agree with everything Krish but you forget the fact that some of the LAZY Indians do not wish to be captain. The list includes the illustrious Tendulkar, along with guys like Yuvraj just to name a few. These irresponsible players need to act maturely and take it upon themselves to captain their franchises. This is where Gautam Gambir stands out. He was given the captaincy and he accepted it with open hands, won a title for the KKR and still continues to lead the team through failures. This is the hallmark of a great leader. The same applies to MS Dhoni who said he wouldn't run away from responsibility following the 8-0 whitewashes against England and Australia. It's sad but I guess we will continue to see foreign players lead sides for many more years.

  • Vasi-Koosi on May 9, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    Good Point Krish, It is a good thing that Dhawan is not being handed captaincy. He needs time to establish himself. If you see the young captains - virat & Rohit, they have established themselves as permanent players in their contingents. Dhawan is just finding his bearings, it will be too early. As for Yuvi, it is just hard luck. Form some reason he is not Captaincy material. Delhi might be a case study for how 15 fantastic individuals, all of them having individual brilliance, can fail in a team sport. They just have not jelled as a team. Gilli, has been fantastic - he just has limited resources. Unmukut, I am glad he is in the team; captaincy will be disastrous at this age. Dravid, has been a revelation; he has redefined himself and his team has redefined IPL, especially when it comes to chasing the tricky scores of 140-160. Very classic and clinical in approach. They might have fallen short in a few chases last year. This year they have learnt from the mistakes

  • on May 9, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    Fantastic Article... Delhi should have tried Unmukunt Chand (U19 winning captain ). Punjab went for the safer option of experienced Hussey when 'Gillly' continued to fail with the bat. They should have tried a Mandeep Singh or so !! It is a good suggestion that Dhawan for SRH. Cant understand why the team management is passing the batton between Sangakkara and White always especially when the former is failing miserably with the bat ( he is not keeping either and not much about captaincy skills )

  • muski on May 9, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    An Indian captain will be able to communicate to the blokes in a better manner. Say for RR- Rahul Iam sure will be communicating in Hindi to the Chandilas and Trivedis whereas a Watson cannot. It was amusing to see Mathews leading the Pune side. He will never get the required respect say from someone like Robin or Yuvraj. All said and done, cool dude is here to stay for another 5 years atleast. Therefore this topic of looking out for his successor is a bit premature I must say.He may outlive some of the contendors for his post.

  • muthu4664 on May 9, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    Excellent Article.Not only from IPL point of view it is also very important from National Cricket point of view to appoint Indian Player as Captain.It will Give Selectors fair idea how a particular Player responds to responsibility.Seems Rohit & Kohli performing well under responsibilities. This also good for Future of Indian Cricket. Feel Sorry for Raina Missing out for Dhoni. But Should learn valuable lesson from Cool Captain.Writing is on the Wall that Dhawan may be Captain of Sun risers from Next season.

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  • muthu4664 on May 9, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    Excellent Article.Not only from IPL point of view it is also very important from National Cricket point of view to appoint Indian Player as Captain.It will Give Selectors fair idea how a particular Player responds to responsibility.Seems Rohit & Kohli performing well under responsibilities. This also good for Future of Indian Cricket. Feel Sorry for Raina Missing out for Dhoni. But Should learn valuable lesson from Cool Captain.Writing is on the Wall that Dhawan may be Captain of Sun risers from Next season.

  • muski on May 9, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    An Indian captain will be able to communicate to the blokes in a better manner. Say for RR- Rahul Iam sure will be communicating in Hindi to the Chandilas and Trivedis whereas a Watson cannot. It was amusing to see Mathews leading the Pune side. He will never get the required respect say from someone like Robin or Yuvraj. All said and done, cool dude is here to stay for another 5 years atleast. Therefore this topic of looking out for his successor is a bit premature I must say.He may outlive some of the contendors for his post.

  • on May 9, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    Fantastic Article... Delhi should have tried Unmukunt Chand (U19 winning captain ). Punjab went for the safer option of experienced Hussey when 'Gillly' continued to fail with the bat. They should have tried a Mandeep Singh or so !! It is a good suggestion that Dhawan for SRH. Cant understand why the team management is passing the batton between Sangakkara and White always especially when the former is failing miserably with the bat ( he is not keeping either and not much about captaincy skills )

  • Vasi-Koosi on May 9, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    Good Point Krish, It is a good thing that Dhawan is not being handed captaincy. He needs time to establish himself. If you see the young captains - virat & Rohit, they have established themselves as permanent players in their contingents. Dhawan is just finding his bearings, it will be too early. As for Yuvi, it is just hard luck. Form some reason he is not Captaincy material. Delhi might be a case study for how 15 fantastic individuals, all of them having individual brilliance, can fail in a team sport. They just have not jelled as a team. Gilli, has been fantastic - he just has limited resources. Unmukut, I am glad he is in the team; captaincy will be disastrous at this age. Dravid, has been a revelation; he has redefined himself and his team has redefined IPL, especially when it comes to chasing the tricky scores of 140-160. Very classic and clinical in approach. They might have fallen short in a few chases last year. This year they have learnt from the mistakes

  • Cpt.Meanster on May 9, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    I agree with everything Krish but you forget the fact that some of the LAZY Indians do not wish to be captain. The list includes the illustrious Tendulkar, along with guys like Yuvraj just to name a few. These irresponsible players need to act maturely and take it upon themselves to captain their franchises. This is where Gautam Gambir stands out. He was given the captaincy and he accepted it with open hands, won a title for the KKR and still continues to lead the team through failures. This is the hallmark of a great leader. The same applies to MS Dhoni who said he wouldn't run away from responsibility following the 8-0 whitewashes against England and Australia. It's sad but I guess we will continue to see foreign players lead sides for many more years.

  • rajmore on May 9, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    Are you saying Indian players are less professional than their equivalent foreign counterparts when you state "Given the professional grounding that the foreign players already have, they would find it easier to work with an Indian captain compared to local players having to deal with foreign captains."

  • on May 9, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    I would argue with one point: Delhi should have given captaincy to one of it's most seasoned campaigners: Irfan Pathan, at the very least for a match or two, just to see what he would do! Bowlers can make great captains as we know ;)

  • umangsagar on May 9, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    nice article and a fresh view .. but i guess you got it totally wrong with Sunrisers Hyderabad...Shikhar Dhawan, by no means deserves to lead them. He has played 1 test so far for India albeit with great success as a Batsman, and only a handful ODIs with no success in them...he hasnt been a constant captain in any of the team he has played...I do not know on what grounds you suggest him to be captain? I dont think we should look at it from the point of view of Indian for Captain. Captain should always be the best man tactically available to lead the troupe, along with certain other factors like his place in team, peer respect etc...T20 is something where any captain can go wrong and certainly needs to take few unconventional decisions, in a few matches that DD Lost i thought Mahela was brilliant as a captain and only made the match close due to his captainship, so was Sanga in a few matches initially....wish you all the best for the future articles, its great to see you blossom :)

  • NikSaid on May 9, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    @rajmore : Perhaps you read too much into it, but reality is in India, almost all professional sports persons are not truly pro. That said, when I read that, its more about clear communication and understanding, not to lead by reputation, ego and biggest of all, seniority.

  • JohnnyRook on May 9, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    I think it is okay to have a foreign captain who is retired, like Gilly or Warne. But it makes no sense to have a foreign captain still active in international circuit. The reason is that captain's job is a full-time job. He has to give inputs in selections/auctions and team management too. A foreign captain who is busy with international commitments is bound to forget player names during the toss which is surely a sign of how ill-prepared the team is and how much captain knows his players. An Indian captain or a retired foreigner cuts out that risk. Another risk is captain's form. With only 4 foreigners limit, he can easily become a liability and dropping of a captain never really helps the team. However I don't agree with communication problem author has mentioned. Indian players are professional enough to deal with it.