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IPL 2013

April 12, 2013

Are foreign captains a liability in the IPL?


Given the cap of four overseas players, it doesn't help the team if one of them is an automatic selection regardless of performance.


In a tournament with so many young players unused to high-pressure situations, an experienced foreign head is invaluable.


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April 13, 2013, 20:27 GMT


Experience is necessary in such pressure Cooker environment but the fact that most of these foreign captains are legends of the other versions of game and not T20 cannot be ignored. These players add stability when the team is young and need a good leader to lead them like we saw in case of RR and even DC when Gilchrist led them to victory but it is failing in case of MI and PWI. The cap of 4 foreign players are adding pressure on the captains because there are some good T20 foreign players sitting on bench and waiting for their chance to perform. So the idea should be that do not make them captain before the start of the tournament. Let them perform freely, they can always give valuable advice to everyone and if the team is failing continuously then they can be handed the captaincy. This is working for RCB, KKR and it can work for any team. This will also allow team management to have all options open for 4 foreign players and the pressure on senior foreign players will reduce.

April 19, 2013, 16:55 GMT


YEAH! its liable! doesn't matter the captain foreign or countrymen but he must be dedicated to his team

April 17, 2013, 14:27 GMT


If we look at the stats except of Mumbai Indians all top teams are captained by Indian players. Sanga, Mathews, Jayawardene - The SriLankan Trio are not impressive. For Pune team i think S.Smith is a good option and for hyderabad team White is good. and also Oz are good leaders.

April 17, 2013, 11:46 GMT


I think you always pick your best Captain, no matter where they come from, or who they are. Remember `Mike Brearly`, Captain of England, in the late 1970`s, First grade player at best, but a brilliant Captain. I saw one moment during the IPL, that showed me, a truely great Captain, can bring a team together. Ponting`s awesome catch off Bhaji`s bowling, then Bhaji raced over, and hugged Ponting, like they had played together forever. The emotion, and respect they showed each other was amazing, remember these 2 players, battled fiercely against each other in Test matches, between Oz & India. That moment showed me that Bhaji, not only respects Ponting, but is loving Punter as his Captain. Punter is past his prime with the Bat, but is still a fantastic Captain, who enjoys coaching the younger players, and this can only be a good thing, for the young Mumbai Indian, players. Don`t worry, he will come good with the Bat, and so will Sachin, Mumbai could not be in better hands. Go Punter :)

April 13, 2013, 15:00 GMT


There have been some super foriegn captains in the IPL, be it shane warne, adam gilchrist or in this season ricky ponting and sangkarra. This season especially the combination of ponting, kumble and wright seems unbeatable. The team combination differrent in each match and the bowling changes by ponting both show a superb thought process.

On the other hand Angelo Mathews seems a bad choice for captainship. While he would still find a place in the team, he does not seem good enough to lead. The bowling changes have left a lot to be desired and he hasn't been able to instil a sense of responsibility or coherent strategy in their batting which implodes in all matches

April 12, 2013, 18:34 GMT


We have 9 teams. In future we may have even more teams. It will never be feasible that the captain in and every team will be an Indian. As a country, how can India create so many captains all of a sudden? Plus it is unfair not to have a foreign player as captain if he is a good captain and performs well as well. I don't agree that having a foreign player as captain means you lose out on a place out of the precious 4. First of all, mostly high class foreign players are part of IPL (apart from few unknown foreign players, who generally get sidelined due to non-performance pretty soon, like Daniel Christian, etc). How can you even term someone like Ponting, Sanga, mathhews, etc as non-performers. If no ponting, does Mumbai really has a foreign batsman of similar caliber waiting in the wings? So foreign captain is a good thing for me,

April 12, 2013, 18:21 GMT


Captains can make a difference at times, though not as often as the media likes us to believe. Still a good captain is absolutely crucial for success. So, it does make sense to go for the best captains, be they Indian or foreign. People like Mahela, Sanga, Ponting are excellent international captains with proven records. So, why not utilize their captaincy skills? Angelo Mathews is new and so that is more questionable. But it probably went to him by default. I think in a way it makes sense to have quite a few Sri Lankans - they understand Asian culture, but they are also outsiders in India. Thus, both Indians and those from other countries can identify with them. Strategically, I think it makes perfect sense.

April 12, 2013, 13:16 GMT


The first two editions of the IPL were won by teams captained by foreign captains. 40% is a great success ratio given the fact that only two or three teams previosuly had foreign captains.

April 20, 2013, 18:13 GMT


Nope. Foreigner as IPL skipper is a disadvantage to young Indian talent. Matthews, Sangakkara and Ponting in one way not allowing Indian young batsmen to enter in Playing XI, just because they have the leadership skills. Young Indians should be given captaincy for making great future prospects. I respect the techniques used by foreign skippers like how Warne and GIichrist used in IPL-1 and IPL-2, respectively. But Dhoni and Gambhir has showed us in last two seasons. IPL is made for finding out new talents of young Indians. So in next season, hope so we will have all Indian skippers. All the best.

April 18, 2013, 12:47 GMT


Nope! Foreginers Is not a reliable captain for an IPL franchise. This is mainly due to the reason, there is only four foreigners present in the squad in the quota of foreigners, and if they hit bad form , the team will have to be stuck in a difficult situation to drop their captain.