Makarand Waingankar, writing in the Hindu, discusses some of the reasons why big names like Kevin Pietersen, Sachin Tendulkar and Brendon McCullum faltered as captains in the IPL.

Whatever may be the level of the game, it is imperative that a captain must know his players. Tendulkar, Pietersen and McCullum didn’t seem to know the strengths and weaknesses of their players to counter the strategies of the opposition.

Siddhartha Talya is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo