During any season of the IPL, all eyes are naturally on the captain of any national side, as all their fans expect them to score the maximum number of runs.
In the case of teams such as Chennai Super Kings, for example, a large number of people follow the team mainly because their favorite captain, MS Dhoni is in the franchise. However, there have been various instances where international skippers have failed to perform, showing various weaknesses about their technique and footwork.
Here’s taking a look at some captains who have failed in the T20 league.
Misbah-Ul-Haq was one of the success stories from Pakistan, becoming one of the most celebrated cricket captains of the country. However, he failed to replicate his success in the IPL. His first stint with IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore proved to be a mismatch, as he managed a measly 117 runs, averaging at 16.71. Moreover, as Pakistan got banned from the tournament, a rehash of his work was never seen.
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With a debut with Kolkata Knight Riders, all seemed well for the Sri Lankan skipper. However, he was dropped after just one match and was picked up by Pune Warriors India henceforth (2011-2013). His only half-century in the tournament was an unbeaten 65 against Deccan Chargers. Furthermore, he picked up only 20 wickets for the franchise, with best bowling figures at 4/19. He went on to play for Delhi Daredevils scoring 176 runs in two seasons and was eventually ignored.
The skipper from West Indies was just a bench warmer for Chennai Super Kings all throughout 2013, but in 2014 he did not help his team at all, getting 2/84 in six matches. After that, he was picked up by Sunrisers Hyderabad, but also could not contribute anything substantial, picking up one wicket in the single match he played. Lastly, he went on to KKR, but the stint did not suit him as well, as he picked up merely 2 wickets in 4 games.
Beginning with Royal Challengers Bangalore, Ross Taylor was in for a rocky ride from the beginning. He scored just one fifty the entire season, totaling 149 runs. He did not score a fifty till 2012 when he played for Delhi Daredevils. His IPL record is poor, with 1017 runs in 55 matches, and only three half-centuries.
The Indian stalwart could not live up to his legendary status during the IPL. Starting off as the skipper for KKR, he scored just 349 runs in 13 games, with a strike rate of 113.68. His captaincy was heavily criticized alongside his game. In 2009, despite the team bending over for him with different captains, he could score only 189 runs in 13 matches, with an average of 17.18. 2010 was his best year, with 493 runs in 14 matches. Once released from KKR, he went on to play for Pune Warriors India but failed there as well.