We take a look at the captains leading their sides from the south. While David Warner is all set to shoulder the responsibility for the Sunrisers Hyderabad, Chennai Supers Kings the world cup winning captain MS Dhoni at the helm for their team.
David Warner joined the Sunrisers Hyderabad for US$880,000 in 2014. After being appointed captain in 2015, Warner ended the season with the orange cap which is awarded to the tournament’s leading run-scorer.
Rewarding Warner for his excellent performance, the SRH board put their trust in Warner and decided to continue with him as the captain of the team in 2016. He repaid the trust put in him by the board leading the SRH team to their title victory. David scored 69 runs off 38 balls in the final against Royal Challengers Bangalore finishing the season with 848 runs.
The Aussie ended the IPL 2017 season as the leading run-scorer with 641 runs and at an average of 58.27. Warner was named captain for the 2018 season but he stepped down as captain following ball-tampering incident in South Africa. He didn’t play in the 2018 IPL season, as BCCI did not allow him to play.
Warner will be raring to go and perform in one of the biggest cricketing league in the world which is rescheduled to begin from April 15 onwards.
MS Dhoni joined the boys in the yellow jersey back in the inaugural season of the IPL for US$1.5 million. This made him the most expensive player in the IPL for the first season auctions. An evergreen name in CSK’s history books, MSD has made Chennai his second home playing for them every season possible.
India’s Captain Cool led the Chennai Super Kings to the 2010 and 2011 and 2018 Indian Premier League titles. Additionally, MSD also lead the Chennai based IPL to global domination winning 2 Champions League T20 titles in 2010 and 2014 respectively.
MS Dhoni was forced to move and play for a different franchise as CSK was suspended for 2 years. MSD joined the Pune based Rising Pune Super Giant Rising Pune Supergiant for US$1.9 million. Dhoni’s RPSG team finish horribly in the 7th place in 2016. Things changed and in 2017, his team reached the finals losing it to Mumbai Indians.
MSD returned to the CSK camp before the 2018 IPL season as the Chennai Super Kings returned to IPL after serving their 2-year ban. Dhoni was again selected to lead the franchise once again and MSD didn’t disappoint. He led his side to their third IPL title. scored 455 runs on the way in the tournament The CSK team of 2019 captained by MS emerged to be one of the strongest teams that season. Dhoni was the leading run-scorer for the team.
Mahi is back in the yellow team’s dugout after taking nearly 6 months’ break from cricket to spend time with his family. Dhoni’s arrival at CSK’s home ground was cheered with a huge roar and Dhoni will be expected his team to double up on that roar and outperform everyone else to win the title for the fourth time.