India’s T20 Captain Record by Win Percentage

Updated on: Nov 30, 2023 4:04 pm IST

T20 cricket was introduced in 2004 and soon became a popular format worldwide. India first played a T20I match under the leadership of Virender Sehwag in 2006. Since then, we have seen 13 different captains for Indian International Men’s cricket.

In this article, we will be looking at the full list of these captains including their winning percentage.

Indian Cricket is concerned about the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024. BCCI is rigorously looking for its captain for this ICC tournament. In the meanwhile, they have extended the tenure of the head coach Rahul Dravid till July 2024. But they are desperately trying some current players as a T20 leader to make them habituated under pressure and adapt to those skills. Constantly changing 9 captains in the last two years, India has newly appointed Suryakumar Yadav as a captain for the ongoing T20I home series against Australia.

As per the report, BCCI is trying to convince one of the most successful captains Rohit Sharma to continue in the upcoming T20 World Cup in the USA & West Indies.

India’s Men’s T20I captain list

No. Captain Span Matches Won Lost Tied NR Win%
1 MS Dhoni 2007-2016 72 41 28 1 2 59.28
2 Virat Kohli 2017-2021 50 30 16 2 2 64.58
3 Rohit Sharma 2017 to present 40 31 9 0 0 77.50
4 Hardik Pandya 2022-2023 16 10 5 1 0 62.50
5 Rishabh Pant 2022-2022 5 2 2 0 1 50
6 Shikhar Dhawan 2021-2021 3 1 2 0 0 33.33
7 Ruturaj Gaikwad 2023-2023 3 2 0 0 1 66.66
8 Suresh Raina 2010-2011 3 3 0 0 0 100
9 Suryakumar Yadav 2023 to present 3 2 1 0 0 66.66
10 Jasprit Bumrah 2023-2023 2 2 0 0 0 100
11 Ajinkya Rahane 2015-2015 2 1 1 0 0 50
12 KL Rahul 2022-2022 1 1 0 0 0 100
13 Virender Sehwag 2006-2006 1 1 0 0 0 100

The last time the T20 World Cup was hosted by West Indies was in 2010. India managed to win only 2 matches out of 6 group matches under MS Dhoni’s Captaincy. Then India toured to the USA in 2016 and played a two-match T20I series against the West Indies with a 1-0 series win under the same captain.

After that, under Virat Kohli’s leadership, India travelled to the West Indies & USA in 2019. India won that series by 3-0.

India has played 2 T20I series in the West Indies & USA in 2022 and 2023 respectively. In 2022, Rohit Sharma was the captain who beat West Indies by 4-1. But in 2023, India under Hardik Pandya faced a defeat of 3-2 result.

So, considering the upcoming T20 World Cup, India needs to find a better captain if Rohit Sharma is unavailable.

Who is India’s most successful T20 Captain?

To answer this question, MS Dhoni comes first in people’s minds for the trophy-winning inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup 2007. Not only that, but he is the only one under whom India played two T20 World Cup Finals in 2007 and 2014. His last T20 World Cup as a captain was in 2016 when India lost against the West Indies in the Semi-Finals.

After Dhoni, India reached the 2022 T20 World Cup Semi-Final under Rohit Sharma and lost to England by 10 wickets.

India’s T20 Captains (lead more than 15 matches)

Win% Captain Span Matches Won Lost Tie NR
77.50 Rohit Sharma 2017 to present 40 31 9 0 0
64.58 Virat Kohli 2017-2021 50 30 16 2 2
62.50 Hardik Pandya 2022-2023 16 10 5 1 0
59.28 MS Dhoni 2007-2016 72 41 28 1 2

As per winning Percentage, Rohit Sharma is the best captain. He is 36 now. And Indian fans are hopeful to see him as a captain in this T20 World Cup. Hardik Pandya is not a bad option though. But, he is an injury-prone cricketer with a bigger workload. So, Rohit Sharma is the best option this time.

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