From Shubman Gill to Ruturaj Gaikwad: How are the new IPL captains performing?

Some big names have moved on or stepped aside and the 2024 season is an opportunity for new leaders to show what they are capable of.

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Being a captain in the Indian Premier League (IPL) is one of the most glamorous jobs in cricket. New faces in leadership roles are adding to the excitement for the 2024 season. Mumbai Indians have Hardik Pandya, Gujarat Titans have Shubman Gill, Chennai Super Kings have Ruturaj Gaikwad and Sunrisers Hyderabad have Pat Cummins. In a highly demanding league, they all face the challenge of proving themselves.

From Shubman Gill to Ruturaj Gaikwad: How are the new IPL captains performing?

If you are on the hot seat among the biggest brands, Mumbai Indians or Chennai Super Kings, due to their huge fan base and success in the tournament, the spotlight is even greater. Pandya and Gaikwad certainly have a big responsibility to shoulder, playing the role of five-time champions Rohit Sharma and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Compared to the above two, there is less pressure on Gill, but how he handles the responsibility is important as many have seen him as India’s future captain across all formats.

Cummins is the most high-profile personality of the four, the challenge for him is to deal with the pressure of expectations and justify the price as the second-most expensive auction purchase in IPL history (₹20.5 crore).

Gaikwad’s brilliant start

If we look at the points table, Gaikwad has made a great start and has led his team to three wins in five matches, taking CSK to fourth place in the table after five matches. As the tournament has progressed, his confidence has grown and this was evident in Monday’s game against Kolkata Knight Riders. From behind the wicket, Dhoni will be pleased with how he managed the bowling resources. KKR batsmen were not allowed to settle down.

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CSK’s strategy under Dhoni all these years was based on their domestic record. The new captain has continued that trend with three wins from three matches at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. They do this by using their spin resources. Gaikwad’s advantage is that having been in the same set-up, he knows how Dhoni used to do business. He was spot on against KKR, bringing in Ravindra Jadeja immediately after the powerplay proved to be a game changer. Jadeja took three wickets in his first eight balls and KKR never recovered from it.

The other crucial phase which Gaikwad handled well was the last five overs, which KKR looked to capitalize on through their best power-hitters Rinku Singh and Andre Russell. But Tushar Deshpande dismissed both of them cheaply to give CSK a tie in the match – Rinku scored 9 runs in 14 balls and Russell scored 10 runs in 10 balls. Gaikwad’s confidence can be seen in his batting, he played a stormy innings of 67 not out in 58 balls. One-sided contest.

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In terms of results, Gujarat Titans have so far been unable to match their first two seasons and have managed only two wins from five matches, but from a long-term perspective it will be pleasing to know that Gill is getting good reviews. expert.

Taking over the captaincy from Hardik Pandya, the 24-year-old has been showcasing his leadership skills on the field. The Titans may have lost their last game against Lucknow Super Giants, but Gill’s leadership abilities have been evident in most of the matches. The way he handled the finish in the first game against Mumbai Indians helped him adapt to the challenging role. Defending a total of 168, MI scored 42 runs in 30 balls and reached the target with seven wickets to spare (126/3 in 15 overs). But Gill helped seal the win by six runs.

He has maintained confident body language and given the image of a captain who knows what he is doing.

After seeing Gill’s leadership during the Titans vs LSG match, former England captain Michael Vaughan took to X (formerly Twitter) to express his appreciation. Vaughan posted, “I must say that @ShubhmanGill is going to be a very, very good captain.. No doubt he will captain #India one day.. #IPL2024.”

Similar to Gaikwad, Gill’s advantage is that he knows the Titans system well under coach Ashish Nehra. He has wisely decided to fit in and continue the successful methodology laid down by Nehra. The team has been troubled by the injury to key finisher David Miller and the absence of all-rounder Hardik Pandya could be filled.

Pandya’s strong comeback

Of all the four new captains, Pandya has faced the toughest time with four losses in five matches. After his tremendous success at Titans, winning the title in the first match and finishing runners-up in the second year, Pandya comes to Mumbai Indians with high expectations.

However, if you are performing well at one club, it does not automatically give you success at another club. Pandya has previously been a part of Mumbai Indians. But being a player and being a captain are two different things. The set-up is completely different.

In Titans, he had nothing to lose. That extra pressure of expectations was not there in the first season. The whole atmosphere was different. In Mumbai, he is leading a five-time champion team, so high expectations come with the job.

Coming to a big club, one obvious difference is that you have other big superstars around you. Pandya has to compete with Indian captain Rohit Sharma, who is at the peak of his popularity, which clearly shows how much he is liked in the entire country. The fans have increased the problems for Pandya in the stadium. Then there are other big characters in the dressing room: you have the world number one fast bowler, Jasprit Bumrah; Suryakumar Yadav, who is the best T20 batsman in the world.

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To win over the fans, Pandya will have to get results and lead from the front with runs and wickets.

Cummins is leading the way

Under the leadership of Pat Cummins, Sunrisers Hyderabad have certainly shown promising signs with two impressive wins in their first four matches that they will be no pushovers this season. Having a bowler as captain in a batting-heavy team is a big advantage. He is able to correct plans on the fly, mapping out pitches and conditions to show his bowlers what will work.

He led from the front in the win against Mumbai Indians and bowled out the batsmen in a spell of 4-0-35-2, while their other bowlers were facing defeat. Having a big personality as the captain of the champion Australia team is naturally inspiring in the dressing room.

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