IPL 2024: 5 teams who will have new captains in the upcoming season

With just 10 days left for the 17th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the cricketing world is buzzing with excitement as 10 formidable teams gear up to battle for the coveted title.

New captains taking charge

Amidst the anticipation, the league is abuzz with talks of captaincy changes. The leadership landscape has undergone a transformation with key franchises appointed new skippers. Whether it’s the result of injury setbacks, player trades, or a strategic vision for the future, these captaincy changes are poised to redefine team dynamics. Fans will be eager on the edge of their seats, anticipating how these captaincy changes will influence team dynamics, performance, and ultimately, the title race.

New captains for the upcoming IPL 2024 Season: 5 teams in focus:

1. Mumbai Indians (MI)

Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya (Image Source: Twitter)
  • New Captain: Hardik Pandya
  • Background: MI, under the leadership of Rohit Sharma, clinched the IPL title five times. However, the franchise made a bold move by appointing Hardik as the new captain ahead of the IPL 2024 Auction. Hardik previously led the Gujarat Titans (GT) to victory in 2022 but faced a runner-up finish in the 2023 edition. The trading of Hardik back to MI sets the stage for an intriguing dynamic between the former and current captains.

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2. Gujarat Titans (GT)

Shubman Gill and Hardik Pandya
Shubman Gill and Hardik Pandya (Image Source: Twitter)
  • New Captain: Shubman Gill
  • Context: With Hardik moving to MI, Gujarat had to find a new captain. The management entrusted the responsibility to the rising star of Indian cricket, Shubman Gill. The experienced Kane Williamson and vice-captain Rashid Khan will add valuable support to the new captain.

3. Sunrisers Hyderabad

Pat Cummins and Aiden Markram
Pat Cummins and Aiden Markram (Image Source: Twitter)
  • New Captain: Pat Cummins
  • Decision Highlights: A few days before the tournament’s start, Sunrisers Hyderabad decided to hand over the captaincy to the current Australian skipper, Pat Cummins. He replaced Aiden Markram, who led the sister franchise side, Sunrisers Eastern Cape to consecutive second title victory in the SA20 Trophy. Despite Markram’s success, the franchise opted for Cummins, who showcased exceptional leadership skills, guiding Australia to victories in the World Test Championship (WTC) and ODI World Cup 2023.

4. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR):

Shreyas Iyer and Nitish Rana
Shreyas Iyer and Nitish Rana (Image Source: Twitter)
  • Returning Captain: Shreyas Iyer
  • Background: Iyer, the original captain of KKR, is set to return to the leadership role. In IPL 2023, he couldn’t captain the side due to a back injury, with Nitish Rana taking charge. Now, Iyer will aim to bring his captaincy prowess back to guide KKR in the upcoming season.

Delhi Capitals (DC):

David Warner and Rishabh Pant
David Warner and Rishabh Pant (Image Source: Twitter)
  • Returning Captain: Rishabh Pant
  • Comeback Story: After missing the IPL 2023 due to a freakish car incident in December 2022, Rishabh Pant is set to make a comeback as the captain of Delhi Capitals (DC). David Warner led the side in Pant’s absence, but now the dynamic Indian wicketkeeper-batter is ready to don the captaincy role once again.

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