The IPL is coming and this time it’s coming with a lot of upgrades. The upgraded version of this IPL is going to increase the decibels for at least one notch this time. On 15 Feb 2020, the IPL GC released the much awaited schedule of the upcoming VIVO IPL 2020. The marquee tournament will kick start from 29th March 2020 with defending champion Mumbai Indian locking horns with three-time winner Chennai Super Kings in the dazzling floodlights of Wankhede Stadium.
This year’s mini auction in last December saw all the eight teams making their squad more balanced and solid at least on papers. The teams like CSK, MI and SRH, based on their home conditions, strengthened their squad. However,captaincy remains the all important aspect that decides how well a team performs under pressure.
We have seen captains like Rohit Sharma and Mahendra Singh Dhoni snatching win from the jaws of defeat. Aakash Chopra, former Indian opener and active commentator, has rated all the eight captains ahead of IPL 2020.
In a video posted on his official Facebook Account, Aakash Chopra, at number 8, has placed KL Rahul – the newly appointed captain of Kings XI Punjab– due to the latter’s inexperience in captaincy.
At number 7, Aakash Chopra has picked Delhi Capitals captain- Shreyas Iyer. The youngster’s career has been scaling the new heights ever since taking over the captaincy of Delhi Capitals. Now a regular in India’s limited overs team, Iyer also led Delhi to the playoffs for the first time since 2012.
David Warner, reinstated captain of SRH has been placed at number six, the Australian, who missed the IPL 2018 due to ball-tampering scandal, returned to the fold last year and finished the tournament as the highest run-scorer. Warner, an aggressive captain, led Sunrisers Hyderabad to their maiden IPL title in 2016.
For number five, Aakash Chopra has picked Dinesh Karthik– who is yet to prove himself as captain. Virat Kohli, the Royal Challengers Bangalore captain, is placed at No. 4. However, the Indian Captain has one of the poorest track record as captain in IPL.
Aakash Chopra’s top three captains are Rajasthan Royals’ Steve Smith, Mumbai Indians’ Rohit Sharma and Chennai Super Kings’ MS Dhoni respectively. At Number three –Steven Smith, former Australian captain, is one of the shrewdest cricketing brains. While No. 2 and No. 1 in the form of Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni does not need any introduction for their outstanding track records in IPL. Rohit, the most successful captain in the history of IPL, have a very strong Mumbai Indians outfit at his disposal.
While Dhoni, who has led Super Kings to three titles, is as witty a customer as you see in terms of captaincy. Dhoni, according to Akash Chopra, has grabbed the first position for his better resource management than Rohit Sharma.