Which captain has been the worst in this year’s IPL?

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The IPL 2023 league stages are almost done and only 4 games are left before the playoffs. We have seen so many interesting games in the tournament with some amazing performances by the players. Today, we will talk about who is the IPL’s worst captain this season.

List of the IPL worst captain this season

(1) Aiden Markram

He was given the responsibility of a captaincy of Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) but he hasn’t lived up to the expectations of the franchise.

Aiden Markram led the Sunrisers Eastern Cape to glory in the SA20 league. And on that basis, he has been given T20 captaincy of South Africa and for SRH in the IPL. But SRH hasn’t done well in IPL 2023 and right now, is standing at last in the points table with just 4 wins in 13 games.

Aiden Markram himself hasn’t done well with the bat this year. He is one of the best T20 batters all around the world. But he only scored 235 runs in 12 games.

Markram didn’t even know what was going on behind the scenes

We have seen over the years in the IPL that some team captains didn’t have much authority. And the team management and mentors have more say than the team captains. Maybe, Markram didn’t have much say in the decisions taken by the team.

In the last game against RCB at the toss time, he was asked about Umran Malik’s availability. He said he don’t know what is going on behind the scenes with Umran. A team captain saying this shows a lot about the franchise. Although, Markram said Umran Malik has an X factor in the team.

There are some other instances before as well in the IPL, where the management has more authority than the team’s captain.

All in all, we will consider Markram the worst IPL captain this season. He will look to rectify himself next year if he will be given the responsibility again.

(2) David Warner

Warner has been given the responsibility of Delhi Capitals (DC) in the absence of Rishabh Pant. But DC’s position in the IPL 2023 shows he hasn’t done well.

DC is standing at No. 9 in the points table with only 5 wins in 13 games.

See the full IPL 2023 points table

No consistency in the selection

Warner hasn’t been consistent enough while fielding the playing XI. He keeps changing the players, whether it’s in the batting order or bowling department. Too many trials and not showing consistency costs his team a position in playoffs.

Warner himself is struggling to get going. Although he scored 430 runs in this season as well. But he sets his standard very high. Also, he struggled with fluency in the inning and hasn’t scored the way we used to see him.

Warner won an IPL title with SRH in 2016. But this year, he is considered one of the IPL’s worst captain this season.

(3) Shikhar Dhawan

He was the captain of the Punjab Kings (PBKS) this year. But Punjab didn’t do well in IPL 2023. In fact, PBKS played its last playoffs in 2014, when they reached the final as well but lost to KKR.

Shikhar himself has done reasonably well with the bat, having scored 373 runs in 11 games with an average of 41.44 and a strike rate of almost 143. But he has made some blunders while taking decisions as captain.

One of the prime examples of his wrong decision is giving last over to Harpreet Brar against Delhi. That over gave the momentum to DC and PBKS fell short of a target in that game.

Also, backing M Short even when he has some other good players in the squad is also one of the bad decisions as well.

Shikhar Dhawan will be considered one of the IPL’s worst captains this season.

(4) Nitish Rana

In the S Iyer’s absence, Nitish was given this role. But not using the resources properly and taking some wrong decisions costs KKR a place in the playoffs.

Now, KKR has an outside chance of qualifying in the playoffs. But they need to win by a very big margin of 100+ runs and depend on other results as well. It is highly unlikely and the chances are very bleak.

Conclusion

So these are the few captains this season whom we considered as IPL’s worst captains. We haven’t included Sanju Samson because RR won half of their games this season. But the kind of players RR have, they could have finished in the top 4.

Sanju has some good resources in the team with some big names. RR is now dependent on MI and RCB’s match results to qualify for the playoffs.

What do you think? Who is the IPL’s worst captain this season? Comment your answer below.

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