Gautam Gambhir has also led Kolkata Knight Riders to two title wins in the IPL © IANS
Gautam Gambhir has also led Kolkata Knight Riders to two title wins in the IPL © IANS

When Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) took on Dolphins in the group stage of the ongoing Champions League T20 (CLT20) 2014, Gautam Gambhir became only the second player after to lead the side in 100 T20 matches. Bharath Seervi pulls out some numbers related to captaincy in T20s.

Gautam Gambhir captained for the 100th time in his T20 career when his team, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), took on Dolphins in the ongoing Champions League T20 at Hyderabad. Gambhir is only the second to reach this feat in T20s after MS Dhoni, who has captained in a record 183 T20 matches so far. Gambhir captained in 19 matches for Delhi Daredevils (DD), five for Delhi in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and the rest 76 for KKR.

In the 100 matches captained by Gambhir, his team won 60 matches and lost 38 of those. One ended in a tie and one without any result. Gambhir has 61.11% success as captain; this includes 59.33 for the KKR, 57.89% for DD and 100% for Delhi.

Gambhir’s captaincy record

Team Matches Won Lost Tied N/R Win %
Kolkata Knight Riders 76 44 30 1 1 59.33
Delhi Daredevils 19 11 8 0 0 57.89
Delhi 5 5 0 0 0 100
Overall 100 60 38 1 1 61.11

 

Players who captained in 50 or more T20 matches

There are 27 others who captained in 50 or more matches in T20 cricket. Many of the captains are from the IPL teams and the domestic T20 teams of England. MS Dhoni has played 189 T20 matches in his career out of which in 183 he remained the captain. Below is the table listing all those captains with their win-loss record.

 

Player Span M Won Lost Tied NR Win %
MS Dhoni 2007 to 2014 183 107 72 2 2 59.66
Gautam Gambhir 2009 to 2014 100 60 38 1 1 61.11
Robert Key 2006 to 2014 83 46 34 2 1 57.31
Adam Gilchrist 2007 to 2013 83 40 43 0 0 48.19
Darren Sammy 2006 to 2014 82 42 37 1 2 53.12
Kumar Sangakkara 2009 to 2013 80 34 44 2 0 43.75
George Bailey 2007 to 2014 72 42 28 1 1 59.85
Shoaib Malik 2005 to 2014 70 50 17 2 1 73.91
Cameron White 2006 to 2014 70 43 26 1 0 62.14
Shane Warne 2004 to 2013 64 34 29 1 0 53.9
William Porterfield 2008 to 2014 63 37 23 0 3 61.66
Misbah-ul-Haq 2006 to 2014 61 43 17 1 0 71.31
Mohammad Hafeez 2005 to 2014 61 39 21 1 0 64.75
Brendon McCullum 2008 to 2014 61 25 31 2 3 44.82
Mushfiqur Rahim 2011 to 2014 60 29 30 0 1 49.15
Dale Benkenstein 2004 to 2012 60 24 29 2 5 45.45
Virender Sehwag 2006 to 2012 58 32 26 0 0 55.17
Daniel Vettori 2006 to 2013 58 28 28 2 0 50
Andrew Gale 2010 to 2014 58 26 28 1 3 48.18
Mahela Jayawardene 2006 to 2013 57 29 26 2 0 52.63
David Hussey 2006 to 2013 56 32 19 3 2 62.03
Sachin Tendulkar 2008 to 2011 55 32 23 0 0 58.18
Gareth Hopkins 2006 to 2014 54 29 22 2 1 56.6
James Foster 2008 to 2013 54 29 23 0 2 55.76
Rahul Dravid 2008 to 2013 54 27 27 0 0 50
Simon Katich 2007 to 2014 53 24 25 2 2 49.01
Daryl Mitchell 2010 to 2014 53 25 28 0 0 47.16
Alviro Petersen 2009 to 2014 50 20 25 1 4 44.56
Collins Obuya 2011 to 2013 50 18 31 0 1 36.73

Gambhir’s success rate of 61.11% is remarkable. If minimum of 50 matches is considered, Gambhir stands seventh on the list. Malik (73.91% )has the highest success rate in T20s for a cut-off with a minimum of 50 matches. The second and third places are also occupied by Pakistan players — Misbah (71.31%) and Hafeez (64.75%). The table below provides the complete list.

Player M Win %
Shoaib Malik 70 73.91
Misbah-ul-Haq 61 71.31
Mohammad Hafeez 61 64.75
Cameron White 70 62.14
David Hussey 56 62.03
William Porterfield 63 61.66
Gautam Gambhir 100 61.11
George Bailey 72 59.85
MS Dhoni 183 59.66
Sachin Tendulkar 55 58.18
Robert Key 83 57.31
Gareth Hopkins 54 56.6
James Foster 54 55.76
Virender Sehwag 58 55.17

 

Gambhir has captained KKR in 61 consecutive matches since September 25, 2011. In this T20 league, he overcame Dhoni’s streak of 59 consecutive matches as captain of Chennai Super Kings (CSK). The table below displays the full list.

Most consecutive matches as captain of a team in T20 cricket

M Captain Team Span
61* Gautam Gambhir Kolkata Knight Riders 2011 to current
59 MS Dhoni Chennai Super Kings 2010 to 2012
45* William Porterfield Ireland 2010 to current
44* Daryl Mitchell Worcestershire 2011 to current
43 Shane Warne Rajasthan Royals 2008 to 2011
42 Chris Adams Sussex 2003 to 2008
42 Adam Gilchrist Deccan Chargers 2008 to 2010
42* MS Dhoni Chennai Super Kings 2013 to current
40 Rahul Dravid Rajasthan Royals 2012 to 2013
39 Gareth Hopkins Auckland 2010 to current
38 Collins Obuya Kenya 2011 to 2013
37 Shoaib Malik Sialkot Stallions 2010 to current
36* Virat Kohli Royal Challengers Bangalore 2012 to current
35 Anil Kumble Royal Challengers Bangalore 2009 to 2010

 

Gambhir has proved as successful as Dhoni as a T20 leader. He has won two IPL trophies for the KKR in last three seasons and has led the team strongly in the ongoing Champions League T20 as well. There is no doubt why Gambhir has been in talks for the captaincy for the Indian T20I team.

If he can display a good form in batting, he should ideally replace Dhoni in the shortest format. Will the selectors look upon this? More importantly, will he be even selected?

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(Bharath Seervi is a cricket statistician who is obsessed with digging numbers, facts and records related to the game. An active member of Society of Cricket Statisticians of India, he blogs at www.cricketseervistats.blogspot.com. He can be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SeerviBharath and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SeerviCricket)