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Chose the best captain in the12 seasons of the IPL Rohit Sharma, by Gautam Gambhir and Sanjay Bangar.

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In episode of Star Sports’ show Cricket Connected, former cricketers – Gautam Gambhir, Sanjay Bangar, KevinPietersen and Danny Morrison discussed who has been the best captain in IPL history. Clearly there were only 2 frontrunners: MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma.Indian Premier League (IPL) has failed to get off the ground this year due to the coronavirus lockdown in the country, the pandemic hasn’t been able to stop the numerous speculations about its future nor the frequent analysis of the tournament’s past.

While Pietersen and Morrison chose Chennai Super Kings skipper Dhoni as the best captain, Gambhir and Bangar named Rohit as their preference. Statistically, Mumbai Indians captain Rohit has won the most – 4 – IPL titles, which is one more than those won by Dhoni’s CSK.

But it is hard to ignore the coolness of Dhoni the captain on a cricket field. However, Gambhir tipped Rohit to finish with 3-4 more titles under his belt by the time he is done.

“I think it’s Rohit Sharma. He has won it four times. Captaincy is all about winning trophies. He will end up being the most successful IPL captain of all time as well. He has 4 already, he may finish at 6-7 maybe under his belt,” said Gambhir.

Former India batting coach Bangar also backed Rohit due to his ability to win close matches under enormous pressure.

“The number of close matches that Mumbai Indians have won actually also show Rohit’s success as captain. He has won some very close games. The choices that he makes under pressure are good,”said Bangar.

“He is backed by the result, but even from pure captaincy point of view, the smartness and decision making, I would say Rohit Sharma,” added Bangar.

MS Dhoni is the most successful captain when it comes to the number of matches won and the winning percentage. He also holds the IPL record for most matches as captain.

In 174 matches as captain, MS Dhoni has won 104 matches. The Chennai Super Kings captain has a staggering win percentage of 60.11. Notably, no captain who has led an IPL team in more than 30 matches has a win percentage of 60 or above.

Rohit is not far behind when it comes to winning percentage as well. In 104 matches, Rohit has managed to win 60 as captain with a win percentage of 58.65.

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Boman Irani and Star Sports get ready to welcome England cricket team,After India’s historic series win at Gabba.

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After almost a year, cricket finally returns to Indian soil as Team India faces world champions England in a two-month adventure that gets underway from February 05th, 2021. As India opens its doors to sporting events, Star Sports aptly sets the tone for a great season of cricket ahead.

In line with the sentiment of the nation of resilience, the broadcaster launched its campaign #IndiaTaiyarHai that highlights the excitement and eagerness of viewers and fans, waiting to welcome home their favourite cricket heroes. After a historic win against Australia at the Gabba, the nation celebrates as we get one step closer to winning the World Test Championship.

Bringing the campaign to life, Boman Irani plays an avid Team India fan who is the general manager of the hotel where the England cricket team is put up. His excitement on the return of cricket to India echoes in the ballroom of the grand hotel, where he is addressing his staff. In the film, Boman Irani playfully tries to hassle the England cricketers during their stay in the competitive spirit of the game.

Speaking about the #IndiaTaiyarHai campaign on Star Sports, Boman Irani said, “Cricket is coming back to India after a long gap and I can confidently say, that together as a country, we are ready for the most-awaited India vs England series. As a staunch Team India supporter, I enjoyed personifying the passion of every Indian cricket fan, with the Star Sports campaign #IndiaTaiyarHai. I think my enthusiasm and love for our Indian team is visible in the campaign film as well. With this, I am inviting all the millions of fans to cheer Team India along with me, as they lock horns with world champions, England. From Chennai to Ahmedabad and Pune, it’s time to paint the country blue with Star Sports.”

“The campaign, ‘#IndiaTaiyarHai’, amplifies the joy and anticipation of passionate cricket fans, who’re looking forward to international Cricket returning to India. England are world champions and one of the top test teams in the world, ideal opponents for this momentous occasion,” said Sanjog Gupta, Head – Sports, Star India. “It’s a fantastic calendar of Cricket on Star Sports starting with England tour of India which will kickstart bilateral Cricket for the year. We also look forward to broadcasting another season of IPL and the T20 World Cup. We have always taken pride in delivering innovative and compelling viewing experiences, so fans have a lot to look forward to,” he added.

 

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