IPL 2023 Auction: Cricket is a team game but the captains are the real commanders on the cricket field. A true Captain always sets an example of cricketing brilliance on the field, leading from the front they motivate their players to perform comprehensively and turns on to be the torch bearer towards victory.
Leadership is not an attribute but a quality of one’s personality, a captain portrays perfect sportsmanship in all circumstances of the game and leaves a mark with the bat or bowl in hand or by showing his managing skills both on and off the field.
IPL has had some extraordinary players skippering the sides over the years. Legendary Indian captain MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, David Warner, Shane Warne and Adam Gilchrist all have been captains of their respective franchises over the years.
With the new edition of ill and the onset of mini-auction 2023, has many new captains to bid on who can be great leaders to their side.
Here are 5 good captaincy options in the mini-auction of 2023
5. Aaron Finch
The Aussie skipper who recently got eliminated from the ongoing T20 world cup led his side to a comprehensive win in the previous edition of the World cup.
The ex-KKR man might be released by his side for not having a great tournament last year, and he will be eyed by several franchises that can use his cricketing experience as a captain or batsman.
Finch can be a great bid for the franchises looking for a captain to manage their team’s merit.
4. Mohammad Nabi
The Afghan skipper can be considered one of the finest spinning all-rounders in the shorter format of the game.
Besides being the most entertaining all-rounder in the world he has been the most successful captain for his national side, he took on Afghan captaincy after Gulbadin Naib stepped down and it is during his reign that Afghanistan went on to be a formidable side from a sceptical underdog opposition. No doubt he is one of the best in the captaincy business to be picked up by the sides.
3. Dasun Shanaka
The Lankan skipper has been in recent good form with his captaincy in the Asia cup and bilateral series over the past few years.
The Lankan lions seem to struggle with their cricket till Shanaka took over the captaincy and went on to encourage his side to give their 200% on the field and gear up to make an impact back on international cricket.
With a fair bid base price of just 50L for the all-rounder from the emerald isle and his impactful captaincy methods, Shanaka can be the perfect choice for franchises that can afford a foreign Captain on their side in IPL 2023.
2. Shakib Al-Hasan
Shakib is a name who has made an all-round impact on world cricket be it with the bat, bowl or his role as a captain.
The Bengal tiger who seems to have rumbled for years in international cricket has many records to his name. Besides he is also the most successful Bangladeshi captain.
With immense experience from around the world in the short format of the game, Shakib would be the best all-rounder captaincy option for any side to bid on in the IPL 2023 Auction.
1. Kieron Pollard
The big man from Trinidad is most experienced in International t20 cricket with the most appearances in different T20 leagues around the world.
With a disappointing season in the last edition of the IPL and now many in-form hitters in their squad, there are chances of MI releasing Pollard for this year’s mini-auction.
This would be an opportunity for other franchises to include the power-packed cricketer to their side who can switch the course of the game with his power hitting and can add a spark to the game with his captaincy.
This makes Pollard one of the best captaincy options to feature in an IPL 2023 franchise as captain with the immense experience of playing in the Indian Premier League.