Season fifteen of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has begun to ring bells, with the player retention procedure for the IPL 2022 just concluded. All eight current IPL teams chose their best players to stay with the franchise for a few more years and released the rest of the roster. The IPL 2022 Mega Auction will take place in a few months, and the franchises have already started preparing. With the addition of the two new teams to the existing pool of eight franchises, the IPL 2022 mega auction is now a foregone conclusion.
There will be a lot of player reshuffling and some emotional moments for players who have been associated with certain franchises for a long time and are now released into the auction.
Meanwhile, the IPL 2022 Mega Auction will force franchises to replace underperforming captains, and a few have already stepped down from their positions. Several franchises have already released their captains, and a few captains have resigned from their positions.
This article will go over the expected captains for each of the ten IPL teams in IPL 2022.
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) – MS Dhoni
According to some experts, MS Dhoni will play the entire IPL 2022 season. He will captain the team again after winning the IPL 2021 in Dubai. Chennai Super Kings, a four-time IPL champion, has retained Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the upcoming season of the IPL for a hefty INR 12 crores, and he is anticipated to captain his club once more. Dhoni has already stated his intentions for the upcoming season, stating that he wants to play his final match at Chennai’s Chepauk Stadium.
Mumbai Indians (MI) – Rohit Sharma
After taking over the leadership role from Ricky Ponting in 2013, the Mumbai Indians were concerned about the job and had to hand it up to Rohit Sharma, the team’s only performer. The decision to choose Rohit as the team’s leader paid off for the franchise.
Rohit Sharma, the most successful IPL captain, has been retained by his parent franchise and will continue to lead the team in the coming season. Mumbai Indians won five IPL titles in eight years under Rohit and performed admirably.
Rohit Sharma’s IPL captaincy record is second to none, and he has begun to position himself as a strong white ball candidate to succeed Virat Kohli as India’s captain.
Delhi Capitals (DC) – Rishabh Pant
The franchise has put its faith in the young Indian southpaw’s abilities and has given him the captaincy of the team for the IPL 2022 season. After his achievement last season, the youthful stumper batsman Rishabh Pant has been appointed as the head of the Delhi Capitals (DC). He took the position of Shreyas Iyer, who was apparently not retained by the franchise.
When Iyer was injured, Pant was named captain, and he performed admirably. He led his squad to the playoffs and managed his resources well.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) – Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson, the New Zealand captain, will lead SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the Indian Premier League’s fifteenth season. During the recent IPL 2022 Player Retentions, he was retained by the franchise for a hefty INR 14 crores.
The franchise had already relieved David Warner of his captaincy and replaced him with Kane Williamson as the team’s leader. Warner was not given sufficient reasons for his dismissal, and as a result, the franchise was embroiled in public outrage over its treatment of David Warner. Williamson just led his country to the final of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 despite a lack of star players in the roster, unlike India, Australia, and England. After reaching the final, New Zealand surprised everyone and declared that in order to advance in any event, a team must play as a unit.
Rajasthan Royals (RR) – Sanju Samson
Rajasthan Royals, the IPL’s first champions, want to give youthful Sanju Samson another chance as the team’s captain. The franchise has re-signed him for a reported INR 14 crores.
After Steve Smith’s failure in the IPL, Samson was named Rajasthan’s captain for the 2021 season. Despite the fact that Sanju’s Rajasthan Royals had a forgettable season, he will undoubtedly benefit from it.
He’ll be eager to put his acquired knowledge to use in the coming season and help his squad achieve success. In the coming season, it will be intriguing to see how Samson leads.
Punjab Kings (PBKS) – Mayank Agarwal
The Mohali-based IPL franchise is struggling to get off to a good start in the Indian Premier League. From player selection to strategy, the franchise has struggled a lot and is eager to make changes for the upcoming season.
Mayank Agarwal is the most likely candidate to captain the team in the upcoming auction. KL Rahul has already left the franchise and is looking for new opportunities. The franchise has signed Agarwal for a fee of INR 12 crores. He will continue to serve the franchise for a few more years and is a strong candidate for captaincy.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) – David Warner
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), a two-time IPL champion, currently lacks a captaincy candidate. During the recent player retention, the franchise retained players such as Andre Russell, Varun Chakravarthy, Venkatesh Iyer, and Sunil Narine, but none of them appear to be the right fit for the highest order roles and responsibilities.KKR will try to acquire Australian opener David Warner in the IPL 2022 Mega Auction, as he is the likely candidate to lead KKR. Warner has an outstanding record in the IPL, both as a batter and as a captain.
In 2016, he led SRH to their only IPL title. For several years, he has also been his team’s leading run-scorer. KKR will have to pay a large fee to get David Warner’s services in the IPL 2022 Mega Auction, despite the fact that there will be tough competition for his services.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) – Glenn Maxwell
Who will be RCB’s next captain following Virat Kohli in the upcoming IPL season?
Kohli recently announced his decision to step down as T20 captain in order to control his excessive workload, and the search for RCB’s replacement captain has begun. The franchise is looking for someone who can carry on Virat Kohli’s work and heritage. In the following season, it will be fascinating to see who fills Virat’s shoes.
Meanwhile, Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell is regarded as the most likely and suitable candidate for the position. He joined RCB a year ago and has performed admirably in the franchise’s middle order. He not only shed his underperforming tag in the IPL, but he also led his team to a comfortable position several times in IPL 2021.
Ahmedabad based IPL franchise – Shreyas Iyer
Outside of the IPL 2022 Player Auction, the two new IPL teams will be able to select three players. The team’s core will consist of these three players. Negotiations and mutual understandings will be used to finalise the players’ wages.
Shreyas Iyer is rumoured to be the captain of the Ahmedabad-based new IPL franchise. Shreyas Iyer, the former captain of the Delhi Capitals (DC), always wanted to lead the team, which was one of the main reasons he left the club.
He led DC to its first IPL final in 2020, and the franchise has done well since then. Iyer is an accomplished leader with two years of experience. He is an excellent batsman and would make an excellent captain for any team.
Lucknow based IPL franchise – KL Rahul
KL Rahul, the former captain of the Punjab Kings (PBKS), is anticipated to join the new IPL club headquartered in Lucknow as their new captain. According to sources, Rahul is in talks with officials in Lucknow, and the agreement is expected to be completed by the end of December. During his time at PBKS, Rahul excelled. He led his team to victory by scoring the most runs and captaining them successfully. However, he desired to pursue other chances and thus opted to leave the franchise.