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Leading the Blue Brigade: The Legendary Captain Marvels of Indian Men’s Cricket in ODIs

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Imagine being asked to pick your favorite Indian cricket team captain. It’s certainly a challenging question, isn’t it? Since 1974, the Indian One Day International (ODI) team has witnessed the captaincy of 27 extraordinary individuals. Leading the Indian cricket team is a monumental achievement in itself. Given India’s reputation as one of the most successful cricketing nations, the captain’s role requires a distinct set of skills. Today, we embark on a journey through time, exploring the illustrious history of all the Indian cricket team captains to date. Among these 27 exceptional leaders, who hold a special place in your heart? It’s an opportunity to reflect on their contributions and select your personal favorite from this esteemed group.

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Indian Men’s Cricket Team Captains in ODI

1974-1974 2 0 2 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 100.00 0.00 0.00
1975-1979 7 1 6 0 0 0 0.16 14.28 85.71 0.00 14.28
1976-1978 4 1 3 0 0 0 0.33 25.00 75.00 0.00 25.00
1980-1985 37 14 21 0 0 2 0.66 37.83 56.75 5.40 40.00
1981-1981 1 0 1 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 100.00 0.00 0.00
1982-1987 74 39 33 0 0 2 1.18 52.70 44.59 2.70 54.16
1983-1983 1 0 1 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 100.00 0.00 0.00
1984-1984 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.00 0.00 0.00 100.00
1987-1991 11 4 7 0 0 0 0.57 36.36 63.63 0.00 36.36
1987-1989 18 8 10 0 0 0 0.80 44.44 55.55 0.00 44.44
1989-1989 13 4 8 0 0 1 0.50 30.76 61.53 7.69 33.33
1990-1999 174 90 76 2 0 6 1.18 51.72 43.67 3.44 54.16
1996-2000 73 23 43 1 0 6 0.53 31.50 58.90 8.21 35.07
1998-1999 13 8 5 0 0 0 1.60 61.53 38.46 0.00 61.53
1999-2005 146 76 65 0 0 5 1.16 52.05 44.52 3.42 53.90
2000-2007 79 42 33 0 0 4 1.27 53.16 41.77 5.06 56.00
2002-2002 1 1 0 0 0 0 100.00 0.00 0.00 100.00
2003-2012 12 7 5 0 0 0 1.40 58.33 41.66 0.00 58.33
2007-2018 200 110 74 5 0 11 1.48 55.00 37.00 5.50 59.52
2010-2014 12 6 5 0 0 1 1.20 50.00 41.66 8.33 54.54
2010-2011 6 6 0 0 0 0 100.00 0.00 0.00 100.00
2013-2021 95 65 27 1 0 2 2.40 68.42 28.42 2.10 70.43
2015-2015 3 3 0 0 0 0 100.00 0.00 0.00 100.00
2017-2023 26 19 7 0 0 0 2.71 73.07 26.92 0.00 73.07
2021-2022 12 7 3 0 0 2 2.33 58.33 25.00 16.66 70.00
2022-2022 7 4 3 0 0 0 1.33 57.14 42.85 0.00 57.14
2023-2023 1 1 0 0 0 0 100.00 0.00 0.00 100.00

Ajit Wadekar (Matches-2, Won-0, Lost-2)

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Ajit Wadekar

Indian fans will never forget this name. Ajit Wadekar was the first captain of the Indian ODI team. The Mumbaikar led India in two matches but lost both of them. He led the team in their maiden ODI in July 1974 against England. Wadekar later served as coach, manager, and chairman of selectors for India. Ajit Wadekar passed away in August 2018 at the age of 77.


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Srinivas Venkataraghavan (Matches- 7, Won-1, Lost-6)

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Srinivas Venkataraghavan (Source: Indiatimes

S Venkataraghavan was one of the famous spin magicians during the 1970s. He also served with peculiarity as an umpire. He took over the rein from Ajit Wadekar, and India got its first bowling captain. India lost six matches and won only one under his captaincy. S Venkataraghavan led India in the first-ever World Cup in 1975.

Bishan Bedi (Matches-4, Won-1, Lost-3)

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Bishan Bedi (Image credits: Indiatimes)

A slow and measured run-up, flexible fingers as well as wrist, and plenty of loops; were the characteristics of Bishan Bedi’s bowling. He was part of the famous Indian spin quartet during the 1960s-70s, along with Erapalli Prasanna, Srinivas Venkataraghavan, and Bhagwat Chandrasekhar. He was appointed as a captain, and India managed only one win and lost three under his reign.


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Sunil Gavaskar (Matches-37, Won-14, Lost-21)

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Sunil Gavaskar (Image credits; Getty Images)

Here is the name you must be waiting for.  Sunil Gavaskar commanded  37 matches. Out of which, India won 14 and suffered defeat in 21 games.  During his tenure, Kapil Dev emerged as a front-runner bowler for the country.

GR Viswanath (Matches-1, Won-0, Lost-1)

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Gundappa Viswanath (Source: Malayala Manorama)

Gundappa Viswanath was one of India’s finest batsmen throughout the 1970s. In the absence of Sunil Gavaskar, Viswanath led took the ship only for one match.

Kapil Dev (Matches-74, Won-39, Lost-33)

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Kapil Dev (Image credits: rediff)

We know you were waiting for his name! Kapil Dev is still one of India’s most loved captains, who won the World Cup for the country. The man had stamina in line with that of a marathon runner and the ability to bowl at a speed of 140 kmph. The all-rounder had an impressive winning 54.16 percent as a captain. Under his rein, India bagged victories in 39 matches and lost 33.


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Ravi Shastri (Matches-11, Won-4, Lost-7)

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Ravi Shastri (Source: Espn Cricinfo)

The former coach of the Indian cricket team, Ravi Shastri, captained the Indian side just before Dilip Vengsarkar took the charge. Shastri only managed 11 matches.

Dilip Vengsarkar (Matches-18, Won-8, Lost-10)

Dilip Vengsarkar
Dilip Vengsarkar (Source: CricketCountry)

BCCI adopted two captain policy during 1987-89. India appointed Dilip Vengsarkar as well as Ravi Shastri as a captain in the span of two years. Dilip Vengsarkar was the fourth captain from Mumbai. In reign of 18 matches, India won 8.

Krishnamachari Srikkanth (Matches-13, Won-4, Lost-8)

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Krishnamachari Srikkanth (Source: Twitter)

After the failure of Ravi Shastri and Dilip Vengsarkar, BCCI gave chance to K Srikkanth. His stint ran only for one year. In that period, India played 13 matches under his rule in which we suffered defeat in 8 matches.


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Mohammad Azharuddin (Matches-174, Won-90, Lost-76)

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Mohammad Azharuddin (Source: Livemint)

Continuous failure in leadership led India to suffer defeats in many series. Like they say, ‘Cometh the hour, cometh the man’; Mohammad Azharuddin took the responsibility on his shoulders. Not only the successful captain but prolific batsman, Azhar led India for ten years (1990-99). With winning percentage of 54, Mohammad Azharuddin handled men in blue for 174 matches out of which we won 90 whereas 76 were been lost.

Sachin Tendulkar (Matches-73, Won- 23, Loss-43)

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Sachin Tendulkar

India was in backdrop of match-fixing as a result, it was hard to find good captain for India. But on the other side, with the run-machine was evolving, BCCI decided to handle the captaincy to the rising star of Indian cricket at that time none other than Sachin Tendulkar. But captaincy was not Sachin’s cup of tea. Under his captaincy, India won 23 matches and suffered defeats in 43.

Ajay Jadeja (Matches-13, Won-8, Lost-5)

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Ajay Jadeja (Source: The Cricket Monthly)

Believe it or not, Ajay Jadeja was India’s greatest talent to be ever produced during 90s era. One can call him as stop-gap captain. He wore the captain’s armband for 13 matches. With winning percentage of 61.53, Jadeja clinched victory in eight of matches and suffered loss in five.


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Sourav Ganguly (Matches-146, Won-76, Lost-65)

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‘Dada’ Sourav Ganguly (Image Credits: Espncricinfo)

Sourav Ganguly, Dada of Indian cricket brought a change to Indian cricket. That change was named as ‘aggression’. As soon as he took the captaincy, he revolutionized the entire team with aggression which was missing from years. Ganguly even led men in blue to the final of World Cup 2003. Under Dada’s rule, India won 76 and lost 65 out of 146 matches.

Rahul Dravid (Matches-79, Won-42, Lost-33)

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Rahul Dravid (Source Moneycontrol)

The vice-captain of Indian side during Sourav Ganguly’s reign, Rahul Dravid decided to be the successor of Dada. The Wall of Indian cricket with his bat as well as captaincy showed some brilliant display. India won 42 matches out of 79 under Dravid’s captaincy.

Anil Kumble (Matches-1, Won-1, Lost-0)

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Anil Kumble (Source: Sportzwiki)

One of the most successful spinners for India, Anil Kumble was another stop gap man for India. He led India victorious in one match in which he captained men in blue.

Virender Sehwag (Matches-12, Won-7, Lost-5)

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Virender Sehwag (Source: India.com)

The fiery opening batsman from Delhi, Virender Sehwag was deputy to Dravid. Later, India asked him to lead for 12 matches and under him we won seven battles.


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MS Dhoni (Matches-200, Won-110, Lost-74)

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MS Dhoni (Image credits: Twitter)

The golden era of Indian cricket was begun when MS Dhoni was appointed as India’s 19th ODI captain. With his cool attitude, India won first T20 World Cup in 2007 as well as became victorious in ICC World Cup in 2011. Considered as best captain of India, MS Dhoni led Blue Army in 200 matches out of which India won 110.

Suresh Raina (Matches-12, Won-6, Lost-5)

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T20 Specialist Suresh Raina (Source:Getty Images)

Suresh Raina, the southpaw was appointed as a skipper only for two series between 2010-14. Under his captaincy India bagged six wins and suffered five losses.

Gautam Gambhir (Matches-6, Won-6, Lost-0)

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Gautam Gambhir (Credits: ohmyindia.com)

One can call Gautam Gambhir as a successful stopgap captain. In a quick stint, he led India in six matches and all six of them were won.

Virat Kohli (Matches-95, Won-65, Lost-27)

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Credits: New Indian Express

Virat Kohli is the former skipper of India and heartthrob of the Indian cricket. Virat Kohli is one of the most successful captain in the world. He led India in 95 matches so far in which 65 have been won. Calculate that incredible winning percentage!


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Ajinkya Rahane (Matches-3, Won-3, Lost-0)

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Ajinkya Rahane (Source ESPN Cricinfo)

In the absence of Virat Kolhi, Ajinkya Rahane was given the responsibility to handle the Indian side for three games. All three have been won under his short-stint.

Rohit Sharma (Matches-26, Won-19, Lost-7)

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Rohit Sharma (Source: wisden.com)

Known for his exceptional batting skills, Rohit Sharma has led the team in numerous matches, displaying tactical acumen and guiding the team to victories with his astute leadership. He has the ability to make crucial decisions under pressure, Sharma has proven to be an influential captain and has led India in 26 matches for India.

Shikhar Dhawan (Matches- 12, Won- 7, Lost-3)

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Shikhar Dhawan assumed leadership of the Indian team on 12 occasions, with 7 of those matches resulting in triumph and 3 ending in defeat. During his captaincy, India emerged victorious in the majority of the encounters while experiencing a few setbacks along the way.


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KL Rahul (Matches-7, Won- 4, Lost- 3)

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KL Rahul captained the Indian team in 7 ODIs, securing victory in 4 matches and facing defeat in 3 instances during his leadership tenure.

Hardik Pandya (Matches- 1, Won-1, Lost-0)

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Hardik Himanshu Pandya, the current vice-captain of the Indian cricket team in limited-overs format, has led Team India in a single ODI match and emerged victorious in that particular encounter.


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Akshay Badwe
Akshay Badwe
The God taught me to love everybody but the most ones I learned to love are the athletes. Desire, determination and discipline takes me to a great deal of love towards sports. One can call me an avid sport maniac because I love to pen down some glorious content on sports. Being from journalism background with experience in media from couple of years I would like to keep this legacy going and now joining Kreedon gives me one more platform to explore the new world. I am always up to have a word on sports with a coffee.

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  1. It just baffles me that us Indians give so much importance to cricket. We win one game and entire country is up on its feet yet to continue to ignore the service and heroism that our soldiers show on the border keeping our country safe and free.

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