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Top 10 Best Captain In Cricket In India Ever

Over the years, the Indian team in cricket history has become a strong opponent for all the other teams. It all started when Kapil Dev won the first-ever world cup in 1983. Since then, the love for cricket in India has skyrocketed. After that first-ever world cup win, India has been quite successful at winning other championships, series, and of course world cup titles, all thanks to the incredible talent of Indian batsmen and bowlers.

However, we all can agree on one thing: the captains who at one point led the Indian cricket team, have played a crucial role in the growth of cricket in the country. Don’t you think the same? Some of you may only know about famous captains like MS Dhoni, Kapil Dev, Virat Kohli, etc. But what about the others who had contributed to Indian cricket in so many ways? Well, worry not because today’s post is all about that. Here we will be talking about the top best captain in cricket in India ever. So yeah, stick to this post until the end because it is going to be a lot of fun.

List of Best Indian Cricket Team Captain Ever

1. MS Dhoni

MS Dhoni

Oh boy, where do we start with MS Dhoni? Dhoni, or “Captain Cool” as he’s often called, is a legend in Indian cricket. Not just because he was a master tactician or had an uncanny knack for making cool-headed decisions when the heat was on. And his cricketing mind? Genius. The dude knew the game like the back of his hand, adjusting tactics as the match unfolded, making him an unparalleled skipper. Under his reign, India hit the jackpot in all forms of cricket – Test matches, ODIs, and T20Is. Remember the 2007 ICC World T20, 2011 ODI World Cup, and 2013 Champions Trophy? Yup, all happened under Dhoni’s captaincy. Not to mention, the man was a pretty sharp wicket keeper-batsman too. His view from behind the stumps gave him a unique perspective, making him a super valuable asset to the team.

2. Kapil Dev

Kapil Dev

Kapil Dev, a true legend of the game! His name brings back memories of that glorious 1983 World Cup win when he led India to an unexpected victory over the mighty West Indies. Kapil Dev was not just a fantastic captain; he was an exceptional all-rounder too. Kapil had this knack for bringing out the best in his team, with his warm approachability and unwavering support. Kapil kept his cool even in crunch situations, leading by example, just like when he hammered 175 runs in a do-or-die match against Zimbabwe in the 1983 World Cup.

 3. Sourav Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly

Meet Sourav Ganguly, or as most people know him, “Dada.” He’s not just an ex-cricket player for India, but a genuine legend, one of the most applauded skippers in the nation’s cricketing saga. A southpaw at the crease, Ganguly’s batting style was a delightful mix of flair and fire. From 2000 to 2005, Dada was the man in charge, and he did some amazing things that shot his rep as a skipper straight to the top. His reign saw newfound confidence in the Indian cricket team, and boy, did it show on the field. Ganguly was all about playing hard cricket, fierce and unapologetic. Under his reign, the Indian team brought home some pretty sweet victories from overseas, including series wins in England and Australia.

4. Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli is nothing short of a firecracker, known for his fierce and passionate approach to cricket. Virat doesn’t just play the game, he practically owns it. His batting record is consistent across all formats, making him a reliable run machine. As a captain, he’s been the catalyst for his team, inspiring them to give their best through his own dedication and performance. He has led India to several major wins, both at home and on challenging foreign soil. His leadership style is like a shot of adrenaline, always pushing his team to exceed their limits.

5. Mohammad Azharuddin


When you think of a cool, composed cricket player from the late ’80s to early 2000s, who do you think of? Right, Azharuddin! His ability to lead the team under high-pressure situations was something to witness. The man knew his spinners and handled them brilliantly to leave the opposition batsmen scratching their heads. We all remember his elegant stroke play and wristy shots, right? Under his captaincy, India had some major wins on foreign soil, making a statement that we are a force to be reckoned with! And we can all agree on one thing when Azharuddin was the captain, it was a golden era for the Indian cricket team.

6. Rahul Dravid

Rahul Dravid

Then there’s Rahul Dravid, a cricketing master from India who’s considered one of the most technically sound batsmen the cricketing world has ever witnessed. His time as captain in the mid-2000s, specifically from 2005 to 2007 and a brief stint in 2003, was nothing short of memorable. Dravid had a deep understanding of cricket, a tactical mind sharper than most. He approached captaincy like a game of chess, always thinking several moves ahead. On the field, he was like the eye of a storm, calm and composed, guiding his team through turbulent times. Dravid, on and off the field, was a class act. Integrity, sportsmanship, and fair play weren’t just words to him; they were a way of life.

7. Sachin Tendulkar


Now, Sachin Tendulkar, the “God of Cricket” himself. But let’s clarify something, as an unrivaled batsman, he was a master, but as a captain, he faced his share of challenges. With the immense pressure to perform in dual roles, the Master Blaster’s tenure as captain was a mixed bag, with some highs and lows. However, his sheer brilliance as a batsman could never be overshadowed. One can say that his captaincy was quite decent, but not too bad actually.

8. Sunil Gavaskar

Sunil Gavaskar

Then there is Sunil Gavaskar, the “Little Master” himself! As one of the greatest opening batsmen in cricket history, Gavaskar’s technique was flawless, and his ability to play long innings was remarkable. Under his captaincy, despite an inexperienced bowling attack, he managed to turn things around and achieved great feats. Who can forget the historic series victory against the formidable West Indies in the 1978-79 series? Gavaskar’s batting and captaincy played a vital role in that victory! And the memories of that victory are still fresh among the true fans of this sport.

9. Dilip Vengsarkar

Dilip Vengsarkar

Moving on to Dilip Vengsarkar, an ace batsman and occasional medium-pace bowler of his time. As a captain, Vengsarkar was cool, composed, and known for his leadership skills. Remember those overseas series victories in England in the mid-80s? That’s our guy, Vengsarkar, leading the team to victories even in challenging conditions! He was also a talent scout, nurturing young cricketers into key players for India.

10. Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi

Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi

Last but not least, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, is also fondly remembered as Tiger Pataudi. Now here’s a captain who was a natural leader, with a charismatic personality that could charm anyone. His innovative strategies, combined with his knack for boosting team confidence, made him a memorable figure in the history of Indian cricket. Remember the fearless and aggressive cricket India started playing? You can thank Pataudi for that shift in style! He fostered a strong team spirit and was known for his supportive leadership.


That’ll do it. We hope that now knowing the contributions of these best Indian captains in cricket has made you appreciate them even more. Right? These top figures have inspired many in the country to represent India in cricket on the international stage. And that is something we are witnessing with the rising talents in the current order of team India.


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