Indian Cricket Team Captain List Since 1932 For Men and Women in All 3 Format

Indian Cricket Team Captain List
Indian Cricket Team Captain List

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Indian Cricket Team Captain List: The captain of a cricket team is referred to a player who takes decisions on the field while playing. The captain of the cricket team will decide each and every move of the team players during the match.

From walking down for the toss to appearing on the post-match presentation to explain the team’s performance, Captain has to go through a lot of responsibilities throughout the match.

Notably, only the team captain has the authority to go for DRS while bowling. Selecting a good captain is as important as building a strong team.

A good captain should always stay positive, always find a way to resolve a problem, should be a good listener to his team members, should be a quick decision-maker, should communicate with his teammates.

A good captain also admits his mistake and continually seeks to improve by being very motivated.

Indian Cricket Team Captain – Men’s 

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) governs both the Men’s and Women’s Indian Cricket teams. The Board has been operating since 1929 and represents India at the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Women’s Cricket Association of India was merged with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in 2006. BCCI is amongst the richest sporting organisations in the world which manages the Indian team’s sponsorships, its future tours, and team selection.

Captain with three ICC limited over trophies
MS Dhoni-led the Indian team to three ICC trophies including the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, and 2013 ICC Champions Trophy

Indian Cricket Team Captain List – Test 

C. K. Nayudu was the first player to captain the Indian cricket team in Test format. Following are the details of the Indian cricket team captains since 1932:

Captain Duration Played Won Lost Drawn Win %
Rohit Sharma 2022* 2 2 0 0 100
KL Rahul 2021-22 1 0 1 0 0
Ajinkya Rahane 2017-21 6 4 0 2 66.66
Virat Kohli 2014-22 68 40 17 11 58.82
Mahendra Singh Dhoni 2008-15 60 27 18 15 45
Anil Kumble 2007-08 14 3 5 6 21.42
Virender Sehwag 2005-12 4 2 1 1 50
Rahul Dravid 2003-07 25 8 6 11 32
Sourav Ganguly 2000-06 49 21 13 15 42.86
Sachin Tendulkar 1996-2000 25 4 9 12 16
Mohammad Azharuddin 1989-99 47 14 14 19 29.79
Krishnamachari Srikkanth 1989-90 4 0 0 4 0
Ravi Shastri 1987-88 1 1 0 0 100
Dilip Vengsarkar 1987-89 10 2 5 3 20
Kapil Dev 1982-87 34 4 7 23 11.76
Gundappa Viswanath 1979-80 2 0 1 1 0
Bishan Singh Bedi 1975- 79 22 6 11 5 27.27
Sunil Gavaskar 1975-85 47 9 8 30 19.14
Srinivasaraghavan Venkataraghavan 1974-79 5 0 2 3 0
Ajit Wadekar 1970-74 16 4 4 8 25
Chandu Borde 1967-68 1 0 1 0 0
Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi 1961-75 40 9 19 12 22.5
Nari Contractor 1960-62 12 2 2 8 16.67
Gulabrai Ramchand 1959-60 5 1 2 2 20
Pankaj Roy 1959 1 0 1 0 0
Datta Gaekwad 1959 4 0 4 0 0
Hemu Adhikari 1958-59 1 0 0 1 0
Polly Umrigar 1955-59 8 2 2 4 25
Ghulam Ahmed 1955-59 3 0 2 1 0
Vinoo Mankad 1954-59 6 0 1 5 0
Vijay Hazare 1951-53 14 1 5 8 7.14
Lala Amarnath 1947-53 15 2 6 7 13.33
Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi 1946 3 0 1 2 0
Maharajkumar of Vizianagram 1936 4 0 3 1 0
C. K. Nayudu 1932-34 4 0 3 1 0

Indian Cricket Team Captain List – ODI

Ajit Wadekar was the first player to lead India in One Day International crickets. Following are the details of the Indian ODI cricket team captains:

Captain Duration Played Won Lost Drawn No result Win %
KL Rahul 2022 3 0 3 0 0 0
Shikhar Dhawan 2021 3 2 1 0 0 66.66
Rohit Sharma 2017–present 13 11 2 0 0 84.61
Ajinkya Rahane 2015 3 3 0 0 0 100
Virat Kohli 2013–2021 95 65 27 1 2 68.42
Gautam Gambhir 2010-2011 6 6 0 0 0 100
Suresh Raina 2010 12 6 5 0 1 54.54
Mahendra Singh Dhoni 2007–2018 200 110 74 5 11 59.52
Virender Sehwag 2003–2011 12 7 5 0 0 58.33
Anil Kumble 2001 1 1 0 0 0 100
Rahul Dravid 2000–2007 79 42 33 0 4 56
Sourav Ganguly 1999–2005 146 76 65 0 5 53.9
Ajay Jadeja 1998–1999 13 8 5 0 0 61.53
Sachin Tendulkar 1996–1999 73 23 43 1 6 35.07
Mohammad Azharuddin 1989–1999 174 90 76 2 6 53.57
Krishnamachari Srikkanth 1989 13 4 8 0 1 33.33
Dilip Vengsarkar 1987–1988 18 8 10 0 0 44.44
Ravi Shastri 1986–1991 11 4 7 0 0 36.36
Mohinder Amarnath 1984 1 0 0 0 1 0
Syed Kirmani 1983 1 0 1 0 0 0
Kapil Dev 1982–1992 74 39 33 0 2 54.16
Gundappa Viswanath 1980 1 0 1 0 0 0
Sunil Gavaskar 1980–1985 37 14 21 0 2 40
Bishen Singh Bedi 1975–1978 4 1 3 0 0 25
Srinivasaraghavan Venkataraghavan 1975–1979 7 1 6 0 0 14.28
Ajit Wadekar 1974 2 0 2 0 0 0

Indian Cricket Team Captain List – T20I

India played their first T20I game in 2006 under Virender Sehwag’s captaincy against South Africa. Following are the list of the Indian cricket team T20I captains:

Captain Duration Played Won Lost Drawn No result Win %
Shikhar Dhawan 2021 3 1 2 0 0 33.33
Rohit Sharma 2017–present 28 24 4 0 0 85.71
Virat Kohli 2017–2021 50 30 16 2 2 60
Ajinkya Rahane 2015 2 1 1 0 0 50
Suresh Raina 2010–2011 3 3 0 0 0 100
Mahendra Singh Dhoni 2007–2016 72 41 28 1 2 58.33
Virender Sehwag 2006 1 1 0 0 0 100

Indian Cricket Team Captain – Women

Women’s Cricket Association of India was merged with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in 2006. As the men’s cricket team, the Indian women’s cricket team also plays all three format matches across the world.

Indian Cricket Women’s Team Captain List – Test Match

Shantha Rangaswamy is the first woman cricketer to lead India in Test format. Notably, Shantha remains the player to captain the Indian Women’s cricket team the most number of times. Following are the list of Indian women’s cricket team captains:

Captain Duration Played Won Lost Drawn
Mithali Raj 2005-21 8 3 1 4
Mamatha Maben 2003-04 1 0 0 1
Anjum Chopra 2001-02 3 1 0 2
Chanderkanta Kaul 1999 1 0 0 1
Pramila Bhatt 1195-96 1 0 0 1
Purnima Rau 1994-96 3 0 1 2
Sandhya Agarwal 1990-91 1 0 1 0
Shubhangi Kulkarni 1986-91 3 0 1 2
Diana Edulji 1984-86 4 0 0 4
Nilima Jogalekar 1984-85 1 0 0 1
Shantha Rangaswamy 1976-84 12 1 2 9

Indian Cricket Women’s Team Captain List – ODI

Diana Edulji leads the first Indian ODI cricket team in 1978. Mithali Raj becomes the only Indian women cricketer to lead the Indian Women’s cricket team in more than 100 ODI’s.

Captain Duration Played Won Lost Tied No result Win %
Harmanpreet Kaur 2013–2018 5 4 1 0 0 80
Rumeli Dhar 2008 1 0 1 0 0 0
Jhulan Goswami 2008–2011 25 12 13 0 0 48
Mithali Raj 2003–present 132 82 47 0 3 63.56
Mamatha Maben 2003–2004 19 14 5 0 0 73.68
Anjum Chopra 2002–2012 28 10 17 0 1 37.03
Anju Jain 2000 8 5 3 0 0 62.5
Chanderkanta Kaul 1999 4 3 1 0 0 75
Pramila Bhatt 1995–1997 7 5 1 1 0 78.57
Purnima Rau 1995 8 5 3 0 0 62.5
Shubhangi Kulkarni 1986 1 0 1 0 0 0
Shantha Rangaswamy 1982–1984 16 4 12 0 0 25
Diana Edulji 1978–1993 18 7 11 0 0 38.88

Indian Cricket Women’s Team Captain List – T20I

Mithali Raj captained the first Indian Women’s Cricket team in 2006. Following are the list of the Indian women’s T20I cricket team captains:

Captain Duration Played Won Lost Tied No result Win %
Smriti Mandhana 2019 4 1 3 0 0 25
Harmanpreet Kaur 2012–present 59 38 19 0 2 66.66
Anjum Chopra 2012 10 3 7 0 0 30
Jhulan Goswami 2008–2015 18 8 10 0 0 44.44
Mithali Raj 2006–2016 32 17 15 0 0 53.12

India has won five major ICC tournaments. The team has won the Cricket World Cup twice (1983 and 2011), the ICC T20 World Cup once (2007) and the ICC Champions Trophy twice (2002 and 2013).

India has also finished as runners-up in the Cricket World Cup once (2003), the T20 World Cup once (2014), and the Champions Trophy twice (2000 and 2017).

The team were also runners-up at the inaugural 2019–2021 ICC World Test Championship. It was the second team after West Indies to win the World Cup and the first team to win the World Cup at home soil after winning the 2011 Cricket World Cup.

They have also won the ACC Asia Cup seven times (1984, 1988, 1990– 1, 1995, 2010, 2016, 2018) and have also finished as runners-up thrice (1997, 2004, 2008).

The team also won the 1985 World Championship of Cricket, defeating Pakistan in the final. India have also won the ICC Test Championship Mace five times and ICC ODI Championship Shield one time.

Who is the First Captain of Indian Cricket Team?

C. K. Nayudu was the first Indian cricket team captain. Nayudu led India in 1932 to play their first Test match against England. India has never won a Test match under him.

Who is the First Captain of Indian ODI Cricket Team?

Ajit Wadekar was the first Indian ODI cricket team captain. Ajit Wadekar was named as Indian ODI cricket team captain in 1974 where he led India in 2 ODI matches but failed to win a single match.

Who is the first Captain of Indian T20I Team?

Virender Sehwag was the first player to captain the Indian cricket team in the T20I format. Later MS Dhoni replaced him in 2007 and went on to win the ICC T20 trophy in the same year.

Who is the first Captain of Indian Test Team?

C. K. Nayudu was the first player to lead the Indian cricket team in Test format.

Who is the most successful Indian Cricket Team Captain? 

  • In Test Format a total of 35 players have captained India. Virat Kohli is the most successful Indian cricket team captain in Test format with 40 wins.
  • A total of 25 players have captained India in One Day Internationals, of which Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the most successful Indian cricket team captain in the ODI format with 110 wins.
  •  A total of seven players have captained India in T20Is, of which Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the most successful captain, with 41 wins.

Who is the most successful captain in all three formats?

MS Dhoni is the most successful captain in all three formats. MS Dhoni during his captaincy reign(2007-18) led India in 331 matches and won 178 matches.

Who is the current Indian Cricket team captain?

Rohit Sharma is the current Indian cricket team captain. He leads India in all three formats after Virat Kohli stepped down as Indian captain.

India ODI Captain
Rohit Sharma