The skippers of IPL (Indian Premier League) teams for 2018 season are announced.
Dinesh Karthik will lead the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2018 season. He has been a part of IPL since 2008 and, he has played for Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab, Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Gujarat Lions. This season will be his first with KKR.
Chennai Super Kings is making a comeback in this year IPL after being suspended from past two years. They retained MS Dhoni as their captain for 2018 IPL season who has been with the team since inception. In Dhoni's captaincy, CSK have won two trophies (2010 and 2011 season) and reached four finals.
Led by David Warner for the past three years, Sunrisers Hyderabad has retained their captain for 2018. Warner has been the star of the team ever since he joined SRH in 2014 and even helped his team to lift the IPL trophy in 2016 season.
Virat Kohli is playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore since beginning of IPL and as a skipper; he led the team to its first IPL final in 2016 season. An exceptional batsman and captain Kohli is retained as the captain by RCB management for 2018 IPL season.
Gautam Gambhir was associated with Delhi Daredevils till 2010 IPL season and then he joined Kolkata Knight Riders. He led IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders for seven years, and led them to win two IPL titles, in 2012 and 2014 season. He has been named as the skipper of Delhi Daredevils for the upcoming IPL season.
R Ashwin has been appointed as the captain of Kings XI Punjab IPL 2018 season. Ashwin will be the tenth player to captain KXIP after Glenn Maxwell, Murali Vijay, David Miller and George Bailey among those who have led the side. He played for Chennai Super Kings from 2009 to 2015 and helped the team to win two IPL titles, before spending the 2016 season with Rising Pune Supergiant.
After making a comeback in IPL this year, Rajasthan Royals retained only one player Steve Smith and announced him as the skipper for 2018 IPL season. Steve Smith had been part of the Rajasthan Royals team in 2014 and 2015. He replaced MS Dhoni as the captain of Rising Pune Supergiant last season and scored most runs in his team. He led the team to the final, where they finished second best to Mumbai Indians.
Mumbai Indians has retained Rohit Sharma in IPL season 2018 who has been leading the team since 2013. So far, he is the only captain who has led his team to three IPL titles - 2013, 2015, 2017, which is an exceptional achievement as a captain. Even as a player, he has the third most runs in IPL.