Every captain of Mumbai Indians in IPL: List of all MI skippers

A comprehensive look at every captain of Mumbai Indians in IPL from the fan favourite Rohit Sharma to the latest of MI skippers, Hardik Pandya.

Mumbai Indians (MI) remain one of the most successful teams in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The team did not make the greatest of starts as they failed to win a single title for the first 5 seasons since the introduction of the T20 league back in 2008. But since then, the Mumbai-based franchise has changed their reputation completely.

From 2013 to 2020, MI won the IPL as many as 5 times. With Rohit Sharma at the helm, MI not only did well on Indian soil, but flourished in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Going forward, the team is expected to scale many more heights.

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Although in the last couple of seasons, MI have had their ups and downs, they always go into tournaments as one of the strongest contenders to lift titles.

Every captain of Mumbai Indians

Rohit Sharma2013-2023
Harbhajan Singh2008-2012
Sachin Tendulkar2008-2011
Kieron Pollard2014-2021
Shaun Pollock2008
Dwayne Bravo2010
Ricky Ponting2013
Suryakumar Yadav2023
Hardik Pandya2024

List of all MI skippers

Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma has been one of the most successful skippers for the Mumbai team. He captained them in 163 matches and guided them to wins 98 times. 4 matches were tied while MI lost 68 matches under his leadership. He was named as the captain in the IPL 2013 and since then, there has been no stopping him.

Before the 2024 edition of the T20 league, Rohit was removed as the MI captain. Rohit is also amongst the leading run-scorers in the history of the IPL. Rohit is one of the key reasons why MI have been able to build a strong reputation for themselves.

Every captain of Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma to Hardik Pandya
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Harbhajan Singh

Harbhajan Singh led the Mumbai Indians 30 times from 2008 to 2012. Under his captaincy MI lost 14 matches and won 14. Overall, Harbhajan went on to play 163 matches in the IPL where he picked up 150 wickets with a four-wicket haul and a five-wicket haul to show for his efforts.

Harbhajan was more than effective as a batter as he notched 833 runs at an average of 15.72 and a strike-rate of 137.91 with a top score of 64 to his name. The 2021 edition when he played for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) was Harbhajan’s last season in the IPL.

Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar, the owner of a plethora of records in international and domestic cricket, also had the privilege of leading the Mumbai Indians. He captained the team in 55 matches from 2008 to 2011. Under his leadership, MI won 32 times while they ended up on the losing side 23 times.

Back in 2011, as the skipper of MI, Tendulkar scored his maiden IPL hundred against the defunct Kochi Tuskers Kerala at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The Master Blaster scored 100 runs off 66 balls with 12 fours and 3 sixes, but MI ended up losing the match by 8 wickets after Kochi chased down 183 with 6 balls to spare.

Kieron Pollard

Kieron Pollard served as the vice-captain of the Mumbai Indians during his stay with the franchise. But when Rohit Sharma stayed out of playing XIs, it was Pollard, who used to be in charge. Pollard captained the West Indies T20I team and the Trinbago Knight Riders in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and hence, he always had the skills to lead MI.

Under his captaincy, MI won 5 out of 9 matches while losing only 4. Back in November 2022, Pollard retired from the IPL and took up the role of batting coach for the franchise.

Shaun Pollock

Shaun Pollock captained the Mumbai Indians back in the 2008 edition of the IPL. He took charge after Harbhajan Singh was banned for 11 matches in the IPL after his Slapgate incident with S Sreesanth, who used to then play for the Kings XI Punjab, now Punjab Kings. Harbhajan was fined 100 percent of his match fees after his unruly behaviour.

Under Pollock’s captaincy, MI won 3 out of 4 matches, losing 1. Pollock played 13 matches that season and picked up 11 wickets at an economy rate of 6.54. He also scored 147 runs at an average of 18.38 with a top score of 33.

Dwayne Bravo

Dwayne Bravo has captained a number of T20 teams around the world over the years, but he got a chance to lead the Mumbai Indians only once back in 2010. Currently with the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) as their bowling coach, Bravo had his fair share of success with MI as well.

Even after not playing since the 2022 IPL, Bravo is second in the list of all-time leading wicket-takers in the history of the tournament. In 161 matches since 2008, Bravo picked up 183 wickets with 2 four-wicket hauls to show for his efforts.

Ricky Ponting

Ricky Ponting became the skipper of the Mumbai Indians after Sachin Tendulkar stepped down from his position following the 2012 edition of the IPL. Ponting was bought by MI for 400,000 US dollars. However, after his poor run of form, he was dropped from the playing XI. Subsequently, Rohit Sharma took charge of the team.

Under Ponting’s captaincy, MI won 3 out of 6 matches and lost 3. After Rohit took over from Ponting, Mumbai’s fortunes in the IPL turned around for the better.

Suryakumar Yadav

Suryakumar Yadav also had a chance to lead the Mumbai Indians in the IPL. Back on April 16, 2023, he stepped out as the skipper in the match against the Knight Riders at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai after Rohit Sharma missed the game due to a ‘stomach bug’. MI won the match by 5 wickets after chasing down 186 with 14 balls to spare.

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Hardik Pandya

Hardik Pandya is the newest captain for the Mumbai Indians in the IPL after he took over from Rohit Sharma. Hardik played for the Gujarat Titans in 2022 and 2023 before making a move back to MI for whom he played 7 seasons from 2015 to 2021.