If your IPL II team did badly in the last edition and the management brought in a foreign captain, it might just have made matters worse.
An HT analysis reveals Indian captains are more successful thus far — halfway through IPL II — but also more expensive. Chennai captain M.S. Dhoni earns a cool Rs 7.45 cr, while Punjab skipper Yuvraj Singh is paid Rs 5.28 cr. Virender Sehwag (Delhi) and Anil Kumble (Bangalore) earn Rs 4.26 cr and Rs 2.48 cr respectively.
The two exceptions among the foreigners are Adam Gilchrist and Shane Warne. Having played the first edition as well, both know their teammates well and have succeeded in bringing them together.
Vijay Mallya brought Kevin Pietersen in to replace Rahul Dravid and Shah Rukh Khan (via John Buchanan) believed Brendon McCullum would succeed where Sourav Ganguly failed. As the numbers show quite clearly, this is far from the truth. Both Pietersen and McCullum have been failures both with the bat — the prime reason they were employed —and the captain’s cap.