Hardik Pandya captaincy record: What do the numbers say?

Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya has been travelling through the toughest phases of his life as the new skipper of Mumbai Indians (MI). His winning percentage as a captain completely dropped in IPL 2024 when compared to the numbers in international cricket matches of the limited overs format.

Since Indian skipper Rohit Sharma is approaching the twilight period of his international career, the question of Team India’s next captain remains a huge debate.

Under his leadership, Gujarat Titans became the defending champions in its inaugural season of IPL 2022 and were the runner-up of the IPL 2023 tournament.

However, several fans backlashed Hardik Pandya’s captaincy in the ongoing season of the IPL 2024. As a result, Hardik’s poor form not only poses questions about his ability to become the Indian cricket team’s next captain but also creates a threat to his position in the Indian team’s playing XI.

It would be interesting to compare Hardik Pandya’s captaincy with Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni in the One-Day Internationals (ODIs), Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) and Indian Premier League in detail…

Hardik Pandya Captaincy Records: ODIs and T20Is

In June 2022, Hardik Pandya marked his captaincy debut against Ireland in a 2-match T20I series and in March 2023, he captained the Indian cricket team in ODIs (home series) for the first time against Australia.

Here are the captaincy records of Hardik Pandya in T20Is and ODIs tabulated below, and you can find an interesting comparison with other great leaders like MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. Consequently, it helps you to determine the success rate and decide if Hardik could become the next Indian skipper or not:

Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is):

PlayerMatchesWonLostTiedNo ResultWin Percentage (%)
Hardik Pandya161051062.5%
Rohit Sharma5441121075.9%
Virat Kohli5030162060%
MS Dhoni7241281256.9%

Although Hardik Pandya maintains a higher success rate than MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli as a captain, it’s worth noting that he has played only a few matches. Therefore, the percentage might increase or decrease by playing more games, counted along with the wins and losses in the upcoming matches.

One Day Internationals (ODIs):

PlayerMatchesWonLostTiedNo ResultWin Percentage (%)
Hardik Pandya3210066.6%
Rohit Sharma4534100175.5%
Virat Kohli9565270170.43%
MS Dhoni2001107441155%

Hardik Pandya Captaincy Records in the Indian Premier League (IPL)

In 2022, Hardik Pandya made his captaincy debut for Gujarat Titans and established himself as one of the successful captains of the rich-cash league in the past two editions. However, his leadership skills as the Mumbai Indians captain completely proved to be a failure in the current season of the IPL.

Here is the captaincy record of Hardik Pandya in the Indian Premier League so far:

YearTeamMatchesWonLostNo ResultWin Percentage
2024Mumbai Indians (MI)936033.3%
2023Gujarat Titans (GT)16115068.75%
2022Gujarat Titans (GT)15114073.3%
3 YearsOverall402514062.5%

Hardik Pandya’s Performance as a Captain

Here is the performance analysis of Hardik Pandya as a captain in ODIs, T20Is and IPL:

FormatTotal MatchesOverall RunsHighest individual scoreWicketsBest Bowling Figures
ODIs3102*7011-29
T20Is16296*30124-16
IPL401030*87153-17

Captain Hardik Captaincy Records vs Other International Teams

YearTeamsFormatTotal MatchesMatches WonMatches Lost No ResultWinning Percentage (%)
2022IrelandT20Is2200100%
2023 Sri LankaT20Is321066.6%
2023New ZealandT20Is321066.6%
2023AustraliaODI1100100%
2023West IndiesODIs & T20Is734042.8%

Conclusion:

Under Hardik Pandya’s captaincy, Gujarat Titans were the table toppers in their first two IPL seasons. Also, he maintained a success percentage of 73.3% in 2022 and 68.75% in 2023, leading his team consecutively two times into the finals.

In contrast, the Mumbai Indians under his leadership have been facing severe humiliation from fans. Out of 9 matches, the 5-time defending champions have won only 3, with a net run rate of -0.261. As a result, the playoff chances for MI seem to be under threat, especially with Hardik’s success percentage below 33.3%.

Unfortunately, Hardik Pandya missed the chance to create history and couldn’t become the first captain to win the trophy for two franchises of the rich-cash league. Although Hardik Pandya won four IPL trophies playing for Mumbai Indians, it was under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy. 

Despite his poor performance in the ongoing season, Hardik still maintains an overall success rate of 62.5% as a captain in the IPL.

On the other side, Hardik has maintained a decent track record in international matches with a success rate of 62.5% in T20Is and 66.6% in ODIs. Notably, he hasn’t captained Team India in test cricket.

However, the 30-year-old all-rounder’s second stint with Mumbai Indians as a skipper made it tough for him to become the future captain of the Indian cricket team.

In conclusion, it remains to be seen how Hardik Pandya overcomes the criticism surrounding him and gets back on track to achieving victories as a captain in the upcoming matches of his career.