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Who was India’s first-ever T20I captain?

India played its first-ever T20I match against South Africa back in 2006. There was a lot of reservations with the BCCI and even a lot of senior Indian players around this newest format. On December 1, 2006 India played their first ever T20 international at Johannesburg against South Africa. This was the tenth International match in the history of the format. 

Virender Sehwag led India for the first time in T20Is as the Indian team went on to beat the hosts by 6 wickets on the penultimate ball of the match.

The Indian team for the 1st T20I was: Virender Sehwag (captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Dinesh Mongia, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Suresh Raina, Irfan Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ajit Agarkar, S Sreesanth

South Africa, captained by Graeme Smith, won the toss and batted first. In conditions that favoured the bowlers, the hosts limped to 126 for 9 in their allotted 20 overs. For India, Zaheer Khan and Ajit Agarkar took two wickets while S Sreesanth, Harbhajan Singh and Sachin Tendulkar chipped in with a wicket each. 

For India, the tried and tested pair of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag strode out to open the innings. Tendulkar was dismissed after 3.5 overs for just 10 runs. This was his final innings for India in a T20 format. Sehwag kept going strong and stitched a 50-runs partnership with Dinesh Mongia. 

Dinesh Karthik was the star with the bat for India and took his side over the line with one ball to spare. 

So far, as many as nine players have led India in T20Is. MS Dhoni took over from Virender Sehwag and led the side to the inaugural T20 World Cup. India’s current captain Rohit Sharma has led the team to 33 victories in 42 games, with a winning percentage of 78.57%.

List of India’s T20I captains

No.PlayerFirst MatchLast MatchMatchesWonWin %LostTied
1Virender Sehwag01/12/200601/12/200611100.00%00
2MS Dhoni13/09/200728/08/2016724258.33%280
3Suresh Raina12/06/201004/06/201133100.00%00
4Ajinkya Rahane17/07/201519/07/20152150.00%10
5Virat Kohli26/01/201708/11/2021503264.00%160
6Rohit Sharma20/12/201726/09/2022423378.57%90
7Shikhar Dhawan25/07/202129/07/20213133.33%20
8Rishabh Pant09/06/202219/06/20224250.00%20
9Hardik Pandya26/06/202207/08/202233100.00%00
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