MS Dhoni Vs Virat Kohli – Who is better as a cricketer or a captain or a leader. This is the talk of town since Virat has taken over captaincy and led the Indian team from one win to another and scored a lot of runs also.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni ushered India to top of the International Cricket Council’s Test rankings and made India No. 1 again. This time India under a new captain and with a team vastly different from the one Dhoni led. Kohli has now led India in 15 Tests, winning eight, losing two and drawing five, four of which were rain-induced. Dhoni, who captained in 60 Tests, winning 27, losing 18 and drawing 15.
As MS Dhoni stepped down the captaincy from all the 3 formats, the question that now comes up is Virat Kohli a better captain than Mahendra Singh Dhoni?
When MS Dhoni was given the test captaincy in 2008, he also started his test captaincy career just like Virat Kohli. He too was unbeatable. Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni are different in their characters, Kohli is an aggressive captain and he loves to express himself on the field. But Dhoni is a cool customer, he is very cool and calm under pressure. That’s why he was called as ‘Captain Cool’.
India was number one in Tests twice before this year but this one is more significant. This has probably come to mean something. When Dhoni called time on his Test career mid-way during the tour of Australia, India was nowhere in the five-day format – they lost everywhere they travelled and even lost a home series two years back.
The 35 year-year old Dhoni officially took over in 2008 with a comprehensive 172-run win against Australia in Nagpur. It was an uphill for India’s most successful captain in terms of winning since then, as he won series against England, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand and West Indies from 2008 to 2013. He became the first Indian captain to take the country to the top position in ICC Test rankings in 2009 for the first time and he achieved that in just one year of taking over.
Kohli on the other hand, took over in 2014 when he led his first Test match against Australia in MS Dhoni’s absence, scoring twin tons, 115 and 141, as India nearly pulled off a wonderful victory over the hosts at the Adelaide Oval.
His handling of the pacers was better than Dhoni, who did not really trust them and waited for the opposition to make mistakes.
Virat Kohli had a good success in Sri Lanka in 2015. Kohli won the series in Sri Lanka after 21 years. India were down and out in the first test. Rangana Herath bowled an amazing spell that put the hosts to a brilliant win over India. In the 2nd and 3rd tests, the visitors came back strongly to win the series on the Lankan soil. This win was Virat Kohli’s first series win as a captain.
With captaincy fault on overseas tour, Dhoni also failed to score a hundred abroad. He has no hundreds in India’s overseas tours. Here, Virat Kohli is a better player than Dhoni. Except for England, Virat Kohli has scored runs everywhere. He had hit two centuries on his captaincy debut against Australia.
In One Day Internationals Kohli just have captained 20 games, he has won 16 of them and lost 4 matches. In those 20 matches, he has scored 1035 runs at an average of 69 with 5 hundreds and 4 fifties.
Dhoni has captained 72 matches and won 42 of them.
It is not appropriate to discuss MS Dhoni Vs Virat Kohli as both are very different in their approach towards the game. Dhoni is known to be Mr Cool and takes the decisions as per match demand where as Virat is aggressive in nature and always wants to dominate the opponents.
But as cricket is our unofficial national game people will be talking MS Dhoni Vs Virat Kohli and will take sides of one or other as their favorite while enjoying the cricket game.
It very early to compare MS Dhoni Vs Virat Kohli, Kohli is still young as a captain. And as Dhoni said he can break all his captaincy records.
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