Virat Kohli VS MS Dhoni: Captaincy, Statistics Comparison

Who is the best Virat Kohli Or MS Dhoni?

Virat Kohli Vs MS Dhoni – Comparing Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni is like comparing apples and oranges. Yet, in a country that won and breathes cricket, it is necessary to compare two recent captains of the Indian cricket team. Read about to know who is the best captain – Kohli, and Dhoni.

Virat Kohli VS MS Dhoni Captaincy Record: Who’s The Best 

Q) Who is the best captain of team India KohliOr MS Dhoni?

Kohli Vs MS Dhoni

Indian Test Captaincy Record

CAPTAINS

MATCHES

WON

LOST

DRAW

WIN%

OVERSEAS WINS

MS DHONI6027181545.006
S GANGULY4921131542.8511
V KOHLI35215960.008
M AZHARUDDIN4714141929.783

Most Runs as Indian Captain in Tests

CaptainsInningsRuns
MS Dhoni963454
S Gavaskar743449
V Kohli573456
M Azharuddin682856

Virat Kohli Captaincy Record in Test:

Matches as Captain: 35

Won: 21

Lost: 5

Tied: 0

Draw: 9

Win% : 60.00

Dhoni Vs Kohli Fans

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Is MS Dhoni more popular than Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar in India?

In a recent survey conducted by YouGov, which undertakes various polls and surveys in their online community of over 4 million people, Dhoni was the top-ranked sportsperson with an admiration score of 7.70 percent.

Overall, Dhoni was second in the list topped by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who got an admiration score of 11.90 percent. Former US President Barrack Obama, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan, Sachin Tendulkar, Ratan Tata, Virat Kohli, and Akshay Kumar make up the top 10 of the most admired men in India.

MS Dhoni vs Virat Kohli Net Worth

Kholi Vs MS Dhoni

Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar feature in the top 10 of Forbes India Celebrity 100 list. Kohli, with Rs 228.09 crore in earnings in 2018 is second in the list while MS Dhoni (Rs 101.77 crore) is fifth.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Rs 101.77 crore)

Virat Kohli (Rs 228.09 crore)

Kohli is the biggest brand in cricket. The India captain is expected to break most of Sachin Tendulkar’s record in ODIs. Kohli is second in the list of most century makers in one-day internationals – he has 41 hundred already. Sachin Tendulkar finished with 51 ODI hundreds.

Kohli enjoyed a phenomenal 2017. Last year, he scored 2818 international runs across formats – 1059 runs in 10 Tests, 1460 runs in 26 ODIs and 299 runs in 10 T20 Internationals.

While India has failed to win away Test series in South Africa and England, Kohli has continued to bully bowlers across the world in 2018. In South Africa, Kohli scored 871 runs from 11 matches (3 Tests, 5 ODIs and 2 T20Is).

Later in the year, Kohli top scored in the five-Test series in England even as India Cricket Team went down 4-1.

Meanwhile, Dhoni, who has struggled on the field in 2018, continues to be a favorite with brands. The former India captain did not hit a single half-century in 20 ODIs in 2018, managing a paltry 275 runs at an average of 25.

Difference Between Kohli and Dhoni

How Virat Kohli is Different from MS Dhoni?

Kholi Vs MS Dhoni

When Kohli took over the captaincy from Dhoni, everyone thought that he was too aggressive and brash. However, he used his aggressive nature to his advantage and turned things around for the Indian cricket team. He was also the best player at that time to take over from MSD.

Virat Kohli became the fastest batsman to score 10000 runs in One day match. As well as, Kohli broke 10 years Dravid’s record. Virat Kohli became the fastest captain to score 8000 runs in the International cricket match. After taking over the captaincy from MSD, Virat Kohli is the most successful Captain in Test Cricket.

While it has only been a couple of years since Kohli took over the reins from Dhoni, it is already visible that he will turn out to be a better captain than MSD. The stress of captaining and playing high-pressure games has not had a negative impact on Kohli’s own performance. Hence, he has one less thing to worry about.

DHONI HAD THE LEGENDS, KOHLI MAKING HIS OWN

However, Dhoni did have the advantage of inheriting a team of high-class players. From Sachin Tendulkar to VVS Laxman, it did make things easier for Dhoni to perform their best and reach the top. With Virendra Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir at the bowling front and Rahul Dravid attacking with the bat, Dhoni seemed to have it easy and took advantage of the team’s experience.

Dhoni’s brigade: Sachin Tendulkar, Virendra Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Aashish Nehra
Kohli’s brigade: Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane

Why Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a better captain than Virat Kohli?

Kohli Vs Dhoni

MS Dhoni took over the inspiration from Sourav Ganguly, who was credited with bringing in the killer instincts into the Indian side. So, Dhoni has big shoes to fit into. However, in the initial years, Dhoni was more or less successful as a captain. He was able to get a team of his choice and this helped the Indian side perform.

However, Dhoni’s style of captaining the side was defensive. While Dhoni was dubbed Captain Cool as he appeared unflappable in stressful situations, captaining the side took a toll on his wicket-keeping abilities and batting. At times, due to his defensive style of captaining, India would end up losing games that they should have won.

When Kohli took over the captaincy from Dhoni, everyone thought that he was too aggressive and brash. However, he used his aggressive nature to his advantage and turned things around for the Indian cricket team. He was also the best player at that time to take over from MSD.

While it has only been a couple of years since Kohli took over the reins from Dhoni, it is already visible that he will turn out to be a better captain than MSD. The stress of captaining and playing high-pressure games has not had a negative impact on Kohli’s own performance. Hence, he has one less thing to worry about.

Giving it Back

One of the issues that the Men in Blue have always had is tackling the on-field sledding. No captain has been able to give it back due to different reasons. However, everything changed when Kohli became the captain. He had no problem sledding players on the field, in particular, the Australian cricketers, who have been instrumental in introducing sledding in the game.

MS Dhoni never ever believed in sledding and would keep players under control and not let tempers fly on the field. This is another difference between the two players.

The pressure sponge

There are captains who take the pressure off teammates and onto themselves, and there are those who let the team face the heat. Cometh the hour, cometh the man – Dhoni has time and again delivered when it matters most.

Kohli is yet to be tested under pressure at the senior level.  But given Kohli’s hot-headedness, it is difficult to see how he would take the pressure off his teammates.

Plus, it is unsure if he can continue his batting form if he is burdened with the responsibility of captaincy. All the more reason to maintain the status quo.

The man-manager

Dhoni has received accolades for his captaincy by several of his senior team-mates including the Little Master, who has declared Dhoni to be the best captain he has played under.

Coming from someone who has played for 23 years, that is some compliment. In the past, Dhoni has stood up and borne the heat when the team was struggling. But when the team does well, he stands back to allow his teammates to take the credit. That coupled with the faith he displays in his teammates, makes him an exceptional leader for the side.

Kohli again has little experience in this, so there is little that can be said about him, but in the meanwhile, he can certainly learn from Dhoni.

Giving Bowlers a Free Hand

MSD was always looking to curtail runs and take wickets in the bargain. This would pay off at the time and at times, it would backfire. He would wait for the batsman to play the wrong shot and get themselves out. He was keen that the bowlers, especially the spinners, bowl maiden overs. However, Kohli does not believe in these tactics. He is fine with the bowlers being hit for a few runs as long as they take wickets.

He rather goes for the draw than taking that ‘one’ decision to go for the win in Tests, maybe it was the best thing to do.

Final Verdict of Kohli Vs Dhoni

While Kohli is a promising candidate for the captain’s job for the future, he is not quite prepared to replace MS Dhoni. Not yet anyway.

Do not write Dhoni’s epitaph just yet. But when the day for that comes, India will have a tough time finding someone who could fill in his shoes.

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