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Ajay Paswan

Physical Education Trainer | Updated 06 Aug, 2018 |

Dhoni vs. Kohli – who is a better captain?

Shubham sharma

Student | Posted 26 Nov, 2018

Both of them have very contrasting style of captaincy. On one hand M.S Dhoni is extremely calm(ice leader) while on the other hand Virat Kohli is very aggressive in his approach and likes to lead from the front(fire leader).

Virat Kohli is someone who excels when put under pressure or given responsibility. His performances improved significantly in test matches after being given captaincy. Same can be expected in ODIs and T20s as well(hope so).

While on the other hand M.S Dhoni is a person who stayed away from the limelight and shaped the careers of many world class cricketers (for eg Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, R. Ashwin etc) and sacrificed his own batting career (he batted at no.6 for most of the time).

We can't compare them because comparing them would be like comparing rock music and acoustic music. Virat Kohli still needs to prove his skills as a captain while M.S Dhoni achieved all the things a captain can achieve.


rishab sachar

Blogger | Posted 23 Nov, 2018

Dhoni still is in ODI's so just 5-6 matches won't be enough to say that Kohli is better than Dhoni. He has some strong stats to defeat to be compared to Dhoni or some one else. Kohli is no doubt a good batsman but he is nowhere close to even a good captain.

rishab sachar

Blogger | Posted 23 Nov, 2018

Dhoni still is in ODI's so just 5-6 matches won't be enough to say that Kohli is better than Dhoni. He has some strong stats to defeat to be compared to Dhoni or some one else. Kohli is no doubt a good batsman but he is nowhere close to even a good captain.

Naveen Kumar

Blogger | Posted 17 Nov, 2018

Dhoni is a better captain in India. 

Prashant Dubey

Mechanical engineer | Posted 15 Nov, 2018

Dhoni

Roy Sumit

Blogger | Posted 13 Nov, 2018

MS DHONI

1)ODI career as captain

Matches-: 199

Won -: 110

Lost -: 74

Winning percentage-: 59.47%

2)Test career as captain

Matches -: 60

Won -: 27

Lost -:18

Winning percentage-:40%

3) T20 career as captain

Matches -: 72

Won -: 41

Lost -: 28

Winning percantage-: 59.28%

Prreeti Radhika Taneja

Entrepreneur | Posted 12 Jan, 2018

Here’s what I think. Kapil Dev led Indian cricket team win 1983 world cup, people called him the best captain. Sourav Ganguly entered and led the team to new heights. People started calling him the best captain.


Came in MS Dhoni! He redefined Indian cricket with his exceptional batting and style. People called him the best ever captain.

Now Virat Kohli is leading the team. His brief stint till now has been very successful. Now everyone is calling him the best.


My point is, as we move forward and new captains come, they always would do something remarkable on the field that will give them the title of best captain of all time.


So comparing the current skipper with the past one is quite unjust. Because if you’re going to focus on their winning percentage, we must also factor that each of the captains lead different teams in different situations and under different conditions. Some may find winning favorable, others may not.


So yeah, any team captain (at least the ones who donned this hat for long) are great in their own way.


However, just for the sake of answering your specific question, here’s how things are:


On paper, Kohli’s record looks better. He is the first Indian captain to register winning percentage of 80 in ODIs. His-led team has registered more number of consecutive wins.


So yeah Kohli looks better on paper. However, his stint as the captain is fairly short at the moment. As we go ahead, we will see how he faces more and consistent challenges. Can his team perform better on big stages? Can he help his team win big tournaments?


We will see! But admittedly, Kohli looks better than Dhoni. Still I would always pick Dhoni in my dream team.