Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni are the names of successful captains of the Indian team in the modern era. Both captains took the Indian team to new heights during their tenure.
Under Dhoni’s captaincy, Team India won the 2007 T20 World Cup, 2011 World Cup and 2013 Champions Trophy. At the same time, under the captaincy of Kohli, Team India performed brilliantly in all three formats.
Talking about the figures of these two captains, Dhoni has captained India in 200 ODIs in which he has won 110 matches. During this time, his win percentage is 59.52.
On the other hand, Kohli has led Team India in 89 matches and won 62 of them. Kohli’s winning percentage in ODIs is 71.83. Talking about the Test match, Dhoni won 27 matches in 60 matches while Kohli has so far won 33 out of 55 matches.
Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni both are different captains: Laxman Sivaramakrishnan
Former Indian cricketer Laxman Sivaramakrishnan believes that both of them captained their style to form two separate teams and both the teams achieved success in their own way. In an interview with The Times of India, Sivaramakrishnan said
“Virat Kohli is a very proactive and instinctive captain. It gives him a lot of energy and he is still getting better and better. Best part about Kohli as captain, he leads from the front, not only scoring runs with the bat but also the energy that he possesses,”
“Both are different captains, Virat is more of an aggressive and expressive kind of captain and MS is quite laid back and you can hardly read from his facial expression and what his body is speaking about. But MS Dhoni is more of a bowlers’ captain which is a big advantage for any bowler,”
Comparing Virat Kohli with the Australian team of the 1990s and 2000s, Laxman said,
“Virat Kohli doesn’t mind losing games because he plays to win. That’s what Australia did in the 90s and 2000s, that’s why they were so successful. You just want to go, try and win a game and in the process if you lose it’s part and parcel of the game,”
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