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MS Dhoni vs Virat Kohli

MS Dhoni vs Virat Kohli is the biggest debate of Indian cricket fans and fans the world over in recent times. While MS Dhoni has been the most successful captain in Indian cricket with an immense record of wins and trophies, Virat Kohli has been one of the most successful and in-form cricketers in world cricket. While both cricketers have played their respective roles very well, when it comes to the Kohli vs Dhoni debate, their captaincy approach and records are often under scrutiny. They both are among the favorites of fantasy cricket players around the world due to their skills on the field.

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Dhoni vs Kohli Stats Comparison

Dhoni vs Kohli in Test

In the purest form of the game, which is considered the true test of a cricketer's talent, let's see how Dhoni and Kohli compare:

Stat

MS Dhoni

Virat Kohli

Match

90

86

Innings

144

145

Runs

4876

7240

Avg

38.09

53.62

Hundred

6

27

Fifty

33

22

Best

224

254*

If we observe closely, the batting statistics are skewed in favour of Virat Kohli. This goes to show that in obvious terms Kohli is the better batsman. But, if we look closely at the catches record which is overlooked here, it will show that Dhoni has 256 catches to his name while Virat only has 82. But that is not a number to show any considerable difference because Dhoni is a wicket-keeper and Kohli is an outfielder.

Dhoni vs Kohli in ODI

In the 50-over format of the game, Dhoni & Kohli are pretty evenly matched. So let's have a look at how their individual stats compare:

Stat

MS Dhoni

Virat Kohli

Match

350

248

Innings

297

239

Runs

10773

11867

Avg

50.57

59.33

SR

87.56

93.25

Hundred

10

43

Fifty

73

58

Best

183*

183

In this comparison, both cricketers have crossed the 10000-run mark. But if we look closely at the numbers then Virat has slightly better stats. But, we have to consider that at most times Virat has always batted at number 3, which means he has had the opportunity to face more deliveries. MS Dhoni on the other hand comes to bat at 6 or 7, most times under huge pressure of finishing the match with a positive result. Therefore in ODIs Virat is the better batsman again, but Dhoni is the better finisher and has an immense record as well.

Dhoni vs Kohli in T20

The shortest format of the game again sees the numbers skewed in favour of Virat Kohli in the Kohli vs Dhoni comparison:

Stat

MS Dhoni

Virat Kohli

Match

98

82

Innings

85

76

Runs

1617

2794

Avg

37.60

50.80

SR

126.13

138.24

Hundred

Fifty

2

24

Best

56

94*

Even though the numbers heavily favour Virat Kohli in the T20 format of the game. MS Dhoni is more known for his captaincy & number of wins in this format of the game. He has captained India to a T20 World Cup victory.

Dhoni vs Kohli in Indian T20 League

The Indian T20 League numbers are good for Virat Kohli as always, but Dhoni betters him on the average part. Let's see how they compare first:

Stat

MS Dhoni

Virat Kohli

Match

190

177

Innings

170

169

Runs

4432

5412

Avg

42.20

37.84

SR

137.85

131.61

Hundred

5

Fifty

23

36

Best

84*

113

Kohli's numbers again take precedence over Dhoni's, but we have to keep in mind that Dhoni has won 3 titles with his franchise Chennai. Kohli is yet to win an Indian T20 League title with Bangalore.

So, Who is Better Batsman Dhoni or Kohli

If we consider the overall record, Virat Kohli wins this comparison hands down. He is by far the most successful batsman of the current generation. The current Indian team captain is ranked 2nd in Tests in the ICC rankings and is ranked number 1 in ODIs. His current T20 rank is 9th on the ICC rankings.

MS Dhoni vs Virat Kohli Captaincy Records and Stats

The captaincy record heavily favours Dhoni because of the major tournaments that India has won under his leadership. Let's see how they compare in the different formats:

Captaincy in Tests

Stat

MS Dhoni

Virat Kohli

Match

60

55

Wins

27

33

Loss

18

12

Draw

15

10

Win %

45

60

Virat Kohli has surpassed Dhoni’s number & win percentage as captain in the longest format of the game.

Captaincy in ODIs

Stat

MS Dhoni

Virat Kohli

Match

200

89

Wins

110

62

Losses

74

24

Tied

5

1

No Results

11

2

Win %

59.5

71.8

In ODI's Virat's win percentage is more, but Dhoni has led India in more matches and hence more number of wins. Virat still has a lot left to do there since he is still playing. Also, winning two ICC trophies makes Dhoni a better leader. Under MSD India played two world cups and won one, while under Virat India couldn’t go beyond the semi-finals in 2019.

Captaincy in T20s

Stat

MS Dhoni

Virat Kohli

Match

72

37

Wins

41

22

Losses

28

11

Tied

1

2

No results

2

2

Win %

59.2

65.7

Once more Virat leads the comparison by numbers but, if you look closely you will see that Dhoni has led India in more matches, hence the percentages are still to be justified. MS Dhoni has also led India in all 6 editions of the T20 world cup and won the inaugural edition as well. Kohli is yet to captain India in the T20 world cup.

Captaincy in Indian T20 League

Stat

MS Dhoni

Virat Kohli

Match

174

110

Wins

104

49

Losses

69

55

Tied

2

No Results

1

4

Win %

60.1

47.1

Both Dhoni and Kohli are one of the most chosen players in Indian t20 fantasy cricket leagues due to their overwhelming stats in the tournament. MS Dhoni is considered the most successful captain in Indian T20 League. He has captained and led his franchise to 11 out of 12 finals so far. Chennai has also won 3 titles under his leadership, while Virat has only managed one runner-up finish with Bangalore in 2016.

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