When it comes to sports, cricket is considered as a religion in India that unites everyone. In today’s era, if there’s someone who has emerged as a versatile player, it has to be our captain Virat Kohli.
After the legend MS Dhoni stepped down as a captain from the tests in 2014, Virat Kohli took over the responsibility. Since then, there has been a huge and never-ending debate about who has been a better captain – Dhoni or Kohli?
This is and will be an on-going debate amongst the cricket fanatics. But when we compared between the two maestros, we concluded with 5 undeniable reasons that make Kohli a better captain than Dhoni. Cricket lovers, or rather MSD and Kohli fans, are you ready to read this?
1. Fire Vs Ice
We’ve known Dhoni as a captain cool, while Virat has been the exact opposite of that. He has been a captain with extreme fire in his town every time he steps on the field. While Dhoni plays with his calm, Virat’s fire adds a spark to the game and definitely gives a tough time to the opponents.
2. Do Or Die:
It goes without a doubt that Kohli has learned a lot about captaincy from Dhoni, but his ‘Do Or Die’ attitude is one of the reasons that he’s not only a captain but world’s best cricketer currently. One of the incidents that prove him the best is when he was chose the game over his Dad’s funeral. We salute you, King Kohli!
Virat Kohli, in his captaincy tenure, has made constant changes in his playing XI. He believes in maximizing the chances of winning the match over-rigidity of the playing XI.
Sometimes, the changes were due to injury and at times it was Kohli’s ‘horses for courses’ policy, where he picked up players who were in good form. The inclusion of Jasprit Bumrah in the Test series against South Africa turned to be a masterstroke as he was one of the successful bowlers for team India. The constant changes have backfired at times, like when Kohli dropped Ajinkya Rahane and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, but most of the times he has been spot on with the team changes.
On the contrary, Dhoni was very rigid with the team selections. Despite losing matches he would go in with the same team and would never make any drastic changes, which led to his downfall at times.
4. Backing Bowlers:
Under Virat Kohli, the dynamics of the Indian bowling have changed drastically, with a rejuvenation of the fast bowling department. Currently, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami are all in brilliant form.
One of the highlights of the India-South Africa series was the bowlers picking up 20 wickets in the three Tests, which was not the case on previous tours. Also, Kohli went with four fast bowlers in Johannesburg and won the third Test match.
Dhoni was different from Kohli, as he always backed spin bowling and even in overseas tours, he went with two spinners. In his tenure, Zaheer Khan was the only reliable fast bowler but currently, Kohli has produced a lot of match winners in the fast bowling department.
Dhoni’s overseas record as captain has not been very impressive. On numerous occasions, he allowed the match to drift away from winning positions because of his defensive field settings or by allowing the Indian bowlers to bowl defensive lines.
Kohli, who is known for his aggressive tactics, prefers to go for the kill instead of settling for a draw. While MS Dhoni is muscularly built and God gifted with an unorthodox style of batting, Virat Kohli appears to be more effective and technical batsman with the modern style of captaincy that requires in the overseas condition.
The last Test against South Africa was a good example of Kohli’s captaincy, wherein he continued to keep the field up even when the score was 124/1, with South Africa requiring only 117 runs more for a win. In the end, it paid dividends for team India as they won the match.
I’ve written this article with a very heavy heart as I’m a huge Dhoni fan. However, we just cannot deny and ignore Kohli’s contribution, both as a player and a captain to team India. This might turn out to be a very controversial article, but both the players are incomparable and have taken our team to one of the best in every format.
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