Virat Kohli or MS Dhoni:Who is the best choice for captaincy in World Cup 2019 for India ?

Virat Kohli or MS Dhoni: Who is the best World Cup 2019 for India?

We live in a country where people breathe Cricket. Not only boys but girls are the same when it comes to cricket. And, every girl’s dream man is the captain of the India Cricket team.

Everybody knows that Virat has taken the captaincy of the Indian team. Now, this has become the talk of the town. We know how M.S. Dhoni has taken care of the team.  With his guidance, India became the number 1 team.

Virat Kohli or MS Dhoni
Virat Kohli or MS Dhoni. Image Credits: India Today

And here we have Virat Kohli as our captain. Indeed, he is the best player. Now, we have to see if he is a good captain or is going to be a good captain.
Well, looking at the matches, he guided till date has done good captaincy. Though, he is still new at tactics.
MS Dhoni knew how to keep up the good game. He was so good at tactics.

Is Virat Kohli the right choice for Captaincy?

Virat Kohli the right choice for Captaincy
Virat Kohli the right choice for Captaincy. Image Credits: MindStood

2019 World Cup is on its way. And, this year is going to be a debut year for Virat Kohli as a World Cup captain. Well, he has lots of pressure. And, why not he has taken the place of Dhoni, who was the best captain. He has been giving his 100% since the day he was announced as the captain. He is in the learning phase.
We still don’t know, if he is going to make the right choice or not. If he is the right choice? He is the best batsman in the world, and there is no lie in the statement.

What Rohit Sharma has to say!

Who is the best choice for captaincy in World Cup 2019 for India
Who is the best choice for captaincy in World Cup 2019 for India? Image Credits: DNA India

In an interview, vice-captain Rohit Sharma said, “it’s my responsibility to be on the side of Kohli whenever he needs or has doubts. Because at the time of Dhoni, experienced cricketer like Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and many other senior players were there. Now, I and Virat Kohli have been helping each other out since so many years. Again, we are going to do”.

In an interview, asked by Kohli how was his experience in the world cups and what he got to learn from them. He said “ in 2011, I was not involved in a lot of meetings or anything. And, also in 2015, not involved that much in the things and didn’t know the pressure what it looks like “

“ Now I have to think differently, it’s not that whatever I am doing is new. But, I have to keep my strategy clear and now I know what pressure looks like. I would love to seek advice from mahi Bhai and Rohit. ” Virat Kohli added.

Virat Kohli vs MS Dhoni: Let’s look at the matches played by the captains

 

Players: Matches:Won: Lost: Tied: NR
Virat Kohli 2013-19: 68: 49: 17: 1: 1
M.S. Dhoni 2007-2018 200: 110: 74: 5: 11

ms dhoni stats
MS Dhoni stats. Image Credits: Rediff.com

MS Dhoni and his Achievements:

Let’s have a look at the achievements of MS Dhoni –
He is the only captain in the world who won 3 international Cricket Council (ICC) tournaments. These tournaments were –

  • T20 World Cup 2007
  • ODI World Cup 2011
  • Champions trophy 2013
    He is the only one captain till date who has played the largest number of matches, 331. Let’s look at the number of matches won by the Indian team in the captaincy of him.

    MS Dhoni and his Achievements
    MS Dhoni and his Achievements. Image Credits: Pinterest

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MS Dhoni statistics:

FORMATS: MATCHES: WON: LOST: TIE: NR:
ODI: 200: 110: 74: 5: 11
T20: 72: 41: 28: 1: 2
Test: 60: 27: 18: – :15 (Drawn)

 

Virat Kohli and his Achievements:

Kohli is the only first Asian captain to beat Australia in bilateral test series in its hometown. He is the first skipper to not to lose any match across formats in Australia.

Virat Kohli and his Achievements
Virat Kohli and his Achievements. Image Credits: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

No doubt, he is an incredible batsman. Well, he surpassed Dhoni’s record of 10 consecutive win across all formats.
Kohli became the first Indian captain to score double centuries in 84 years, he scored it in West Indies in 2016. He has the most double centuries as India’s test captain.
Virat is known as the best ODI captain. He has guided our Indian team in 60 matches and made them win 44 matches.

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Virat Kohli vs MS Dhoni Comparision:

MS Dhoni took over the captaincy from Sourav Ganguly, who itself was known as the best captain. He had to stand up to the expectation of lots of people. Well, we know that Dhoni is quite a cool captain. No matter what the situation was, he dealt with every situation very calmly. In his initial years, he also had to struggle a lot.

Virat Kohli vs MS Dhoni stats comparision
Virat Kohli vs MS Dhoni stats comparison. Image Credits: News Nation

Sometimes he was known as the best captain and sometimes as a bad captain. Well, his style of captaining was quite defensive. Due to that, the Indian team has lost a few matches which they would have won.

Back when Kohli took the responsibility from Dhoni. Everybody was quite curious because they thought he is too aggressive. But, he took advantage of this nature and turned everything upside down for the whole team. Though we don’t know who is the better captain. They both are the best in their own way.

But one thing that everyone says that no one can ever get the mindset Dhoni has during the game. He is just commendable at his job.

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Let’s Look at the Strategies used by MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli:

More than 5 strike bowlers matters?

Virat Kohli or MS Dhoni Who is the best choice for captaincy in World Cup 2019 for India
Virat Kohli or MS Dhoni Who is the best choice for captaincy in World Cup 2019 for India. Image Credits: Indiatimes.com

Dhoni’s mindset was way too different. He used to take 1-2 extra bowlers like Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, and Kedar Jadhav, apart from 5 strike bowlers. If any of the bowlers are having a bad day, as the bowler concedes run to the other team, Dhoni replaces that bowler with the extra bowler. But, in Virat Kohli captaincy it’s quite different. He only depends on those 5 strike bowlers. He rarely goes with the other players. Sometimes it leaves the team with short of options. We have seen this last year in the ODI against South Africa.

Are the changes necessary for the team?

If Dhoni has chosen one team and if that team succeeds then he keeps on playing with that team. He is not much of a changer when it comes to a winning team. If a player gets injured or is not in the form, then he considers changing that player. In Dhoni captaincy, newcomers had a hard time to get into the team. Whereas in Virat Kohli captaincy, changing and chopping is a must. He loves change. In his captaincy, everybody gets a fair chance. Just because of that everybody starts playing for their place in the team. There was a huge competition for the number 4 slot. Well, examples are Dinesh Karthik, Ajinkya Rahane and Kannur Lokesh Rahul.

Keep your team together and closely knit:

Dhoni had this strategy of keeping a player in the team for long. If he sees any quality in that player and thinks that player is capable enough, then he keeps that player in the team. We have a live example before 2013 Rohit Sharma used to play at fifth or sixth position, after seeing his potential, Dhoni gave him the chance to play as an opener. And, you can see how he is the best opener till date.

Virat Kohli or MS Dhoni Who is the best choice for captaincy in World Cup 2019 for India
World Cup 2019. Image Credits: NDTV Sports

Kohli has this habit of changing and chopping the team every time. If the person is not capable enough then he changes that player. Over the past couple of years, people have been rejecting.  They are the victims of that chopping – Shreyas Iyer, Siddharth Kaul, Mohammed Shami, Dinesh Karthik.

When asked by Kapil Dev who is the best captain between Dhoni and Kohli, then he said “Dhoni and Kohli have done a commendable job for India. Both of them are unmatchable”.
As the World Cup is approaching, search for number four spot is on. This is what Kapil dev has to say in this –
“Well, there has been a search going on for number four spot. It is difficult to pick a person. Dhoni went before Yuvraj in 2011 World cup final. A lot has changed in the last ten years in the cricket.” added Kapil Dev.

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World Cup 2019 Fixtures:

World Cup 2019 Fixtures
World Cup 2019 Fixtures. Image Credits: Sportskeeda
  1. MAY 24, FRIDAY
    Pakistan vs Afghanistan
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
    Sri Lanka vs South Africa
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
  2. MAY 25, SATURDAY
    England vs Australia
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
    India vs New Zealand
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
  3. MAY 26, SUNDAY
    South Africa vs Windies
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
    Pakistan vs Bangladesh
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
  4. MAY 27, MONDAY
    Australia vs Sri Lanka
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
    England vs Afghanistan
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
  5. MAY 28, TUESDAY
    New Zealand vs Windies
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
    India vs Bangladesh
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
  6. MAY 30, THURSDAY
    England vs South Africa
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
  7. MAY 31, FRIDAY
    Windies vs Pakistan
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
  8. JUN 01, SATURDAY
    New Zealand vs Sri Lanka
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
    Afghanistan vs Australia
    (18:00 IST / 12:30 GMT)
  9. JUN 02, SUNDAY
    South Africa vs Bangladesh
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
  10. JUN 03, MONDAY
    England vs Pakistan
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
  11. JUN 04, TUESDAY
    Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
  12. JUN 05, WEDNESDAY
    South Africa vs India
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
    Bangladesh vs New Zealand
    (18:00 IST / 12:30 GMT)
  13. JUN 06, THURSDAY
    Australia vs Windies
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
  14. JUN 07, FRIDAY
    Pakistan vs Sri Lanka
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
  15. JUN 08, SATURDAY
    England vs Bangladesh
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
    Afghanistan vs New Zealand
    (18:00 IST / 12:30 GMT)
  16. JUN 09, SUNDAY
    India vs Australia
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
  17. JUN 10, MONDAY
    South Africa vs Windies
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
  18. JUN 11, TUESDAY
    Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
  19. JUN 12, WEDNESDAY
    Australia vs Pakistan
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
  20. JUN 13, THURSDAY
    India vs New Zealand
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
  21. JUN 14, FRIDAY
    England vs Windies
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
  22. JUN 15, SATURDAY
    Sri Lanka vs Australia
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
    South Africa vs Afghanistan
    (18:00 IST / 12:30 GMT)
  23. JUN 16, SUNDAY
    India vs Pakistan
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
  24. JUN 17, MONDAY
    Windies vs Bangladesh
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
  25. JUN 18, TUESDAY
    England vs Afghanistan
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
  26. JUN 19, WEDNESDAY
    New Zealand vs South Africa
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
  27. JUN 20, THURSDAY
    Australia vs Bangladesh
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
  28. JUN 21, FRIDAY
    England vs Sri Lanka
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
  29. JUN 22, SATURDAY
    India Vs Afghanistan
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
    Windies vs New Zealand
    (18:00 IST / 12:30 GMT)
  30. JUN 23, SUNDAY
    Pakistan vs South Africa
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
  31. JUN 24, MONDAY
    Bangladesh vs Afghanistan
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
  32. JUN 25, TUESDAY
    England vs Australia
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
  33. JUN 26, WEDNESDAY
    New Zealand vs Pakistan
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
  34. JUN 27, THURSDAY
    Windies vs India
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
  35. JUN 28, FRIDAY
    Sri Lanka vs South Africa
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
  36. JUN 29, SATURDAY
    Pakistan vs Afghanistan
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
    New Zealand vs Australia
    (18:00 IST / 12:30 GMT)
  37. JUN 30, SUNDAY
    England vs India
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
  38. JUL 01, MONDAY
    Sri Lanka vs Windies
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
  39. JUL 02, TUESDAY
    Bangladesh vs India
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
  40. JUL 03, WEDNESDAY
    England vs New Zealand
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
  41. JUL 04, THURSDAY
    Afghanistan vs Windies
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
  42. JUL 05, FRIDAY
    Pakistan vs Bangladesh
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
  43. JUL 06, SATURDAY
    Sri Lanka vs India
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
    Australia vs South Africa
    (18:00 IST / 12:30 GMT)
  44. JUL 09, TUESDAY
    TBC vs TBC
    1st Semi-Final (1 v 4)
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
  45. JUL 11, THURSDAY
    TBC vs TBC
    2nd Semi-Final (2 v 3)
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)
  46. JUL 14, SUNDAY
    TBC vs TBC (Final)
    (15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT)

World Cup 2019 Schedule for India:

World Cup 2019 Schedule for india
World Cup 2019 Schedule for India. Image Credits: myKhel

Well, they both are a totally different person. Two persons can’t be the same right? Their captaincy style is also so different. Their style is unique in itself. Though some believe that the Indian team can never get a captain like Dhoni, he is the best. And, some says a team is at its best position in Virat Kohli’s captaincy. It is obviously difficult to judge both of them. If one is a lion, then another is tsunami which can create havoc. Though we don’t care who is the best or worst until our team is winning, right?
We would love to know what you all think! Who do you think is the best captain according to you? Comment down below!

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