Dhoni Vs Kohli Captaincy?
The Captaincy difference between dhoni vs kohli.
MS Dhoni- the Multi-tasker
MS Dhoni is a special character. Performing with a combination of being a Wicket Keeper of the team and the Captain is not that easy.
It is true that the Wicket Keeper is the busiest player in the field. Batsmen rest when they are runners; Bowlers get their off-time too. But WK stays behind, guarding each & every ball, doing squats. Not that easy!Adding to that, MSD had been leading the team in all 3 formats for more than 10 years straight.The best part is he made it look so easy. He never complained.He was cool, composed, thinking, planning, setting the field, speaking to the bowlers, being in game and opposition batsmen’s mind, and then KEEPING.Quite a Multi-tasker he is.
But how did MSD performed as Captain?
Now that’s clinical as ever been. Dhoni is phenomenal in the limited Overs as Captain. His Test Captaincy takes the beating with the poor overseas record. But still he had been a major source of the current Indian team.His numbers do the talking always.. and now, I will move on to the next guy.
Virat Kohli as Captain?
Virat the best batsman of the team is elected to lead the team on the basis of my Australian theory for Captains. Virat to me is India’s answer to all the sledging we have taken throughout our Cricketing pasts. Virat to me is an Australian Kind of Captain.He gives back; he is aggressive; he sledges. Above all, he walks the talk.Actually, he runs the talk.I will easily say, Virat is the best Batsman currently and probably, among every player in the past.Or it is better to say, Virat stands among the best of the best batsmen who have played the game.
But how is Virat as Captain?
He is Learning. That’s really a good sign.But he is learning to be one. And I believe, he is in the right path.He stays at the front as an example to every other player in the team and also to the other young players, who are waiting for their roles in Indian Cricket.
He is also setting the trend in fitness in Indian Cricket. You must have heard about the Yo-Yo test, the current fitting trend in Indian Cricket.Another best quality in Virat as a player is he fights back.He believes he can win from any situation.And when he is made the captain, his never-give-up attitude has spread over the team.
Virat Kohli And MS Dhoni – 5 Key Differences In Captaincy
1) Kohli – A paragon of aggression, Dhoni – A more cautious approach
Dhoni Vs Kohli is another name for aggression on the cricket field. This is something, which not only comes through in his batting, but also his captaincy. Virat as captain is always looking to attack the opposition whatever be the situation of the match. Hence, you can see more fielders in catching positions while bowling and also a more T20 like approach in batting when a rearguard is the need of the hour. The overall essence is to push for a victory, even if it results in defeat eventually. He is one man who doesn’t settle for a draw.
Dhoni Vs Kohli on the other hand was more subdued in his leadership style, often accused by pundits of letting the match drift by adopting a defensive approach. While, it needs to be understood that Dhoni captained India at a time when the average age of the side was either close to 30 or more than that with several ageing legends in the last leg of their career, hence a completely aggressive approach could have been difficult to endorse. But whether it is the field setting or the team composition, Dhoni always had a cautious approach.
2) Treatment of R Ashwin as an out and out attacking bowler
Dhoni Vs Kohli knows Ashwin is India’s biggest match-winner with the ball and he lets the man play that role with complete freedom. Not once has he been seen asking his premier spinner to take his foot off the accelerator, even when the chips are down. This has resulted in Ashwin rediscovering his mojo in the last two years.
Dhoni Vs Kohli on the other hand often used Ashwin as a defensive ploy, trying to stop the flow of runs. Not just that, a few failures outside the sub-continent meant Dhoni even benched the senior bowler. Now that will never inspire a bowler to go on an all out attack mode as he is constantly worried about his place in the team.
3) Backing Pace Bowlers
Dhoni Vs Kohli has been known for his penchant for out and out pace bowlers. Something which has given the likes of Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Shami the required confidence to go ahead and bend their backs on the placid tracks in India. Both Umesh and Shami have held their own in the recent Test series despite the dominance of spinners.
MS Dhoni had a safety first style of leadership and that is something which did not inspire much confidence in the pace bowlers. Ishant Sharma for the longest period in his career was used as a buffer, deployed not to take wickets, but to give the spinners a break.
4) The 5 bowler strategy
Dhoni Vs Kohli captain has been clear about the need to play 5 bowlers in Test cricket in order to take 20 wickets and the team has been reaping rich rewards of this strategy. It has come as a boon for the team that the lower order batting has also improved leaps and bounds.
Dhoni on the other hand was a bit reluctant to play the extra bowler as he was keen on playing 6 pure batsmen with the captain himself coming in to bat at number 7 followed by 4 bowlers. While there have been occasions when Dhoni did go in with 5 bowlers, it was not something, which he endorsed as a captain.
5) Horses for Courses Approach
India under Virat Kohli has a seen a complete departure from a defensive strategy, with the latter adopting a ‘Horses for Courses’ strategy. This has also resulted in a number of youngsters getting an opportunity to play international cricket.