Kohli v/s Dhoni: The Battle of the captains.


Kohli(left) and Dhoni(right) enjoying on the bench.

There is hardly person alive who follows cricket and is unaware of the legend Virat Kohli. Known for his explosive batting, lucid wrist action shots and an uncanny talent in timing the ball it is a no-brainer  that this young  lad is on his way to rewrite all the records in cricketing history.

Making his first debut in the ODI’s on 18 August 2008 vs Sri Lanka ,He was originally categorized as ferocious,rash and temperamental. However over the span of 8 short years he has turned himself into a name that is comparable with legend ,the god “Sachin” himself.

Having  accumulated more than 17,000 runs including the IPL,he has risen in ranks to secure his position amongst best batsmen in the world.Hailed as a run machine he has pivoted countless  victories for the Indian team .When chasing a target he trancends the best of the players. In 63 innings when batting second, Kohli averages 62.77 at a strike rate of 89.23, with ten centuries, an average of 6.3 innings per hundred; when batting first, he averages 37.72 at a strike rate of 84.26.

For kohli a reverse logic seem to work as he is better when he is chasing which in turn allows him to focus more(We all have at some point stopped our work to watch Kohli chase a target!)

He truly brings out the finest the sport has to offer.This being said,he is now taking charge of the team as the captain in various matches.Walking in the footsteps of the current ODI captain MS Dhoni whose unparalleled record as a captain is a feat itself,Kohli is looking to gain success here too.

The successor of ‘Captain cool’ is by no means is less than ,if not better than him.He is steadily improving his skills as a captain which he knows will be his next responsibility towards the Indian cricket team.Comparing  both the captains side by side here are a few statistics of test matches.
Kohli:                                                                                                                                     Dhoni:

Matches:17                                                                                                                        Matches:60

Won:10                                                                                                                                 Won:27

Draw:5                                                                                                                                  Draw:15

Lost:2                                                                                                                                    Lost:18

Kohli has yet to play matches as a captain so it would seem a bit rushed to declare either one of the two as better but looking at the recent form and fitness Kohli is displaying he would soon be surpassing the current captain.What further glories await him and how central will he be in shaping the future of the Indian Cricket ,we look forward to witnessing it first hand.


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