Comparison of MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli – Stats, Records & More

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The debate over the comparison of MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli is recently one of the most heated debates. There is no doubt that MSD has been the most successful captain in Indian cricket, with a plethora of awards and wins to his name. On the other side, Kohli has been the most efficient and consistent cricketer worldwide in recent years.

Dhoni vs Kohli comparison in test (as a player):

Let’s see how both players compare in the Test cricket format:

Statistics MS Dhoni Virat Kohli
Match appeared 90 96
Innings played 144 162
Runs scored 4876 7765
Average 38.09 51.09
Hundreds 6 27
Fifties 33 27
Best 224 254*

The statistics for batting in Test match cricket clearly show that Kohli is way ahead of Dhoni. Kohli has scored 27 test centuries, whereas Dhoni has managed to rack up only 6 centuries. Kohli also has an average of more than 50 in Test cricket, which is quite remarkable.

Dhoni vs Kohli comparison in ODI (as a player)

Statistics MS Dhoni Virat Kohli
Match appeared 350 254
Innings played 297 242
Runs scored 10773 12169
Average 50.57 59.07
Strike Rate 87.56 93.25
Hundreds 10 43
Fifties 73 62
Best 183* 183

The ODI statistics between Dhoni and Kohli are not too far apart. While Kohli has scored more centuries than Dhoni, he is batting at number 3, and MSD was positioned at the 5th or 6th spot. This led to Kohli having more time and balls to play.

Dhoni vs Kohli comparison in T20I (as a player)

Statistics MS Dhoni Virat Kohli
Matches appeared 98 90
Innings played 85 85
Runs scored 1617 3216
Average 37.60 52.72
Strike Rate 126.13 138.56
Hundreds 0 0
Fifties 2 29
Best 56 94*

The T20 stats also reflect that Virat Kohli has performed better than MSD more due to the position he bats at.

Dhoni vs Kohli comparison in IPL (as a player):

Statistics MS Dhoni (CSK) Virat Kohli (RCB)
Matches appeared 220 207
Innings played 193 199
Runs scored 4746 6283
Average 39.55 37.4
Strike rate 135.83 129.95
Hundreds 0 5
Fifties 23 42
Best 84 not out 113

If we examine the Dhoni and Kohli IPL records, we can see that the record is a tie. Kohli surpasses Dhoni when it comes to the number of runs made as well as centuries scored. However, we should be aware that Dhoni has been awarded 4 IPL trophies for CSK, and Kohli has not yet achieved this feat. Also, IPL 2021 marked Kohli’s final IPL as captain of RCB.

Dhoni vs Kohli Test Record (as Captain)

Statistics MS Dhoni Virat Kohli
Matches played 60 65
Wins 27 38
Loss 18 16
Draw 15 11
Win % 45 58.46

Dhoni vs Kohli Record in ODI (as Captain)

Statistics MS Dhoni Virat Kohli
Match played 200 95
Wins 110 65
Losses 74 27
Tied 5 1
No Results 11 2
Win % 59.5 70.43

Dhoni vs Kohli Record in T20I (as Captain)

Statistics MS Dhoni Virat Kohli
Matches played 72 46
Wins 41 27
Losses 28 15
Tied 1 2
No results 2 2
Win % 59.2 65.2

In the end, we can safely say that Virat Kohli, as a batter, is more successful than MSD. But Dhoni has been a shining star as captain of the Indian team in ODIs, Tests, and T20. As captain, Dhoni has won 4 IPL titles, as well as both the T20 and the ODI World Cup.

Reference Links:

  1. http://www.howstat.com/cricket/statistics/batting/BattingBestAggregateForPosition_T20.asp
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Twenty20_International_records
  3. https://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/284241.html
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