Dhoni vs. Rohit Sharma: Who Is a Better Batsman and IPL Captain?

Dhoni vs. Rohit Sharma: Who Is a Better Batsman and IPL Captain?
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MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma have been top-quality batsmen for India who have excelled in all three formats in international cricket. They have set many records and won numerous matches for the nation with their amazing skills. However, a question occurs: who is a better batsman and IPL captain between the two? Let us find out by analysing their batting achievements in Tests, ODIs, T20Is and the IPL as well as their captaincy record in the IPL.

Dhoni vs. Rohit Sharma Stats

Let’s start by comparing the batting stats of the two stalwarts.

Comparison of Test Performance

Dhoni has played 90 Tests and amassed 4876 runs at an average of 38.09 and a scoring rate of 59.11 with 6 hundreds and 33 fifties.

Rohit has starred in 32 tests, cracking 2141 runs at an average of 46.54 and a scoring rate of 59.25 with 6 hundreds and 10 fifties.

Rohit has a higher average but he has played in a much smaller number of tests than Dhoni. Their scoring rates are almost the same. Therefore, we can call it a tie in this category.

Comparison of ODI Performance

Dhoni has appeared in 350 ODIs, stroking 10,773 runs at an average of 50.57 and a scoring rate of 87.56 with 10 hundreds and 73 fifties.

Rohit has played 224 ODIs, clobbering 9115 runs at an average of 49.27 and a scoring rate of 88.92 with 29 hundreds and 43 fifties.

Dhoni’s average has been boosted by 84 not outs compared to Rohit’s 32. Their scoring rates are almost similar. So, one can conclude that Rohit has a slightly better record in ODIs.

Comparison of T20I Performance

Dhoni has starred in 98 T20Is, smashing 1617 runs at an average of 37.60 (42 not outs) and a scoring rate of 126.13 with 2 fifties.

Rohit has appeared in 108 T20Is, stroking 2,773 runs at an average of 32.62 (15 not outs) and a scoring rate of 138.78 with 4 hundreds and 21 fifties.

Rohit has made full use of his position as an opener and cracked much more big scores than Dhoni. His strike rate is also higher. Thus, Rohit is a better batsman in T20Is.

Comparison of IPL Performance

Dhoni’s name is synonymous with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the IPL. Throughout his career, he has also played for Rising Pune Supergiant. In total, Dhoni has starred in 190 IPL matches, clobbering 4432 runs at an average of 42.20 (65 not outs) and a scoring rate of 137.85 with 23 fifties.

Rohit has played for Deccan Chargers and Mumbai Indians (since 2011) in the IPL. He has appeared in a total of 188 IPL games, stroking 4898 runs at an average of 31.60 (28 not outs) and a scoring rate of 130.82 with 1 hundred and 36 fifties.

Dhoni’s average is higher because of the bigger number of not outs as he bats in the middle order. His strike rate is also higher than Rohit’s who has more number of big knocks as he is an opener. Thus, when it comes to IPL performance, it’s again a tie.

Our Verdict on the Overall Batting Comparison:

While it’s a tie in Tests and the IPL, Rohit has a slightly better record in ODIs and T20Is. Therefore, according to stats, he is a better batsman.

Dhoni vs. Rohit Sharma: Who Is a Better Captain in the IPL?

Dhoni has been a successful captain in both international cricket and the IPL, while Rohit has been skipper mostly in the IPL only. Therefore, let’s compare their captaincy records in the Indian Premier League to determine who is a better leader.

Winning Percentage

Dhoni has a winning percentage of 60.11 and Rohit 58.65, so the stats are close. However, Rohit has won four IPL titles in fewer seasons as captain compared to Dhoni’s three. So the difference is marginal. Let’s consider other figures.

Winning Record against Sides Skippered by Each Other

Rohit Sharma has led the Mumbai Indians (MI) to 10 victories over CSK against 6 achieved by CSK under Dhoni’s captaincy. Dhoni has led Rising Pune Supergiant to one victory over MI in two games with Rohit’s team winning the other one. Thus, out of 18 matches against Dhoni-led teams, Rohit’s MI has won 11 which gives him the edge over Dhoni in this metric.

Batting Record Against Sides Captained by Each Other

Rohit has scored 537 runs against Dhoni-led teams at an average of 35.80 and a strike rate of 121.95. On the other hand, Dhoni has scored 275 runs versus Rohit-led sides an average of 30.56 and a strike rate of 105.98. Therefore, Rohit is again the winner by a good margin.

Our Verdict on Their Captaincy Record

Rohit does not have much experience as a captain at the international or domestic level but he has won more IPL championships than Dhoni. Rohit also beats Dhoni in the metrics of the number of games won and batting stats against sides led by the other captain. This shows that Rohit has natural leadership skills and is a better captain in the IPL than Dhoni.

Kevin Pietersen’s Opinion

Former Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and England batter Kevin Pietersen, however, believes that MS Dhoni marginally beats Rohit Sharma to the honour of the greatest IPL skipper of all time. Pietersen said the Dhoni-led CSK had been very consistent and withstood the pressure of high expectations from their fans in every season. The England expert stated that Dhoni had a great relationship with CSK coach Stephen Fleming which helped the franchise perform consistently well. For this reason, Pietersen casts his vote in favour of Dhoni.

Rohit’s MI and Dhoni’s CSK have been the two most successful sides in the 12-year IPL history. MI leads the title tally with four wins to their credit so far compared to three by CSK. All seven Championship wins have been achieved under the leadership of Dhoni and Rohit. Pietersen commented that he was a fan of Rohit Sharma’s style as well as MI’s approach to the game but for the weight of expectation and Chennai’s consistency, he picked MS as his favourite.

Wrapping Up

Despite Pietersen’s choice, the stats are clear as Rohit has the better batting and captaincy records compared to Dhoni. Thus, by a very small margin, we declare him the winner in both aspects of this contest.

 

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