IPL 2019- Who is a better captain: Dhoni or Rohit?
The 2019 Indian Premier League is off to an interesting start, with several teams looking capable of lifting the title this term.
MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma are two of the most experienced captains in IPL as we draw a comparison between them.
Dhoni is the true 'King of IPL'
While Dhoni is the most experienced captain in the IPL, having played the most number of matches as the skipper, he also has a better winning percentage compared to Rohit.
Out of 148 matches as CSK's captain, Dhoni has won 92 and lost 55.
As for Rohit, he has won 52 matches and lost 39 out of 92 matches, in which he has led.
Dhoni excels as captain, Rohit as a player
Notably, Dhoni has led two IPL sides. He has a batting average of 43.27 as CSK skipper and 31.89 as a player.
As for stats with Rising Pune Supergiant, he has a batting average of 40.57 as the skipper and 41.27 as a player.
While for Rohit, he has a batting average of 30.94 as MI's skipper and 32.91 as a player.
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Dhoni has won more tosses and matches as T20I captain
In comparison, in T20Is as captain, Dhoni has far more experience of leading a side.
While Rohit has led India in just 15 matches, with 12 wins and three losses, Dhoni has guided India to 42 wins and 28 losses, including the famous ICC T20 title in 2007.
Further, in an interesting stat, Dhoni has won more tosses (47.22%) than Rohit (46.67%).
Rohit at par with Dhoni as T20I player
Considering their performance in T20Is as players, while Rohit has scored more runs than Dhoni, he is marginally below him.
Rohit has an average of 32.38, whereas, Dhoni's average is 37.60.
On the other hand, Rohit has a better strike-rate of 137.60, compared to Dhoni's 126.13.
Rohit, being an opener, has more centuries and half-centuries (six and four) compared to Dhoni (zero and two).
Rohit's success with MI has taken lesser time
Although Dhoni has led CSK to the knock-out stage on all nine occasions the team has played, they have managed to play the final on seven occasions and won thrice.
As for Rohit, he has been leading the side since 2013 and had won the title in his debut season as captain.
Further, he has led MI to three titles in just six seasons.
What's next for Dhoni and Rohit?
The primary target for the two would be to win the fourth IPL title for their side, which would make the skipper the most dominant one in the tournament. Nonetheless, despite the fourth title, Dhoni would still be miles ahead of him in other departments.
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