Rohit Sharma vs MS Dhoni

The Men in Blue have come a long way since the days of MS Dhoni as captain, but during the Virat Kohli era, it seems like the trophies in international cricket tournaments have dried up. Yes, we have done well on foreign soil vs the likes of Australia, England and New Zealand, but a dearth of trophies and close finishes in the shorter format has seen Virat being replaced as captain by Rohit Sharma.

Rohit has led Mumbai in the Indian T20 League to a record 5 titles, which is even better than the 4 that MS Dhoni has with Chennai. Can Rohit really turn the fortunes of the Indian team in terms of silverware and match up to the legend of MSD?

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Rohit Sharma vs MS Dhoni Stats Comparison

The stats of MS Dhoni vs Rohit Sharma in tests, ODIs, T20Is and Indian Premier Leagues are as follows:

Rohit vs Dhoni in Test

In the purest form of the game, which is considered the true test of a cricketer’s talent, let us see how Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni compare:

Stat Rohit Sharma MS Dhoni
Match 43 90
Innings 74 144
Runs 3047 4876
Avg 46.87 38.09
Hundred 8 6
Fifty 14 33
Best 212 224

If we observe closely, it is a much closer battle in terms of the numbers between Rohit and MS. But, you have to keep in mind that Rohit is an opener, whereas Dhoni used to bat at number 5, 6 or 7 mostly.

Rohit vs Dhoni in ODI

In the 50-over format of the game, Rohit’s numbers are shaded by Dhoni, since the former captain played so many games. So let’s have a look at how their individual stats compare:

Stat Rohit Sharma MS Dhoni
Match 227 350
Innings 220 297
Runs 9205 10773
Avg 48.96 50.57
SR 88.90 87.56
Hundred 29 10
Fifty 43 73
Best 264 183*

MS Dhoni was the greatest finisher of the game there ever was. He was also the king of the shorter format. His huge number of matches and the average being above 50 speaks for itself. Rohit is catching on in terms of runs and obviously will surpass Dhoni as the days go along.

Rohit vs Dhoni in T20

In these numbers Rohit has a clear edge over MS Dhoni, let’s see how they compare:

Stat Rohit Sharma MS Dhoni
Match 119 98
Innings 111 85
Runs 3197 1617
Avg 33.30 37.60
SR 140.28 126.13
Hundred 4
Fifty 26 2
Best 118 56

Rohit has played more T20 games for India than Dhoni and also has more 100s in this format, whereas Dhoni has none. But, T20 is also a short game and Rohit has an advantage being an opener, he gets to face more balls in a game.

Rohit vs Dhoni in Indian T20 League

The Indian T20 League numbers are close between the two most successful captains. Let’s see how they compare first:

Stat Rohit Sharma MS Dhoni
Match 213 220
Innings 208 193
Runs 5611 4746
Avg 31.17 39.50
SR 130.39 135.80
Hundred 1
Fifty 40 23
Best 109 84*

MS Dhoni has been selfless in the Chennai setup, he comes lower down the order giving other players a chance to bat higher up, hence the slight discrepancies in the numbers. But, he has led Chennai to 4 titles. Rohit is clearly better in the Indian T20 League, his numbers speak for itself and he has 5 titles with Mumbai.

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So, Who is the Better Batsman- Rohit or Dhoni?

Rohit Sharma is clearly the better batsman in terms of pure technique and the runs he scores, having to open the innings in all three formats. Dhoni was never a player of sound technique, he was all about skill and a hand-eye coordination player who could do miracles at the end of an innings which makes him one of the greatest cricketers ever to play the game. Dhoni’s strike rate was higher when he was at the peak of his powers, but that has been shaded since he retired from all formats of the game, playing only in the Indian T20 League now.

Rohit Sharma vs MS Dhoni – As Captains

The captaincy record will heavily favour Dhoni as Rohit hasn’t been captain for long, except for occasional tournaments.

Captaincy in Tests

Stat Rohit Sharma MS Dhoni
Match 60
Wins 27
Loss 18
Draw 15
Win % 45%

Rohit Sharma is yet to captain India in the longest format of the game. So, there is no comparison between Rohit vs Dhoni currently for this format.

Captaincy in ODIs

Stat Rohit Sharma MS Dhoni
Match 10 199
Wins 8 110
Losses 2 74
Tied 0 4
No Results 0 11
Win % 80 55.28

MS Dhoni is considered to be one of the most successful ODI captains in cricket. Here Rohit’s numbers look better than Dhoni’s because he has only captained in a small number of matches. But, his record is good as the win percentage is higher.

Captaincy in T20s

Stat Rohit Sharma MS Dhoni
Match 22 72
Wins 18 41
Losses 4 28
Tied 0 1
No results 0 2
Win % 81.81 56.94

Again the numbers favour Rohit because he has captained in lesser matches. But, one thing is becoming clear, that under him India has a better win record in the shorter formats.

Captaincy in Indian T20 League

Stat Rohit Sharma MS Dhoni
Match 129 204
Wins 75 121
Losses 50 82
Tied 4
No Results 0 1
Win % 59.68 59.60

Rohit Sharma is the most successful captain in the Indian T20 League. But, both him and MS Dhoni are neck and neck in terms of win percentage. Indian T20 League is the only place where a comparison between these two makes sense. We can see that Rohit is slightly ahead only in terms of having one more title than MS Dhoni in the Indian T20 League.

They both are not only among the best players and captains in the Indian t20 league but are also among the most chosen players in the fantasy cricket games for their respective matches as well.

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