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 a 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 in 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 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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