Rohit Sharma vs Virat Kohli

The Indian team has moved forward from the successes, trials and tribulations of the Ravi Shastri as head coach era under the leadership of Virat Kohli to the Rahul Dravid as head coach era after the 2021 T20 World Series.

Under this new order, the Men in Blue have also appointed a new leader in Rohit Sharma. The Mumbai captain is going to lead team India in the shorter formats of the game and will look forward to bringing his vast winning experience of the Indian T20 League for the national team. Here is a comparison of how Rohit has fared over the years vs Virat in numbers.

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Rohit Sharma vs Virat Kohli Stats Comparison

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

Rohit vs Kohli in Test

In the purest form of the game, which is considered the true test of a cricketer’s talent, let’s see how Virat Kohli & Rohit Sharma compare:

Stat

Rohit Sharma

Virat Kohli

Match

43

96

Innings

74

162

Runs

3047

7765

Avg

46.87

51.08

Hundred

8

27

Fifty

14

27

Best

212

254*

If we observe closely, the batting statistics are skewed in favour of Virat Kohli. This is because Rohit has played half the number of matches in the longest format as compared to Kohli, who was and still is the mainstay of Indian batting in Tests. Rohit has had to compete with the likes of Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Shubman Gill and Shikhar Dhawan for the test opener slot.

Rohit vs Kohli in ODI

In the 50-over format of the game, Rohit & Kohli are pretty evenly matched. So let’s have a look at how their individual stats compare:

Stat

Rohit Sharma

Virat Kohli

Match

227

254

Innings

220

245

Runs

9205

12169

Avg

48.96

59.07

SR

88.90

93.25

Hundred

29

43

Fifty

43

62

Best

264

183

Virat Kohli has been the king of the chase over the years and has played a few more matches than Rohit in the 50-over format. More recently though, Rohit has had a better record in ODIs for India, including World Tournaments. We must not forget that Rohit is an opener and sometimes he has to set up an innings and can’t always go guns blazing, hence the slight differences in average and strike-rate.

Rohit vs Kohli in T20

In the shortest format of the game, both these batsmen are neck and neck. In recent times, Rohit has had better form in the T20s for both Mumbai and India, so let's see how they compare:

Stat

Rohit Sharma

Virat Kohli

Match

119

95

Innings

111

87

Runs

3197

3227

Avg

33.30

52.04

SR

140.28

137.290

Hundred

4

Fifty

26

29

Best

118

94*

Rohit has played more T20 games for India than Kohli and also has more 100s in this format, whereas Kohli 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 Kohli in Indian T20 League

The Indian T20 League numbers are good for Virat Kohli as always, he leads the batting charts in India’s biggest T20 tournament. Let’s see how they compare first:

Stat

Rohit Sharma

Virat Kohli

Match

213

207

Innings

208

199

Runs

5611

6283

Avg

31.17

37.39

SR

130.39

129.94

Hundred

1

5

Fifty

40

42

Best

109

113

Kohli’s numbers again take precedence over Rohit’s, but this is where it gets interesting and this is where Rohit edges Kohli. The former Bangalore captain has never won the Indian T20 League title, whereas Rohit as Mumbai captain has won it 5 times.

So, Who is the better batsman Rohit or Kohli

If we consider the overall records of Virat vs Rohit, Virat Kohli wins this comparison hands down. He is by far one of the most successful batsmen ever in world cricket. The current Indian team captain in the shorter formats has toppled Virat Kohli in Test rankings, he is 5th and Virat is 6th. In ODIs, Virat is still 2nd, while Rohit is 3rd and in T20s he is 13th.

Rohit Sharma vs Virat Kohli - As Captains

The captaincy record will heavily favour Kohli as Rohit hasn’t been captain for long, except occasional tournaments. Let’s see how they compare in the different formats:

Captaincy in Tests

Stat

Rohit Sharma

Virat Kohli

Match

-

65

Wins

-

38

Loss

-

16

Draw

-

11

Win %

-

58.46

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

Captaincy in ODIs

Stat

Rohit Sharma

Virat Kohli

Match

10

95

Wins

8

65

Losses

2

27

Tied

0

1

No Results

0

2

Win %

80

70.43

Here Rohit’s numbers look better than Virat’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

Virat Kohli

Match

22

50

Wins

18

30

Losses

4

16

Tied

0

2

No results

0

2

Win %

81.81

64.58

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

Virat Kohli

Match

129

140

Wins

75

64

Losses

50

69

Tied

4

3

No Results

0

4

Win %

59.68

48.16

Rohit Sharma is the most successful captain in the Indian T20 League. His win percentage is not only better than that of Virat Kohli, but also better than MS Dhoni. He has also won the highest number of Indian T20 League titles, 5 with Mumbai.

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