Sourav Ganguly and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the two men who led India to several glories and made their country proud over the years with their unique and aggressive leadership. While MS Dhoni is associated with cool and calm attitude, Ganguly is associated with his fierce aggression. Two different personalities but these two had one thing in common “The self-belief”.
Let’s go through the stats which these two managed to achieve over the years:
- Captaincy debut:
- Sourav Ganguly, made his Test captaincy against Bangladesh in Dhaka in the year 2000 and his ODI captaincy against South Africa 2000, the time where Indian cricket was going through a bad phase regarding match fixing issues. While many hesitated the prince of Kolkata took a brave decision of captaining the team.
- Mahendra Singh Dhoni, made his Test captaincy against Australia in the year 2008 over taking from Anil Kumble after his retirement. The impact he had as an ODI captain made him the captain of the Test side. He made his ODI captaincy earlier in the year 2007 after suffering a huge setback in the world cup 2007.
- Matches as captain:
Ganguly captained India for a period of five years from 2000 to 2005. During this period Ganguly captained India for 49 Test matches and 146 ODI’s respectively. Dhoni, captained India for 60 Test matches and he announced his retirement from Test matches recently during the tour of Australia. However, he decided to continue as the captain of India in ODI’s. Dhoni has captained India for 181 matches in ODI’s and still going strong after winning almost every trophies in ODI Format.
- Overall winning percentage:
In overall winning percentage MS Dhoni edges out Sourav Ganguly in both the formats. Ganguly has a Test winning percentage of 42.85 and ODI winning percentage of 52.05. On the contrary MS Dhoni has a Test winning percentage of 45.00 and ODI winning percentage of 55.80.
- Away winning percentage:
In away wins in Test matches Sourav Ganguly is miles ahead of Mahendra Singh Dhoni with away winning percentage of 39.28 and in ODI’s Ganguly has an away winning percentage of 52.72. Dhoni’s away winning percentage in Tests is poor with just 20 percent, whereas he has a better winning percentage overseas in ODI’s with 53.92.
- Win-Loss Ratio:
While Ganguly, has a win-loss ratio of 1.16 in ODI’s and 1.61 in Tests. MS Dhoni has a better win-loss ratio in ODI’s compared to Ganguly while Ganguly has a better win-loss ratio in Tests. Dhoni has a win-loss ratio of 1.50 in Tests matches.
- Batting average:
As a batsman Ganguly has always been a better batsman than MS Dhoni. While Ganguly has been an orthodox technical batsman Dhoni has always been an unorthodox batsman. While Ganguly etched his place as one of the best opening batsman in ODI’s, Dhoni cemented his place as one of the best finishers in ODI’s. However, in Test matches Ganguly has been a better and successful batsman than Dhoni. Dhoni’s unorthodox technique couldn’t fetch him success in Tests compared to ODI’s.
- Trophies Won:
Ganguly was very close to win couple of big trophies in his career but unfortunately it wasn’t to be. Ganguly shares an ICC champions trophy with Sanath Jayasuriya which took place in the year 2002, which is the only ICC trophy he has to his name. Dhoni on the other hand has been pretty much successful in ICC Events winning every possible trophies. Excluding Twenty 20 which Ganguly wasn’t able to captain, Dhoni under his captaincy was able to end the much awaited drought of winning the world cup after 28 long years. In the year 2013, MS Dhoni’s men managed to win the champions trophy, and with that he became the second captain after Ricky Ponting to win both ICC World cup and ICC Champions trophy.
Here is the pictorial comparison between both the captains
Both these two men has been excellent contributors to Indian cricket over the years and brought several glories to the Nation. Going by these stats Ganguly has always been a better Test captain than Dhoni, whereas Dhoni has been a better ODI captain than Ganguly.