Way back in the year 2000, Team India was going through a tough phase when some of the big names of the team were found guilty
Under Dhoni’s captaincy,
Saving vs Winning
One of the major differences between the duo is that both have different takes on the game’s situation. The Adelaide test of 2014 is the perfect example to prove it. India were 277/5, chasing 364 to win. Most captains would settle for a draw in a situation like that. Virat, who scored two centuries in that match, however, asked his team to go for the win. India eventually lost the match by 48 runs.
On the other hand, Dhoni was considered to be defensive in most of the cases. Compare that with the Durban Test of 2013, where Dhoni didn't take the 2nd new ball when it was due. In fact, the umpires had to intervene and India finally took the new ball 66 overs after it was due. At that time, the Proteas were 251/4, but MSD decided not to attack. Rahul Dravid later criticized captain cool’s defensive mindset, saying MSD will have to take risks to win matches overseas.
Hot vs Cold Aggression
Aggression doesn’t mean sledging always. But for
Dhoni, on the other hand, can stay the same throughout the match. He loves to handle situations his way by remaining calm and composed. He never lets his emotions get the better of him.
7-4 vs 6-5 combination
Experienced Dhoni always preferred to strengthen his batting in Tests. The 7 batsman- 4 bowlers formula is what he used the most during his time at the helm. In fact, in the 60 Tests that Dhoni had captained, he used 5 bowlers only 9 times.
Kohli has a different mindset in Tests as he made it clear that he likes 5 bowlers formula as it gives him a better chance to take all the 20 scalps in a match. Even in the ongoing Test series against Windies, he went with the same formula and registered a comfortable win in the first Test.
Different Opinions On DRS
Another major different between them is their take on Decision Review System (DRS). India’s limited-overs captain has never been a fan of DRS and has opposed this system on various occasions. While the new Indian Test Captain has said, “We will have to sit and analyze and ask the bowlers what they feel about it. Ask the batters what they feel about it. We will definitely have discussions on it."
Style Of Answering Tough Questions
There is a huge contrast in how the duo addresses media and answers tough questions. Although Dhoni is known to create a funny atmosphere in press conferences with his sarcastic responses, but more than often he has chosen to sidestep uncomfortable questions related to IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal.
On the other side, Virat never shies away from tackling tough questions, even those which are related to his personal life. When he was asked whether he is in a relationship with Bollywood beauty Anushka Sharma, he said, “Whatever there is, it's in front of everyone. We are not hiding anything; we are not trying to hide anything. I don't want to hide anything."
Both MSD & VK are different, yet their motive is same i.e., to win matches for the country. Luckily Team India has had some astute leaders in recent past, and now it has been handed over to another person who surely loves to win in any situation.
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