Virat Kohli vs Rohit Sharma? Who is a Better Captain?

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Virat Kohli vs Rohit Sharma? Who is a Better Captain? Virat Kohli vs Rohit Sharma at two successful cricketers who were compared all the time for their style, performance and captaincy. Their contribution to cricket has no bounds. But when it comes to captaincy, it is important to carefully analyze and decide who has the upper hand. The Indian cricket team had a couple of blessed captains in the past. 

Batting Career Summary

MInnNORunsHSAvgBFSR100200504s6s
Test8714710731825453.421274057.442772382022
ODI251242391204018359.311291293.25430601130125
T20I84792129289450.482115138.44002526581
IPL19218430587811338.174496130.745039503201

Bowling Career Summary

MInnBRunsWktsBBIBBMEconAvgSR5W10W
Test87111758400/00/02.880.00.000
ODI2514864166541/151/156.22166.25160.2500
T20I841214619841/131/138.1449.536.500
IPL1922625136842/252/258.892.062.7500

Career Information

Test debut vs West Indies at Sabina Park, Jun 20, 2011

Last Test vs Australia at Adelaide Oval, Dec 17, 2020

ODI debut vs Sri Lanka at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Aug 18, 2008

Last ODI vs Australia at Manuka Oval, Dec 02, 2020

T20 debut vs Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club, Jun 12, 2010

Last T20 vs Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground, Dec 08, 2020

IPL debut vs Kolkata Knight Riders at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Apr 18, 2008

Last IPL vs Sunrisers Hyderabad at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Nov 06, 2020

When we talk about captaincy, we have to remember Sourav Ganguly. He formed a brilliant team with players like Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvaraj Singh, Rahul Dravid and Virendar Sehwag. The team achieved many feats under his captaincy. Then, Indian Cricket had MS Dhoni. He truly did justice to his role and achieved almost everything that ICC has to offer. 

Virat Kohli took the role of captain in 2016 after MS Dhoni. He had a brilliant start as a captain with a series win against the West Indies. Despite performing well, Kohli has failed to lead the team to success in crucial situations. The poor performance of team India in ICC World Cup, T20 World Cup and Champions trophy raises questions on Kohli’s efficiency as a captain.

Is Rohit Sharma a Better Captain than Kohli?

After losing the semi-finals against New Zealand, fingers were raised on Kohli’s captaincy for the first time. Wasim Jaffer made a tweet suggesting the board hand over white ball captaincy to Rohit Sharma. Rohit Sharma became the captain of Mumbai Indians in the 2013 Indian Premier League. Ever since then, he led the team to win five titles which is something superb. We have to say that captaincy brought the best out of Rohit Sharma. He also impressed with the limited opportunities he got to lead the team in Kohli’s absence. India won the Asia Cup and the Nidahas Trophy under his captaincy.

Another factor that questions Kohli’s captaincy is his behaviour in the field. India has often witnessed him losing calmness. His high temper has influenced him to make wrong decisions. Whereas, Rohit’s calm behaviour and the nature of backing players make him captain material. He also shows the confidence to back himself and his decisions.


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On the other side, the former Indian batsman, VVS Laxman said that there is no need to replace Virat Kohli with Rohit Sharma. 

Factors to be Analyzed for Captaincy

  1. Versatility: Virat Kohli vs Rohit Sharma go toe to toe in terms of versatility. Versatility comes in different forms- the conditions, the format, the batting position. Virat manages the same average in the overseas and home ODIs. But Rohit has failed to maintain the same average in the overseas ODI. Both players I have experimented with a range of batting positions across their career. Has played the number 3 and number 4 positions and also tried opening in the IPL. Sharma on the other hand was a middle-order batsman before being promoted to the opening position.
  2. Consistency: Both, Virat and Rohit have been consistent enough. How can we compare them, Virat has the upper hand. Has maintained an average of above 50 in all the formats. Though  Sharma scores big, it comes in patches.
  3. Technique: Kohli has the perfect batting technique. He can score at a 100+ run rate without hitting a single six. And he plays all traditional shots effortlessly. Sharma’s techniques do not look as classy as Virat’s at times. Kohli had troubles with his techniques especially when bowlers try to exploit his strength and turn them into his weaknesses. He is vulnerable towards the deliveries outside the off-stamp.

Virat Kohli vs Rohit Sharma.

Virat Kohli started his cricket career with the senior national side against India in 2008. He joined the senior men in blue in Sri Lanka in August 2008. Virat got a chance to open the ODI series and he played well. In 2009, he travelled to Australia for the emerging players’ tournament.  He ended the tournament with 398 runs from 7 outings. However, 20-year-old Kohli had to wait for his place in the Indian cricket team because of the established  Tendulkar and Sehwag pair.

 He earned his spot in the ICC World Cup and Test Cricket in 2011. He played a crucial role in the 2011 World Cup. Kohli along with Gautam Gambir pulled off a rescue effort after losing the openers. This gave  MS Dhoni a base to score a 91* winning the World Cup. He was appointed the vice-captain of the ODI team in 2012, followed by a test captaincy after Dhoni’s retirement in 2014. He became the ODI Captain in 2017 after Dhoni’s step down. 

Kohli joined The Royal Challengers Banglore in 2008 and has been playing for the team till now. He became the vice-captain of the RCB team in 2011 and scored a total of 557 runs in the same year. He took the captaincy of the team in 2013. But failed to take his team to glory. 

In 2013, he was listed as the No 1 batsman in ODI rankings. He won the Man of Tournament award at the 2014 Twenty-Twenty. Virat Kohli won the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for the ICC Cricketer of the year 2017. He also got the award of  ICC Test Player of the year 2018. The country awarded him with a Padma Shri in 2017 and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2018 for his replaceable contribution to Cricket. 

Rohit Sharma‘s cricket carrier began in 2005 with the debut for West Zone against Central Zone in Deodhar Trophy. Sharma scored 142 out of 123 balls against the North Zone. He also made up to his India A debut against New Zealand A at Darwin in 2006. His first Ranji Trophy match debut was in the 2006-2007 season.

Batting Career Summary

MInnNORunsHSAvgBFSR100200504s6s
Test34577227021245.4388358.46611123154
ODI22421732911526449.271025088.9329343817244
T20I10810014277311832.241998138.794021245127
IPL20019528523010931.324004130.621039458213

Bowling Career Summary

MInnBRunsWktsBBIBBMEconAvgSR5W10W
Test341537121721/261/353.51108.5185.500
ODI2243859351582/272/275.2164.3874.1200
T20I10896811311/221/229.97113.068.000
IPL20030332440154/64/67.9529.3322.1300

Career Information

Test debut vs West Indies at Eden Gardens, Nov 06, 2013

Last Test vs Australia at The Gabba, Jan 15, 2021

ODI debut vs Ireland at Civil Service Cricket Club, Jun 23, 2007

Last ODI vs Australia at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Jan 19, 2020

T20 debut vs England at Kingsmead, Sep 19, 2007

Last T20 vs New Zealand at Bay Oval, Feb 02, 2020

IPL debut vs Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens, Apr 20, 2008

Last IPL vs Delhi Capitals at Dubai International Cricket Stadium , Nov 10, 2020

He played his first ODI match against Ireland in 2007. He has placed in the opening position with Shikhar Dhawan in the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. This opening partnership became the second successful partnership for India after Tendulkar and Ganguly. He debuted in the ODI World Cup in 2015.

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Sharma started his IPL career in 2008, by signing with Deccan Charges Hyderabad. And in the next IPL season, Sharma was bought by the Mumbai Indians team. He is now the captain of the Mumbai Indians team and turned out to be the best captain, winning 4 titles. He has scored a total of over 4000 runs, becoming the third-highest run-scorer in the IPL.  He is the only batsman to score 4 hundred in the T20 format. He also holds the record of second Indian to score a ton in the ICC World Cup.

Comparison of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in ODI

Rohit Sharma Virat Kohli
Matches played 224248
Innings 217239
Total runs 911511867
Highest score264183
Strike rate88.9393.25
Hundreds 2943
Total sixes 244122
Total fours 8171116

Comparison of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in T20

Rohit Sharma Virat Kohli
Matches 10881
Innings 10076
Total runs27732794
Highest score11894
Strike rate138.79138.25
Hundreds 40
Total sixes194190
Total fours245256

Comparison of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in IPL

Rohit Sharma Virat Kohli 
Matches188177
Innings 183169
Total runs 48985412
Highest score 109113
Strike rate 130.82131. 61
Hundreds 15
Total sixes 194190
Total fours431480

Comparison of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in Test

Rohit Sharma Virat Kohli 
Matches3286
Innings 53145
Total runs21417240
Highest score 212254
Strike rate 59.2657.68
Hundreds 17
Total sixes5222
Total fours216811

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