MS Dhoni vs Virat Kohli Captaincy record - Tests, ODIs, T20Is & IPL

Last Modified Oct 25, 2022 17:24 IST

The comparison of captaincy between MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli has been one of the biggest debates in recent times. While there is no denying the fact that MS Dhoni has been the most successful skipper in Indian cricket with a plethora of wins and major trophies under his belt, Virat Kohli, on the other hand, has been one of the most successful and in-form cricketers in world cricket in recent times.


MS Dhoni vs Virat Kohli Captaincy Record- Test


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Virat Kohli surpasses MS Dhoni in the Dhoni vs Kohli Captaincy Record win % for the Men in Blue in the longest format of the game.


While MS Dhoni announced his retirement from Test format on 30 December 2014, and stepped down as captain of T20Is and ODIs in 2017, Kohli quit the captaincy reins from all formats on 15th January earlier this year.


StatisticsMS DhoniVirat Kohli
Matches played6068
Wins2740
Loss1816
Draw1511
Win %4558.82


MS Dhoni vs Kohli Captaincy Record- ODI


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In the 50-over format, Virat’s win percentage eclipse that of MS Dhoni, although the latter has led India in more matches. Also, winning two ICC trophies gives Dhoni an obvious edge as a better leader. Under MSD India played two world cups & won one, while under Virat India couldn’t go beyond the semi-finals in 2019.


StatisticsMS DhoniVirat Kohli
Match played20095
Wins11065
Losses7427
Tied51
No Results112
Win %59.570.43


MS Dhoni vs Virat Kohli Captaincy Record- T20I


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Dhoni captained the Indian side on 72 occasions managing to win 42 matches while losing 28 games. His major highlight was winning the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007 as captain.


Kohli, on the contrary,, captained the tricolor in 50 T20I games out of which India won 32 games and lost 16 matches.


StatisticsMS DhoniVirat Kohli
Matches played7250
Wins4130
Losses2816
Tied12
No results22
Win %59.264.58


MS Dhoni vs Virat Kohli Captaincy Record- IPL


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If we look at Dhoni vs Kohli Captaincy Record in IPL, MS Dhoni has been simply extraordinary. The Ranchi-based cricketer has skippered in 204 games in the IPL, winning 121 and losing 82 of them. He led Chennai Super Kings to 4 IPL titles [2010, 2011, 2018, and 2021].


In contrast to Dhoni, Kohli didn’t taste much success as IPL captain. He led the side in 140 games, winning 66 and losing 70.


StatisticsMS DhoniVirat Kohli
Match205140
Wins12264
Losses8269
Tied03
No Results14
Win %59.7048.16


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