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5 major differences between MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli as Test captains

How are these two characters different?

Top 5 / Top 10 22 Jan 2018, 09:55 IST

As different as chalk-and-cheese
As different as chalk and cheese

As they prepare for the third Test against South Africa at Johannesburg, Virat Kohli and his men will be hurting after having already conceded the series heading into the final game.

Kohli, especially, considering the amount of pride he takes in his cricket, will look to lift the spirits of his men and ensure they end the Test leg of the tour on a high.

It has now been just over three years since Kohli took over as India's Test captain and he has already seen a lot as far as the churn is concerned.

It would now be a good time to look at how he is different from his predecessor, Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

#5 Giving a longer rope to players

Kohli may never have become the player that he is today had Dhoni not backed him
Kohli may never have become the player that he is today had Dhoni not backed him

During his stint as a leader, Dhoni was known to put his full faith in players in whom he saw genuine potential.

Prime examples of this are Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma - both of whom were persisted with despite having indifferent starts to their careers, and both have now shaped up to be premier batsmen, across all formats in the case of the former, while for the latter, in the shorter versions of the game.

Kohli, on the other hand, seems to be adopting the opposite approach, dropping players because of lack of form.

Ajinkya Rahane example springs to mind immediately as someone who despite not pouncing against mediocre attacks in the sub-continent did not find a place in the first Test against South Africa.

Maybe Kohli can be a bit more lenient in this regard.

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