Battle of the captains – Dhoni beats Ganguly, by a whisker


MS Dhoni has marginally edged out Sourav Ganguly because the extra impactful captain in a Star Sports activities survey, by which two of India’s most profitable captains have been judged throughout a quantity parameters developed in collaboration with ESPNcricinfo.

Whereas Dhoni was rated the very best ODI and home-Take a look at captain by vital margins, Ganguly was the clear winner within the away-Take a look at captaincy class. Ganguly was additionally rated the higher captain when it comes to the staff he developed from the gamers he inherited.

A jury comprising former gamers, journalists and broadcasters from throughout the globe scored every participant out of ten in eight totally different classes: red-ball captaincy at dwelling and away, white-ball captaincy, batting report as captain, how they remodeled the groups they inherited and the standard of the groups they left behind, their main achievements, and every captain’s general affect. After totalling up all of the scores in every class, Dhoni was the winner by 0.Four factors.

Probably the most carefully contested classes have been batting report as captain, the groups the 2 left behind, and general affect, with Dhoni nicking the primary class and Ganguly edging him out within the different two.

Among the many former gamers who voted within the ballot have been former South Africa captain Graeme Smith, former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara and former India openers Gautam Gambhir and Kris Srikkanth. Here is what they should say on why they voted how they voted.

Checks Residence
Survey outcomes Dhoni (8.2) beats Ganguly (7.4)
Whereas each males had robust data, Dhoni needed to work a bit tougher with the personnel he had, and the truth that he did that efficiently is obvious in how his groups have been hardly ever crushed.

Gambhir: Sourav had Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh bowling in tandem. MS Dhoni had solely Harbhajan Singh so he needed to discover a second spinner. So most likely MS Dhoni as a result of he didn’t have Anil Kumble in his armory.

Checks Away
Survey outcomes Ganguly (7.2) beats Dhoni (5.5)
Ganguly’s groups have been tougher to beat after they travelled. He misplaced solely 10 of 28 matches away from dwelling – that is 36%. However Dhoni’s groups misplaced 15 out of 30 – they have been twice as more likely to lose (50%) as win (20%) outdoors of India

Srikkanth: In tough circumstances, he began successful Take a look at matches. That is when India believed we are able to beat England in England, Australia in Australia and Pakistan in Pakistan. That perception got here from Ganguly

Sangakkara: Ganguly didn’t like dropping. You noticed his feelings popping out in numerous phases. However it was not simply harmful. It got here out as a result of he actually damage when India misplaced.

Gambhir: The expectations after successful the World Cup… we simply could not ship. If we had gone with an open thoughts, pondering that even when we lose, the world will not come to an finish, we most likely would have given ourselves a greater likelihood. If our first intent had been to exit and win, we simply did not have that.

Smith: Ganguly introduced a hardness and a toughness to Indian cricket. He definitely was an enormous pillar within the energy of Indian cricket and the place it is gone to at the moment. And I at all times felt, although MS had some success and India had some success, they have been at all times missing that one component of aggression.



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ODI captaincy
Survey outcomes: Dhoni (8.1) beats Ganguly (6.8)
There was just one winner, but additionally a tantalising what if. What if Ganguly had the standard of limited-overs gamers that Dhoni did?

Sangakkara: It was concerning the capacity of MS successful these vital moments by taking quite simple selections. He had loads of readability and loads of confidence not simply in his determination but additionally in trusting the participant to ship and he left the over-thinking to the opposition. However I believe Dada needed to work a lot a lot tougher, with the staff that he had, to get into these large moments.

Smith: If Dada had had an MS kind participant, his staff was barely extra developed, I believe you’ll have seen his staff win extra trophies.

Reworking groups
Survey outcomes: Ganguly (8.6) beats Dhoni (7.3)
Clear winner once more.

Srikkanth: Ganguly remodeled the mindset of the Indian staff. Then the implausible successful mixture was given on a platter and mentioned, right here Dhoni, you could have a implausible staff, simply proceed what we began.

Smith: Folks solely see what they’ll see. Plenty of work goes behind the scenes as chief and one is figuring out gamers and bringing them by, taking an opportunity on expertise and I believe Dada did that actually nicely.

Groups left behind
Survey outcomes: Ganguly (7.8) beats Dhoni (7.6)
This was a good race. Ganguly gave India extra gamers. He took over the facet at a time of transition so a serious a part of his mandate was to search out and blood new expertise. Dhoni, although, helped scale back the concern of being dropped, giving these he believed within the time wanted to settle within the staff and turn out to be their finest selves. Virat Kohli is a nice instance of that. Nonetheless, there needed to be a winner and a loser.

Gambhir: When MS Dhoni completed (his captaincy stint), he hasn’t given sufficient high quality gamers to Virat Kohli, aside from Virat Kohli himself and Rohit Sharma. Or Jasprit Bumrah now. There are usually not too many world beaters, or most likely individuals who win you tournaments. However take a look at what Sourav Ganguly gave to Indian cricket. Yuvraj Singh, man of the sequence in two World Cups [Yuvraj was only man of the series in the 2011 World Cup. Shahid Afridi was man of the series in the 2007 World T20], Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Virender Sehwag – these sorts of world beaters.

Batting report as captain
Survey outcomes: Dhoni (7.8) beats Ganguly (7.4)
How do you select between a panoramic finisher in ODIs and a Take a look at batsman who started by making Lord’s bow right down to him?

Gambhir: In white-ball cricket, MS Dhoni arms down. However in Take a look at cricket, Sourav Ganguly. As a result of MS Dhoni, away from dwelling or away from the subcontinent, does not also have a hundred. And Sourav Ganguly has received 100 at Lord’s, in Australia.

Smith: It is nearly unimaginable to maneuver away from the affect MS Dhoni had on the sport, on world cricket. His capacity to complete, to deal with the pressures within the nearly gladiatorial moments in his profession will go away an eternal reminiscence. I agree that in relation to Checks, you at all times felt you had a possibility to work him over, particularly away and out of India. On the subject of Take a look at cricket, I will have to take a seat with Dada, however one-day cricket, MS is my man.



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Survey outcomes: Dhoni (8.5) beats Ganguly (7.2)
There’s just one world champion between the 2 and he takes the spherical.

Srikkanth: Come on man, World Cup 2011, the Champions Trophy, wins in Australia, Sri Lanka, in fact the T20 World Cup. In order a limited-overs captain, Dhoni had an enormous, big affect each as a captain in addition to a participant and as a wicketkeeper, do not forget that.

Gambhir: Purely from the trophies perspective, it is MS Dhoni. However if you happen to see the affect throughout these tournaments, MS did not have such a big effect as a participant. However within the 2003 World Cup, Sourav Ganguly had a wonderful World Cup. In the event you see the 2007 T20 World Cup, MS did not rating too many runs and neither did he rating too many runs in 2011 as nicely. However sure, as a pacesetter while you discuss successful trophies, sure MS Dhoni. He is gained each the World Cups, T20 and 2011, and the Champions Trophy. Sourav hasn’t gained something aside from the Natwest Trophy. [India were also joint winners of the 2002 Champions Trophy under Ganguly after the final was washed out on two consecutive days].

General affect
Survey outcomes Ganguly (8.1) beats Dhoni (7.9)
One other tight race, with one man claiming trophies and climing to the highest of the ICC rankings and the opposite gifting India gamers of immense high quality and, most significantly, the assumption that they’ll win, even towards the very best

Gambhir: Each these guys have taken Indian cricket ahead. Sure, MS Dhoni received it a bit simpler than Sourav Ganguly, however purely from the affect perspective I can solely discuss MS Dhoni as a result of he was very very severe about taking Indian cricket ahead. Folks truly at all times used to suppose that he was not too severe about Take a look at cricket, however he was equally severe about Take a look at cricket as nicely. That was one of many the explanation why we reached No.1 as nicely.

Smith: Sourav made such a big effect in Indian cricket when it comes to the expertise he introduced, the mentality he introduced… I believe that like Allan Border most likely did within the early days of Australian cricket, setting them up for the success, I believe you have to search for Dada right here and say what he did for Indian cricket was iconic. He did the exhausting yards and all these great gamers and captains adopted.


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