MI vs CSK: The tale of 2 captains- MS Dhoni vs Rohit Sharma in IPL

The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 will see the first match being played between MI vs CSK- the fiercest rivals in the history of IPL. Leading both the sides will be two of the word’s greatest batsmen- MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma.

Rohit Sharma and Mahendra Singh Dhoni are two individuals who are masters at the craft of marshalling their troops While both are very different individuals and batsmen, yet they are exceptionally strong leaders who have excelled as captains.

While Dhoni has had immense success across both international cricket and in the IPL, Rohit’s success as a leader has mostly remained confined within the boundaries of the IPL. Let’s glance through their record over the past 12 years of IPL history and see who currently has the edge.

MS Dhoni

Dhoni is the most successful captain in the history of the IPL in terms of matches won. Nobody has a higher win percentage than him. Rohit, on the other hand, is placed at the third spot in this list. However, his win percentage is only marginally lower than that of Dhoni and he has won four titles in lesser number of seasons as compared to Dhoni as well.

The middle-order batting dynamo, who is one of the best match winners in the history of the sport, has amassed a total of 4432 runs at a spectacular strike rate of 137.

Batting and Fielding Mat No Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s CT ST
Career 190 65 4432 84* 42.20 3,215 137.85 0 23 297 209 98 38
2019 15 7 416 84* 83.20 309 134.62 0 3 22 23 11 5
2018 16 9 455 79* 75.83 302 150.66 0 3 24 30 11 3
2017 16 4 290 61* 26.36 250 116.00 0 1 15 16 10 3
2016 14 5 284 64* 40.57 210 135.23 0 1 18 14 8 4
2015 17 5 372 53 31.00 305 121.96 0 1 27 17 8 3
2014 16 10 371 57* 74.20 250 148.40 0 1 22 20 3 1
2013 18 5 461 67* 41.90 283 162.89 0 4 32 25 15 2
2012 19 5 358 51* 29.83 278 128.77 0 1 26 9 12 2
2011 16 4 392 70* 43.55 247 158.70 0 2 25 23 5 5
2010 13 2 287 66* 31.88 210 136.66 0 2 26 8 5 6
2009 14 5 332 58* 41.50 261 127.20 0 2 22 9 4 4
2008 16 4 414 65 41.40 310 133.54 0 2 38 15 6 0

 

Rohit Sharma

Rohit, with 4 titles with Mumbai Indians, has 1 more than MS Dhoni tally of 3 with Chennai Super Kings. All eyes will once again be on him as he takes charge as captain of the defending champions. Rohit Sharma has etched his name as the most successful captain in the IPL with four trophies, the most by anyone in the tournament.

Rohit, who has scored a total of 4898 runs and his the second-highest run-scorer in the history of IPL not far behind when it comes to winning percentage as well. In 104 matches, Rohit has managed to win 60 as captain with a win percentage of 58.65.

Mumbai Indians led by Rohit Sharma has played against Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings a total of 16 times. Out of that, Rohit has led Mumbai to 10 wins whereas Dhoni has only six wins under his belt for CSK. As far as Dhoni’s record as Rising Pune Supergiant captain is considered, he played two matches against Rohit’s MI as captain and won one out of it with Rohit winning the other. So Rohit has won a total of 11 matches as captain against teams under Dhoni’s leadership. Hence, he has the upper hand in this field.

 

Batting and Fielding Mat No Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s CT ST
Career 188 28 4898 109* 31.60 3,744 130.82 1 36 431 194 83 0
2019 15 1 405 67 28.92 315 128.57 0 2 52 10 4 0
2018 14 2 286 94 23.83 215 133.02 0 2 25 12 8 0
2017 17 2 333 67 23.78 273 121.97 0 3 31 9 10 0
2016 14 3 489 85* 44.45 368 132.88 0 5 49 16 2 0
2015 16 2 482 98* 34.42 333 144.74 0 3 41 21 5 0
2014 15 2 390 59* 30.00 302 129.13 0 3 31 16 5 0
2013 19 5 538 79* 38.42 409 131.54 0 4 35 28 7 0
2012 17 2 433 109* 30.92 342 126.60 1 3 39 18 13 0
2011 16 3 372 87 33.81 297 125.25 0 3 32 13 7 0
2010 16 2 404 73 28.85 302 133.77 0 3 36 14 9 0
2009 16 3 362 52 27.84 315 114.92 0 1 22 18 5 0
2008 13 1 404 76* 36.72 273 147.98 0 4 38 19 8 0