MS Dhoni has not given enough quality players to Virat Kohli

MS Dhoni has not given enough quality players to Virat Kohli

“When MS Dhoni ended (his period as captain), he has not given enough quality players to Virat Kohli, other than Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. Or Jasprit Bumrah now. There are not many world winners or probably people who win tournaments, “Gambhir said as quoted by ESPN Cricinfo.

“But look what Sourav Ganguly gave to Indian cricket. Yuvraj Singh, the man of the series in two worlds [Yuvraj was the only man of the series in the 2011 World Cup. Shahid Afridi was a man of the series in the 2007 World T20], Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Virender Sehwag, this type of world-beaters.”

Gautam Gambhir thinks that, unlike Ganguly, MS Dhoni did not leave too many world-class players for his successor when he decided to walk away from the captaincy. Gambhir feels that Ganguly made Dhoni’s life easier by molding people like Yuvraj, Zaheer, and Sehwag when he was a patron.

A debate in the world of cricket that seems unlikely to be resolved anytime soon is the battle for supremacy as captain between MS Dhoni and Sourav Ganguly. While Dhoni is the most successful Indian captain of all time when it comes to cutlery, Ganguly, on the other hand, revolutionized the attitude with the Indian side and instilled a belief in the team that they could be the best in the world. In an attempt to resolve the debate, ESPN Cricinfo, in collaboration with Star Sports, conducted a survey in which they brought together a group of experts and rated the Ganguly and Dhoni captaincy through different metrics.

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One of the experts on the panel was Gautam Gambhir, and the left-hander noted that, in terms of leaving a quality team, filled with world-class players, for the successor, Dhoni simply did not do enough. Gambhir pointed out how Ganguly left people like Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh, and Virender Sehwag, among others, for Dhoni, while the wicket bearer, on the other hand, only left Rohit Sharma for Kohli.

The 38-year-old former Indian vice-captain admitted that Dhoni triumphed over Ganguly when it came to silverware, but added that the gate-keeper hitter never had a real impact as a hitter in the grand tournament the country won. To support his case, Gambhir noted Dhoni’s average returns as a hitter at both the 2007 T20 World Cup and the 2011 World Cup.

“Purely from the trophies, it is MS Dhoni. But if you see the impact during those tournaments, MS didn’t have as big of an impact as a player. But at the 2003 World Cup, Sourav Ganguly had a fabulous World Cup. If you watch the 2007 T20 World Cup, MS didn’t score too many runs and didn’t score too many runs in 2011 either.

“But yes, as a leader when you talk about winning trophies, yes, MS Dhoni. He has won the World Cups, T20 and 2011, and the Trophy of Champions. Sourav has not won anything other than the Natwest Trophy. “Eventually, however, Dhoni ended up winning the poll by a 0.4 point margin.

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