Today, the Indian cricket team is at the top. This doesn’t happen suddenly. The Indian cricket team took time to raise their standard. In this tough process, the Indian cricket team’s captains played a very important role. A good captain knows the strengths and weaknesses of his team. A good captain knows how to lead his team. Under the captaincy of Kapil Dev, Indian team won their first world cup in 1983 against the very strong team of West Indies.
After this, many players did captaincy of the Indian cricket team, but if we talk about the top three captains of the Indian cricket team, then those three names will be Saurav Ganguly, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, and Virat Kohli. Today we will do a comparison of the captaincy of Saurav Ganguly, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, and Virat Kohli.
1. Saurav Ganguly – Saurav Ganguly worked like a confidence booster for the Indian cricket team. At that time, the record of the Indian cricket team at the foreign soil was the worst. Saurav Ganguly put the habit of winning in the Indian cricket team in the foreign conditions.
I am sure that you would not forget the historical England tour of India. Under the captaincy of Saurav Ganguly, cricketer like Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Harbhajan Singh, Virender Sehwag, and Zaheer Khan shined. Saurav Ganguly always led his team from the front. Saurav Ganguly showed his great vision in his captaincy. He knew what type of players he needed in his team even he took some interest in the selection process. Saurav Ganguly led the Indian team in aggressively and confidently. Who can forget the incidence of Lord, when Saurav Ganguly waved his t-shirt after the historical win of India. He always patted the back of young cricketer and motivated them. Under his captaincy, Indian cricket team reached in the Final of ICC World Cup 2003, however, they failed to defeat the strong side of Australia, but this boosted the confidence of the Indian cricket team. Apart from his captaincy, the contribution of Saurav Ganguly with the bat and the ball was also incredible for the Indian cricket team. Under his captaincy, the winning percentage of the Indian cricket team in One day cricket, and Test Cricket are 53.9 and 42.5 respectively. There is no doubt that Saurav Ganguly is one of the best captains in the history of Indian cricket.
2.Mahendra Singh Dhoni – Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the captain of the Indian cricket team in his young days in the international cricket. Selectors showed some faith in him and handed over him the captaincy of Indian cricket team for the ICC T-20 World Cup 2003.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni didn’t disappoint anyone, as under his captaincy, team India won the first ever T-20 World Cup. If Saurav Ganguly is aggressive like fire, then Mahendra Singh Dhoni is cool like Ice. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is so cool that, he neither shows his excitement after winning the match nor the disappoint after losing the match. He never shouts at the players when he makes any mistake. Mahendra Singh Dhoni has great captain skills. He led his team with the full of confidence. The captaincy nature of Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the little bit different from the others. Mostly captains put some extra pressure on their players, while Mahendra Singh Dhoni put all pressure on his shoulders. Whenever his team wins or lose, he always looks calm in every situation. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is famous to take risky decisions. Sometimes he got criticism for taking the unusual and non-expecting decision, but at the end when he got success, everyone praised him. Mahendra Singh Dhoni doesn’t follow the linear pattern of captaincy which mostly captains do follow, and that thing makes him different from the others. Under his captaincy, India became the only nation which won all the major ICC trophies. His words from behind the wickets help the bowlers. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a brave, risk-taking and calm captain. However Dhoni’s captaincy record in test cricket isn’t much impressive, but he the king of limited overs cricket. Under his captaincy, the winning percentage of the Indian cricket team in One Day and T-20 cricket are 59.57 and 59.94 respectively.
- Virat Kohli – Virat Kohli is the current captain of the Indian cricket team. Virat Kohli is the main pillar of the batting line of the Indian cricket team. Virat Kohli loves to take the challenges. Virat Kohli is an aggressive captain like Saurav Ganguly, but his aggression is the next level. Due to his aggressive nature, he always likes to go for the win.
Virat Kohli is one of the most passionate players, and he wants the same passion from his teammates too. He put some extra pressure on his players to do well. Virat Kohli is such a captain who always tries to go beyond the limits. Virat Kohli always plays like a savior whenever his team needs. His records are incredible while chasing a target. He always tries to give confidence to young cricketers. He is so passionate about cricket that, sometimes he shouts on his players on the ground. Virat Kohli demands the same intensity from his players as he has. Virat Kohli is one of the most consistent batsmen in the era of modern cricket. Well, Virat Kohli has a good team, but he has no answer about the No. 4 position. He tried many batsmen for this position, but no one gave the impressive result, and that because of Virat Kohli. He hasn’t given many chances to the one particular batsman. He often gets criticism for his over-aggressive, overexciting and arrogant nature. He is in the learning phase of captaincy, but we will have to admit that he is going to be the king of cricket in the future. For now, he still has to learn many things from Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Saurav Ganguly, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, and Virat Kohli all of these different from nature, but the target of all these are the same, and that is the to raise the level of Indian cricket.