Sourav Ganguly and Mahendra Singh Dhoni are undoubtedly two of the greatest captains of all time. While the Indian cricket fandom has supporters who hail one of the legends over the others, Gautam Gambhir recently revealed his opinion that Mahi was the better skipper regarding white ball cricket. However, the former opening batsman has worded in some more on the comparison, and this time, he outlines the ways in which the Prince of Calcutta outshines MSD.
While Dhoni edges out Ganguly regarding wins in limited overs format (a 59.52 win percentage, compared to the latter’s 59.28), and the substantial World Cup triumph in 2011, Gambhir states that under Dada’s captaincy, the Indian team saw the rise of many ‘world beater’ players, including Dhoni himself, compared to only a handful that were discovered under Mahi’s leadership, as he named Kohli, Sharma and Bumrah.
“When MS Dhoni finished (captaincy), he hasn’t given enough quality players to Virat Kohli, apart from Virat Kohli himself and Rohit Sharma, or Jasprit Bumrah now. There are not too many world-beaters or probably people who win you tournaments,” Gambhir said in a recent interview with ESPNcricinfo.
“But look at what Sourav Ganguly gave to Indian cricket: Yuvraj Singh, Man of the Series in two World Cups,” Gauti went on, “Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Virender Sehwag – these kinds of world-beaters.”
In addition to a higher win percentage, Dhoni also captained India to win the historical 2007 World T20, as well as to lift the team’s second World Cup trophy in 2011, the one achievement which Ganguly came so close to in 2003, losing out to Australia in the World Cup final.
Although, Gambhir credited Ganguly for building up the star studded squad from the scratch, and credited that team behind the success of Dhoni’s captaincy in international level.
“Captaining 2011 World Cup team was very easy for Dhoni because we had players like Sachin, Sehwag, Myself, Yuvraj, Yusuf, Virat, so he had got the best teams, while Ganguly had to work very hard for it, and as a result Dhoni won so many trophies,” the 38 year old added.