3 Players who did well under MS Dhoni but failed under Virat Kohli
During the transition phase, numerous domestic performers got opportunities at the highest level.
Updated - Mar 23, 2020 7:22 pm
Both MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli have been two of the most successful captains ever for India. The former had a dream run as the leader of the side winning all the three major ICC titles. Also, Dhoni has seen the team through the transition phase and set up the foundation for Virat’s captaincy future. Players like Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah amongst a few others made their debut towards the twilight of Dhoni’s captaincy stint.
Moreover, cricketers like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma will be grateful for the prolonged backing that they got. However, the current crop of cricketers are mainly considered to be Virat’s boys and the players MS Dhoni dealt with a few years ago are different. During the transition phase, numerous domestic performers got opportunities at the highest level. A few senior cricketers also enjoyed great backing under MS and did relatively well but failed under Virat Kohli.
Here are three players who did well under MS Dhoni but not under Virat Kohli:
1. Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh is one of those cricketers who made his debut even before MS Dhoni. For several years, he has been one of the strongest pillars of the Indian middle order. It wouldn’t be an understatement to say that he had a massive contribution in India’s World Cup 2011 triumph. But right after that peak, he hit a slump as cancer troubled him.
He got out of the reckoning right when he was at his best. Yet, he fought his way back through to the Indian team. He made his comeback under MS Dhoni again in 2012. In 2012 and 2013, he featured in 14 and 19 international games respectively even though he averaged just 25 with the bat. As a result, he played just 6 games in 2014 where he scored 100 runs at an average of 20.
Then again, he made another comeback in 2016 but only managed to score 166 runs in 15 games. Even though there was a slump post-2011, Yuvi still scored 5002 runs in 175 games at an average of 34.26 across formats while playing under MS Dhoni.
Immediately after Virat Kohli became the captain in 2017, he was brought back into the side. He found a good amount of success where he played 14 games and scored 415 runs at an average of nearly 35 and even registered a century. But he failed with the consistency and didn’t get enough backing as he would have got under MS Dhoni.