Former India player Kris Srikkanth has said MS Dhoni was the better captain than the legendary batsman Sourav Ganguly in the longest format of the game. However, the 60-year-old has also admitted that the comparison between the leadership of Dhoni and Ganguly was difficult to make.
Sourav Ganguly was once the most successful India Test captain overseas, considering the fact India won 11 away matches under his captaincy. He is also renowned for leading India to a series win against Australia in 2001. The hosts defeated the Baggy Greens, who were dominating cricket at that time.
According to Srikkanth, the current BCCI president had the luxury of having Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh in his team. On the contrary, MS Dhoni had no such advantage like him but he still turned out to be the best captain in home conditions.
“It’s very difficult to compare MS Dhoni and Sourav Ganguly. In the 2001 series against Australia, I think Sourav was fantastic. Coming back and beating Steve Waugh’s side. But overall, who has had more impact in the home Test series? Definitely, I think Dhoni as Ganguly had the benefit of having Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble in his team. Dhoni didn’t have that luxury. If you look at the home track record, I think Dhoni was much better,” Srikkanth said on Star Sports’ Cricket Connected show.
While Sourav Ganguly’s win percentage in India was 47.6, Dhoni had a win percentage of 70 in India.
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) July 12, 2020
Graeme Smith lauds MS Dhoni for his calmness
Interestingly, Srikkanth was not the only one who praised legendary wicketkeeper-batsman Dhoni. Former South Africa skipper Graeme Smith also hailed the Ranchi star for his calm and composed attitude. Smith said that it is hard to find anyone in world cricket who didn’t get along with MS Dhoni.