Former Pakistani captain Salman Butt recently made a notable statement comparing the captaincy styles of MS Dhoni and Imran Khan. Butt acknowledged that while Dhoni had the world’s best batting lineup during his tenure as captain, Imran Khan had limited resources.
Dhoni, considered one of the greatest leaders in cricket history, achieved remarkable success as the only captain to win the ICC World Cup (2011), ICC World T20 (2007), and ICC Champions Trophy (2013).
Dhoni led India to their second World Cup victory in 2011, while Imran masterminded Pakistan’s first-ever triumph. Butt believed it would be unfair to compare the two iconic captains.
He acknowledged Dhoni’s advantage of having a strong batting lineup, while Imran had himself and Javed Miandad as the key batters in the team. Butt emphasized that both captains were exceptional decision-makers who fully supported their players.
While Imran was vocal and expressive, Dhoni was known for his calm and non-vocal approach.
Although Dhoni has retired from international cricket, he recently guided the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to their fifth Indian Premier League (IPL) title. CSK defeated the defending champions, the Gujarat Titans (GT), in the 16th season of the IPL, held at the Narendra Modi Stadium.
Dhoni, who represented India in 90 Tests, 350 One Day Internationals (ODIs), and 98 T20Is, remains highly regarded for his leadership skills.