As the VIVO IPL 2021 is on right now, two of the biggest names in the cricket universe are set to face each other. Each cricket fan waits with bated breath to watch Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma on the field. However, let us take a look at how they stack up against each other when it comes to batting and captaincy.
Here’s the win-loss ratio and dot-ball percentage of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma as captain and batsmen.
Rohit Sharma has been responsible for a record 6 victories with Deccan Chargers and Mumbai Indians, 5 of which are as a captain for Mumbai Indians. While playing under his captaincy, Mumbai Indians have been the league’s most successful franchise with 68 wins out of 116 matches. In comparison, Virat Kohli has won 55 matches for Royal Challengers Bangalore out of 125 matches under him. Nevertheless, only a few can match Kohli’s consistency and impact as a captain. Kohli is also the one who holds the record for the most number of runs as a captain.
Batting Statistics as Captain
|Rohit Sharma||Virat Kohli|
Impact on the Team as Batsmen
As batsmen, Royal Challengers is highly dependant on Kohli as compared to Mumbai Indians on Sharma. A top-order specialist, Kohli has contributed to 22.93% of the team’s overall runs. However, when it comes to Sharma, his captaincy is more on the outset of the top three orders. Whenever he makes a significant score, the chances of Mumbai Indians winning go higher. Of all the Sharma’s 50’s only 7 have resulted in the team’s defeat. On the other hand, Kohli has been a key contributor to RCB. His batting average as a winning captain shoots up to 64.02. His 55 victories include 4 centuries and 12 fifties. So clearly, Kohli outshines Rohit as a batsman.
Both Kohli and Sharma have a very similar playing style. They both are known to score at a strike rate of over 110 in the powerplays. During the middle overs, the strike rate goes to 120 plus. In the last four overs of the match, both their strike rates go up to 2 runs per ball. Here, Sharma has a strike rate of 198.26 and Kholi has a strike rate of 205.52.
In the same way, both have a similar balls-per-boundary and dot-ball percentage. While Kohli plays fewer dots, Sharma is known to edge the boundaries in the powerplay. In the IPL careers of both these players, Sharma’s dot-ball percentage is 36.16 whereas Kohli has a dot-ball percentage of 33.62. Sharma hits a boundary once every 5.96 balls as compared to Kohli’s 6.38.
Whom are you rooting for this IPL? Virat or Rohit? No matter the choice, watching IPL cricket involving these two legends is always a thrilling experience.