Cricket has produced many great captains till today such as Imran Khan, Alan Border, Clive Lloyd etc. But MS Dhoni and Ricky Ponting are greatest among all.
Both these players have been great ambassadors of the sport in their respective nations and have contributed very well for their respective teams.
Both are legendary Captains and Batsmans as well. Ponting is the best captain for Australia whereas MSD is best for India.
Ricky Ponting and MS Dhoni have spent majority of time in their teams as a Captain.
Dhoni has led India from 2007 to 2016 and Ponting has led from 2002 to 2011.
MS Dhoni was appointed India’s Captain in 2007 after India’s early exit from ICC World Cup 2007.
Dhoni started his Captaincy carrier in style with India winning ICC World Cup 2007 under him.
Commonwealth bank series won in 2008 became highlight of MSD’s carrier.
Ricky Ponting is known as one of the most aggressive Captain of all time. Under his captaincy Australia used to be very dominant side.
Australia was unbeatable side in 2002-2008 era.
Under Ponting Australia has won ICC World Cup 2003 and ICC World Cup 2007. Australia lost only two matches under his captaincy in World Cup.
In 2006 and 2009, Australia also won ICC Champions Trophy under Ricky Ponting.
India have won ICC World Cup 2011 and ICC Champions Trophy 2013under MSD in addition to T20 World Cup.
Here is look at the comparison between two of the greatest Captains format wise: –
MS Dhoni has led India in Tests 70 times,out of which India won 27 games and lost 18 with 45% win.
Under Ponting,Australia out of 77 games,won 48 and lost 16.
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Australia have win percetage of 62.33 under Ricky Ponting.
MS Dhoni has led India in 200 ODIs, India won 110 and lost 74 with 55 win percentage.
Ricky led Australia in 230 games and won 165 with 76.14 win percentage. Australia lost here 51 matches.
MS Dhoni led India in 72 T20s where as Ponting has led only in 17 T20s.
In ICC Events both this Captains have a much better success, India have won three ICC Tournaments under MS Dhoni.
Australia have won four ICC Tournaments under Ricky Ponting.
Overall, out of 331 games in which Dhoni has led India,India have won 178 and lost 120 with 53.78 win percentage.
Under Ponting out of 324 games, Australia has won 220 with 77 loses and have very good win percentage of 67.90.
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Good win percent under Ponting is giving him an edge over MS Dhoni.
Some stats for MS Dhoni
Only Captain to win all ICC Tournaments.
Selected as ICC Captain of the year five times in ODIs and 3 Times in Tests
MSD is the Captain who have won most No of trophies(including IPL and CPL)
MS Dhoni has brought team India to No 1 ranking in all the formats. As a batsman,he is seen as most committed Indian cricketer.
Some stats for Ponting
Undefeated as a Captain in World Cups for 28 matches.
Only Captain to win 150+ ODI Matches.
Captain with most ODI wins: 165
Australia was No 1 ODI team under him for 106 months.
Only player to win 100+ Test matches.
Considering the stats and overall record, Ricky Ponting is much better than Dhoni. Many experts says, he used to have better team, but it is never easy to lead the team with big players.
Australian former Batsman Mike Hussey who has played under both has chosen Ricky Ponting as Best Captain.