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.

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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.

On the other hand, MS Dhoni has taken Indian Cricket to different level and India won many tournaments and bilateral series under his leadership. Indian won ICC World Cup 2011, ICC Champions Trophy 2013 and T20 World Cup 2007 under Dhoni.

Dhoni is the only captain to have won all ICC tournaments. India won Asia Cup 2010 and Asia Cup 2016 under MS Dhoni as well.

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. Australia have win percetage of 62.33 under Ricky Ponting.

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So, in Tests Ricky Ponting is winner of the battle between MS Dhoni vs 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.

So, here also Ricky Ponting’s captaincy has an edge over MS Dhoni in the battle of MS Dhoni vs Ricky Ponting comparison.


MS Dhoni led India in 72 T20s where as Ponting has led only in 17 T20s.

Australia have won four ICC Tournaments under Ricky Ponting. India has 3 under MS Dhoni.

Ricky Ponting is the winner of battle between MS Dhoni vs 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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