Destiny’s Boy: Dhoni Vs Yuvraj

Dhoni has been the best Indian captain, and Yuvraj is the best Indian player since World Cup. Yuvraj is leading second IPL team, after Kings XI, while Dhoni has stuck to the same team and made it the most successful IPL team among all. The match is not only just a match, it will be another announcement in Indian cricket.

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IPL performances
2008

    Yuvraj 15 matches, 14 innings 1 Not out, 299 runs, Highest 57, Avg 23
    Dhoni 16 matches, 14 innings, 4 Not out, 414 runs, Highest 65, Avg 41.40

Bowling Yuvraj 9 overs 83/3, best 2/12 Economy 9.22

2009

    Yuvraj 14 matches, 14 innings, 2 not out, 340 runs, Highest 58*, Avg 28.33
    Dhoni 14 matches, 13 innings, 5 Not Out 332 runs, Highest 58*, Avg 41.50

Bowling Yuvraj 20 overs 142/6, best 3/13 Economy 7.10

2010

    Yuvraj 14 matches, 14 innings 2 Not out, 255 runs, Highest 43, Avg 21.25
    Dhoni 13 matches 11 innings 2 not out 287 runs, Highest 66*, Avg 31.88

Bowling Yuvraj 23 overs 152/5, best 2/21 Economy 6.60

2011

    Yuvraj 4 matches 4 innigns 2 Not out, 95 runs, Highest 66*, Avg. 47.50
    Dhoni 5 matches, 5 innings 1 Not out, 111 runs, Highest 43, Avg 27.75

Bowling Yuvraj 6 overs 46/4, best 4/29 Economy 7.66

Note: 2011 record is updated till Match 28 and the game before Pune Warriors vs Chennai Super Kings at Mumbai.

Arrival At National Arena
When Dhoni came to Indian Cricket, Yuvraj was already a hero and was being looked as future captain of India. But while the reasons are history, current fact is Dhoni is the indisputed most successful Indian captain ever in Cricket history, while Yuvraj has lost his permanent place at different formats of game.

Debut Comparison

Mutual Growth with Friendship and Performances
Yet it was Yuvraj’s calibre, and Dhoni non-competitive belief in him that has seen Yuvraj play many more international matches, than many other unsuccessful players who got numerous chance to prove themselves. Not only Dhoni, but all know that Yuvraj has special talent. It is not about his batting or bowling or fielding, it is about the temperament in which he plays an international matches. That seperates him from the rest and that has earned him Indian caps many times.

Dhoni on the other hand has never felt threatened by Yuvraj’s stature. He prefers to remain under Yuvi’s star status and feels happy to apply means to let his team to another victory. Including Yuvraj he has given many others enough opportunities as for him country comes above his own success. The same attitude to provide the best Indian talents chances such as Yuvraj to play all the matches, who received the Man of the Tournament award of 2011 World Cup too, has earned Dhoni plaudits from all and got winners for India everywhere.

Dhoni is himself a mercurial batsman. He cannot bowl but he can score runs at will. A nudge is always there for single, against anyone and when required he can hit 50s and 100s as quickly as lightening can reach earth from cloud. His devastatively cool temperament got him to the captaincy position.

Performance comparison
Tests

    Yuvraj 34 Tests, 52 innings 1639 runs, 169 Highest, Avg 35.63 3 Centuries, 9 half-centuries, 30 catches.
    Dhoni 54 matches, 82 innings, 2925 runs, 148 Highest, Avg. 40.06, 4 centuries, 20 half-centuries, 148 catches.

Bowling

    Yuvraj 26 innings, 8 wickets, Best performance 2/9
    Dhoni 3 innings, 3 overs 19/0

ODIs

    Yuvraj 274 matches 252 innings, 8051 runs, 139 highest, Avg. 37.62, 13 centuries, 49 half-centuries, 84 catches.
    Dhoni 186 matches, 166 innings, 6049 runs, 183* highest, 48.78 average, 7 centuries, 38 half-centuries, 181 catches

Bowling

    Yuvraj 150 innings 109 wickets Best 5/31, 5 wickets once avg 37.24
    Dhoni 1 inning 2 overs 14/1

Twenty20s

    Yuvraj 23 matches, 22 innings 567 runs Highest 70, 4 half-centuries.
    Dhoni 26 matches, 25 innings, 451 runs, Highest 46, Avg 26.52

The Better Captain and Player Will Take Their Side Home
Dhoni has been the most expensive player of IPL 2008 auction and has proved his value by taking his team to the top, while Yuvraj Singh could not do contribute enough despite being adjudged as Icon Player. Now, Yuvraj Singh is leading a new team and the difference is visible in the team’s good show so far. Dhoni, on the other hand, is seeing a major unexpected slump in his team’s fortune. Both have a lot at stake. The better captain will win the battle today in Mumbai.

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