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Ganguly vs Dhoni: Who is the better captain?

Last updated on: February 27, 2013 23:12 IST

Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday equalled Sourav Ganguly's Indian record of winning most Tests as captain following the team's eight-wicket victory over Australia in the first Test, in Chennai.

Dhoni now has 21 victories from 44 matches, while Ganguly has the same number of wins in 49.

The striking difference between the two records is that Ganguly boasts of a better away from home showing.

Under him, India won 11 matches away while Dhoni has just five away Test wins so far.

Take a look at a detailed comparison of India's two most successful captains by Rajneesh Gupta, and also have your say on it:

Ganguly's Test wins as captain:

# Opponents Venue Season Result
1 Bangladesh Dhaka 2000-01 9 wickets
2 Zimbabwe Delhi 2000-01 7 wickets
3 Australia Kolkata 2000-01 171 runs
4 Australia Chennai 2000-01 2 wickets
5 Zimbabwe Bulawayo QSC 2001 8 wickets
6 Sri Lanka Kandy 2001-02 7 wickets
7 England Mohali 2001-02 10 wickets
8 Zimbabwe Nagpur 2001-02 Inns & 101 runs
9 Zimbabwe Delhi 2001-02 4 wickets
10 West Indies Port-of-Spain 2001-02 37 runs
11 England Headingley 2002 Inns & 46 runs
12 West Indies Mumbai WS 2002-03 Inns & 112 runs
13 West Indies Chennai 2002-03 8 wickets
14 Australia Adelaide 2003-04 4 wickets
15 Pakistan Rawalpindi 2003-04 Inns & 131 runs
16 South Africa Kolkata 2004-05 8 wickets
17 Bangladesh Dhaka 2004-05 Inns & 140 runs
18 Bangladesh Chittagong 2004-05 Inns & 83 runs
19 Pakistan Kolkata 2004-05 195 runs
20 Zimbabwe Bulawayo QSC 2005-06 Inns & 90 runs
21 Zimbabwe Harare 2005-06 10 wickets


Ganguly's captaincy against each country:

Opponents Mts Won Lost Drawn Win%
Australia 9 3 3 3 33.33
England 7 2 1 4 28.57
South Africa 4 1 1 2 25.00
West Indies 8 3 2 3 37.50
New Zealand 3 0 2 1 0.00
Pakistan 4 2 1 1 50.00
Sri Lanka 3 1 2 0 33.33
Zimbabwe 8 6 1 1 75.00
Bangladesh 3 3 0 0 100.00
TOTAL 49 21 13 15 42.86
Home 21 10 3 8 47.62
Away 28 11 10 7 39.29


Break-up of big wins by India under Ganguly:

By inns margin 7
By 100 runs or more 2
By 8 wickets or more 6


Dhoni's Test wins as captain:

# Opponents Venue Season Result
1 South Africa Kanpur 2007-08 8 wickets
2 Australia Mohali 2008-09 320 runs
3 Australia Nagpur 2008-09 172 runs
4 England Chennai 2008-09 6 wickets
5 New Zealand Hamilton 2008-09 10 wickets
6 Sri Lanka Kanpur 2009-10 Inns & 144 runs
7 Sri Lanka Mumbai BS 2009-10 Inns & 24 runs
8 Bangladesh Mirpur 2009-10 10 wickets
9 South Africa Kolkata 2009-10 Inns & 57 runs
10 Sri Lanka Colombo PSS 2010 5 wickets
11 Australia Mohali 2010-11 1 wicket
12 Australia Bangalore 2010-11 7 wickets
13 New Zealand Nagpur 2010-11 Inns & 198 runs
14 South Africa Durban 2010-11 87 runs
15 West Indies Kingston 2011 63 runs
16 West Indies Delhi 2011-12 5 wickets
17 West Indies Kolkata 2011-12 Inns & 15 runs
18 New Zealand Hyderabad 2012 Inns & 115 runs
19 New Zealand Bangalore 2012 5 wickets
20 England Ahmedabad 2012-13 9 wickets
21 Australia Chennai 2012-13 8 wickets


Dhoni's captaincy against each country:

 Opponents Mts Won Lost Drawn
Australia 8 5 3 0
England 10 2 6 2
South Africa 6 3 2 1
West Indies 6 3 0 3
New Zealand 7 4 0 3
Pakistan -      
Sri Lanka 6 3 1 2
Zimbabwe -      
Bangladesh 1 1 0 0
TOTAL 44 21 12 11
Home 25 16 3 6
Away 19 5 9 5


Break-up of big wins by India under Dhoni:

By inns margin 6
By 100 runs or more 2
By 8 wickets or more 5
Rajneesh Gupta