The best playing XI of Indian Premier League 2023

The best playing XI of Indian Premier League 2023

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has emerged as one of the most thrilling and prestigious cricket tournaments worldwide since its inception in 2008. This fast-paced, high-octane extravaganza has witnessed some of the finest cricketers showcasing their skills and entertaining fans from all corners of the globe. With a league format that pits ten franchise teams against each other, the IPL has become a breeding ground for outstanding talent and fierce competition. As the league flourished over the years, a plethora of exceptional players have graced the hallowed grounds, leaving an indelible mark on the tournament’s history. Among the countless stars who have lit up the IPL, there emerges a formidable “Playing XI” – a dream team comprising the very best from the tournament’s rich tapestry.

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In this article, we delve into the captivating realm of the IPL and compile a lineup of the finest players, representing various facets of the game, to form the ultimate playing XI of the IPL 2023. Join us as we celebrate the brilliance and analyze the impact of these exceptional cricketers who have left an everlasting legacy on the grand stage of the IPL.

Here’s presenting the best-playing XI from the 16th edition of the Indian Premier League

Openers: Faf du Plessis and Shubman Gill

IPL Stars: Faf du Plessis and Shubman Gill

The Indian Premier League 2023 was dominated by openers. From Yashasvi Jaiswal to David Warner to Faf du Plessis to Shubman Gill, everyone performed exceptionally. The top-scoring batter at the end of the league campaign, Faf du Plessis truly had his finest IPL season yet.  He scored 730 runs in just 14 innings at an astonishing average of 56.15. Faf’s consistency helped Royal Challengers Bangalore to win many matches on his own.

Partnering with the RCB skipper will be the Orange Cap holder Shubman Gill. Gill is in tremendous form. It is best ever IPL season yet. Gill has amassed 851 runs in 16 innings at an average of 60.79 and a strike rate of 156.43. Gill has terrorised the bowlers with his elegant strokeplay. He has scored 3 massive hundreds this season. His ton against Mumbai Indians in the Qualifier 2 is one of the most excellent hundreds ever witnessed by us in the entirety of the Indian Premier League.

Middle Order: Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Rinku Singh

IPL Stars: Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Rinku Singh

The middle order of the best-playing XI of IPL 2023 is filled with superstars and emerging stars. First on the list is IPL veteran Virat Kohli. After showing signs of form, Virat Kohli exploded in the 16th edition of IPL. Kohli was third on the Orange Cap list, scoring 639 runs in 14 innings. “King Kohli” scored 2 big hundreds in this edition of IPL that helped take his team to victory in crucial matches.

Next is World No. 1 T20I batter Suryakumar Yadav. Surya didn’t quite set the stage on fire. In the first five matches, Suryakumar Yadav scored just 66 runs. However, the Mumbai Indians batter turned the tournament on its head. In the next seven matches, Surya scored 539 runs at a jaw-breaking strike rate of 181.14. Surya’s unconventional yet effective shots were a highlight of IPL 2023. His six over third man off Mohammad Shami’s ball is a shot etched in the memory of the fans. In IPL 2023, Suryakumar Yadav scored 605 runs in 16 innings at an average of 43.21. The right-hander scored one hundred against Gujarat Titans in the league stage.

When it comes to the choice of a wicketkeeper, no one beats the impact Heinrich Klaasen had, no matter where SRH finished this season. The South African was the biggest performer for his franchise, with no other player coming even close. Klassen scored 448 runs in 12 innings at an excellent strike rate of 177.07. The right-hander also smashed a wonderful century against Royal Challengers Bangalore to take his team to a respectable score.

Kolkata Knight Rider’s only glimmer of hope in an otherwise disappointing season; Rinku Singh also makes the list. After showing signs of brilliance last season, Rinku Singh got a consistent run of games in IPL 2023. The left-handed basher smacked 474 runs in 14 innings at an average of 59.52 and a strike rate of 139.52. Playing the role of a finisher, Rinku played his role to perfection. The match where he smashed 30 runs off Yash Dayal’s last over is the stuff of legends.

All-rounders: Hardik Pandya (C), Rashid Khan

IPL Stars: Hardik Pandya (C), Rashid Khan

Although Hardik Pandya the all-rounder hasn’t been able to repeat his remarkable IPL 2022 form, Hardik Pandya’s leadership skills were on point. The current Team India T20I skipper won 10 matches out of 14 games to top the Indian Premier League 2023 table. The all-rounder has kept things simple and not experimented during crunch situations. The Gujarat Titans skipper has scored 325 runs in 15 innings. In bowling, he has been off-colour. The all-rounder could only take 3 wickets whilst going for 8.91 runs per over.

Another Gujarat Titans player, Rashid Khan makes the list. Afghanistan’s current T20I skipper Rashid Khan is second on the Purple Cap list. The mystery spinner has taken 27 wickets in 16 innings. Rashid has also contributed with the bat whenever presented with an opportunity. During their league stage match against Mumbai Indians, the swashbuckling batter threatened to take take the match away from Mumbai with a whirlwind of an innings.

Bowlers: Mohammad Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Matheesha Pathirana

Mohammad Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Matheesha Pathirana

Sitting at the top of the Purple Cap list, Mohammad Shami has been in tremendous form for the Gujarat Titans this season. The right-arm pacer has taken wickets at every stage of the game. Be it powerplay or death overs, Mohammad Shami has delivered his best for the team. The pacer has taken 28 wickets in 16 games at an average of 17.60 and an economy rate of 7.90.

IPL’s highest wicket-taker, Yuzvendra Chahal was also in excellent form this season. Playing for Rajasthan Royals, the leg-spinner took 21 scalps in just 14 games to become the highest wicket-taker for his side in IPL 2023. With a best of 4 for 17 runs, Chahal was very economical throughout the season.

Matheesha Pathirana has been the “find of the season”. The Sri Lankan’s deadly and accurate yorkers have been unplayable in the death overs. Taking 17 wickets in just 11 innings, Pathirana average 19.23 runs per wicket and has an economy of 7.72 runs per over.

Special Mention: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Piyush Chawla, David Warner, Mohit Sharma

Yashasvi Jaiswal, Piyush Chawla, David Warner, Mohit Sharma

Mumbai-born Yashasvi Jaiswal brought his domestic form into IPL 2023. The left-hander smacked 625 runs in just 14 innings at a fantastic strike rate of 163.61. Jaiswal was breathing fire in this edition of the IPL. During a match against the Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens, he set a new record by scoring the fastest 50 in IPL history, achieving this feat in just 13 balls.

Piyush Chawla, the old willy spinner from Uttar Pradesh, reinvented himself in this season of IPL. Playing for Mumbai Indians, the leg-spinner took 22 wickets in 15 games. Be it powerplay or middle overs, Chawla took wickets consistently. He never allowed the opposition to get settled, outfoxing the batters with his googlies. Being the highest wicket-taker for his side, Chawla was the fourth-highest wicket-taker this season.

Delhi Capitals had a disappointing season. The team could only bag 10 points in the entire tournament and was the first team to get eliminated from the playoffs stage. However, their skipper David Warner performed exceptionally. In 14 innings, the southpaw amassed 516 runs at an average of 36.86 and a strike rate of 131.63.

Mohit Sharma last played an IPL game in IPL 2019 before this season. He was playing for Chennai Super Kings and couldn’t impress the management and MS Dhoni. He was then overlooked by all the franchises. But Gujarat Titans called him as a net bowler in IPL 2022 and he immediately left an indelible impression on Head Coach Ashish Nehra and skipper Hardik Pandya. Mohit Sharma repaid their faith in IPL 2023. The right-arm pacer took 27 wickets in 14 games at an average of 13.37. Sharma was second on the list of Purple Cap, behind his Gujarat Titans teammate Mohammad Shami.

Virat Kohli in RCB Jersey

Delhi boys Kohli and Gambhir fined 100 percent after heated exchange

Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir have been fined 100 percent of their match fees after an altercation happened between the both during the Lucknow Super Giants and Royal Challengers Bangalore match yesterday.

As per a statement from IPL, both Kohli and Gambhir were found in violation of Article 2.21, which covers: (a) public acts of misconduct; (b) unruly public behaviour; and (c) inappropriate comments which are detrimental to the interests of the game. Meanwhile, Afghanistan pacer Naveen-ul-Haq was fined 50 percent of his match fee for a level 1 breach of the same Article.

Last month, when Royal Challengers Bangalore had hosted Lucknow Super Giants at the Chinnaswamy stadium, Gambhir had broken into a crazy celebration before having an intense handshake with Kohli after LSG’s win. The former India opener and the current LSG mentor also shushed the crowd with a finger on his lips.

So this time, Virat Kohli gave it back in style but with a “boss-like” twist. The story however didn’t end there. After RCB’s 18-run win over LSG, Kohli and Gambhir engaged in an ugly spat before the teammates came and interfered.

This isn’t the first time the two have engaged in a war of words. Back in 2013, the two were involved in an ugly exchange when Gambhir was the captain of Kolkata Knight Riders and Kohli was leading RCB.

Team India loses first ODI bilateral series in home since 2019

Team India loses first ODI bilateral series at home since 2019

Team India has had a really disastrous end to their 2023 ODI World Cup preparations. The World No.1 T20 team has lost 2-1 to Australia in the recently conducted home series. With this series defeat, the Men in Blue has lost an ODI series at home since 2019.

The 3rd ODI between India and Australia happening in Chennai saw Australia post 269 after winning the toss. Team India failed to chase the target despite a fifty from Virat Kohli and a fighting 40 from Hardik Pandya. Rohit Sharma, who looked dejected after the series loss, stated, “A lot of takeaways (from the series), just not look at these 3 games. The 9 ODIs we played from January, we can take a lot of positives from that. A loss like that really hurts. But again, we can understand what we need to do better as a group.”

He further added, “It’s not about going out there and pin-pointing at one or two individuals. It’s not what I do or it’s not what the team does as well. It’s a collective failure that we need to look at and reflect. We have to understand that in 5 months time, we will be playing on these kind of conditions. We need to understand the ideas and the thoughts.”

The 3-match series saw Team India win the first match comfortably by 5 wickets. In the 2nd ODI, the Men in Blue had a dismal batting performance. The Indians were all out to 117 runs which the Australians easily chased down and leveled the series.

With this effort, Australia has become the new number-one ODI team in the ICC Rankings. Currently, the Australians have occupied the number one Test team spot in the ICC Rankings.

Chetan Sharma

Chetan Sharma reveals shocking revelations about Indian cricket in a sting operation

Chairman of Selectors Chetan Sharma has made some shocking comments. The former cricketer was embroiled in a controversy after he made some shocking statements pertaining to the Indian team during a sting operation conducted by Zee News.

The sting operation saw Chetan Sharma comment on the Indian cricketer’s fitness and about the ego clash between the two heavyweights of Indian cricket- Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. In the video, he was seen saying, “The players are not fit but they take injections to play. They are ready to play even at 80 percent fitness. They take injections and start playing.”

He further added, “Even if they are around 85 percent fit, they will say ‘Sir let us play’ but they are not cleared by the medical team that is where the problem lies. The players always want to play, they never refuse to play.”

According to Sharma, BCCI wasn’t happy with Virat as he had started to consider himself bigger than the game, and that’s why they were eager to remove him from the leadership role and took advantage of his rough patch in 2021 to replace him with Rohit Sharma, who as per Chetan wasn’t the preferred choice.

He stated, “Jab player thoda bada ho jaye to usko lagta hai ki vo bahut bada ho gaya, board se bhi bada ho gaya. Toh fir usko lagta hai ki mere ko toh koi kuch kar he nahi sakta. Mere bina to cricket band ho jayega India mein. Kabhi hua hai? Bade bade aaye, bade bade gaye, cricket to wahi ka wahi rehta hai. Toh vo usne uss samay hit maarne ki kosish kari president ko.”

Watch the entire sting operation conducted by Zee News here:

Revisiting the Best Matches of Border-Gavaskar Trophy

Revisiting the Best Matches of Border-Gavaskar Trophy

The most anticipated Border-Gavaskar trophy has already begun as India takes on Australia in the four-match Test series. The Border-Gavaskar Trophy, abbreviated as BGT, is considered one of the most famous Test series between two countries, par with the Ashes. The ongoing BGT series is crucial for India as it will decide their fortunes for the World Test Championship finals. Border-Gavaskar Trophy has given fans some enduring matches over the years. From the perspective of India, there have been several great victories that are very special to forget. Let’s have a look at some of the most nail-biting encounters in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy from the past. 

Revisiting the Best Matches of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 

Gabba, 2021 

The Gabba Test victory will always be the most remarkable Test in the history of Indian cricket. There were a lot of heated arguments between Indian and Australian players during this trip in 2020–21. Tim Paine, the former captain of Australia, even forewarned R Ashwin about short stuff being bowled at Indians on the bumpy Gabba pitch before the fourth and final Test there. Australia proudly referred to the Gabba as their “Fortress” because they had not lost a Test match there in 32 years. India’s Rishabh Pant-led batting squad chased down 328 just before the 5th Day stumps to win the match and the series. With Pant scoring an undefeated 89, the Gabba Fortress was breached. India won the series and created history. 


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Australian captain Tim Paine said the “world-class” performance of the Indian team had made it “very difficult” to win the match. Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar described the victory as a “fairy tale” and said, “This victory will be remembered for a long time.” India’s stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane said: “We all should enjoy this win, not just us but every Indian should enjoy this. What we did here is historic, and we want to enjoy this win tonight once we land in India, we will think about the England series.” 

Adelaide, 2021 

India would like to forget a test but will not be able to do so for two reasons. First, in the second innings, they scored 36, the lowest Test score in history. Two, no one anticipated what transpired following this Test as an injury-struck India won the series 2-1 after defeating Australia in two Test matches. Adelaide must be remembered as the starting point of a historic journey on that tour. India scored 244 runs in their first innings before bowling the Australians out for just 191 runs to grab a commanding advantage. 

Then, however, the unthinkable occurred when India got dismissed for just 36 runs in the second innings. India’s batting line-up suffered a major collapse in the second innings of the Adelaide Test match, leading to an embarrassing all-out score of 36. The Indian batsmen failed to stitch together any substantial partnerships and were outdone by the Australian bowlers. Cricket experts widely criticized India’s batting performance, and Ravi Shastri himself admitted that the batting line-up needed to take more responsibility. 

It was the lowest total in India’s Test match history and a far cry from India’s first-innings score of 250. Australia eventually won the match by eight wickets. Australia won and took a 1-0 lead by chasing down the little target on the third day. Head coach Ravi Shastri instructed Indian squad members to accept 36 all-out as a badge of honor and rise to the occasion. India, without Virat Kohli, triumphed after defeating the Australians in the MCG, drawing at the SCG, and winning once more at the Gabba.

Some of the quotes said after the match: 

  1. “It’s a bitter pill to swallow and an outing we need to forget,” – Ravi Shastri
  2. “This was an absolute masterclass by Australia with the ball,” – Virat Kohli
  3. “Australians used their conditions superbly well today and they deserve the win,” – Mayank Agarwal
  4. “It was a very good team effort, every single bowler out there did their part,” – Nathan Lyon

Kolkata, 2001 

The Eden Gardens Test against Australia will go down as one of the pinnacles of Indian Test cricket. In the home series in 2000–01, India were down 0–1. Australia took a commanding lead at Eden Gardens by knocking India out for just 171 runs in the first innings. Then, after asking the Indians to take the follow-on, the visitors were astounded by what happened. 

Highlights: India v Australia - Eden Gardens Test, 2001

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A record 376-run partnership between VVS Laxman (281) and Rahul Dravid (180) for the fifth wicket gave India the upper hand. Australians were bowled out for just 212 while chasing 384 to win, thanks to the bowling onslaught led by Harbhajan Singh, who took 13 wickets overall, including 7 in the first innings and 6 in the second. India won the series by defeating Australia in the third test at Chennai. It is one of the best matches from the Border-Gavaskar trophy and probably one of India’s greatest Test victories.

Some of the quotes said after the match: 

  1. “The Kolkata Test of 2001 will remain an everlasting memory in the minds of Indian fans and cricket followers forever.” – VVS Laxman 
  2. “It was an unbelievable match where a team were being looked down with contempt and after being made to follow-on, won!” – Sourav Ganguly
  3. “One of the greatest turnarounds in Test match history.” – Sunil Gavaskar
  4. “India showed marvelous fighting spirit and tremendous character in this match. They never gave up.” – Shane Warne 

Mohali, 2010 

India was 124/8 at one point in the 2010 Test match at Mohali, needing 216 to win. Ishant Sharma then stepped in, batted for 92 deliveries, and helped India secure a crucial ninth-wicket partnership. Ishant had scored 31 runs before he got out, as India needed 11 more runs to win. Raina was scurrying for Laxman as he battled an injury. A typically composed, Laxman lost his composure in the tense final stages of the game and yelled at his batting partner and the runner for taking a hazardous single. 

Ojha, the number 11 batsman who is not well renowned for his batting prowess, managed to put the bat on the ball in the dying moments, and India scored two runs in an exciting victory. Laxman was suffering from unbearable pain but fought till the end for his country. It was one of the most closely fought Test matches in history, ending with India winning by just one wicket. 

Some of the quotes said after the match: 

  1. “Every game of this series has been a great game of cricket, and this one in Mohali was the culmination of all of them. This is not just about victory or defeat, but it was about sheer determination, effort, and hard work.”- VVS Laxman. 
  2. “That’s why cricket is the greatest game of all – it provides such moments that no other sport can. The tension, the drama, and the emotion of one wicket victory in Mohali triumphed over every other result all year.” – Harsha Bhogle 
  3. “The Mohali test was a classic example of how tough and resilient India can be.” – Sachin Tendulkar 
  4. “It was just a matter of keeping your nerve and riding out the tough patches, which we did brilliantly in the Mohali Test.” – Virender Sehwag 

Perth, 2008 

The Perth Test played in the 2008 Border-Gasvaskar Trophy also finds a mention in the list. Even though it only lasted four days, session after session saw the game switch back and forth between the two teams. The Anil-Kumble-led team rallied after falling behind 0-2 in the series to hurt the hosts and make it 2-1 going into the final Test.

5 Infamous moments in India vs Australia Test cricket history

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The Australians had not been defeated at WACA, Perth, by any team in more than eleven years at the time. To make it better, it was India’s first victory in Australia in more than four years. It was made even more significant for the Indian team and spectators because the Test victory in Perth occurred immediately after the SCG Test, which was plagued by numerous issues, notably the infamous Monkey Gate affair.

Which among the 5 Test matches is your favorite from the Border-Gavaskar Trophy? Also, who do you think will be the winners of the 2023 Border-Gavaskar Trophy?

Ganguly vs Dhoni vs Kohli: Who is the greatest Indian captain?

Ganguly vs Dhoni vs Kohli: Who has been the greatest Indian captain?

Sourav Ganguly and MS Dhoni are the founding fathers of modern-day Indian cricket. While the legend Sourav Ganguly injected the fighting spirit into the frail Indian side, MS Dhoni got back the glory days in the country. India won their first World Cup in 1983 but failed to thrive on the success achieved by the great Kapil Dev. It took India more than 2 decades to win their second World Cup, which came in the face of the 2007 T20 World Cup. 

While MS Dhoni carried India toward its peak, Sourav Ganguly created a solid base for it to happen. Then came Virat Kohli, the most fearless of all. Not a single team in the world wasn’t scared to face Virat Kohli’s Test team, even the big bullies Aussies. Virat Kohli dominated the Baggy Green on their turf not once but twice. Virat Kohli was the new captain of the new India, and it never got any better. 

What if you are asked to select one among the three? Ganguly vs Dhoni vs Kohli: Who is the greatest Indian captain? Let’s have a closer look.

Let’s have a look at their journey as Indian captains. 

Sourav Ganguly: 

Team India is known for its passion and aggressive approach toward the game. Sourav Ganguly is the prime inspiration behind that. Who can forget his famous celebration at the Lords in 2002, where he rattled the entire British team as well their media with his shirtless celebration? The Prince of Kolkata had one message for his team “don’t get dominated” by any opposition. He forced the fighting spirit amongst the Men in Blue. Ganguly also handed many youngsters like MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh a chance to play in his team, the players who later went on to win many accolades for India. 

Sourav Ganguly Discharged After COVID-19 Treatment - Pragativadi

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Most importantly, Sourav Ganguly took charge of the Indian team when the side was going through its worst phase, as many senior Indian players, including Mohammad Azharuddin, got banned for match-fixing. Azharuddin was charged with match-fixing in the year 2000 and was later banned for life by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The incident took place after India toured South Africa in 2000; India won the series 3–2. The scandal left a huge dent in team India and its reputation. 

Sourav Ganguly became the prime candidate to lead the Indian team after superstar Sachin Tendulkar stepped down from the role citing his health as the reason. As Ganguly was the vice-captain at that time, the BCCI decided to hand him the bandwidth of the Indian team. Ganguly proved to be a promising captain as he took India to the 2000 ICC KnockOut Trophy finals in his first year. 

Sourav Ganguly-led India reached the finals of the 2003 World Cup for the first time since 1983. However, India lost the finals against Australia. Nevertheless, Ganguly had a brilliant tournament in which he scored 465 runs at an average of 58.12, which also included 3 centuries. By the year 2004, Ganguly was termed one of the most successful captains of Team India. 

MS Dhoni:

MS Dhoni is arguably, the greatest Indian captain of the modern generation. He is the only captain to win all three ICC limited-overs trophies, including the 50-50 World Cup, the T20 World Cup, and the Champions Trophy. MS Dhoni might come second to only the great Australian player Ricky Ponting in terms of captaincy in international cricket. MS Dhoni’s game sense and leadership qualities set him apart from everyone else. MSD took charge of the young Indian side in the first T20 World Cup when the seniors refused to take responsibility. 

MS Dhoni wins ICC Spirit of Cricket Award of the Decade | Cricket News – India TV

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The sumptuous MS Dhoni won India the 2011 50-50 World Cup with a six, a memory which is tattooed in the memories of every Indian fan. Even the best captains out there take inspiration from MS Dhoni. The guy from Jharkhand changed the fortune of Indian cricket as well as the definition of elite captaincy. MS Dhoni won the Champions Trophy in 2013; the last ICC Trophy won by India. MS Dhoni has won 4 IPL trophies with Chennai Super Kings. 

Famous quotes about MS Dhoni 

  1. “Dhoni is the best Captain I have played under.” – Sachin Tendulkar
  2. “I would go to war with Dhoni by my side.” – Gary Kirsten 
  3. “He knows exactly what he wants to do in the middle. He is always calm and composed. He allows himself to make those tough decisions on the field. For me, he will always be my captain.” – Virat Kohli 
  4. ” If Dhoni tells me to jump from the 24th floor, I’d readily do it.” – Ishant Sharma
  5. “As far as One-Day Cricket is concerned, Dhoni is one of the greatest Captains of all times.” – Saurav Ganguly 

Virat Kohli: 

Virat Kohli was handed India’s leadership in 2014 when MS Dhoni took a step down from the Test format. In 2017, Virat Kohli became the all-format skipper of the Indian national team. Virat Kohli was an adamant leader who demanded fitness and full dedication. Virat’s regime was one of the most dominating eras in Indian cricket’s history but only in the bilateral series. Be it a down-under Test series or hosting any team at home, Virat’s side entered the match as the favourites. 

Virat Kohli surpasses Ricky Ponting by breaking 1214-day drought


Having said that, Virat Kohli’s team failed to thrive in the major ICC events. Be it the 2019 50-50 World Cup or 2021 T20 World Cup, team India got out of the tournament in an embarrassing manner. India also failed to win the ICC WTC finals against New Zealand. Virat Kohli was replaced by Rohit Sharma as the full-time Indian captain in 2022. However, Virat Kohli will still be remembered as one of the most influential captains of team India. 

Team India played a total of 95 matches under Virat Kohli’s captaincy in ODIs. India managed to win a total of 65 matches and maintained a winning rate of 68.42%. Virat Kohli is the fourth-most successful Indian captain in the 50-over format behind MS Dhoni, Sourav Ganguly, and Mohammed Azharuddin. 

Who is the better captain?

Dhoni captained India in 60 tests, out of which he won 28, lost 18, and drew 15. His win percentage is 45. Ganguly captained India in 49 tests in which he won 21, lost 13, and drew 15. His win percentage is 42.85. Dhoni has an upper hand over Sourav Ganguly in Test cricket. Dhoni won the ODI and the T20I World Cup, which automatically makes him the more successful captain in the limited-overs format. 

Virat Kohli has captained India in 68 Test matches and managed to win 40 of them. Virat Kohli is the most successful Indian Test captain. Virat Kohli has captained India in 24 Test series and has won 18 of them. He never lost a Test series at home. 

Ganguly vs Dhoni vs Kohli: Who has been the best captain for India 

Virat Kohli is out of contention because while he achieved a lot in Test cricket, he failed to win any major ICC tournament with a solid team. Sourav Ganguly injected a new trend in Indian cricket, and he is the closest to MS Dhoni regarding the best captains. 

MS Dhoni is clearly the best captain in the history of Indian cricket. 

Famous cricketers talk about MS Dhoni, Sourav Ganguly, and Virat Kohli in captaincy: 

Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith: 

“The biggest difference between Dada’s captaincy and Dhoni’s captaincy is MS, the player for me. I think in that middle order, the ability to close games, win games, and finish games in that calm that he brought to the people around him. I think that the biggest difference between the two heroes is MS Dhoni. 

If Dada had an MS-type player, his team would have been slightly more developed; I think you would have seen him win plenty more trophies. Dada was blessed to play or not blessed to play in an era where Australian cricket was at the forefront and dominating the world game as well, which at the time, the team had won the most during that period, 

I agree that when it comes to Test cricket, having played against MS, you would always feel that you had an opportunity to work him over, especially away and out of India, but I think when it comes to Test cricket, I’ll have to sit with Dada, but one-day cricket, certainly MS is my man.” 

Former Sri Lanka captain Sangakkara 

“You can be judged on a lot of things, but sometimes you have to leave something behind, and I think in that sense, Dada did a lot to create a wonderful legacy for others to inherit, and MS benefitted from that. MS, an exceptional player and unbelievable captain, has moved Indian cricket forward. But the foundation for all of that was laid by Dada for me. In one-day cricket, the ability to finish is always very, very tough. So, I would go with MS for sure in limited-overs cricket, in white-ball cricket just because he batted at that tougher finisher position, but in Test cricket, without a doubt, Ganguly every day.”

Former India opener Gautam Gambhir 

“Both these guys have taken Indian cricket forward, but just purely from an impact point of view, I can only talk about MS Dhoni because he was very serious about taking Indian cricket forward.” 

Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin 

“Cricket captains will always be spoken about with respect to their records and the kind of triumphs they managed, but Virat Kohli’s legacy as a captain will stand for the kind of benchmarks you have set. There will be people who will talk about wins in Australia, England, Sl, etc. Wins are just a result, and the seeds are always sown well before the harvest! The seeds you managed to sow is the kind of standard you set for yourself, hence setting the expectations straight with the rest of us.” 

Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah 

“Integrity, insight, and inclusivity. Virat Kohli’s contribution to the team as captain is invaluable; Virat Kohli has been a great leader to this side. It’s been a pleasure playing under Virat Kohli.” 

Former Indian coach Ravi Shastri 

“Virat can go with his head held high. Few have achieved what you have as captain. Definitely India’s most aggressive and successful.”

23 Virat Kohli quotes that will inspire you

Virat Kohli lives in the hearts of Indians. Sure he does because he is the most successful captain India ever had in the Test format under his captaincy No.1 Test team in the ICC Rankings for a continuous period of 42 months from October 2016 till early March 2020. With a record of a whopping 973 runs in one IPL season. He has been on it since 2008 when he joined the Indian cricket team. But what makes him so inspiring? Being a die-hard fan of cricket hailing from a city like Delhi where there are millions of boys like him who dream to be where he is today.

It was his dedication and devotion to cricket that helped him bag so many prestigious awards like the Arjuna award, Padmashri and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award. He has also been named ICC ODI Player of the Year three times, in the year 2012, 2017 & 2018.

Virat has made a special place in everyone’s heart and when asked any of his fans to describe him in one word. The answers were passionate, disciplined, dedicated, consistent and even aggressive, but the most common word was WINNER. It indeed is true, He has showcased his batting skills in 223 matches in which he has scored over 6600 runs. He won the Orange Cap during the 2016 season, where he scored 973 runs with 4 hundred and 7 half-centuries.

He emphasises the importance of focusing on one’s own journey and giving it your all. By staying focused and committed, you can achieve extraordinary results. Kohli’s desire to be remembered for his character traits rather than just his sporting achievements is truly inspiring. He reminds us of the importance of values and how they shape our legacy.

Here are Virat Kohli’s quotes for fans more like words of wisdom from him.

“I want to be a person known for his integrity, honesty, and empathy.” — Virat Kohli

“I don’t count my trophies, I count the lives I’ve touched.” — Virat Kohli

“Never give up. Today is hard. Tomorrow will be worse. But the day after tomorrow there will be sunshine.” — Virat Kohli

“If you are true to yourself, you won’t fear anything.” — Virat Kohli

“Whatever you want to do, do it with full passion and work really hard towards it. Do not look anywhere else. There will be a few distractions, but if you can be true to yourself, you will be successful for sure.” — Virat Kohli

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Here are more motivational quotes by Virat Kohli.

“Self-belief and hard work will always earn you success.” — Virat Kohli

“I play my game. I play my cricket. I give my 100% on the field. That’s what I focus on.” — Virat Kohli

“Pressure is the lack of preparation.” — Virat Kohli

“You have to stay fresh and blank in your mind when you go out to bat. You complicate things, and you’re gone.”
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“You can either try and fit yourself in a mould created by others, or you can be original and be yourself.” — Virat Kohli

“The only thing that should be constant in your life is your desire to constantly improve.” — Virat Kohli

“I love playing under pressure. In fact, if there is no pressure, then I am not in the perfect zone.” — Virat Kohli


“I get really motivated when I put on the India jersey. It is a responsibility, so I want to perform in the best way I can.” — Virat Kohli

“A lot of people tell me a lot of things about my conduct, my game, my future… but I try to stay away from their words of wisdom. I do not let it distract me. On the field, you will be facing the ball alone. If you fail, you will be the only one to blame. So, you should be the one deciding for yourself.” — Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli is a very verbal person. You must have seen him give the opposing team a hard time on the field. His “verbal game” with the opposition has led to many unforgettable moments. Some people share the opinion about Virat being an aggressive player but, Kohli’s emphasis on maintaining a clear and focused mindset is crucial not only in cricket but in life as well.

Here are some aggressive cricket quotes for a better view of the brighter side of it.

“On the field, aggression can sometimes be a positive emotion. It boosts performance and can lift your game. But over the years, I have learnt that restrained aggression is a better animal. That way, you will conserve your energy and will not spend yourself quickly.” — Virat Kohli

“I am a guy who likes to play with intensity. Once that is gone, I don’t know what I am going to do on the field.” — Virat Kohli

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“I like to be myself, and I don’t pretend. For instance, I don’t dress up for occasions; I am what I am.” — Virat Kohli

“A fit body gives you confidence. And there’s nothing more impressive than a great attitude, which you can wear on your sleeve. But you’ll have to remember the difference between being rude and being confident.” ― Virat Kohli

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The batter’s instagram is as versatile as his personality, packed with fun videos, brand recommendations, motivational captions, funny reels with his wife Anushka Sharma.

Here’s an insight of Virat Kohli’s insightful posts on Instagram.

“Everyday is a chance to be better” — Virat Kohli

“The competition is all in your head. In reality it’s always you vs you.” — Virat Kohli


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“It’s a long road to the top but the greatest lessons are learnt when you get knocked down and get back up.” — Virat Kohli


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Virat Kohli sure is master of his skill, such that even the greatest of cricket legends have appreciated his consistency and his never give up attitude.

“To Become A Good Player, You Need Talent. To Become A Great Player You Need An Attitude Like Kohli” – Sunil Gavaskar

“It’s a Joy To Watch Virat Kohli Bat. I Hope He Can Break My Records” – Sachin Tendulkar

Virat Kohli, with his extraordinary talent and inspiring quotes, has left an indelible mark on the world of cricket and beyond. His words serve as a source of motivation and encouragement, reminding us to believe in ourselves, work hard, and never give up. Whether you are a cricket enthusiast or not, the lessons derived from Kohli’s quotes can be applied to various aspects of life. So, take inspiration from these Virat Kohli quotes and embark on your journey towards success with passion and determination.

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