As the 2021 season of the Indian Premier League concluded, a number of former players had their say regarding the final between Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings. Gautam Gambhir was also one of those cricketers. The former Indian player and captain of the Kolkata Knight Riders rated MS Dhoni higher than Eoin Morgan.
Both Dhoni and Morgan led their team to the finals of the 2021 season of the IPL. In the final, Dhoni led his team to a comfortable win and the fourth IPL trophy. Both the players have led their national teams to a victory in World Cup.
Gautam Gambhir made a comment regarding Morgan and Dhoni while interacting with ESPNCricinfo before the start of the IPL final. He mentioned that Morgan is still an active cricketer and leads the T20I and ODI side of England. In contrast, MS Dhoni retired from all forms of cricket in 2020.
On a question regarding the comparison of both the captains, he pointed to the fact that both the cricketers are entirely different and can’t be compared with each other.
You Can’t Compare Oranges With Apples Feels Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir also shared his views regarding the forms of both the captains. He pointed towards the fact that one should not compare apples with oranges.
Eoin Morgan is the captain of the England cricket team and has won several matches for the team in the past. In the 2019 Cricket World Cup, he made 371 runs in 11 games at an average of 41.22 and a strike rate of 111.08. Morgan hit 26 fours and 22 sixes during the tournament.
MS Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket through an Instagram post last year. Under his leadership, India won the Twenty20 World Cup 2007, 2011 World Cup, and 2013 Champions Trophy.
Gautam Gambhir also pointed out that MS Dhoni has not played international cricket for so long and justified his inability to score runs in IPL. However, Gambhir felt that Morgan should have contributed more with the bat for the KKR franchise.
Comparing the Performance of Both Eoin Morgan and MS Dhoni
Gautam Gambhir said that Morgan had two jobs while Dhoni had three during the IPL. Dhoni kept wickets for the CSK along with being the captain of the team. While Morgan only had to take care of batting and captaincy.
However, Morgan led the KKR team very well in the tournament. The team won two of the seven games in the first half. KKR won five of the seven games in the UAE leg and finished in the fourth position in the points table.
In IPL 2021, MS Dhoni made 114 runs in 16 matches at a strike rate of 106.54. He hit 12 fours and three sixes in the tournament.
Morgan made 133 runs in 17 matches at a mere average of 11.08 and a strike rate of 95.68. Morgan hit only eight fours and couldn’t hit a six in the tournament.