Dhoni is the ‘ideal’ No. 4, says Sharma

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - SCITE H - —PTI

Sydney: Dif­fer­ing with his skip­per Vi­rat Kohli’s views, India’s ODI vice-cap­tain Ro­hit Sharma on Satur­day said Mahendra Singh Dhoni is “ideal” for the num­ber four slot, as the team works on get­ting the bat­ting order right for the World Cup.

Ro­hit added it was his per­sonal view and that the cap­tain and the coach will have the fi­nal say on the bat­ting slots.

Dhoni on Satur­day made a slow 51 from 96 balls in India’s 34-run defeat to Aus­tralia in the first ODI, spark­ing an­other de­bate about his cur­rent form in a World Cup year.

“Per­son­ally, I al­ways feel that Dhoni bat­ting at num­ber four will be ideal for the team but we have got Am­bati Rayudu who has done re­ally well now at num­ber four. It to­tally de­pends on what the cap­tain and coach think about it. Per­son­ally ask­ing, I would be happy if Dhoni bats at four,” Ro­hit, who scored 133 off 129 de­liv­er­ies, said at the post­match con­fer­ence.

Kohli had ear­lier ex­pressed his pref­er­ence for Rayudu to other play­ers for the con­tentious po­si­tion.

Chas­ing 289, India were at one stage re­duced to 4 for 3 be­fore Ro­hit, who scored his 22nd ODI hun­dred, and Dhoni put on a 141-run part­ner­ship

If you look at his (Dhoni’s) over­all bat­ting, his strike rate is around 90. Today was a dif­fer­ent sce­nario when he came out to bat we had lost three wick­ets Ro­hit Sharma, India vice-cap­tain

for the fourth wicket. But India, in the end, fell short.

“If you look at his (Dhoni’s) over­all bat­ting, his strike rate is around 90. Today was a dif­fer­ent sce­nario, when he came out to bat we had already lost three wick­ets and Aus­tralia were bowling pretty well. You just can­not go out and get 100run part­ner­ship eas­ily. So we took a lit­tle bit of time and even I did not score as quickly as I nor­mally do,” Ro­hit said.

“I took my time too be­cause we wanted to get that part­ner­ship and los­ing an­other wicket at that point, the game would have been dead there and then. So, we had to play dot balls and build a part­ner­ship,” he ex­plained.

“It is pretty sim­ple with him and he does not com­pli­cate things. We spoke about build­ing a part­ner­ship be­cause it was cru­cial at that point,” he said.

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