‘Dhoni at No4 ideal for team’

Sport360 - - News - By Staff Re­porter @Sport360 ✉ ed­i­to­[email protected]

In­dia open­ing bats­man Ro­hit Sharma wants vet­eran wick­et­keeper MS Dhoni to bat at the prob­lem­atic No4 po­si­tion in ODIs af­ter a toporder col­lapse saw Aus­tralia take a 1-0 lead in the se­ries in Syd­ney.

Am­bati Rayudu (0) has been In­dia’s No4 bats­man for some time but he has yet to make the spot his own.

Af­ter the match, Ro­hit said what many out­side the team had been talk­ing about for a long time – Dhoni is not the lower-or­der fin­isher he once was and needs to bat at num­ber four as some other power hit­ter comes lower down.

“Per­son­ally I feel, Dhoni bat­ting at num­ber four will be ideal for the team. But we have got Rayudu who has done well. De­pends on what the cap­tain and coach are think­ing. Per­son­ally speak­ing, I would be happy if he bats at num­ber four,” Ro­hit said on Satur­day.

Since Ro­hit has cap­tained In­dia in Vi­rat Kohli’s ab­sence – lead­ing the team to the Asia Cup win in UAE – his views carry weight.

Dhoni scored at barely three runs an over and that meant that even though Ro­hit scored at more than run a ball, In­dia were all but out of game at the half­way stage. How­ever, Ro­hit de­fended Dhoni’s slow rate of scor­ing.

“MS’s over­all strike rate is about 85-90. When he came out to bat, we had lost three wick­ets. We had to re­spect that spell. We wanted to get part­ner­ships. Some­times you have to grind it out. When the bowlers are dis­ci­plined, it’s not easy for bats­men to go and start hit­ting.

“We wanted to get part­ner­ship. If we had lost a wicket then, the game would have been dead. Hence we had to play dot balls,” the bats­man added.

Ro­hit said per­for­mances like the ones in Syd­ney show In­dia have a long way to go. “In­ter­na­tional cricket is about ab­sorb­ing pres­sure. To­day was the per­fect ex­am­ple when we were put un­der pres­sure and we weren’t able to ab­sorb it.”

Mean­while, re­ports sug­gest bats­man Mayank Agar­wal and all­rounder Vi­jay Shankar will fly to Aus­tralia to re­place the sus­pended Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul.

“I would be happy if Dhoni bats at num­ber four” - Ro­hit Sharma

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