New Delhi: As the helicopter landed in Tests three years back, Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be having much time to chill before his journey in India’s tour of South Africa begins. That makes his case stronger for the ICC 2019 World Cup as a player who only plays limited over Cricket. But, is Indian Cricket team management utilising MSD completely?
Dhoni’s batting order, majorly, came under criticism in the second T20 against New Zealand when India was in trouble with skipper Virat Kohli needing assistance from the other end. Eyes were on the best finisher of the world MS Dhoni but he failed to live up to the expectations.
The game ended in the favour of New Zealand with Dhoni’s failure to score some quick runs and eventually consuming Virat Kohli.
Blamed was not MS Dhoni, but his batting position. One cannot expect the 36-year-old legend to bat like some 26-year-old batsman, launching some insane hitting from the very first ball.
He needs time, not a break, but a time to get set and then play some explosive Cricket. The same was understood by the stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma, who changed Mahi’s batting order to three and four numbers.
Rohit admitted that the team management and he always wanted Dhoni to play at number four as they wanted more of him as a batsman while he is the best wicket-keeper in the world, undoubtedly.
Rohit Sharma on Tuesday said that decision regarding the batting position of Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the call of coach and the captain.
Under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma in Sri Lanka series, MS Dhoni was seen batting at no. 3 or 4. Rohit’s decision did not go in vain as Dhoni has produced some good knocks in the form of 39* and 28 runs in first and second T20Is respectively. Dhoni’s trademark last-ball six in the first T20 against Sri Lanka also polished his match finishing abilities.
“The decision of Mahi’s batting position lies with the coach and the captain. I have seen him bat from four to six, and even batted at three in the IPL. That wicket in Rajkot (the second T20I vs New Zealand) was tough and we had lost four wickets when he went into bat. People need to look at the game situation before they talk,” Rohit said in an interview to a leading news channel.
“World Cup 2019 is too far off and we should focus on what is happening now. He bats at No. 6 and does not get to play as many balls as some of us at the top of the order,” Rohit added.
When it depends on coach and the captain, Virat Kohli will be questioned again and again if he again shifts Dhoni’s batting order to 6 or 7.
It is worth mentioning here that under the captaincy of regular Indian skipper Virat Kohli, MSD has been seen batting lower down the order at number 6 or 7. One cannot deny the fact that now Dhoni is not that able to launch the helicopter from the very first ball but the remaining ash of the legend must not be wasted. Moreover, when you have no any replacement of him.