MS Dhoni batted at no. 4 in the last couple of games in the series against Bangladesh and did fairly well, but, would he continue batting at that same position in the games versus South Africa too?
Dhoni has always seen himself as a finisher and has performed that role successfully for a number of seasons for the Indian team, but, for the last one year or so, he has find it a little difficult to bat with the same strike rate coming down the order at no 6.
There was a time when it was virtually impossible to ball to the Indian captain in the dying phase of the Indian innings for he was so good at collecting boundaries straight down the ground and through midwicket with his immense power, but, that aspect of his game seems to have faded away a little bit.
It’s not that he has lost his power, but, his ability to send the ball flying over the ropes at any point of time has certainly been missing.
He is, however; still pretty good at stealing the cheeky singles inside the 30-yard circle and taking on the boundary riders’ arms to convert ones into twos and thus, it has been suggested that now at this stage, it’s better for him if he puts himself slightly up the order for India and tries to play the accumulating role leaving the finishing role for somebody else.
Dhoni, perhaps, himself felt the same too during that Bangladesh series when he promoted himself and batted two down in the second and the third game, the latter of which India won to prevent a whitewash.
So, it should not be an eyebrow raising thing if we see the mighty wicketkeeper batsman continuing to be India’s no. 4 in the upcoming season of limited-over Cricket.