Sourav Ganguly wants MS Dhoni to bat at No.4 in ODIs ahead of World Cup 2019
Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly wants MS Dhoni to bat at No.4 in ODIs ahead of World Cup 2019, while he also revealed his best possible middle-order combination for the present Indian squad.
With MS Dhoni’s faltering form the question regarding his batting position in the ODI setup had been a heated argument. And it continues even after his refound touch in the Australia series where he batted at both the positions (No.4 and No.5) to lead the team to a victory in the last two matches.
While captain Virat Kohli opined Dhoni’s ideal position to be No.5, former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly stands on the contrary. He wants Dhoni at No.4 ahead of the World Cup 2019, while he also predicted the middle-order lineup for India.
In the opener, Dhoni walked in at No.5 when India were reduced to 4 for three in the fourth over. With the task to arrest further dismissals, Dhoni consumed a lot of deliveries to soak in the pressure on the slow SCG track. He scored a polarising 51 off 96 before departing in the 33rd over in India’s 34-run defeat. In the second match, an improved Dhoni scored a run-a-ball 55 to guide India to a six-wicket win in the last over.
Following his opinion on Dhoni’s batting position, Ganguly revealed his best possible middle-order combination for the present Indian squad. “I think Kedar will play No.5 and Dhoni will play at No.4. So I think India will go with this combination only because you gave someone an opportunity and they grabbed it. So Kohli at 3, Dhoni 4 and Jadhav at 5 followed by Karthik. “No.4 is right for Dhoni because it gives him time to settle in and score runs and build an innings. So this combination is fine,”
Ganguly was also in praise of Kedar Jadhav who ably supported Dhoni in the 121-run partnership that helped India win the decider in Melbourne. After the dismissal of Kohli, panic had set in for Dhoni had consumed a lot of deliveries in the partnership and India were left with 118 runs to score. But Jadhav took the pressure off Dhoni with boundaries and gritty doubles between the wicket to keep India alive in the chase. Jadhav ended with a score of 61 runs off 57 deliveries.
“A good thing that India got from this match was Kedar Jadhav. When India was in a fix, he took the game out along with Dhoni. He had not batted in the series.. He had not played a practice match and was just batting in the nets. So scoring runs in the middle makes a difference and he will take confidence from this,” he added.