Important thing is for me to bat where the team needs: Dhoni
Indian wicket-keeper batsman MS Dhoni played yet another match-winning innings to seal India’s first ever bilateral series win in Australia.
After being dropped in the T20I series, the 37-year old MS Dhoni has fought back and turned the table with his consistent performance throughout the series. With the scores of 51, 55* and 87*, Dhoni has also been named as the man of the series.
The Indian managed also tried some experiments with the former captain as he was seen batting in different positions. Dhoni batted at no. 6 in the 2nd ODI while he walked at no. 4 tonight in the 17th over after the fall of Shikhar Dhawan.
As the visitors rested their regular No.4 batsman Ambati Rayudu, Dhoni was promoted up the order. But after an amazing show, this could well turn into Dhoni’s permanent position.
However, the former Indian captain insisted that he isn’t bothered about his position and wants to bat where the team needs him.
Dhoni said in the post-match press conference –
“Whether I play at 4 or 6, we need to see if the team balance can be retained. Important thing is for me to bat where the team needs, I’m happy to bat lower down at 6.”
The 37-year old also explained why it was important to take the match deep and also gave credit to Kedhar Jadhav for supporting him well from the other end.
“It was a slow wicket, so it was difficult to hit whenever you wanted to. It was important to take it deep. No point going after the bowlers who are doing well, so that was the gameplan. Of course, supported brilliantly by Kedar, who plays unorthodox shots.”