As the Indian team works on getting the batting order right for the 2019 World Cup, legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar feels India’s usual No. 5, MS Dhoni, should be batting at the same spot in England.
Lately, India’s number 4 has become a musical chair affair with a couple of batsmen being tried at the spot. With an endless debate on the best suited player for three down, India vice-captain Rohit Sharma had suggested that MS Dhoni should be moved promoted to play at No. 4.
Disagreeing with Rohit Sharma, former India opener and 2011 World Cup winning member Sachin Tendulkar said that Dhoni is ideal choice for No. 5.
“My personal opinion is Dhoni should be batting five. I still don’t know what the team combination would be, but if you are going Rohit and Shikhar as openers, to Virat [Kohli] at No. 3 and whoever at No. 4 then Dhoni could be No. 5. Then Hardik Pandya, an explosive player, follows them,” Sachin Tendulkar told in an interview to ESPNcricinfo.
“That way the experienced batsmen are well spaced out and Dhoni can stretch the game towards the end where he himself can be explosive along with Hardik,” Tendulkar said.
In preparation for the World Cup 2019, India have tried a series of batsmen at No.4. Ambati Rayudu, Rishabh Pant, Vijay Shankar and Dinesh Karthik were the choices for the slot. (India Today)