MS Dhoni, who scored three-successive fifties along with a 114-ball 87 for a winning cause in the series decider against Australia in a three-match ODI series at Melbourne, said that he is ready to bat in any position at the batting line-up.
Dhoni, who didn’t have a great 2018 with the bat, started with a bang this year. In the first ODI in Sydney, he came to bat at No. 5 after India were struggling at 4 for 3 within four overs. He scored a 96-ball 51 but India failed to win the match in a chase of 289. He walked into bat at No. 5 in the must-win second ODI and smashed an unbeaten 54-ball 55 to guide his side to a victory.
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He was promoted to No. 4 in the batting order in the third ODI which was the series decider as well. He came into bat after Shikhar Dhawan’s dismissal in the 17th over and anchored the innings till the end to power India to a comfortable win by 2-1. He was named the ‘Man of The Series’ after having scored three back to back half-centuries.
“If I am batting at 6 and somebody is batting at 4, we’ve to look if we can interchange the position and see if the team [balance] remains the same. It’s not about where you want to be, it’s about how many you can fill in that position. I’m happy to bat at any number. If I have to go back and bat at 5 or 6, I’m happy to do that. Because the important thing is where the team needs me. After playing 14 years, I can’t say I can’t bat at 6 and I need to bat at 4 or 5, so I will bat at where the team needs me,” said MS Dhoni.
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While talking about the run-chase, the former skipper, as well as one of the best finishers in the world, said that the pitch was a bit slow and they had planned to target the weaker bowlers.
“I think it was important to take it till the end because some of their main bowlers were on the verge of finishing their quota of overs. So, you have to target the bowlers you can on wickets like these. No point going after the ones who’re bowling well. That was the game plan and it was really well supported by Kedar. He’s somebody who plays some unorthodox shots and great shots in the middle, so it takes that pressure off me when you’re looking to go right till the last over.”, he expressed.
While talking about the team, captain Virat Kohli said that he was impressed with the performances of the players’ and the team was looking in a good shape prior to the World Cup.
“As Dhoni said, it wasn’t such an easy wicket to bat on,” he said. “We luckily had two set batsmen there who knew what to do and got the job done. We brought on Chahal as Kuldeep had already played a few games and we didn’t want to make it predictable, he (Chahal) played beautifully.
“We’ve been here a long time, it’s been an amazing tour. We drew the T20 series, won the Test series and now the ODIs. If you had given me these results before the tour, I would have gladly taken them. We are feeling confident as a side, approaching the World Cup,” he further added.