Michael Clarke suggests the ideal batting position for MS Dhoni in ODIs
He compared the finisher's approach in the second ODI and the third ODI to justify his statement.
Updated - Jan 20, 2019 8:50 pm
Mahendra Singh Dhoni kicked off the new year in grand style by winning his after ‘Man of the Series’ award after over seven years. Following a disastrous year with the bat in 2018, MS Dhoni answered all his critics with a special batting performance Down Under. The wicketkeeper-batsman scored 193 runs in the three-match series while being dismissed just once at an average of 193 and was instrumental in helping India clinch the first-ever bilateral ODI series in Australia.
He batted at No.5 in one of the games and even at the most anticipated No.4 position in the Indian batting line-up. While Dhoni said he is willing to bat at any position based on the team’s needs there has been constant chatter about his batting position. There are several opinions that are being put up from different segments of experts as well as fans. Former Australian captain Michael Clarke also shared his bits on the discussion.
Any position is good enough for MS Dhoni
Clarke stated that a veteran cricketer like Dhoni is good enough to bat at any position. He compared the finisher’s approach in the second ODI and the third ODI to justify his statement. While the 37-year-old played at a brisk pace in the second game, he took his time in the third. Clarke opined the Virat Kohli will use MSD according to various situations as required.
“MS knows how to react to any given situation. He has played 300 plus ODIs so he knows how to go about his job. I think he would have played differently. It was 230 and he had a particular strategy and it would have been different if the target would have been bigger. Look at his approach in the second game in Adelaide and the third game in Melbourne. It was different,” Clarke said.
“Any position 4, 5 or 6. He is good enough to bat at any position and I believe Virat will use him accordingly,” Clarke was quoted as saying by TimesNow News.