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MS Dhoni better used as a batsman up the order, says Suresh Raina

The southpaw believes that Dhoni ought to bat up the order in order to reap the benefits from him as a batsman.

MS Dhoni of India
MS Dhoni of India. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Apart from his wicketkeeping prowess and contribution behind the stumps in the ongoing tour of South Africa, MS Dhoni has been rather disappointing with the bat. With a string of low-scores to his name, the 36-year old has seen his finishing abilities diminish with the decade of cricket he has played for the country. In spite of this, the Indian management has persisted by sending him down the batting order time and again in South Africa to little or no avail.

Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni’s teammate in the upcoming IPL has, however, come out and stated that he would like to see his Chennai Super Kings teammate bat slightly up the order. The southpaw believes that it would serve the Indians better if the 36-year old batted up the order.  “I feel MS Dhoni can do better up the order. He can hit better and get more time. He is the kind of player who if he plays up the order will always keep the team in a strong position,” Raina mentioned.

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“The T20I series will be important, then there’s the series in Bangladesh and the IPL. But the experience of 50-overs cricket is very important. It makes a lot of difference – when you play at that position (nos 4 and 5 in the middle order), you won’t get any sleep.

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“You have to keep chipping in – you have to bowl well and field well so the captain and coach always feel you are a utility player. You have to keep changing gears – if the top three perform well and the middle order does well we can chase down 34- or 350. Whenever Rohit, Shikhar, and Kohli play, they always score big.” he said.

“I was down because I wasn’t playing. I didn’t know why I was not playing. I had scored a half-century vs South Africa. I did not give up hope and I will give it my all when I play for my country.”

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