MS Dhoni has to rotate the strike more often, reckons Ravi Bopara

MS Dhoni has to rotate the strike more often, reckons Ravi Bopara

He also added that Dhoni has been under a lot of pressure in recent times. 

England v India - 2nd ODI: Royal London One-Day Series
MS Dhoni. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

MS Dhoni being under the scanner is no strange headline for an Indian cricket admirer, no matter what he does, his actions always get scrutinized. One of the best cricketers this country has ever produced, Dhoni in the last few months has not been at the level where he was a few years ago. Nevertheless, he showed glimpses of his class in the IPL.

In the second and third ODIs against England, the former Indian skipper had to play patiently to help his side stay in the game. It backfired in the game at the Lord’s, but his patience proved to be crucial in the final ODI. But one thing people have noticed off-late is that Dhoni is not taking the risk of going for the big shots as often as he did previously.

English cricketer Ravi Bopara whilst speaking to ESPN Cricinfo said that Dhoni is not rotating the strike good enough for his team’s cause. “I don’t think this team has a problem in the middle order. We have to accept that the pitch was tough to bat on. It turned and the English spinners bowled well, even the good shots were going for just ones and twos,” He said.

Dhoni should take more risks: Bopara

Bopara also noted that Dhoni was not taking enough risk to get some boundaries. Pointing out that he has not been rotating the strike well, he believes it’s important for the batsmen to either get some boundaries or take the singles to keep the scoreboard ticking. He also added that Dhoni has been under a lot of pressure in recent times.

“Dhoni has been put under a lot of pressure with wickets falling around him, that’s not been a massive help. But I know that Dhoni should be able to rotate the strike a little better. He has never been great at rotation off-spin, what he can do is strike a good ball.

“If you’re unable to rotate well, you have to take the odd risk and get a few boundaries. That’s one thing Dhoni has been lacking recently. In the IPL, he took that risk early in his innings. I felt he has changed and gone back to how he was, which was good to watch, but he needs to bring that to the International level,” He concluded.

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