Sourav Ganguly thinks MS Dhoni's struggle with the bat has been going on for more than a year

Sourav Ganguly thinks MS Dhoni’s struggle with the bat has been going on for more than a year

He also felt that India should move on from Raina now.

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

MS Dhoni’s struggles in the ODI series against England have come under the scanner. He struggled to get going in the last couple of matches which has left everyone scrutinising the performance of the veteran. Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has also joined in the debate and he wants Dhoni to build an innings without playing many dot balls while batting in the middle-order.

India’s middle-order muddle is not getting solved for a long time now and Dhoni’s form has been an added concern for the team management. His strike-rate of around 70 in the last two innings killed all the momentum and the wickets kept on falling at the other end. On Tuesday, he took the game deep and was dismissed in the 46th over to leave India reeling at 221/7 and eventually the score they put up on the board was not enough at all.

Move on from Raina

Sourav Ganguly felt that MS Dhoni has not been turning it around for Team India after taking time to settle early on. He believed that the wicketkeeper-batsman needs to rotate the strike but also pointed out that he is struggling at the moment. With the World Cup set to take place after 11 months in England, it is important that the team sort out their issues.

“If Dhoni has got to play then he has got to get in a position where he keeps hitting. If it is 24-25 overs and he has got to build an innings, he is struggling at the moment. He may turn it around as he has been a great player for India but at the present, he is not turning it around enough and this has been going on for more than a year,” he said while speaking while analysing the match for the broadcaster.

Suresh Raina couldn’t do much in this series and could only muster only 47 in two outings. He was dismissed for only 1 run last night and Ganguly feels that the selectors must move on from the southpaw now. “With all due respect, I think there are better players around. He has played for a long period of time. He has got runs in ODIs, not many overseas, but India need to look ahead,” Dada added.

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