Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s stint in the recently concluded series Down Under has been an impressive one. Following an unsuccessful 2018 with the bat, MS Dhoni has answered all the critics with his ‘Man of the Series’ award after over seven years. He scored 193 runs in three matches to become only the fourth Indian to record 1000 ODI runs in Australia after Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.
Dhoni batted at No. 5 position in two of the games and at No. 4 position in the last ODI. When Dhoni agreed to bat at any position based on the team’s requirement, there has been a talk for quite some time regarding his batting position. Apart from the fans and media, former players and cricket experts are also sharing their opinions on the same. According to the former Australia captain, Michael Clarke a senior and experienced player like Dhoni can bat comfortably at any position.
He explained how Dhoni changed his approach and strategy based on the game’s requirement on the given day. He took time to settle on the crease in third ODI whereas for the second match his approach was completely different. “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.
Clarke believes that MS Dhoni can deliver at any position in the middle order and he also has complete faith on the Indian skipper for the same. “Any position 4, 5 or 6. He is good enough to bat at any position and I believe Virat will use him accordingly,” Clarke said in an interview.