As the Men in Blue gear up for the 12th edition of the World Cup, former legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar is of the opinion that the former skipper MS Dhoni should bat at No 4 for the majority of the tournament in the quadrennial event slated to be played in England and Wales. India who is heavily reliant on their top 3 has tried out a few options at No 5. However, in the big event like a World Cup, there shouldn’t be any dilemma in picking MS Dhoni for the role.
In the last few months, the batting position of MS Dhoni has been flexible. Despite MSK Prasad claiming that Vijay Shankar could be the potential No 4 for the tournament, India limited overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma feels that Dhoni should be promoted to No 4 for the showpiece event. Mentor of Mumbai Indians, Sachin Tendulkar didn’t agree as he feels Dhoni should bat at No 5.
“My personal opinion is Dhoni should be batting five. I still don’t know what the team combination would be, but if you are going Rohit and Shikhar as openers, to Virat [Kohli] at No. 3 and whoever at No. 4 then Dhoni could be No. 5. Then Hardik Pandya, an explosive player, follows them,” Sachin Tendulkar was quoted as saying by the ESPN Cricinfo in an interview.
“That way the experienced batsmen are well spaced out and Dhoni can stretch the game towards the end where he himself can be explosive along with Hardik,” Sachin Tendulkar further added.
India had gone for a few options for the No 4 spot in the recent past. However, the omission of Ambati Rayudu and Rishabh Pant has meant that India is left with very little options for the No 4 spot. It could be Vijay Shankar, Dinesh Karthik or KL Rahul who takes up the position. However, depending on the conditions, MS Dhoni might also play at that particular position.
“Now, a number of things have been discussed as far as slot No. 4 is concerned, but I feel if you have quality batsmen then they should be able to adjust their style of play at whichever number they are asked to bat. I think we have that quality which can go out and deliver at whatever number they have been sent,” Tendulkar said.