World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni should be India’s No. 5, says Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgAs the Indian team works on getting the batting order right for the 2019 World Cup, legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar feels India’s usual No. 5, MS Dhoni, should be batting at the same spot in England.Lately, India’s number 4 has become a musical chair affair with a couple of batsmen being tried at the spot. With an endless debate on the best suited player for three down, India vice-captain Rohit Sharma had suggested that MS Dhoni should be moved promoted to play at No. 4.Disagreeing with Rohit Sharma, former India opener and 2011 World Cup winning member Sachin Tendulkar said that Dhoni is ideal choice for 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 told in an interview to ESPNcricinfo.”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,” Tendulkar said.In preparation for the World Cup 2019, India have tried a series of batsmen at No.4. Ambati Rayudu, Rishabh Pant, Vijay Shankar and Dinesh Karthik were the choices for the slot. (Read: Rahane County debut)With Ambati Rayudu and Rishabh Pant not finding their place in India’s 15-men squad for the World Cup; Vijay Shankar, Dinesh Karthik and KL Rahul are the options left for the side.advertisement”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.Earlier, former India captain Anil Kumble had also suggested to move Dhoni a spot up so that experienced batsman could settle down on the crease and get enough time to do the business right.However, India captain Virat Kohli had been clear in his choice to keep Dhoni as India’s No. 5 to finish the matches for the side.MS (Dhoni) batted at number 4 in 2016 for a while. After that he has been pretty happy playing at number 5 and 6 for the team. I personally feel number 5 is the best-suited spot for him because that allows him to get some game time, finish games off and attack as and when required, Kohli had earlier said.During the India tour of Australia, MS Dhoni batted at the No. 4 for the side in the third ODI and scored an unbeaten 87 off 114 balls as India went on to win the match by 7 wickets.The Indian team will now begin its preparations for the World Cup with two practice matches against New Zealand (May 25) and Bangladesh (May 28) before they begin their campaign in the main tournament against South Africa on June 5.Also Read | World Cup Countdown: 1983 – Indira Gandhi declares public holiday after India create historyAlso Read | 50 overs and coloured jerseys: How Cricket World Cup has evolved since 1975Also Seelast_img