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Why Gambhir wants Dhoni to bat at No 4 or 5

Source: ANI
April 16, 2021 12:37 IST
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‘You can't be leading when you're batting at number 7.’

Mahendra Singh Dhoni bats during a practice session. Dhoni was out for a duck in CSK's opening IPL game against Delhi Capitals last Saturday

IMAGE: Mahendra Singh Dhoni bats during a practice session. Dhoni was out for a duck in CSK's opening IPL game against Delhi Capitals last Saturday. Photograph: CSK/Twitter

Former India batsman Gautam Gambhir feels that Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni should bat at number four or five and not below that for his side.

Dhoni generally comes in to bat at number 7 and in the first game against Delhi Capitals he failed miserably as he got out for a two-ball duck. His side lost the game by seven wickets despite setting up a target of 189 as Shikhar Dhawan (85) and Prithvi Shaw (72) provided a flying start to the side and stitched a 138-run stand for the opening wicket.

 

Speaking on Star Sports show ‘Cricket Live’, Gambhir said, "MS Dhoni should be batting higher, that's what matters because, ultimately, people should start leading from the front. We keep mentioning this thing that a leader needs to lead from the front. You can't be leading, when you're batting at No.7. Yes, there are issues in their bowling line up."

Gautam further added that Dhoni is not as attacking as he used to be and it is better for him to bat up in the order and set his eyes on the ball.

"Plus, he is not the MS Dhoni, which he used to be probably four or five years back, where he could just come in and start taking on the bowlers from the word go. For me, I think he needs to bat at number four or five. Nothing below that," Gambhir said.

CSK will next play against Rajasthan Royals at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday.

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