As India lost 1st ODI against Australia in Sydney, Virat Kohli had expressed that former skipper MS Dhoni might not be the right choice for No. 4 but vice-captain Rohit Sharma differs from Kohli’s viewpoint.
After hitting a century against Australia in Sydney, Rohit Sharma has said that he still believes that India’s World Cup winning captain is the most suitable for No. 4 but he also added that Ambati Rayudu is no less a batsmen and has impressive skill set.
“Personally, I always feel that Dhoni batting at number four will be ideal for the team but we have got Ambati Rayudu who has done really well now at number four. It totally depends on what the captain and coach think about it. Personally asking, I would be happy if Dhoni bats at four,” said Rohit in a post match press briefing.
While chasing a target of 289, India was reduced to 4 for 3 when Rohit and Dhoni set up a 141 run stand to bolster India’s chances to win the match, but it failed to do so.
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“If you look at his (Dhoni's) overall batting, his strike rate is around 90. Today was a different scenario, when he came out to bat we had already lost three wickets and Australia were bowling pretty well. You just cannot go out and get 100-run partnership easily. So we took a little bit of time and even I did not score as quickly as I normally do,” added Rohit Sharma, who made 133 runs off 129 balls.
While explaining about his innings, Rohit said, “I took my time too because we wanted to get that partnership and losing another wicket at that point, the game would have been dead there and then. So, we had to play dot balls and build a partnership.”