Dhoni at No. 4 is ideal for India, says Rohit

Dhoni at No. 4 is ideal for India, says Rohit

India captain Rohit Sharma  on Wednesday said the team management's decision to promote veteran Mahendra Singh Dhoni to the no.4 position in the bating order paid off as he is the "ideal" man for that slot.

India promoted Dhoni up the order and the former skipper responded the team management's decision by making an unbeaten 39 off just 22 balls.

"MSD (Dhoni), he's just class. No. 4 really paid off. He's played so many games for us, won so many games for us and moving forward, we feel making him bat at No. 4 is ideal," Rohit said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

"For a long period of time, MS has been finishing games off, but we want him to bat freely now, without that pressure. We were not sure what the ideal score would be, with dew and the wicket playing weirdly. So I thought 180 was a great effort."

Rohit also complimented KL Rahul, who struck a classy 61 at the top and Manish Pandey (32 not out) for giving Dhoni company in the middle that powered India to 180 for three.

"It was a great move, for KL (Rahul) to start at the top. He was not part of the ODI squad, but he came here and showed he belonged. He batted magnificently. And great finish to the innings by MS (Dhoni) and Pandey. Pandey hasn't had much game time in the middle, so to come out and bat like that is good," he said.

 

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