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5 reasons why MS Dhoni should not bat at No. 7

Mad Hatter
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4.88K   //    01 Oct 2017, 00:41 IST

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No. 7? Absolutely not

The decision of the Indian think-tank to send MS Dhoni at No. 7 in the 4th ODI of the ongoing series against Australia has baffled fans and pundits alike. For a batsman of his calibre who has done so much for his nation, and time and again expressed his desire to bat higher up the order towards the end of his career, the decision was nonsensical at best.

Not only was it farcical, but it made little cricketing sense, as the wrong batting order may have cost India the game. Fans instantly expressed their displeasure on social media about the decision, with a few pundits also questioning the move.

If Dhoni’s abilities are to be utilised well, India must find a place for him higher up the order. Here are 5 reasons why Dhoni should not bat at no. 7 for India.

Numbers don't lie

Let’s face it: Dhoni is one of the few batsmen in the current squad who has achieved cult status. With close to 10,000 runs and an astounding average of above 50 in ODIs, Dhoni has been the unlikely legend in the batting department. And these numbers are incredible because they were achieved by someone who, for the most part, batted at no. 6 and 7.

When you have a batsman with close to 10,000 runs approaching the fag end of his career, it is obvious that no. 7 is too low for him in the batting order.

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