‘MS Dhoni will bat higher up the order only if…’: Michael Clarke | Cricket News

Apr1,2024


New Delhi: Demands have increased after his brilliant performance against Delhi Capitals Mahendra Singh Dhoni To bat in the upper order. However, Michael Clarke He believes that the former Chennai Super Kings captain will continue at number eight and move up only when the game is “on the line”.
Although Dhoni's unbeaten 37 off 16 balls at number eight did not prove to be enough, his devoted followers believe that had he batted higher up the order, the result would have been different.
Like Dhoni, Clarke is a World Cup-winning captain, and he said the Indian icon will serve as a finisher.
“I don't think he will do that. I think he will stay where he is. I think every MS Dhoni fan wants to see him as high up the order as possible. We have all said throughout his career that he should be able to open. Must bat,” Clarke told Star Sports.
“But look, he is at a stage of his career where he has been removed from captaincy. I don't think he will come higher up the order. I think if there is a game at stake and he needs to go higher up the order Because it's what's best for the team, I'm sure he'll do it.”

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During his cameo against Delhi Capitals, Dhoni hit a blistering six over extra cover and then in the 20th over, he hit a six with one hand over mid-wicket.
The 42-year-old had undergone knee surgery last year; He last competed for India in 2019.
“…Just because he's hitting the ball so well, I don't think you'll see him batting in the top five or top six. I think he's talented at dancing. He's probably the best batsman ever. My best finisher is Saw. So, I think they will continue to use him in that role,” Clarke said.

Former Australian captain Steve Smith said that Dhoni's position above the eighth position can help CSK.
“Let's bring him up the order. I think tonight he didn't leave the middle of the bat. It was incredible to see. I think Jadeja at the other end was really struggling to find the middle area.
“He bowled really well for them, but MS came out on strike there. Obviously, his first ball went across the boundary and then from there, he barely missed the middle of the bat. It was great to see and I think “Fans want to do that,” Smith said, “watching him rise up the batting order and keep doing that over and over again.”
(With PTI inputs)



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