‘Dhoni will bat only when necessary’

‘Dhoni will bat only when necessary’

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IPL 2024: After his aggressive innings against Delhi Capitals, there is a demand to send Mahendra Singh Dhoni higher in the batting order, but Michael Clarke believes that the former Chennai Super Kings captain will do so only when necessary. Dhoni, batting at number eight against Delhi, scored unbeaten 37 runs on 16 balls but his team had to face defeat. After this, Dhoni’s fans are appealing to him to come to bat in the upper order. But former Australia captain Clarke believes that this veteran Indian player will continue to play the role of finisher like before.

IPL 2024: MS Dhoni fans want to see him bat higher in the order: Clarke

He said, ‘I don’t think he will do that. I believe he will come to bat in the current order. I know that every fan of Mahendra Singh Dhoni wants to see him bat as much higher up the order as possible. Throughout his career we all have been saying that he should open the innings.

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Clarke said, ‘At the stage of his career where he has given up the captaincy, I don’t think he will come to bat in the upper order. I believe that he will come out to bat in the upper order only if the team needs him. Clarke further said, ‘Because he is hitting the ball well, I don’t think he will bat at number five or six. He is the best finisher I have seen. So I think the team will continue to use his role in the future also.

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Another former Australian captain Steve Smith believes that the Chennai team will benefit from Dhoni coming to bat in the upper order. Smith said, ‘He should come higher in the order. He is hitting the ball well. It was really incredible to see this while Ravindra Jadeja on the other side was struggling to do so. His fans also want him to come to bat in the upper order.

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