Asia Cup: MS Dhoni's Batting Woes Compound India's Middle-order Conundrum

MS Dhoni walks again after being dismissed on the Lord’s. (AFP)

Ever since his debut in 2004, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has emerged as one of many pillars of the Indian middle-order. The function has change into much more essential in the previous couple of years, the place India have tried totally different combos within the middle-order. Nonetheless, with World Cup lower than a yr away, the crew administration is but to resolve the puzzle.Dhoni, who was identified for his boundary hitting means, has struggled this yr and has a strike charge of 70.47 – his worst in a calendar yr since his debut. His balls per boundary can be the bottom – at 17.50 – ever since his debut in 2004.

MS Dhoni's Balls per boundary

In South Africa earlier this yr, Dhoni managed to attain simply 69 runs at a strike-rate of 81.17 in 4 innings – which included an unbeaten 42 at Johannesburg. Although he batted in solely two innings in opposition to England, the story adopted the same pattern as he had a strike charge of 63.20 and struggled to search out boundaries.

He has been batting at no.5 and no.6 in ODIs – a place at which it’s a must to are available and begin discovering the boundaries instantly. Dhoni typically struggles to do that and wishes time to settle in earlier than he can begin going for his pictures. India have tried to cut back the strain on Dhoni by giving the function of the finisher to Hardik Pandya. Dhoni has proven that he can act as the proper anchor for different batsmen to go huge – as we noticed in opposition to Australia in Chennai in 2017, the place he performed second-fiddle to Pandya, which helped India get well from a poor begin and find yourself with a match profitable rating.

With Dhoni assured of a spot within the 2019 World Cup crew, the assume tank would possibly effectively be tempted to attempt the wicket-keeper on the no.four spot, the place he would get to play much more deliveries and may afford to take time to settle in.

Nonetheless, India now has solely 24 ODIs left earlier than their first World Cup match and it will likely be higher for each Dhoni and the crew if the 37-year-old has a transparent thought of what is anticipated of him from the bat.

First Revealed: September 17, 2018, 5:04 PM IST


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