MS Dhoni during Sri Lanka series    AFP
MS Dhoni during Sri Lanka series AFP

MS Dhoni has quashed all his critics after his stellar performances against Sri Lanka, followed by a resilient half-century in the face of danger against Australia.In the last 9 ODIs, after 2017 Champions Trophy, Dhoni has been dismissed only twice. He has plundered 4 fifties, and two scores read 45* and 49*. During this phase, he has batted at No. 6 as many as 5 times.Former Australia captain Michael Clarke believes that Dhoni s batting position does not matter.

He can bat wherever he likes. If the Indian team feels he needs to bat at No. 4 or No. 5 or No. 6, I don’t think he will have any problem. I don’t think India need to change anything right now, said Clarke, according to a report published in Cricbuzz.

In a 50-over game, it doesn’t matter what position you are in. What matters is the match situation and how many overs are left. He assessed the situation very well in Chennai and batted beautifully, added Clarke.

Along with Hardik Pandya, Dhoni escalated India to 281 for 7 from a stuttering position of 87 for 5 in the first ODI against Australia at Chennai. The duo added 118 runs together. The partnership helped India seal the first game of the series.

Keeping 2019 World Cup in mind, Clarke dished out a clearer plan for India.

I would prefer to have Dhoni batting at No. 5. With Virat Kohli at No. 3 and Dhoni at No. 5, the youngsters in the team can bat around them. In my book Dhoni is one of the best middle-order players to have played one-day cricket. He knows how to read an innings, sums up the conditions and sets up the game, or wins it for his team. How many times have we seen him doing that? And let’s not forget that he is still the best wicket-keeper in the world.

Dhoni, for the matter, is the only cricketer to register 100 ODI stumpings.