MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma    AFP
MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma AFP

Under Rohit Sharma s captaincy in limited-overs series, MS Dhoni has played in different positions against Sri Lanka. In the first T20I, Dhoni was called for at No. 4 and slammed an unbeaten 39. In the second T20I, he was promoted to No. 3 after KL Rahul and Rohit posted 165-run stand for opening wicket. As for the final T20I, he entered at No.6 position considering the situation was tricky and he went on to post an unbeaten 16. He also played the winning shot at Wankhede, the same ground where Dhoni played the winning six making India the World Champions in 2011 World Cup.

In the ODIs, Dhoni piled up 72 runs at 36 while in T20Is he scored 83 runs at 83. Ravi Shastri had already slammed the Dhoni critics asking them to analyse their own careers at the age of 36 and then pinpoint the former captain. Joining the bandwagon now is Rohit.

In an interview with India Today TV, Rohit was shocked over questions being raised on Dhoni s calibre. Considering the recent trends, India s top-order has consumed most runs in limited-overs cricket. The middle-order has hardly any role to play. Rohit believes same is the case with Dhoni.

MS Dhoni s recent form has been good

I am shocked that this question is being raised. If you look at Dhoni’s recent performances, I don t understand why people are still talking about it. It is not about whether he will be part of the 2019 World Cup, his recent form has been good. It (50-over World Cup) is too far and we should focus on what is happening now. He bats at No.6 and does not get to play so many balls as some of us at the top of the order.

Dhoni s batting spot lies with coach and captain

That decision (about Dhoni s batting spot) lies with the coach and captain. I have seen him bat from four to six, and even batted at three in the IPL. That wicket in Rajkot (the second T20I vs New Zealand) was tough and we had lost four wickets when he went into bat. People need to look at the game situation before they talk.