No plan to bat at No. 3 throughout the T20 World Cup: Dhoni
Indian captain MS Dhoni today made it clear that he has no plans to bat at the number three slot throughout the Twenty20 World Cup and claimed it was part of the team’s experiment with the batting order.cricket Updated: Jun 11, 2009 08:57 IST
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni today made it clear that he has no plans to bat at the number three slot throughout the Twenty20 World Cup and claimed it was part of the team’s experiment with the batting order.
Even though an in-form Suresh Raina seems the more logical choice for the slot, Dhoni has been coming at one down in the Twenty20 World Cup but with little success.
After India’s eight-wicket triumph over Ireland, the Indian captain was asked if he plans to continue occupying the slot for the remainder of the tournament to which Dhoni said,“Not really.”
Dhoni said the team was experimenting with the batting order and hence he was coming at number three.
“We are trying a few things. I think we have to see what combination we are playing with and decide depending on that,” he said.
Dhoni, meanwhile, was relieved with Zaheer Khan’s sterling performance against Ireland as the left-arm seamer grabbed four wickets, besides the Man of the Match award.
“It’s really good that he is back in form,” Dhoni said of Zaheer who was nursing a shoulder injury till the other day.
“We knew he would take one more game to get back to groove and that’s what we saw today. He was back in the groove, swinging the ball and hitting the right areas,” Dhoni said.
First Published: Jun 11, 2009 08:47 IST