India’s World Cup squad was announced on the 15th of April, and it came with a couple of surprises for most fans. One of them being the exclusion of Ambati Rayudu, to include Vijay Shankar who is most likely to bat at no.4 in the World Cup. This came after Rayudu has had a dip in form in the past couple of months.
However, former cricketer Krishnamachari Srikkanth feels that MS Dhoni is the man who best fits the no.4 slot in this team.
In his column for the Times Of India, Srikkanth wrote, ” For long, the No. 4 position has been much debated and frankly, I think too much has been made about that. In my opinion, India has a readymade No. 4 in MS Dhoni.”
“Given the manner in which Dhoni played in Australia and in the ongoing IPL, there is no doubt that he has some qualiity left in the tank. Of course, the attacks that Dhoni will pose sterner tests, but that does not mean he can’t carry the team around,” Srikkanth further added.
MS Dhoni has been performing very well in the ongoing IPL as well, with 358 runs from 11 matches, for the CSK.
The former cricketer also wrote about how Dhoni is one of the toughest batsmen to bowl to in 50-overs cricket, owing to his knowledge of the game. Srikkanth also showed belief in his finishing skills. Furthermore, talking about his impeccable wicket-keeping skills, Srikkanth wrote,” The wicketkeeping skills have remained intact. The stumpings against Delhi Capitals proved his ability behind the stumps an alone be the pivot on which matches will turn. His inputs, reflex behind the stumps and form with the bat will will all hold the team in good stead in England.”
“Dhoni is someone who can inspire by just being with the team. With him at the helm, the team wears a different aura and looks almost unbeatable,” Srikkanth concluded.