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Former India opener Virender Sehwag has called on captain Virat Kohli to let veteran wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni bat higher up the order.
Sehwag’s comments come after India batsman Suresh Raina suggested the same thing.
If India’s top order fires, Dhoni usually comes in towards the end of the innings. But, on the last few occasions this has happened, he has failed to provide the spark the national team need to finish their innings on a high.
With that in mind, Sehwag feels Dhoni will benefit if he is pushed up the order and given more time to craft his innings.
“I believe, there’s still a scope of improvement in India’s middle-order batting line-up. MS Dhoni should play up the order,” Sehwag told India TV as quoted by CricTracker. “I think Kohli fears that if Dhoni comes at No. 4 and loses his wicket early, then there won’t be anyone on the finishing spot. But Kohli should send him up the order and hand the finisher’s role to Manish Pandey or Hardik Pandya or Kedar Jadhav.”
In the recently concluded six-match ODI series against South Africa, Dhoni scored 69 runs at an average of 34.50.