should dhoni bat at number 3 all the time?
February 4, 2007 11:27pm CST
as i think dhoni is there in the team only for his attacking approach. so i think it is better to send him at number 3 so that he can make use of field ristrictions. am i right? .....
5 Feb 07
Sure dhoni has got attacking approach but his true hard hitting style benefits the team more when he bats later in the middle order. He's a natural hitter and not a natural grafter though he adjusts himself to the situation better than any other wild hitters like himeself. At the top order we've got plenty of options like ganguly,tendulkar,sehwag,uthappa to take advantages of field rstrictions and these guys have been doing this all their lives so it might be risky to have them down the order. Whereas with dhoni we've seen in pakistan and after that too he can be as good picking singles as well hitting sixes and fours in the middle and final overs. Moreover before dhoni came to team india we struggled to find a good hitter for final overs and now when we have someone like dhoni to destroy the opposition at the end then why change the combination. So i feel india can benefit big time if dhoni explodes toward the end and that would give the advantage to india in all the matches to come.
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7 Feb 07
Depending upon the situation he should be sent at the number 3 spot, if INDIA looses first wicket around 30 overmark then Dhoni must come at number 3, if INdia loose ealry wicket then either Dravid or Sachin must come at number 3 spot, I think we must use dhonis service after 35th over, this will give him a chance to score runs freely.
7 Feb 07
yes i think dhoni should come at 1 down at some times depending upon the situation .as he is a hitter he should come at 3 down .unespectedly when he is out at 3rd position .india should face some problems .so he must come at 3 down .
9 Feb 07
if u ask me he should be an opener it's the best time to score runs in the begning of the game and since there r fielding restrictions for first 15 overs i think dhoni's perfect timing of balls will definetly help india score a much beetter total always...he is a master blaster like sachin
5 Feb 07
i think it is the most foolish decision to take... already having a hitter as a opener .. whoever it maybe either sehwag or uthappa.... and to hav another hitter who does not know any basics of batting at position three is bound to make india lose the match..further dravid is the best person to be at number three...
5 Feb 07
no....because...v don't hav big hitters in de later stages of de game...when it is required for de team....he is a huge hitter as v all know...shewag,ganguly,sachin would be der 2 utilize de power plays......if v had huge hitters in de team other dan dhoni den v could hav used him at 3.......for xample...indian team whenever it got up 2 a flyer....in de slog overs it never utilised dem 2 full extent as v don't hav huge hitters like dhoni....3rd odi versus wi ....v got de gud start n der were no hitters n v felt short of 50 runz isn't it