India captain Virat Kohli feels MS Dhoni is best suited to bat at number five, his deputy Rohit Sharma wants to see the Indian wicketkeeper at No. 4. With the World Cup a few months away, Dhoni's batting spot has become the talking point even more after his heroics in the just-concluded ODI series that India won 2-1 against Australia.
Dhoni, who was under the scanner for his fifty in the first ODI that India lost, came back strongly with the bat to help India win the last two ODIs. He may have scored three fifties on-the-trot, including a series-clinching 87 off 114 balls at No. 4, but that has not made Dhoni claim sole ownership of the batting slot. He is still ready to float in the middle order.
"I am happy to bat at any number. The important thing is where the team needs me. Whether I play at 4 or 6, we need to see if the team balance can be retained. I'm happy to bat lower down at 6. I can't say I can't bat at No. 6 after playing 14 years," he said after the third ODI.
From debating whether Dhoni should be a part of India's set-up going into the World Cup to now thinking what batting position suits him the best, the ODI series win in Australia has changed the scenario altogether. Whatever the case, the situation just augurs well for Team India going into the game's biggest event.