I Would Be Happy If Dhoni Bats At Four: Rohit Sharma

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| January 13 , 2019 , 13:43 IST

Team India lost the 1st ODI against Australia by 34-runs despite Rohit Sharma's ton at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Saturday.   

Indian team vice-captain Rohit Sharma revealed that MS Dhoni should bat at No.4, although adding that the iconic former skipper is ready to fit in anywhere for the team's cause.

The former India captain's 51 off 96 balls, in the 137-runs stand with Rohit, had helped India recover from three early setbacks.

Speaking to media, Rohit Sharma said, "Personally, I always feel that Dhoni batting at number four will be ideal for the team but we have got Ambati Rayudu who has done really well now at number four. It totally depends on what the captain and coach think about it. Personally asking, I would be happy if Dhoni bats at four."

Rohit differed with his captain Virat Kohli who had previously said that Ambati Rayudu was his preferred No.4 batsman.

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Team India at one stage were struggling at 4/3 chasing 289 for victory before Rohit, who scored his 22nd ODI hundred, and Dhoni with his 68th ODI fifty stitched together a 137-run stand for the fourth wicket.

"If you look at his (Dhoni's) overall batting, his strike rate is around 90. Today was a different scenario, when he came out to bat we had already lost three wickets and Australia were bowling pretty well. You just cannot go out and get 100-run partnership easily. So we took a little bit of time and even I did not score as quickly as I normally do," Rohit said.

"I took my time too because we wanted to get that partnership and losing another wicket at that point, the game would have been dead there and then. So, we had to play dot balls and build a partnership."

"It is pretty simple with him and he does not complicate things. We spoke about building a partnership because it was crucial at that point," India's vice-captain added.

"It was great to see him come and bat at number five. We lost three wickets but he is keen to get those runs as well. Over the years, he has shown he is ready to bat anywhere for the team and score runs," he added.

When asked if India's middle order was struggling to deliver, Rohit said, "We knew we can put some of the bowlers under pressure. Unfortunately, we kept losing wickets at the wrong time; the first three wickets and then when we were going strong with that partnership, unfortunately MS got out and then we knew it was going to be hard."

"These things happen, these are the games that will teach you a lot as a batsman, to combat these kind of games when you lose wickets. But we have said enough about learning now. It is time to go and execute, take the pressure and absorb it."

Talking about other batsmen down the order, he said: "We believe in (Ravindra) Jadeja to play those cameo innings when required but the asking rate was way too much when he came to bat and for any batsman to just start playing shots is not that easy."