Finisher MS Dhoni best suited in lower middle order, says Suresh Raina

first_imgFinisher MS Dhoni best suited in lower middle order, says Suresh RainaMS Dhoni has played 340 ODIs and scored more than 10,000 runs at an average of just under 51. His role as a finisher is crucial for India’s World Cup campaign with the team’s number four batting position still to be sealed.advertisement Reuters New DelhiMarch 6, 2019UPDATED: March 6, 2019 13:09 IST MS Dhoni has been in good form this year (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSuresh Raina says MS Dhoni will be an asset in India’s lower middle order at this year’s World CupMany believe Dhoni is no more the finisher that he was before”For MS, the ideal position would be number five or six,” Raina saidMahendra Singh Dhoni’s finishing skills remain unmatched and the former captain will be an asset in India’s lower middle order at this year’s World Cup, former teammate Suresh Raina told Reuters.The sight of Dhoni depositing Sri Lanka seamer Nuwan Kulasekara into the Wankhede Stadium stands to seal victory in the 2011 World Cup final is etched in the memory of most Indians.No target was deemed out of reach with the hard-hitting right-hander at the crease but that clean striking and fluid swing of the heavy bat are rare these days and many believe Dhoni is no more the finisher that he was before.His sharp glovework makes Dhoni India’s first choice wicketkeeper in limited-overs cricket but his batting position for the World Cup continues to be debated.”For MS, the ideal position would be number five or six,” Raina, who is an integral part of the Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings side in the Indian Premier League, said in an interview.”He is such a keen reader of the game and brings years of experience. When required he can build up an innings and his finishing skills are unmatched.”Dhoni has played 340 ODIs and scored more than 10,000 runs at an average of just under 51. His role as a finisher is crucial for India’s World Cup campaign with the team’s number four batting position still to be sealed.That has led to suggestions that captain Virat Kohli, also the team’s best batsman, should bat a place lower than his usual number three spot.advertisement”I think number three or four should be good (for Kohli),” Raina, a member of India’s 2011 World Cup team, said. “If the top order topples quickly, we need someone like Kohli to keep it together.”Raina believes top-ranked England will be a strong contender with their home advantage while India, Australia, West Indies and New Zealand are the other teams to watch out for.”For me the most balanced team will win the World Cup,” the 32-year-old said. “English conditions are helpful for the seamers but in the recent years we have seen spinners also do well.”Last year when I was playing against Ireland and England, our wrist spinners did really well. Team India is shaping up really well in this regard, a healthy mix of youth and experience.”And a pace attack that is bowling beautifully in all conditions. No grey areas as such.”Once considered an automatic selection in India’s limited-overs sides, Raina played the last of his 226 one-dayers in July, 2018.An aggressive left-handed batsman and a part-time off-spinner, Raina is also known for his electric fielding and the all-rounder still harbours hopes of making the World Cup squad.The IPL, which starts later this month, will be his last opportunity to impress the selectors before the World Cup kicks off on May 30.”I have a mix of activities that I do, I am currently doing a lot of high intensity workouts in the gym, followed by strength and conditioning sessions,” the IPL’s leading run-scorer said.”I’m at the nets three-four times a week. The Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy [India’s domestic Twenty20 competition] has given me some match practise before the IPL.”As an Indian player my job is to work hard and hope for the best.”Also Read | Virat Kohli full of praise for Vijay Shankar: Showed a lot of mental characterAlso Read | India second team after Australia to register 500 ODI winsAlso Read | Virat Kohli on 40th ODI hundred: It’s just a number, more proud of our 2nd inningsAlso Read | Usman Khawaja marvels MS Dhoni’s ability to stay calm in run chasesAlso Read | I don’t fear anything when MS Dhoni is around: Kedar JadhavFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Suresh Rainalast_img read more

Georgia Walsh to be laid to rest

A funeral will be held today for a 7-year-old girl hit by a minivan in the Toronto neighbourhood of Leaside last week.Georgia Walsh was the daughter of Conservative Party of Canada president John Walsh. She died after being struck by a vehicle on July 16.The funeral will be held at St. Paul’s Anglican Church on Bloor Street East at 2:00 this afternoon. Her family is asking that instead of flowers, donations be made in her memory to the Sick Kids Foundation.No charges have been laid against the van’s driver.