Anil Kumble clears the dilemma surrounding MS Dhoni's position in Indian team
MS Dhoni batted at No. 5 in 1st ODI against New Zealand.
New Delhi: MS Dhoni's position in the Indian ODI team has been under scrutiny off late considering the under-par performance Mahi has produced.
With the Champions Trophy in mind, there has been reports that Dhoni might be batting a little up the order after constant questions have been asked of his abilities to finish matches as efficiently as before.
MS batted at No. 5 spot in the 1st ODI against New Zealand in which India restricted the visitors to just 190 runs.
Indian coach Anil Kumble made it clear that the veteran skipper has "enough experience" and "does not need time to settle down".
Asked if Dhoni would be asked to bat up the order keeping in mind India's Champions Trophy defence in UK next year, Kumble was quick to respond: "It all depends on match situations. While chasing you need more experience. As far as MS is concerned, he has enough experience. He has shown over the years that he has enough capabilities as a batsman."
"We don't need to really look close at giving him time to settle in. You will probably see a different batting order depending on different situations."
While flexibility remains key for Kumble, he did say that Manish Pandey is being looked at as a potential No. 4 due to his experience of handling pressure situations for long in domestic cricket as well as the spark that he has shown in his brief international career.
"We have a couple of options. Obviously, Manish is someone who has done really well in recent past. He started off really well in Dharamsala. It all depends on situations, may be someone else could walk up depending on whether we bat first or second. But Manish has shown a lot of promise and performance...Something heartening. He has quite a bit of experience at domestic level unlike Hardik (Pandya) who is new at that level. He is certainly the No 4, we are looking into."
(With PTI inputs)