Chennai: CSK coach Stephen Fleming confirmed that the ‘Thala’ will bat ‘relatively high’ in IPL 2018, but didn’t confirm exactly at which position.
Since 2016 Champions Trophy, Dhoni has featured only once at No. 4 in 19 innings in 50-overs cricket and has mostly found himself playing the role of a floating finisher at No. 6 and No. 7. In the last few T20s, too, he has mostly walked in at No. 6.
MS will bat relatively high. It’s not necessarily a position with him, but a time that we may choose depending on what conditions we see. But he will definitely play a more prominent role as a batsman. We’ve picked (Kedar) Jadhav, (Ambati) Rayudu, (Ravindra) Jadeja & (Dwayne) Bravo so we can plan the middle phase. Looking at our side, there are a lot of multi-skilled players, and while not diminishing their main skills there is a lot of options that we can use,” Fleming said on Monday.
Reflecting on his squad, Fleming harped on the team’s versatility and said there were a number of multi-skilled players. “One of the key things of the squad is the versatility.. combinations are important.. both Indian and overseas.”
Fleming said they had not decided on the opening combination yet adding there were quite a number of players who could do the job.