Rohit Sharma has slammed the critics who questioned MS Dhoni’s place in the limited-overs squad stating he is shocked by this question time and again. He has also suggested that the team should focus on the things which are happening now and should not be much bothered about the 2019 World Cup.
After Indian skipper Virat Kohli, head coach Ravi Shastri, and chief selector MSK Prasad, it was Rohit Sharma who joined the growing list of people who slammed the people those who are questioning Dhoni’s place in the T20I and ODI squad. During the limited-overs series against New Zealand, critics targetted the former Indian skipper, who took extra time to find his groove and they suggested that Dhoni didn’t deserve a place in the shortest format of the game.
“I am shocked that this question is being raised. If you look at the recent performances, I don’t understand why people are still talking about it. It is not about whether he will be part of the 2019 World Cup, his recent form has been good,” Rohit was quoted as saying India Today TV.
“It (50-over World Cup) is too far and we should focus on what is happening now. He bats at No.6 and does not get to play so many balls as some of us at the top of the order,” Rohit said.
In the absence of Virat Kohli, who took a break during the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka for his marriage, Rohit led the side and under his captaincy, Dhoni batted at No. 4 in the first T20I and smashed an unbeaten 39 runs. In the Indore game, he came out to bat after Rohit and KL Rahul and scored 28 runs. In the last match in Mumbai, Dhoni again came to bat on his usual spot No. 6 while chasing a tricky target and scored unbeaten 16 to seal the series by 3-0.
“That decision (about Dhoni’s batting spot) lies with the coach and captain. I have seen him bat from four to six and even batted at three in the IPL. That wicket in Rajkot (the second T20I vs New Zealand) was tough and we had lost four wickets when he went into bat. People need to look at the game situation before they talk,” Rohit said.