MS Dhoni is undoubtedly one of the irreplaceable cricketers in the history of India. The selectors need to finalize the squad for the upcoming world cup in England. Still, the captain and the selectors are worried about the fragile middle order of India, especially the no.4 batsman in the line- up. Most of the experts believe that Dhoni is the apt batsman for number 4.
Coming to the current scenario, a number of players like Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, and Dinesh Karthik came to bat at No.4 in many occasions but failed to cement their place in the no.4 position. Ajinkya Rahane got multiple opportunities to bat at no.4 but could not cross a century though he reached the score of above 50 runs in many occasions. He played at no.4 in 25 occasions and slammed 843 runs at an average of 36.65 and a strike rate of 83.71. His best score at that position was 89, which seems quite low when his potential was taken into consideration.
Dinesh Kartik played 16 ODIs at a no.4 position but he scored just 362 runs from an average of 36.20 at a strike rate of 67.41. He failed to make the best of the opportunities and hence the selectors need to look for another player. He slammed three fifties from 16 occasions but performed well in other spots recently. His highest score at no.4 was 64*.
Ambati Rayudu seemed an answer to the middle muddle but he did not have vast international experience. He played consistently and slammed 430 runs in 13 innings with a century and three half-centuries off 16 matches. His average at no.4 was 47.07 and strike rate is above 78.
MS Dhoni has an impressive record at no.4 and slammed 1,271 runs from 29 games at an average of 52.95, strike rate above 94.21 along with a century, and 11 half-centuries. His performance at no.4 was the best in his career. He can bat at any position of the line-up and his capability makes him the deserving player at no.4.
He might announce his retirement after the world cup 2019 and wants to bid farewell for his career with his magnificent performance in the world cup and by being a part of the title-winning team once again.