India lost the first ODI against Australia in Sydney by 34 runs. Chasing 289 to win, India had lost 3 wickets for just 4 runs. Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni came together and brought some solidity to the innings. Despite Rohit’s brilliant 133, the visitors fell short.
Rohit and Dhoni shared a stand of 137 runs for the 4th wicket. It was necessary for the duo to build a partnership after the early losses. Hence, they took their time initially and didn’t go after the bowlers. Rohit was able to make up for the slow beginning but Dhoni took 96 balls for his 51. The wicketkeeper-batsman was unlucky to be given out LBW as the ball had pitched down the leg side. When he was looking to up the ante, he had to walk back, unfortunately.
Rohit was left stranded at the crease from that point onward. He struggled for support and in spite of a superb century, failed to take the side past the line. Dhoni received criticism for his slow approach but Rohit felt it was important to build a partnership at that stage.
“If you look at his overall batting strike rate its 85-90, around 90. But when he came out to bat today we had already lost three wickets and the guys were bowling pretty well at that point. So we had to respect that spell and we wanted to get partnerships,” said Rohit in the post-match conference.
Would prefer Dhoni to bat at No.4, reckons Rohit
The former Indian captain used to be a wonderful finisher during his peak. But nowadays, his hitting abilities have diminished massively. These days, he has been promoted to No.5 rather than 6 or 7 of the old times. But Rohit Sharma feels it’s best if MS bats at No.4 in ODI cricket.
“Personally always feel that Dhoni batting at number four will be ideal for the team but we have got Rayudu who has done really well now at number four. It totally depends on what the captain and coach think about it. Personally, I would be happy if Dhoni bats at four,” added the Indian vice-captain.