‘Kohli at 3, Dhoni 4 and Jadhav 5’: Ganguly suggests middle order for team India

New Delhi: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly said that according to him, India should stick to Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav in the middle-order in the upcoming ODIs ahead of the World Cup later this year.

Ganguly said that the way Dhoni has batted will give him a lot of confidence and the No.4 position is also perfect for him in ODI cricket.

“The way Dhoni has batted in the series…we have seen him play like this after a long time. India have played well and again won a series 2-1 after being 1-0 down.”

Dhoni guided the ‘Men in Blue’ to a series-clinching win against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Friday. He struck a magnificent 87* to power India to a seven-wicket win in the third and the final match of the series as the visitors won their first-ever bilateral ODI series Down Under.  It was his third consecutive fifty in the series and it came as no surprise that the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman received the Man of the Series award for his efforts.

“A lot was said about Dhoni after the Adelaide ODI, where he batted slow but we spoke about how the innings will give him confidence and that is exactly what happened.

“I think Kedar will play No.5 and Dhoni will play at No.4. So I think India will go with this combination only because you gave someone an opportunity and they grabbed it. So Kohli at 3, Dhoni 4 and Jadhav at 5 followed by Karthik.

“No.4 is right for Dhoni because it gives him time to settle in and score runs and build an innings. So this combination is fine,” Ganuly said in in a TV show on Friday.

At 37 years and 195 days, Dhoni became the oldest Indian cricketer to win the Man of the Series award. Earlier, the record belonged to Sunil Gavaskar who achieved the feat against Sri Lanka in 1987 at the age of 37 years and 191 days.