Indian captain Rohit Sharma on Wednesday said the team management's decision to promote Mahendra Singh Dhoni to the No.4 position was a great move, and that it was the ideal position for him.
Dhoni blasted an unbeaten 39 from 22 in the first T20 after being promoted. "MSD, he's just class. No. 4 really paid off. He's played so many games for us, won so many games for us and moving forward, we feel making him bat at No. 4 is ideal," Rohit stated at the post-match presentation ceremony.
"For a long period of time, MS has been finishing games off, but we want him to bat freely now, without that pressure. We were not sure what the ideal score would be, with dew and the wicket playing weirdly. So I thought 180 was a great effort,” he said
Praising KL Rahul and Manish Pandey, he added, "It was a great move, for KL to start at the top. He was not part of the ODI squad, but he came here and showed he belonged. He batted magnificently. And great finish to the innings by MS and Pandey. Pandey hasn't had much game time in the middle, so to come out and bat like that is good," he said.
Rohit also praised Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. "Chahal and Kuldeep have always been our wicket-taking options in the middle. They understand what the team expects and they come out and deliver. No words can describe how good they have been for us," he further said.
--By A Cricket Correspondent