After the Munro storm that guided New Zealand to a challenging total of 196, Kohli could only watch the players come and go. India was stranded at 4-67 when Dhoni came in at no. 5. At that time, the run-rate went beyond 10 runs per over. When Kohli was striking well, Dhoni couldn’t get going right from the ball one which was expected from him at that point. Though he smashed the ball later, it was in a losing cause as the game was already over.
Dhoni takes time to settle then smash it all over the park taking the team to the finish line. Using him as the finisher is not working out for the team in the recent times especially in the T20I. Whereas, Pandya is flourishing well with his intense hitting.
Since 2015, the number 4 spot is creating all sorts of trouble for India. 10+ players have tried the position and most of them failed.
In the last T20I, Shreyas Iyer came ahead of Kohli and had a quick start but couldn’t capitalize. Kohli was in at 4 and was the lone man fighting for the victory.
Dhoni cannot be entirely blamed because the top order flunked. But the question is if Dhoni was in early, would he be more destructive?
Will Pandya play the role of the finisher?
Like India legends-Laxman, Agarkar said is it the time for Dhoni to call it a day in T20I?
Thoroughly, the age is just a number for him but when it comes to batting it’s a concern.
With many youngsters still waiting for their chance, it’s time for Dhoni to make a call. Normally, he will let his bat do the talking. Time is ticking for him to make a decision.