2. Previous experience of batting against the new ball
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In his early days. Dhoni used to bat at No. 3 and even opened the innings in a few occasions. This happened because of former skipper Sourav Ganguly, who ordered MSD to do so. Now Ganguly is the President of BCCI and he might once again push for his successor.
Although it has been long that MSD had faced the new ball. But at time the bowling talent was far better than the current lot. Moreover the pitches in Australia are more co-operative to the batsmen nowadays. The ball will come to the bat nicely and MSD will do a fine job.
Moreover two of Dhoni’s finest knocks came when he batted at the top order. One came against Sri Lanka at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium. The other knock came against Pakistan in Vishakhapatnam. This is really a good point to consider.
3. Can hold one end while Rohit go bonkers
One of Dhoni’s best thing is his defensive strategy. Once Dhoni makes up his mind to hold one end, it become very difficult to get him out. Even after the bowler releases the cherry, MSD can take a nap and then face the ball, such is his strong defensive technique.
Although Rohit takes a couple of overs to settle, but he enjoys a partner who can give him solid company. So if Dhoni holds one end, Rohit can go bonkers from the start. He knows if he gets out, there are other hard-hitters in his absence.
But if Rohit plays a big knock, then everyone knows what amount of damage he can do. Rohit is one such batsman who can take the game away in a span of couple of overs. And for that to happen, he can have MSD as his best partner of crime.