Raina could be promoted up the order, feels Dhoni

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Published: Thursday, January 24, 2013, 11:46 [IST]
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Mohali, Jan 24: Team India skipper MS Dhoni felt middle-order batsman Suresh Raina should be promoted up the order following his consistent performance in the last couple of matches.

MS Dhoni talking to reporters during the post match conference, said that Raina has been performing consistently as he has 194 runs off 4 matches at an average of 97 with a highest score of 89 in the fourth ODI against England at Mohali.

Dhoni wants Raina to bat up the order

"This kind of innings has a lot of value because we have been grooming him like this. At 5, 6, 7, depending on scenarios, you hope that players at those positions have the talent to finish off games. It's not necessary that only one individual must finish the match each time. It's important that those who bat at 5, 6 and 7 make it a habit to win the game," said the captain.

Dhoni having experienced the pressure coming in at No 7, said it was difficult to score more runs when a batsman comes in at No 5 or No 6 as they have to play sensibly to guide the team safe. Since Raina has been doing it consistently, he could be promoted up the order.

"He has learnt it but at the same time, he has to curb his instincts. He is a naturally aggressive player, he loves to play his strokes but he has to curb it for the interest of the team. It will be good if we can give him some chances to bat slightly up the order. At 5, 6 and 7, you don't get much opportunity. The max you get generally is 60 or 70 and if you don't get runs, it's 10 or 15. We will see but definitely we have to give him a bit of chance up the order," Dhoni said after the team's five-wicket win over England at Mohali on Wednesday.


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