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Dhoni at No 6 makes India a different side: Dravid

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Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013, 11:22 [IST]
 
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New Delhi, Feb 28: Former India cricketer Rahul Dravid feels skipper MS Dhoni should continue to bat at No 6 despite his batting exploits in the first Test against Australia.

Dhoni who made a brilliant 224, his career-best Test score against Australia in the second innings of the first Test, ensured he bats at No 6, which was appreciated by the legendary cricketer.

Dravid wants MS Dhoni to bat at No 6

"He has moved up the order a little bit which has given him a chance to play such an innings, batting at number seven is difficult. At six, he will have an established batsman before him and an all-rounder after him," Dravid said.

Dravid feels Dhoni should continue to perform well when India play away Tests.

"From India's point of view, they will want him to replicate this abroad and if he can actually bat at number six abroad, it will make India a different side, it will change the complexion of Indian team, the balance of the team will be different," Dravid added.

Dravid explained the need for Dhoni to play at No 6, as he stressed on the consistency factor than piling up runs coming down the order.

"No one is expecting a 200 from him everytime he plays abroad but a level of consistency abroad will change the complexion of the Indian side," he added.

"I will want him to be at no 6 and I would like him to make a fist of it at no 6 in abroad as well.... It could allow you to play an all-rounder or someone like (Ravindra) Jadeja at 7 and three fast bowlers. Of course Jadeja has to up his own batting. It will give a balance and option to the team. Whether they would have the courage to do it abroad, remains to be seen," said the 40-year-old cricketer.

Dravid lauded Dhoni's career-best knock, as he said the skipper needed reinforcement and the innings just provided him the same, as he had not registered a big score in the last couple of months.

"I don't think a lot of these stuff bothers him. That's why he survived and had a lot of success."

"This innings was important for him from his own point of view. If you keep losing and doing that day in and day out you can become weary of the job. You need some enjoyment, some reinforcement. There is nothing like scoring runs and winning as a captain, you need that reinforcement and this innings will be an reinforcement," he said.

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