MUMBAI: In movies, lead actors, despite having great lines or scenes written for them, depend on their co-actors’ pauses or reactions or cues to elevate a scene or situation to the next level. The same can be said about sport. ALSO READ: Dhoni should stick to batting at No 4, feels Ganguly “Batting down the order is one of the toughest things to do. You don’t get a (ready-made) player who’s complete, who bats at No.5, 6 or 7, all the time.” Skipper MS Dhoni chose his words carefully while addressing the media as he analysed India’s 19-run defeat to New Zealand to leave the series tied at 2-2, with everything to play for in Vizag on Saturday. That is, if cyclone Kyant is kind enough to allow play. Dhoni is right. Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Mohd Kaif and Dhoni himself developed those skills to finish a game over a course of 15-20 ODIs and repeatedly being put in such situations. In the 1990s, invariably it was Ajay Jadeja and Robin Singh who performed that role. So, what skills are required for batting at that number? Ability to read the situation, the wicket and the calmness to not go too… Read full this story
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