Dhoni revels in freedom to play at No. 4

MS Dhoni walked in at No. 4, more importantly as early as the ninth over, ahead of Manish Pandey against New Zealand in the 3rd ODI and struck a vital partnership with Virat Kohli to put India on course for an easy victory. After the game, the Indian captain revealed that he is considering playing at that position for the rest of his career and leave the finishing off the innings to the 'younger' guys. "We were having a conversation in the team management about the things we want to do. One of the things was for me to play free cricket," he said . "The first thing that helps [when batting at No.4] is you are only two down. It was important for me to start with a positive intent. I could have got out, but that is the risk you can afford to take if you are batting at No. 4."
Batting at No.4, Dhoni said, freed him up to play the big shots right from the start. "It was something that I wanted to do for a long time, but if you are batting at No.5 or No.6, and especially when your top order is batting brilliantly, you don't get to chance to bat how you want to bat," he said.

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