Dhoni needs to start scoring from ball one: Virender Sehwag

Former India opener Virender Sehwag believes Mahendra Singh Dhoni should be much more aggressive at the start of his innings while chasing big totals.

Speaking to India TV, Sehwag also added that the Indian team management needs to brief the former Indian skipper about his role in the T20 side.

“Dhoni should realise his role in the team. He has to change the momentum early while chasing a strong total. He has to score from ball one and the team management should make him understand this point,” said Sehwag.

Dhoni scored 49 off 37 balls in the second T20I against New Zealand, but his effort fell way short in India’s bid to chase 196. The 36-year-old had a strike rate of 132 at the end of his innings, but the inability to rotate strike has raised a few doubt about his abilities in the shortest format of the game.

In the innings, Dhoni scored 26 runs in boundaries, three fours and two sixes but managed only 23 runs from the remaining 32 deliveries.

“Team India needs MS Dhoni at the moment, even in T20 cricket. He will step down at the right time. He will never block the way for any young cricketer,” said Sehwag.

Sehwag had earlier said that the Indian team was ‘yet to find a suitable replacement’ for Dhoni. The three-match series is levelled at 1-1, with the decider taking place at Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday (November 7).


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