When Dhoni left captaincy last year, he came at No. 4 to bat on few occasions and even scored runs. This was almost clear that now Dhoni also wants time to settle down and he is no longer a finisher like he used to few years ago. It was also stated that MSD would bat up the order from now onward because of the rise of some pinch hitters like Hardik Pandya etc.
But…Its yet another past and Dhoni is still batting at No. 5 or 6 because of some extraordinary stuff from KL Rahul. His position might be fixed as No. 3 or 4 depending upon where skipper Kohli would want to bat. If we look at the batting order, tentatively it is Rohit, Dhawan, KL Rahul, Kohli, Raina or DK and then Dhoni.
World Cup is almost 10 months away and now no one would want to change the order. If KL is performing best at No. 3, then the first preference would surely be given to him because of his skilful batting at top of the order. So, it is almost clear that MSD would be in the side as a finisher only alongside Hardik Pandya.
What do you think on this? Can he still hit those massive sixes off 140 kmph? In English conditions, its quite tough but this limited-overs tour for the former skipper against England will prove whether he can bat as a finisher or not.