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Stephen Fleming Bats For Dhoni’s Berth In 2019 World Cup Squad

Tanuja Saikhom | 8 days ago

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) coach Stephen Fleming backed the former India skipper MS Dhoni to play in the 2019 World Cup. Praising the star batsman-wicketkeeper, the Kiwi former captain said Dhoni’s strength is immeasurable and he still has the sparks to perform at his best.

Dhoni, who is struggling to bat, was left out for the Twenty20 International squads in the recently concluded series against West Indies and Australia. He was able to reach a paltry 123 runs from seven international T20 matches this year. 

The 2007 World T20 winning skipper has been rested by the selection committee and they are looking for a new option for wicketkeeper slot. 

However, the committee said Dhoni's career in T20s is not yet over. The 50-over squad for the series is expected to be announced soon.

Citing the Jharkhand man’s brilliant performance in previous edition of IPL for CSK, the New Zealander who is also a good friend of the CSK player said Dhoni’s batting was as good as it has been and he needs to have a bit of confidence to continue playing the same way.

Dhoni has scored 1487 runs from 93 matches in the short format cricket at a strike rate of 127.09 since he made his T20 debut in 2006. He recorded an impressive 455 runs in 15 matches with a strike rate above 150 for CSK in IPL 2018.