Former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Friday said he is ready to bat at any position for India.
Dhoni was adjudged the man of the series after he guided India to a seven-wicket series-clinching win in the third ODI against Australia.
Batting at number four, Dhoni, who generally bats at six, anchored India’s chase with an unbeaten 114-ball 87.
“I am happy to bat at any number. The important thing is where the team needs me,” said Dhoni, when asked where he wants to bat.
“Whether I play at 4 or 6, we need to see if the team balance can be retained. I’m happy to bat lower down at 6. I can’t say I can’t bat at No. 6 after playing 14 years,” he said after the match.
Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav shared a 121-run partnership for the fourth wicket while chasing a tricky target of 231.
Dhoni said, “It was a slow wicket, so it was difficult to hit whenever you wanted to. No point going after the bowlers, who were bowling well, so we wanted to take it deep and that was the plan.
“Of course, supported brilliantly by Kedar, who plays unorthodox shots. He did a great job in executing.”
India captain Virat Kohli praised the team for the win.
“It wasn’t a great wicket to bat on, so we had to take it deep, but they were professional in getting the job done,” he said.
“Kedar with bat and ball is always handy. Kuldeep had played a few games, so you don’t want to make things too predictable. So we brought on Yuzvendra Chahal, and he played beautifully.”
It is the first time India remained unbeaten on Australian soil in all three formats and Kohli said it augurs well for the World Cup.
“It’s been an amazing tour for us. We drew the T20 series, won the Test and the ODI series. We are feeling confident and balanced as a side with the World Cup in mind,” he said.
Playing his first match in the series, Chahal sizzled with a maiden six-wicket haul to be adjudged the man of the match.
“I enjoyed bowling for the first time in Australia (internationals),” Chahal said.
“The ball was spinning a little bit, so I planned to bowl slow and vary my pace. Looking forward to the New Zealand series.”