Harbhajan Singh backs Dhoni
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Team India on Tuesday defeated Bangladesh by 95 runs in a pre-world cup warm-up match. KL Rahul managed to secure himself a potential spot in the starting XI for the upcoming World Cup 2019 on the back of a brilliant 108 off 99 balls. 
Team India on Tuesday defeated Bangladesh by 95 runs in a pre-world cup warm-up match. KL Rahul managed to secure himself a potential spot in the starting XI for the upcoming World Cup 2019 on the back of a brilliant 108 off 99 balls. 
Harbhajan Singh in an interview to a Bengali newspaper says that he hopes India pushes MS Dhoni to no.4 ahead of everyone. 
 
"I don't want Vijay Shankar, KL Rahul might be a better no.4 as he's got a variety of strokes under his belt. And the best thing about watching him bat is when he hits the ball and how his head stays still and focused on the ball. He played so many shots against Bangladesh but you won't have seen his head wobble a single time," he said. 
 
"But if you ask me who my favorite no.4, who would be? I will say its probably MS Dhoni. MSD has been playing at number six-seven for team India as a finisher under a lot of pressure.
 
Now he should be brought up the pecking order as he has the ability and the experience to come in and hit a six and attack any bowler. Me, being a bowler can confirm that every bowler in world cricket is scared of Dhoni. If a bowler is hit for a six on his very first delivery, his entire mindset for the over changes," the CSK spinner added. 
 
Previously also, Harbhajan said that both Dhoni should be allowed to play without any pressure at the World Cup for India. 
 
"I feel he is at his best when he hits from the onset. Some of his best innings have come when he started the onslaught straightaway. I feel the team management should give him and Hardik Pandya the license to bat the way they want to. No restrictions, only go for the jugular at No 5," Harbhajan told PTI during an interview.
 
Harbhajan wants Dhoni to have the same intimidating presence that he and Virender Sehwag had some during their best years of international cricket.
 
"I can tell you how a bowler's mind works. Suppose I am bowling to Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell in tandem, I would be more worried about KP than Bell. I could bowl a couple of dot balls to KP but he had the ability to take me on. Bell, on the other hand, would push for singles. Dhoni like KP can intimidate bowlers. He has that effect," said one of India's greatest spinners.
 
"I don't know for how long MS will be playing but this is his time. He can lead team India's batting at the World Cup from number four. He should be allowed to enjoy while batting and if he gets going, there is no bowler in the world who can stop him from scoring runs. Vijay Shankar has a technique and a cool head I know, but, when you have Dhoni in your ranks then why send Shankar ahead of him? Weather its T20 or ODI, Dhoni's contribution is undeniable," he said. 
 
On the team front, Harbhajan said that there is a bit of worry about the number 4 and 6 slots going into the World Cup.
 
"I don't see anyone except for KL Rahul fitting into that No. 4 slot. So that's a bit of a worry and also No 6 slot where Kedar Jadhav will play. I hope that Jadhav gets fully fit before the South Africa game (June 5) as it is a very important slot," said the member of the two-time World championship winning team.
 
Apart from the world's best batsman Virat Kohli, the other game changer for India would be Jasprit Bumrah. 
 
"Sachin Tendulkar called him world's best fast bowler at the moment. Indeed he is, for the impact he has created. If you take Bumrah out of that India line-up, it's like you rip a heart out of the body. He is that precious. He is your Virat Kohli of Indian bowling," said Harbhajan.
 
Harbhajan's four semi-finalists are India, Australia, England, and New Zealand.
 
Asked why no West Indies or Pakistan, the veteran off-spinner opined, "I am not saying they can't but New Zealand is a team that does well in big events. The best part of that set up is their boys do the basics well on a consistent basis. That makes a huge difference in a big event," he concluded." 
 
India starts their World Cup 2019 campaign against South Africa on 5th June as the 'Men In Blue' will be looking to kick-off their WC run on a positive note in England.