Dhoni and Justin Langer
Dhoni and Justin Langer

Australia’s head coach Justin Langer said that they are in need of a finisher like MS Dhoni in the limited-overs match. MS Dhoni still considered one of the best finishers in world cricket.

The former Indian skipper was last seen in action against New Zealand in the ICC World Cup semifinal, a game India lost. He made himself unavailable for India’s international assignments post the WC exit and was eventually dropped from the BCCI’s list of centrally contracted players in January.

Justin Langer on MS Dhoni

“We’ve been fortunate in the past with a Mike Hussey or a Michael Bevan who are masters at it. MS Dhoni is a master of it, Jos Buttler has been brilliant at it for England,” Langer was quoted as saying by the ICC.

Dhoni- best finisher
Dhoni- best finisher

“What I’ve learned is everyone in the world is looking for it,” he added.

Australia lost their ODI match in a whitewash(3-0) format on their South Africa tour. In the last two matches Mitchell Marsh batted at number six, Langer believes it could serve as a good platform to show his batting talents in the upcoming series.

“So it’s a role that’s there for someone to grab hold of,” said Langer.

“No one at this stage has absolutely secured it, have they? But there are good opportunities there for someone to do that,” he added.

Over the last year, as many as 13 batsmen have occupied positions 4-7 for Australia in ODIs, with nine different batsmen tried out at No.6.

Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis occupied the spot in five matches each, but Stoinis, particularly, misfired in the role, scoring just 27 runs in four innings.

MS Dhoni’s Future

The upcoming edition of IPL will also mark MS Dhoni’s return to competitive cricket after close to 8 months of absence. As pointed out by BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and India’s head coach Ravi Shastri, Dhoni’s international future depends on his performances in IPL 2020 which comes in to consider him in T20 World Cup planned later this year in Australia.