Former Indian skipper MS Dhoni found backing from Rohit Sharma. Recently, Indian head coach Ravi Shastri too had lashed out at Dhoni's critics for targeting him now and then.
Now, Sharma backed Dhoni and said he was shocked as people still questioned Dhoni's role in the T20 team. He said, "I am shocked that this question is being raised. If you look at the recent performances, I don't understand why people are still talking about it. It is not about whether he will be part of the 2019 World Cup, his recent form has been good."
"It is too far off and we should focus on what is happening now. He bats at No. 6 and does not get to play as many balls as some of us at the top of the order," Rohit told India Today in an interview with Boria Majumdar.
Rohit captained Indian side after Virat Kohli decided to spend time away from cricket. India's stand-in skipper played Dhoni up in the batting order at number 4 and he got good returns.
Given the recent numbers then, should Dhoni bat up the order more regularly now?
"That decision lies with the coach and the captain. I have seen him bat from four to six, and even batted at three in the IPL. That wicket in Rajkot (the second T20I vs New Zealand) was tough and we had lost four wickets when he went into bat. People need to look at the game situation before they talk," Rohit said.