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Indian National Cricket Team will enter the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019 in England and Wales starting from May 30 as one of the favourites. The presence of former India skipper MS Dhoni will add value to the team and veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh feels the management should give Dhoni the freedom to attack from the very first delivery.

Meanwhile, MS Dhoni has been in good form since the start of 2019. He has scored 327 runs from nine matches this season at a staggering average of 81.75. Dhoni was in complete control of things in Australia when they won the ODI series. He also scored heavily in the recently concluded Indian Premier League to power his side to the finals of the tournament before going down by one run against Mumbai Indians. In the 15 games, he has played, Dhoni has scored 416 runs at an average of over 80 which will be a massive advantage for the Men in Blues.

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Harbhajan Singh said the MS Dhoni is at his best when he starts hitting from the start. The off-spinner also feels the management should give Dhoni and Hardik Pandy the freedom to play their natural game in England. Pandya has been in outstanding form in the recently concluded IPL with both bat and ball and has been crucial to their victorious campaign.

“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 licence to bat the way they want to. No restrictions, only go for the jugular at No 5,” Harbhajan told PTI during an interview.

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Rahul should bat at no 4: Harbhajan

Besides, Harbhajan Singh feels KL Rahul is the perfect option to bat at four going by his technical fluency. Moreover, he has been in fine form for Kings XI Punjab in the IPL as the second highest run-scorer. The selectors have preferred Vijay Shankar for the position, but after a poor IPL stint, the management will look to ponder different options.

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“I don’t see anyone except for KL Rahul fitting into that No. 4 slot,” he concluded.

India will begin their World Cup campaign on June 5 against South Africa at the Rose Bowl Cricket Ground in Southampton.

Ankush Das

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