In a recent interview, Indian's batting coach Sanjay Bangar has revealed that it wasn't his decision alone to send MS Dhoni to bat at No. 7 during the World Cup semifinal vs New Zealand. He said that Dhoni is at No. 5 after Karthik followed by Pandya. Indian lost the match with just 18 runs difference in the match and returned home. The match was played for two days due to the rains and on the first day, India restricted New Zealand to 239/8 in 50 overs. But on the second day, Indian failed to reach the target of 240 and lost the chance to be in the final.
India lost four top order batsmen in just 24 runs in 10 overs before Ravindra Jadeja (77) and Dhoni (50) shared a 116-run raising hopes of the win in Manchester. Nevertheless, their contribution didn't help the team to survive in the game and Indian lost to New Zealand by 18 runs.
The latest buzz about the match is, Dhoni was sent in to bat after Dinesh Karthik who came in at No. 5 followed by Hardik Pandya. This raised many eyebrows. Bangar in an interview to leading daily said, "I am really flattered that people are looking at me from this angle because I am not the sole decision-making authority. Believe me, we assess and go through a lot of situations.
The actual number of Dhoni is at No. 5 says Bangar
Bangar took the responsibility as a batting coach in 2014 and has guided the team in 50 Tests and 119 ODIs. He said, at the start of the World Cup campaign, specific roles were given to the batting group.
"We had also decided that we would have to be flexible in the middle order as far as No. 5, 6 and 7 were concerned because we were looking to maximise the 30-40 over slab.
He added, "Ravi Shastri has categorically stated that it was a team decision. So, I fail to understand why this perception that the decision to send Dhoni at No. 7 was solely mine. Bangar also said that like every other Indian, the team was "extremely disappointed with the semi-final exit", but were "proud of the brand of cricket played".