Dhoni: We could get more from our lower-order

India

India ODI captain MS Dhoni thinks that his team's lower-order batsmen could help the team with more runs as they build their side for the 2017 Champions Trophy and the 2019 World Cup.

India start the process towards those two major tournaments with a three-match ODI series in Bangladesh, starting on Thursday, and Dhoni is particularly happy with his side's top-order batsmen.

Openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have been one of the best opening combinations in world cricket over the last two years, while Virat Kholi's record is impeccable.

Ajinka Rahane is improving all the time at number four while Suresh Raina completes a formidable top-five.

Dhoni said: "If you look at the top four or five batsmen, it seems that if they are fit and are in decently good form they are the ones who may go into the next World Cup or the Champions Trophy.

"Maybe we need to improve the bottom three. No.s 5,6 and 7 – and particularly No. 7 – because they are very crucial. The reason being the No 7 batsman for you, 90% of the time, has to bowl you 10 overs. So we are still looking.

"Ravindra Jadeja has done a decent job. Last one-and-a-half years, I don't think our bottom order has got a lot of opportunity to bat, especially in the subcontinent. The top order has done a remarkable job because of which the Nos. 5,6 and 7 have not had many opportunities to bat.

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