Ahead of the opening ODI of the five-match series against New Zealand, Dhoni said today (October 15) that they had identified "a few" batsmen who could fit into the role of a "finisher". (Dhoni speaks on split captaincy)
The skipper, however, did not reveal the names as it could put "undue pressure" on those individuals. (Am using Kohli's captaincy skills in ODIs: Dhoni)
"It is one of the most difficult things (finishing the game) to do in cricket. It is not just about 6 months or 1 year you have to get used to that role and responsibility, to have that self-confidence too. You have to keep on doing what is required of you over a period of time," Dhoni said on Saturday.
He continued, "Once you find a good finisher they are the ones who will keep batting at that slot for maybe 8 to 10 years. I think one of the biggest challenges in subcontinent, I feel finisher is somebody who bats at 5, 6, 7. To some extent maybe 4. But for me it is more 5, 6, 7. Lot of time they don't get opportunity (in subcontinent).
"If the top order is batting really well and doing the bulk of the scoring then your role completely changes. That is the time you have to keep up with the pace of the game and the requirement also. Lot of times in India, the lower order doesn't get a change to bat. It becomes more and more difficult for a youngster to come in and fill in that space.
"As far as identifying individuals who can do the job, we have identified a few but still we would like to keep the names to ourselves. The reason being we don't want any undue pressure on individuals who would be batting at those slots trying to do the finishing job."
For the series against New Zealand, Dhoni said he might bat up the order.
"I may bat slightly up the order now. This team will give me an opportunity to bat at the number I am looking for. But still it will be quite low. It is not like number 4 where I could bat. But it will be relatively higher than what I am used to in the last few years," he said.