Indian Wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni is doubtful for first ODI against Australia following an injury during practice session.
Former Indian Captain and current Wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni has suffered an possible injury ahead of their first ODI encounter against Australia to be played tomorrow at Hyderabad.
The reports from Hindustan Times states that the former Indian Captain was hit on his right forearm during India’s last practice session before the game, scheduled on 2nd March.
The 37-year old batsman was practicing his shots when an uneven bounced delivery got the better of him and hit his right forearm. Following which the former Captain was seen in a lot of pain and didn’t resume his training.
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A 2-0 defeat against the visitors in T20I series has put the hosts India in back foot. The hosts would be hoping to reverse the results in five match ODI series. If Dhoni misses the opening game, then he would be the second player after Hardik Pandya to miss the ODI game due to injury.
The injury of the Indian middle order specialist could be a major set back for the hosts. However, there has been no official announcement on Dhoni’s injury from the team management.
If the veteran misses the first ODI, then young sensation and wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant is next on the line to replace the 37-year old cricketer.
Another big achivement by MS Dhoni 🙏 pic.twitter.com/oIgJ1CAKRd
— Mahi Official 7781 (@7781Official) February 27, 2019
With the five-game ODI series against Australia being India’s last international assignment in Blue jersey before the 2011 Champions participate in ICC World Cup 2019, the hosts would be looking to find their perfect 15-member squad.
Missing Dhoni, who was adjudged “Man of the Series” in last ODI series against Australia, would be a big loss for Indian side.
How’s that for a stretch from @msdhoni 😮😮
— BCCI (@BCCI) February 27, 2019