MS Dhoni spotted at nets after missing out third ODI vs New Zealand

first_imgMS Dhoni had missed out on the third one-day international (ODI) against New Zealand with a sore hamstring but he was back at the nets as India prepared to take on the Kiwis for the fourth ODI in Hamilton. Dhoni is a vital part of India’s World Cup plans and the team management would like to give as many games as possible to the former captain.After struggling with the bat for the entirety of 2018, Dhoni found form in Australia as he smashed three half centuries in the ODI series vs Australia and guided India to a historic win.Dhoni has carried forward that form to New Zealand having scored 48 not out in the 2nd ODI before missing the third due to injury. Not only with the bat, Dhoni holds immense importance for the Indian team with his flash-like wicketkeeping and overall experience.If Dhoni is fit and fine ahead of the 4th ODI on Thursday, he is likely to feature in the playing XI, which will be captained by Rohit Sharma after Virat Kohli has been rested for the rest of the tour.Having sealed the series 3-0, India are expected to make a couple of changes to the team and give chances to the players on the bench to make a case for themselves.Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Siraj and Vijay Shankar were also seen honing their skills in the nets and they will be hoping they get a chances in the coming two ODIs. Khaleel Ahmed (@BCCI Photo) Mohammed Siraj (@BCCI Photo) Vijay Shankar (@BCCI Photo)Apart from these three, regular opener Shikhar Dhawan and Hardik Pandya, who played his first match since September on Monday and performed impressively, were also seen sweating it out at the nets.advertisement Shikhar Dhawan (@BCCI Photo) Hardik Pandya (@BCCI Photo)With the match just a day away, it will be interesting to see if India decide to make changes to the team or stick to the idea of going ahead with a set playing XI and give them as much match practice as possible before the World Cup later this year in England.Sunil Gavaskar, in an exclusive interview with India Today, said he would want India to give a couple of chances to youngster Shubman Gill with the No.3 vacant in the absence of Kohli.”Well because the No.3 spot is vacant, I would want to give Shubman Gill a game, give him a couple of games and see how he fares. If he gets to bat, you will get a fair idea how he is taking to international cricket, Gavaskar said.India are now in full preparation mode with the ICC World Cup 2019 just about half a year away.Also Read | Indian selectors are spoilt for choice and that’s always good: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | India most successful ODI team since 2015 ICC World Cup: Tracing Team India’s journeyAlso Read | An enjoyable dressing room makes a lot of difference, says Shamilast_img

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