MS Dhoni suffers an injury ahead of first ODI against Australia in Hyderabad

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 01 March 2019, 03:37 PM
India will play up against Australia for a five-match ODI series (Image Credit: Twitter)
India will play up against Australia for a five-match ODI series (Image Credit: Twitter)
HIGHLIGHTS
    • MS Dhoni suffers a severe injury. 
    • KL Rahul or Rishabh Pant may well be asked to keep wickets. 
    • India will play up against Australia for a five-match ODI series.

India's wicket-keeper batsman MS Dhoni suffered an injury ahead of the first of five one-day Internationals. Dhoni sustained an injury on his right forearm while taking throwdowns from the team’s support staff member Raghavendra. The former Indian skipper had a long net session and unfortunately was hit on the right forearm.

It was one such delivery from Raghavendra that kicked up and Dhoni was hit on the right forearm. The veteran was in some pain and didn't bat after that precautionary measure.

Whether the injury is serious enough to make him doubtful for the opening ODI couldn’t be ascertained. A final call is expected to be taken by the evening. I case Dhoni is unavailable, then Rishabh Pant is expected to don the big gloves. That is the most likely option in case Dhoni fails to get fit in time.

If the team management is keen on checking all the fringe batting options, then KL Rahul and Ambati Rayudu could both play in the XI with Rahul keeping. India is aiming to bounce back in the five-match ODI series after losing both the T20s. 

Meanwhile, India will play a limited-overs series against Australia, starting from March 2 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad. This will also be India's last assignment before the forthcoming World Cup and will look to continue their dominance in the 50-over format. However, it will be interesting to see if it actually happens as they lost the T20 series against them. 

First Published: Friday, March 01, 2019 03:24 PM
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