India vs Australia 2019: How much will the absence of former India skipper MS Dhoni affect the composition of the side as the Men in Blue prepare to finalise squad for the World Cup? Dhoni had suffered an injury scare during the Indian team’s net session on the eve of the ODI series opener against Australia in Hyderabad on Saturday. Dhoni sustained an injury on his right forearm while taking throwdowns from the team’s support staff member Raghavendra.
The former India captain had a long batting session at the nets and like all first team, players was taking throwdowns after the formal session.
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 as a 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.
In 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 are aiming to bounce back in the five-match ODI series after losing both the T20s.
Predicted XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (C), Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Vijay Shankar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah
Date & Time: Mar 02, 01:30 PM LOCAL
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad