Former India captain MS Dhoni returned to India after a successful tour of Australia and New Zealand. The 37-year-old has been in ominous touch. Before the start of the tour, there were question marks over Dhoni’s inclusion for the World Cup later this year. Dhoni silenced his critics as he bagged the Man of the Series against Australia in ODIs. The veteran has also been phenomenal behind the stumps and has been a big reason for India’s success in limited overs lately. Dhoni landed in India on Tuesday afternoon at the Mumbai airport.
Here are visuals of Dhoni from the airport:
Meanwhile, Dhoni is on the cusp of yet another world record when India host Australia in the upcoming limited overs series. Dhoni is three games away from surpassing Mark Boucher record of keeping wickets in most international matches. Recently, Dhoni became the first Indian to feature in 300 T20s.
Australia will lock horns with familiar rivals in a two-match T20I series followed by a five-match ODI series. It will also be the last chance for both the teams to getting their combinations in place ahead of the ICC World Cup later in the year in England (Australia will play Pakistan later while the Indian players will be featuring in the IPL). While the T20Is will be played from 7 pm local time, all the ODIs will start from 1:30 pm local time.
Australia has already named their squad and the big news is that Mitchell Starc will not be coming to India and Jhye Richardson will be his cover. Aaron Finch would be leading the squad.
Australia T20I/ODI squad: Aaron Finch (c), Pat Cummins, Alex Carey, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa, D’Arcy Short (cover for Marsh)