An unusual news coming from the Indian cricketing circuit that India’s most successful captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is going to play in the practice matches against the touring English team to get the all important match practice before the start of the one-day international and Twenty 20 international series.
Captain Dhoni played his last competitive match against New Zealand before the start of the test series between India and England. But after that, he has got a long time off and needs to be in good touch. This time Jharkhand team is not going to help him as Vijay Hazare Trophy is a long way from the start. He played in this trophy last year for his Ranji side to get some match practice before Australia series.
England, who are playing five-match long test series right now against India is going to play three ODIs and three T20Is against the same opposition next month. They are going back to their country for Christmas and will go to India after the 2017 starts. They are going to play against India A in two practice matches on 10 and 12 of January in Mumbai (CCI).
Dhoni is enjoying his time off with his state Jharkhand. He has been their mentor if not the player. He has retired from the whites long back and that’s why he doesn’t want to occupy some youngster’s place in the team playing Ranji Trophy. JSCA secretary Rajesh Verma has cleared that Dhoni will not play Ranji at all anyway.
The New Zealand series was not great going for the Indian captain as he didn’t fire as expected. He is losing his finishing ability day by day. He is even finding to rotate the strike difficult in which once he was a Picasso. That is why he wants to find his touch in this England series.
The desperation behind Dhoni’s practice match time is the champions’ trophy tournament which going to happen next year. And ironically these three one-day matches against England are all India has got before the tournament starts. The ODI series against England will commence from 15th of January in Pune followed by games in Cuttack and Kolkata who are hosting other two ODIs.