After recharging the batteries for four months, Indian ODI skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is all set to mark his presence in the squad to take on the visitors New Zealand.
MS Dhoni’s last ODI appearance came against Zimbabwe in June 2016, where his team won 3-0 which is the first ODI series win in this year after a 1-4 deficit against Australia.
It will be quite dramatic to see how MS Dhoni would make tactical moves against the Kiwis as he is yet to command his team against the visitors at home. This is a real big test for MS Dhoni to spun the web as Virat Kohli led India 3-0 win against the tourists.
MS Dhoni was conducive to winning the ODI series 3-1 against New Zealand away in the year 2009 but surrendered at the hands of Kiwis losing 0-4 in 2014 which was a black day for India.
However, the helicopter shot man would forget the bitter memories and be hoping to create the powers of retention in times to come. New Zealand struggled to dominate India in India as their only win in India came in 2003 in Cuttack.
India are currently ranked fourth (110 points) in the ODI rankings behind New Zealand’s 113 points. With home conditions being conducive to India, they will look to get the better of the Kiwis. For India to surpass New Zealand, a 4-1 win will surely make way for the hosts to cement the spot.
The first ODI of the five-match series between India and New Zealand is scheduled to take place at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Stadium in Dharamsala on October 16 (Sunday).