India vs Australia 2019: India wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni suffered an injury scare during the squad’s training net session on Friday at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.
India wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni suffered an injury scare during the squad’s training net session on Friday at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. The right-arm was hit on his right forearm while taking throw-downs from the Indian team’s support staff member Raghavendra, the news agency PTI reported.
As per the report, the ex-captain had a long batting session at the nets during which he was taking throw-downs like all the first squad players. One delivery bounced a bit and surprised Dhoni and Beat on his forearm.
Dhoni was reportedly seen in pain after the incident and did not bat further in the training session as a precautionary measure.
So far, there have been no statements from the squad on the seriousness of the injury and whether the 37-year-old will be fit to play the first ODI against Australia on Saturday. As per reports, the squad will make a final call by Friday evening.
In case Dhoni is unable to regain his fitness previous to the first ODI, Risabh Pant will get an opportunity to don the gloves in Hyderabad in the first ODI, and will get an opportunity to test his wicket-keeping skills prior to the World Cup tournament in May.
India could also give the taking duties to KL Rahul, who has done so previously for Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab in IPL in the past.
India would be entering the 5-match ODI series after suffering 2-0 defeat in the T20I series against Australia, their first home series loss in any format under Virat Kohli’ captaincy.