Indian captain MS Dhoni is all set to join the Indian squad in Adelaide on December 5 but his participation in the Adelaide Test that begins on 9th December remains uncertain.
Earlier, it was announced that Dhoni had been rested for the first Test of the tour which was originally scheduled to start on December 4 in Brisbane because of an injury he sustained in his thumb and was expected to join the squad after the first test. However, due to some unforeseen circumstances, the dates of the first two tests and the Sydney Test has been revised.
BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel confirmed Dhoni will join the squad in Adelaide well in time for the Test but didn’t elaborate on his selection for the match. “Dhoni will reach Australia as per schedule,” Patel said. “Whether he will play [the first Test] will entirely depend on the team management, as is the case for every match.”
It is understood that Dhoni could opt out of the Adelaide Test to acclimatize himself with conditions. In that case, Virat Kohli will lead India for the first time in tests with Wriddhiman Saha keeping wicket.
It was earlier said that MS Dhoni could play the first Test at Adelaide along with his Aussie counterpart Michael Clarke, who was expected to miss the originally scheduled first test.