It has been revealed that Indian skipper MS Dhoni is suffering from a hairline crack in his right thumb which forced him out of the ongoing ODI series against Sri Lanka and the upcoming Test series against Australia. It has been announced that MS Dhoni is ruled of the first Test match against Australia at Brisbane and in his absence, it is said that Virat Kohli will lead the side.

It is said that Dhoni was reportedly carrying the injury during the West Indies series but aggravated it on the course of the series, which was called off due to a stand-off between the players and the board.  

According to some sources, that the decision to not include Dhoni for the first Test was just a precaution as the long Australia tour includes the All-Important World Cup.

“He could well have risked playing in Brisbane but eventually it was decided against playing him in the opening Test since nobody wants the injury to recur or aggravate with the World Cup set to start in a little over two months after the Brisbane Test,” the source said.

It was also understood that even the selection committee was confused about the exact nature of Dhoni’s injury when they picked the squad for the Australia Tests and the last two ODI’s against Sri Lanka.

The source also revealed that “On the eve of the meeting, it was said that Dhoni was recovering from a right forearm injury. By the time the selectors finished the meeting, an aide close to Dhoni said it was a wrist injury. Two hours later, BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel told reporters that Dhoni had been advised rest after hurting his right thumb.”

Despite his injury, MS Dhoni has been seen in his ISL team Chennaiyin FC’s home matches at Chennai, doing a commercial shoot for a BCCI sponsor and BCCI meetings.

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