M.S. Dhoni to play Vijay Hazare Trophy ahead of Champions Trophy
The Indian limited overs skipper, M.S. Dhoni, just like last year will utilise his spare time by participating in the Vijay Hazare Trophy next year. The 50-over tournament will start from February 25, a day after the first Test between India and Australia will start. M.S. Dhoni, who retired from the Test cricket in the year 2014 will be free during that time, Vijay Hazare Trophy will be the only tournament that will be in operation in the domestic cricket, thus this will provide him ideal practise before the start of Champions Trophy to be played next year in the month of June.
“To see the number of games available for me – this is a five-match series (against New Zealand), followed by 3 against England and 3 (3 T20Is). So that is not a lot of limited overs cricket. I will go and play the Ranji Trophy one-dayers (Vijay Hazare Trophy for Jharkhand). Overall, there is not a lot of cricket and I have to make the most of it. The more deliveries I play the better it is for me.” said M.S. Dhoni.
Last year, he made an appearance in domestic cricket after a brief period of 8 years playing the same tournament for Jharkhand. He played a total of 7 games and scored a total of 169 runs in 6 innings.Jharkhand qualified to the quarter-final stage of the tournament under the leadership of Indian pacer Varun Aaron.
Playing that tournament will be an ideal practise for him as team India is scheduled to play just 8 more white ball games before the start of the Champions trophy, participating in this tournament will help him to stay in touch with the game. The tournament might also feature Indian players Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Mandeep Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Mohit Sharma and more.
Dhoni was recently seen mentoring the young Jharkhand players and was also appointed as the mentor of the team for the Buchi Babu Trophy played in the month of August this year. His comeback in the state squad will be a big boost for players and the team.
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