After drubbing hosts Sri Lanka by a 3-0 margin in the Test series, Team India is all set to begin their limited-overs leg of the tour from Sunday when the two teams lock horns at Rangiri International Stadium in Dambulla for the opening ODI of the five-match series.
Without a doubt, the visitors are the clear favourites especially after Sri Lanka’s loss to Zimbabwe pretty recently, but they can’t be taken lightly, as have they showed their potential in the group league match against India during the Champions Trophy.
Meanwhile, the former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni who has managed to retain his place despite indifferent form of late was seen practising some of his explosive shots during India’s net session before the series opener.
In the video posted by the Indian Cricket Team on their Facebook handle, Dhoni is seen cutting, driving and pulling to perfection which might be worrying signs for the opposition ahead of the start of the series.
The timing was exquisite on numerous occasions, and he even executed a couple of upper cuts which he doesn’t play too much at the international level. He is also on the verge of breaking the record of most stumpings in ODI cricket and currently stands at 2nd position with 97 stumpings just behind former Sri Lanka great Kumar Sangakkara with 99 stumpings.
Dhoni who is not in the best of touches of late will look to make a turnaround in the series especially after Indian Chairman of Selectors MSK Prasad clarified the fact that he isn’t the automatic choice anymore and they might look at alternatives if he fails to fire for a long time. He has undoubtedly been one of the greatest finishers in limited-overs cricket over the last decade and will look to reclaim some of his lost touches in the series starting from tomorrow.
The cut, leave, drive, slog, upper cut, pull – MS Dhoni batting session #SLvIND
Gepostet von Indian Cricket Team am Samstag, 19. August 2017