Mahendra Singh Dhoni, MS Dhoni,
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Credits - Twitter)

After missing the games for the Indian National Cricket Team, MS Dhoni hits the net sessions. It is certainly an indication that the former skipper of India is all set to play in the final ODI of the series. The match is also India’s final ODI stint in overseas ahead of ICC World Cup 2019, so does, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s as well.

In absence of MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli, India suffered a crushing eight-wicket defeat to New Zealand in the fourth ODI of the five-match series.  Meanwhile, they would like to bounce back to end the series on a positive note.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, India vs New Zealand 2019
Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik failed to deliver. Credit: BCCI

Indian middle-order failed to deliver:

The entire middle order collapsed after the experienced opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit failed. From Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav to Hardik Pandya, none of the Indian batters showed promise in the middle.

MS Dhoni missed the last two matches due to a hamstring injury. However, with the India batsmen failing miserably in the final match, he will certainly play instead of Dinesh Karthik if passes the Fitness Test.

The wicketkeeper-batsman has been in good nick since the ODI series in Australia. Dhoni has shown that he can still finish games with his cool and calm demeanour and also strike the big hits when India setting a target.

Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni
Dinesh Karthik with MS Dhoni. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

Besides that, the Indian team management would want to give Dhoni ample match practice prior to the World Cup. India has played three matches at the Westpac stadium so far and has only emerged victorious on one occasion.

However, with MS Dhoni set to return and Mohammed Shami potentially replacing Khaleel Ahmed, they will be looking to end the series on a high. The final match of the series is set to be played on February 3rd at Wellington.

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