India vs New Zealand 2019: MS Dhoni Returns to Training Ahead of the Hamilton ODI
Former Indian National Cricket team skipper MS Dhoni has returned to training ahead of the fourth ODI against New Zealand on January 31 (Thursday) at Hamilton. Meanwhile, the veteran cricketer missed the last fixture due to a hamstring injury. Moreover, the management will take a call on his participation in the fourth game moments before the toss.
Virat Kohli & Co have already wrapped up the series with two matches still to go. They defeated the Kiwis by seven wickets at Bay Oval to take an unassailable lead. Meanwhile, chasing a modest total of 244 runs, a steady 113-run partnership between Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli set the tone for India. Previously, Shikhar Dhawan provided a blistering start smashing few boundaries early. However, India lost both Kohli and Sharma within a span of few overs, but Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik saw India home.
Previously, New Zealand openers once again faltered after Kane Williamson opted to bat first. But a century-plus stand for the fourth wicket helped them post a decent total before the Indian bowlers once again ran through the lower order. However, the return of MS Dhoni ahead of the fourth outing will be a massive boost for the visitors. With regular skipper Virat Kohli rested, Dhoni will be the go-to man for Rohit Sharma.
Dhoni storms to form
Meanwhile, MS Dhoni who had the worst year of his career in 2018, stormed back to form right from the start of 2019. He scored three consecutive fifties against Australia guiding his side to their first-ever bilateral series win Down Under. Moreover, he also won the man of the series award much to the relief of the Indian team management ahead of the showpiece event.
He also played an unbeaten knock of 48 runs in the second game against New Zealand as India posted 324 runs on the board batting first. Eventually, the men in blues won the match by 90 runs to go 2-0 up in the series. And now after missing the third game in which India eased to victory, MS Dhoni will look to continue the momentum he has got with the bat.
Moreover, his form will be crucial to Virat Kohli & Co in the lower-order going into the ICC World Cup in England and Wales.