Port of Spain, July 11 (): MS Dhoni, who injured his hamstring during India’s first match of the Caribbean tri-series, could play in the tournament’s final against Sri Lanka today.
Dhoni got injured his right hamstring, when India was playing against West Indies for one-wicket loss on June 30. He was hurt, while he was running between the wickets. The skipper was given required treatment on the field during his innings of 27, but he did not take the field in the second innings. Subsequently, he was replaced by Ambati Rayudu in the squad.
Virat Kohli was made the stand-in captain for the remaining matches. Kohli said at the toss ahead of the comprehensive victory over Angelo Mathews’ side that Dhoni had been recovering well enough to be able to play if they had gotten through to the final.
India has entered the final, after becoming the table-toppers by posting two wins from four matches — same as the other two teams — but, India got the advantage of a better net run-rate.
The Indian team composition for the final match at the Queen’s Park Oval against Sri Lanka will more or less be the same. If Dhoni is declared fit, Murali Vijay will make way for the senior player. But, there has not yet been any official word from the touring party.
In the meantime, Dhoni is not part of India’s squad for the limited-overs tour to Zimbabwe that begins on July 24. He has been given rest by the committee as for playing continuously for months together.
As the speculations of Dhoni’s return takes along joy to the team and the cricket fans, it is likely to spoil the party of Virat Kohli in the upcoming final. India’s stand-in captain throughout the match, excepting the 2nd ODI, is on the edge of registering his first series win as captain.