Dhoni rested for remainder of Australia ODI series

By Sports Desk March 08, 2019

MS Dhoni has been rested for the remainder of India's one-day international series against Australia.

Dhoni has featured in all three ODIs versus Australia, but a 32-run defeat in Ranchi on Friday could yet be his last match on home soil in the 50-over format.

The former India captain made 26 as India fell short chasing 314 to win the series, a second successive century for Virat Kohli (123) proving to be in vain.

Rishabh Pant is set to get his chance in Chandigarh on Sunday and Mohammed Shami could miss out after being struck on shin by an Aaron Finch drive. 

India assistant coach Sanjay Bangar said: "There will certainly be some changes because Mahi [Dhoni] is not going to play the final two matches. He is taking rest.

"Also, Shami got hurt today in his leg so we will need to check whether he can be fit for day after. If he does not get fit then Bhuvneshwar Kumar could come in."

Kohli cannot recall timing the ball much better than he did in a losing cause but felt the tourists deserved to stay alive in the series.

"In terms of hitting the ball well, I think it was one of the finest," the skipper Kohli said. "I just felt really clear in my head. Even after three down, I just told myself I have to play my game. I can't think of what's going to happen if I play my shots.

"I have to play the game that's gotten me till this level, and that's the same thing I want to continue in the middle.

"I was really disappointed I got out - I really thought we had a chance there with the difference of 20 between balls and runs. That's what happens - Australia played better and Adam [Zampa] bowled really well and they deserved to win."

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