Dhoni doubtful for Zim series


INDIA captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is doubtful for the five-match one-day internationals (ODI) series against Zimbabwe after being ruled out of the remainder of the ongoing West Indies tri-series in the Caribbean due to injury.


The star wicket keeper batsman injured his right hamstring during India’s one-wicket loss against West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica, on Sunday.

Dhoni received treatment on the field during his innings of 27 and did not take to the field in the second innings.

The injury could see him miss the five-match ODI series against Zimbabwe which begins on July 24 at Harare Sports Club.

Ambati Rayudu has been named Dhoni’s replacement. Rayudu, who is yet to debut for India in international cricket, has scored 1 824 runs, including one century and 14 fifties, in List-A cricket at an average of 35,07.

Virat Kohli, who captained India in Dhoni’s absence in the second innings at Sabina Park on Sunday, will lead the team in the remaining matches while Dinesh Karthik will continue to keep wickets.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe Cricket selection convener Givemore Makoni has ruled out any major changes to the national cricket side ahead of the five-match ODI series against India.

Makoni is expected to name the squad for the Indian tour and the warm-up game against Australia A between July 18-20 when they make a stop-over in Harare en-route to South Africa.

In an interview yesterday, Makoni said: “The squad for the warm-up match against Australia A and the India series should be out by Saturday. I don’t think there will be any major changes to the squad that played against Bangladesh as we are looking for continuity,” Makoni said.

Squad: Brendan Taylor, Hamilton Masakadza, Vusi Sibanda, Sean Williams, Malcolm Waller, Raza Butt, Elton Chigumbura, Shingi Masakadza, Tinashe Panyangara, Kyle Jarvis, Brian Vitori, Tendai Chatara, Regis Chakabva, Tymcem Maruma, Mike Chinouya, Tino Mutombodzi, Natsai Mushangwe, Prosper Utseya, Richmond Mutumbami, Keegan Meth, Chris Mpofu, Edward Rainsford, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Graeme Cremer, Raymond Price
Upcoming Cricket Schedule Zimbabwe XI v Australia A
(Harare Sports Club July 18-20)

India Series
First ODI — July 24 (Harare Sports Club)
Second ODI — July 26 (Harare Sports Club)
Third ODI — July 28 (Harare Sports Club)
Fourth ODI — July 31 (Queens Sports Club)
Fifth ODI — August 3 (Queens Sports Club).