Sunday, 7 December 2014

Injured Dhoni shows no discomfort in practice session............

Injured Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni had an intense training session at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday showing no sign of discomfort, raising the prospect of his participation in the first Test against Australia starting Dec 9.

The injury initially forced him out of the first Test and batsman Virat Kohli was named as the stand-in skipper for the match.

Ishant Sharma and Varun Aaron were the most spirited of the bowlers as they worked up pace and beat the bat of frontline batsmen Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara on several occasions. Dhoni also faced the in-form pacers on one of the three practice pitches.

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and newcomer Karn Sharma occupied one of the pitches while the third one was used by the batsmen to face throw-downs.

Batsman Shikhar Dhawan on Saturday had stated that stand-in skipper Virat Kohli would have to wait a little more to lead the side given that Dhoni had arrived in time for the opening Test.

“Both are aggressive captains. But there is a certain difference. Virat is a lot more charged up on the field. It is enjoyable playing under both of them. It might be a longer wait for Virat to lead India in Test cricket since Dhoni is here now,” Dhawan said.

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