West Indies tri-series 2013 July 1, 2013

Injured Dhoni ruled out of tri-series

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MS Dhoni has been ruled out of the West Indies tri-series after he injured his right hamstring during India's one-wicket loss against West Indies on Sunday. Dhoni received treatment on the field during his innings of 27 and did not take the field in the second innings. He may also be unavailable for the five-match ODI series against Zimbabwe which begins on July 24 in Harare.

Ambati Rayudu, the Baroda batsman, has been named Dhoni's replacement. Rayudu, who is yet to debut for India in international cricket, has scored 1824 runs, including one century and 14 fifties, in List-A cricket at an average of 35.07. He had a prolific domestic season this year; He scored 666 runs in the Ranji Trophy at 60.54, with a hundred and seven fifties. He represented Rest of India in the the Irani Cup this year against Mumbai and scored 51 and 156 not out. In the Deodhar Trophy final, he was the top-scorer with an unbeaten 78 that helped West Zone chase 290 against North Zone.

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.

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  • Temuzin on July 7, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    Manoj Tiwari is seriously over rated. Except his lucky 100 last time he has done nothing of sort to warrant selection in the team. Plus his fitness is always suspect. He will break down in the middle of the match or series. In his short career he has spent more time on injured's list than in the team. He is a perfect example of "made from candy" list of the players. We need players who are made of steel like jadeja, kohli and raina in the team.

  • mobime on July 4, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    Tell you the truth, I did not really think much of Dohni being injured but boy did this cause India big time. Kohl is a great player dont get me wrong, however, he has a long way to go.

  • Ranta on July 4, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    I am looking forward to Rayudu making his debut. If we go by how team operates, I bet Rayudu will play. And have this peculiar feeling that he might go on to have good career with team, As this is 2nd time he is in team as an injury replacement, Looks like now his destiny & luck are supporting him.

    I am really looking forward to seeing him play at least in next two. He deserves a chance now. Haven't hear anything about his reaching there, Can cricinfo give us some team news about current happenings & some practice pics.

    I am predicting good future for Rayudu with team India.

    Talking about Puajara & Rahane, Pujara has knee issues & I guess team wants him to save himself for tests, Rahane is a top order batsman & just little unlucky that current think tank thinks he can't play short ball that effectively. Plus his test debut just came at wrong time. He surely will be in team sooner or later. his time will come.

    But now I hope Rayudu makes use of his time.

  • SurenShan on July 4, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    The top two teams of the series is almost finalized. I would say India would be happy to post two wins and finish with the third spot. Prhaps, some dramatic boost is required for India to post next two wins. They should realize that Dhoni is away and come out of that Missy mindset. Kholi doesnt follows Dhoni's strategy but he definately deserves captioning team with some aggresive decision. Firstly, the team should belive that he is capable and they are capable even without Dhoni. Infact Dhoni expects that. After all, Indian Cricket shouldnt falls again into One Man Show.

  • DEEWB5TW on July 4, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    Regarding Rahane not very sure where he will fit in the ODi's in the scheme of things.But I have got a feeling he will be in the Test 11 once Sachin retires at 4.

  • DEEWB5TW on July 4, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    Guys regarding Pujara case , its very simialr to the curious case of VVS.Based on the info I got from someone in the cricket circle, seems like management are not happy with Pujara as he seems to be only keen in batting for hours and not bother about his fitness or fielding.Since he cannot run fast he might be a burden for the team even though he is supremely talented.I think Pujara must first start to work on improving his fitness to have any chance of playing in the ODI's.In Tests he is our next Dravid.

  • Naresh28 on July 4, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    @nampally - agree with your thoughts on Pujara as a future captain. The guy has done well in tests and Indian selectors may be spoiling his bloom as a cricketer by keeping out of other formats. Definitely worth a try. My thoughts are that after the TC they could have sent a different set of players to freshen the team. This was an ideal opportunity - I hope they do this with the Zim series. Having said that I am happy Rayudu will get a chance and I hope he plays a game as well.

  • josphe on July 4, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    watching pujara's list A record one would have to wonder how on earth hasn't he made his ODI debut yet and after how well he has done so far in Test cricket we kno he has the temperament. This would have been the perfect opportunity to give him a go..I hope he is selected for the zimbabwe series.

  • Naresh28 on July 3, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    Rahane is a good player. What he needs is to increase power in his shots by doing gym workout. Dravid recognizes his talent when played the IPL. I see him as a India future player. Whatever happened to Chand (since the WC he has gone quite) Sanju Sampson is another. These three guys should be picked for Zim tour.

  • Nampally on July 3, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    India really needed a calm & reliable batsmen in the middle order to replace Dhoni's talent- the best finisher in the ODI's. In addition they also needed a calm & cool Captain to replace Dhoni. Pujara was being groomed for this role by the Indian Selectors for the past 2 years. He led Team India A, several times & did it creditably both at home & abroad. Why is he not brought in to replace Dhoni instead of Rayudu? This half hearted experiments by the Indian Selectors must be pushed to fruition in real situations. Pujara is still the best choice to replace Dhoni as a captain. He is the best & most reliable Indian batsman at #3 in Tests or ODI's & has the captaincy experience to lead India.