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Dhoni may also miss India’s tour of Zimbabwe
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been ruled out for the remainder of the ODI tri-series, involving Sri Lanka and the West Indies, after he sustained a hamstring injury in his side’s narrow one wicket loss to the men from the Caribbean.
Dhoni looked to be in obvious discomfort during his innings of 27 and despite receiving treatment on the field, he was nowhere to be seen during the second innings of the match.
There have also been reports stating that he may miss the five-match ODI series against Zimbabwe, which gets underway on July 24 in Harare.
Baroda batsman Ambati Rayudu has been confirmed as Dhoni’s replacement.
Rayudu is still yet to make his debut for India after having scored 1,824 runs in his List A career, which include one century and 14 half-centuries at a respectable average of 35.07.
The Baroda batsman also had an outstanding year in the Ranji Trophy, scoring 666 runs at an unbelievable average of 60.54, which included a hundred and seven half-centuries.
India batsman Virat Kohli, who led the team during Dhoni’s absence, will maintain his leadership role for the rest of the series, while Dinesh Karthik will also continue donning the gloves.