MS Dhoni offers prayers at Ranchi’s Deori temple ahead of Australia ODIs

first_imgMS Dhoni will be back in action in international cricket after a gap of more than two months when India take on Australia in a three-match one day international series from January 12. Before flying to Australia, MS Dhoni visited Ranchi’s iconic Deori temple to seek blessings ahead of an important series.MS Dhoni, who was excluded from India’s Twenty20 squads for series against the West Indies and Australia last year, has also been recalled to the side for a T20 series in New Zealand. Dhoni will also be part of the ODI side in New Zealand where India will play five matches.Dhoni’s form in 2018 had been a cause of concern for the team management given he remains an important part of the Indian team setup for the ICC World Cup in England and Wales later this year.2018 was Dhoni’s worst year in international cricket since he sensationally announced his arrival in 2005. In 20 matches last year, Dhoni managed to score only 275 runs with a highest score of 42 not out.Dhoni has only a handful of ODIs left to prove his doubters wrong before India decide on their core group for the 2019 ICC World Cup.Dhoni retired from Test cricket in December 2014 and stepped down as India’s shorter formats captain in January 2017. Under his leadership, India won the World Twenty20 in 2007, World Cup in 2011 and the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013.Also Read | MS Dhoni is Bittu Bhaiya in advertisement with Hardik Pandya: Fans can’t keep calmAlso Read | MS Dhoni deserves a World Cup farewell: Sunil Gavaskar to India Todayadvertisementlast_img read more