MS Dhoni had trained in Hamilton on Wednesday, raising hopes of an immediate comeback but the India team management, India Today had learnt, didn’t want to take any risks when it came to the veteran’s fitness, especially in the lead up to the important limited-overs assignments.
Dhoni had missed the third ODI, which India won by seven wickets and sealed an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the series, in Hamilton.
He picked up a sore hamstring during the second ODI in which he made a 33-ball unbeaten 48. The Hamilton ODI was the first time in six years Dhoni missed a match due to an injury.
He had missed three matches in 2013 during India’s tour of West Indies with a similar hamstring issue. Notably, as of Monday, Dhoni had missed only five ODIs in the last 14 years due to injury concerns. He had skipped one match each against Ireland and South Africa in 2007 due to viral fever.