Dhoni starts practising with Jharkhand Ranji squad

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has not played a competitive game since the World Cup semifinal loss to New Zealand on July 9.

Uncertain future: M. S. Dhoni hasn’t played for India after the 2019 World Cup.   -  AP

Dropped from BCCI’s central contracts list, former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni began practising with the Jharkhand Ranji Trophy squad on Thursday amid fresh speculation on his future.

The 38-year-old showed up at his home team’s net practice in Ranchi, indicating he is gearing himself for the upcoming Indian Premier League.

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“Even we did not know that he was going to come and train with us. It was a pleasant surprise. He batted for a while and did the usual training routine,” said a source close to the Jharkhand team management.

Jharkhand’s next match is against Uttarakhand, starting Sunday in Ranchi. Dhoni has not played a competitive game since the World Cup semifinal loss to New Zealand on July 9.

Head coach Ravi Shastri has hinted that the celebrated wicketkeeper-batsman might retire from ODIs soon but will be in contention for a T20 World Cup berth provided he does well for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL. The T20 World Cup will be held in Australia in October.