Dhoni to be rested for the remaining Australia ODIs

Batting coach Sanjay Bangar says the Indian wicket-keeper is taking a break from the game.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni comes out to bat in the third ODI in Ranchi.   -  Getty Images

Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be rested for the remaining two One-day Internationals of the series against Australia, India's assistant coach Sanjay Bangar confirmed here on Friday.

Rishabh Pant, who is a part of the squad becomes an automatic choice for the two games in Mohali in Delhi, in Dhoni's absence.

Bangar broke the news to the reporters, when asked if there would be any changes for the remaining two games.""Some changes will be there because Mahi is not playing the last two. He’s taking rest after this so he won’t play. So there’ll be place left vacant by him. Shami also had a hit on the leg. We have to see whether he’ll be fit for the game. If he’s not fit then Bhuvneshwar Kumar will play. Those decisions the captain and coach take it before the game. As of now no replacements," Bangar said.

Batting along with Virat Kohli, the local boy, Dhoni looked set to lead India's run-chase of 314 runs. But was castled by Adam Zampa on 26 as Australia won the match by 32 runs.

India now has two matches left to get its combination right before the World Cup starts in England and Wales in May.

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