MS Dhoni practises in Ranchi, remains unavailable for West Indies series

Dhoni has hit the nets in his hometown Ranchi but is unlikely to make himself available for the upcoming limited-overs home series against the West Indies.

Ever since the World Cup semifinal loss to New Zealand, Dhoni’s future has been a subject of intense speculation.   -  Getty Images

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has hit the nets in his hometown Ranchi but it is unlikely that the talismanic former captain will make himself available for the upcoming limited-overs home series against the West Indies next month.

Dhoni, who has not played a competitive game since the World Cup semifinal against New Zealand in July, had a net session at the JSCA Stadium in Ranchi on Thursday, raising hopes of a comeback.

However, he remains unavailable for the three T20s and as many ODIs against the West Indies starting December 6 in Mumbai.

“He is not available for the West Indies series,” a BCCI official said.

Ever since the World Cup semifinal loss to New Zealand, Dhoni’s future has been a subject of intense speculation but Dhoni himself has not spoken a word on it.

The Indian team, as mentioned by chief selector MSK Prasad, seems to have moved on with Rishabh Pant becoming the number one choice in the shorter formats.