India vs Australia | MS Dhoni Shikhar Dhawan begin preparations for ODIs

India vs Australia: MS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan and Ambati Rayudu were seen training at the Sydney Cricket Ground ahead of the 1st ODI


  • India’s limited-overs specialists started training for the ODI series vs Australia
  • MS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan and Ambati Rayudu were seen practicing at the optional training session
  • India take on Australia in the first ODI of the three-match series at SCG on January 12

MS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu and India’s other limited-overs specialists sweated it out at an optional training session ahead of the first ODI against Australia in Sydney.

India will play a three-match ODI series against Australia starting January 12. The first match will be played in Sydney on January 12, the second in Adelaide on January 15 while the third ODI will be played in Melbourne on January 18.

These are exciting times for Indian cricket.

On Monday, India became the first Asian team to win a Test series in Australia. Having won the first Test in Adelaide and the third in Melbourne, India looked good to win the New Year’s Test in Sydney before rain played spoilsport.

However, after the euphoria of the last few days, the focus will shift to the other big guns in the Indian team.

MS Dhoni, who had retired from Test cricket in 2014 in Australia, will be one man to watch out for. He did not have a great 2018, managing only 275 runs from 20 ODIs. With the World Cup only a few months away, Dhoni will be looking to make the most of the games in Australia (and later in New Zealand).

Dhoni along with Rayudu, Dhawan and the others chose to practice in the optional training session on Wednesday.

India have been in Australia since November. They started off with the T20I series which was drawn 1-1 after the final match in Sydney was washed out. India proceeded to win the Test series 2-1 and will now look to their ODI specialists to continue the good work.

Rohit Sharma, who returned home after the third Test for the birth of his daughter, also joined up the Indian team. His form will once again be crucial when he walks out to open the innings with Shikhar Dhawan.

Rohit finished 2018 as the second highest run-scorer behind Virat Kohli. Rohit scored 1030 runs and hit five hundred in what was a fruitful year for India in limited-overs cricket.

Dhawan, who scored 897 runs from 19 ODIs last year, was also seen training on Wednesday.

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