first_imgIndia wicketkeeper-batsman has missed the ongoing fourth ODI for the five-match series against New Zealand in Hamilton as he has failed to fully recover from a hamstring injury. Dhoni had not been part of the playing XI for the third ODI in Mount Maunganui.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.India vs New Zealand 4th ODI: Live Cricket ScoreThe 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.The debutant @RealShubmanGill all smiles with his teammates #TeamIndia (@BCCI) January 31, 2019There were quite a few concerns surrounding MS Dhoni’s limited-over form in the lead up to the ODI series in Australia as the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman had struggled for form in 2018. In 20 matches, scoring 275 runs at 25 from 20 matches.advertisementHowever, Dhoni roared back to form in the three-match ODI series against Australia and helped India to their first-ever bilateral series win in Australia earlier this month. Scoring three successive centuries, including a series decider-winning 87 in Melbourne, Dhoni was handed the Man of the Series award.Regardless of Dhoni’s batting form, his skills with the gloves have always been crucial to Team India’s chances. Apart from his lightning-fast glovework, Dhoni’s ability to guide the young spinners from behind the wickets has been a major talking point.Part-time spinner Kedar Jadhav had recently credited Dhoni for his success with the ball. “In the past also, I have mentioned every time I have a question, I look at him [Dhoni] and he tells me ‘you have to bowl here… you have to bowl there.’ And I close my eyes and bowl there and get a wicket,” Jadhav had said.Also Read | India vs New Zealand: Shubman Gill replaces Kohli, becomes India’s 227th player in ODIsAlso Read | India vs New Zealand: Rohit Sharma 14th Indian to appear in 200 ODIsAlso See:last_img