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India tour of South Africa 2013-14: MS Dhoni practices with red ball ahead of ODIs

MS Dhoni © PTI
MS Dhoni has a weakness against the moving quick ball when he plays with hard hands outside off © PTI

 

Johannesburg: Dec 3, 2013 

 

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni surprised onlookers on Tuesday as he took a session of  batting practice at the nets and faced the red Kookaburra balls. This comes only two days before the commencement of the three-match One-Day Internationals (ODI) series against South Africa.

 

Dhoni’s surprise move to face red Kookaburra balls at the fag end of the Indian team’s second practice session after arriving here left one wonder whether he was thinking of the Test series after the ODI contest or was it an exercise to address his weakness against the moving quick ball.

 

In the beginning of the net session, Dhoni faced the Indian quicks, spinners, net bowlers and throwdowns from fielding coach Trevor Penney. Just when everybody thought the pracrtice session has ended, Dhoni padded up again. Behind his net at the Wanderers stood coach Duncan Fletcher and CM Dhananjay, the team’s analyst, was asked to bring a camera.

 

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But the surprise came when the red Kookaburras were brought out. Two days before the first ODI of the tour on Thursday, Dhoni spent half an hour facing the red Kookaburras from Dhananjay and Penney’s throwdowns.

 

Fletcher was seen to be having in constant conversation with Dhoni from behind the net.

 

It may also seem to be an exercise in moving forward to cover some of the late movement as he has had a weakness against the moving quick ball when he plays with hard hands outside off.

 

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