MS Dhoni unavailable for selection until November

first_img Next Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiSeptember 22, 2019UPDATED: September 22, 2019 20:16 IST Former India captain MS Dhoni (File Photo: IANS)HIGHLIGHTSDhoni had last played for India when the Men in Blue lost to New Zealand in semifinal of World CupHis break would effectively be nearly six months longDhoni will miss out on the Vijay Hazare Trophy and the home T20I series against Bangladesh as wellMahendra Singh Dhoni will not be available for selection until November this year, according to the Mumbai Mirror.The former India captain had previously missed the West Indies tour after taking a break of two months which also meant that he missed the ongoing home series against South Africa. The extension of the break means that he will miss out on the Vijay Hazare Trophy and the home T20I series against Bangladesh as well.This means that Dhoni would be available to play for India only in December when the West Indies tour the country for three T20Is and as many ODIs. The series is scheduled to start on December 6.Dhoni had last played for India on July 10 when the Men in Blue lost to New Zealand in the semifinal of the ODI World Cup in England. His break would effectively be nearly six months long.This comes at a time when there has been speculation over the 37-year-old’s future in the team, especially with the team management grooming 21-year-old Rishabh Pant as his replacement behind the stumps ahead of next year’s World T20.Recently, rumours about Dhoni announcing his retirement were doing the rounds after captain Virat Kohli tweeted a pic of him and Dhoni during a match with the caption: “A game I can never forget. Special night. This man, made me run like in a fitness test.”When Kohli was asked about it in a press conference ahead of India’s first T20I against South Africa in Dharamsala, the skipper said that he had nothing on his mind when he posted the tweet.advertisement”I was sitting at home and I normally put out a photograph and it became a news item. I think it was a lesson for me, that the way I think, the whole world does not think that way. There was nothing in the farthest stretch of my imagination (that it could be taken as retirement tribute) while putting that picture out on social media,” he said.Also Read | No way to handle a young human resource: Gautam Gambhir slams team management for treatment of Rishabh PantAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Former India captain MS Dhoni unavailable for selection until NovemberHaving taken a break from cricket after India’s last match of the World Cup 2019, legendary wicketkeeper MS Dhoni is all set to extend his leave till the end of November 2019.advertisementlast_img read more

Mens Hockey Ohio State gives up six unanswered goals in 74 exhibition

OSU then-sophomore forward Mason Jobst (26) and Michigan State then-senior center Thomas Ebbing (28) try and locate the puck after a faceoff in the third period of a game on March 3 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio. OSU lost, 5-4. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Lantern photographerThe No. 19 Ohio State men’s hockey team was defeated by the Canadian-based Ryerson Rams 7-4 in its only exhibition game.The Buckeyes seemed to be in control as they took a 4-1 lead in the second period, but Ryerson came back with two goals in 26 seconds late in the period which cut the lead to 4-3 going into the third.“It’s like a reset button,” head coach Steve Rohlik said. “You give up a goal and how do you respond, and we didn’t respond very well.”The Rams continued battling in the third, and managed to tie the game at four with 3:33 to go with a slap shot off the stick of senior defenseman Alex Basso. Just 51 seconds later, junior forward Vince Figliomeni scored on another strong shot to give the Rams a 5-4 lead late in the game.The Rams added a sixth goal less than a minute later, then iced the game with a final goal after Ohio State pulled its goalie late in the third.“It was a learning experience for all of us,” Jobst said. “First game of the year, there’s a lot of things that we’re going have to work on this week in practice.”The Buckeyes started the scoring early, as junior forward Mason Jobst found senior defenseman Janik Möser for a quick goal off a one-timer just over three minutes into the game.Ohio State added to that lead 10 minutes later, as sophomore defenseman Gordi Myer was able to beat junior goalie Taylor Dupuis with a nice move to the net, extending the lead early on. But the Rams were able to get one back shortly after, as senior forward Aaron Armstrong got to the back door and gave redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo no chance to stopping the shot.Sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski netted one goal before the first period was over, giving the Buckeyes a 3-1 lead after twenty minutes.Not so dominant power playThe Buckeyes did not capitalize on any of their attempts with a man up in this game, which included a 5-on-3 early in the third period. Ohio State was first in the NCAA last year with a 31.4 percent success rate on power plays, over three percent more than any other team in the nation.New faces filling some big shoes The Buckeyes lost some key players from last season, and are looking for new players to step up in order to be where they were a season ago.  Romeo, who transferred from Maine and redshirted the 2016-17 season, stopped 26 of the 32 shots he faced, and freshman forward Austin Pooley picked up an assist on the Myer goal in the first period.Strong first half, weak second halfOhio State started off the game in dominant fashion, as it was able to jump out to a 4-1 lead, while outshooting Ryerson 22-10 halfway through the second. The Rams then scored six unanswered goals, and outshot Ohio State 23-7 from that point forward.“We jumped off to a good start,” Rohlik said.  “If you ever get out to a lead like that you have got to make it difficult on teams, we just didn’t do that in the second half of the game.”The Buckeyes travel to Madison, Wisconsin next weekend to play two games against Big Ten opponent No. 12 Wisconsin to open the season. read more