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'Attacking' MS Dhoni with 'old technique' for Bangladesh ODIs

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New Delhi, June 14: India's ODI captain MS Dhoni might be "attacking" the Bangladesh bowlers during the 3-match series starting on June 18 as he has reverted to his old batting technique.

According to a report in "The Times of India" today, Dhoni was seen practising hard at Delhi's National Stadium with a changed batting stance for the upcoming series in Bangladesh.

MS Dhoni is set for an 'attack'

Having retired from Tests in December last year, Dhoni will now only feature in India's ODI and T20 teams, which he continues to lead. Virat Kohli is the skipper of the five-day team.

"He (Dhoni) said he had changed his stance and technique for Test cricket. Now that he doesn't have to think about the format, he wants to get back to his previous technique," coach MP Singh told the newspaper. (When Kohli cried after Dhoni quit)

Before he became a big name in international cricket, Dhoni had trained under Singh at the very venue.

"He had widened his stance and started to keep his bat between the feet. He has now decided to revert to his earlier stance in a bid to bring back the booming backlift. He demonstrated it to me and asked if it resembled his original stance," Singh added.

Spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Pawan Negi, who were seen in action at this year's Indian Premier League (IPL 8) for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) respectively, were smashed around by Dhoni in the practice session.

"He was hitting them hard and clean, like he used to do in his younger days. Don't be surprised if you see an attacking Dhoni in action in Bangladesh," Singh said.

India's 3-match ODI series against Bangladesh starts on June 18. All matches will be played in Dhaka.

India's ODI squad for Bangladesh: MS Dhoni (captain and wicketkeeper), Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohit Sharma, Stuart Binny, Dhawal Kulkarni.

OneIndia News

Story first published: Sunday, June 14, 2015, 13:19 [IST]
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