Mahendra Singh Dhoni (File Photo)
India's seniomost player and former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be "rested" for the remaining two ODIs of the ongoing series against Australia and Friday's match in Ranchi could well be his last international game on home soil.
"We will have some changes in the last two games. Mahi will not be playing in the last two games. He will be taking rest ," India's assistant coach Sanjay Bangar told mediapersons after the match.
With India not having any home matches till October, the match in Ranchi could well be the last time that Dhoni has played in India Blues on home soil.
The World Cup is widely believed to be Dhoni's swansong in India colours.
However, the Jharkhand State Cricket Association believes that they would get one limited overs match during the next home season where Dhoni could bid a proper farewell.
Knowing Dhoni's allergy to publicity, the chances of that happening is pretty dim at the moment.
Rishabh Pant will keep wickets during the last two ODIs in Mohali and New Delhi.
The announcement came after India lost the third ODI against Australia by 32 runs in Ranchi. Usman Khawaja's hundred and Aaron Finch's 93 saw Australia put up a more than decent 313 for five and India could manage only 281 in 48.2 overs, that too solely due to Kohli's 123 off 95 balls.