'Sore' Dhoni doubtful for final ODI against Pakistan
Dhoni, who has been the only bright light for India in the ODI series against Pakistan, has asore back and the team management will wait till Sunday before taking a final decision on his availability. Wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik has been called up as a back-up.
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was on Saturday, rendered a doubtful starter for Sunday's third and final One-dayer against Pakistan due to a sore back, forcing the team management to call up Dinesh Karthik as the back up.
Dhoni said at the customary pre-match press conference that he developed soreness on his back during the morning practice session at the Feroze Shah Kotla ground here.
He was actually asked about the absence of middle-order batsman Yuvraj Singh at the training session and the skipper said, "If at all somebody is doubtful, it's me. I have a sore back and we have called Dinesh Karthik as back up.
"Since it was an optional practice session, Yuvraj did not come," he said.