Team India sans Dhoni leaves for Colombo
Chennai: The Indian cricket team, sans newly-wed captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, on Friday left for Sri Lanka to play three Tests and a tri-nation ODI series, starting July 18.
Dhoni, who married childhood friend Sakshi Rawat, will receive an honorary membership by Madras Cricket Club on Friday evening and will fly to the Island nation from here on Saturday.
The function has been organized to acknowledge and appreciate Chennai Super Kings’ title triumph in IPL-III under Dhoni’s leadership.
Reserve stumper Wriddhiman Saha, who was doing duty with India A team, will fly directly to Sri Lanka from London.
India A on Thursday lost the final of the tri-series, also involving West Indies A, to England Lions.
India are without its pace mainstay Zaheer Khan, who is nursing a shoulder injury.
In his absence S Sreesanth and Ishant Sharma will do the duty with the new ball.
After completing the Test assignment, India will play a tri-series, also involving New Zealand, from August 10.