Dhoni still uncertian for third Test

Published: Thursday, April 2, 2009, 17:28 [IST]
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Dhoni doubtful for third Test

Wellington: Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's participation in the third and final cricket Test against New Zealand remains uncertain with the team management set to take a final decision on Friday.

Dhoni said the back injury that kept him out of the second Test in Napier has improved a lot even though he was not willing to commit whether he would play on Friday.

"My back has improved a lot. But we have to see how I am before the game," Dhoni said.

"In a limited overs match, you know the maximum you can keep is 50 overs, but on a good, flat track in a Test you will have to be ready for 120 overs. I will have to see how I am tomorrow morning," he said.

In Dhoni's absence, his deputy Virender Sehwag led India in Napier where the visitors huffed and puffed before forcing a draw in the match. Dhoni, however, felt his possible absence would not weaken the team in any way.

"I am not that kind of player that the team relies on me a lot. Whether I am playing or not, will not have much impact on the team," Dhoni said.

Dhoni was wearing a support for his back at the nets even though he went through the chores to indicate that he might play the decider starting at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on Friday.

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