Following the team's dismal performance in the ODIs against Pakistan, the only ray of hope was Dhoni's form as he bailed India out of danger in the first ODI at Chennai scoring a valiant 113 after India were tottering at 29/5.
Similarly, Dhoni was yet again wielding his willow on Jan 3, when India played Pakistan at Eden Gardens, Kolkata as he scored an unbeaten 54 off 89 balls. Since wickets fell on the other end, Team India collapsed for 165.
Now with Dhoni suffering from a sore back, he is likely to miss the final ODI against Pakistan. Tamil Nadu wicket keeper Dinesh Karthik has been called as cover for MS Dhoni. Gautam Gambhir or Virat Kohli could lead the team in his absence.
Team India having lost the series 0-2, need to win the final ODI to avoid a clean sweep.