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PHOTOS: Dhoni delights fans as Kohli misses nets in Cuttack

January 18, 2017 20:47 IST

Mahendra Singh Dhoni

IMAGE: Mahendra Singh Dhoni bowls during a nets session in Cuttack. Photograph: PTI

An excited crowd made a beeline at the Barabati Stadium but to their disappointment captain Virat Kohli and most of the Indian players skipped the optional practice session on the eve of the second One-Day International against England, in Cuttack, on Monday.

Having checked in with less than 24 hours to go for the match, only three members of the team -- Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane and K L Rahul -- were seen during the evening practice session.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni

IMAGE: Mahendra Singh Dhoni inspects the pitch during a nets session in Cuttack. Photograph: PTI

The trio batted at the nets after the usual warm-up and concluded their two-hour session with the routine pitch inspection.

Both the teams, who are based in Bhubaneswar about 25 kilometres away, had to extend their stay in Pune by three more days after the first ODI on January 15 because the team hotel was booked for a wedding.

"It was something that had been finalised by the BCCI. The teams do not have any problem in arriving on the eve of the match," Odisha Cricket Association CEO Bidyut Kumar Nayak said.

IMAGE: Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Bhuvneshwar Kumar play football during India's practice session in Pune on Tuesday. Photograph: PTI

England's practice session was delayed for about an hour after their luggage arrived late at the airport, according to a team official.

The visitors, facing a must-win situation to keep themselves afloat in the three-match series, had a full practice session.

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