"Dhoni doesn't have a serious injury . If you are a wicketkeeper, your fingers are bound to get stiff. If you don't give them time to heal, there can be a problem collecting the ball," a senior BCCI official said, adding: "Also, he was playing non-stop and there was a need to give him some rest before the Australia tour. The captain himself was keen on a break."
Dhoni, who wanted to opt out of two Tests during the aborted West Indies series, is unlikely to return for the last two ODIs against Lanka.However, he will do so if the need arises. "It is not going to be easy for Dhoni or the team during the four-month-long Australia tour. So, this is a welcome period of rest," sources said.
It is not yet decided whether the team will return to India after the Australia series."Some believe if the team is in good shape, there is no point in coming back all the way from Australia. Others say if the team members feel homesick, they can be back in India for a few days. It's too early to decide."
In a similar situation in 1991-92, when the Indian team played Australia in Australia before the World Cup Down Under, only Kapil Dev was allowed to return for a short break.
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