MS Dhoni will not participate in the elimination matches of Jharkhand for the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2018-19.
Jharkhand will play his quarterfinal against Maharashtra at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Monday, and Dhoni was not present in the team's first networks, on the NCA's adjacent field, on Saturday.
Jharkhand's coach, Rajiv Kumar, said he had not received any official word on Dhoni's incorporation, but in his opinion, Dhoni would not have wanted to disturb the team's combination, especially since he could only have played one game.
"He has to go to Hyderabad on October 16 to appear for the ODI series," Kumar said. "Maybe he'll come for a day, I still do not know what his plan is, but so far he does not come in. But it can be possible, you know he makes his own decisions, he's saying the guys are doing it." Well, then it does not make sense to come alone for a game and take someone's place. "
Jharkhand led Group C with 32 points in nine games, to qualify.
The semifinals are scheduled for May 17 and 18. October, which means that Dhoni would not have been able to participate even if Jharkhand won his match against Maharashtra.
It is understood that Dhoni joined the Jharkhand team in Chennai before going to the Asian Cup. September 28, with India beating Bangladesh in the final, Jharkhand had four league games remaining in Group C after that, with the first on October 1. They won three of the games, with one left without a thrown ball. However, Dhoni finally did not join the team.
At the press conference, after the Indian side of ODI was announced, head coach MSK Prasad had said that Dhoni would play in the quarterfinals of Vijay Hazare.  Dhoni's decision becomes more curious due to her recent struggles in limited cricket, and questions begin to be asked about whether she is the right man to be in charge of the first election in the 2019 World Cup. The Asian Cup, he hit four times, scoring 77 runs with an average of 19.25 and an attack rate of 62.09. Overall, in 2018, he has hit 10 times in 15 games, with an average of 28.12 and an attack rate of 67.36. Dhoni's last first class match was at the Irani Trophy more than a decade ago, while his last match on List A for Jharkhand was in the semi-final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2017-18 against Bengal.
However, while Dhoni has decided to stay away, Rohit Sharma will be part of the Mumbai XI that will face Bihar in the first quarter finals on Sunday. Rohit, who also did not join the Mumbai squad during the league stages, has flown to be part of the first elimination game. A spokesperson for the Mumbai team confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that if the Indian ODI team had asked the players to submit a report before October 16, Rohit would also miss any subsequent playoff game