Johannesburg: Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday sprung a surprise as he underwent batting practice at the nets here with red Kookaburra balls just two days before the start of the three-match ODI series against South Africa which will use white balls.
Dhoni's move to face red Kookaburra balls at the fag end of the Indian team's second practice session after arriving here left one wondering whether he was thinking of the Test series after the ODI contest or was it an exercise to address his weakness against the moving quick ball.
In the beginning of the net session, Dhoni faced the Indian quicks, spinners, net bowlers and throwdowns from fielding coach Trevor Penney. Just when everybody thought the pracrtice session has ended, Dhoni padded up again. Behind his net at the Wanderers stood coach Duncan Fletcher and C M Dhananjay, the team's analyst, was asked to bring a camera.