Will play against Pak even on one leg: Injured Dhoni
CHENNAI: Former India captain MS Dhoni played another crucial knock on Sunday to help the team clinch the match and series against Sri Lanka with a win in the 3rd ODI at Pallekele.
This knock comes on the back of another stellar inning from the wicketkeeper-batsman in the 2nd ODI where he teamed up with Bhuvneshwar Kumar to script a thrilling win for the visitors.
Chief selector MSK Prasad's comment about looking at alternatives if Dhoni does not perform created quite a stir in the cricketing circles. Prasad was even trolled by Dhoni fans for his statement.
Prasad's latest remarks are bound to bring a smile on the faces of fans of Dhoni.
Prasad shared an interesting anecdote about Dhoni and his commitment to the team. Prasad (who was a selector at the time) recalled an incident when Dhoni had injured himself ahead of India's Asia Cup match against Pakistan.
"While training at the gym late in the night, Dhoni picked up weights and suddenly there was a catch in his back and fell with the weight. He could not walk, he was literally crawling. He pressed the alarm bell, and the medical staff immediately came and attended him. He was taken on stretcher. As I reached Dhaka, the journalists questioned about Dhoni and I had no answers. The game against Pakistan was crucial, that too, it was on a seaming track. I went to Dhoni's room to know what the issue was, he said, 'don't worry MSK bhai.' I even asked him what should I tell the scribes, and the answer again was 'don't worry MSK bhai.' I asked him whether we should call for a replacement, and he again told me not to worry," Prasad said.
"There was so much pressure before a big match. The next morning I went to his room and he told me not to worry. I felt things were not right. I couldn't take Dhoni's words for granted, so I called up the then chief selector Sandeep Patil and told him the situation. Immediately, Parthiv Patel was sent in as a replacement. By evening, Parthiv had joined the team," Prasad said.
"At 11 pm, I went to the top floor and I saw Dhoni was trying hard to walk towards the pool. I was thinking how could he even think of playing when he could barely walk. Dhoni said: 'don't worry, you have anyway got Parthiv without telling me. So, you are safe," Prasad said. On match day, a padded up Dhoni took everyone by surprise.
"HE was dressed up for the game and asked me why was I worrying so much? Then he said, 'even if my one leg is not there, I will still play against Pakistan'. This is what Dhoni is made of," Prasad said.
Chandimal's injury leaves Sri Lanka in the lurch
Kandy: A bruised and battered Sri Lanka's woes were further aggravated on Monday after senior batsman Dinesh Chandimal was ruled out of the remainder of the limited-overs' fixtures against India due to a hairline fracture in his right thumb. He was hit off a Hardik Pandya delivery whilst batting in the third ODI at Pallekele on Sunday.