Former captain of the national side and current captain of Chennai Super Kings, Mahendra Singh Dhoni definitely knows how to play with pain, but this time it is going to be different.
VIVO IPL 2018: MS Dhoni looks to fight on despite having a ‘bad back’
On Sunday in Mohali, the fans have seen Dhoni struggling with his back. But at this stage of the IPL, there is hardly any time for the skipper to get some rest as CSK takes on Rajasthan Royals in Pune on Friday.
Presently CSK has been going through a lot of troubles. They have been forced to change their home ground from Chepauk to MCA stadium in Pune due to protests over Cauvery river issue.
Moreover the team is suffering from injury with Kedar Jadhav being already ruled out of the tournament, while Suresh Raina will miss the Rajasthan match due to calf injury.
This is where Dhoni’s presence becomes crucial as was seen on Sunday. Had it not been for Dhoni’s experience, CSK would have lost by a bigger margin rather than by four runs that they did ultimately.
Dhoni gave hope to his supporters when he said that the injury is not serious. “It shouldn’t be too bad because I know what happened. And when you know the extent of your injury, you know how bad it really is,” he said.
The other thing in his favour is the power generated by his arms. In Sunday’s post-match presentation he said, “The back is pretty bad but God has given me lot of power and I don’t need to use my back a lot. My arms can do the job.”
However the back would come to play while he is keeping. Dhoni has an option in England keeper-batsman Sam Billings. In worst case scenario, Billings can be seen as keeper while Dhoni can remain as an outfield player as he did in the first edition of IPL.