Former Indian captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s performance in the one-day team has returned under focus after chief selector MSK Prasad said that his panel “will have to look at alternatives” if he does not deliver.
On Sunday, Chennai young athletes said on an event about Dhoni performance how he played in an Asia cup match against Pakistan in Dhaka last year two days after suffering a tremendous injury during a gym session.
The 42-year-old Prasad said to the reporter Sportstar, “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. Thankfully, the weight did not fall on him. 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 [out] on [a] stretcher.”
When asked about Dhoni’s fitness, Prasad went to the Dhoni’s room and questioned about his injury, Dhoni said: “Don’t worry MSK bhai.” Prasad said “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.”
After Dhoni’s encouraging words, Prasad said that he rang up and chief selector Sandeep Patil informed about the situation. “Immediately, Parthiv Patel was sent in as a replacement. By evening, Parthiv had joined the team.”
Talking about the same answer reply from Dhoni, Prasad said “As per the Asia Cup rules, we had to submit the team list 24 hours before a game, so I had to check on him. He clearly said that he would play. Again at 11 pm, when I went to his room, he was not there.”
“Fortunately I went to the top floor and I saw Dhoni was trying hard to work towards the swimming pool. He was literally crawling. Dhoni said he was trying to walk, I was thinking how could he even think of playing when he could barely walk. Dhoni looked at me and said, ‘Don’t worry, you have anyway got Parthiv without telling me. So, you are safe.”
Prasad was shocked of Dhoni’s abilities to play the match against Pakistan. “Before the team was announced in the afternoon, Dhoni was all dressed up for the game. He called me to his room 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.’” Prasad said, “This is what Dhoni is made of.”