NEW DELHI: There is no doubt that MS Dhoni is the most dedicated player in Team India.
Everyone from head coach Ravi Shastri to fielding coach R Sridhar has mentioned that Dhoni leaves no stone unturned when it comes to getting ready for a new game.
Ahead of the 3rd ODI of the 5-match limited series between India and hosts Sri Lanka, there was an optional nets session for Virat Kohli’s men.
There is no dearth of experience on Dhoni’s cricketing resume, however, he is the most experienced player in the Indian camp right now, still he went out and practised.
Shastri took to Twitter and made a huge statement about the former skipper as well. He wrote, “Classic example the other night that experience can’t be bought or sold in a market place – @msdhoni #TeamIndia #SlvIND”
Now, the chief selector of Team India, MSK Prasad has revealed how Dhoni is one of the most dedicated players in the game of the game.
Speaking at the sidelines of an event, Prasad revealed that despite suffering from a severe back injury on the eve of a match against Pakistan at the Asia Cup, Dhoni went on to take the field against India’s arch-rivals the next day.
Recalling the incident, Prasad said, “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 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. So, 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 added.
“There was so much pressure before a big match. The next morning I went to his room and he told me not to worry. But I felt things were not right. (As a selector) 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 and added, “I went to his room in the evening and he was just trying to get up from his bed. I asked him if things are alright. 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.”