To miss the entire season, in a race against time to be fit for the Champions Trophy
The Indian Premier League, India’s biggest sporting extravaganza is about to get underway on Wednesday and the list of players missing this season due to injury is getting longer by the way. A large number of international stars like JP Duminy, Quinton De Kock, Mitchell Marsh, Mitchell Starc, Andre Russel are out of the tournament. The Indian stalwarts have also endured a long season, and the likes of KL Rahul, Murli Vijay, R Ashwin are set to miss the entire season to recover from injuries while Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja and Umesh Yadav will miss the first few weeks as they recuperate their bodies and prepare for the Champions Trophy in June. However, news emerging today has proven to be a complete shocker, that of M.S.Dhoni withdrawing from this season as well!
What really transpired:
First things first, the fans cannot imagine a Rising Pune Supergiants match without Dhoni. There was enough furore when Steve Smith replaced him as captain for the season. The fans who are still reeling in shock over the surprise decision by the team management were in for a bolt from the blue as Dhoni reportedly sustained a hamstring injury in training today. He was caught limping by cameramen at the ground, clearly in discomfort.
An eye-witness at the ground described, “He had been practising his keeping skills for about 30 minutes when he awkwardly dove to collect a ball and stretched himself a little too much. He couldn’t get up normally and was helped to his feet by the team’s physiotherapist.”
An IPL without Dhoni:
An IPL without Dhoni is unimaginable. He has been the most prolific captain, wicketkeeper and one of the best batsmen to grace the tournament and it’s indeed sad that his foray in IPL 10 was cut short even before it began. Dhoni was instrumental in popularising the tournament in its initial stages and still remains the fan favourite by a distance.
There has been no official word from the team management as to the extent of his injury. Initial reports suggest he might take 4-6 weeks to recover, so he is expected to miss the IPL entirely and make a comeback directly in the Champions Trophy. India needs his heroics to clinch back to back Champions Trophy titles and the cool player that he is, he won’t disappoint. There won’t be any word from the team management, though, because it’s April Fool’s day and Dhoni will take the field against the Mumbai Indians on 6th April.