MS Dhoni shares update on his back injury as World Cup nears

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 | 0

When Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni didn’t come out for toss against SunRisers Hyderabad last week, his deputy Suresh Raina said the veteran wicket-keeper wanted some rest.

It turned out to be untrue, with Dhoni later revealing he had a stiff back. Sure, it must have sent a chill down the spine of Indian fans as the upcoming ODI World Cup is just a few weeks away.

And it seems to be more than he’s showing, if his latest update is anything to go by.

Following Chennai’s win over Hyderabad on Tuesday, Dhoni hinted he could take a break if his back injury worsens, keeping the World Cup in mind, of course.

“It’s holding up, it’s not showing signs of getting worse. With the World Cup coming up, I have to keep in mind that I can’t really get injured,” he said.

“There’s a bit of stiffness. There was a bit of spasm at the start of the tournament but there’s no spasm as of now. I’m used to playing international cricket with some kind of pain.

“If you wait to be 100 percent before you play a game maybe you’d have to wait five years before you play the next game. It’s something I can afford to do. If it gets worse, I’ll definitely take some time off.”

With Chennai having all but sealed a birth in the play-offs, the 37-year-old could well opt out of the remaining three matches.

Chennai, who are currently placed at the top of the table, are next scheduled to lock horns against Mumbai Indians on Friday.

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