Team India’s former captain has always been considered one of the best Indian cricket captains. His super cool and calm nature and amazing cricketing skills are something people love the most. Another incident has come to light that proves that Dhoni is one cricketer who eats, sleep, and repeats, cricket!
Talking about the dedication and spirit that Dhoni has towards the game and his nation, National selector MSK Prasad recently recalled an incident involving MS Dhoni ahead of an Asia Cup clash against Pakistan. 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.
It was a difficult moment as the captain was injured. However, Dhoni was sure that he will play. He was continuously assuring MSK Prasad that he will play the match. But, for Prasad, it was hard to believe seeing Dhoni’s condition. According to the Asian Cup rules, the list of players should be submitted 24 hours before the match.
With a heavy heart, Prasad brought Parthiv Patel as Dhoni’s replacement on standby. Recalling the night when he visited Dhoni the third time, Prasad said,
I saw Dhoni was trying hard to walk 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.
However, on the day of the match, Dhoni left Prasad amazed. He was all dressed up and padded to conquer the rivals. Prasad recalled,
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.
Yes, this is Mahendra Singh Dhoni for you!