While the Indian Premier League (IPL) is reaching its climax, there is little denying that all the eyes are on the forthcoming Cricket World Cup 2019. All the teams are desperately hoping that none of their players receive any injury and India are no exception either. There are, however, some big concerns over the fitness over their star man and former skipper MS Dhoni. The veteran star has been struggling with a back injury this season.
In fact, he also missed the game against Sunrisers Hyderabad this season due to the back injury before returning to action against Royal Challengers Bangalore. The 37-year old was also in action on Tuesday when Chennai Super Kings hosted Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Chepauk. And speaking after the game, the Super Kings skipper gave an update on his injury. The wicketkeeper-batsman assured that the injury is not getting worse. He also pointed out that the World Cup is very much in his mind.
“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,” MS Dhoni 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,” he added.
Dhoni also insisted that he would take time off if the injury shows signs of getting worse.
“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,” said Dhoni.
MS Dhoni has been in stunning form this year. He has scored over 300 runs in nine ODIs this year, with four half-centuries, including three in a row during the tour of Australia. His form in the ongoing IPL is also very promising. With 314 runs from 10 games, he is Super Kings’ highest run-scorer this year.