Perhaps, any game, let alone cricket is a test of a player’s perseverance, temperament, and endurance. And injuries are part and parcel of any sport. However, a player’s commitment to their nation can not only get them past any wounds but also enable them to craft some of the most memorable innings. There exist several instances of the same in the world.
As for Indian cricket, it has also witnessed several such moments. Such cricketers defied logic and went on to play no matter how severe their injuries were. As a cricketing-frenzied nation, the cricketers understood the stakes and their own passion further played a part in contributing significantly to their team’s cause.
We take a look at five instances when Indian cricketers defied their injuries to play the game:
MS Dhoni kept wickets in 2016 against Zimbabwe despite an eye injury:
The then Indian captain MS Dhoni suffered a freak of an eye injury during the third T20I against Zimbabwe in Harare. The incident occurred when the keeper-batsman tried to launch paceman Donald Tripiano all the way. However, he failed and as a result, the visiting skipper played the ball onto the stumps following which the bail sliced up and struck Dhoni’s eye.
Despite that, the 39-year old did not rest up and came out to stand behind the stumps. While Dhoni managed only nine runs while batting and could not affect any dismissal with his stumps, he guided India to a series victory. The visitors defended a modest total of 138 to win by three runs.