Dhoni ruled out of IPL for 10 days

Chennai Super Kings captain M.S. Dhoni will miss IPL action for the next 10 days due to the elbow injury he sustained during a match against Kolkata Knight Riders on Tuesday

 Chennai Super Kings’ Indian Premier League campaign received a huge blow on Wednesday with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni being ruled out of action for the next 10 days because of an elbow injury.

“Dhoni will be out of action for the next 10 days and the exact nature of his injury is being examined by the doctors at a private hospital here,” a team management source told PTI.

Dhoni underwent an x-ray test after being hit by a rising Shane Bond delivery in yesterday’s match against Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens even though Coach Stephen Fleming ruled out any major injury to the India skipper.

The source, however, said that Dhoni will be travelling with the team to Delhi, where the Chennai side will take on Delhi Daredevils at Ferozeshah Kotla on Friday.

“He will be travelling with the team to Delhi,” the source said.

“An official announcement will be made once the nature of the injury is determined by the doctors,” he added.

Apart from the match against the Daredevils, the injury also rules Dhoni out of Chennai Super Kings’ matches against Kings XI Punjab (March 21), Royal Challengers Bangalore (March 23) and Mumbai Indians (March 25).


We lost the mental aspect: Dhoni on heart-breaking loss


Indian captain M.S. Dhoni seen during a practice session

 India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has no qualms in admitting that the reason for their defeat in the nerve-wrecking fifth ODI was lack of mental toughness in the lower-order batsmen.

Chasing an imposing 351 for win, India came close but fell short by just three runs as they folded for 347 after Sachin Tendulkar’s sublime 175 off 141 balls.

After Tendulkar’s departure in the first ball of the 48th over, India required 19 runs from 17 balls but the remaining three batsmen succumbed to pressure and could manage only 15.

Dhoni said India matched the World Champion side as far as cricketing skills are concerned but the want of mental toughness in crunch moments did them in.

“We lost the mental aspect and not the cricketing part of the match. Chasing 350 was always going to be difficult even on this wicket which played very well,” Dhoni said after India conceded a 2-3 lead in the seven-match series.

Dhoni also said had it not been for Tendulkar’s amazing and strokeful knock, the hosts would have never come so close to victory.

“Three or four of our top batsmen did not score but still we came close to the target. Sachin Tendulkar played very well and he was one man who brought us close to a win. But even after he left we did not lose hopes till the end,” said Dhoni about Tendulkar’s fabulous knock which was studded with 19 fours and four sixes.

Dhoni is all candour and humour

Dhoni lifts his bat towards the crowd after his century during the second ODI in Nagpur on Wednesday.


PTI Dhoni lifts his bat towards the crowd after his century during the second ODI in Nagpur on Wednesday.

Disarming candour and humour were the intrinsic features of M.S. Dhoni’s interaction with the media here on Wednesday night.

After scoring 124 to ambush the Aussies in the second ODI of the Hero Honda Cup seven-match series here, Dhoni, when asked about his ‘special’ innings, said: “It is not that I have scored many centuries so I will keep all of them in my memory.

“It was a good innings but it was a team effort and not just about me. When I went in the run-rate was good and even if scored at five an over we would have had a good base,” Dhoni said.

Dhoni said that even he would have opted to field first if he had won the toss. “Dew was a factor and with spinners in my attack even I would have fielded first. I am happy with the way all the bowlers performed.

“Harbhajan bowled two bad overs but after that he did get his lines right and he is slowly getting there. Ishant is bowling with rhythm and his pace has gone up,” Dhoni said.

Fine innings

Meanwhile Ricky Ponting said that the Indian batsmen were too good and that Dhoni played a fine innings. “We reasoned about the dew factor and the fact that we were missing a bowler like Brett Lee so we decided to back our batsmen and opted to chase.

“Didn’t work out the way I expected though,” Ponting said and admitted that he missed a bowler like Glenn McGrath to bowl in the death. “Today was an opportunity for your younger players to step up and perform. I am sure they will learn along the way,” Ponting said.

Meannwhile, wicket-keeper Tim Paine will fly back home after suffering a broken finger here on Wednesday. “Paine has broken a finger and he will fly out immediately. Because of the different time zones we are unable to get in touch with our selectors back home though we do have David Boon here with us.

“I am sure we will get a replacement in time for the Delhi match (October 31),” said Ponting.


Dravid dropped, Sehwag comes back for Australia series

Indian captain M.S. Dhoni in Chennai to participate in the selection committee meeting for the upcoming India-Australia matches in Chennai on Thursday. Photo: PTI

PTI Indian captain M.S. Dhoni in Chennai to participate in the selection committee meeting for the upcoming India-Australia matches in Chennai on Thursday.
Former India captain Rahul Dravid was dropped while opening batsman Virender Sehwag made a comeback to the 15-member squad for the first two One-Day Internationals (ODI) of the seven-match series against Australia.

The opening match of the series will be played at Vadodara Oct 25 and Nagpur will host the second game Oct 28.

The national selection committee that met here Thursday at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium decided to call back medium pacers Munaf Patel and Sudip Tyagi in place of fast bowler Rudra Pratap Singh and spin all-rounder Yousuf Pathan. Out-of form fast bowler Ishant Sharma retained his place.

Yuvraj Singh, who is still suffering from a knee injury, has been selected and is expected to play in the first match.

“The selectors were advised that Yuvraj Singh will be fit to play on Oct 28. It is possible that he may be able to play the first match also. The decision on the playing eleven for the first match will based on Yuvraj’s fitness test on Oct 25,” said N. Srinivasan, secretary of the Indian cricket board.

The squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain-wicketkeeper), Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Ashish Nehra, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Shrama, Amit Mishra, Munaf Patel and Sudip Tyagi.