Dhoni suffers a Knee Injury? CSK Coach Stephen Fleming provides major update on MSD's fitness for rest of the season
The first game of the 16th edition of the Indian Premier League saw Chennai Super Kings and Gujarat Titans square off at the biggest cricket ground, Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. It was a great start to the tournament, with the game ending in a nail-biting finish.
Eventually, GT had the upper hand and clinched a 5-wicket win over the four-time champions. It was also the GT's third consecutive win over Chennai in the IPL. Though the game went in both directions, CSK dominated the most of the first inning.
But they couldn't capitalise on the start provided by Ruturaj Gaikwad and ended up at 178/7 in 20 overs. Gaikwad played a brilliant inning of 92 off 50, with nine sixes and four boundaries. Notably, ahead of the start of the game, some reports suggested that the CSK skipper MS Dhoni might miss the tournament's opener against GT.
But Dhoni played the game and showed some glimpses of vintage Dhoni. However, there was a moment in the second inning when MSD landed awkwardly on his injured knee and was seen in pain. That sight caused chaos on the internet, and fans were desperate to know about the situation of the CSK skipper.
After the game, CSK head coach Stephen Fleming addressed the media and provided an important update on Dhoni's injury and his availability for the coming entire season. That incident took place during Deepak Chahar's over, when he came out to bowl in the end.
He bowled a delivery to the leg side, and the ball touched Rahul Tewatia's pad and went down the leg side. Dhoni dove with full stretch to his right to stop the ball. But in doing so, he landed on his knee, and the phsyio also came to check, and the game was paused for a moment. Although Dhoni continued the game, it caused concerns among the fans about his injury.
Later, Fleming cleared all the doubts and said, "He was always playing. Not sure where that story came from. He was nursing a sore knee throughout the month of pre-season, but today it was just cramps, it wasn’t the knee. He’s not going to be as quick and nimble as he was 15 years ago, but he is still a great leader of the side and, even with the bat, he is still going to play a part. He knows his limitations and he is a valuable player to have on the field. He is a legend."