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“Even If My One Leg Is Not There, I Will Still Play Against Pakistan” MS Dhoni Replied MSK Prasad

Published on: 28/08/17 6:38 PM

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is said to be the Captain Cool of the Indian cricket team. It is under his captaincy only that India has got the honour to win World Cup twice.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is said to be the Captain Cool of the Indian cricket team. It is under his captaincy only that India has got the honour to win World Cup twice. It is his ability to keep his mind calm during pressure situations, that makes him different from other players of the world. However, only having calm mind is not what you need to achieve success rather it needs hard work and dedication too. 

M.S. Dhoni is a perfect example of this who with his cool mind along with dedication and hard work has achieved many milestones which many other cricketers are still trying too. The incident dates back to February 22, 2016, when it was reported that M.S. Dhoni has a growing strain on the back.

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Chief Selector MSK Prasad has certainly been fetching the news for a couple of weeks after he took many bold decisions for the selection committee of BCCI. However, recently when Questions were raised over MSD's performance on the field, he came up with a very interesting reply. The incident dates back to 22nd February 2016, just a couple of days before India was ready to face against arch Rivals Pakistan in the Asia Cup at Sher-e-Bangla, Dhaka.

The Injury Came up from the last match he played against New Zealand!

Recalling the incident, 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.”

As I reached Dhaka, the journalists questioned about Dhoni and I had no answers. The game against Pakistan was crucial, that too, it was on a seaming track. So, I went to Dhoni’s room to know what the issue was. He said, ‘don’t worry MSK bhai.’ I even asked him what should I tell the scribes, and the answer again was ‘don’t worry MSK bhai.’ I asked him whether we should call for a replacement, and he again told me not to worry,” Prasad added.

However, since T20 World Cup 2016 was knocking on the doors, the Team selectors took no risk and decided to call up Parthiv Patel as a replacement Keeper of the Team.
“There was so much pressure before a big match. The next morning I went to his room and he told me not to worry. But I felt things were not right. (As a selector) I couldn’t take Dhoni’s words for granted, so I called up the then chief selector Sandeep Patil and told him the situation. Immediately, Parthiv Patel was sent in as a replacement. By evening, Parthiv had joined the team,”

“I went to his room in the evening and he was just trying to get up from his bed. I asked him if things are alright. As per the Asia Cup rules, we had to submit the team list 24 hours before a game, so I had to check on him. He clearly said that he would play.”

However, on that day MS Dhoni took everyone by a surprise, and got padded up already. The match ended with Pakistan Being all out for 85 and India chasing it off in just 15.3 Overs with 5 wickets in hand. Virat Kohli was the highest scorer with 49 while the match was finished by Yuvraj and MS Dhoni, the finisher himself.

Finally, MSK Prasad revealed:
“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.”

The Scoreboard (Asia Cup 2016 - India Vs Pakistan)

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