Dhoni’s back was, however, bothering him a lot and he also took some help from the physio during his innings. Did the excruciating back pain prevent Dhoni from pulling off a win? “The back is pretty bad but God has given me a lot of power and I don’t need to use my back a lot. My arms can do the job,” Dhoni said.
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However, he maintained that it was not a very serious injury. “It shouldn’t be too bad because I know what happened. And when you know the extent of your injury, you know how bad it really is,” he said.
With a few days still left for the next CSK game and Dhoni showing enough intent not to skip a single IPL game, rest is of course the best possible healer for the former 2011 World Cup winning captain. But when cricket firmament is still talking about his unbeaten 79 against the Kings XI Punjab in Mohali that went in vain on Sunday, how can anyone leave out former captains like Kapil Dev and Dilip Vengsarkar left behind? They both sounded ecstatic about Dhoni’s form and also agreed that his fitness is the prime reason behind all his success.
Dhoni’s team may have lost the game by a whisker, but he came close to winning the game for his team and that proves that he is far from over. “It was awesome the way he played. He came close to winning the game for CSK. He has played really well. I wish him luck,” Vengsarkar added.
Before the Kings’ game, Dhoni wasn’t in his elements but according to Kapil Dev, his experience is good enough to make an impact. “He is very fit and in terms of overall ratings, he is one of the top players in terms of fitness,” Kapil said.
Even Vengsarkar agreed that age is just a number for Dhoni. “I have always believed that form and fitness are two important aspects of the game. As far as Dhoni is concerned, his fitness level is still excellent — as good as he was before,” Vengsarkar.
Kapil is also expecting a few more such innings from Dhoni this year because he is batting up the order. “This IPL will give him strength to do bigger things as a player. He was fabulous the other night. Batting up the order is going to do a world of good to his batting. He will open his arms and shoulder at will. I am sure he is enjoying every moment of it,” he said.