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Dhoni Committed To The Team, Says Chief Selector MSK Prasad

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| August 28 , 2017 , 15:03 IST

Taking Indian to victory with his marvelous performance in the third ODI against Sri Lanka in Pallekele, former captain of the Indian Cricket Team, MS Dhoni has once again highlighted his worth for the team.

At a critical time when the Board of Cricket Control in India is looking for the right combination for World Cup 2019, Chief selector MSK Prasad shared an interesting incident with the former captain, a media outlet reported.

Speaking at an event, Prasad talked about Dhoni's commitment to the team. Reminiscing the time before a crucial cricket match against Pakistan, he said, "While training at the gym late in the night, Dhoni picked up weights and suddenly there was a catch in his back and (he) 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 a stretcher."

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Prasad said, "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 was worried about Dhoni's performance given the importance of the match.

He said, "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.

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"Again at 11 pm, when I went to his room, he was not there. Fortunately, I went to the top floor and I saw Dhoni was trying hard to walk towards the swimming pool. He was literally crawling. Dhoni said he was trying to walk. I was thinking how could he even think of playing when he could barely walk. Dhoni looked at me and said, 'don't worry, you have anyway got Parthiv without telling me. So, you are safe," Prasad added.

However, on the match day, in a surprise to everyone, Dhoni was all paddled up.

Prasad said, "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'. This is what Dhoni is made of."

Dhoni led the team to a victory in that match against Pakistan.