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Need to be careful with my back as World Cup is coming: Dhoni

Chennai, PTI | Updated : 24 April 2019, 06:54 AM
Dhoni said that there has been some stiffness but it is holding up as of now.
Dhoni said that there has been some stiffness but it is holding up as of now.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has battled a dodgy back for a long time and he wants to be careful with it as the ICC World Cup is around the corner. The CSK skipper said that there has been some stiffness but it is holding up as of now.

"The back is holding up, it's not getting worse, with the World Cup coming up, can't afford that, because that's too important," Dhoni said at the post-match presentation ceremony after CSK beat Sunrisers by six wickets.

Dhoni said that at the highest level, there aren't any players who are not playing with a niggle or two.

"If it becomes worse, I certainly take some time off but at this level you play with some niggle or the other. Because if you wait to get fully fit, then there will be a gap of five years between two matches," the skipper said cheekily.

Meanwhile, Mahi is the most experienced player in team India. Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni are the two pillars of the Indian cricket team in the current age. While Kohli has cemented his place as one of the best batsmen in the modern era, Dhoni is considered one of the best tacticians the game has ever seen.

Under Dhoni’s captaincy, India became the No.1 ranked side in Tests and won the ICC World T20 in 2007, ICC World Cup in 2011 and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy.

In an interview, Kohli remarked that he was incredibly lucky to have the services of Dhoni and stressed that he will be a vital cog in India’s prospects for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

First Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 06:53 AM
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