MS Dhoni breaks silence on 'bad' back injury

Last Updated: Tue, Apr 17, 2018 15:40 hrs
MS Dhoni is confident of not missing games despite a bad back

Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni is confident of leading the side against Rajasthan Royals on Friday despite suffering from a 'bad' back injury.

Dhoni hammered a career-best unbeaten 79 against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali and almost took Chennai home. Chasing 198, Dhoni's Chennai fell short by five runs as the former India skipper turned back the clock.

During his 44-ball knock, Dhoni needed treatment and at times struggled to run between the wickets.

Despite a 'bad' back, Dhoni smashed five huge sixes and said that he will be playing the next match.

"It's bad," he said of the injury.

"How bad it is, I don't know. God has given me enough power, I don't need to use my back a lot (when batting). The hands can do the job.

"We'll assess how bad it is. It shouldn't be too bad because I know what really happened. Once you know what kind of injury it is, it becomes slightly easy to get out of it.

"Also, we have three-four days now before the next game, so (there is) enough time.

"Also, I am quite used to playing with a few injuries; whether it is back, fingers, elbow or something else. So, you have to be tough and play out the game."

Despite starting well, Chennai were plagued with injuries to key players like Suresh Raina, Murali Vijay, Kedar Jadhav and Faf Du Plessis.

While Jadhav has been ruled out of the tournament, Raina will miss the next match also.

Chennai sit pretty at the number three spot in the points table with two wins from three games and coach Stephen Fleming said that he is proud of his side.

"I'm proud of the character we're showing. We're hanging in," Fleming said.

"We're not too far away. We're scrapping and competing in every game we've played so far and we almost got across the line (against Kings XI).

"To have two wins out of three with injuries and a bit of drama with our home ground, we'll probably take that."

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