MS Dhoni has made clear that he is unwilling to risk a serious injury that could rule him out of the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup. The 37-year-old has faced troubles with his back in the recent past and was even forced to miss an IPL 2019 match owing to this injury.
After Chennai Super Kings’ win against the Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Chepauk on Tuesday, the seasoned campaigner revealed that for now, the back is holding up perfectly, but with the World Cup coming up, he has to monitor it carefully.
“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 press-conference.
He also said that at the highest level, there aren’t any players who are not playing with a niggle or two. The CSK skipper in fact had to sit out of the previous match against the Sunrisers due to a back spasm.
“If it becomes worse, I certainly will 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,” Dhoni said cheekily.
With CSK having all but sealed a birth in the play-offs, the veteran wicketkeeper could well opt out of the remaining three matches.
The Super Kings, who are currently placed at the top of the table, are next scheduled to compete against Mumbai Indians on Friday.