Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni has been ruled out of the next few IPL games after an elbow injury. He may be out of action for the next 10 days.
“Dhoni has been diagnosed with an elbow injury and has been advised 10 days rest,” team manager Russell Radhakrishnan said.
Suresh Raina will stand in as Chennai captain. Dhoni hurt his elbow while batting against the Kolkata Knight Riders in Tuesday’s match at Eden Garden. A delivery from new KKR buy and pacer Shane Bond hit Dhoni on the right elbow. Later he underwent an x-ray test.
“Dhoni will be out of action for the next 10 days and the exact nature of his injury is being examined by the doctors at a private hospitals here,” a team management source said.
Despite the injury, Dhoni was Man of the Match for his unbeaten knock of 66. He also took a diving catch to dismiss Owais Shah off Lakshmipathy Balaji’s bowling. Later, during the post-match presentations, the Chennai skipper was seen sporting a pack and bandage on his right elbow and shook hands left-handed.
The source, however, said that Dhoni will be travelling with the team to Delhi, where the Chennai side will take on Delhi Daredevils at Feroz Shah Kotla on Friday. But with Delhi in great form, Chennai will be at a disadvantage without their dashing skipper.
“He will be travelling with the team to Delhi,” the source said.
Apart from the match against the Daredevils, the injury also rules Dhoni out of Chennai Super Kings’ matches against Kings XI Punjab (March 21), Royal Challengers Bangalore (March 23) and Mumbai Indians (March 25).
Chennai began the tournament badly, losing to the Deccan Chargers and the Dhoni-led win against the Kolkata Knight Riders had come as a shot in the arm to the team.