Even if my one leg is not there, I will still play against Pakistan: When MS Dhoni led Team India to win with injured back

The Men in Blue are set to begin their T20 World Cup campaign with a blockbuster of a clash against Pakistan.

Saurabh Ganguly Author

Updated - 24 October 2021 5:16 pm

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a legendary name in the Indian cricketing circles. While he has retired from international cricket, there is hardly any dip in the kind of love and adulation that he continues to receive from his fans worldwide. Dhoni also pleasantly surprised the Indian cricket team fans when he agreed to be part of the Team India set up in the capacity of a team mentor for the T20 World Cup 2021.

While the Men in Blue are set to begin their T20 World Cup campaign with a blockbuster of a clash against Pakistan, former India chief selector MSK Prasad revealed an incident that serves as a testimony to Dhoni's resolve to put up a fight on the cricket field in a match against their arch-rivals.

Prasad revealed that before a game against Pakistan, Dhoni once fell on his back with his weights at the gym. He was training at the gym late at night when this accident happened and Prasad was extremely worried about how Dhoni would play the match what he would tell the press.

Dhoni was literally crawling before the match: Prasad

However, Prasad added that Dhoni was calm and told him not to worry about a thing. While Prasad did listen to him, he did want to take any chances and called Parthiv Patel as his replacement. However, much to the surprise of Prasad, Dhoni was ready for the match against the Men in Green.

"Dhoni was trying hard to walk towards the swimming pool (before the match). 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," Prasad had revealed on the sidelines of an event as quoted in a PTI report.

"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," he added.

Dhoni later led India to win in that fixture and his addition will be a huge boost for Virat Kohli & Co. whose last ICC trophy win came in 2013 under the leadership of none other than MSD himself.