Dhoni survives injury scare ahead of 'home' ODI

Jan 18, 2013, 17:01 IST | PTI

India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Friday survived an injury scare when a rising delivery hit his right thumb during the team's practice session on the eve of the third one-dayer against England in Ranchi. 

However, the team management said he was fit and there was no danger to Dhoni, who is all set to lead Team India at his home ground amidst the local fans, who are eagerly waiting to see the city's favourite son in action on Saturday.

"He is perfectly alright. He does not even need to have an X-ray, scan or anything. There is no danger at all," Satish, Indian team manager (logistics), told reporters in Ranchi on Friday.

Dhoni batted, and even bowled, for about 10 minutes before being hit by a rising delivery from Indian bowling coach Joe Dawes.

Dhoni survives injury scare
MS Dhoni has survived an injury scare ahead of his 'home' ODI. File Pic/AFP

The skipper did not bat again after being hit at the nets and was seen applying ice packs and watching the proceedings from the dressing room balcony.

"He stopped practising as it was just for icing. All 15 are fit for selection," Satish said, quelling any speculation about the availability.

The newly-built JSCA International Stadium Complex in the South-Western fringes about 15 kms away, will host the first International match on Saturday with cricket fever having soared to dizzying heights with local 'king' Dhoni leading the side.

The World Cup-winning skipper has the kind of aura about him in these parts, that's reminisent of what Sourav Ganguly has in Kolkata.

Even an excited Dhoni has said he was looking forward to play at home, as there is little doubt over his availibility on the morrow.

"200 per cent I'm looking forward to it (playing at home). It's a big thing for me," the Ranchi-born wicketkeeper batsman, who has so far played 216 ODIs since making his debut in 2004 in Bangladesh, had said after their series levelling (1-1) victory in Kochi.  

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