‘MS Dhoni is nursing a knee injury,’ confirms CSK coach Stephen Fleming, adding, ‘It’s hindering him’
MS Dhoni suffered a knee injury during Chennai Super Kings’ 3-run loss to Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2023, according to CSK coach Stephen Fleming.
On Wednesday, Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming dropped a huge surprise, confirming MS Dhoni’s knee injury. Former CSK legend Matthew Hayden had questioned Dhoni’s condition, and now Fleming has delivered a crucial update on Thala’s fitness.
Dhoni smashed two sixes in the penultimate over against the Rajasthan Royals, but the 41-year-old couldn’t lead his team to victory, as CSK fell by three runs after an entertaining final over by Sandeep Sharma.
While the Royals pacer began his over with two wides, CSK needed 21 runs to win with six balls remaining Dhoni dispatched the ball into the stands twice, giving his fans a glimmer of hope before Sandeep nailed an inch-perfect yorker on the final ball of the over as the four-time champs needed five to win from the last ball.
‘Thala’ Dhoni could only collect a single and CSK suffered their second defeat of IPL 2023 season, however, what would be worrying the fans more is that their legendary skipper is not at his peak fitness.
“He is nursing a knee injury, which you can see in some of his movements. It’s hindering him somewhat. His fitness has always been very professional. He comes a month before the tournament starts. He’s a great player. We have never doubts over him. He’s just amazing,” said Fleming in his post-match press conference.