West Indies Tri-series 2013 July 9, 2013

Injured Dhoni a possibility for tri-series final

ESPNcricinfo staff

MS Dhoni, who injured his hamstring during India's first match of the Caribbean tri-series, could play in the tournament's final if India make the top two, according to stand-in captain Virat Kohli. Dhoni had done a bit of running during India's warm-ups ahead of their match against Sri Lanka on Tuesday - a must-win game for India - and Kohli said at the toss that he could be ready to play the final should India make it.

Dhoni injured his right hamstring during India's one-wicket loss against West Indies on June 30, while running between the wickets. He had received treatment on the field during his innings of 27 and did not take the field in the second innings. He was subsequently replaced by Ambati Rayudu in the squad but, unlike in ICC tournaments where replacements require official sanctioning and are binding, there are no rules in this tournament to prevent him from playing the final.

Dhoni is not part of India's squad for the limited-overs tour to Zimbabwe that begins on July 24.

The India-Sri Lanka game was the final of the league phase of the tri-series. Sri Lanka were already all but through to the final ahead of the game - they could only be eliminated if they lost the match by a whopping margin - but India needed to win to progress, while West Indies were depending on a Sri Lanka victory.

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  • Vasudevan on July 11, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    This tourney is not such a big deal, but Dhoni's fitness is. No need to venture to play this meaningless finals and aggravate the injury. We need Dhoni long term, not just for this one game.

  • Dummy4 on July 11, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    @dushyant garg why are you after dhoni he has done no other captain has done. Leave him alone.

  • Dummy4 on July 11, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    I would like to see Dhoni play the finals.. Its really boring to see the tri-series without such a player...

  • Dummy4 on July 11, 2013, 2:18 GMT

    Its good to see Dhoni playing in final. Dhoni is lucky for team as well he is well experienced in leading the team squad. whatever people says but even after being injured this man was with his team to guide them. Ofcourse Virat kohli is fit for the further captaincy of team India but still he has to learn to plot a good game.

  • Dummy4 on July 10, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    I feel Dhoni should take further rest so that world will wake up from the misconceived notion of his captaincy and all. But he wont lose chance to be in the team to put his hand on another trophy!

  • uma on July 10, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    @Ae-j Paul, why use lower order batman for hitting. better top order batsman do that. a complete batsman should switch gears and play to the situation.

  • elena on July 10, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    Virat should lead India in Final. no need of Dhoni as he is not in good touch. India can win without Dhoni . even if he is fit to play , he should give chance to youngsters as they have played well in last 2 matches . WINNING combination should not be changed as he 'Dhoni' always says!!

  • Chetan on July 10, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    If Dhoni plays and India wins, its because of Dhoni, if he doesnt and India looses, its because he didnt play, cmon guys give a break, cricket is a team game and india has 11 good players (including dhoni), i think he should play this match with Kohli captaining. I am confident India will win in any case

  • Dummy4 on July 10, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    Since the pitch has been very tough to bat on its good that MSD is back but i think India could use somebody at the top as a pinch hitter. maybe jadeja, ashin, or even kumar to see if they can get something out of them. save the better batsmen.

  • Naresh on July 10, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    @Binodbikash - Dhoni behind the stumps has one great asset. He plans the downfalls as he is in closer contact with his bowlers. I dont think Dhoni should play in this final and rather give his body the break it deserves.