West Indies Tri-series 2013 July 9, 2013

Injured Dhoni a possibility for tri-series final

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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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  • Nick_Singhal on July 10, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    We need Dhoni in the final of this tri nation series ....his presence is enough to boost the confidence of the teammates plus he also has the experience of leading the team in finals.

  • mjrvasu 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.

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • mahi678 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.

  • Dalena 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!!

  • chetanphanse 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

  • 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.

  • Nick_Singhal on July 10, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    We need Dhoni in the final of this tri nation series ....his presence is enough to boost the confidence of the teammates plus he also has the experience of leading the team in finals.

  • mjrvasu 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.

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • mahi678 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.

  • Dalena 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!!

  • chetanphanse 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

  • 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.

  • Naresh28 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.

  • Manowara on July 10, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    Not only dhoni every body need rest after lot of non stop cricket. any way ppl are not sure if they loose the final to SL. Boy its not the end of the world. India and SL are already won and lost in finals and semies to each other during the past. They would do so in future also. why risk dhoni all of sudden. Let the professionals decide whether to play dhoni or not. We fans watch the game together, cheer and enjoy the cricket. Team who play to a plan, take calculated risk and less mistakes would win this as well.

  • Tvaranitra on July 10, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    I think it is better to have Virat lead the team in the finals and it will give an opportunity for the selectors to see how he handles pressure situations especially during finals. This will be a good exposure for Virat himself. Dhoni has done it time and again, but I wish Virat lead the team during this finals.

  • Binodbikash on July 10, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    Dhoni should be played as a specialist batsman. Asking him to keep wicket all the time when another specialist keeper is already in playing XI is not fair. DK is better keeper than Dhoni anyway. But Dhoni is the package you want in your team.

  • Shaikh-s on July 10, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    i think MS should play this final and add a feather to his cap since there is no more zim tour for him rather risking india to play final under VK grooming somone for the future does not mean to put championship on jeoperdy

  • Shajahan.P on July 10, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    i believe that Dhoni will not step ahead and play just 1 match as he is not going to travel to Zimbabwe... The same Squad will play in final.

    Also he is taking good rest and can not just come for 1 match and perform better.

  • naansari on July 10, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    If Dhoni is back for the final on Thursday it will be an advantage for India and will put Sri Lanka under a bit of pressure. Anyway all the best to Indian team who have shown lot of character in the last 2 games and hope they will perform like this and win the cup, even if Dhoni doesn't make it in the playing XI.

  • LovedFansofIndianCricket on July 10, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    It is good news that Doni may play final. It is unfair to Rayadu and Vijay. But Rayadu is the Team against Zim tour.All the best for Team India. Well played in last 2 match, win with bonus point.

  • Naresh28 on July 10, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    IF I was team management I would not allow Dhoni to play. REST HIM. Theres no need in pushing oneself - Dhoni needs to take care - look at the bigger picture. The team needs to learn to play without him there. So what if we lose this final - its not the end of the world. Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Raina, Kohli, Bhuvi, Ishant, Yadav all need rest before the SA tour. India has enough talent to send a second string of players to Zim.

  • naren1983 on July 10, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    Here starts the Final fever for SriLanka. We are beating Srilanka in the finals regularly and with Dhoni's presence, India's chances are brighter. No use of playing Murali Vijay as he is already eliminated from even Zimbabwe tour and not going to be considered him in the future XI as well. Don't know on what basis selectors had chosen him in the XI ahead of Rahane. Playing Dhoni will boost the team Psychologically and its a balanced team altogether to go & kill the opponents. If Bhuvi took Mahela & Sanga the same way he did in last match, Srilanka will back home without trophy for sure. All the best Team India.

  • MaximusSparta on July 10, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    Why make so much Cry abt the DL method ...Srilanka scored 219 in 41 overs from 60/3 in 19 overs . why can't INdia would have scored 250+ with Rohit Raina Sir jadeja and Vijay in the bank....Team showed its classs and we are proud of them...well played boysss:)

  • a_prasanna on July 10, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    I would prefer Dhoni playing in the finals. His presence would spread some extra confidence in the team and also due to the fact he has the experience of captaining India successfully in the finals.

  • Narbavi on July 10, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    @Satadru Roy: Doesn't make sense at all, Vijay did have a good outing at no.6 against WI, anyway now both won't be able to play if Dhoni plays the final, so what's your point?

  • Johnny_129 on July 10, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    @ Blade-Runner, D&L is not as ridiculous as you may think. It is not perfect but, just like DRS, it is the best solution at present - better than having abandoned matches, anyway. In this case India scored 119/3 assuming they had 50 overs - they could have increased their run rate even with 10 overs remaining, had they known that their innings would be cut short. SL on the other hand did not even score 119 so let's not beleaguer the additional runs India would or would not have scored. SL also won the toss so you can say that they were beaten all ends up. But they have another chance in the final - best of luck.

  • on July 10, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    Good to see Dhoni in final. Indian middle order is just average without him and with him it's awesome. He is going to some free time after this final. Although Rohit Sharma scores run at top, he is not at all a good openor. My Indian XI for Australian series: Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, B.Kumar, Ishant, Umesh When will BCCI realise Pujara is our Hashim Amla? He is 2nd on the all time list of best average in List A just behind Bevan.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on July 10, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    @Blade-Runner. Sorry mate, Dhoni have to be in the filed. And SL all out less than 100...so no point in DL score either. yes, I agree DL is the worst thing...but the same thing happened against India when they played ODI series against Eng. Only Ind fans cried foul and rest of them enjoyed it. Now its blessed India. Long live Deckworth and Louis!

  • Siva_Bala75 on July 10, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    I feel Dhoni should just take rest and enjoy and have fun watching Kohli & Co win the cup! His replacement Vijay had a couple of good innings and more importantly this series is of least interest to even the most die hard Indian fan. Just forget it.

  • on July 10, 2013, 3:27 GMT

    Now Kohli is doing a good job for the team as a captain by showing lot of character after two defeats. Even they ended the top in points table. Assign Kohli as captain for the finals as well so that it will groom him more as a future captain. Let him understand how to handle pressure in finals as he managed to handle it in last two matches to make it to the finals.

  • on July 10, 2013, 3:02 GMT

    very clever way to block Ambati Raydu out, and carry on playing an underperformer like MVijay instead.

  • IndianEagle on July 10, 2013, 2:28 GMT

    d karthik should be replaced by dhoni in the final.

  • nicknick24 on July 10, 2013, 1:44 GMT

    dhoni sud play in the final but virat must captain the side ! lol

  • pinn on July 10, 2013, 1:43 GMT

    Dhoni needs rest, its been a non-stop cricket for a while for him. Especially when you are hurt, give it bit of a time to reheal, other making the things worse.

    Best wishes India for finals. It is good to see the youngsters pull up a chance in final from no where. That too finishing on top of the table after humiliated around 150+ runs is awesome.

    Unfortunate for WI, they got affected by rain in back to back series.

  • on July 10, 2013, 1:31 GMT

    If Dhoni has any doubt in his fitness, he should sit out. It will not only help the team but also helps Dhoni's speedy recovery.

  • jimbond on July 10, 2013, 0:50 GMT

    @Blade-Runner: it seems you had not accounted for two gentlemen- Duckworth and Lewis! And Indian batsman are quite okay- at least in ODIs; hence if they are struggling on a pitch, the SL batsmen were not going to have a nice time. Also, if Bhubaneswar Kumar was causing all the problems, what where the other two pacemen doing? Now that India team has adjusted to his absence, there should be no for Dhoni to play. A fully fit Rayudu is definitely better than a half fit Dhoni.

  • on July 10, 2013, 0:42 GMT

    @vinee2cric - Guess what ,you just spoke a little too early.Please remember one golden rule in Cricket - Its not over till its all over

  • on July 10, 2013, 0:39 GMT

    @Blade-runner-Apparently D/L is irrelevant now as SL couldnt even cross 100 runs in 24 overs.Well, assuming the match has gone full time, India at that rate would have scored atleast 220-230 runs which is more than enough for the Sri lankan side, The D/L method only helped India in getting a bonus point, which any way is not required to go through to the finals

  • Divinetouch on July 9, 2013, 22:41 GMT

    Congrats to the #1 ODI team in the world. Sri Lanka could not even make a 100 so Duckworth Lewis did not matter in the end.

    very sad the Sri Lankans are really unlucky - they lose the toss and lose, they win the toss and still lose.

  • Left_Arm_Lollipop on July 9, 2013, 22:22 GMT

    Well that's it for Windies' chances of getting into another final. From the time Angelo decide to put India in to bat this morning, I thought that Sri Lanka was playing it smart. I think they feel they have a better chance with a very predictable and tired Indian team than to go up against the hosts in a final. The West Indies now need to 'wheel-and-come-again. Pakistan is at the doorsteps, correct the little errors: Simmons, like Russel & N.Miller ought to be in the squad, get the D.Smiths right...it is Dwayne that you need in a one-day NOT Devon. Kevon Cooper's name ought to be sung somewhere around the T-20 squad. Opportunities also for K.Santokie, M.Cummins, D.Johnson and S. Cotterrell.

  • bbnn on July 9, 2013, 22:07 GMT

    @blade runner yes finished 96 all out not even 119

  • VVSR92 on July 9, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    strong mental power of msd might help him recover soon , when he pulled his hamstring he could have gone back to India or a vacation for his birthday but choose to stay with team . Shows commitment for the nation . Ind are proud to have him as captain .

  • Blade-Runner on July 9, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    India 119/3 from 29 overs and Sri Lanka need 178 from 26 overs :O . Long live Duckworth n Lewis !!!! lol

  • on July 9, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    @vinee2cric .Dude u most not 2 forget what happened in 2011 WC.Kohli had hit a century there.

  • Temuzin on July 9, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    It seems team management has not much faith as a few fans do in Rayudu. Even Kohli did not pick him. He may not be a good bat in the nets.

  • Tronyai on July 9, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    Wi must drop pollard smith holder and samuels

  • on July 9, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    @vinee2cric..lol..totally agree with u

  • vr.mandalapu on July 9, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    Very funny! Ambati Rayudu, reportedly the replacement for Dhoni has'nt been allowed to play. Now Dhoni is intending to play in final which may not materialize. Very intelligent way of blocking people by the team management.

  • kitten on July 9, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    @Blade-Runner... 'It seems that Dhoni can take a longer break now as India is needing a miracle to pull this one off. 119/3 -29 overs'.

    If SL can come back from 60/3 after approx 19 overs, I am sure India can do the same...in cricket one never knows what might happen. Did anyone dream that WI after winning both their games in the beginning, would be struggling to make it to the final? Being such an unpredictable game, is what holds people's interest. Though I would like to see India progress, I think it would be fitting if WI were involved in the final seeing that it is being played in their homeland, with all their fans around. And it would mean a lot to their very happy and joyful supporters if WI can lift the trophy.

  • vin2cricketindia on July 9, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    ahh, Kohli scores century & India r out of tournament.

  • on July 9, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    @ Blade-Runner : true that.

  • Blade-Runner on July 9, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    It seems that Dhoni can take a longer break now as India is needing a miracle to pull this one off. 119/3 -29 overs.

  • Blade-Runner on July 9, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    It seems that Dhoni can take a longer break now as India is needing a miracle to pull this one off. 119/3 -29 overs.

  • on July 9, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    @ Blade-Runner : true that.

  • vin2cricketindia on July 9, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    ahh, Kohli scores century & India r out of tournament.

  • kitten on July 9, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    @Blade-Runner... 'It seems that Dhoni can take a longer break now as India is needing a miracle to pull this one off. 119/3 -29 overs'.

    If SL can come back from 60/3 after approx 19 overs, I am sure India can do the same...in cricket one never knows what might happen. Did anyone dream that WI after winning both their games in the beginning, would be struggling to make it to the final? Being such an unpredictable game, is what holds people's interest. Though I would like to see India progress, I think it would be fitting if WI were involved in the final seeing that it is being played in their homeland, with all their fans around. And it would mean a lot to their very happy and joyful supporters if WI can lift the trophy.

  • vr.mandalapu on July 9, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    Very funny! Ambati Rayudu, reportedly the replacement for Dhoni has'nt been allowed to play. Now Dhoni is intending to play in final which may not materialize. Very intelligent way of blocking people by the team management.

  • on July 9, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    @vinee2cric..lol..totally agree with u

  • Tronyai on July 9, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    Wi must drop pollard smith holder and samuels

  • Temuzin on July 9, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    It seems team management has not much faith as a few fans do in Rayudu. Even Kohli did not pick him. He may not be a good bat in the nets.

  • on July 9, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    @vinee2cric .Dude u most not 2 forget what happened in 2011 WC.Kohli had hit a century there.

  • Blade-Runner on July 9, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    India 119/3 from 29 overs and Sri Lanka need 178 from 26 overs :O . Long live Duckworth n Lewis !!!! lol