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Injury scare for Dhoni, will play crucial match
Subhash Rajta, Hindustan Times
Port Elizabeth, January 20, 2011
First Published: 23:47 IST(20/1/2011)
Last Updated: 00:03 IST(21/1/2011)

India suffered another injury scare when MS Dhoni hurt his knee during a net session on Thursday. The India skipper, however, should be available for Friday's crucial tie as the team manager described the injury "not serious."

But given how injuries have hit India players recently, even a slight injury to someone as important as the skipper will make the team lose sleep. Injury to Dhoni becomes even more critical as he's the only wicketkeeper named in the World Cup squad.

Just before hurting his knee, the skipper had spoken about how the team had got used to missing big players due to injury, and how, as is evident in this series, it was a good opportunity for the youngsters. "Youngsters will learn more in these conditions. They will learn to read the game far better in tough conditions than on flat tracks," he said.

Smith washes hands off power struggle
South Africa skipper Graeme Smith washed his hands off the ongoing power struggle in Cricket South Africa between president, Mtutuzeli Nyoka, and CEO, Gerald Majola.

"The players have enough to worry about with pressure and responsibilities of going to a World Cup.

That is our primary focus at the moment. We have got to trust the people above us to handle this and do their jobs properly and deal with those matters in the same way that they trust us to play cricket."

The South African skipper said the power tussle wouldn't affect their chances in the World Cup.

"Something the team has been very successful about over the last few years is staying away from that stuff. Our job is to focus on cricket and not get caught up in that," he said.

'Sehwag, Dhoni are game changers'
PTI ADDS: Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Thursday named Virender Sehwag and MS Dhoni as the two major game changers in the Indian squad due to their ability to dominate the opposition bowlers and hitting the ball with power.

"There are a number of players in our team who have the ability to change the game. Virender Sehwag is one of them. Every time he is batting we know that he will dominate all the bowlers. He has changed the game for us during difficult situations," Harbhajan said.

"Another game changer for us is Dhoni who has got his own technique. He has a lot of power to hit the ball all around the field," said the off-spinner.


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