Chennai Super Kings' Indian Premier League campaign received a huge blow today with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni being ruled out of action for the next 10 days because of an elbow injury.
"Dhoni will be out of action for the next 10 days and the exact nature of his injury is being examined by the doctors at
a private hospitals here," a team management source told PTI.
Dhoni underwent an x-ray test after being hit by a rising Shane Bond delivery in yesterday's match against Kolkata
Knight Riders at Eden Gardens even though coach Stephen Fleming ruled out any major injury to the India skipper.
The source, however, said that Dhoni will be travelling with the team to Delhi, where the Chennai side will take on
Delhi Daredevils at Ferozeshah Kotla on Friday.
"He will be travelling with the team to Delhi," the source said. "An official announcement will be made once the nature of
the injury is determined by the doctors," he added.
Apart from the match against the Daredevils, the injury also rules Dhoni out of Chennai Super Kings' matches against
Kings XI Punjab (March 21), Royal Challengers Bangalore (March 23) and Mumbai Indians (March 25).
"In Dhoni's absence, Suresh Raina will lead the side while Parthiv Patel will be the wicketkeeper," added Meyappan and Chandrasekhar.
"Dhoni had taken a blow to his arm from delivery by Bond and on assessment he has been advised rest. He will be assessed further in Chennai on March 21 and further details will be given after that," the statement added.
Dhoni, even after the blow, continued to play and led from the front with a 33-ball 66 not out to lay the platform for his team's comprehensive 55-run win over the hosts.
Later while keeping, Dhoni took a diving catch only to aggravate the bruise and had an x-ray last evening.
Chennai will face Delhi Daredevils in their away match on March 19. Later, talking to reporters Chandrasekhar said Dhoni will be paid full amount of his match fees.