After the high comes the blow. Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is expected to be out for 10 days after being hit on the right arm by a Shane Bond delivery on Tuesday against the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Even though the team posted its first win after losing the opener, Dhoni’s injury comes at a critical time because 10 days means he can miss up to four matches.
Suresh Raina will lead the side and Parthiv Patel will keep wickets.
“Dhoni will return to Ranchi and be back in Chennai on March 21 for an assessment of the injury. X-rays showed no fracture but a bad bruise,” team owner Gurunath Mayappan said on Wednesday.
This automatically rules Dhoni out of Friday’s match against the Delhi Daredevils in Delhi and the home fixture against Kings XI Punjab on Sunday.
If the architect of Tuesday’s win is out for 10 days, Dhoni will also miss the games against the Royal Challengers (in Bangalore on March 23) and Mumbai Indians (in Mumbai on March 25).
Coach Stephen Fleming said he expected Dhoni to recover quickly.
“He’s a strong man and can get better faster than others. We expect to get him back soon,” said Fleming.
Dhoni was hit by a rising one in the 13th over and needed a spray immediately.
Undaunted, he went on to make an unbeaten 66 off 33 balls and hit Bond for 16 runs in four balls in the 19th over.