Mahendra Singh Dhoni sustained a hamstring injury when batting against the West Indies earlier this week. Not only is Dhoni a top cricketer, both the teams’ players and the fans see Dhoni as somewhat irreplaceable. In fact, many feel that with M S Dhoni out of action, their good luck may be gone.
While Ambati Rayudu was brought in to replace Dhoni, the team also needed to fill the role of team captain that was left open. The team’s vice captain, Virat Kohli, has taken on the role of captain, at least until the series has been completed.
After a successful Champions Trophy that took place in June, India had hoped to keep the cricket team for the Tri-Series unchanged. The team did start out as the same team, however, there have now been two changes to the India side. Not only did Dhoni have to graciously bow out of the game because of his injury, so did Irfan Pathan. Irfan Pathan also managed to sustain a hamstring injury. He has been replaced by Mohammad Shami.
Dhoni was injured in Kingston, Jamaica, when the India team was playing against the West Indies. He did continue to bat, however, when it came time for the Indian team to field, Dhoni did not appear.
In the end, the ODI Tri-Series match ended with a close result, but unfortunately for the India team, the West Indies made it through by just one single wicket.
Kohli had immediately filled in as the team’s captain, and even he missed Dhoni’s calming influence during the rest of the game. Kohli said: “There are times when you are under pressure and you miss him (Dhoni) because he remains calm under pressure.”
The West Indies, who narrowly won the match, were also playing under a stand-in captain, Kieron Pollard.