Dhoni warns teammates against hiding injury

Published: Tuesday, June 23, 2009, 13:29 [IST]
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Dhoni warns players over injuries

Kingston: Don't hide your injuries, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni warned his teammates ahead of the ODI series against Wes Indies that begins on Friday.

Dhoni, who was embarrassed by Sehwag's episode in the T20 world cup told his team members that everyone needs to be honest about injuries or any other personal issues that could affect team's performance.

"For me, it's the team first and then the individuals and I'd hope it's the same with everyone else in the group," Dhoni is said to have stated.

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Dhoni also spoke about the issues relating to fatigue. He said in no uncertain terms that in case anyone felt tired and not 100 per cent fit, they should take rest in order to recuperate. "If rest is the cure for an injury, a cricketer ought to opt for it rather than let fatigue or niggle become a major setback to him and to the team," he reportedly said.

Dhoni must have been forced to address these issues because of what happened to his deputy Virender Sehwag in England. When the Delhi batsman arrived for the World T20, he was said to have only a shoulder niggle. However, he was found to have a Grade 1 tear following which he underwent a surgery. "If anyone wants to take a break from the game, please let me know or the BCCI," was what Dhoni said.

Dhoni did not spare the seniors in the team. "I would urge seniors to give more and more inputs for the betterment of the team," stated Dhoni.

He was referring to Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir and Harbhajan Singh who will be playing four ODIs against the West Indies. Alongside the warning to the seniors, Dhoni also urged juniors to take up more responsibility and chip in with their inputs.

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"Remember, winning is a habit, losing is a process and nothing is a disaster," he said.


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