IPL 2019, CSK vs SRH: MS Dhoni says he needs to be careful with his back with World Cup on horizon

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has battled a dodgy back for a long time and he wants to be careful with it as the ICC World Cup is round the corner.

FirstCricket Staff, Apr 24, 2019 12:52:14 IST

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has battled a dodgy back for a long time and he wants to be careful with it as the ICC World Cup is round the corner.

The CSK skipper said that there has been some stiffness but it is holding up as of now.

File picture of MS Dhoni. Sportzpics

File picture of MS Dhoni. Sportzpics

"The back is holding up, it's not getting worse, with the World Cup coming up, can't afford that, because that's too important," Dhoni said at the post-match presentation ceremony after CSK beat Sunrisers by six wickets.

Dhoni said that at the highest level, there aren't any players who are not playing with a niggle or two.

"If it becomes worse, I certainly take some time off but at this level you play with some niggle or the other. Because if you wait to get fully fit, then there will be a gap of five years between two matches," the skipper said cheekily.

CSK became the first team to enter the Playoffs with a six-wicket win over SRH on Tuesday night. After being put into bat, SRH posted a competitive 175 thanks to David Warner's 45-ball 57 and Manish Pandey's 49-ball 83. Pandey's return to form was a huge relief for SRH.

In reply, CSK lost Faf du Plessis early and it seemed as if the top order woes would continue. But an out of form Shane Watson took center stage and blasted 53-ball 96, ably supported by Suresh Raina (24-BALL 38) to take Chennai past the finish line. This was their fifth win in home from five matches.

With inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: Apr 24, 2019 16:03:25 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254