Mahendra Singh Dhoni rejoined the Chennai Super Kings at the team's practice session here on Wednesday. The Indian captain had hurt his right elbow in the course of the match against Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens and missed two matches against Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers, Bangalore.
“He looks good, and he's right back with the team. It's a psychological boost for the team. But we will take a call on him tomorrow. We are looking for his full fitness and see how his arm reacts to more work. We have to be responsible to Indian cricket as well, there are a lot of interested parties. We will be very cautious, but optimistic.
“At this stage we are happy and hopeful that he will play. He's great for the team morale,” said Stephen Fleming, coach of CSK at the Brabourne Stadium.
The former New Zealand skipper said that the competition to ascertain the semifinalists will go to the wire. “It's all in the history of the IPL. It's important to win early games and hence the defeat against Kings XI Punjab certainly hurt us in the dressing room. We feel that any team that wins 50 or 60 per cent of the league matches or seven or eight matches will get through. We are realistic and the aim is to get back to winning games and get to the top four.”
On Suresh Raina being named the captain of the team in the absence of Dhoni, the Kiwi said: “The IPL is all about developing Indian players. Raina is a champion in the making. Developing him as captain through Chennai for India is good. He's done an exceptional job as captain, especially when the resources were down and the balance of the side changed.”