Dhoni, who led Chennai Super Kings to their fifth IPL title, flew to Mumbai from Ahmedabad after Monday’s final and consulted renowned sports orthopedic surgeon Dr. Dinshaw Pardiwala, who is also on the BCCI medical panel and has performed surgeries on a number of top Indian cricketers, including Rishabh Pant.
Yes, Dhoni successfully underwent knee surgery at Kokilaben Hospital in Mumbai on Thursday. He is feeling good, the surgery took place this morning. I don’t have the details. I am yet to know all the details about the nature of the surgery and other things, CSK general manager Kasi Viswanathan confirmed to PTI.
He will be discharged in a day or two. He will rest for a few days before extensive rehabilitation begins. He is expected to have enough time to get in shape for the next IPL, another source close to the CSK management told PTI on condition of anonymity.
Dhoni spent the entire season with a heavy strap on his left knee, and while he looked perfectly fine while playing at the wicket, at times he was out at number 8 and did not look in his element while running between the wickets.
Viswanathan said Wednesday that the decision on whether Dhoni wants to undergo surgery would be entirely up to the legendary captain.
After the IPL final, Dhoni said: Looking at it indirectly, this is the best time to announce my retirement. It’s easiest for me to say thank you and retire. But the hardest thing is to work hard for nine months and try to play another IPL season. The body has to endure. But the amount of love I have received from CSK fans will be a gift to them if I play one more season.
The way they showed their love and emotion is something I have to do for them. This is the last part of my career. It all started here, and a full house was chanting my name. It was the same in Chennai, but it will be great to come back and play the best I can. I play that kind of cricket, and they feel they can play that kind of cricket. There’s nothing orthodox about it, and I like to keep it simple.