Mahendra Singh Dhoni's powerful forearms won many matches for India and no wonder the former India captain has the confidence to clear the boundary even when he is suffering from excruciating back pain.
It has been ages since a cricket fan saw the spark in Dhoni's eyes to win a match all by himself. In a superb encounter against Kings XI Punjab, Chennai Super Kings came agonisingly close, only to lose by 4 runs. The fans at Mohali saw something more than just a home win, they witnessed Team India's former skipper hammering bowlers away and has justified his role in the national team as well.
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For lofted shots, a batsman needs to maintain shape while transferring body weight into the shot. However against Kings XI Punjab last night, the Chennai Super Kings captain was in real pain but kept clearing the ropes with consummate ease.
Dhoni's unbeaten 79 off 44 balls got CSK agonisingly close to the target before the visitors fell short by four runs.
When asked how he could hit those lofted shots with a painful back, Dhoni replied: "The back is pretty bad but God has given me lot of power and I don't need to use my back a lot. My arms can do the job."
However, Dhoni maintained that it was not a very serious injury.
"It shouldn't be too bad because I know what happened. And when you know the extent of your injury, you know how bad it really is," he said.