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Back spasm rules out Dhoni, not leading CSK for first time since 2010

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

Struggling with back spasm, skipper was Wednesday rested for their IPL clash against Sunrisers Hyderabad, the first time he is not leading the yellow brigade since 2010.

was handed over the captaincy for the away game at the

"Dhoni wanted to take some rest, he'll be back in the next game," Raina said at the toss.

The decision to rest the veteran was a precautionary measure.

The two-time winning had suffered the against Kolkata Knight Riders and after that game, Dhoni had said, "It's a little tight right now but hopefully, it will get better".

Ahead the match, Dhoni was seen warming up by playing some before Raina walked out for the toss.

This is only the fourth time Dhoni is not playing for in the cash-rich league.

Dhoni has been in good form for in the 2019 IPL, leading the team's run chart with 230 runs from eight matches, including two fifties.

CSK, who have won seven out of their eight matches in this so far, need another win to secure a play-off berth.

SRH have lost four matches already this season and entered this game on the back of three successive losses.

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First Published: Wed, April 17 2019. 20:20 IST
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