MS Dhoni and the Jharkhand team were safely rescued from their hotel after a fire broke out in Dwarka, Delhi, at 6.30 a.m. this morning. Following the incident, the semi-final between Jharkhand and Bengal has been postponed and is likely to be rescheduled for Saturday.
The incident occurred early this morning when the Delhi fire services got a call around 6.30 a.m, about a fire inside the ITC Welcome Hotel. 30 fire tenders were sent to the spot and the situation was brought under control at 7.50 a.m.
Dhoni and his Jharkhand team are in Delhi to play the semi-final of the Vijay Hazare trophy. Dhoni and his Jharkhand team entered the semi-finals of the tournament after outclassing Vidarbha by 6 wickets at the Palam Ground on Wednesday. Though the second semi-final was scheduled to take place at 9 a.m. today, it has been postponed following the incident in which the team’s kits were gutted.
Not only has Dhoni been an active member of Jharkhand’s squad for the Vijay Hazare trophy, he is also the unofficial mentor for Jharkhand’s Ranji side. He has captained Jharkhand in all six matches of the Vijay Hazare trophy so far, attracting huge crowds wherever Jharkhand play.
This tournament is being seen as Dhoni’s final outing in the 50-over format before the Champions League gets underway in June. The Champions League is believed to be a decisive tournament for Dhoni, given that the former skipper now only plays as wicketkeeper-batsman in the Indian side.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) haven’t announced the new dates for the rescheduled fixture yet. However, as per the original schedule, Saturday was supposed to be a rest day, with the final scheduled to take place on Sunday at the Ferozshah Kotla. In the first semi-final played on Thursday, Tamil Nadu eased past Baroda by 6 wickets, to book their spot in the final.