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Mahendra Singh Dhoni lucky to survive freak accident against Zimbabwe

India Today logo India Today 24-06-2016

Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni suffered a freak injury during the third and final Twenty20 International match against Zimbabwe in Harare on Wednesday.

India, who were put into bat by the hosts, were struggling to score big in the middle overs. Dhoni, who tried to inject pace in the end overs, could only manage nine runs from 13 balls. The Indian skipper suffered an injury to his eye when he tried to come down the track and take Zimbabwe pacer Donald Tiripano to the cleaners. However, Dhoni failed to connect cleanly and played the ball onto the stumps after which the bail popped out and hit Dhoni's right eye.

The Indian captain, who has battled pain in the past, took to social media to share what the went through on Wednesday.

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However, Dhoni managed to keep wickets during Zimbabwe's chase and led India to a three-run win. India won the three-match T20I series 2-1.

Notably, South African wicketkeeper Mark Boucher's cricket career was cut short when he suffered a similar injury on an England tour in 2012. A bail hit Boucher's left eye during a practice game against Somerset. The wicketkeeper-batsman wasn't as fortunate as Dhoni as the flying bail damaged his eyeball. Boucher immediately flew back to his country for a surgery and was forced to retire from international cricket.

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