MS Dhoni and his Jharkhand team survived a scare after fire broke out in the ITC Welcome Hotel in Dwarka where the Jharkhand team was staying.The entire team were evacuated from the Hotel .
Dhoni’s state team is currently in the Capital for the Vijay Hazare Trophy, where his side reached the semi-finals. They were supposed to face Bengal on Friday, but the match has been postponed to Saturday.
The match that was supposed to be held at the Airforce ground in Palam has been rescheduled at Feroz Shah Kotla on Saturday after match referee Sanjay Verma announced the postponement.
According to reports, the fire broke out at about 6 a.m. on Friday morning, shortly before the team was supposed to leave for its Vijay Hazare Trophy match with Bengal, to be played at the Palam Ground.
The fire broke out on Friday morning in the ground floor lobby, while the players were staying on the seventh floor.
Dhoni along with his teammates was having breakfast at the team Hotel ITC Welcome,when they were evacuated on a SOS basis. Around 540 guests were staying at the hotel, according to police sources.
A call was received around 6.30 AM about a fire breaking out at Welcome Hotel,Thirty fire tenders were rushed to the spot and the fire was doused by 9.45 AM. Cooling operations are on,” said a senior official from Delhi Fire Services.
“Yes, it was scary as a fire broke out early in the morning. We were evacuated and brought to the ground,” Jharkhand coach Rajeev Kumar said.
Both teams were at the ground but since the Jharkhand players were also mentally disturbed, the BCCI had to give them a day’s time to get into a proper frame of mind.
Jharkhand had made it into the semifinal by defeating Vidarbha by six wickets. Chasing a total of 159 in 50 overs, Dhoni and Ishank Jaggi finished off the things as the former Indian skipper hit the last ball for a six to set a clash against Bengal.