Like the Ranji Trophy, Jharkhand have crashed out of the Vijay Hazare trophy in the semi-final stage © IANS
MS Dhoni in action during Vijay Hazare Trophy © IANS

A sombre looking MS Dhoni left the Feroz Shah Kotla separately while the other members of the Jharkhand squad left by team bus after their 41-run loss to Bengal in the Vijay Hazare Trophy semi-finals. Dhoni, who was the best performer for his side scoring 70 off 62 balls with four sixes, was understandably upset after his team bowled poorly and also lost wickets in a heap after he was dismissed. Jharkhand’s last 6 wickets fell for 38 runs. ”Yes, Dhoni left in a private car separately after the match. The rest of the Jharkhand boys left by team bus,” a DDCA official said. It is not new for star players to commute separately from the team and a lot of India players do that. Also read: Bengal beat MS Dhoni-led Jharkhand by 41 runs to advance to Vijay Hazare Trophy 2016-17 final

However this season, Dhoni has been travelling with the team and also staying at the team hotel in places like Delhi. Dhoni in fact travelled to Kolkata by train during the group league phase of Vijay Hazare Trophy. To make matters worse, a Jharkhand player’s kitbag got misplaced as porter put his stuff on the Bengal team bus. ”Yes, the DDCA staff by mistake put a Jharkhand player’s kitbag in Bengal team bus. The kit is in Bengal hotel and will be delivered back to the concerned player,” DDCA media manager Salil Seth said.

Earlier, Bengal completed a 41-run win over Jharkhand in the second semi-final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2016-17 at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi. With this win, Bengal have qualified for the final of the tournament, where they will face Tamil Nadu at the same venue on Monday.