MS Dhoni will hope to guide Jharkhand into the Vijay Hazare Trophy final    IANS
MS Dhoni will hope to guide Jharkhand into the Vijay Hazare Trophy final IANS

Fire broke out in the hotel where the Jharkhand side stayed on Friday early morning. The MS Dhoni-led side were supposed to face Bengal in the second semi-final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2016-17 at Palam. But as a result of the fire, the match has been rescheduled on Saturday. The final, which was to be held on Sunday, has been postponed to Monday. While the Jharkhand players were trying to fend off the fire and escape unhurt, their skipper MS Dhoni remained cool in the situation and in fact sent his players a text message, asking them to stay calm. READ: BCCI announce new schedule for Vijay Hazare Trophy 2016-17 semi-final, final

Jharkhand wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan recalls the incident in the hotel. We were just about to wake up when this happened. After huge smoke engulfed the room, we could hardly breathe. There was no electricity and the lobby was completely dark. That was really scary, Ishan Kishan told Sportstar. Kishan also revealed for a moment he thought that it would be impossible to get out of the situation. We had an important match in the morning, so the players were a bit under pressure. But this sudden incident was so scary. For a moment, we thought that it would be impossible to get out of the room, he recalled.

Amidst this chaos, Dhoni sent out a message to all his players, asking them not to worry. Dhoni, known to keep a cool head on the field, has certainly managed to do so even in a situation like this. Even Mahi bhai was unable to come out of his room. We really did not know what to do. I have never seen such a thing before, said Kishan. Even as we came out of the rooms, we could not see anything. Everything was dark. We had to leave all our gears behind, he added.