New Delhi: Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the rest of Jharkhand cricket team survived a fire scare on Friday. The team was evacuated from the building after fire broke out in the hotel situated in New Delhi’s Dwarka area.
The former India captain and the Jharkhand cricket team are in the national capital for the Vijay Hazare Trophy. The Friday semi-finals against West Bengal has been postponed to Saturday.
“We were to assemble in the lobby at 730am as we usually do before a game, but at 7, I was asked to stay back in the room by Pratyush Singh as there was lot of fire and smoke at the ground floor lobby,” Ishank Jaggi, the Jharkhand batsman, told ESPNcricinfo. “It spread quite quickly and when we finally got out of our seventh floor rooms, all we could see around us was smoke. It was so thick that we couldn’t even see the far end of the lobby.
“What added to our concern was the fire alarm didn’t go off, so we assumed it to be a small fire accident. But when there was a strong burning smell, we were asked to vacate immediately. The seriousness of it struck us only when we got out. The smoke spread to our rooms as well. That is when we were asked to run down the stairs.”