Fire at Dhoni’s hotel in Delhi, match postponed
New Delhi: A fire was reported in a Delhi hotel on Friday where the Jharkhand cricket team and former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni were currently staying.
“A fire call was received at 6.30 am, from the WelcomHotel in Dwarka, Sector 10 area, following which 30 fire tenders were rushed to the spot,” a fire official said.
“It took around over an hour to douse the flames. No casualties were reported.”
According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (SouthWest) Surendra Kumar, all players including Dhoni, who is leading the team, were safely evacuated.
“The incident took place just before the Jharkhand cricket team was set to leave for net practice,” Kumar added.
The team is currently in the national capital for the Vijay Hazare Trophy, where they have reached the semi-finals.
Meanwhile, the second semi-final of the Vijay Hazare ODI tournament between Jharkhand and Bengal has been postponed by a day after a fire in the former team’s hotel and will now be played at the Feroz Shah Kotla here.
Minutes before the scheduled start of the game at the Air Force Ground in Palam, it was postponed after the fire broke out in the Jharkhand team hotel here on Friday morning.
Former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is currently leading his state team, was also reportedly present at the hotel when the incident occurred.
The Tamil Nadu team, which has already qualified for the final on Thursday, was also lodged in the same WelcomHotel in sector 10 area of Dwarka where the blaze broke out.
According to sources, the players and officials only came to know about the fire after the rooms were filled with dense smoke.
The players from both the teams (Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu) assembled outside the hotel waiting to retrieve their belongings, including kits.
All the players were evacuated in time and are safe, according to reports.