Speaking to CricketNext, a teammate said that the players were evacuated as soon as the fire broke out at 6am in the morning and on returning to his room, skipper Dhoni could not find his phones.
“We were all asked to evacuate the hotel as fire had broken out. When we returned to the rooms, Dhoni could not find his phones. Clearly, the incident happened when we were sent out as there was a lot of smoke inside the hotel even though the fire had been put out. An FIR has been filed at the Dwarka Sector 10 police station,” he said.
According to the police, three mobile phones belonging to Dhoni were stolen.
The players, who were getting ready to leave for their semi-final match against Bengal at the Palam Sports Complex Ground, were asked to leave their rooms after a short-circuit in the basement of the hotel, which had a lot of commercial shops, led to fire breaking out.
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Thirty fire tenders were rushed to the spot and the fire was doused by 9.45am. The semi-final between Jharkhand and Bengal was postponed by a day and was finally played out at the Ferozeshah Kotla on Saturday.
Sadly, Jharkhand lost the match by 41 runs with Dhoni and his boys failing to chase down Bengal’s total of 329/4 in 50 overs. Dhoni himself scored 70 off 62 balls, but he did not find support from the other end.
First Published: March 19, 2017, 3:41 PM IST