No Kohli-Dhawan spat - Dhoni
MS Dhoni has sought to rubbish reports that there had been a spat between Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli on the fourth, and last, morning of the Gabba Test.
Both the batsmen had copped blows on their batting arms in the nets before the start of play, but Dhawan's injury was worse and he was late in informing the team of his unavailability to bat. So Kohli, the next man in, only got five minutes' notice.
"That kind of a scenario, there is a bit of unrest in the dressing room," Dhoni had said in the press conference after the Test. "The calmness of the dressing room goes for a toss. It was a bit late to verbally resolve the problem."
There have been reports and speculation that during those five minutes Kohli argued with Dhawan, accused him of running away from the challenge, and that the team director Ravi Shastri had to separate the two. Dhoni, in his inimitable style, said it was the farthest thing from the truth.
"Yeah, actually that was the case," Dhoni joked, "Virat used a knife and he stabbed Shikhar. When he recovered out of that we pushed him out to bat.
"These are all stories. Marvel and Warner bros should pick them up and make a movie out of it. I don't know where it comes from. If someone from the team has actually told you this, it will be interesting if you give us the name of the individual who said this. This is what has happened because his imagination is really brilliant, and he should be working for Warner Bros or another movie company. And he doesn't deserve to be in our dressing room because he has created something that hasn't been there at all. Stuff like that makes good stories for the tabloid, and maybe it helps them sell it. As far as reality is concerned, there is nothing like that."
A day before the Melbourne Test, Kohli and Dhawan walked towards the nets together, and were seen sharing jokes and Dhoni insisted the atmosphere in the dressing room was quite fine.
"We have a fantastic dressing room, and there have been no issues. It goes in the media whenever the team travels and we face difficult situations. Some of the journalists start making their own story up and start putting it forward."
Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo