Australia v India, 3rd Test, Melbourne December 25, 2014

No Kohli-Dhawan spat - Dhoni

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MS Dhoni on the Kohli-Dhawan spat: "These are all stories"

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

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  • amakan on December 25, 2014, 20:56 GMT

    Ways a batsman could be given out is: Law 31: Timed out. An incoming batsman must be ready to face a ball (or be at the crease with his partner ready to face a ball) within 3 minutes of the outgoing batsman being dismissed, otherwise the incoming batsman will be out.

    Kohli had five minutes

  • Surendra on December 25, 2014, 19:59 GMT

    Kohlli is never going to be a captaincy material. He is not prepared to play well for India, except he is made captain! And the way he lost the 1st Test, by missing a life time chance of winning it. He probably will never get a chance in Australia again.

    Cricketrus

  • Tahir on December 25, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    Spat or not it was a blessing in disguise for India had Kohli repeated any of his strokes from Adelaide while Dhawan's second coming looked more assured. Dhawan had already batted and second time around continued but by that time indian batting was smashed and game was over upto a great extent.

  • Dummy4 on December 25, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    I agree with many of the co-posters. Rohit may be repositioned... to No 13 for tests No.3 & 4. Followed by another risky trial: move Raina to No.6... from the bench. Especially if India go for a 4-bowler strategy. Raina will probably be a handy fifth bowler. And, will strengthen the slip cordon. If the pitch allows the ball to swing, and India bowls Bhuvi / Shami in place of one or both of the blind speed-guns, an effective slip cordon can make a difference between a vital catch and a costly slip. At,least save very many runs. In the first two tests, Oz picked up many runs through the gaps in the slips. As a bonus, Raina will also gain some real-pitch practice for WC15.

  • wayne on December 25, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    If it did happen, it just shows that Kohli is a combative cricketer who competes hard - which we already knew, and is part of the reason I've changed my tune about him. I agree with you, Swarzi - Dhawan did look more comfortable down the order. Would be interesting to see the experiment of swapping Rohit & Dhawan in the order, might just be the change both players need. Still, it is a risky move and 2-0 down in a 4 Test series might not be the place a generally-defensive captain like Dhoni might want to start experimenting with batting orders.

  • Swastik on December 25, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    What a man! :)

    Our media just makes a mountain out of a molehill. Seriously, these are young, proud players. Stuff happens. Move on.

  • varsha on December 25, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    Instead of just saying NO, he gave a longwinded, defensive answer. Overly defensive, methinks. Even if there was a spat, we can't expect him to disclose it - the Aussies will just relish it as a chance at more mental disintegration of the team.

  • Dummy4 on December 25, 2014, 10:54 GMT

    @swarzi If he cannot bat when ball is old how can he bat when ball is new and bowlers are fresh ,dont tell he placed well against fast bowlers in ODI please see the maches against SA,New zealand and tell.

  • Nandu on December 25, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    MSD just two more tests as a Captain. Play for Pride Best Luck.

  • Rahul on December 25, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    MSD needs to man up. Admit we were not good enough on that day and blew away all the good work done on the previous 3 days. His own play on that morning was horrendous. India let Australia in after their bowlers were dropping like dead flies on the 1st day. They let their tail score 250 runs and then surrendered to Mitchell and co. By discussing dressing room in the press box MSD gave the press and the people a reason to interpret what happened inside. MSD doesn't seem to have learned the lesson from Anderson episode. What happens in the middle and in the dressing room stays their. You don't go to the press and discuss it. You don't give lame excuses for justify your and your teams mediocre performance. This is the best chance for India to score a test victory in Australia but the leader needs to stand up and lead from the front and not make excuses.

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