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MS Dhoni has said so in as many words that he doesn't read the newspapers or watch television, and stays clear of what's written about him. Suresh Menon, writing in Wisden India, says it's an admirable quality to have because it leaves the mind clutter-free as he's never influenced about what hacks say about his selection and captaincy moves.
Dhoni has said often enough what he thinks of the media, and most of it has not been very complimentary. Intense competition has led to some strange stories appearing, attributed to “my sources in the team” by the reporter. Dhoni learnt a lesson in captaincy early in his career – do exactly what you want to, and thanks to the millions, including former players, who have an opinion on everything he does, there will be enough people who support him. This is a superbly mature attitude, and served him well in the unnecessary debate over the dropping of Virender Sehwag for the match against Australia.
Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfoFeeds: Kanishkaa Balachandran
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