CB Series 2011-12 February 24, 2012

Walia denies communication gap within Indian team

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GS Walia, India's media manager on tour in Australia, addressed the press on behalf of the team to try to douse reports of a communication breakdown between the senior players. Not the captain, coach, senior players or team manager, but the media manager was entrusted with a responsibility of such delicate nature.

To quote Walia verbatim in certain matters might still be unfair because he often exceeded the brief of a media manager. Once, to a question if certain earlier press conferences this tour had affected the team, Walia said, "Certainly… [all] facts were given to the nation. I don't want to get into why it happened. Let us all be positive."

Back to the beginning. Walia began by saying there had been no communication gap, but when reminded of Virender Sehwag's comments that MS Dhoni had given him and the press two entirely different reasons for resting the seniors, Walia kept repeating the phrase, "Let's not analyse it further."

What makes it a serious matter is that Sehwag said Dhoni had told him he was resting the seniors because he wanted the young players to get more experience and chances. But in a press conference Dhoni said playing all three senior batsmen together would cost the side an extra 20 runs in the field. Sehwag didn't take that comment well; he said that his fielding had been the same for 10 years, and also pointed to a full-length diving catch he took against Sri Lanka in Brisbane.

The BCCI - at least in public - dismissed it all as misquoting by the media, but unconfirmed reports from India suggested the top brass had got in touch with the players and asked them to sort out the issues in a meeting on Thursday. Walia said that no such meeting happened, but that he had let the team know "immediately" after Sehwag's press conference on February 21 that "this is not a small thing".

"Immediately when we came back along with Sehwag, I told everybody," Walia said. "Because this is not a small thing. The nation must know what is happening here. You are the only medium through which the information is passed on to the whole nation. So I conveyed this to them immediately, in exactly the same terms. Everybody was there. All 17. They said, 'Sir, nothing else. There is no difference, but we will be vigilant in future. If somebody has seen there is a communication gap, we will try to avoid that situation in future.' So let us now all concentrate on the game."

Walia said the team is concerned about the reports that have appeared in the media. "First of all, I'll tell you there was no communication gap," Walia said. "But whatsoever is being shown or media is writing, the team is certainly concerned about it."

The press let him know that they had been reporting whatever the players were telling them. They wanted to know how the BCCI got an impression the players were being misquoted, because it is not possible to do so with press conferences that are recorded on camera and beamed directly on televisions. Walia admitted there was no misquoting, and that there might have been a communication gap between the team and the board.

"At a distance, if the president has said it, it is maybe his views," Walia said. "But I have never said it. I have never blamed the media.

"There could be a communication gap. Seeing things from a distance. Let us all forget [everything]."

The refrain of Walia's address was to forget all that had happened, and that the team was looking forward to the remaining two matches. "I am not blaming the media, but they [the players] are concerned," he said. "They are more concerned [than you].

"I think they are very positive about it. To play the next two matches in a positive way, and to their real potential. We played first four matches, and we lost one, but in the next three they came to their potential. Now the team again wants the next two matches should be like that only.

"Let us not analyse the same situation, why this was generated, how it came to this. Let us forget it and be positive in the future."

Edited by Abhishek Purohit

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on February 26, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    i love the fact that india is playing sachin sehwag gambler, and both allrounders irjan and jadeja regardless of what the rest of the world has to say, GO INDIA!!

  • samuda on February 25, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    Sachin with all the respect its high time to say good bye international cricket... dont copy SJ and dont ruin the name ... never let ppl to feel and tell you should leave now "thats wat happened to Sanath Jayasuriya " greediness is not good for great

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on February 25, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    What does it take to get this sehwag out of the team.. how long are we going to hear this 'thats how viru plays' nonsense.. get him out , let sachin and gambir open... and please stop blaming dhoni , he is doing the best he can.. only thing that i feel assured about this team is batting of kohli in middle and dhoni down the order.. rest appears to be joke at the moment..

  • Hursh_Valecha on February 25, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    i am not a big supporter of any team, but i love cricket. It has to be taken as a game. At the same time, i am big fan and proud of what sachin, sehwag, dhoni, dravid, ganguly made contributions to the game. Now, press and media people with mic in their hands, doesn't mean they write or say or express their opinion in such a way that people actually believe in the things which isnt true. Sehwag just answered a question from the media during interview "Have you seen my catch ?? " which could be the intention of stopping the media to question more or write anything. But here is our media which wants to pin down the team the matter they got even slightest of issue and make a mess of it. They should realise that its their social responsibility about what they write. in this situation, instead of encouraging, they are affecting the moral of the team to such extent that one day will come when you will hear "Yes", "No", "may be" sort of answers from cricketers in media interview.

  • on February 25, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    Throughout this tournament, teams which produced good opening partnerships (or at least excellent total form the top three together) WON. That is where Indian CONSISTENTLY failed. And the worst performance was from Sehwag... who alone could and did change the course of matches, many times in the past. Where is he? Who is this apparent impostor?

  • sidsathya on February 25, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    Gambhir should have been captain if Sehwag is doing this racket.

  • VAS4 on February 25, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    First of all I do not understand why Virernder Sehwag is in the team. Honestly speaking, he is not a good captain, poor fielder, poor english and a poor orator, not a team player and most importantly puts no value on his Wicket. He is never bothered about what situation the team is in, and plays his so called "natural Game" which does no good for the team. Why do we have him in the team? Let us not forget what Dhoni has done for the Indian team. Only for his performance in the world cup final, we all cricket lovers of India should be eternally grateful to him. The main issue at the moment we have is the coming two do or die matches. Hopefully we will get some good performances from our players and win the games. Good luck team India. totally agree with @longandshort.

  • Vilander on February 25, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    Sachin do it one last time, old boy..

  • Nutcutlet on February 25, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    This is dysfunctional response to high-handed and out-of-touch autocracies is classic. You only tell an autocrat what he wants to hear, because if you don't, you - as the messenger - get shot. I have said this so many times, sometimes in language that is clearly too strong for the censors on this site, but Indian supporters deserve much, much better than the bunch of (choose your own plural substantive) that comprise the custodians of the great game in India. When is someone going to use whatever legitimate apparatus exists to clear out the governing body? Unless you start afresh - sanitised - the infection will remain. (Btw: Has anyone else noticed how misquotation has become endemic in this set up?)

  • on February 25, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    FLETCHER GOT SANDWICHED..HAHAH :P

  • on February 26, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    i love the fact that india is playing sachin sehwag gambler, and both allrounders irjan and jadeja regardless of what the rest of the world has to say, GO INDIA!!

  • samuda on February 25, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    Sachin with all the respect its high time to say good bye international cricket... dont copy SJ and dont ruin the name ... never let ppl to feel and tell you should leave now "thats wat happened to Sanath Jayasuriya " greediness is not good for great

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on February 25, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    What does it take to get this sehwag out of the team.. how long are we going to hear this 'thats how viru plays' nonsense.. get him out , let sachin and gambir open... and please stop blaming dhoni , he is doing the best he can.. only thing that i feel assured about this team is batting of kohli in middle and dhoni down the order.. rest appears to be joke at the moment..

  • Hursh_Valecha on February 25, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    i am not a big supporter of any team, but i love cricket. It has to be taken as a game. At the same time, i am big fan and proud of what sachin, sehwag, dhoni, dravid, ganguly made contributions to the game. Now, press and media people with mic in their hands, doesn't mean they write or say or express their opinion in such a way that people actually believe in the things which isnt true. Sehwag just answered a question from the media during interview "Have you seen my catch ?? " which could be the intention of stopping the media to question more or write anything. But here is our media which wants to pin down the team the matter they got even slightest of issue and make a mess of it. They should realise that its their social responsibility about what they write. in this situation, instead of encouraging, they are affecting the moral of the team to such extent that one day will come when you will hear "Yes", "No", "may be" sort of answers from cricketers in media interview.

  • on February 25, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    Throughout this tournament, teams which produced good opening partnerships (or at least excellent total form the top three together) WON. That is where Indian CONSISTENTLY failed. And the worst performance was from Sehwag... who alone could and did change the course of matches, many times in the past. Where is he? Who is this apparent impostor?

  • sidsathya on February 25, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    Gambhir should have been captain if Sehwag is doing this racket.

  • VAS4 on February 25, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    First of all I do not understand why Virernder Sehwag is in the team. Honestly speaking, he is not a good captain, poor fielder, poor english and a poor orator, not a team player and most importantly puts no value on his Wicket. He is never bothered about what situation the team is in, and plays his so called "natural Game" which does no good for the team. Why do we have him in the team? Let us not forget what Dhoni has done for the Indian team. Only for his performance in the world cup final, we all cricket lovers of India should be eternally grateful to him. The main issue at the moment we have is the coming two do or die matches. Hopefully we will get some good performances from our players and win the games. Good luck team India. totally agree with @longandshort.

  • Vilander on February 25, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    Sachin do it one last time, old boy..

  • Nutcutlet on February 25, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    This is dysfunctional response to high-handed and out-of-touch autocracies is classic. You only tell an autocrat what he wants to hear, because if you don't, you - as the messenger - get shot. I have said this so many times, sometimes in language that is clearly too strong for the censors on this site, but Indian supporters deserve much, much better than the bunch of (choose your own plural substantive) that comprise the custodians of the great game in India. When is someone going to use whatever legitimate apparatus exists to clear out the governing body? Unless you start afresh - sanitised - the infection will remain. (Btw: Has anyone else noticed how misquotation has become endemic in this set up?)

  • on February 25, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    FLETCHER GOT SANDWICHED..HAHAH :P

  • on February 25, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    if sachin can get his 100th century at this time..team will be in a high again..dhoni has lost patience and sehwag is a big zero to me..

    sachiinnnn..GO GET IT..

  • basusri133b on February 25, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    It is hard to believe that India has been playing Test Cricket for more than 70 years. Comments made by Walia are astounding. It is most distressing to see how pathetic a condition our cricket has been reduced to.

  • on February 25, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    Really Indian Media is the worst media in the world.............

  • on February 25, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    Can Australia placed the last nail on Indian Coffin of hopes??

  • longandshort on February 25, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    Sehwag's time should be up. The guy has not done anything in the tests and very irresponsible in the one days. in the last one he was captain, but still plays a bad shot going for a duck in 2 balls. Forget captain, this is not a good show of temperament as a senior batsmen in the squad.

    Dhoni may appear to have taken things to his head but he is right. If the senior guys are too slow and fat to field, cannot perform then they are a liability. If he had his way these senior players would be dropped. its probably the BCCi thats meddling with politics. They should take a lesson from ACB's page on axing Ponting.

  • Aspraso on February 25, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    ok guys here is the game plan for the next 2 matches -- we will have Dhoni and Gambhir walking out cracking jokes and with laughter on their faces. Dhoni will keep company with Sehwag at 1st slip chatting away with him all smiles as if they are in consultation, Sehwag and Dhoni will drop a catch each to even out things -- all the while the Aussies and Lankans will be plundering runs and running up huge scores. It is about camaderie and enjoying the game but it is NOT about winning matches.

  • eshwarmv on February 25, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    MS Dhoni has achieved what other captains could not achieve that is winning in all the possible formats and tournaments. One must not forget that India won the CB series last time 2-0. The aussies had Gilly, Symonds, and Hayden. One of the finals was at brisbane. On both occasions India had a good solid start with Sachin and Uthappa combine building a solid platform. A solid opening will ensure that India has every chance qualifying for the finals and also winning it.

    Sehwag must be told by the management to buckle down in the initial stages. If he is there when Doherty comes in then India will have great chance of getting 280. All India needs to do is win the remaining 2 matches. The REAL FIGHT is between Aus and SL. A close look at the points table will confirm that.

  • Sakthiivel on February 25, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    Looking like Indian media diverting the Indian team loss and inability to even win against weak Aussie team. Come on guys IPL is ready and make us proud.

  • on February 25, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    is it worthy to have sachin nd sehwag in the team?.dhoni is doing the right job by rotation policy and giving chances to youngsters.the time to selectors to sack sehwag from the team

  • on February 25, 2012, 3:27 GMT

    Dhoni is a good captain, even if he losses captaincy he ahud be in team. Sohal i laughed when you wrote bhajji, but you right irfan pathan wud make a great captain. As he is a bowler and batsman

  • arasan000 on February 25, 2012, 3:27 GMT

    THERE S A CLEARR RIFT BETWEEN DHONI AND SEWAG.........THEIR EGO WILL KILL THE TEAM...

  • AvidCricFan on February 25, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    All that BCCI wants is sweep dissention under the rug and project unified Team India when it is not. No amount of window dressing will do any good. The reality is different from what Mr. Walia and BCCI wants to projects. The statements are out in public heard from players by media. The team is not performing and producing results. So every thing is going to be looked at critically by fans and media. BCCI needs to get act together and deal with non-performers and trouble makers head on. Shewag is only showing his stupidity, specially when his performance has been wanting.

  • cosair on February 25, 2012, 0:54 GMT

    India has always had a problem choosing a captain. Simply because the best batsman or bowler does not necessarily make a good captain. A good captain must command the respect the team, in turn respect the players, able to motivate the players in delivering their best and have a good cricketing brain. Is there any one in the India who has these qualities.

  • posybeon123 on February 25, 2012, 0:40 GMT

    the senior players may cost 20 runs but have the potentials to score more that 30 runs each

  • Jai_hind04 on February 25, 2012, 0:04 GMT

    Bring rahane and manoj tiwari back . Not only can they save some extra runs but may also contribute with the bat . Sehwag needs some serious running on the treadmill . Let Tendulkar play , an INDIA match never looks original without him , even if he gets out on zero . Well , don't look at me like that , i know u agree with me :D .

  • Jaggadaaku on February 25, 2012, 0:03 GMT

    Sehwag is very irresponsible giving part time bowlers at the end of Australia innings. He has given away 25 extra runs in last 4 overs using part timers and threw his own wicket in 2 balls for duck. This type of cricketers shouldn't be qualified for even playing and becomes captain. What might be expectations we have from him? @Al_Bundy1, and @Tamilpower, Tendulkar won't be able to get his 100th International 100 in his entire life, even if he would play 50 more years, with/without UDRS, in India/overseas. Because since his 99th International 100, more than 130 centuries blasted by world's batsmen including the newcomer and bowler- R. Ashween's century against WI, but our master couldn't get one yet. Every time, he starts his inning very slow in order to go for his milestone, and gets out before even pass 50, and put the team in immense pressure. Looks like he doesn't want to get his 100th International hundred, and the whole world is crazy about it for no reason.

  • on February 24, 2012, 23:05 GMT

    Do what SriLanka did. Sack all and appoint a new captain and coach.

  • amit82020 on February 24, 2012, 22:49 GMT

    i think we should still continue with dhoni as the indian capt. look at what he has achieved, his record speaks for itself. if india were to change capt it should be done sometime next year or after, so they can phase out a few of the senior players and groom a capt with his team at the same time. also gambir SHOULD NOT be consider as the indian capt since he would be useless in overseas tours, like how he is currently and cant lead from the front....yes he made a couple of nineties but the adelaide pitch was similar to the indian pitches. in this tour alone only 4 innings he was able to score more then 35 runs out of 15. so much about leading from the front.

  • on February 24, 2012, 22:03 GMT

    Captain should be changed every 2 years and its time for new captain. I think we need a bowler captain zaheer is my 1st option bhajji is 2nd option irfan is my 3 options.

  • yesbose on February 24, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    This team is missing Yuvraj Singh. had he been there maybe the performance of the team would have been different and Dhoni would have taken all the credit.

  • Alexk400 on February 24, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    Gambhir should be next captain in all matches. Sehwag is iressponsible

  • Nampally on February 24, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    I don't care who plays in the Indian XI. The result should be a WIN in each of the next 2 games. It is India who made Aussies look like invincible guys by their inept cricket. SL landed in Australia & thrashed them in 2 out of 3 matches and will win the next match against them too. No excuses or bickering. They let their actions on the pitch do their talking to the media & to the Aussies. I think the Aussies are terrified of the SL. However the Aussies are banking on docile Indians for their one win required to get them to the Final. Dhoni, Sachin, Sehwag, ZAK & Gambhir - if you are as great as your record shows, let the next 2 matches be the ones where you will let your actions on the field confirm your greatness. All Indian fans are banking on you guys to carry the other 6 with you to show that you are still the best team in the ODI format. No holds bar. Go flat out to win by playing sensible, intense & determined cricket, whether batting, bowling or fielding. JAI HO!

  • praveenchopra on February 24, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    dhoni must be sacked,give captaincy to raina

  • Nampally on February 24, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    It sounds like a joke when a guy appointed as a Media Manager never spoke to the Media & let the players individually address the Media! This team has become just like West Indies - lacking in unity. Get a guy like Anil Kumble to manage & unite the team + do all the PR/ media duties. After seeing Sri Lanka, there is no excuse for pathetic display by the Indian team. SL - a Nation with < population than Mumbai, thrashed Australia twice + losing once narrowly& beat India too. India, who call cricket as its National game, has been put to shame by its players - irresponsible & behaving like school children.Mahatma Gandhi's peace movement had greater intensity, commitment to duty, guts & determination. When you represent India, you are playing for diginity of a Nation. There are 2 games left. If this team has any pride at all, they will rise up - batsmen getting runs & bowlers getting wkts. Throwing away your wkts. while batting & bowling with no length or direction is just Isn't Cricket.

  • on February 24, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    what dhoni had said in media need not be the only reason for dropping seniors, as is what he had said to the seniors. Both may be true.... to be fair to dhoni he would have told this reason(slow fielding) to the media as the media already knew the other reason(giving youngsters more chance). so dhoni might have added a point to the above reasons.. thats it.. we should not look too much into it. we shoulld also understand gambir also said that(when sachin was dropped) "it is the best playing eleven india can field today". Gambir also added "we did not want big names... we need players who can perform"!!!! So can we take gambir insulted sachin? No. that was gambir's opinion in the teams interest.that's it. As a captain dhoni did a right thing by not telling the seniors, all the reasons for dropping them.... it is not necessary.... For him fielding players who can actually perform on field matters.... So i dont think there is any thing wrong with the team.... leave alone.. they'll perform

  • pritpalpabla on February 24, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    This issue is becoming boring and boring day by day... Can media talk about some real game ahead which is Ind vs Aus....

  • wolf777 on February 24, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    People should learn to accept personal resposibilty and resign for the good of the team and its billion plus fans. The media manager, the captain, the tour manager Shivlal Yadav and not the least the chariman of the selectiors they all should be sacked fof non performance. Bring in a new captain that is not Dhoni or Sehwag.

  • PrajithR on February 24, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    Obviously media is milking the issue to maximum... Media wants X news per day & however they get it they will be happy... Also no need to give Ex-players like Kapil Dev too much of a hearing... Kapil in his final years was a poor bowler who continued playing only to get world record of 434 wickets... In the process Javagal Srinath's peak years were lost... It is the selectors Job here not someone else's... @Tamilpower ... What is that comment supposed to mean?

  • bigwonder on February 24, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    Do you think players will forget it? These are the players that have literally been worshiped in India. Their ego is now way too big to fit on this earth. Anyone remember 2007 Worldcup and how the team decided to get themselves out of the tournament due to internal differences. Personal egos will always stay and will interfere with the team dynamics. The selection committee and BCCI needs to make it crystal clear that the players are not above the nation. Also, keep in mind this was an Australian media trick at the beginning of the tour. They always have tricks in their bag.

  • buddhikapm on February 24, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    We also ran trough a similar time perioud..feel sorry about indian cricket..u guys play cricket in two grounds..one is cricket ground other one is NEO sport channel...stop the 2nd one..then it will be ok..

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 24, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    Very funny post - @Tamilpower . Tendulkar may get his 100 100th but only if its played in India with no DRS of course! India would still lose as their old boys would probably doze off by day 2. We will need to include 1 hour nap time in the afternoon for our oldies - 10dulkar, Dravid and VVS.

  • KBCA on February 24, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    Dhoni is a decent one day batsman (Albeit with very unattractive technigue), but he is a hopeless captain. He holds india back and clearly doesnt have the support of the whole team. india should focus on finding a new smarter captain if they want to progress otherwise it will only be backwards they will go.

  • sportofpain on February 24, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    Not sure this is responsible reporting. Analyzing every single sentence spoken by different individuals and connecting them to form a 'pattern' to prove someone's hypothesis isn't the right thing to do. The team is not performing well at the moment - how about rallying round the team instead of trying to tear them down?

  • on February 24, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    transfer indian pitches to australia and see what they can do.........

  • Harry0009 on February 24, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    Unless we give chances to potential talents like Manoj Tiwari, Manish Tiwari etc. we can never find another Tendulkar. We have got so obsessed with one person and his talent that we don't see another such potential person who could who knows say even turn out better than SRT. SRT has done enough for the Indian Cricket and hence deserves all the accolades. But let's keep it at that since time has come to groom better and younger faces who are more of match winners. People keep questioning as to what will be Indian Cricket without SRT "which is more like the world will end if the cat closes its eyes". I think we should move on. Sehwag needs motivation from his captain that anything else to perform if we see all that's happening. Gambhir Kohli and those with good technique will sure come good in Australia. Raina's technique is very suspect in those wickets. Rohit needs to growup while none like Jadeja barring the captain.

  • puneet_usa on February 24, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    I am still wondering what should be our playing 11??? For this all important game against Australia on Sunday- Seriously this fake rotation fiasco, seniors not getting along, media controversies, blah blah....Point Blank-" We need the best available 11 to play the next two games"- with or without any personal favors and differences....it's about time people should leave their personal differences for the sake of nation and die-hard fans...history proves it that Whenever India is in this sort of dire situation where it's do or die- they do perform 8 out of 10 times....so let's hope for the best...!!!!!

  • Harry0009 on February 24, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    Am not sure of the role of Duncan Fletcher as a coach for the Indian team. What has his contribution been since the past one year? We have seen pathetic Test cricket from the team, and equally pathetic ODI cricket. God only help such a captain who calls Raina, Rohit, and Jadeja as youngsters. Not sure why are we so obsessed with Sachin's 100 than a better Indian performance. Let him play against Zimbabwe at home to get his 100th 100 and let that not affect the team. Not sure Dhoni's so called cool attitude while batting. Irfan might have finished the game off against SL chasing 236 while in the other game Gambhir stood up and Dhoni was there to get the credit. Ironically in the game against SL, he ran out two folks Gambhir and Irfan who would have potentiallly won the game for India. And damn about the commentators who has nothing but praise Dhoni even if that was sheer luck of his.

  • crikbuff on February 24, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    Dhoni says that Rotation policy is because seniors are slow in the filed. Sehwag says rotation is to allow juniors who will play the next world cup. If this is not communication gap, then what is? BCCI is taking Indian cricket fans for a ride, they think we are fools to blindly follow and idolize the cricket team! They think they can make millions of dollars at the Indian public's behest, and continue to fool us. They are wrong!

  • on February 24, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    if sachin wants to play world cup 2015 what's the big fuss.He is such a player if comes into some form will make mockery of opponents bowling.He is still equivalent to 2-3 Indian Players.Dhoni better see his commitment before passing any comments.He is way ahead than Ricky Ponting if compared.We wants him for another worldcup.

  • sportofpain on February 24, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Not sure this is responsible reporting. Analyzing every single sentence spoken by different individuals and connecting them to form a 'pattern' to prove someone's hypothesis isn't the right thing to do. The team is not performing well at the moment - how about rallying round the team instead of trying to tear them down?

  • diva1234 on February 24, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Its becoming like street cricket, where you have to do many politics to get a chance to bat or bowl even. Rather than Sehwag, Dhoni is frightened of Gambir taking the reins of Indian team. Since when Gambir became one of the slow senior players? People can watch runouts of Gambir in recent matches and decide. Its time to change the captain, rather than seniors in Indian team.

  • on February 24, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    Since Sir.Wally hammonds(Dimbeswar talukdar) himself has said that tendulkar is better than bradman. I guess we all have to accept it and live with it.

  • PVenks on February 24, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    Forget the rift, Dhoni needs to get the best team on the park, with the right batting order and go about winning remaining matches. The team order in my view is: 1. Sachin 2. Gambhir 3. Kohli 4. Dhoni (The way he has been batting in this series, he should come at 4) 5. Raina (Maintain left right combo) 6. Sehwag (Has been clueless with new ball, better chances to succeed at 6) 7. Pathan (Far better than Jadeja in his current batting and bowling form) 8. Ashwin/Yadav (Ashwin for SL, Rahul for Aus) 9. Rahul/ Yadav (Yadav for fast pitches, otherwise both spinners) 10. Zaheer 11. Vinay Kumar

    Would you feature my team selection in one of your articles? :-)

    Cheers, Venki.

  • spinkingKK on February 24, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    I can't see any problems in any comments. Dhoni was elobrating on his decision to rotate the seniors further. In addition to giving chance to the youngsters, it could also improve the fielding and save some 20 runs. It was a fact. There is nothing much to be read into it. Obviously, he can't tell that to the faces of Sehwag and Tendulkar. He needn't have to say that to the press. That was the only mistake he made. Maybe Sehwag and Tendulkar can prove Dhoni wrong in the next matches and that will only benefit India as a team. Also, when Gambhir said that Dhoni should have finished off the game in 48th over, he was saying it in his perspective and he was very clear about that when he said that Dhoni has his own style and it was working for him. Like the Media manager said, lets move on. We got two important matches to be won and India are definitely capable of beating both the teams. Play Pathan a bit earlier in the order and bat first if you win the toss. Jai Ho India.

  • crick_wizard on February 24, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    Walia's responses sounded vague, disjointed and at times dubious. I wouldn't make him my media manager in case I owned a company.. :)

    there now seems to communication gap at various levels..amongst players..between players and media manager..and media manager and BCCI...

  • sathish008 on February 24, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    SL and AUS deserve to be in the Finals.

  • on February 24, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    after world cup i seem indian team getting huge misunderstand...... Y dhoni can,t play 2nd down.only one sided matches dhoni plays on top order.if he is good average batsmen y can't he comes on top & balance the team.let dhoni comes after kohli n show some decent batting. even ausies struggling on top but still they manage some decent score n put the pressure on oppositionon then y cn't india can do the same.

    similar srilankan captain jayawadane he took some responsibilty for the team he promote himself on the top he doing well ..y cn't dhoni

    stop blaming seniors/others do some thing your own ../then proove you are the best....

  • Sidura on February 24, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    I don't think we cab win from here.Too late. Save your energy and for sake of our players' safety, bring them home. Should boycott going to Australia again.

  • MADHURYA.VARTSHNEY on February 24, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    KOI APNI GALTI KYUN MANEGA . DONOT BELIEVE MEDIA MANAGER . HE IS DOING HIS WORK. THE TRUTH WILL REVILES IN ASIA CUP SELECTION WHERE 2 TO 3 PLAYER ARE OUT OF SQUAD AND SUDDENLY RP SINGH COME IN WITHOUT PLAYING CRICKET FOR SIX MONTHS WE NEED A BIG CHANGE PLEASE TAKE A STEP FORWARD

  • BapiDas on February 24, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    why the hell do we get involved in these trivia? who cares what goes on between any two players, whoever they may be? we must only be interested on what happens ON THE FIELD. professional players get paid huge amounts. they ought to perform irrespective of their personal feelings and emotions. otherwise, they must quit and not be expected to be paid. PERFORM OR PERISH! period.

  • 777aditya on February 24, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    INDIA NEED TO WIN BOTH THE REMAINING MATCHES TO MAKE IT TO THE FINALS (period) - the hell with personal egos - Manoj Tiwary, Ajinkya Rahane, and Rahul Sharma have really been hard done by - if Dhoni really meant trying out youngsters, he should have given all youngsters equal opportunities - 2 matches remain & India need to win both, I don't think Dhoni will take risk by experimenting at this stage - hypocrite!

  • here2rock on February 24, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    Why doe they let Shewag go to press conferences anyway? His comments don't make sense and he is embarrassing to the whole nation, I can not get over his comments that we have not changed over the "last 10 years" and we are "soft". He has been unresponsible on the field and off the field. India is better without him.

  • AvidCricFan on February 24, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    All statements now are window dressing. The cracks are out in public. Its diffcult to mend fences. If Shewag thinks that he has huge following that will accept his rationale, he is utterly wrong. He needs to focus on his primary responsibility of making runs as a batsmen and give his best on the field. He has miserably failed outiside of subcontinent for a while now to justify his inclusion in the team. In fact, BCCI should look at rebuilding the team grounds up with committed players who want to commit to the game and have burning desire to excel.

  • VinodGupte on February 24, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    What is Fletcher doing? Is he just a sock puppet? Extremely disappointed with his performance. What a curse!

  • on February 24, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    sri lanka won and india out of tournament what a shame

  • Rajesh. on February 24, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Bring back Gary Kirsten........... And sack all the media managers et all. If anything they only add to the confusion not resolve it

  • cricfanraj on February 24, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    As fans may be we should stop reading nonsense in media and start concentrate on cricket which entertains us.This team made every indian dream on winning WC true and I support the team than listening to out dated / jobless ( sorry to be harsh) retired cricketers / journalists who don't undestand the game and only motto is to create sensation by making an issue out of everything. Hope team India does well on Sunday game and all this nonsense will die.

  • yoogi on February 24, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    So there will be an article about what media manager said about something, gap between touring party and BCCI or Selectors, about rifts, hidden meanings of his words will be analysed. You could title that article as let us not forget. Actually let us not forget what happened this time because that should not happen once again.

  • GlobalCricketLover on February 24, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    Only the dumb BCCI prez can think that it's a misquoting by press (when the live relay shows that there is a clear communication gap or at least ego issues). Hasn't he seen the press conf relay? If they can say this about such an open incident, imagine what they would be doing in the behind-the-scene financials!!

  • bigben_bigben on February 24, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    Who else thinks Dhoni's comments about slow fielding does not make sense? I don't because even if the 3 seniors (GG, VS and SRT) are cumulatively costing the team 20 runs in the field, it means each one on an average yields an extra 7 runs. So when you retain any 2 of them, you are only saving 7 runs in the field, not 20! So a Manoj Tiwari or Rohit Sharma or anyone else should be able to average 7 runs less than these 3 in order to be a worthwhile to the team...

    Looking at it another way, lets say we drop all 3 of GG, VS and SRT. That means the 3 newbies we induct into the team should score 20 runs less than the 3 on an average. Who has the confidence they will? I don't. At least no one on the horizon seems capable. So let Rohit Sharma and Tiwari wait and gain some experience in the non-crucial games.. In any case they will be in the team in another year or so...

    I usually like Dhoni but this time his statement on fielding didn't make logical sense.

  • on February 24, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    schin is better than bradman and all know that,so please stop these nonsense..

  • yash9215 on February 24, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    GO India.India need to put behind all the frustration and pain and just look to go and play their natural game.Does'nt matter if they win or lose,they have the support of the fans.Just play a good game of cricket.Because it seems difficult but not impossible for India to reach the finals.

  • perl57 on February 24, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    Accept it Siddharth you guys do not like BCCI and hence does not want Ind to win any more matches. Just question yourself, Mahela is playing ot of his skin while in his non captaincy days he was just a dud. This is not a news for media? They did not even question this to him. But they are far more interested in poking this thing out. If Aus or SL media question this, then it is fair but mor0s like monga also keep making wild guesses. If India reaches final from here, then probably it has fought against media, umpires along with other teams to reach there. If it does not win, I as an Indian fan still will watch the matches. Media can dig a hole and bury themselves.

  • JustOUT on February 24, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    The truth is, this Walia might hv been soccered btw two groups Dhoni vs Sehwag. And to forget abt the bashings he got from both the groups, he is asking everyone to forget all. haha. Watever is happening is good for Indian cricket, atleast now the players will realize they are not GREATER than GAME.

  • SanjivAwesome on February 24, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    May be media should give the players a break and not read between the lines that have been uttered by the players. It is clear that our team is on the ropes against quality oppositions; no amount of bagging by media is going to make any difference. The players need to perform from within.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 24, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    Common India...We can do that...we can win CB series...be united....

  • cricnitz on February 24, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Bring back Gary Kirsten pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • satish619chandar on February 24, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    Daily atleast one article on India and everything draws great amount of attention from different quarters.. I guess this feud between Dhoni and Sehwag is a great thing for the media to feed and add as much fuel to it as they can.. It is getting rather boring these days because of too much attention thy give on a silly thing..

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  • satish619chandar on February 24, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    Daily atleast one article on India and everything draws great amount of attention from different quarters.. I guess this feud between Dhoni and Sehwag is a great thing for the media to feed and add as much fuel to it as they can.. It is getting rather boring these days because of too much attention thy give on a silly thing..

  • cricnitz on February 24, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Bring back Gary Kirsten pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 24, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    Common India...We can do that...we can win CB series...be united....

  • SanjivAwesome on February 24, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    May be media should give the players a break and not read between the lines that have been uttered by the players. It is clear that our team is on the ropes against quality oppositions; no amount of bagging by media is going to make any difference. The players need to perform from within.

  • JustOUT on February 24, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    The truth is, this Walia might hv been soccered btw two groups Dhoni vs Sehwag. And to forget abt the bashings he got from both the groups, he is asking everyone to forget all. haha. Watever is happening is good for Indian cricket, atleast now the players will realize they are not GREATER than GAME.

  • perl57 on February 24, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    Accept it Siddharth you guys do not like BCCI and hence does not want Ind to win any more matches. Just question yourself, Mahela is playing ot of his skin while in his non captaincy days he was just a dud. This is not a news for media? They did not even question this to him. But they are far more interested in poking this thing out. If Aus or SL media question this, then it is fair but mor0s like monga also keep making wild guesses. If India reaches final from here, then probably it has fought against media, umpires along with other teams to reach there. If it does not win, I as an Indian fan still will watch the matches. Media can dig a hole and bury themselves.

  • yash9215 on February 24, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    GO India.India need to put behind all the frustration and pain and just look to go and play their natural game.Does'nt matter if they win or lose,they have the support of the fans.Just play a good game of cricket.Because it seems difficult but not impossible for India to reach the finals.

  • on February 24, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    schin is better than bradman and all know that,so please stop these nonsense..

  • bigben_bigben on February 24, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    Who else thinks Dhoni's comments about slow fielding does not make sense? I don't because even if the 3 seniors (GG, VS and SRT) are cumulatively costing the team 20 runs in the field, it means each one on an average yields an extra 7 runs. So when you retain any 2 of them, you are only saving 7 runs in the field, not 20! So a Manoj Tiwari or Rohit Sharma or anyone else should be able to average 7 runs less than these 3 in order to be a worthwhile to the team...

    Looking at it another way, lets say we drop all 3 of GG, VS and SRT. That means the 3 newbies we induct into the team should score 20 runs less than the 3 on an average. Who has the confidence they will? I don't. At least no one on the horizon seems capable. So let Rohit Sharma and Tiwari wait and gain some experience in the non-crucial games.. In any case they will be in the team in another year or so...

    I usually like Dhoni but this time his statement on fielding didn't make logical sense.

  • GlobalCricketLover on February 24, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    Only the dumb BCCI prez can think that it's a misquoting by press (when the live relay shows that there is a clear communication gap or at least ego issues). Hasn't he seen the press conf relay? If they can say this about such an open incident, imagine what they would be doing in the behind-the-scene financials!!