Commonwealth Bank Series 2011-12

Dhoni blames media for rift reports

Sidharth Monga

February 26, 2012

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Was the media at fault for talk of a rift in the Indian team, as MS Dhoni has claimed? ESPNcricinfo provides transcripts of the relevant press conferences*.

MS Dhoni and Virender Sehwag walk off after securing the bonus point, Sri Lanka v India, tri-series, 3rd ODI, Dambulla, August 16, 2010
MS Dhoni has said the India dressing-room has had a good laugh at the reports of a rift © AFP

MS Dhoni has blamed the media for quoting him selectively to Virender Sehwag, to elicit replies that suggested a grave communication gap in the team. He said no such problem existed, and there was no need to straighten it out. He did, though, say it created an awkward situation because it was possible Sehwag might have actually believed what the press told him. He hadn't, Dhoni added.

However, a reading of the transcripts (below) of the two press conferences in question confirm a variance in statements between the captain and his deputy.

"You must have asked him something," Dhoni said at his pre-match press conference on Saturday. "Why don't you ask yourself the same question?

"You have the press conference on tape. It will be interesting if you watch the whole press conference. You will get the answer yourself of what exactly I said. And what exactly I meant. Often what's important is, you can't see just that particular answer. Maybe the build-up from the first question as to what you are answering [is important]. Often we don't answer because the first part of the first question that we answer is actually an answer of the second question or the third question. If you see the whole press conference, it will offer a valid point as to what was said."

Dhoni said the dressing-room had had a good laugh at the reports. Asked if he was happy with the communication flow within the team, Dhoni said, "Yeah, yeah. It has always been there. It is not this series or last series. It has been perfect. And we enjoy it actually when things like this happened. It's the talk of the dressing room. We try to get the positives out of it. It's half an hour of good talk in the dressing room, because that's the best we can get out of it."

Reproduced below are excerpts from the two said press conferences with all relevant questions and the build-up that led to Dhoni and Sehwag saying what they did.

The first one is, from February 19, after India had lost to Australia. This is MS Dhoni answering questions.

Q: MS, you mentioned that the top order needs to perform, but we are in the second stage of this tournament. Do you reckon the best XI should be playing now? Or do you want to continue…
Dhoni: You have to see what the best XI is. If you talk about the best XI being the players who have scored runs in the tournament then also we may find it difficult to feature the XI. Or if you talk about the number of games we have played or the experienced guys have played, so it's about everyone going. Everybody needs to contribute. Gautam has done well, he needs to keep on going because he is among the senior guys who will be batting up the order. Then you have Virat who has done well, Rohit who is getting his chances and then Raina also. So we need to contribute as a unit, and that's what should be the key. You want to field a very good fielding side also. We have seen in these close games that you can't really afford to score always 20 more runs just because your fielding is not good enough on the big field. We have to be careful and hopefully it will be sorted out.

Q: Is this series more about bringing something home after a disastrous Test series or is it about building a team for the 2015 World Cup?
Dhoni: It should be both because you want to do well. As I said you know the opposition team played well, they outplayed you but at the end of the day you feel bad, in the sense if you are not winning games you feel bad. We want to get a bit of both. You want the youngsters to play the games but of course we need to get into the finals first because it's important to get into the finals. Then it's a three match series in the finals. You have to be consistent in two games to win the tournament. But you want to see these youngsters, they will be coming here again and again. Maybe for the next World Cup also. They should know how you need to play in these situations or conditions against a bowling attack that is world class, so overall you want to get the best for the side.

Q: Coming back to what you say, will there be a scenario - we are at the business end of the tournament, you haven't made the final yet - will there be a scenario where you play all three - Sachin, Sehwag and Gambhir?
Dhoni: That may happen. It will affect our fielding in a big way, which means there will be more pressure on the batsmen to score those extra 20 runs, but if the middle order does not perform consistently well you may have to go with the experienced guys at the top of the order, and let the scoring do, you know, from the bottom-most batsmen. In the sense, 5, 6 and 7.

[A break, and then this question.]

Q: You spoke about the fielding in the case you play all the three seniors. Is it really - suppose if Viru [who didn't play that day] plays instead of either Rohit or Raina, is it worth 20 extra runs in the field?
Dhoni: Definitely. Because people often talk about that one run, but that one run that you save, it changes the strike and if the next ball, the batsman plays a big shot - a six or a four, it can have a big impact. If you see, the last few games that we played, we got two or three run outs and that really had a big impact.

Also, what we need to see, it's not only these three players that we are talking about. We also have quite a few other players who are slow on the field. It will just add on to that and we will be left with just two or three really good fielders. It's not that these fielders are bad but for this environment and these conditions and big outfields, they are slightly on the slower side. They will be exploited. Once the ball goes to them, the Australians or the Sri Lankans will try to exploit the doubles or three runs. It means it will put more pressure on their body because the throwing needs to be good and the diving needs to be good, so they will be under constant pressure. So ultimately it will be a pressure game.

This was reported as it was, and two days later Virender Sehwag took questions.

Q: Do you agree with Dhoni when he says that you, Sachin and Gambhir can't be played together in the same XI because you are slow fielders?
Sehwag: I don't think so, we played together in the World Cup and we won games. Just because we want to give chances to youngsters and it's good for every team, just keep rotating players and they will get good ... and they will be fresh for next game, so that's what I think.

[A break, and then this question.]

Q: Were you surprised when you heard that Dhoni came out and said if you three play together, you will concede 20 runs more. And did you have a chat with him?
Sehwag: No we didn't know that. I didn't know what he said and what's going on in media. But we decided, we had a meeting, he chatted with everyone, with Gautam and myself and Tendulkar. He explained that he wanted to give chances to youngsters, so youngsters can play all the matches here, and the next World Cup is also here, so they'll get to know the idea of how the wickets behave in Australia, so when they come for next World Cup, so they will prepare themselves.

Q: The thrust of Dhoni's argument the other night was that top three batsmen - you, Gautam and Sachin - could concede 20 runs extra. Good fielders but slow fielders.
Sehwag: We are same for the last 10 years. Nothing has changed.

Q: Even if you concede 20 runs extra, Sehwag plays a big knock, you win the match single-handedly. These youngsters are saving 20 runs, but aren't scoring…
Sehwag: You have to ask Dhoni again. What he told us is, he has to give chances to youngsters. They will come here and play the next World Cup. That's what he told us.

Q: Will you have a chat with him?
Sehwag: Why should I have a chat with him? When he has said he is the captain, he is the leader, if he and coach thinks we should give breaks to the top order, that's fine, I am okay with that. I don't have any issues with that.

[A break again.]

Q: Do you feel you, Tendulkar and Gambhir are liabilities in the field?
Sehwag: Have you seen my catch?

Q: You said that the reason given to you three separately was they wanted to give the youngsters more chances. Now, you come to know through us that the other night another reason was given. Will you now have a chat with him?
Sehwag: I am available for all the matches. It depends on the captain and the coach what XI they will pick. If they give me the reason that we want to give chances to youngsters and you take a break, I am happy with that.

*07:54 GMT, Feb 26: This article's introduction has been changed

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by SensibleCricket on (February 29, 2012, 16:39 GMT)

Sometimes Sehwag can speak like the way he bats - thoughtless!! Just a few months ago we all were applauding Dhoni as the smartest captain around and a few bad months suddenly make him 'worst'? Dhoni has time and again proved to have the smartest head on his shoulders in the lot. Also we need to remeber, he does not have the kind of support that he had from Garry Kirsten now. He was another masterclass of 'people management'. All in all, I think our best shot at making any progress is Dhoni - and I believe we have a really good shot. Though they may not say, all other teams in the world would like to have a captain like Dhoni! Its time to support the team in their tough times. Meanwhile, its time to let Sehwag decide what he wants to do with his career. Whether play once in 10 innings or whether to accept that his contributions need to be more frequent! Tendulkar too needs to be more consistent! Don't be a 'great on paper', be so at the pitch!

Posted by   on (February 27, 2012, 12:28 GMT)

in d entire transcript dhoni never meant they were slow but said they will struggle 2 up the ante. the question 2 sehwag was presented in a manner that dhoni was ridiculing them. All siad & done its d captain's call. Even if he meant what media interpret its no big deal. After all its the captain who is castigated for evey loss no matter which player performs/underperforms.As simple as that.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2012, 11:09 GMT)

It is dfinately sure that dhoni and shewag does't have good relation.. I m the true witness of i m working at sydney,,, I have seen that both of them are not talking to each other.. they have eating at nandos..dhoni was outside the shop with raina,jadeja...but shewag and gambir...eating inside...they dont even say hi to each other when shewag is coming out...after shewag leaving..dhoni and raina laughing to shewag...thats really true experienced in my why they are telling they got good relation to each others...

Posted by   on (February 27, 2012, 9:18 GMT)

When I first saw the Dhoni interview on TV, it was shown whole and I was glad that FINALLY there is a person who says the things the way he sees them, the way they ARE. He was FRANK and candid in all his answers. There was no 'big deal' in his replies. That happened only after the Sehwag interview. Somehow, another interesting thing happened at the same time - the REST of the footage of the Dhoni and Sehwag interview simply DISAPPEARED from the TV screens - only the videos of them speaking 'contradictory' statements were doing the rounds on TV. Once again - Dhoni is saying it like it IS - media made the whole thing up and sensationalised it. The problem with Indian media is that they are incapable, simply incapable of listening to honest opinions because they either cant handle it or will simply sensationalise it. And then they expect that BCCI and team India should be more transparent and outgoing about their dealings - all this hoopla over nothing wont help encourage them to do so!!

Posted by viswanav on (February 27, 2012, 6:19 GMT)

The transcript might be saying a different story, but it is clear that Sehwag has a different approach to captaincy when compared with Dhoni...That fact cannot be denied...The part timers bowled just a few overs and all three big players played under Sehwag at the expense of Rohit...

Posted by   on (February 27, 2012, 5:54 GMT)

Just read what he said, he was clear about not singling those three out. Why even ask sehwag that question. The media does things like this ALL the time. This is just a lame attempt to set your facts straight.

Posted by hello110 on (February 27, 2012, 4:48 GMT)

I think Dhoni is right. If a Batsman obstructs a ball, he should be declared OUT. I think India has more world class batsmen, than anyother team in the world. i think fast/bouncy wickets are also causing problems to Indian Batsmen. Few victories can bring them back to form. saqib Pakistan

Posted by Cricketitis on (February 27, 2012, 2:34 GMT)

Come on fellows. English, Aussies, SAs they are perfect and perfect gentlemen. Follow what those three countries preach, that's it. Even if they preach something ethically and morally wrong, you have to worship it.

And for the Indian team, please support the reviewing system. At least you get a chance and time to convince umpires and spectators...

Posted by vj3478 on (February 27, 2012, 2:31 GMT)

Funny Media, no shame at all :)

Posted by KingOwl on (February 27, 2012, 0:53 GMT)


Posted by   on (February 26, 2012, 20:23 GMT)

Big deal... other teams dresssing rooms stink worse... Example 1. Katich Vs Clarke incident 2. Swann's accusation of KP as not being captaincy material 3. Off the field Warne was never great friends with Waugh or Gilchrist (that was proven by his top 50 players in world cricket and his explanation after his retirement). International players are 1. under pressure 2. Super stars (of their country) 3. Hard working sports men. Ky point is these things happen in every dressing room. Players will shake hands and forget it. Also English is not their 1st language. Please let the World Champions focus on their cricket.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2012, 19:03 GMT)

Sachin is at the end of extra-ordinary career and thus is slow on the field. No body can deny that. Sehwag is another batting genius with extra-ordinary strike rate (the best) in Test cricket, who is in the worst form of his life. Arguably, Dhoni is the best tactical captain India ever had, and he is a shrewd observer of the game and has best interests of the team at heart. Media has (understandably and undeniably) has its own interests (to create a sensationalism and thus make merry) in mind, in asking leading questions and interpreting the answers to their benefit. People only with passing interest in cricket (who would like to know... who got sold for a million dollar bucks in IPL and which filmstar is going around with which budding cricketer, etc)are all the people these sensationalistic reports are aimed at...

Posted by   on (February 26, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

Dhoni is getting paranoid because he's losing so many games

Posted by ToTellUTheTruth on (February 26, 2012, 17:22 GMT)

Jeez!!! How many times the media keep asking about those 20 runs and in how many tongue twister ways? This is nothing but a media "created" rift. Read Dhoni's answers again and read how many times media tried to provoke Viru about that. Give it a rest people.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2012, 17:21 GMT)

It is crystal clear that the media was constantly provoking Sehwag. It is also nonetheless clear that media took what dhoni said in a wrong sense and as it seems to me "on purpose".

Posted by Alexk400 on (February 26, 2012, 16:40 GMT)

Fire Duncan Fletcher , he is not making team play united.

Posted by Kashi0127 on (February 26, 2012, 14:08 GMT)

I say get rid of them both (Dhoni and Sehwag). Neither of them are performing. And Dhoni is talking like a politician these days. Its time to do some cleanup. Folks who should be shown the door: Tendulkar, Sehwag, Gambhir, Dhoni, Raina. I know we need to have some senior folks in - keep Dravid, he brings dignity and no nonsense and no politics rest all bring raw young talent.

Posted by playitstraight on (February 26, 2012, 14:03 GMT)

Dhoni did say that the top 3 are giving an extra 20 runs if you read carefully, I don't know why he can't just accept the fact and apologize to them (Gambhir, Tendulkar, Sehwag). It will make everything clear for them, but unfortunately, he is too full of ego and jealousy and does not want to accept the fact. As an Indian, I feel ashamed to have a captain like Dhoni.

Posted by Nampally on (February 26, 2012, 13:51 GMT)

Dhoni may not have blamed the top 3 directly when he spoke of the the 20 runs loss in fielding. But Media have put 2 & 2 together. Lack of performance existed long before the more recent media interview. The real reason for the team not performing is biased selection of XI by Dhoni. His selection of XI is often irrational & highly flawed. Jadeja is preferred over a specialist batsman(Tiwary or Rohit) or a specialist bowler (Rahul Sharma). Raina & jadeja are Dhoni's favourites. Playing Raina is a gamble but Jadeja does not deserve to be in XI. Both are excellent fielders but no one makes the XI just for fielding alone!. Dhoni can extract the best out of his 3 seniors by trying Sachin & Sehwag at #4 & 5. Put Ashwin to open with Gambhir. There are many things he can do with the same line up but Dhoni has just "one track thinking". He has no new ideas nor does Fletcher. Betn. them they brought India to their knees!. SL tried Jaya to open & it worked wonders. Dynamic Leadership lacking!

Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 26, 2012, 13:50 GMT)

I think Dhoni should blame himself for the rift. The media has only reported it. Media may have blown it out of proportions. But then something must first exist to be blown out of proportions. If nothing exists then the media cannot blow the "nothing" out of proportions.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2012, 13:08 GMT)

I find it rather amusing that the Indian fans are seeking to absolve MSD of any blame and attribute the blame to the 'big, bad media'. The statements provided are exactly what was said by the respective player and evidently, MSD has said too much. If I were Sehwag, naturally, I too would be irked; the BCCI can kid themselves that its all a great misunderstanding but they are not convincing the rest of the world that, that is indeed the case.

Posted by ClearView on (February 26, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

Why blame media? Its is doing its job. Why blame Dhoni? He is doing a very difficult job. Why blame players like Sehwag, Gambhir, and Tendulkar? They are doing what they can. Blame surely must go to Cricket India for this round the year scheduling and the selectors for a rather incompetent job. Excessive cricket burnt out Dhoni, Raina and so on. The selectors should have dropped Tendulkar and Sehwag long ago- before last summer England tour. Gambhir should be only in tests.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2012, 12:51 GMT)

omg this press conference isnt an 'espn cricinfo' thing! this is a press conference in australia of which espn is just a small part. hope the readers understand that. it is generally the indian media or even the aus media too involved, not just espn cricinfo!

Posted by K.A.K on (February 26, 2012, 12:45 GMT)

Media neeed to select their headlines professionally. The game is more important than the politics in it. There are tons of things to write about the game, the team performances, records, etc. even if there was a rift, the way media projected it would enhace its intensity of the rift and impact the game. In this instance Indian team is going through a bad patch. When they are down and under, media comes down stomping on them and making main headlines that are not worthy of correspondents who cover the game of cricket. Other recent headlines that fall in the same category were reporting an explayer blaming Ryder, ex player claiming hand in dropping Ponting, asking Misbah about his position in the team, etc. I noticed Cricinfo has acted professionally and has removed 3 of these 'headline news'. Not sure about other media outlets though.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2012, 12:15 GMT)

All was NOT well .. also did NOT end well in the OZ !!

Posted by LillianThomson on (February 26, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

I feel sorry for Dhoni, at least at ODI level. The gutlessness of the selectors means that he has to carry around with him these two has-beens (Tendulkar and Sehwag) who are slow in the field and can't score runs on bouncy wickets. And then you add to that Gambhir who is also a flat track bully. These things wouldn't be issues if Tendulkar would just do the honourable thing and retire. His international scores in Australia this tour are now a pathetic 73, 32, 41, 80, 15, 8, 25, 13, 2, 48, 15, 3, 22 and 14. In 14 innings he has 391 runs including 0 centuries and 2 half-centuries at an average of 27.93. Tendulkar is unbalancing the team and is simply a burden they can't afford to carry any more. In any other country he'd have been sacked by the selectors by now. And so would Sehwag and the walking injury known as Zaheer Khan.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2012, 11:29 GMT)

India has to fight against 4 rivals: 1. Media 2.Australia 3.Sri Lanka 4. In-fighting in the team.

Posted by nair_ottappalam on (February 26, 2012, 11:28 GMT)

For bringing in such a rift in the team, Sehwag & Dhoni both should be shown the door. It may be true that the media have given out of proportion hype to the rift. But as the proverb says, without fire there wont be smoke. Something is really wrong somewhere. Drop both Sehwag & Dhoni and put a full stop to Tendulkar's ODI career as well.

Posted by cricinfo_lover on (February 26, 2012, 11:01 GMT)

It is just like the times of economic recession. If you keep telling everybody that there is a big recession around the corner, and if you continue to do so, people start to do things differently, money doesn't flow and the recession really hits you when it wasn't that bad to begin with. There may have been some difference of opinions between players which is only natural, but what the media is trying to do here is keep telling everybody that there is a rift amongst players and I just fear that this would really happen at some point (or happened now?) when it didn't in the first place. I happened to read the previous article on this (Discord and Dissent hurt...) where Siddharth had written that the players are now willing participants contributing to communication breakdown, which I disagree with. Looking at the questions asked and the manner in which they were presented to Sehwag, I agree with Dhoni 100%.

Posted by yash9215 on (February 26, 2012, 10:57 GMT)

India is going through a transition period and the main reason also why this team is performing badly is because of the coach,Duncan Fletcher who has a foreign jinx.History says it all.He is unable to make any team win abroad and the 2006-07 Ashes series in Australia is a clear example of how woeful the coach is.Australia whitewashed England 5-0 and Duncan Fletcher was the coach of the team.So freeing Duncan Fletcher from his duties is the only way India can make a strong comeback.India must hire a coach of the same dissent,that is an Indian who understands the mentality of the team and can work accordingly.BCCI must sack the coach as soon as the CB series gets over or before any other overseas tour.

Posted by CricSpirit on (February 26, 2012, 10:45 GMT)

MSD should more concentrate on Cricket than Media. I though BCCI had appointed a media manager for that job. He should stop worrying about that and win matches.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2012, 10:38 GMT)

KIND ATTN: The Indian Media

Why can't the Indian media ask questions in a more fair manner?? Fair to everyone..the person whose statement they have extracted the questions from and the person from whom they are seeking a response/an answer..

Example: The questions to Sehawag could have been somewhat like below..

Q1: Do you agree with Dhoni when he says that it may not be ideal sometimes to play you, Sachin and Gambhir together in the same XI, in the current scenario in this ODI series, because you are slow fielders and especially because the grounds here in australia are much bigger than in Subcontinet?

Similarly, all the other questions can be composed in a much better and professional manne..

I really doubt whether these Sensation Mongers(the persons asking the questions) are properly and professionally supervised by their superiors??? Do they review and edit the questions?? NEVER :)

Indian Media..pls grow up..upgrade urself or do something else..don't serve crap to the reader

Posted by cricinfo_lover on (February 26, 2012, 10:36 GMT)

I am sorry cricinfo, I am not sure what are you trying to say here. If you are saying that Dhoni was wrong in saying that it was the media that is creating a rift, then anyone who reads the interview questions which you have kindly republished will clearly understand and completely agree with Dhoni's statement. OMG the questions that are being asked, as if trying to get what the media want, out of Sehwag's mouth, harping on the same point through different ways of putting forward the same question. Give them a break!!! I will blame the media for blowing this up to enormous proportions and you are still continuing to do so just because Dhoni has accused used. Really Sad!!

Posted by   on (February 26, 2012, 10:33 GMT)

I usually respect Cricinfo a lot for they way report stuff but in this particular issue, I think ur credibility has taken a big hit. In this issue, you have behaved and reported like other ordinary sites, which doesn't fit your stature. Enough has been said by many sensible people in the comments section so take the feedback seriously and avoid it in future.

Posted by VEXXZ on (February 26, 2012, 10:24 GMT)

The media always look for something in order sell papers. Ever so often you will see things posted and reported as "here-say".

Posted by Patrick_ on (February 26, 2012, 9:56 GMT)

Agree with Dhoni. There is no issue here and it is business as usual from the media. Dhoni was saying generally about the slow fielders and the questions to Sehwag was as if he and the other big two are the culprits.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2012, 9:44 GMT)

Any sensible person reading this - and most of the comments reflect it - will side with Dhoni/Sehwag. Even when the 'Dissent and Discord' article first appeared I wondered what Mr.Monga had to go on apart from the press conferences. (I'd seen the press conferences on video and noticed nothing untoward.) Hopefully this will be a lesson learnt for the journalist involved, and more so for the editor involved for having decided to run with the piece prematurely. You might get some short-term mileage out of it, but ultimately your magazine's reputation will suffer. Also, I hope this will be a lesson learnt for all those Indian fans who vented their spleen in response to the original article. One has to remember that most of these 'quotes' that make headlines are always naive replies at best to incessant, leading questions from news-hungry journalists. So it pays to take all such reports with a pinch of salt.

Posted by Cric_Tic on (February 26, 2012, 9:37 GMT)

From the transcripts, it is clear tht the Media has not honestly understood what the captain is trying to explain and also by asking closed end queations , the players are bound to answer in a YES/NO way or answer to please the questioner in a harsh way. Sewag or Dhoni has not told anything is just the questions thrown to them is not proper. one way to avoid such miscommunication is to have only Captain or Coach to address media. the MEDIA is also a competetive field just like positions in the Indian Team.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2012, 9:33 GMT)

Would the media answer why Sehwag was pointedly asked if he agreed with Dhoni's assertions? Why is his opinion pertinent here? Is it not mischievous journalism? Obviously, a senior player will feel uncomfortable with an unfavourable assessment of the skipper and the media pretty much stirred up the disquiet to bring it to the fore. Did you see anybody asking Ponting where Clarke was a dork for dropping him? No. Rotation of the squad is the captain's prerogative and it's irresponsible to even ask the other players if they agree with the policy, let alone whether it's fair to rotate them because they are slow fielders. There may or may not be friction between the seniors and Dhoni but such interrogation is unbecoming of the media.

Posted by Rajesh. on (February 26, 2012, 9:19 GMT)

Seems like first it was MS Dhoni trying to justify / defend himself......... now it's Cricinfo. Seems like everyone concerned with cricket are in the same boat in India... the players, media, fans, everyone !!

Posted by   on (February 26, 2012, 8:47 GMT)

This gives a clearer picture. For all this time, I had been thinking MSD had crossed a certain line by saying such pointed things as 'seniors concede 20 runs', which although true, may not have been the best thing on the part of a captain to say about team-mates, to the media. But of course, he has been quoted selectively, and Sehwag was clearly annoyed by the kind of pointed questions the media were asking, and he had every reason to, 'coz he didn't where they were coming from. But this gives a clearer picture, the picture I always reckoned had always been there despite what the media would have us believe.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2012, 8:42 GMT)

Sehwag about Dhoni - "He is the captain, he is the chance to youngsters, I am fine with that". Why has the media ignored this statement ?

Posted by CRKS on (February 26, 2012, 8:18 GMT)

transcripts actually support Dhoni's cliam ..look at the questions to sehwag almost like a interrogation ..very poor stuff from media hyping a small issue. disappointing to see such a poor article from cricinfo

Posted by   on (February 26, 2012, 8:07 GMT)

i feel that that the media and the insane fanatics makes things worse as they press upon the performances of the players of india. how many times should one remind that cricket is a sport and not an issue to be considered so serious among people. i personally feel that we should let the players play their natural game. they should feel the pressure of the opponents and from them too but not from the crowd and drooling rabid media.

Posted by mmsandeep on (February 26, 2012, 7:55 GMT)

I think the transcripts actually support Dhoni's version and clearly show the media's eagerness to wrench a story out of this.

Dhoni's answer's short version I would say is "The younger players make a better fielding side, and if they aren't in, the bats are under pressure to make 20 more in the given conditions. You have no reason to not call this team the best XI" (a theme echoed by Gambhir in a previous interview, I might add).

Now, what was put to Sehwag? .. "Dhoni came out and said if you three play together, you will concede 20 runs more".

I think its time the media and Cricinfo admit they got this one messed up. But then, they got the mileage they wanted of this, didn't they? Such a shame!

Posted by   on (February 26, 2012, 7:29 GMT)

haha i really wonder when i would read a diplomatic article from this guy...! Working out theorems and analysis to win over MSD... Virtually, Try Again mate!

Posted by   on (February 26, 2012, 7:27 GMT)

Obviously media is at fault. Even now, you say you let readers decide but link the article in your home page as 'Transcripts tell another story'!!! It would be best for everyone do their own job, please report dont infer. From the transcript above it clear as daylight that remarks were intended at seniors / Sehwag alone but media made it so.

Posted by usernames on (February 26, 2012, 7:27 GMT)

Stop making a joke of yourself, guys. This is clearly a non-issue. Get on with the game. This issue crops up every other year, as if the media can't find anything else to ramble about. I didn't expect such an article on CI, tbh.

Posted by sathish008 on (February 26, 2012, 7:24 GMT)

lolz, Monga what you are trying to jutify here?

Posted by veturisarma on (February 26, 2012, 7:21 GMT)

see the questions and you can see how the people are trying desperately to put words into Sehwag and Dhoni's mouths and trying to "CREATE" the rift...shame on you people....worst journalism

Posted by Kays789 on (February 26, 2012, 7:17 GMT)

haha sidharth monga at it again! seriously mate you're just digging an even bigger hole for yourself now. i really dont understand why cricinfo persists with monga's articles. the feedback from the indian fans i would imagine, but still this is nothing short of shoddy work from a writer with sensationalist tendencies.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2012, 7:16 GMT)

Looks like the overseas Tours' pressure has taken onto Siddharth Monga... he usually is a good writer but clearly got himself Tangled here ..

Posted by The_Freakster on (February 26, 2012, 7:06 GMT)

Dhoni, and then Sehwag, have clearly been baited here. Especially Sehwag who is not the most articulate of talkers. Media loves to create the "dissent in team" headlines. Cricketers shouldn't speak to the media, especially Indian media. Will save them lot of trouble.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2012, 7:02 GMT)

In India, half the problems are real whereas the other half is created by the Media...What a shame! reporting has taken a back seat as senior Editors have taken the role of judges and using their reputation, they propagate such bizarre stories...a smaller section of the population laughs at them at the first instance and when the truth comes out (like it did this time)...a lot many people join the laugh riot...

Posted by CricFan78 on (February 26, 2012, 7:02 GMT)

Monga stop embarrassing yourself further

Posted by   on (February 26, 2012, 6:58 GMT)

Definitely a non-issue being made into a big issue by the media. I think that the size of the Indian media contingent on tour should be reduced, in order to avoid unnecessary focus on non issues. For instance, I think the media is primarily responsible for whipping up the 100th hundred frenzy - and it seems like it is actually having an impact on the concerned player's performance itself. God forbid, that the media does not become a factor in the game, just like the pitch, and the weather.

Posted by prashnottz on (February 26, 2012, 6:45 GMT)

Haha cricinfo - foot in the mouth - rightly so.

Posted by iarkin on (February 26, 2012, 6:35 GMT)

Let the players play the game and let the reporters stick to reporting about the matches. Please dont act like lawyers trying to split hairs about every word spoken by the players and by taking it out of context.

These players are legend in their own might, let them do what they are best at -- creating magic out of bat and ball.

Please confine your job to match reports and creative journalism -- if you still remember what it means.

Posted by StopSmoking on (February 26, 2012, 6:30 GMT)


Posted by   on (February 26, 2012, 6:08 GMT)

After reading the build up to the sehwag press conference beginning from dhoni's conference, DEFINITELY you get the idea that this was a very carefully planned media game. Ofcourse it wasnt intended to directly hurt the indian team spirit, but just to create some news out of nothing lol. If you carefully notice the questions to sehwag, the reporter/reporters are repeatedly asking the same 'dhoni said' thing about slow fielding again n again until they got the bingo answer from sehwag! thus the controversy is made! kudos reporters, u trapped them again as usual.(ofcourse this doesnt mean everything is funky dory in the indian camp, there cud be rifts,but this one is purely a media gimmick.

Posted by pkhunter on (February 26, 2012, 6:01 GMT)

I agree with Dhoni. Much is being made out of this, um, non-issue. India has talent, but they need to apply. Senior, junior, celebrity, ordinary person -- who cares. Do the job and you'll be in the team. Don't do it and you'll be on the bench. Simple.

Posted by thinktank1 on (February 26, 2012, 5:53 GMT)

I am surprised to see this article from a professional site like Cricinfo.. whining old lady :) get on with real stuff..

Posted by   on (February 26, 2012, 5:53 GMT)

I didn't see any wrong in Dhoni or sehwag's comments. Media get into it in a wrong way. Very bad journalism. They pressurized shewag to tell something about Dhoni. After the bad test series against australia, media wants something to chew. They took it as opportunity and made fool of us. Fine. Iam a fool for some days.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2012, 5:48 GMT)

Clear as daylight - Media looking to make something out of nothing. Media/Press reporters are like the average folks that have to add 'masala' to justify their undeserved paycheck.

Posted by Samar_Singh on (February 26, 2012, 5:45 GMT)

This is 100% a false media propaganda .. What Dhoni said was for the spirit of the team and what Sehwag said is the way he speaks ..

Indian Media is just playing with words and this pseudo rift is no good for Team India ..Sorry, but I have no faith in Indian Media and bureaucracy ...

Posted by xylo on (February 26, 2012, 5:43 GMT)

Alright Mr. Monga, it is clearer that you have too much of spare time on your hands. Having done the mistake of imagining a spicy article, you are making things worse for yourself trying to defend your baseless article, as if you were a part of the dressing room. It would help you if you could get back to reading the basics of journalism, and stick to just reporting things, and not conveniently interpreting tidbits as the precursor to the apocalypse.

Posted by srivatsacertain on (February 26, 2012, 5:41 GMT)

India seriously needs 2 different captains, for tests and limited overs i feel! Viru, however attacking and swashbuckling he might be, should retire from the ODIs and Dhoni from the tests.

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