England v India, 1st ODI, Bristol August 24, 2014

Duncan Fletcher is still the boss - Dhoni

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'Operations remain the same' - Dhoni

MS Dhoni has said Duncan Fletcher will be India's coach at the World Cup, and that he is still "the boss". Speaking ahead of the first ODI against England, he did not sound too thrilled about the decision to send fielding and bowling coaches, Trevor Penney and Joe Dawes, on "leave", although he did welcome Ravi Shastri's presence as team director.

When asked if he felt bad for Fletcher, and if he sees him going to Australia, Dhoni's response was emphatic. "Definitely he will lead us into the World Cup," Dhoni said. "Also he is still the boss. We have Ravi [Shastri] who will look into everything, but Duncan Fletcher is the boss. It's not as if his powers or his position have been curtailed. I don't know what you feel from outside, but still operations remain the same. We have a few other support staff who come into the dressing room, but overall the operation remains the same."

What about the decision to bring in new support staff and the timing of it, then? "Some things just [happen] this way," Dhoni said. "It's a bit tough on Trevor [fielding coach] and Joey [bowling coach], I know. Especially when fielders drop catches and the fielding coach has to miss the series.

"But let's hope for the best. We are welcoming the new guys because that is very important. They will be part of the dressing-room family as of now. We will have to give them some time to adjust to how we operate, and see what kind of input they bring to the table."

On Diwali day in 2009, no such concern was shown for Venkatesh Prasad and Robin Singh, the bowling and fielding coaches who were sacked unceremoniously.

Dhoni did suggest the new team director, Shastri, will be good for the side. "He is here to oversee the operations," Dhoni said. "From the outside, what he feels and everything. It's good to have him. The reason being he is a very proud India cricketer, and at the same time very positive. He believes a lot in fighting and having the right instincts, going over and giving his 100%. It is obviously good to have him. He also speaks the same language, and can interact a lot with the players. Same is the case with other people, so it is good to have them."

Shivlal Yadav, the interim BCCI president for non-IPL affairs, said that Fletcher's contract ran till the World Cup but a decision would be taken before the home series against West Indies in October. "I haven't heard exactly what Dhoni stated, but he must have meant that Fletcher's contract is till the February-March World Cup. That's the factual position," he told the Kolkata Telegraph. "The Board, however, hasn't taken any decision on the head coach and other members of the support staff beyond the ongoing tour of England. This, too, is the factual position. There's time before the next series, against West Indies, and the Board's AGM will take a call."

Dhoni refused to say if he had been consulted before the changes were made. It was a bizarre press conference - even by his standards - before the start of the series. He began all right, but then stopped taking questions about the support staff saying he wanted to talk about the next match, and then refused to talk about Rohit Sharma's role as an opener in ODIs.

The ball has lost colour, kits have assumed it; back lifts have gone higher, bat swings faster; India are looking more at home trying to hit everything out of the ground at the nets, but massive uncertainty remains around them what with radical changes brought about to the caching staff. Imposed, more like, it sounded from Dhoni's press conference.

Shastri was pretty active on his first day on the field as a team director. He had had one formal team meeting already, and a few one-on-one chats. On Sunday, he had a long and animated chat with Dhoni and Flecther next to the pitch. Both Shastri and Fletcher kept twirling their right wrist, as a legspinner would. It seemed to be a debate around Karn Sharma. Dhoni, as usual, gave away little through facial reaction or hand gestures.

Later, during the nets session, Shastri had a point to make to Shikhar Dhawan, who has had an ordinary Test series but will be back as ODI opener. Fletcher immediately joined in, and the two went away to have another long discussion. After Dhawan was done with his stint, Shastri had another chat with him. He did the same with Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina. Bharat Arun slipped into Dawes' role, R Sridhar into Penney's, and Sanjay Bangar mostly gave throwdowns to the batsmen.

August 26, 2014 08:15 GMT: This piece has been updated with Shivlal Yadav's quotes

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • jacobsymon on August 26, 2014, 20:44 GMT

    since 27 years I am watching active Indian test cricket. whole Tendulkar career I did not see India won a test series in Aus or south africa. And the great indian overseas captain ( only few claiming ) ganguly could not win a series in Aus, Eng, SA or NZ so lets wait they had good tour in SA & NZ probably they will improve

    same time i want remain you a team is scoring less AVG T20 score in test cricket and not able to take 20 wickets in both innings can win in a test macthc ?????

  • jacobsymon on August 26, 2014, 20:21 GMT

    one should all ways remember every one is telling MSD was lucky because of ganguly and dravid made good team for him. He was lucky to have viru, dravid,Tendulkar,Laxmaan He won T20 world cup with out all this players, exept viru. Won champions trophy with out any big names. I canot really remember after 1983 world cup india have won a world title till 2003 t20, 2001wcup, 2013cha trophy ipl, cha league , test no.1 position , one day no.1, t20 no.1

    So some one who canot do people say he is lucky. That is called guts, courage

  • myStraightTalk on August 26, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    If India lose the 1 day series then both Dhoni and Fletcher should be ready to resign.

  • irishhawks on August 26, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    Yes MSD you are absolutely right Duncan and you, both are boss but only till 2015 World Cup, which I think will be Curtains on your coaching and captaincy careers respectively. Its no point changing and replacing everything 8 months before World Cup. But we can sense it, and deep down inside you also know MSD that your repeated shameful failures as a Test Captain now cant be accepted anymore. But they will stick by you till 2015 WC. Our Team cant be termed as favorites, they are no where close to it. I fear of same humiliation as in 2007 World Cup. After that I feel there will be huge transformation in set up. In fact your time is over MSD, but its just that Official Version of it is delayed by few months.

  • anilkp on August 26, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    It is amazing. Older and newer players alike, ousted and inside players alike, from Sachin and Yuvraj to Rahane and Binny, everyone talks positively about and for Fletcher. I do not understand it at all. All these players--former heroes to current hopefuls--know very well that the team's results are spiraling downhill; don't they? Is that not a concern to them? What value is a process when it does not win you matches? How good is a process which does not prepare you to win? Why should one stick to a process when it fails perpetually? Do these players collectively take win-losses very lightly (or, care not at all)? If so, are we fans a worthless bunch who keep screaming aimlessly and pointlessly? Or, is there something that we miss? Certainly this is a big mystery. It's truly baffling. I wish someone explains to me why Fletcher is still the boss and is respected so deeply.

  • ramli on August 26, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    Well, the boss is always the BCCI ... with MSD's stand, both him and DF may not be there after the Ind-Eng ODI series ... it all depends on the result now ... a bad show from MSD (personally as well as team) will see him get the sack as BCCI is now keen on maintaining its ego as to who is the BOSS ... bad days ahead for India

  • sehkhar on August 26, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    Director & coach are two separate entities. Coach is to look after technical flaws in the batting or bowling and refine them. A director is there to refine the coaching, to filter players for a particular game and to be a psychological mentor for the player. Hence Director is always a BOSS even if MSD denies so.

  • know_ur_game on August 26, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    Totally agree with Siddhant Kharel. Dhoni was only just a lucky man. He got an excellent team from Ganguly & Dravid with star like Yuvi, Sehwag, Zak, Bhaji, etc. Luck is not favouring him right now and his shelf life as captain is over. Above all he had ruined the careers of all above mentioned stars who stand tall above his shoulder with blessings of board bosses, just for the sake of brand MSD.

  • Surajrises on August 26, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    Nobody knows who is the real boss! Hence Rahul Dravid & Ajit Agarkar said that it will create more confusions within the team. Some players would be under pressure to hear out Ravi Shastri & some Dhoni which is definitely not good for the team's morale. Fletcher should have been sacked immediately if Ravi Shastri was the real boss and Sanjay Bangar & B Arun were selected by him. I still believe before this series gets over, Fletcher should be sacked.

  • Ravs1504 on August 26, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    Thanks Dhoni.We needed some thing like that from you.. this might be the final nail in the coffin..lets keep our fingers crossed..Hope we get new leader and new coach with some sort of vision..

  • jacobsymon on August 26, 2014, 20:44 GMT

    since 27 years I am watching active Indian test cricket. whole Tendulkar career I did not see India won a test series in Aus or south africa. And the great indian overseas captain ( only few claiming ) ganguly could not win a series in Aus, Eng, SA or NZ so lets wait they had good tour in SA & NZ probably they will improve

    same time i want remain you a team is scoring less AVG T20 score in test cricket and not able to take 20 wickets in both innings can win in a test macthc ?????

  • jacobsymon on August 26, 2014, 20:21 GMT

    one should all ways remember every one is telling MSD was lucky because of ganguly and dravid made good team for him. He was lucky to have viru, dravid,Tendulkar,Laxmaan He won T20 world cup with out all this players, exept viru. Won champions trophy with out any big names. I canot really remember after 1983 world cup india have won a world title till 2003 t20, 2001wcup, 2013cha trophy ipl, cha league , test no.1 position , one day no.1, t20 no.1

    So some one who canot do people say he is lucky. That is called guts, courage

  • myStraightTalk on August 26, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    If India lose the 1 day series then both Dhoni and Fletcher should be ready to resign.

  • irishhawks on August 26, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    Yes MSD you are absolutely right Duncan and you, both are boss but only till 2015 World Cup, which I think will be Curtains on your coaching and captaincy careers respectively. Its no point changing and replacing everything 8 months before World Cup. But we can sense it, and deep down inside you also know MSD that your repeated shameful failures as a Test Captain now cant be accepted anymore. But they will stick by you till 2015 WC. Our Team cant be termed as favorites, they are no where close to it. I fear of same humiliation as in 2007 World Cup. After that I feel there will be huge transformation in set up. In fact your time is over MSD, but its just that Official Version of it is delayed by few months.

  • anilkp on August 26, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    It is amazing. Older and newer players alike, ousted and inside players alike, from Sachin and Yuvraj to Rahane and Binny, everyone talks positively about and for Fletcher. I do not understand it at all. All these players--former heroes to current hopefuls--know very well that the team's results are spiraling downhill; don't they? Is that not a concern to them? What value is a process when it does not win you matches? How good is a process which does not prepare you to win? Why should one stick to a process when it fails perpetually? Do these players collectively take win-losses very lightly (or, care not at all)? If so, are we fans a worthless bunch who keep screaming aimlessly and pointlessly? Or, is there something that we miss? Certainly this is a big mystery. It's truly baffling. I wish someone explains to me why Fletcher is still the boss and is respected so deeply.

  • ramli on August 26, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    Well, the boss is always the BCCI ... with MSD's stand, both him and DF may not be there after the Ind-Eng ODI series ... it all depends on the result now ... a bad show from MSD (personally as well as team) will see him get the sack as BCCI is now keen on maintaining its ego as to who is the BOSS ... bad days ahead for India

  • sehkhar on August 26, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    Director & coach are two separate entities. Coach is to look after technical flaws in the batting or bowling and refine them. A director is there to refine the coaching, to filter players for a particular game and to be a psychological mentor for the player. Hence Director is always a BOSS even if MSD denies so.

  • know_ur_game on August 26, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    Totally agree with Siddhant Kharel. Dhoni was only just a lucky man. He got an excellent team from Ganguly & Dravid with star like Yuvi, Sehwag, Zak, Bhaji, etc. Luck is not favouring him right now and his shelf life as captain is over. Above all he had ruined the careers of all above mentioned stars who stand tall above his shoulder with blessings of board bosses, just for the sake of brand MSD.

  • Surajrises on August 26, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    Nobody knows who is the real boss! Hence Rahul Dravid & Ajit Agarkar said that it will create more confusions within the team. Some players would be under pressure to hear out Ravi Shastri & some Dhoni which is definitely not good for the team's morale. Fletcher should have been sacked immediately if Ravi Shastri was the real boss and Sanjay Bangar & B Arun were selected by him. I still believe before this series gets over, Fletcher should be sacked.

  • Ravs1504 on August 26, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    Thanks Dhoni.We needed some thing like that from you.. this might be the final nail in the coffin..lets keep our fingers crossed..Hope we get new leader and new coach with some sort of vision..

  • baskar_guha on August 26, 2014, 6:07 GMT

    Dhoni as captain will go the way of Fletcher the coach. This ODI series will decide their fate.

  • on August 26, 2014, 4:46 GMT

    dhoni talks about power and being the boss, this is exactly what he has been doing from past 2-3 years and thats why indian team currently don't have good spinners, or good pacers , or good opening batsman, even virat kohli have turned out to become average player because of dhoni proud attitude towards this sport. zaheer khan , harbhajan singh, shewag, gautam gambhir , yuvraj singh and suresh raina were the main reason why india has been successful in the world cup and before that and all these players were groom under ganguli and dravid captain-ship. Now india without these player is struggling to play even 30 overs in test matches. Dhoni as a captain have not inspire anybody to do well. it was the seed that ganguli and dravid planted brought fruits for team india in the world cup 2011. Bits and peaces kind of cricketer cannot win you crucial matches in england, south africa, australia, and newzealand.

  • on August 26, 2014, 2:15 GMT

    if everything remains the same then the results will be same!

  • indianzen on August 25, 2014, 22:57 GMT

    Finally the right combination has been set. I would love to see McGrath or Wasim Akram into the coaching area to flourish the newer talents... Chak De...

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 25, 2014, 19:33 GMT

    Question is: To begin with, does Dhoni deserve to be in the squad for the world cup? Let him answer that before he talks in support of any other player or coach. As usual, one of the most repulsive statements made by Dhoni.

  • desiboy454 on August 25, 2014, 19:23 GMT

    MSD is a very good Limited overs captain. There is no denying that, that amount of games he has won with his limited bowlers, is exceptional. Ricky Ponting won but had one of the greatest teams in cricketing history. MSDs ODIs will never be considered one of the greatest. So give the guy the credit where he deserves. Test captain, he isn't very good, he is medicore.

    Personally MSD n Fletcher are not a good combo. They are pretty poor together, and duncun needs to go. I am sure bringing in a new Indian coach right now, would not harm India's chance in the WC. Bringing in a foreign coach will hurt, as he would not know the players well enough. My WC 15, with first choice XI

    1. Rahane 2. Dhawan 3. Virat 4. Yuvraj 5. MSD 6. Rayadu 7. Karn Sharma/Jadeja 8. Ashwin 9. Bhuvi 10. Umesh 11. Mohit 12. Rohit 13. Samson 14. Shami 15. Aaron

    I think the playing XI, adds experience, balance, attack, defence, it gives everything.

  • Indiancricinfo on August 25, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    I really don't understand that we have so many great players in india and still we depend on these outside coaches. A good player is as good as coach. Time for board to board rethink their strategy in coming days

  • on August 25, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    i feel 2015 world cup will be a repeat of 2007 world cup.This time may be india will lose to afghanistan for a change.Anyway fletcher and Dhoni can be in the team till next march only

  • bdsing on August 25, 2014, 15:51 GMT

    A defeat in this series will do Indian cricket more good, then a victory.If not the whole test failure will be forgotten. We will beat West Indies at home and fly to Australia with a bag of pseudo confidence and a lsit of poor performers for a test series and worl cup. Aswin and Jadeja are poor spinners and this hurts us more than anything. we have never had such poor quality spinners repressent us in test and one day cricket. Pacers - never our strength and dont see anything happening in the near future. we ned to pick the best based on what we have. Batsmen - a diifenrt ball game - Over rated batmen. Kohli and dhoni are probably the best we got -for onedayers. the rest plsy in pstches. Good in subcontinent conditions. Perform poorly at internationals away from home. Nobodies place is sure in this team. Sad plight for Indian cricket - Looks very much like the 1992 world cup(history repeats)

  • on August 25, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    Isn't that ridiculous backing that support staff has been changed, so improvements will be there. Who plays on ground !!

  • on August 25, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    This is over-optimism. 3 years, 9 away series lost, only 2 win in 36 matches (1 of being against non-hosting team SL during in Aus tri-series). What more he wants? Not only fletcher, question mark should be for Dhoni as well in tests.

  • on August 25, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    having watched the Australian squad against Zimbabwe and their batting and bowling creates goosebumps among an Indian fan like me. With the likes of Maxwell, finch, Johnson, starc etc..the Indians would be doomed. We don't have an aggressor like Maxwell or a pace like starc or Johnson. the Dhawans the kohlis the kumars would be a laughing stock for sure.

  • cricket_lover1 on August 25, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    Not good signs for Indian cricket. Fletcher must go!

  • mucheemaann on August 25, 2014, 13:45 GMT

    @Kruns - I dont see how India can do well. Every opponent worked out how to get Suresh Raina outside the subcontinent; Rohit Sharma is a nohit again even after several redefining moments in his career, Dhawan is a one match wonder, Virat Kohli and Dhoni can only win so many LOI matches, the less we say about the bowlers the better, Jadeja / Ashwin are at best are bits-and-pieces players. You need 3 good batsmen and two good bowlers in order to cover up an entire team in LOIs and India does not have them for the 2015 World Cup.

  • AVRAJAN on August 25, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    Well. Last week BCCI officials said that Fletcher has been given a message and he has to decide about his future. Now Dhoni says Fletcher will remain till world cup. I think this statement from Dhoni is needless. Only the Board should determine who is going to continue (including Dhoni himself). The captain should not step into the shoes of Board. Time for Board to indicate Dhoni about his limits.

  • on August 25, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    This is a leader statement. You have to support your coach when he is in trouble. Dhoni is showing the real character of a leader. Fletcher is with Indian side for quiet sometime and he knows the real pulse of the indian team. He will be best coach for the world cup team. Any replacement at this stage will yeild only Hanky-Panky results. The result is left with the players and their performance on the field. It is not good to blame to coach for bad performance. The good performer will get the man of the match and series and not the coach. Hats off to Dhoni!!!

  • on August 25, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    let sanju give a chance instead of inconsistent rohit sharma......sanju is the future of indian cricket...

  • SRIKAND on August 25, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    Until good pitches are prepared in India, there is practically no chance for India to win abroad! They may occasionally win a few one dayers then and there, but no chance of winning series in Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and England!

  • NANGAIRAJA on August 25, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    Best of Luck India !! As i read in newspapers today that Indian Players should get involved more in County cricket and improve in playing ALL WEATHER CONDITIONS. Team should minimize of the short term of cricket like T20's and play more Counties and develop their skills playing in ENG,SA,AUS..Etc., It applies both for Batsmen and Bowlers in the TEAM INDIA to play on COUNTY and avoid short form of Cricket. Hence, it improvizes the Cricketing Skills all over..

    Kudos of the Young Indian Team ...:) Good Luck and Cheers..!!!

  • pvwadekar on August 25, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    Flecther is still the "boss" so that when India loose the WC then BCCI will have a scape goat to take the fall for the horrible performances. They (BCCI) will say that we tried everything .. gave the team a cricket director, new assistant coaches etc but still the team failed. The over indulgence in T20, IPL has caused this ..

  • aativas on August 25, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    Very strange stetement from Dhoni. Who is he to decide who the coach would be? And why is he supporting this coach? MSD has changed, and I fear not for better!

  • Kruns on August 25, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    I feel India will do well in ODI , firstly as they are better team in ODI maybe stats would not show that also England does not have that x factor in ODI team except butler who would be a dangerous batsman as far as india is concerend

    Feel Jadeja and Ashwin both should play in the team as they would definately do a godd job for containing the batsman or K Sharma can replace ashwin.

    Rahane should open and rohit should bat no 4 should good for both of them i guess.

    Team i want see on the field today :- 1) dhawan 2) rahane 3) VK 4) Rohit 5) Rayadu 6) Dhoni 7) Jaddu 8)Ashwin/K Sharma 9) Bhuvi 10) Umesh 11) Dhawal

  • on August 25, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    Dhoni is good captain and should be retained until world cup. Board should support him as it has done so far. Its very critical time for India to prepare for world cup. At the moment, I don't see any replacement for Dhoni in Indian team.

    We have always attitude of praising beyond limit when we win and criticizing beyond limit when we loose. Try and understand that its a game and winning and loosing is there. Try and motivate our team.Our team is far better than other good teams with Dhoni as captain. Recently we have seen how our team was helpless w/o Dhoni.

  • on August 25, 2014, 6:18 GMT

    'Operations remain the same' - Dhoni even the "Results remain the same" - my me

  • TEROSHAN on August 25, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    Thanks to the Sachin|Gaguy |Dravid|Luxman dhoni has surviwed but if take sri lanka it is Arjuna Aravinda Era |then Sanath marvan| then Sanga mahela | Mahela Sanga | Now its Mathews time dont worry aboutthe Thiri he will over come the issue when WC Come. But for IND youcant see any of test player who can dilivered IND for Next WC Win

  • on August 25, 2014, 5:54 GMT

    India will win the one day series, God willing.

  • on August 25, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    Himanshu: England is not a very good ODI team anywhere outside of England. But they are competitive in England. India is not very good in England conditions. There is utter chaos in the Indian camp with Ravi Shastri thrown in the mix. I would not be surprised if India suffers another drubbing as in the 2011 series. I suspect most of the Indian team have their mind set on coming back as soon as possible!

  • himanshu.team on August 25, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    I still feel India would bounce back quite strongly during the ODIs. England are not a good ODI side. India on the other hand are a pretty good limited overs team anywhere in the world. This is the format, where captaincy plays a bigger role than tests and it is where Dhoni excels. Jadeja and Ashwin will become potent weapons as the batsmen try to go after them. Batters on the other hand have confidence of chasing down scores of even 300 plus. England cannot ask for green tops and make the toss the deciding factor. So I am very positive about India. I still feel that Fletcher leaves his post, and quit as the coach, if India have any hope of defending their title next year.

  • on August 25, 2014, 4:56 GMT

    Rahane is not a odi player. Binny & rayudu are no good. Ashwin is mediocre overseas. In short we have only two players who are any good ie dhoni & kohli. Kohli is out of form. Our bowlers are bad as ever. Our fielders rarely catch anything .

  • SLSup on August 25, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    @spinkingKK: You appear to be worried about IND chances at the WC. The way the groupings are it is quite evident that AUS, ENG, IND, PAK, SL, SA, NZ, WI will duke it out for the semi final birth. MOST probably the initial points table - which determines who plays who in the first knock-out stage - will pit AUS, ENG, SA, SL against IND, PAK, NZ, and WI to help former quartet move through to Semis. In other words, the question 6 months out is who between AUS, ENG, SA, SL will make it to the finals?

    It is said most world tournaments are played to determine who meets SL in the finals! Just the talk of the town for sometime now. Therefore, let me qualify what I said earlier: WHO between AUS, ENG, and SA will meet SL in the WC finals?

  • on August 25, 2014, 4:40 GMT

    As a captain Dhoni still nothing had done in outside of the india,which is related to his batting and capitancy.Day by day dhoni decreasing his courtesy level.Board will decide about coach changing things,dhoni no need to involve in this.

  • vikrajsolanki on August 25, 2014, 4:18 GMT

    I still believe this actions will not be enough to work. How many of us observing this, what is the actual reason behind such collapse:

    1) A completely out of form player (Kohli), who hardly reached the double figure in tests will bounce back and can be devastating in ODIs. 2) An ineffective all-round bowler (Jadeja), can be so classy in his 10-over spell. 3) A player whose technique always remains in questions (Dhoni), can blow down all cards of opponent with his blistering shots and thoughts in ODIs.

    See, how drastically the performances are varying as soon the format of the game changes. We are having almost same team for all the 3 formats which is actually causing the issues. Our players are not getting enough time to change the gears.

    So much of cricket has been played by this players every year, may cause break down.

    Team management has to bi-furcate the players in various formats according to the players key skills.

  • on August 25, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    @Dravid_Pujara_gravitas ... They will!

  • Chaitanyareddy90 on August 25, 2014, 4:07 GMT

    ha ha......dhoni exactly know his positon in the team(now dhoni is one man in army)if any oter coach in place of duncan.

  • on August 25, 2014, 3:50 GMT

    This is a dangerous sounding interview by all accounts. Why not keep things simple. Just follow the MLB in the US. Have a GM who puts together a team for the season. He makes additions and subtractions from the team during the season, with inputs from the coaches, but it's still makes the final call himself. The coaches get the team ready for the season. And the captain is responsible for the team on the field, with the sole aim only of winning matches (of course playing within the spirit and rules of the game). Every person on this chain is held accountable and rewards and actions follow accordingly.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 25, 2014, 3:28 GMT

    I sincerely hope and wish India loses this ODI series, for the love of Indian Cricket.

  • on August 25, 2014, 3:25 GMT

    I dnt thnk fletch still the boss... my playing x1:1) Dhawan 2) Rohit 3) virat 4) rahane 5) raina 6) dhoni 7) binny 8) ashwin/jadeja 9) bhuvi 10) shami 11) umesh

  • Aspraso on August 25, 2014, 3:21 GMT

    Everything will remain the same, very true Mr Dhoni. I guess so will be results of the next Test series.

  • on August 25, 2014, 3:13 GMT

    India should hope their bowling fires. it is definitely going to decide the fate of this series.

  • spinkingKK on August 25, 2014, 3:04 GMT

    India need to do well in tests if they want to win the World cup. Because, just before the World cup, they will be playing Australia in Australia. If they get humiliated in that series, they will be better off just handing the World cup over and fly back home without wasting anymore time. Because, morale, confidence and respect from the other teams are all very important. On another note, I can see a lot of people hate Dhoni. I am never a big Dhoni supporter even when he was winning. However, I think people should be a bit more tolerant of the defeats. Amid all the defeats, Dhoni did perform well in tests, for a change. In ODI's, he is a champion player and an excellent captain. ODI performance is also important. The guy won the last World cup for India with hist master performance in the final. Without him, Sri Lankan bowlers would have been all over the Indian batting. True, he is not a great test captain. But, most of the Indians (except Dravid) were poor captains anyway.

  • CricketChat on August 25, 2014, 0:58 GMT

    I think Dhoni should keep quiet and let his team's performance do the talking. It's certainly not his call whether the coach stays or not, but BCCI's.

  • SLSup on August 24, 2014, 23:51 GMT

    Response to Brahams: Being selective aren't you? : ) Here are the stats so EVERYONE knows WHY you feel it is important to ONLY talk about SL in IND.

    SL in IND: 19 Tests for 1 win for SL (...in 8 Series IND lead 7-0 against SL).

    IND in SL: 17 Tests for 4 wins for IND (...in 6 Series SL lead 3-1 against IND).

    SL winning AWAY Series = 7 times in 32 years of playing Test cricket (22%).

    IND wining AWAY Series = 12 times in 82 years of playing Test cricket (15%).

  • TRAM on August 24, 2014, 22:20 GMT

    >>"We will have to give them some time to adjust to how we operate".... The new coaches have to adjust according to how "they" operate??? So the coaches have to adjust, is it? Players will continue their same "process" ??

    I was hoping Shastri & the new coaches will bring in new process to improve the team. Seems like not the case.

  • on August 24, 2014, 22:00 GMT

    I think he is just right, the issue here is not with fletcher. Rather, it's the IPL and T-20 based brought of cricketers which is spoiling both batting and bowling skills required at Test level.

  • here2rock on August 24, 2014, 20:37 GMT

    It does not sound good from the Indian camp, on one hand Ravi Shastri has been saying that he is the boss and everyone will be reporting to him and Dhoni saying Duncan Flectcher is still the boss. Does Dhoni decide everything ensuring Fletcher as the head coach and him being the captain for the World Cup? Indian cricket out of control.

  • vj3478 on August 24, 2014, 20:34 GMT

    "Fletcher is still the boss" - Thanks for the clarification Dhoni sir, we can now put to rest any wild imaginations of India retaining the 2015 WC.

  • on August 24, 2014, 20:18 GMT

    Amazing that Shastri has so much influence since he was a very average players. He was an ok batsman and a very average but useful off spinner for ODIs only. His test record is just below par

  • on August 24, 2014, 20:01 GMT

    It will take a craine to remove him from the team.but i dearly hope they lose the odi series as well and as for the world cup they are going to give a good run for the money like they did in twenty twenty world cup but will choke again in the finals and then only this one heck of a stubbornness will be shown the exit door

  • BUCG on August 24, 2014, 19:59 GMT

    It's really mind boggling to know that MSD and Fletcher are not going to be axed!

  • on August 24, 2014, 19:35 GMT

    Glen i don't think india can never be a good test team.2 years down the line i see india more of a test team then an odi team

  • Brahams on August 24, 2014, 19:31 GMT

    @nandanLeo,

    A more appropriate question would be - how many tests SL has won in India - the home of FLAT WICKET KINGS?

    While Indian test team is disgusting in away conditions, most teams, with the exception of SA and Australia to some extent, are in the same boat.

    Hope all teams strengthen their away tests performance, particularly the teams from subcontinent. ODIs are a different game altogether - I can see most teams being competitive in this format.

  • himsez on August 24, 2014, 19:31 GMT

    I wonder who asked Dhoni whether fletcher is the boss or not? Just a day or two ago Ravi said he is the boss. The time has come to relieve MSD from cricket all together. Its clear that Duncan Fletcher is just a prop along with the other support staff. Else what difference it makes to Dhoni or has dhoni become so powerful that he speaks for the BCCI now.?

  • on August 24, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    Change is good, we need to groom a solid leg spinner for the wc

  • glen1 on August 24, 2014, 18:54 GMT

    Somewhere in their gut Dhoni and Fletcher believe they can deliver something in the ODI, and not tests for sure. They have to given time till World Cup; however, they should not be given free rein on team selections, and that's where Shastri comes in. This is about the best BCCI can get from Dhoni as he has all the trump cards till World Cup. Much has been said and lamented before that India did not show much fight, and that test cricket needs India to do well; sorry, the bird has flown. India will never be a good test playing Nation, with the new talent that is emerging from the heartlands. The demographics and the pace of the land and its struggles have changed. What will emerge is a fast-paced cricket, for better or worse.

  • nandanLeo on August 24, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    ThilankaK why dont you worry about your SL team which lost a home series against SA. SL is going to suffer the same fate when sanga retires atleast India has the talent pool to come back .Let the Indian fans worry about the India team mate. How many test matches has SL won outside the subcontinent?

  • on August 24, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    Like everything else in life, a cricket captain too has a shelf life. MSD is a jaded cricketer. He plays all forms, and captains all sides he plays for. And he's been doing that now for years together! No wonder he has run out of steam, and out of ideas. A reluctance to work with new set of people who would bring in fresh ideas, and push him out of the comfort zone is clearly symptomatic of the issues surrounding Dhoni. Indian team needs a drastic change. And that change has to begin from the top..!!

  • on August 24, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    i am srilankan fan. but now i supporting england , i hope england will win 5-0 or 4-1 come on boys . my eng team cook hales bell root ballance buttler wokes finn Anderson tredwel stokes this is good team . i can say india is very week at the moment for bowling , i want to see srilanka is a no1 odi team soon. it is is great , i think srilanka will win pak 2.1 and india lost the seris and Aus lost the tri seris in south Africa and zimbawe . Wc is 6 months away , it is great news for srilanka because srilanka is a clear favourite for wc 2015 go lions go

  • on August 24, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    @ ThilankaK If d series is 2 test matches then we won convincingly than ur srilanka team, do u think ur srilankan tracks r made of green tracks or what, let's see ur team after retirement of sanga no need for that also same with good players they play well before crumbling best examples r kalis,sachin,pointing so wait for 1 year then i c sanga going out of touch then we will c where u can stand

  • on August 24, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    Am I the only one who can't distinguish the role of Ravi Shastri and Duncan Fletcher at the moment? As Team Director, Shastri has gone on record saying he is in charge of everything, yet according to Dhoni, Fletcher is still the boss. Really? So if India lose the ODI series, who will be accountable - Shastri or Fletcher? Fletcher's continuing presence seems untenable if Shastri continues in his current role. You can't have two bosses in charge of everything. Plse, team India, make it clear who the real boss really is.

  • on August 24, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    @thaikkathameed wats ur problem with dhoni... bcoz he s speaking d truth.. coaches wont bat 4 u neither they field 4 u..off d field they l help u dats all.. wer have u been wen india won champions trophy in england under dhoni and fletcher.. if u hate him leave it y u r speaking for whole indians.. true indians always with indian team not bother if they win or lose..now they need support not hatred..

  • on August 24, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    @thilank mate y ur team cant able to win one single test match in d flat track(india) in other words y u keep losing in ur home conditions.. Clean sweep series against south africa in ur home condition itself..lol

  • on August 24, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    Mr. Dhoni.. it is a request to you.. please concentrate on cricket more than the political activities and kindly do not humiliate the Nation India more.

  • on August 24, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    Dhoni 's comment on Duncan fletcher was very shameful for indian spectators, if you are a clever cricketer dont take the advantage of cricket is made for u dhoni, things can go wrong when we r adamant on selections and every cricketing aspects. India has the reputation of every captain did not retired of their peak, every captain retired after fired from spectators , media former players. this type of problem arise from the board's chief who they r not at all a cricketer. only a business man, india has the vast potential in tallentwise, but it was ignored by zero cricketing sense of administrator. they r good at money making sports.

  • ThilankaK on August 24, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    My Indian Team ; Openers should 1. Ashwin & 2. Dhoni , No 3. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 4. Mohammed Shami, 5. Ravi Shastri, 6. Sanjay Bangar, 7. Bharat Arun, 8. Rahul Dravid, 9. Sourav Ganguly, 10. Sanjay Manjrekar, 11. Arun Lal , & 12 th man Harsha Bhogle ( definitely India will win 5 - 0 )

  • on August 24, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    I am seeing so many negative comments about Dhoni. Common guys !! Respect players. No one has guts to comment BCCI not building international fast pitches.Those who blame players I would say cowards. Really, players are working so hard. why shouting at players particularly Dhoni. After this oneday series they are going to come back and say Dhoni you are great. Point is, he is really good in one day format and T20. No need for new captain he deserves many chances in oneday format and T20. Go Dhoni!!!!

  • crindex on August 24, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    BCCI must identify the leadership qualities in players now and start training them for future Test captaincy. MS Dhoni can retain limited over formats as captain. For example, Ashwin is a captain material and I think he should be made the Vice Captain of the Test team. I don't think Kohli is in right form and frame of mind to do the job. He can only play second fiddle to Dhoni. Kohli's batting will get worse if he is a captain too with added responsibilities. Start creating future leaders from now on , BCCI.

  • ThilankaK on August 24, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    Fletcher is a good coach & problem is about your players. they're flat track bullies. see in India there bowlers giving 300+ score & flat track bullies ( Indian Rohith out side No hit, Indian Bradman out side bunnies like Dhawan, Kholi, Rahane & Indian rockstar out side bullstar like jadeja ) will come & chase any score with star batsmen like Dhoni & Ashwin. but when its come in ENG they will struggle. Talking about Indian bowling is waste of time. Only solution is BCCI has to decide India will only play in India not outside then Indian team will every time winners. Kholi will score 100 after 100, Indian fans will very happy ! Dhawan will score 400 in test , Indian fans will very happy !!

  • on August 24, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    Shashtri comes and Duncan fletcher is having long discussions with every player. Finally, welcome "new" coach of India mr. Fletcher. Dhoni has no clue, but Duncan needed to know he can't take his job for granted like he had. BCCI made big mistake by extending Duncans contract.

  • on August 24, 2014, 17:40 GMT

    How many days people complain about Indian bowling? It is not bowling that is creating problems for India. It is batting that is creating problems.

  • wake_up_india on August 24, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    If you think that the coach makes little difference to a team, you are probably too young to know or remember John Wright. The question that arises about Fletcher is whether he does ANYTHING at all, not whether it is right or wrong.

  • ThilankaK on August 24, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    Don't worry , same old story will happen tomorrow like in the test series .India will score around 250 & bowlers can't defend that or England will score around 300 & India will all out around 225. No matter If Tendulkar came as a director & Ganguly came as a coach & ponting came as a fielding coach this same old Indian team has to come to the cricket field. At the moment they're demoralized team.sorry Indian fans this is the truth. 5 - 0

  • ThilankaK on August 24, 2014, 17:21 GMT

    @ RD_CricFan ; with same ENG team we won the Test series & ODI series b4 month a go. don't look at other teams look at your own team. FLAT TRACK BULLIES !!!

  • thaikkathameed on August 24, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    I really do not know, please tell me: Is MS Dhoni the current president of BCCI? Or is he in charge all the cricket activities in India? Then it is really a shame on we Indians.

  • on August 24, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    Cant wait to see virat k getting back to form with a hundred and ishant getting a five for. odis are our strength as clearly shown during the warm up game, india will crush england tomorrow. I see a 5-0 here.. go boyz show em what u got!

  • JustIPL on August 24, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    Solution to the indian problem, make aswin or bhuvi indian captain.

  • agent001 on August 24, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    India needs a new coach and a new captain. Fletcher's and Dhoni's record is pathetic in the last few Test series. Remember the world cup is in Australia, not in India ! Dhoni remain the best finisher in ODI and should not be burdened with the captaincy.

  • jacobsymon on August 24, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    As long as BCCI not willing to produce green pitches (swing & seem) india is going to humiliate. BCCI make flat piches for ODIS and IPL indian cricket will suffer abroad. No coach , captain , or director can save this team unless you correct the rout problem..

  • Collegefastbowler on August 24, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    When you have one person who is the wicket keeper, middle order batsman, captain and selector rolled into one, you have too much concentration of power in one individual. Over time complacency sets in and with the pressures of the IPL and advertising contracts etc. not enough focus is paid to preparation. Performance starts declining naturally and age is catching up.

    In such a scenario, he selects players who are not likely to show up his declining keeping skills. Therefore genuine pace bowlers like Yadav or Aaron are ignored in favor of medium pace trundlers like Binny and part time spinners like Jadeja. Keeping to these guys is easier than to better bowlers.

    As these guys cannot take 20 wickets, you cover up their inadeqacies by defensive strategies like packing the side with batsmen. But when the bowling is weak, the opposition puts up huge scores on the board putting the batting under pressure.

    Most cricketers have become millionaires from IPL and do not prepare for Tests.

  • JustIPL on August 24, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    Win or lose but the odi series will be more competitive than the tests. Less overs for indian batsmen to face means less presssure itself. This would have been the result even without shastri revolution.. Fletchers role is all but over after he could not provide any insights to win against england. Since, BCCI has involved local coaches now ; all responsibility of win or lose will go to them and most probably india will compete well due to limited overs format.

  • on August 24, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    Fletcher has decent record in limited overs cricket. India won champions trophy under his stint and runner up in t20 WC . Fletcher is a decent coach. India always does well in ICC tournaments,where teams like pakistan england and south africa fail miserably in icc tournaments recently. Good luck Fletcher and co.

  • RD_CricFan on August 24, 2014, 16:32 GMT

    @ ThilankaK...you will see this Indian will be heavier on England team and if your Srilankan team come across....you will be cleaned away

  • on August 24, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    MS why you do this to me [India]

  • on August 24, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    I have never seen a commentator or any cricket analysts said like this "Good captaincy by the captain" on a losing match.Will Even great captains have done bad captaincy in each and every match they lost.

  • on August 24, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    I dont think fletcher should b sacked , at this level all guys are ready for cricket only a bit of advise is required , coaches should not be made scape goat for the team debacle

  • whirlaway on August 24, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    Too bad that Mr. Tracer Bullet is in charge of the India ODI team. Wish he was in the commentary box instead! ;-)

  • on August 24, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    Some England fans are showing their despair with one Cook in their ODI team. Take heart. We Indians are facing too many cooks around our ODI team.

    Too many English cooks, my English teacher told me more than six decades ago, can spoil the broth. The good lady! Alas, she is no more. Otherwise I could have told her that too many Indian cooks can blow up the broth on everyone's face!

  • on August 24, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    Dhoni issuing this statement is sad . So here is an Indian captain who does not even bother to take the responsibility of shoody showing of his team, issues statement without considering that its the responsibility of the board to decide who will coach India to wold cup .. Sad to say but the way Dhoni behaves now , we are in for another whitewash in Australia

  • jacobsymon on August 24, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    what ever changes comes is good for indian cricket. Ultimately batsmen and bowler team should perform. Duncan flecher , Ravi shastri or Rahul Dravid canot do anything in field. indian team did not do well in test. Hope that they perform well in ODIs

  • Surajrises on August 24, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    If Fletcher is going to be continuing till World Cup, then India are definitely not going to retain the World Cup. Moreover, we will surely lose 4-0 in Australia like Glen McGrath said. Sad to hear that MS is still favoring Fletcher as the Coach. BAD COACH & SUPER DEFENSIVE TEST CAPTAIN.

  • SLSup on August 24, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    If IND wins the ODI series against ENG then Fletcher will remain coach until the WC but, then, Dhoni can't pharse it that way! If IND loses this Series Fletcher certainly SHOULD be out. And I am talking about Fletcher, not about how IND does as a team and how Fletcher really had NOTHING to do with IND Test Series hammering recently - just as he had little or nothing to do with IND taking an initial lead in that Test Series.

    I don't ever recall knowing who the AUS coach or support staff was in the 70's or who was coaching WI in the 80's. NOBODY cared! And it didn't matter. And we know it was Lloyd who strategized the culture and approach for WI after the violent hammering they got in AUS in mid '70s. NONE of these coaches go from one team to another and do miracles everytime and there is a reason for that. And the reason is occasionally THEY hit the jackpot coaching a WINNING TEAM. Period.

  • jacobsymon on August 24, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    what ever changes comes is good for indian cricket. Ultimately batsmen and bowler team should perform. Duncan flecher , Ravi shastri or Rahul Dravid canot do anything in field. indian team did not do well in test. Hope that they perform well in ODIs other wise sourav ganguly will speak more.(The man got Avg 42.17 test 113 test mach , (Ashwin Avg.38.86) The great captain in overrseas won test in bangladesh, Pakistan and zimbabwe.

  • on August 24, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    One thing, Shastri has already "achieved": breaking the composure of the usually unflappable Dhoni. Thanks, but no thanks, Shastri!

  • on August 24, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    Fletcher needs to be sacked immediately and I feel that Dhoni should be retained as a batsman but should be relieved of the burden of captaincy.

  • whirlaway on August 24, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    "Definitely he will lead us into the World Cup."

    And out of it as well! Together, Fletcher and Dhoni could "achieve" India not making it to the semi-finals!

  • Charlie101 on August 24, 2014, 15:43 GMT

    Whilst the fielding and catching was shocking I thought the bowling was quite an improvement of the previous tour so Dawes can feel a little unlucky.

  • on August 24, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    1. MSD is trying to cover-up for the actions against the bowling / fielding coaches or does notknow the present mood of cricketing authorities as well as the entire nation; 2. Is he over-board to say Ravi Shastri is welcome - after all the BCCI has appointed him and not at MSD's will / pleasure; 3. Yes, Fletcher will lead the team into World Cup 2015 and out of it at the earliest - that is if he is continued; 4. Everyone knows MSD does not deserve the place as wicket-keeper and if he is not the captain, he is out of eleven itself. Hence, it is better MSD concentrates on the job on hand rather than on what he cannot control - probably Srini has overgrown above BCCI into ICC and hence is not extending expected support to MSD !!!

  • NairUSA on August 24, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    It seems like Shastri has been brought in to oversee the transition of Duncan off his duties before his contract expires. Looks like he might conduct a performance evaluation of the coach and offer an exit strategy for him. But, then, this could very well be another knee jerk reaction :)

  • ultimatewarrior on August 24, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    Dhoni said "....but overall the operation remains the same." Summed up in last sentence...so the ODI results will be surely on same path....Further it seems Dhoni had Revealed a Secret insider news that Fletcher is going to World Cup...

  • on August 24, 2014, 15:33 GMT

    My heart says that India will bounce back in this ODI series.... Let's wait and watch what will happen ok India wish u best of very luck

  • on August 24, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    sounds like bad signs for India leading into world cup. Thé boss (?) is out of ideas and time to advance his exit. Need some one like collingwood, deano or jonty for the team to learn the basics of fielding and running between the wickets. It'll also have positive impact on the test team in thé long run as members transition from one dayers to tests. At this point, the slam bang T20 style has made many Indian batters see and slog warriors that forgot the basics of placements, converting ones to twos, running between wickets, and holding on to catches.

  • ThilankaK on August 24, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    Don't worry , same old story will happen tomorrow like in the test series .India will score around 250 & bowlers can't defend that or England will score around 300 & India will all out around 225. No matter If Tendulkar came as a director & Ganguly came as a coach & ponting came as a fielding coach this same old Indian team has to come to the cricket field. At the moment they're demoralized team.sorry Indian fans this is the truth. 5 - 0

  • on August 24, 2014, 15:07 GMT

    Hope all this is not drama and there would be some effect in the result.good luck team India.

  • on August 24, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    tomorrow its going to rain heavily in Bristol. so most likely game will be abandoned.

  • on August 24, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    good to c indian cricketer involved to boost the morale of players.

  • on August 24, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    isnt it a bad news ??

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  • on August 24, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    isnt it a bad news ??

  • on August 24, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    good to c indian cricketer involved to boost the morale of players.

  • on August 24, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    tomorrow its going to rain heavily in Bristol. so most likely game will be abandoned.

  • on August 24, 2014, 15:07 GMT

    Hope all this is not drama and there would be some effect in the result.good luck team India.

  • ThilankaK on August 24, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    Don't worry , same old story will happen tomorrow like in the test series .India will score around 250 & bowlers can't defend that or England will score around 300 & India will all out around 225. No matter If Tendulkar came as a director & Ganguly came as a coach & ponting came as a fielding coach this same old Indian team has to come to the cricket field. At the moment they're demoralized team.sorry Indian fans this is the truth. 5 - 0

  • on August 24, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    sounds like bad signs for India leading into world cup. Thé boss (?) is out of ideas and time to advance his exit. Need some one like collingwood, deano or jonty for the team to learn the basics of fielding and running between the wickets. It'll also have positive impact on the test team in thé long run as members transition from one dayers to tests. At this point, the slam bang T20 style has made many Indian batters see and slog warriors that forgot the basics of placements, converting ones to twos, running between wickets, and holding on to catches.

  • on August 24, 2014, 15:33 GMT

    My heart says that India will bounce back in this ODI series.... Let's wait and watch what will happen ok India wish u best of very luck

  • ultimatewarrior on August 24, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    Dhoni said "....but overall the operation remains the same." Summed up in last sentence...so the ODI results will be surely on same path....Further it seems Dhoni had Revealed a Secret insider news that Fletcher is going to World Cup...

  • NairUSA on August 24, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    It seems like Shastri has been brought in to oversee the transition of Duncan off his duties before his contract expires. Looks like he might conduct a performance evaluation of the coach and offer an exit strategy for him. But, then, this could very well be another knee jerk reaction :)

  • on August 24, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    1. MSD is trying to cover-up for the actions against the bowling / fielding coaches or does notknow the present mood of cricketing authorities as well as the entire nation; 2. Is he over-board to say Ravi Shastri is welcome - after all the BCCI has appointed him and not at MSD's will / pleasure; 3. Yes, Fletcher will lead the team into World Cup 2015 and out of it at the earliest - that is if he is continued; 4. Everyone knows MSD does not deserve the place as wicket-keeper and if he is not the captain, he is out of eleven itself. Hence, it is better MSD concentrates on the job on hand rather than on what he cannot control - probably Srini has overgrown above BCCI into ICC and hence is not extending expected support to MSD !!!