India news May 28, 2013

Dhoni protected from tough questions

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On the eve of the Indian team's departure to England for the Champions Trophy - their first assignment after a controversial IPL - MS Dhoni was barred by the BCCI-appointed media manager, RN Baba, from answering any question related to the alleged corruption issues in the league.

Each time a question about the controversy was put forth during the 14-minute interaction, Baba intervened. It appeared as though Baba, who is from the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association, was under strict instructions to not let the captain respond to any query that was remotely concerned with the controversy.

Before the start of the press conference, Baba had announced that the interaction was "strictly pertaining to Champions Trophy and no other questions will be answered". But considering the number of arrests that have been made in the last couple of weeks, including those of four first-class cricketers, the questions had to be asked.

Four times Dhoni was asked to share his views on the alleged corruption issue. 'What do you have to say about spot-fixing? Has there been an impact on players going into the Champions Trophy?' 'As the leader of the Indian cricket fraternity, why isn't that we've not heard from you so far?' 'Can you guarantee Indian cricket fans that during the Champions Trophy, there will be no mischief on the field?' 'Do you know Vindoo Dara Singh personally?'

Baba waited for each question to be completed before fending it off by saying, "next question, please." Almost on every occasion, Dhoni's face turned blank. Only once did he react with his trademark grin.

This was in stark contrast to a usual Dhoni press conference that often ends up as a light-hearted interaction. But considering that Indian cricket is going through one of its most tumultuous phases that's resulted in arrests of players, bookies, film actors and the BCCI president's son-in-law, everyone who had congregated at a five-star hotel next to Mumbai's international airport knew this was not going to be the usual freewheeling chat.

Dhoni had evaded questions during the last week of the IPL at least three times, even skipping what used be a mandatory pre-match press conference for captains on the eve of the final. However, with the Indian team set to depart for England for participating in the last edition of the Champions Trophy, he had to face the media on Tuesday evening.

Finally, a seasoned journalist diplomatically asked Dhoni whether the team would enter the Champions Trophy with an extra sense of responsibility - the last question of the interaction.

"As cricketers, we always have that extra sense of responsibility with us," Dhoni said. "It is our job to bring people into the arena and to encourage the youngsters who aspire to take up (cricket) as a livelihood and as professional cricketers. There is a responsibility on us and hopefully we can fulfill it to our potential."

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on May 29, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    1, Dhoni is a BCCI contracted player and He is Gagged, Rohit Sharma did not attend the press meet because of the same reason. 2, Rahul Dravid is not a contracted player and he has the liberty to speak out his opinion. 3, MSD did not call this press meet, It was BCCI official press meet, Where he cannot speak out his personal opinion about a fixing scandal which is under investigation. 4, He is a team captain and he should not put himself and the team under pressure before an important tournament. (If he utter a word, media will celebrate with that word for a month) 5, Media should not portray him as a criminal.

    I hope people in India and outside India will understand this. Let the team play to their potential without any pressure. Let them WIN.

  • on June 1, 2013, 22:24 GMT

    Dhoni did the right thing in not answering the sensitive questions of the press when the entire matter of spot fixing in under probe particularily when is team owner is following corrupt practices. I fully support Dhoni. I Not only cricket the whole govt. is indulging in scams. Hence it is but natural for the system get corrupted. If the spot fixing had the blessings of the tops CBI would have protected the culprits. It is time that every one should question his soul whether they are sincere or not. Lord Krishna only has to protect India from corruption and scams.

  • Mail4kar on May 30, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    Medias always do something which give them Front page Headlines. They never think the impacts about the questions they're asking. Some questions mentioned here in the article (as asked in press conference) certainly make a player's confidence in question. This same media will speak very badly if that player not performed well in the field. Absolutely MSD did the right thing to avoid these questions. Ask questions fairly and allow them play cricket fairly. Don't critizises all, bcoz of few culprits wrong doing.

  • Tamimfan on May 30, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    Dhoni has won everything: World Cup, World Twenty20, Test No.1, ODI No.1, IPL, CL T20. This trophy is the only missing piece in his cabinet. All the best to him. (His fan from Pakistan)

  • on May 30, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    Honestly, there couldn't have been a better way of answering the media. MS Dhoni did just the right thing. I don't think he was gagged. I think he chose to remain silent. And even if he chose to answer the media would NOT have gotten what they wanted. Why the hue and cry?

  • on May 29, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    Who is to say that the same media will not have raised a hue and cry if Dhoni had come out with some statement on the recent controversies?? Then they would have perhaps gone to town saying that Dhoni should have kept his mouth shut on the eve of an important tournament as it would effect the moral of the team!!! Let his bat and keeping gloves do the talking.

  • cricket-is-passion on May 29, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    @Shaiju Cr: Well said my friend. MSD did right thing by not answering about scandal and also he can't speak for everybody as when it comes to such horradous scandal its the player who involved and Captain had no clue until it was found. So media can't make Captain responsible, in that aspect no oher person can help except the person who involved in it. Youngster should learn about diplomacy, and credibility goes to the individual player. Individual player should be responsible, one thing can probably be done is franchisees not allowing players to meet anyone else except officials to reduce these incidents. Just thinking loud here, maybe they should have few phones dedicated to team managed by a official who can review give the phone to players when someone from their family called. Just trying to be causious though there is still room for mischiefs with this approach but can probably limit it. Go Team India, good luck and hope Team India come back with cup.

  • swarzi on May 29, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    I feel very sorry for MS Dhoni. Along wiith Rahul Dravid, I think that they are the two most honest Indian cricketers I've ever seen - even in terms of fair play on the field, even in circumstances when they are the ones to be disadvantaged at their fair decisions. Now, though Dhoni is not involved in any scandal, he has to be ducking questions all over the globe, due to the amount of corruption that is involved in India cricket! It is unfair to the young captain and those involved should be SENT TO THE CLEANERS! The rest of us (cricket fans from the rest of the world) have always been trying to find out how some of the glaring nonsense (selection decisions, etc) that we are seeing taking place in India cricket happening without any investigations! Now the wheels of the corrupt vehicle is coming off and the culprits are being exposed. Jail all of them!

  • RR_Dravid_Fan on May 29, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    Why shouldn't he answer about Spot Fixing?? He atleast needs to speak what he thinks...he can do so diplomatically. Whats so wrong in that? Why shouldn't media bring this out? This is more important than Champions Trophy. This is in the long term best interests of the game and Indian cricket. We can sacrifice one Champions trophy and even SA tour if that means more pressure on the Board and players to come clean. Nobody is above fans and game. That is why media is bringing it out and rightly so. I just wish they keep up the pressure on the board and the team.

  • on May 29, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    Damn it why are those reporters so hostile. He was just a player in CSK and I totally understand his silence.

  • on May 29, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    1, Dhoni is a BCCI contracted player and He is Gagged, Rohit Sharma did not attend the press meet because of the same reason. 2, Rahul Dravid is not a contracted player and he has the liberty to speak out his opinion. 3, MSD did not call this press meet, It was BCCI official press meet, Where he cannot speak out his personal opinion about a fixing scandal which is under investigation. 4, He is a team captain and he should not put himself and the team under pressure before an important tournament. (If he utter a word, media will celebrate with that word for a month) 5, Media should not portray him as a criminal.

    I hope people in India and outside India will understand this. Let the team play to their potential without any pressure. Let them WIN.

  • on June 1, 2013, 22:24 GMT

    Dhoni did the right thing in not answering the sensitive questions of the press when the entire matter of spot fixing in under probe particularily when is team owner is following corrupt practices. I fully support Dhoni. I Not only cricket the whole govt. is indulging in scams. Hence it is but natural for the system get corrupted. If the spot fixing had the blessings of the tops CBI would have protected the culprits. It is time that every one should question his soul whether they are sincere or not. Lord Krishna only has to protect India from corruption and scams.

  • Mail4kar on May 30, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    Medias always do something which give them Front page Headlines. They never think the impacts about the questions they're asking. Some questions mentioned here in the article (as asked in press conference) certainly make a player's confidence in question. This same media will speak very badly if that player not performed well in the field. Absolutely MSD did the right thing to avoid these questions. Ask questions fairly and allow them play cricket fairly. Don't critizises all, bcoz of few culprits wrong doing.

  • Tamimfan on May 30, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    Dhoni has won everything: World Cup, World Twenty20, Test No.1, ODI No.1, IPL, CL T20. This trophy is the only missing piece in his cabinet. All the best to him. (His fan from Pakistan)

  • on May 30, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    Honestly, there couldn't have been a better way of answering the media. MS Dhoni did just the right thing. I don't think he was gagged. I think he chose to remain silent. And even if he chose to answer the media would NOT have gotten what they wanted. Why the hue and cry?

  • on May 29, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    Who is to say that the same media will not have raised a hue and cry if Dhoni had come out with some statement on the recent controversies?? Then they would have perhaps gone to town saying that Dhoni should have kept his mouth shut on the eve of an important tournament as it would effect the moral of the team!!! Let his bat and keeping gloves do the talking.

  • cricket-is-passion on May 29, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    @Shaiju Cr: Well said my friend. MSD did right thing by not answering about scandal and also he can't speak for everybody as when it comes to such horradous scandal its the player who involved and Captain had no clue until it was found. So media can't make Captain responsible, in that aspect no oher person can help except the person who involved in it. Youngster should learn about diplomacy, and credibility goes to the individual player. Individual player should be responsible, one thing can probably be done is franchisees not allowing players to meet anyone else except officials to reduce these incidents. Just thinking loud here, maybe they should have few phones dedicated to team managed by a official who can review give the phone to players when someone from their family called. Just trying to be causious though there is still room for mischiefs with this approach but can probably limit it. Go Team India, good luck and hope Team India come back with cup.

  • swarzi on May 29, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    I feel very sorry for MS Dhoni. Along wiith Rahul Dravid, I think that they are the two most honest Indian cricketers I've ever seen - even in terms of fair play on the field, even in circumstances when they are the ones to be disadvantaged at their fair decisions. Now, though Dhoni is not involved in any scandal, he has to be ducking questions all over the globe, due to the amount of corruption that is involved in India cricket! It is unfair to the young captain and those involved should be SENT TO THE CLEANERS! The rest of us (cricket fans from the rest of the world) have always been trying to find out how some of the glaring nonsense (selection decisions, etc) that we are seeing taking place in India cricket happening without any investigations! Now the wheels of the corrupt vehicle is coming off and the culprits are being exposed. Jail all of them!

  • RR_Dravid_Fan on May 29, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    Why shouldn't he answer about Spot Fixing?? He atleast needs to speak what he thinks...he can do so diplomatically. Whats so wrong in that? Why shouldn't media bring this out? This is more important than Champions Trophy. This is in the long term best interests of the game and Indian cricket. We can sacrifice one Champions trophy and even SA tour if that means more pressure on the Board and players to come clean. Nobody is above fans and game. That is why media is bringing it out and rightly so. I just wish they keep up the pressure on the board and the team.

  • on May 29, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    Damn it why are those reporters so hostile. He was just a player in CSK and I totally understand his silence.

  • pritpalpabla on May 29, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    This was all Indian media asking questions about fixing.. Imagine how british media will react in their press conf.. Good luck Team India... Just play the game and keep your focus on cricket only.... These are surely tough times...

  • Nampally on May 29, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    I personally feel that either Dravid or Kumble should have been the Team Manager. Team Manager can answer all the questions not Captain of the team. Appointing another unknown guy to a new job, with no Cricketing background is a slap in the face. Why do we need a Media Manager (from Tamilnadu) when there is a Team Manager There is no need for Dhoni to answer any questions from the spot fixing scandal of IPL. Since the matter is under police investigations + a separate commission is dealing with it, the answer is obviously evident. It should have been clarified instead of "Next Question" response. It is about time that the Indian team go with capable Manager who are well educated & were good Cricketers themselves. Kumble was always an excellent PR guy & his talent should be used to benefit India.

  • SanjivAwesome on May 29, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    I am disappointed by the Media behaviour. They are naively clogging our player's minds with doubt with such mischievous questions. Media needs to be more responsible that that - what good is it for the fans if Media starts to sap our players confidence before they take off to play in a hostile and foreign environment?

  • Yaswanth.Ram on May 29, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    Looking at these comments.. i feel proud of the Indian Cricket fans... Why should he answer about Spot fixing??? Hez neither the president of BCCI nor involved in the scandal... Team is departing for champions trophy so hez only answerable for questions related to team environment and Team preparation not all this needless questions... ALL THE BEST INDIA

  • megabala123 on May 29, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    Am a dhoni hater. But i have to feel pity for him this time. He might be Srini s pet , CSK s captain , blah blah blah .. But even if he was not related to CSK or Srini - he cant speak until BCCI allows him to. Anyone in his place as current indian captain - couldn't have spoken a word without permission from BCCI. So its BCCI which is to be blamed for making others puppets - not the poor cricketers including Dhoni

    Assuming he is not linked to any of this fixing filth - Dhoni has otherwise been a responsible person and has never brought bad name to Indian cricket.

  • the_blue_android on May 29, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    To everyone complaining about Dhoni, If you guys have jobs, try speaking against your CEO or company or Sr. mgmt and see what happens. Just because you're a fan of cricket doesn't mean Dhoni is answerable to you. You're not that important. You guys are just a statistic. Get over yourselves.

  • on May 29, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    Why does the media come and throw questions about IPL spot fixing to MSD prior to the team's departure? Every players needs to be sensible enough to understand what is right and what is wrong. it is not just MSD's responsibility to keep away spot fixers but also every individuals in the team. If Dhoni answers these questions or not, things are not going to change. Why is the media so lame in pointing out that Indian captain has no opinion?? I would say, let him focus on the series coming up and go in with a positive frame of mind. Let the media put their questions to the team doing the investigation and leave the men in blue alone so that they can focus on winning the trophy :) ALL THE BEST TEAM INDIA!!

  • RajitD on May 29, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    I for one feel that Srini should go. But all this badgering of Dhoni is ridiculous. Show me of one employee who will speak against his employer in a public forum. To those comparing with Dravid, I would only say that Dravid has no more matches to play for team India. Dravid too did not stand up during the Greg Chappell saga. The bigger culprits are the Gavaskars and Shastris who have not spoken against.

  • on May 29, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    Well Dhoni did a right look now he is Indian Captain media cannot ask this rubbish question loads of pressure for him carry expectation of billion people going into the champions trophy dhoni will be focusing on Champions Trophy may be after the champions trophy media could have asked him. No media person even all the best to Indian captain that shows media has no concern for India team. I am sure India will go to champions trophy with all guts and firepower to win this champions trophy to prove to media. All the Very Best MSD and INDIA. Hope our young team accomplish the Goal which is ahead for them

  • VRSRAG on May 29, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    Such a simple and enjoyable game of cricket - losing its innocence and the captain is gagged :-( So much so for our quest to become a 'developed' nation ! Sad !!

  • MasterMindGupta on May 29, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    1) Why blame MSD? He is the captain of the side & he has done nothing wrong. If he is to open his mouth, then why not others like Gambhir, Rohit Sharma & other captains? This is disgusting. Just because his wife was seen sitting with another celebrity (Vindoo) doesn't mean she & her husband are involved. It is common in India to have celebrities sitting together without knowing each other much or without maintaining contact. This is social-do.

    2) Srinivasan should have resigned given the proximity to the scandal. Still, he has done well to appoint a 3 member panel in which 2 have been independents outside the BCCI. A welcome move but the results would be keenly awaited.

    3) The reporters who asked those useless questions were a shame. One of the Times Now reporter created a nuisance there. He should have been immediately escorted out of the premises. Even if someone has done a fault, press person has no right to behave the way he did.

    4) Media should restraint itself & focu on facts.

  • archnat1112 on May 29, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    I think this was fine - anything and everything Dhoni said would be twisted to make it something it is not - this is something our media has become absolutely wonderful at. I do believe it might have been best for Mr. Srinivasan to resign, but I am really beginning to get what he means about media hounding. If you hear the conference, you can see the accusatory tone in which questions are being thrown around - you can see that the media is ready to condemn and pass sentence even before the first word is said. It is disappointing that more than even Sreesanth and Meiyappan, the media is so ready to kill interest in cricket in India.

  • Pathiyal on May 29, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    i thought once the smoke sets down, he will answer everybody. yesterday's silence disappointed many (esp. media people who expected spicy flavoured headlines :-). may be that is his way of showing disappointment over what happened with the csk? whatever it is, he did the right thing!!

  • on May 29, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    Ridiculous...What does those type of Press conference mean?where no Interactions involved.Shame on you BCCI, Dhoni..

  • littlemastero on May 29, 2013, 4:11 GMT

    The amount of pressure faced by Dhoni on field and off field is enormous. I think he has handled well in both the scenarios.

  • on May 29, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    Dhoni is the greatest thing that has happened to Indian cricket after The Master. Perhaps the smartest. The last answer shows his anguish but he knows that people trust him and he is not answerable to some prickly persons in the media.

  • on May 29, 2013, 3:17 GMT

    I thought Dhoni was the strongest cricketer ever seen, even IIM wanted to brainmap him ! now not. He could have answered those questions in any other way, it is his responsibility, Dravid handled it superbly !

  • avis1001 on May 29, 2013, 2:29 GMT

    Mr. Dhoni - can you take some responsibility being the captain ( I say the best successful captain) of India by just answering and assuring us that the Cricket that at least India playing (forgetting the untrustworthy IPL) is free of all these fixings !!!

  • Amarjitmadan on May 28, 2013, 22:27 GMT

    To say the least it is our secular country's Democracy at its best, shameful,disgraceful and pathetic. The person responsible ie Dhoni is made to look like a dummy in public which will be seen and read by millions across the globe,fans who despite wanting to boycott watching cricket still cannot as there are some very good and honest players in the team. I wish more and more PILs are filed against BCCI and Mr. Sirinivasan to test his shamefulness ie whether he decides to resign or not. I sincerely thank Cricinfo editors for providing readers with lot unbiased and significant inputs.

  • ladycricfan on May 28, 2013, 22:13 GMT

    If you are a cricket lover just enjoy the cricket. Let the relevant authorities deal with other matters. Why anybody want Dhoni's opinion on matters other than cricket? He is there to play cricket. Hope we have an exciting CT and the youngsters play well and gain valuable experience. All the best to Dhoni and the team.

  • venkat5629 on May 28, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    Well Dhoni You are the best. You are the best who can brush away a scandal which is linking cricket and underworld. I am very sorry that a country like India has a cricket captain who thinks he is not answerable to the country. You are the best Dhoni. We have a national team captain who is never bothered about what is happening in his own IPL team and not sure about who is the owner of the same IPL team.

  • vrn59 on May 28, 2013, 21:43 GMT

    Dhoni shouldn't be blamed for this. He is a BCCI-contracted player and has no choice in such circumstances.

  • InsaneInsaan on May 28, 2013, 21:26 GMT

    Dhoni did the right thing by not giving media spice...... they would have blown it into proportion and it would hav resuted in same thing happening to India what happned to CSK in final.......

    wise man. we need to learn from him.

  • getsetgopk on May 28, 2013, 21:18 GMT

    oh noooo, we just missed another freshly baked dose of excuses. Knowing dhoni's experience in excuse making, this should have been business as usual had they let him answer 'tough' questions.

  • on May 28, 2013, 20:58 GMT

    I am an English fan with no love for MS or the BBCI. But I cannot blame either for this stance. In the UK there is a general policy across the board (in all walks of life, not just cricket), that there is no comment whilst there is an ongoing investigation. Why should this be any different?

    The BCCI are to blame for a lot, but not for this.

  • srikanthGM on May 28, 2013, 20:30 GMT

    Thanks for the info Cricinfo. The whole point of this article was to show how much tight grip BCCI is keeping upon the issue. BCCI president should have resigned and a independent commission comprising of former Judiciary members should have been put in place to investigate the matter. A nation of 1.3 billion people, we Indians just have one sport which we are devoted to and obsess about. If this issue isn't investigated without prejudice, it will tarnish all those who are associated with IPL - even the Indian internationals won't feel clean anymore. Is it all muck and yuck in IPL?? HOPE NOT. GOD SAVE CRICKET.

  • Sameer-hbk on May 28, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    Personally, there is nothing wrong in what MSD did. He was being a good employee; a 'company many'. But as a cricket fan, watching this was horrible. You support this team even though you gain no benefit from it individually. You support this sport and spend hours following it. You pay your hard-earned money, brave poor ground conditions and in return our national team's leader can't say at least like Rahul Dravid "Its disturbing" or something to the effect!! I totally get how media often blows things out of proportion for TRPs. But no matter how much we hate media for that, it is our only connect with the 'cricket stars'. Their questions are often our own and our cricketers MUST answer because it is our money that puts food on their table. No one asked MSD about his personal life. He need not share that. Again, MSD was legally and professionally right. But morally as a 'custodian of the game'... he fell way short of what we expected out of him. Being aloof is not being 'COOL'

  • cjerry on May 28, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    No matter who was behind his silence, but that was master stroke from MSD, poor media person do not get any spice from MSD for coming days from were they raise there TRP of the TV channels .... and keep rewinding the same stories again and again .....ufff ...gr8 going MSD

  • ProdigyA on May 28, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    I think this issue has already been blown out of proportion by the media. So MS and BCCI did a good job by not entertaining the usual nonsense of the media, otherwise they would have got another week's of breaking news enough to give us a headache. Well done MS, now pls try to bring the champions trophy home, without any excuses.

  • rdasari on May 28, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    I think Dhoni was under the radar of BCCI not to comment on any Spot fixing related questions based on that 14min media interaction. I cant blame Dhoni but BCCI for their handling of this issue with the Media!!!

  • on May 28, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    so pity that Indian captain is being used as puppet, yes, he is only a cricketer and cant answer all administrative questions but then no one else is answering.. its more serious than what nassir hussain has to face during 2003 WC about Eng playing in Zim. he was left alone and this is another extreme.. if mr babu is there to protect dhoni , I believe he can do it himself and answer himself without using babu as shield. no one is putting him on trial but he should assure indian fans that he is on control of team on field and not N srini. what a farce..

  • gauravsachan on May 28, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    I find no fault with MS behaving this way. I saw the LIVE telecast of that press conference and I sincerely believe, the employee did what the employer asked him to do. Had it been a personal press conference called in by MS himself, and then he had evaded these questions, then it would not have been a good position. Also, the kind of questions asked by the media are such that, they would put any player specially in this environment, under a lot of pressure. Even the police department had its presence there. Now, the matter is being investigated by the ATS, Crime Branch, Police, BCCI etc. etc (all kind of umpires). So, as in the game itself, until the umpire gives OUT, the batsman stays, the same things happens here too. No one would accept any wrong doing, unless being caught with some evidence. I also ask, why was Rahul Dravid, former captain, not put in a spot of bother. It was his team whose 3 players are in judicial custody now. So if NOT Rahul Dravid, then why MSD?

  • on May 28, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    How's he a Diplomat if he's got someone baby shitting him during a press conference? Quite frankly by refusing to answer these questions comes across as a admission of guilt.

  • on May 28, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    I think Dhoni did the right thing.he is the captain of India he has a huge responsibility in terms of handling media.another great knock by captain cool.I really admire his qualities.from a Sri Lankan fan

  • street_smart on May 28, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    As an Indian captain... Dhoni should put forward his view... it is his utmost responsibility...

  • nayonika on May 28, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    MSD alias a masterly suave diplomat!

  • nayonika on May 28, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    MSD alias a masterly suave diplomat!

  • street_smart on May 28, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    As an Indian captain... Dhoni should put forward his view... it is his utmost responsibility...

  • on May 28, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    I think Dhoni did the right thing.he is the captain of India he has a huge responsibility in terms of handling media.another great knock by captain cool.I really admire his qualities.from a Sri Lankan fan

  • on May 28, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    How's he a Diplomat if he's got someone baby shitting him during a press conference? Quite frankly by refusing to answer these questions comes across as a admission of guilt.

  • gauravsachan on May 28, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    I find no fault with MS behaving this way. I saw the LIVE telecast of that press conference and I sincerely believe, the employee did what the employer asked him to do. Had it been a personal press conference called in by MS himself, and then he had evaded these questions, then it would not have been a good position. Also, the kind of questions asked by the media are such that, they would put any player specially in this environment, under a lot of pressure. Even the police department had its presence there. Now, the matter is being investigated by the ATS, Crime Branch, Police, BCCI etc. etc (all kind of umpires). So, as in the game itself, until the umpire gives OUT, the batsman stays, the same things happens here too. No one would accept any wrong doing, unless being caught with some evidence. I also ask, why was Rahul Dravid, former captain, not put in a spot of bother. It was his team whose 3 players are in judicial custody now. So if NOT Rahul Dravid, then why MSD?

  • on May 28, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    so pity that Indian captain is being used as puppet, yes, he is only a cricketer and cant answer all administrative questions but then no one else is answering.. its more serious than what nassir hussain has to face during 2003 WC about Eng playing in Zim. he was left alone and this is another extreme.. if mr babu is there to protect dhoni , I believe he can do it himself and answer himself without using babu as shield. no one is putting him on trial but he should assure indian fans that he is on control of team on field and not N srini. what a farce..

  • rdasari on May 28, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    I think Dhoni was under the radar of BCCI not to comment on any Spot fixing related questions based on that 14min media interaction. I cant blame Dhoni but BCCI for their handling of this issue with the Media!!!

  • ProdigyA on May 28, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    I think this issue has already been blown out of proportion by the media. So MS and BCCI did a good job by not entertaining the usual nonsense of the media, otherwise they would have got another week's of breaking news enough to give us a headache. Well done MS, now pls try to bring the champions trophy home, without any excuses.

  • cjerry on May 28, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    No matter who was behind his silence, but that was master stroke from MSD, poor media person do not get any spice from MSD for coming days from were they raise there TRP of the TV channels .... and keep rewinding the same stories again and again .....ufff ...gr8 going MSD

  • Sameer-hbk on May 28, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    Personally, there is nothing wrong in what MSD did. He was being a good employee; a 'company many'. But as a cricket fan, watching this was horrible. You support this team even though you gain no benefit from it individually. You support this sport and spend hours following it. You pay your hard-earned money, brave poor ground conditions and in return our national team's leader can't say at least like Rahul Dravid "Its disturbing" or something to the effect!! I totally get how media often blows things out of proportion for TRPs. But no matter how much we hate media for that, it is our only connect with the 'cricket stars'. Their questions are often our own and our cricketers MUST answer because it is our money that puts food on their table. No one asked MSD about his personal life. He need not share that. Again, MSD was legally and professionally right. But morally as a 'custodian of the game'... he fell way short of what we expected out of him. Being aloof is not being 'COOL'