August 24, 2010

India slip where they shouldn't

The Indian team has failed to fulfill its duties, especially those concerning the media, on several occasions under MS Dhoni's leadership
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What if Ricky Ponting had kept the Indian media waiting for an hour and a half at the end of an ODI which Australia had lost by over a hundred runs? Cue carpet-bombing on television and screaming headlines in newspapers the following morning about shoddy Australian behaviour. Stern editorials would have discussed how visiting captains had lost their grip on cricket's post-colonial realities.

All India's captain MS Dhoni and his manager Ranjib Biswal got on Sunday was a boycott of their delayed media briefing by a handful of written press. Television reporters patiently waited it out, possibly given the intense competition.

Why should this matter at all to the general public or India's fans? Reporters and their deadlines do not fall into their area of interest. They support the team and on Sunday would have cursed the fates, the umpire and the light-headed Indian batting and moved on to their lives and their jobs.

The cricket media's job, though, is to report, analyse, appreciate and assess the good, the bad and the ugly of the team they are assigned to follow. When it comes to its mandatory media duties, this Indian team management is fast approaching ugly.

This has nothing to do with normal slip-ups or the team struggling to turn up in the gloom of defeat. Those can be understood, laughed over, sympathised with. The day before the 2008 Asia Cup final, coach Gary Kirsten was halfway to the team's Karachi hotel before realising that the team's media commitments had been forgotten. Accompanied by baggage man Russel Radhakrishnan, he returned to the ground, apologised to the waiting pack and got the session going.

Colombo, though, was not a one-off; incidents of this kind have happened several times on Dhoni's watch.

On one of the days of the Kolkata Test against South Africa earlier this year, India didn't send in a player for the post-play conference, despite two centurions to pick from. Nor did they offer an explanation as to why India had no one to speak for them after what had been a very good day. During a boring Test versus Sri Lanka in Ahmadabad last year, the Indians had also given one daily briefing a miss. At the end of that game, journalists waited for two hours before the football match ended and the captain turned up to speak.

All this was preceded by the memorable show of 'team unity' at the 2009 World Twenty20 in Nottingham. In response to wild stories about an injury to Virender Sehwag, the entire squad and support staff massed behind Dhoni as he read a statement, slapped his hands on the table, stood up and dramatically left the room. Some teammates had reportedly advised him to avoid this charade but he chose to go his way.

It was not so much a show of solidarity but one of petulance against the existence of a rapidly multiplying and complicated news media that follows the Indians. Dhoni's tactic of refusing one-on-one interviews works for him because he shows no preference to either the serious or the sensation-seeking journalist. But to play around with what is part of the essential conduct of international cricket is to show all journalists neither basic courtesy nor respect.

It is here that the senior management of the Indian team - or manager Ranjib Biswal - needs to step in and enforce the basic rules the boards sign up to during international matches.

 "At a time like this, management has to intervene, and have someone stand in for the captain," says Delhi Daredevils' chief operating officer, Amrit Mathur, who travelled extensively as manager with the Indians. "You have the coach or a senior player step in and not keep the media waiting. The rest can play football. It's just part of a team's responsibility."

Rather than manage the situation, though, Biswal played goalkeeper in Colombo. His excuse was that the match was supposed to end at 10:15 pm anyway, so the least the journalists could do was kill time. In such a situation, the message sent out to the younger players in the group could hardly have included the need to respect media commitments.

The media's needs may not concern everyone but a disregard for professionalism by India's No. 1 sports team should. Even India's goodwill among its peers is beginning to fray. When Kumar Sangakkara said, "We don't try and hide behind the press or hide behind our board," he wasn't talking about the Sri Lankans.

The BCCI will not hire a professional media manager but Biswal was expected to play the part and also supply the annual vote. He happens to be president of the Orissa Cricket Association, a former national selector and a former first-class cricketer. Understanding all sides of Indian cricket should have him do better than allow cricketers in his charge to try to get bigger than their sport.

The size of the media contingent, one of the reasons often cited for the Indian team's deteriorating relationship with the media, is immaterial. At sport's biggest event, the football World Cup - where managers of both teams turn up for the media conference within half an hour of the final whistle - nearly 100 English reporters were devoted entirely to covering England's matches in South Africa.

At the Olympics, all athletes must walk from their competition space through a mixed zone, where journalists stand calling out to them, and then to a possible news conference in a 600-seater auditorium. Michael Phelps must answer questions from red-top tabloid and venerable broadsheet; Roger Federer lost the 2009 Australian Open final to Rafael Nadal, broke down on court and still turned up to answer questions. Tiger Woods knows he's going to be asked about his divorce at his next event.

They may want to sulk or keep reporters waiting for 90 minutes as punishment for negative, slanted or over-the-top stories, but it will not be one of their options. It shouldn't be one for the Indian cricket team either.

Tennis has actually instituted fines for ducking media briefings. Serena and Venus Williams were fined $4000 each for missing a 2010 Wimbledon press conference after losing a doubles match. On the ATP tour, the higher the ranking, the higher the fine if a player fails to show up at a post-match conference. Last June, LeBron James was fined $25,000 for missing a post-game news conference after his Cleveland Cavaliers team lost the NBA Eastern Conference finals to the Orlando Magic. Fines come in when basic conduct begins to slip.

India's is slipping - and not merely on the field.

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  • gandabhai on August 30, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    How did Dhoni the highest paid cricketer in the world ? Maybe because he is a great captain ,batsmen & keeper in all 3 forms of the game and most importantly a lovely human being ," very marketable ", Long live Dhoni.Sorry mate ,by putting down MSD you are fighting a losing battle .

  • crickeyt on August 29, 2010, 3:39 GMT

    Good quick thinking by Ms. Sharda Ugra to quickly hide this article and limit the negative reactions! She wrote one of her usual "India Today" type articles - full of sensationalism, bereft of any real cricketing issues. But this is Cricinfo, where the readers know the game and care for it. They understand how shabbily the Indian media treats cricket players. For all of Dhoni's arrogance, he is loved for standing up to the press-people. Ms. Ugra even tries to portray the media's effort to drive a wedge between Dhoni and Sehwag as a good thing! If any Cricinfo editor ever reads the comments - your website is loved because it has always tried to stay away from such effigy-burning, mob-inciting articles. Please do not go the tabloid way by getting tabloid writers as "senior editors" on this amazing website!

  • jessjess on August 28, 2010, 18:42 GMT

    India should definetaly bring in Suarabh Tiwary! It will balance the team much better

  • Vilander on August 27, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    Two of my previous comments not published, but i would continue - Sanga's comment has been misinterpreted here - he ment indian players hide being indian media for favorable quotes, not as the author states. And the last line if pretty provocative what does the author mean by saying india is slipping ?? is the author referring to India the country/or is it a refrence to indian cricket team - in any case it does not seem correct since both are doing well.

    v1.2 - version notes - all expletives removed to increase possibility of publishing.

  • dev_naik on August 27, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    Media should be banned to make unnecessary assessment by media person(not the expert of the game).Media sometimes hypes someone unnecessarily and sometimes demoralize a talent passing through a lean patch.Media just want to do their business rather than bringing out the fact to the public.In INDIA,media's unthoughtful comments affects common man greatly,particularly in cricket.Media should get the confirmation from ICC board before printing anything .

  • LivingDead on August 26, 2010, 17:17 GMT

    If media can boycott the briefing for players not being professional, doesnt it work the other way? Shouldn't the players boycott the media if they ask absurd questions and spread rumors? Undermine captains authority? Thanks to Dhoni's 'show of unity' we do not have infighting like Pakistani team. A weak and docile person can't be a succesful captain. I was surprised why this article was published in cricinfo, that too earlier was on the mainpage? What did the media expect ? The readers and public to rise up and support them instead of the team? And quoting a rival captain's comments was a new low.

  • cute_jan on August 26, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    I dont get one thing here....everyone says Dhoni/Team India is always making excuses...they only do tht bcoz the so called "media" bugs them so much to answer questions....and whn they decide not to...they write such articles!! Whatever happens between the team members or whatever happens on the field shud be sorted out by themselves....not with the whole world being involved in this...how wud any of u like it if ur family problems got into media? so please dont write such articles, as it may not just hurt the feeling of Team India..but also all their fans like me....

  • Sam_Patel_US on August 26, 2010, 12:07 GMT

    Here we go ! Media is crying coz Mr.dhoni didn't come for an interview on time, How abt the media when they go after the player when they going thru some rough time in their career. I remember after india's early exit from 2007 world cup, people attacked on dhoni's house, i mean people were angry but media were adding fuel into the fire...and make people more angry that they go and do such things....Then wot media does...they go with the camera there and get the story which they can show on tv all day long, That's media for u. there was a time when they criticised shewag for his technique and even said what is he doing in the team, he doesn't deserve tobe there. Now they licking his feet saying he is a legend. We don't media's confirmation to believe that shehwag is legend. Every true cricket lover know this right from the beginning. Its a shame that some people in india they go and attack on cricketer's house for not performing in the game.

  • on August 26, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    Seriously, this article is the worst piece I've ever seen yet. If the media really wants respect from Team India, it should give due respect to them too. But nooooooooooo, all the media can think of is unnecessarily interfering in the lives of players, and running out small and trivial things, probably rumors, as "Breaking news.". Again, WORST. ARTICLE. EVER.

  • Vilander on August 26, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    i suggest they make Jadoo as the indian teams permanent media briefing player, he is anyway futile on field so he wont loose much by not practicing.

  • gandabhai on August 30, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    How did Dhoni the highest paid cricketer in the world ? Maybe because he is a great captain ,batsmen & keeper in all 3 forms of the game and most importantly a lovely human being ," very marketable ", Long live Dhoni.Sorry mate ,by putting down MSD you are fighting a losing battle .

  • crickeyt on August 29, 2010, 3:39 GMT

    Good quick thinking by Ms. Sharda Ugra to quickly hide this article and limit the negative reactions! She wrote one of her usual "India Today" type articles - full of sensationalism, bereft of any real cricketing issues. But this is Cricinfo, where the readers know the game and care for it. They understand how shabbily the Indian media treats cricket players. For all of Dhoni's arrogance, he is loved for standing up to the press-people. Ms. Ugra even tries to portray the media's effort to drive a wedge between Dhoni and Sehwag as a good thing! If any Cricinfo editor ever reads the comments - your website is loved because it has always tried to stay away from such effigy-burning, mob-inciting articles. Please do not go the tabloid way by getting tabloid writers as "senior editors" on this amazing website!

  • jessjess on August 28, 2010, 18:42 GMT

    India should definetaly bring in Suarabh Tiwary! It will balance the team much better

  • Vilander on August 27, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    Two of my previous comments not published, but i would continue - Sanga's comment has been misinterpreted here - he ment indian players hide being indian media for favorable quotes, not as the author states. And the last line if pretty provocative what does the author mean by saying india is slipping ?? is the author referring to India the country/or is it a refrence to indian cricket team - in any case it does not seem correct since both are doing well.

    v1.2 - version notes - all expletives removed to increase possibility of publishing.

  • dev_naik on August 27, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    Media should be banned to make unnecessary assessment by media person(not the expert of the game).Media sometimes hypes someone unnecessarily and sometimes demoralize a talent passing through a lean patch.Media just want to do their business rather than bringing out the fact to the public.In INDIA,media's unthoughtful comments affects common man greatly,particularly in cricket.Media should get the confirmation from ICC board before printing anything .

  • LivingDead on August 26, 2010, 17:17 GMT

    If media can boycott the briefing for players not being professional, doesnt it work the other way? Shouldn't the players boycott the media if they ask absurd questions and spread rumors? Undermine captains authority? Thanks to Dhoni's 'show of unity' we do not have infighting like Pakistani team. A weak and docile person can't be a succesful captain. I was surprised why this article was published in cricinfo, that too earlier was on the mainpage? What did the media expect ? The readers and public to rise up and support them instead of the team? And quoting a rival captain's comments was a new low.

  • cute_jan on August 26, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    I dont get one thing here....everyone says Dhoni/Team India is always making excuses...they only do tht bcoz the so called "media" bugs them so much to answer questions....and whn they decide not to...they write such articles!! Whatever happens between the team members or whatever happens on the field shud be sorted out by themselves....not with the whole world being involved in this...how wud any of u like it if ur family problems got into media? so please dont write such articles, as it may not just hurt the feeling of Team India..but also all their fans like me....

  • Sam_Patel_US on August 26, 2010, 12:07 GMT

    Here we go ! Media is crying coz Mr.dhoni didn't come for an interview on time, How abt the media when they go after the player when they going thru some rough time in their career. I remember after india's early exit from 2007 world cup, people attacked on dhoni's house, i mean people were angry but media were adding fuel into the fire...and make people more angry that they go and do such things....Then wot media does...they go with the camera there and get the story which they can show on tv all day long, That's media for u. there was a time when they criticised shewag for his technique and even said what is he doing in the team, he doesn't deserve tobe there. Now they licking his feet saying he is a legend. We don't media's confirmation to believe that shehwag is legend. Every true cricket lover know this right from the beginning. Its a shame that some people in india they go and attack on cricketer's house for not performing in the game.

  • on August 26, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    Seriously, this article is the worst piece I've ever seen yet. If the media really wants respect from Team India, it should give due respect to them too. But nooooooooooo, all the media can think of is unnecessarily interfering in the lives of players, and running out small and trivial things, probably rumors, as "Breaking news.". Again, WORST. ARTICLE. EVER.

  • Vilander on August 26, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    i suggest they make Jadoo as the indian teams permanent media briefing player, he is anyway futile on field so he wont loose much by not practicing.

  • Swami73 on August 26, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    @crickeyt - yes very interesting. I too had a lot of trouble finding this article again. I am happy all of us cricket fans have spoken in one voice.

  • on August 26, 2010, 4:12 GMT

    gr88 work by Dhoni.....dats what d some sections of d indian media deserves.....just like the journalist who has written dis stupid article.....I remember sharda ugra calling d unity march carried out by Dhoni as nautanki......but i think dat dis article nd d way Indian media sensationalises things....is a bit more than d nautanki dat Dhoni did....which the media carries out througout the year....

  • harshalb on August 26, 2010, 3:10 GMT

    There is a difference between the so called 'media' and cricinfo. The media indulges in sensationalism, slander, mischievous behavior whereas cricinfo has been more or less cricket oriented, sticks to the facts and on field happenings. Sharda - please don't turn cricinfo into the 'media', please leave your 'TOI' tabloid thinking behind when you work for this prestigious publication.

  • thenkabail on August 26, 2010, 1:54 GMT

    Journalists also deserve contempt: Sharda, what you have written here is true. Indian team has attitude problem and make more noise than real performance. All this #1 business is hype, hype, hype. India is basically loosing all major tournaments (e.g., world cup 20\20, world cup ODIs etc). But, you journalists are rubbish at best. I am sorry. But you people never write truth. You support players (or keep quite) on players like Karthik, Raina, Jadeja. It takes an Ian Chappel to truly praise Shewag. It takes Wasim Akram to point rubbish we have in youngesters. You never point out why players like Pujara, Unadkat, Uttappa, Vinay Kumar et al. are not selected. Why is Dravid kept out of ODIs when we have such rubbish in youngesters. So, I have little respect for people like you.

  • knowledge_eater on August 26, 2010, 1:16 GMT

    Just that you have compared to different sports .. just check out youtube videos of Andy Roddik's Funny moments. Can our Indian media take that Heat ? Every media ? If you get answer yes, Then yes, Indian team should be more responsible. Cheers.

  • knowledge_eater on August 26, 2010, 1:10 GMT

    When Our Great Indian Media will start writing Cricket News instead "Massalas" and will start actually paying suing amount while they cross line, I will say then our team is responsible for all this. Arrogant people see only arrogant people. 99 % Media men/women are narcissistic and arrogant. They try their best to prove their point. If they don't have these traits they hardly make any money. That is Media 101 not journalism 101. The only thing I hate is the "Sheepism" that followed by thousands of people. Media won't be better Viewers must get smarter. I don't have any grudges for this article though as long my comment is posted. hahaha This article got 89 comments as I read, it wasn't for us, it was for Indian team, but fans commented it. So see this is how it goes. :P Solution to this is there should be Universal One Media, we will see all the drama starting to disappear, but thousands of people will be jobless. So Viewers should be better not Media. :D

  • malagh on August 26, 2010, 0:51 GMT

    Indian journalism has been a two edged sword. There is the good side of it where corrupt politicians, industrialists and government officials have been exposed.

    There is also the bad side of Indian journalism which focuses on sensationalism, masala reporting (yes that is my term), and in general presenting more fiction than fact. Now, just like doctors, lawyers and police officers take an oath, journalists take an oath as well to present honest and correct news to the public. The Indian journalists have drastically let their standards slip.

    With this work ethic, they cannot expect to keep the respect of the general public, leave alone the Indian cricket team.

    Most website and newspaper print pages (not necessarily cricinfo's) are dedicated in abundance to movie stars, bollywood, and sleazy pictures. Sure that gets you more hits, but that also puts a big question on your credibility.

    Who is really chasing the money? Is it the Indian media or is it the cricketers? Indian media

  • knowledge_eater on August 26, 2010, 0:45 GMT

    Hahahaha Hurrrrrrrraaaaaayyyyyyyy Do you actually realize why Indian Team is being rude to journalists now ? Because due to immense amount of Competition in Media world have KILLED the real essence of news long time ago. Has Indian Media ever apologized for fake news ? Has Indian Cricketer ever sued any news company ? The word suing doesn't even exist in Indian Media. Do you know how many news are being printed without proper written consent of players each second in India ? If I was running or being Indian Cricketer, I would have owned my own media, and I wouldn't have allowed single news being published on my name or without my paid consent. I would have made million $'s by suing each news channels and media. Do you know how normal mentality of normal Indian fan sitting watching baseless stories run by Media handled and spread home to home and hatred toward particular player rises and whole fan based failed just from that single manipulation!!! Send this comment to everyone. Peace

  • Vijay_P_S on August 25, 2010, 23:08 GMT

    You may have a point but don't quote Mr.Sangakkara to support your argument. We all know what a gentleman he is after overhearing him on the stump microphone. Did you or your Indian journo friends make any effort to dig into the facts on that?

  • crickeyt on August 25, 2010, 21:10 GMT

    Quite interestingly, this article was pulled off the Cricinfo front page as soon as the negative comments piled in. And stowed away somewhere so obscure that only a web search could reveal its location. Why is it so, Sharda/Sambit/other Cricinfo editors? Seems you guys can only dish it out, but when the public vents its frustration at deplorable journalism standards, you can't take it?

  • Opine on August 25, 2010, 20:53 GMT

    Hi Shards, I have a totally diff take on this. Indian team is subject to enormous scrutiny by the Ind media for issues cricket or otherwise. If the cricket team chooses (read Dhoni decides) tht the team only wants to address the expctations of a billion on the field and not by giving media bytes, then I dont think it is unfair, this only shows clarity in the think tanks priority. Im reasonably sure Dhoni/team has BCCI nod for this (skipping media events), else they wouldnt risk this APPARENTLY non-trivial issue, as this article proves. Their request for a media manager is well known to BCCI. By penning such as your opinion here, you are doing for the neglected media wht Dhoni's team did fr him at tht press conference @ Nott'shr.

    Moreovr, tennis strs walk out whn excessive contrversial/unreasnble questions r askd, they dnt face fine then. Indian media wud create a 'Frnt Pg' if Dhoni did tht. Sangakra is foolish to slyly refer to Ind team as hiding behind media, what would he know.Ha

  • on August 25, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    Professionalism has nothing to do with answering the media. The team's job is to win matches and to do whatever is needed rightfully to achieve that goal. In my opinion, MS & Co are doing that. If the media thinks that the players are required to appear at media berifing, they should take it up with the board and cut a deal or offer to pay for a media manager. There is no place for this request in this corporate world. If the players are legally bound, then they expose themselves to lawsuits. So the media is free to go after them.

  • gandabhai on August 25, 2010, 18:55 GMT

    Before the recent test series between Sri Lanka & India , I was disgusted how stories had been "Stirred"to put the boot into Team India , One "journalist" enjoyed writing about Yuvraj being abused & taunted by a section of Sri lankan fans calling him a waterboy. They did mention that Yuvraj didnt provoke them . So why o why did the "journalist" ask for COMMENTS on this story ? Are journalists some kind of GODS ? I DON'T THINK SO .

  • on August 25, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    Why KD Karthik in INDIA Squad? just look at his career statistics, 70 is the highest score. how many chances does he get? Robin Uthappa is the perfect replacement for karthik's position, when G Gambhir is not avialable!

  • rocky on August 25, 2010, 16:48 GMT

    lol @ harshalb . u do crack me up man...that was a good explanation though ...quite logically...personally i dont care if the media has to wait or the players are being arrogant..... they r all same....

    but dhoni giving u an explanation.....boy u r good ....'n getting these guys to publish ur comments...ha ha..

  • on August 25, 2010, 16:41 GMT

    Sharda Ugra was a senior sports writer with India Today magazine and I always read her articles.She may have a point but the gross injustices media has made to Indian cricket and players in general is much more serious.Take your memory back to the 2007 world cup and the media was literally instigating some irate scoundrels to publicly lynch the cricketers for the dismal performances.Sure the fans were angry but media only added fuel to the fire.The Sehwag Vs Dhoni saga in England last year was another example of disgusting coverage.The media generally wants controversies made out of nothing to milk them for generating TRPs.Be it Chappel-Ganguly,IPL money laundering or any cricket controversy's coverage only has malice and masala which is very detrimental to the game and players.Has the media fraternity ever apologised for any of its mistakes?Never.I think this is only the media that can get away with a ostrich like attitude in democratic countries.

  • Hitarth1987 on August 25, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    Another disgusting and laughable article. I just wonder the press is actually upset that they are not getting enough controversies out of this Indian team.

  • on August 25, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    I am so glad Dhoni and his men managed to piss the journalist off soo much that she decided to add few hours of her seemingly useless time writing some angry article about people who toil their muscles and shoulder an everest responsibility of emotions of a billion people. The Indian team certainly has its faults and holes in it! Players get carried away by the stardom they are being posed with.. But end of the day they all face the reality.. they fight...all in the the true intention and efforts of making their country proud in whatever capacity they are in. On the other hand, media in the name of EDUCATING people are only sitting back and waiting for our boys to make mistakes which they can BLOW and make a fire out of.. Wowww what a patriotism..I would rather stand up for a the Indian team which perfroms badly in the event of fighting for a cause than listening to this wasted page full of TOTAL MISUSE of a suppose to be great profession (journalism)...

  • on August 25, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    The above article is exactly the reason why journalism is disrespected. The author cites 4 incidents out of probably several hundred days of cricket and expects to be respected. If the headline said "Dhoni misses yet another press conf" I wouldn't bother to read. The author is just trying to monger attention.

    The cricket media's job, though, is to report, analyse, appreciate and assess the good, the bad and the ugly of the team they are assigned to follow. REALLY? How many people do really read the crap they dish out? How many times do they know what they are speaking of?

    When it comes to its MANDATORY media duties? What the hell is that? Just because the board signs a contract you want the cricket team to pay you respect, for what? This is exactly what India reeks of, mandatory respect. Sharad pawar nudged out by Ponting gives Indian journalism a high?

    Where/What has Indian journalism really contributed? to Indian sport, economy or politics?

  • on August 25, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    i wonder why cricinfo is so against the indian team and specifically Dhoni.even if you the read the commentary of a match where india plays,its always poking fun at our players,irrespective of batsmen or bowlers.it may sound childish,but i have been following this site for a period of 3 yrs and interstingly, this trend started only recently.dont u guys think tht u behave like the english media towards its football team???always demanding,provoking,snapping at trivial things like waiting for 90 mins??i think the author has vented out his frustration for "wasting" his precious time,without finding out the reasons behind it.some guys cant digest the fact that india is no:1 in test.if they are no:1,then there is a reason to be that.

  • klobania on August 25, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    @hindh88 man stop giving lane excuses let these 2 ur captain stop doing childish things like "jo kehta hai wohi hota hai"

  • SumantB on August 25, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    Just who/what do the media think they are? God?

  • Golandaaz on August 25, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    The question to ask is, why does Dhoni's team believe they can treat the media in this way? Its one thing to keep reminding people of their responsibilities, expectations, conduct, etc. and they must adhere to that; however it is worth exploring the "why". I don't watch/read any cricket on Indian tv/print channels, because frankly its obscene. Its over the top, loud, insensitive, sensationalist, and on occasion even hurtful to the players and ultimately worthless. This is the only way the players can send a message to you the media. Take it and act...

  • on August 25, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    If the same thing has done by Aussie. It would have been diff. story. Dhoni became an arrogant against Media. It will certainly lead him in a hard position once he starts his lean patch. Hope he will avoid to become another Ponting.

  • inswing on August 25, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    If the journalists have any self respect, they will boycott the press conference after this ongoing ODI with NZ, which India will win. If they don't, they deserve what they get.

  • raambo on August 25, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    Boo hoo, the media is complaining of being treated badly. How pathetic! The fault over here lies with the BCCI, who should simply appoint a media spokesperson.

  • floydianechoes on August 25, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    Going by rulebook whats right is right and MSD should have attended the conference right on time BUT calling about rights there are duties as well. Media isn't speckless when it comes to making mountain outta molehill, quoting players outt context and by writing them off. if this isnt fair then even thats not fair at all. mend your ways first and then show the light to others. i understand that this piece is written rather as a forewarning towards MSD's attitude but the point is, before spotting the twig in others eye its better to watch out for the log in self's. both are wrong and are doing wrong to each other mutually. all even, isnt it?

  • KingOwl on August 25, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    Oh, give me a break. These post match news conferences are sooooo boring. The captains make such banal statements. The moment someone says what they really think, they are hounded for ages. So, one never gets to hear what teams actually think. So, what's the point of these boring press meetings. You folks in the media should get a life!

  • jhikjhik on August 25, 2010, 14:28 GMT

    Sorry Sharda, I don't agree with you and your article, Media knows only 1 thing that is to salute the rising sun and kick the same sun which is on decline, no better example of this is Irfan Pathan, that kid who started brilliantly was made as a god by indian media and now when he is out of team no body cares about him, why the indian media doesn't goes to take interviews from other sports captain e.g hockey and football, they will never go there as there is no money.They will make harbhajan or Yuvaraj as "KING OF PUNJAB" on 1 day and they will make them donkeys other day..

  • up-in-the-air-and-taken on August 25, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    Waste of time Sharda !! 2 hours of waiting is no big deal.Media writes and shows on TV lot os things against a cricketers personal life ..u give them hard time wheneva they do something in public ... so this 2 hours is nothing !!! keep writing like this and u mite end up waiting for days ... good luck

  • thebrownie on August 25, 2010, 14:16 GMT

    Indian media is utter crap (exception being Cricinfo). Every time I watch an Indian news channel, I feel like smacking whoever is on it. Just the way the Mumbai shootings were covered, says a lot about our media. And the press conference after the game is mundane anyways, same questions, same old answers. Same cannot be said about the media present at Wimbledon or those covering Aus or American sports, they have some ethics and are way more professional.

    Sharda, it is not cricinfo, but the rest of the them(times, ndtv, cnn and the zillions other local ones) which bring the Indian media to shame. And I am not surprised that Dhoni doesn't give a damn about them. Pity that the respected cricinfo journalists are caught in the midst.

  • thebrownie on August 25, 2010, 14:16 GMT

    Indian media is utter crap (exception being Cricinfo). Every time I watch an Indian news channel, I feel like smacking whoever is on it. Just the way the Mumbai shootings were covered, says a lot about our media. And the press conference after the game is mundane anyways, same questions, same old answers. Same cannot be said about the media present at Wimbledon or those covering Aus or American sports, they have some ethics and are way more professional.

    Sharda, it is not cricinfo, but the rest of the them(times, ndtv, cnn and the zillions other local ones) which bring the Indian media to shame. And I am not surprised that Dhoni doesn't give a damn about them. Pity that the respected cricinfo journalists are caught in the midst.

  • sachin_vvsfan on August 25, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    @ Amol Shinde Rightly said. Who asked you to wait for 2 hours. Simply leave and if you have decided to boycot the press coverage then Indian team will be pleased. You really don't need to analyze do you?. Just blabhar something with loud voice and rub your opinions on the people's mind like Barkha dutta @ ShahzanHaiderBukhari Glad you found true face of india Now go back and check the discipline history of your players.

  • cric-procrastinator on August 25, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    The purpose of journalism is to report true unbiased opinion, which all these so called "editors" do not exhibit, it almost as if they bend over backward to prove there bonafides that they are not biased in favor of India (almost all of them are from India like this Sharda Ugra) by writing article which are almost always against India. For example I have seen so many headlines which say India take on depleted Australia, or depleted South Africa etc when they are missing just 2 or 3 crucial players, the current Indian team is missing 6 players and I don't see any such headlines. Be consistent you don't have to be super critical of India to show you are not biased against India. To make up for this biased nonsense these so called editors write pages after pages on praising sachin tendulkar. We don't want to have cricinfo praising India when they are not playing well but at least be consistent of your reporting of other teams it almost as if they are afraid to say anything on other teams

  • MADDIMADHU on August 25, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    Crapiest article.. Media known for that!!Just over reacting to the tiny issues.

  • on August 25, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    our media will wait for 10 hours to talk with a filmstar or politician...........but will shout if a cricketer comes 2 hours late.........

  • AsherCA on August 25, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    Media deserves more than what Dhoni & co. have given them - Where was the media with its sense of responsiblity when Bucknor & Benson were abusing their authority to hand Ponting a victory he die not deserve ? Where was the media when the ICC management that penalised an Indian for looking at an umpire refused to take any action against West Indian Brian Lara for abusing on-field umpires ? Where was the media when ICC's paid umpires chose to give Aussies incorrectly not-out, refusing to consult the 3rd umpire to get a correct out against Australia ? Where was the media when Andrew Symonds of Australia by his own admission imagined an insult & tried to misuse Aussie clout on ICC to have an Indian suspended ? When Team India needed the Media to do their jobs fairly, Dhoni & Co. found the media including Cricinfo refusing to look for / publish facts lest they offend Herr Dave Richardson. Why should Team India do their duty by a media that refused to do theirs ?

  • Hindh on August 25, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    @shahzan We all very well know the true face of ur Pak team, so there is no need to explain it here.Pakistan bowlers r biggest ball tamperers in history.

  • Dhoni_fan_from_a_dada_era on August 25, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    spot on sharda. and shame on the commenters here who largely have agreed with Dhoni & Team India's disgraceful behaviour. It is a job of the captain or someone from the team appointed by captain to attend the media breifing. They are being paid for that. first disgraceful performance and then disgraceful behaviour. Give me back my team of 2003! :(

  • klobania on August 25, 2010, 12:36 GMT

    a very interesting and reality based article. i salute u sharda ugra to bring reality n arrogance of indian cricketers and board. they always enjoy if media n fans over hyped them n dont face media for their mediocre performances.. dhoni n his campanions (other than sachin) are so arrogant. their major source of income is their fan n it is media n fan who give them respect and fame. i think sachin should be captain of indian team as youngsters are also showing aggression n attitude like kohli, yuvi, rohit n raina outside field n when it comes to perform they r zeroooos.

  • jaanson on August 25, 2010, 12:34 GMT

    from the reaction and response of most of the readers it shud be clear to sharda that the media needs to clean up its act more than cricketers. the kind of thoughtless comments that the media makes everytime the team doesnt perform to expectations suggests that they [media]never get anything wrong and never commit a mistake. it would be in the fitness of things that sharda writes about the medias shortcomings and errors too and talk about their responsibilities too.

  • yaa_right on August 25, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    The main problem is too much cricket now a days. Hence too many press conferences for DHONI to attend and even if India looses around 30% of those matches(the number is still high!!), those many bitter press-conferences for him/team. He must be very bored and hence such "frustrate the media by delaying" tactics!!

  • saraschandra on August 25, 2010, 11:43 GMT

    this is utter nonsense...... journalists are known for creating a mountain out of a molehill and this is just that..... it is not a part of a cricketers job description to give interviews.... he is being paid to train and perform in the game, not in front of losers who are irresponsible brats...... by bringing in dhoni's name into the article, the writer is making a lame attempt to promote her article.... i suggest she stops relying on cheap publicity gimmicks and write something of substance the next time..... WORTHLESS article..... don't bother reading.....

  • ShahzanHaiderBukhari on August 25, 2010, 11:04 GMT

    Wow!!! Great article !!! Sharda keep on writing such historical articles to expose the true face of India to the world. Well done!!!

  • sachin_vvsfan on August 25, 2010, 10:41 GMT

    Just 2 hours? Our media deserves more

  • sudzz71 on August 25, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    As many have said, its a two way street but having had said that, team India is not just meeting Indian press there is also foreign press that has a right to ask and get answers from the sport's most powerful team (not the strongest but most powerful).

    This is simply not done, press has a duty to perform and they are the reason why players are loved or hated therefore the players owe it to them and in fact to themselves as well.

    Its important for Dhoni and Co to realise that the media can be ally and a foe therefore its useful to leverage them at good times and bad times.

  • sonofchennai on August 25, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    It is the media that goes overboard..noone cared when ponting pushed aside sharad pawar for a photo shoot..its you, the media which kept highlighting that as if Ponting had commiited a crime..Please do not ask for respect, it must be earned and anyone in this world would give u that, the moment u earn it...

  • on August 25, 2010, 9:33 GMT

    Why are we so bothered about such trivial issues, all the time. What is so great about a press conference. Same sickening questions of why you lost the game et all. The players who want to get away from all of this, will hog them all over again. One or two matches if they have played badly in a triseries, why so much fuss about it.

    I want to question these writers why the reverse of this was never questioned when the Indian team would never do well on the field but be good and quite during the press conference. Are they playing to handle the press conference well.

  • MSDonLSD on August 25, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    Sharda am sorry to say but if you dont have any cricket related articles to put across this wonderful cricket dedicated website then please stop publishing them on cricinfo. You might be a senior and well respected media person but your articles do not make a cricketing point or invoke any cricketing debate. As far as the media is concerned, I as a die hard indian cricket fan sympathise with my team regarding unnecessary median scrutiny inflicted upon our cricketers who are at the end of the day mere sportsmen. Please leave them alone and leave this website alone.

  • Joji_ on August 25, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    I am appalled by the comments here. The mere presence of this article here shows that how serious the case has already been. I totally agree with the writer here and feel for the reporters who have to wait and chase the so-called indian stars. The least they can show is some basic courtesy.

  • on August 25, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    In a world where journalism is synonymous with sensationalism of the worst taste, where headlines matter far more than content or indeed reporting; I for one will shed no tears if the Indian team makes 'journalists' attend a couple of hours more for these sessions.

    Besides, why exactly are these post-match sessions important? To hear/read the same five words over and over again? The past two decades of yellow journalism have pretty much ensured that neither players nor management dare speak what's on their mind anyway (baring that odd duck Sehwag!)

  • harshalb on August 25, 2010, 9:07 GMT

    As I know Dhoni personally I asked him about this incident and his explanation was, the boys needed to unitize the time by getting in a game of football before it became too dark. To me this is a completely valid explanation. The reporters would have had to wait till 10:30 anyway if the match had lasted 50 overs. So all this noise from the media seems completely nonsensical as they have begun to expect the team to look after media's convenience than complete their routines. Remember the episode when media reported that Bhajji had pushed a photographer? In the recording you will see that this guy was shoving the camera against Bhajji's head and at one point Bhajji had to use his hand to make way for his head. People have become wise enough to know that Indian media far from contributing anything worthwhile they are just interested in selling their stories and misguiding the public and whinging. Normally I do not condone Dhoni's nowadays arrogant behaviour but here I support him.

  • Gower_esque_Chris on August 25, 2010, 9:06 GMT

    I think this article makes a very valid point. Media commitments and the money that come from it go a long way to fill the pockets of these arrogant, overpaid and underachieving Indian players. They have contracts to do it, irrespective of what gets said by the media. Are those who've commented saying that someone has a go at you at work for doing badly you're going to be late for work the next day even if you have a contract to be there - I presume not. And the media dont necessarily do this for fun, it's a job brought about by the demands of the legions of fans back home. On a final note, the article also points out this is a specific problem with Indian player attitude. Even a sulking Ponting (and he sulks a lot) will turn out. But then again, when you consider how arrogant the likes of Dhoni and Yuvraj are, should we be that surprised? I Couldn't imagine the likes of Tendulkar or Dravid being so unprofessional.

  • on August 25, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    As an Indian i think its quite appaling that MS dhoni thinks so highly of himself that he can disrespect the media like that.It is part of the game to have these media conferences not only when it suits you. A shameful time for indian cricket.

  • msbas799 on August 25, 2010, 9:01 GMT

    Is there a bigger joker than Indian media barring a handful of respected journalists? Does Indian media show any sense of responsibility - cricket or in general? Have you seen the pathetic headlines the tv channels and news papers scream out when India loses? Respect - first deserve then demand. And also its a two way street.

  • crickeyt on August 25, 2010, 8:55 GMT

    Well, what brilliant pieces of gobsmacking intellect was the media going to ask Dhoni or any representative from the team? I am afraid, more than Dhoni, the media people are completely out of touch with the pulse of the cricket followers of India. On the evidence of the inane coverage by most Indian newspapers, believe me, no one missed the print media's inputs after the game. Anyone with an iota of sentience can predict what they would have asked and what would have been answered. The only regret is that the TV media contingent did not pack its bags and leave too. We would have been spared the blatant rubbish that is spewed across the news channels in India. I really hope Dhoni and his men keep boycotting the media until most of them give up and hopefully, we will be left with only the most persistent ones, who might perhaps ask some useful questions and not be satisfied by mind-numbing answers just in order to be on the SMS list of certain cricketers.

  • srinivasvijai on August 25, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    @arvindks: spot on buddy :)

  • UnleashedAndReady on August 25, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    For all those of you jumping on to the player's bandwagon, remember a simple thing. It is THE MEDIA which you is giving these players to you. These guys can play cricket anywhere, anytime, but if the TV channels decides not to broadcast it and the papers decide not to write about it, you guys won't even get access to them.

    It is only due to the adoring media that we, as individuals, can get close to the people. Stop ribbing off the media, without them, the players would never be elevated to demigod status. Yes, the players depend on us as viewers but who brings them to us? The media. And if the players can't respect their makers, they have no respect for us. Brilliant article, sharda. Please ignore the other comments.

  • the_blue_android on August 25, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    PLEASE STOP PUTTING PRESSURE ON THE INDIAN TEAM BEFORE THE DAMN WORLD CUP, you MORON JOURNOS!

  • the_blue_android on August 25, 2010, 8:33 GMT

    Does somebody get paid to write these? I wish I had such an easy job.

  • the_blue_android on August 25, 2010, 8:32 GMT

    The guy who wrote this needs to find a new job....a real job!

  • evenflow_1990 on August 25, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    mixed opinions about this article. it couldn't kill the indians to send at least 1 person to face the media after each match - they have 11 people to share the duty. on the other hand, the players may feel that the toll is too much to bear. however if all the other teams are doing it, and not complaining, it makes the indian team look selfish

  • srinivasvijai on August 25, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    @nlambda & @akshay4india: Frankly, I'm not a fan of our media either, but that doesn't absolve our cricketers of their duty to attend media conferences. It is a part and parcel of being a high profile sports person. I'm sure people like Sachin, Dravid face much more scrutiny and media pressure than the Yuvrajs, Rohits and the Harbhajans but we never hear about them being rude or impolite. Finally, it all boils down to a person's attitude. Even though I'm a die hard Indian fan and will always remain so, I cannot say that I am proud of our young breed of cricketers. I just hope they learn from the likes of Sachin, Dravid, Laxman, Kumble etc.

  • straightalk on August 25, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    Article seems to be a ego backlash just because media had to wait. Since you work in media, so you are utlising its power to spoil reputation of anyone who asks you to wait. Media's job is to present unbiased picture. Pls avoid getting into such ego-trips else your articles wont have an audience, ma'am.

  • amit1807kuwait on August 25, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    Wooh, some journos crying, hmmm, why do I get a sense that I like this??!!

  • on August 25, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    Rightly said ... media reporters should not be made to wait.. But why this over killing of smaller events... we are right now bored of these same story on different channels on the match incidents...there is lot of hype that has been made of randiv s no ball incident and making it big... media does not have any right to blame cricketers... one should understand it is not mandatory to meet the media after the end of each match... after all u are going to write the same stuff from the team...... Our batsman are not up to the mark.. and we got to bat more sensibly...what s the new story are u expecting from them... i think that its better all the news channels other than cricinfo keep away from cricket for a while....

  • on August 25, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    players should have batter practice in d field rather than in the press conference answering repetitive questions from d media... MS- U R A HERO INDEED

  • ram_sachin on August 25, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    Cent percent true . It's Dhoni's arrogance and absurd conduct which is highlighted when the team comes facing crushing defeats. His inability to handle losses and persisting on a rigid team combination (R.Jadeja) in the middle is just hitting back at him. And still we call him India's greatest captain ?.. i don't think so. You need to be well mannered before you enjoy the savouries of ur sown fruit. Wake up and smell the coffee Dhoni...

  • amit_071 on August 25, 2010, 8:20 GMT

    I am with @nlambda in not being a fan of the Indian media (specially news channels, makes me want to throw a brick at the TV on the rare occassion I have the misfortune of happening across the buffoons on these channels while channel surfing). However, I agree with Sharda on the need for respect on the part of Indian team, because lack of such respect has a way of permeating through their general attitude towards everyone rather than just the reporters and there is evidence of that happening. The highlight of the article for me though was the first paragraph about imagining Ricky Ponting in that situation and the chest beating and effigy burning that it would have led to. We keep on blaming others for not accepting post colonial realities but it is we who need to lose our colonial complex first.

  • the_blue_android on August 25, 2010, 8:19 GMT

    I'm with Dhoni and Co on this one. He can skip our useless. knowledge less and classless media. They are just sensationalism mongers anyway. What lebron gets are pinpointed questions from people who understand the game which is clearly not the case for Indian media. Sharda Who? Who is giving this guy space on cricinfo for such useless articles? Before someone tells me the journalist is a woman, I give a hoot about his or her gender.

  • arvindks on August 25, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    In the red corner: Sulkers and Tantrum throwers (Team India) & in the blue corner: Gossip and Rumor mongers (media). You guys really deserve each other.

  • sonofchennai on August 25, 2010, 8:13 GMT

    I really don understand what the fuss is all about. It is absolutely justified in saying that match was supposed to end at 10:15 and Dhoni turned up at that time... Sharda, i really cant fathom what media did to Dhoni to make him what he is now???

    Please share those information. Here is man from a remote part of India who has risen through the ranks by sheer hardwork...

  • harsha_chu on August 25, 2010, 8:13 GMT

    Sharda, I agree that what Dhoni did was not right. But what update or comments did you and the othe journalists expect after the game? Did you think Dhoni would have some stunning answers that none of you ever expected? Highlighting Olympics or Fifa world cup is not the right thing to do. Those events come once in 4 years. Dhoni and Co. play 100 games a year- and to expect them to come to a press conference after every game is ridiculous. BCCI doesnt help matters by not appointing a full time media manager. Please note that I am not supporting Dhoni here. Why do we even give so much importance to such meaningless tri series? Do the journalists give similar importance to a Volleyball or a Weighlifting tournament? Even for these meaningless cricket series, we see 30 min of primetime dedicated in every news channnel with all ex-cricketers roped in to give expert comments. Its not cricket but our cricket obsessed media that is killing other sports.

  • driftingmoods on August 25, 2010, 8:02 GMT

    tut tut tut..alle mela bayyby :P... God..go whinge somewhere else..we'd like to talk about cricket and not how your bloated ego is bruised..nlambda is right..what do you expect dhoni to say anyway? oops! we screwed up again? and who would have cried foul had it been Ricky Ponting..the same good for nothing media! Make way for cricket please..

  • daincredblehulk on August 25, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    A very cheap article yet again, the standard of articles is going down on cricinfo- this is baffling! This media in question has nothing better to do & the lack of spicy stories resulted in this- bash Dhoni & the Indian team for attention. Get over it & get a life!!! Leave the team alone & let them concentrate on their cricket!

  • Shaitaan on August 25, 2010, 7:52 GMT

    The Indian sports media is a joke. They like to spread this canard that disrespecting them is akin to disrespecting the Indian public, but nothing could be further from the truth. Get over it, like Akshay says: If you play political games (Ganguly v Dravid, Sehwag v Dhoni), pander to favourites rather than project facts, continue with your 'match ka mujrim' circus-style reportage, and incite morons to burn effigies whenever you need a byte, you don't deserve respect. Maybe it's the media that should introspect: If neither the fans nor the players respect you, where does that leave you, really?

  • ramkmu on August 25, 2010, 7:52 GMT

    If the media engagements are a commitment made by the board, I guess the team and staff have live up to it. It appears if you went by job description, it is probably the manager who is slipping, more so than the captain. The way I see it, today playing cricket is a job and the board (BCCI) is the management. It is well-known that BCCI is very good at revenue generation and poor at most other things: scheduling of tours, professional team selection process, active grooming of young players, recruiting full support staff with clear job descriptions. What Sharda has reported on is a symptom of BCCI's style. It is a "chalta hai" style or" doing what ever we can get away with" and throwing professionalism to the winds. The slips you are reporting on, are management (BCCI) generated problems and not employee (team) generated problems. As a cricket fan, I think media is not innocant either; a lot can be written about the match they all saw, a whole day of it, not just the press conference!

  • satty123456 on August 25, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    What is the point of this artcile? Shrada is trying to show that she followin other sports too? And then trying to pick some faults with Indian cricketers when they are down. What if they miss a press conference. World does not come to end. Had they attended would have shared any new wisdom? What is the point. Are you always on time for your work? There will be occassions when you are late... so why not make a issue out of it? WHat is your problem in life? Just move on I am in Indian living in London , you were comparing to England media, I rarely see 'good indian media reporters' . They just sensationalise things, like you are doing now. Media needs to be unbiased and progressive. Not harp on petty things. Indian media needs to grow up and be mature starting with you.

  • on August 25, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    The difference between the Indian media and the media abroad is that Indian media is not united enough.

    The instances you mentioned of Wimbledon and NBA,USPGA where sportsmen are forced to give interviews are due to the strong media there. As if they are not respecting the media they collectively boycott the team. I think the Indian media together should boycott Indian cricket until Dhoni Apologises along with Biswal. That will set them straight if Indian media has the unity.

  • dr.jha on August 25, 2010, 7:31 GMT

    just follow twitter... why hold press conferences ya...:)

  • Percy_Fender on August 25, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    Sharda Ugra has been a cricket writer of some standing over a long time. But her espousing the cause of irritating reporters seeking attention by raising silly questions, totally unmindful of the team's cause, only because she belongs to that community, does not appeal.One recalls in disgust, the questioning of Dhoni at Nottingham, which Sharda refers to. To me it seemed a blatant attempt to cause a rift between Dhoni and Sehwag on the issue of Sehwag's fitness and his allegedly seeking to hide it. I wish these reporters would be more responsible at these end of the day conferences.The cricket loving people respect writers like Sharda, Harsha Bhogle, Akash Chopra and several others who are more concerned about the game than silly tabloid like sensationalism. No well wisher of the game would like to see any member of the team being subjected to a needless interrogation after a tiring day's play by a bunch of reporters spoiling for an arguement.I do not see anything arrogant in Dhoni.

  • DRNANDAN on August 25, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    to both akshay and lambda playing foot ball after such a big loss is not the way to prepare for next match and being a responsible captain u must answer to the media who r representing country's population and he must answer to their questions !!!!!!!!!!!

  • AtticusFinch on August 25, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    I was wondering when someone would write about this and you are absolutely spot on, Sharda, on this deteriorating behavior of the Indians of late. And I agree again that this churlish attitude has come under the watch of Dhoni. In the recent past, his flippant answers and over the top reaction to an ex-Pakistan player's insightful comments on Young Indian Players' attitude (100% on the spot), smacks of a high handedness arising from the immense riches being showered on him and the other Indian Players. Favoritism, Coteries, etc are again cropping up in the Indian team and merit is at the mercy of the Coteries ruling the team. I hope that Dhoni does not forget that the Media has made what Cricket is today in India, lest he slips into the Ponting scale of boorishness and churlishness! And I hope he pulls up the level of play on the field, if he still wants to captain the team in the 2011 World Cup!

  • tharaka on August 25, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    MI totally agree. These Indian players behave as if they were semi gods and it clearly shows in their attitude. When given out.they. will show the bat to the umpires or else stay in the crease for sometime before going. Then if the commentator at that time criticizes the umpire that's end of career for that umpire. The Indian media no doubt helps the cause..m

  • Rahulbose on August 25, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    I am with the players on this, respect is a two way street. And the Indian media has not earned any credits in that regard. Maybe the solution is to stop holding these useless conferences and only release a statement after each days play written by the media manager.

  • SriramNatarajan on August 25, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    @Sharda: You media earn your living by these highlighted people only. You don't come and interview a street cricketer who will ofcourse answer your questions properly. Players have lot of things to bother about. Tiger Woods, Phelps, Federer et al play individual sport and they answer to the questions about them. Cricket team captains always have to answer about other players in the team. He shouldn't disappoint you too and the concerned player too. Even in football, aren't you aware of Brazil football coach's problem with journalists? Both players and media have crossed the line of threshold often. This is a one-sided and partial article. Especially, the last line is a bit over-the-top comment. I think it is too early to say India is slipping- both on and off the field.

  • Raju_Iyer on August 25, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    Obviously Ms Sharda Ugra knows far less of cricket and much more on how to present a vitriolic partisan side of the story. Comparing a league match in a tri-nation tournament (and that too following an intense 3 test series) with events like World Cup, Olympics, Wimbledon.. . come on Sharda, please grow up and become more knowledgeable to put things in perspective!!! I think it is perfectly justified for a team to decide where its priorities lie. And in my opinion Dhoni has been far more sincere than captains of the past. As for emotional outbursts like the one from DRNANDAN who feels the rankings system is flawed if Dhoni tops it; I think they have to remember that the media cannot make anyone a star if they don't have any performance to begin with. Dhoni is turning out to be one of the best captains we have had giving each player the chances they deserve. To Ms. Sharda, I say, buzz off and please work harder to write intelligently rather than trying to make an issue out of nothing!

  • crickeyt on August 25, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    Well, Sharda, what brilliant pieces of gobsmacking intellect were you going to ask Dhoni or any representative from the team? I am afraid, more than Dhoni, you are completely out of touch with the pulse of the cricket followers of India. On the evidence of the inane coverage by most Indian newspapers, believe me, no one missed your print media's inputs after the game. Anyone with an iota of sentience can predict what you would have asked and what they would have answered. The only regret is that the TV media contingent did not pack its bags and leave with you. We would have been spared the blatant rubbish that is spewed across the news channels in India. I really hope Dhoni and his men keep boycotting the media until most of them give up and hopefully, we will be left with only the most persistent ones, who might perhaps ask some useful questions and not be satisfied by mind-numbing answers just in order to be on the SMS list of certain cricketers.

  • on August 25, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    Please do not target Dhoni he is graet leader and doing great job and he has big responsblility ahead. Let support him instead creating -ve environment against him. His job is to lead India cricket team not media on everyday update. If it is some thing formal please write email to BCCI they will address the issue at right level.Why media need everyday update. Media should cover and foucus on other sports as well instead only focusing on cricket and making them super hero.

  • Swami73 on August 25, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    I am totally with Dhoni and the team on this. With the sort of over the top reporting you media guys indulge in, I am not surprised at what happened. And your article itself sounds very very arrogant about the power of the media. You talk about the English football team being followed by a media army - and see how they performed. Leave the spotrsmen alone when they want some peace. Can you bother explaining why is it mandatory for a sportsman to turn up immediately after a massive defeat and answer stupid questions from the media? Questions like how do you feel, what went wrong etc. C'mon give the players a break!

  • Paddle_Sweep on August 25, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    I don't have a sympathy for the media on this. The Indian media has a tendency to sensationalize everything and do an over the top reporting. Let the media mature and do it's reporting maturely and then see how the players respond.The post match presentation conference is good enough. There is no need for another separate press conference.

  • Kunal-Talgeri on August 25, 2010, 6:13 GMT

    @Sharda: I am part of the media circus too, and feel maybe we should also have some sense of how to manage ourselves at Q&As, from number of journalists at press meets to decorum. Just as cricket has gone commercial, so has the media. And both media organisations and cricket clubs like the BCCI don't have the right people at the right place. For example, Ratan Tata wanted to have a lunch Q&A with editors, the morning after the Nano launch almost . To his bewilderment, there were about 50 editors who had come for that 'lunch meeting'. :-P

    It is a problem of plenty. In cricket, there are too many matches (and hence post-match press briefings). In the media, there are too many of us journos. And most of us don't have the experience or presence of mind as someone of your standing. Guess we all have to take the rough with the smooth.

  • on August 25, 2010, 5:59 GMT

    Indian Media & fans have given an unwanted height for its cricketers. I do agree cricketers are assets of the country. But for Indian media & fans they are considered like GOD. Funny part is these so called Indian fans were raising their voice for this no ball issue of Randiv talking about spirit of the game, which they do not have single cent. Go back to 1996 Wills world cup semi, what chaos they did for the match. How many incidents subsequent to that. I am great fan of Indian cricket, but the Indian media and fans made it go to the other extream.

  • VJVJ on August 25, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    Hi Friends, I know this comment may be taken off soon.

    I respect media people. No doubt. you are the only way we know the truth. I appreciate for being honest. But it is your job to get interviews. There may be wait. But you are getting paid to just hang around with the team and write about them. After a big loss, the captain and team may be upset. I will be, You will be, everyone will be upset if you loose something big (espec, when u r going to ask about it). Understand them. Let them come out when they are comfortable. How can you ask to fine for giving you an interview little late? The whole article is about this?!! Ridiculous. I don't know how Cricinfo permit such article to be published.

    MS Dhoni, The best captain India has ever had, No 1 batman in the world, We never had a keeper with such batting talent, ever, the man who brought India to no -1 position in test cricket. Can't appreciate that. Writing about wait. Avoid such articles (only blame people) in future.... Take care

  • natmastak_so-called on August 25, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    dear sharda why did you choose such topic on cricinfo ?i am not supporting Indian team's behaviour,but i am here to read about players and matches and not about press conferences & hope so are the others .your prev articles were good though.

  • nlambda on August 25, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    My respect for Dhoni and Kirsten has actually gone up with this article. Frankly, I am not a fan of our media and its arrogant, excessive, over-the-top reporting. Sharda Ugra has been a lifelong journalist so her sympathies lie in that corner, but I think Dhoni & team should focus on the next game than put up with the cacophony of an Indian news conference. @Sharda: exactly what wisdom or insight were you expecting anyway? With all respect, neither would you have asked anything you have not already asked in the Asia Cup/Twenty20/Champions Trophy neither would Dhoni have shared anything he has not already. Just show a recording from a previous game no one would notice the difference.

  • DRNANDAN on August 25, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    ABSALUTELY SPOT ON AND THAT SHOWS THE ARRAGANT DHONI'S ATTITUDE.HE IS QUITE AN ARROGANT FROM THE BEGINING AND NOW AFTER ALL HE IS STAR.BUT HE HAS TO REALIZE THAT HE IS STAR BECAUSE OF MEDIA AND PEOPLE..LOOK AT HIS ANSWERS NOW A DAYS WHEN U ASK ABOUT JADEJA THE CLEAR UNDER PERFORMER(WHOLE WORLD KNOWS)!!HE SAYS HE IS PERFORMING AND HE WILL BE SUSTAINED SAME IS THE CASE WITH ROHITH AND DINESH!!HE IS A GONNER AND DHONI MUST GIVE UP HIS CAPTAINCY AND CONCENTRATE ON HIS BATTING SKILLS(I DOUBT IF HE HAS ANY)!!!DONT SAY HE IS NO ONE ODI BATS MAN THAT IT SELF SHOWS THE STANDARD OF THE RANKINGS!!!

  • akshay4india on August 25, 2010, 5:16 GMT

    Get over it. The players have better things to do than respond to the same mundane questions repeatedly asked by the media.

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  • akshay4india on August 25, 2010, 5:16 GMT

    Get over it. The players have better things to do than respond to the same mundane questions repeatedly asked by the media.

  • DRNANDAN on August 25, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    ABSALUTELY SPOT ON AND THAT SHOWS THE ARRAGANT DHONI'S ATTITUDE.HE IS QUITE AN ARROGANT FROM THE BEGINING AND NOW AFTER ALL HE IS STAR.BUT HE HAS TO REALIZE THAT HE IS STAR BECAUSE OF MEDIA AND PEOPLE..LOOK AT HIS ANSWERS NOW A DAYS WHEN U ASK ABOUT JADEJA THE CLEAR UNDER PERFORMER(WHOLE WORLD KNOWS)!!HE SAYS HE IS PERFORMING AND HE WILL BE SUSTAINED SAME IS THE CASE WITH ROHITH AND DINESH!!HE IS A GONNER AND DHONI MUST GIVE UP HIS CAPTAINCY AND CONCENTRATE ON HIS BATTING SKILLS(I DOUBT IF HE HAS ANY)!!!DONT SAY HE IS NO ONE ODI BATS MAN THAT IT SELF SHOWS THE STANDARD OF THE RANKINGS!!!

  • nlambda on August 25, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    My respect for Dhoni and Kirsten has actually gone up with this article. Frankly, I am not a fan of our media and its arrogant, excessive, over-the-top reporting. Sharda Ugra has been a lifelong journalist so her sympathies lie in that corner, but I think Dhoni & team should focus on the next game than put up with the cacophony of an Indian news conference. @Sharda: exactly what wisdom or insight were you expecting anyway? With all respect, neither would you have asked anything you have not already asked in the Asia Cup/Twenty20/Champions Trophy neither would Dhoni have shared anything he has not already. Just show a recording from a previous game no one would notice the difference.

  • natmastak_so-called on August 25, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    dear sharda why did you choose such topic on cricinfo ?i am not supporting Indian team's behaviour,but i am here to read about players and matches and not about press conferences & hope so are the others .your prev articles were good though.

  • VJVJ on August 25, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    Hi Friends, I know this comment may be taken off soon.

    I respect media people. No doubt. you are the only way we know the truth. I appreciate for being honest. But it is your job to get interviews. There may be wait. But you are getting paid to just hang around with the team and write about them. After a big loss, the captain and team may be upset. I will be, You will be, everyone will be upset if you loose something big (espec, when u r going to ask about it). Understand them. Let them come out when they are comfortable. How can you ask to fine for giving you an interview little late? The whole article is about this?!! Ridiculous. I don't know how Cricinfo permit such article to be published.

    MS Dhoni, The best captain India has ever had, No 1 batman in the world, We never had a keeper with such batting talent, ever, the man who brought India to no -1 position in test cricket. Can't appreciate that. Writing about wait. Avoid such articles (only blame people) in future.... Take care

  • on August 25, 2010, 5:59 GMT

    Indian Media & fans have given an unwanted height for its cricketers. I do agree cricketers are assets of the country. But for Indian media & fans they are considered like GOD. Funny part is these so called Indian fans were raising their voice for this no ball issue of Randiv talking about spirit of the game, which they do not have single cent. Go back to 1996 Wills world cup semi, what chaos they did for the match. How many incidents subsequent to that. I am great fan of Indian cricket, but the Indian media and fans made it go to the other extream.

  • Kunal-Talgeri on August 25, 2010, 6:13 GMT

    @Sharda: I am part of the media circus too, and feel maybe we should also have some sense of how to manage ourselves at Q&As, from number of journalists at press meets to decorum. Just as cricket has gone commercial, so has the media. And both media organisations and cricket clubs like the BCCI don't have the right people at the right place. For example, Ratan Tata wanted to have a lunch Q&A with editors, the morning after the Nano launch almost . To his bewilderment, there were about 50 editors who had come for that 'lunch meeting'. :-P

    It is a problem of plenty. In cricket, there are too many matches (and hence post-match press briefings). In the media, there are too many of us journos. And most of us don't have the experience or presence of mind as someone of your standing. Guess we all have to take the rough with the smooth.

  • Paddle_Sweep on August 25, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    I don't have a sympathy for the media on this. The Indian media has a tendency to sensationalize everything and do an over the top reporting. Let the media mature and do it's reporting maturely and then see how the players respond.The post match presentation conference is good enough. There is no need for another separate press conference.

  • Swami73 on August 25, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    I am totally with Dhoni and the team on this. With the sort of over the top reporting you media guys indulge in, I am not surprised at what happened. And your article itself sounds very very arrogant about the power of the media. You talk about the English football team being followed by a media army - and see how they performed. Leave the spotrsmen alone when they want some peace. Can you bother explaining why is it mandatory for a sportsman to turn up immediately after a massive defeat and answer stupid questions from the media? Questions like how do you feel, what went wrong etc. C'mon give the players a break!

  • on August 25, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    Please do not target Dhoni he is graet leader and doing great job and he has big responsblility ahead. Let support him instead creating -ve environment against him. His job is to lead India cricket team not media on everyday update. If it is some thing formal please write email to BCCI they will address the issue at right level.Why media need everyday update. Media should cover and foucus on other sports as well instead only focusing on cricket and making them super hero.