February 25, 2014

Why Dhoni needs to speak out

It can't do Indian cricket any good when there is rampant speculation over the motives and methods of its highest-profile player
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There are several reasons why the BCCI might view MS Dhoni's injury-induced absence from the Asia Cup as a blessing in disguise. It's a rare break for a cricketer who plays almost round the year (and plays three roles in each game); it's also a chance for Virat Kohli to prove his credentials as a captain of the national side. This development also removes Dhoni from the firing line of uncomfortable questions - especially those related to the IPL corruption case.

And there are a few uncomfortable questions being asked of the Indian captain. First, the statements issued across the Indian media by a senior Tamil Nadu police officer that link Dhoni's name with allegations made by bookies. It is an assertion the officer, G Sampath Kumar, says he first made in a note to the Mudgal Committee, set up last October by India's Supreme Court to conduct an independent inquiry into, inter alia, the allegations of corruption against Gurunath Meiyappan and Chennai Super Kings team owner India Cements, and with a larger mandate of looking into allegations around betting and spot-fixing in IPL matches and the involvement of players.

Kumar reiterated this statement to several respected Indian media publications, which published them along with documentary evidence from transcripts.

While it is not necessary to give credence to those remarks, though they have dominated prime-time TV shows, Kumar's original statement forms part of the Mudgal Committee's report via an attached note from one of the three members, Nilay Dutta of the Assam Cricket Association. It refers to the testimony of Kumar - then a senior officer of the Tamil Nadu police's internal security division, the "Q" branch - who, while investigating a fake passport racket, "came across materials that indicated large-scale betting in IPL matches".

It's pertinent to reprint what Dutta's note said:

"As per Mr. G. Sampath Kumar, one Mr. Utham Jain @ Kitty had been interrogated by Q branch in his presence and had disclosed, in course of his interrogation, that pursuant to a plan to fix the match between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, scheduled on 12.05.2013, he was informed … by Mr. Gurunath Meiyappan that one senior member in the IPL team, Chennai Super Kings, had agreed to play as per plan and the team will score 140 runs…"

Dutta then noted that when the committee sought to verify the interrogation report, the Superintendent of Police, Q Branch, appeared before the committee where she "admitted that there was a file in the Q branch pertaining to the case". She gave an assurance that the file would be produced before the committee but it never was.

"The incident is important," Dutta continues, because of Kumar's deposition that "implicated one important Indian player… The non-production of the interrogation report is therefore highly suspicious and there seems to be a deliberate intention to cover up the match-fixing deal." Adding to the intrigue is the fact that Kumar, soon after seeking a more detailed investigation of the fixing angle, was taken off the investigating team and posted to the Railway police in Trichy, a provincial town 300km south of Chennai.

Dutta's recommendation to the court, in bold print, is clear: "A totally independent investigating agency may be directed by the Supreme Court to investigate the allegations with full powers under the statutory laws, including the Criminal Procedure Code, which was not available to the Committee."

The Mudgal Committee's main report offers more fodder for those wishing to question Dhoni and/or expand investigations. It contends that Dhoni was economical with the truth on the matter of Gurunath's role in Chennai Super Kings. Mudgal's report held that Gurunath, son-in-law of BCCI president N Srinivasan, was proved to be a team official of Chennai Super Kings and had indulged in betting and passing on information during IPL 2013, as alleged.

Establishing Gurunath's place in the CSK hierarchy was a crucial part of the committee's mandate because that in turn would point to how far, potentially, the rot could have spread. Was he just an "enthusiast", as his father-in-law famously described him, or did his role correspond more closely with the photographic, electronic and other evidence that suggested he was a central figure in the franchise?

In its report the committee said: "Mr MS Dhoni, Mr N Srinivasan and officials of India Cements took the stand that Mr Meiyappan, had nothing to do with the cricketing affairs of Chennai Super Kings and was a mere cricket enthusiast supporting CSK."

The report then referred to all the evidence it had examined, including the following:

"It came to light that Mr. Meiyappan would be with the team (CSK) during the practice sessions, would be present during team meetings, at the auction table, in the owners dug out, participated in the IPL owners meet, travelled with the team, participated in the IPL owners workshop representing himself to be the owner of CSK and held out to the world at large as the Team Principal/ Team Owner of CSK."

The committee's conclusion was similarly unambiguous:

"The Committee is of the considered opinion that Mr Gurunath Meiyappan formed an integral part of Chennai Super Kings and most persons viewed him as the face of the team. Though the de-jure ownership vests in India Cements, the Committee finds that Mr Meiyappan was in fact acting as a team official if not the defacto owner of CSK."

So more questions for Dhoni: What is the truth about Gurunath? If he was merely an enthusiast how did he enjoy privileges like chat with you on the field of play, sit in the team dugout, and attend IPL auctions? And while in the positions of privilege, what information did he have access to?

Dhoni may - and rightfully so - plead his inability to answer questions on those statements because the matter is sub judice. Yet that is a technicality. Dhoni is no ordinary cricketer; he is the captain of India in all formats, the team's most high-profile player, and arguably the game's highest earner globally. And now he has a cloud over his name, speculation surrounding his motives and methods. It is incumbent that his name be cleared, that the questions are answered.

It is out of step with reality and harmful for the credibility of the world's most powerful cricketer for him to maintain silence. His name needs to be cleared, by him or by his bosses. They will not be in contempt of court if they do so but they could be in contempt of the public if they do not.

Jayaditya Gupta is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo in India

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • tim_peace on February 26, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    Great article Mr Jayaditya! I had been patiently waiting for Cricinfo to respond to this part of the report and its been worth the wait. I do hope Dhoni clears the air about the allegations so that the cricket fan regains confidence and trust in a team which has been waning with the losses on foreign soil. Some people feel that the public and media should not judge them and hence avoid such situations. However the cricket fans who spend hours of nonredeemable time and money should know so that we don't lose faith in a game that we enjoy so much!

  • Leggie on February 27, 2014, 0:39 GMT

    Justice delayed is justice denied. For both Dhoni's and cricket's sake, the matter needs to be investigated soon and it's outcome shared with the public. The continued speculation is not doing anyone any good.

  • on February 26, 2014, 22:27 GMT

    MSD has done great for Indian cricket in all departments. He comes under fire by those who have never been successful at such a level and were able to make history for the Indian cricket. Here are some instances where MSD proves above all: a. After winning the World Cup 2011, MSD was always in the background and let Tendulkar steal the show during Victory March and even later, very rightfully. World cup would not have been won ( Final) MSD had performed in the final, Malinga knows that, though he is great bowler. b. Ganguly is considered the most successful captain out of India, but if you compare his records with MSD and which teams he has won and which team MSD lost to, you will know the fact. Just by beating Bangla desh, Zimbave is not winning the series. c. His running between the wickets is extraordinary, he takes more singles then any one elase and makes other follow, Ask Yuvraj.. how is running with MSD. I am in US but follow cricket... Good job MSD....

  • rizwan1981 on February 26, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    1, Why was the Police Cop transferred ''to the Railway police in Trichy, a provincial town 300km south of Chennai''

    2. What is Meiyappan doing in the dugout

    3. Why is Dhoni Talking to Meiyappan ?

    4.If the Meiyappan , the son -in-law of the BCCI chief Srinivasan is found guity of match fixing , what was the modus operandi ?

  • CricketChat on February 26, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    Dhoni has always come across as a street smart person and a player. Don't expect him to say anything that might incriminate him or his employers at any time. All said, he looks a spent force both as a cricketer and a captain. He did have his fair run at the top. Time for his teams (Ind and IPL) to look beyond him

  • CrickFreak2012 on February 26, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    Nice article Mr Gupta. Arguments aside, Dhoni knows the truth and he is supposed to tell the truth, but it will never happen. He himself has some issues regarding the ad agency held by him. Better we pass the mantle to other guys and let the team move forward.

  • SanjivAwesome on February 25, 2014, 21:01 GMT

    At last, a bold article in CricInfo.

    @ Ind_Cricket_fan - MSD's problem is perception about his involvement. The facts of the matter are less important. And the only way to clear perceptions is to provide open communications. He has, however, delayed his communications for too long already, thereby damaging how he is perceived. Can be come out and speak clearly in the next 2-3 weeks, before IPL starts? If he can, he might salvage some of his brand.

  • larafan400 on February 25, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    Just a comment on corruption in cricket in general: I really have no idea why -any- players are willing to risk getting involved in spot fixing after the high profile cases of Cronje and more recently Aamir/Butt/Asif. In all of those cases, their careers and reputations were irreparably tarnished.

    If anyone in this particular investigation is found guilty of being involved in some way, then I know that I (and probably millions of others) will no longer acknowledge or applaud any of their past and future (if any) performances.

  • Kteam on February 25, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    Thank you Jayaditya for bringing this question up. This is really good that we have people who are not blinded and ask the right questions.

    I only wish that the truth comes out -- one way or the other. It may not be the best thing to hear, but it should come out nonetheless. Till then, as fans, we owe the game to do something about it, and if that means to stop following the game for a while, that is what we must do. I appeal to all here : Please Do not support the team and the officials that do not support the game.

  • Ind_Cricket_fan on February 25, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    MSD is a legend. Shocking that media and the fans are also trying to malign his name. Dhoni has enough money and has no need to be corrupt or spoil his reputation. MSD has given his heart out and has batted only to win in so many matches. He is the main force behind India 's success in the recent years. These rude comments are injustice to him and what he has done to Indian cricket. Are you all going to believe if he clears his name? People will believe what they want to...

  • tim_peace on February 26, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    Great article Mr Jayaditya! I had been patiently waiting for Cricinfo to respond to this part of the report and its been worth the wait. I do hope Dhoni clears the air about the allegations so that the cricket fan regains confidence and trust in a team which has been waning with the losses on foreign soil. Some people feel that the public and media should not judge them and hence avoid such situations. However the cricket fans who spend hours of nonredeemable time and money should know so that we don't lose faith in a game that we enjoy so much!

  • Leggie on February 27, 2014, 0:39 GMT

    Justice delayed is justice denied. For both Dhoni's and cricket's sake, the matter needs to be investigated soon and it's outcome shared with the public. The continued speculation is not doing anyone any good.

  • on February 26, 2014, 22:27 GMT

    MSD has done great for Indian cricket in all departments. He comes under fire by those who have never been successful at such a level and were able to make history for the Indian cricket. Here are some instances where MSD proves above all: a. After winning the World Cup 2011, MSD was always in the background and let Tendulkar steal the show during Victory March and even later, very rightfully. World cup would not have been won ( Final) MSD had performed in the final, Malinga knows that, though he is great bowler. b. Ganguly is considered the most successful captain out of India, but if you compare his records with MSD and which teams he has won and which team MSD lost to, you will know the fact. Just by beating Bangla desh, Zimbave is not winning the series. c. His running between the wickets is extraordinary, he takes more singles then any one elase and makes other follow, Ask Yuvraj.. how is running with MSD. I am in US but follow cricket... Good job MSD....

  • rizwan1981 on February 26, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    1, Why was the Police Cop transferred ''to the Railway police in Trichy, a provincial town 300km south of Chennai''

    2. What is Meiyappan doing in the dugout

    3. Why is Dhoni Talking to Meiyappan ?

    4.If the Meiyappan , the son -in-law of the BCCI chief Srinivasan is found guity of match fixing , what was the modus operandi ?

  • CricketChat on February 26, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    Dhoni has always come across as a street smart person and a player. Don't expect him to say anything that might incriminate him or his employers at any time. All said, he looks a spent force both as a cricketer and a captain. He did have his fair run at the top. Time for his teams (Ind and IPL) to look beyond him

  • CrickFreak2012 on February 26, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    Nice article Mr Gupta. Arguments aside, Dhoni knows the truth and he is supposed to tell the truth, but it will never happen. He himself has some issues regarding the ad agency held by him. Better we pass the mantle to other guys and let the team move forward.

  • SanjivAwesome on February 25, 2014, 21:01 GMT

    At last, a bold article in CricInfo.

    @ Ind_Cricket_fan - MSD's problem is perception about his involvement. The facts of the matter are less important. And the only way to clear perceptions is to provide open communications. He has, however, delayed his communications for too long already, thereby damaging how he is perceived. Can be come out and speak clearly in the next 2-3 weeks, before IPL starts? If he can, he might salvage some of his brand.

  • larafan400 on February 25, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    Just a comment on corruption in cricket in general: I really have no idea why -any- players are willing to risk getting involved in spot fixing after the high profile cases of Cronje and more recently Aamir/Butt/Asif. In all of those cases, their careers and reputations were irreparably tarnished.

    If anyone in this particular investigation is found guilty of being involved in some way, then I know that I (and probably millions of others) will no longer acknowledge or applaud any of their past and future (if any) performances.

  • Kteam on February 25, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    Thank you Jayaditya for bringing this question up. This is really good that we have people who are not blinded and ask the right questions.

    I only wish that the truth comes out -- one way or the other. It may not be the best thing to hear, but it should come out nonetheless. Till then, as fans, we owe the game to do something about it, and if that means to stop following the game for a while, that is what we must do. I appeal to all here : Please Do not support the team and the officials that do not support the game.

  • Ind_Cricket_fan on February 25, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    MSD is a legend. Shocking that media and the fans are also trying to malign his name. Dhoni has enough money and has no need to be corrupt or spoil his reputation. MSD has given his heart out and has batted only to win in so many matches. He is the main force behind India 's success in the recent years. These rude comments are injustice to him and what he has done to Indian cricket. Are you all going to believe if he clears his name? People will believe what they want to...

  • Pickwick on February 25, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    Important article. This are explosive allegations and the sooner they are laid to rest the better for the future of Indian cricket.

  • Paul_Somerset on February 25, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    The extent of any corruption is almost always directly proportional to the wealth of the person involved. The richer you are, the greater the corruption needed to tempt you and make it worth your while.

  • greatestallrounder on February 25, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    This is worrying and needs to be cleared up quickly...a dark cloud hangs over one of our finest but AndyZaltzmansHair's comments should be noted and, particularly, I'm afraid, those in regards to Hanse Cronje. Fingers crossed that this is just someone up to mischief. We cannot know until the facts emerrge so fingers crossed that MSD's reputation survives a forensic review of the relevant facts.

  • TRAM on February 25, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    Let me try second time with cricinfo with different wordings: It is not for the innocent to prove not guilty. It is for those who accuse to prove a person is guilty. This is fundamental right in any democratic country. Jayaditya Gupta should have addressed the right of the citizens to remain silent. There is nothing Dhoni needs to speak when he is not guilty.

  • amk23 on February 25, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    MSD ... we need some talk from you. You might be waiting for court to decide and inquiry to be completed but by that time you might be crusified in Media court and you might loose all the credibility you earned over the years.

  • on February 25, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    Thank you Cricinfo. A step towards unbiasedness.

  • cnksnk on February 25, 2014, 14:54 GMT

    MSD may or may not know the truth about the ownership of CSK. He is the Captain of the team and yes Gurunath was seen in all the IPL matches and bidding other than the first year. Atleast for lay man like me it was clear that he was acting like the owner. However that does not make MSD culpable of knowing the ownership. I am sure Dravid does not know the actual ownership of RR even though Shilpa Setty and family are publicly seen. Infact as cricketers they may not even care who the owner is. Also even though his name was mentioned by the police officer it certainly needs to be be probed and MSD should be considered and is innocent till proven other wise. After these are the words of a booky whose reputation is what it is. On fixing of the RR , CSk match, I am finding it hard to believe that 2 captains with the finest reputations while playing on the field viz MSD and RD would have even been approached to fix. Strange logic and difficult to believe.i

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on February 25, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    There are some hilariously bad comments here from people who should know better. The argument that Dhoni is rich and powerful and therefore can't possibly be corrupt is the logic of either a 4 year old or a corrupt person. I don't care if Dhoni is innocent or guilty but the silly assumptions need to go away. Remember people used to say Hansie Cronje couldn't be guilty because he's a god fearing man... yeah. Less with silly logic.

  • crindex on February 25, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    IPL is a club cricket .Club sports is traditionally meant for gambling all over the world - be it Cricket or football or base ball in the US. Only difference is that in India sports gambling is illegal while its legal all over the world. This simple point is magnified to such a great extent while some of the cricketers who betrayed the country when they were playing for India are roaming scott free and one of them has even managed to be a commentator these days !!!

  • RapidCommentsPlz on February 25, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    Well it's pretty hilarious that the richest cricketr in the world and the 15th richest athelete is being accused of fixing. It's not dhoni who is fixing the match but the media who is allegedly trying their best to fix him in their net. They know pretty well that he is too powerful for that. don't they? @mrd1911 yep he is one of the most respected cricketers bcoz he has what is called the sports spirit!!

  • Atticus100 on February 25, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    Dhoni needs to step away from Captaincy. Despite all these losses, if he is still holding to his Captaincy, then there seems to be reasons for these allegations.

  • AtticusFinch on February 25, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    Dhoni needs to introspect. Does he need all this? He has made enough money from the game and now needs to stand up and be counted.

  • keerthitommy on February 25, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    Dhoni will never cheat anybody or anyone.It is the media that is trying to make some bad names to him

  • mrd1911 on February 25, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    @Posted by srinideva on (February 25, 2014, 8:10 GMT) " He is most respected cricketer in the world..." In India maybe. In the world? That just might be stretching things a bit, don't you think?

  • sunilvaidya on February 25, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    really is it so difficult to understand what the poster meant about msd sacrifices? of course it means that he has given his heart and soul to the game of cricket...and tried to excel as a player ...batsman wicket keeper and captain as a ambassador of the game...his conduct as a captain and as a player...his total dedication and commitment...

    that is what the poster meant when he said how much msd has sacrificed....

  • srinideva on February 25, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    Some of fans here must grow up before making baseless comment against MSD. He is most respected cricketer in the world and Indian team at the moment. If someone mentioned the name of Dhoni in the report that doesn`t mean he is accused of something. Media is trying to get something out of this. Poor man done everything for this country and the Indian fans bashing him just bcos he is not selected their fav player in the indian team.

  • on February 25, 2014, 7:53 GMT

    Fijicricket, I am not talking about country I am talking about the game spirit, I dont care how much Pakistni or indian player make thats not my business we are talking about the game spirit here, I have already mentioned that MSD is a great player. I have also said that charges are yet to be proven, no need to be personal this is a debate on game not on india pak players earning.

  • KishorKumar25 on February 25, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    Somebody commented: Why Dhoni should speak up? He has sacrificed so much .

    Man what has he sacrificed, kindly enlighten us.

  • Naresh28 on February 25, 2014, 7:40 GMT

    Aw come on - Dhoni earns enough money from the game and I doubt he is involved. Match fixing is more for players who are not getting anything big and their future does not look rosy. He has won so much from ODI man of the match awards.

  • on February 25, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    Well no doubt that MSD is a great player, but that doesn't mean that if some body is great or a key member of any side he should be allowed to bring the game into disrepute though the charges are yet to be proven, but the role of BCCI is very suspicious they should bring all those involved in fixing accountable, or peoples like me who once had a passion for the game will no longer care about this cricket game.

  • on February 25, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    @Nrs Veda.: Dhoni has "sacrificed" ?????

  • IHateBIG3 on February 25, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    These are the eventualities of polluting the game with the lust for money. What has Indian cricket earned from IPL? Batsmen(India always had)? Bowlers??? big NO. ONLY MONEY: along with these controversies. And now BIG3... Ah! To me, the country that will be hurt most from such non democratic proposals (with only intention of earning more and more money) is India

  • on February 25, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    it's very unfortunate and a grave injustice to give any importance to these unverified claims ... these people may be doing so to involve dhoni and save themselves .. or just to use his name for publicity .. i don't think it' correct to question a player who has done so much for indian cricket in the last 10 years and always has played the game in the right spirit ... it's not dhoni's imperative to give explanations asking to believe in him , it's our responsibility to believe in him , it's his choice to let people think what they do believing any tom dick or harry's allegations ...

  • cricketsubh on February 25, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    dhoni won world cup champions trophy t20 world cup in india test cricket is not fav format every ones knows that and dhoni also knows that in india if win odi series every one forget what happen in test so why dhoni be worried about his test captainship .

  • on February 25, 2014, 5:22 GMT

    Why Dhoni should speak up? He has sacrificed so much and yet he is hated by many one in India and outside India.

    They(Bangalore-Bombay-Delhi) are baying for his blood. Let them enjoy. Only Time will tell the importance of Dhoni to Indian Cricket.

    I hope, Cricinfo publish this comments.

  • on February 25, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan I find it hard to say this, considering the rivalry we have with India. But Dhoni (along with Sachin and Dravid) are the two Indian cricketers I love and respect. It would be sad if his hands are dirty. But in that case he should be banned from Cricket. The law should apply equally to all.

  • on February 25, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    Absolutely Bang on. He is the most iconic Player India has and millions silently pray that this is not true. So he has a responsibility of letting people know his stance.

    But SOmehow I feel, he has been left out of the Team as BCCI knows his name is going to crop up on March 7 ruling. Keeping fingers crossed !

  • on February 25, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    Everybody in this world wants to know dhoni, criticize him and the world media people take a dig at him,why is the press , ex cricketers from india , abroad, want to have a go at him, why,is it jealousy , hatred or they want attention from this man.Even Barack Obama does not get so much attention then this man. I feel sorry for him any tom dick and harry without a qualification in journalism gets after him why. Leave him alone the day he wants to speak he will , he is legend .

  • ramz30380 on February 25, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    MSD is my fav player and its disheartening to see his name being tarnished like this. I will support him no matter what, but I agree with the author that to shut people gossiping about him and his so called "vested interest" he must come out to the open like how Dravid did! Just one frank one on one interview with the media wud do.... or he can make a media statement and just read it... come out MSD and speak for urself!

  • Sunman81 on February 25, 2014, 3:54 GMT

    Jayaditya Gupta, I agree with your views. It's just about time Dhoni clears his name and avoid evading media by sending a junior players to the pre-match press meets. His bizarre team selections and unimaginable backing of certain players definitely raises doubts...We all want MSD to speak out!

  • Sunman81 on February 25, 2014, 3:54 GMT

    Jayaditya Gupta, I agree with your views. It's just about time Dhoni clears his name and avoid evading media by sending a junior players to the pre-match press meets. His bizarre team selections and unimaginable backing of certain players definitely raises doubts...We all want MSD to speak out!

  • ramz30380 on February 25, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    MSD is my fav player and its disheartening to see his name being tarnished like this. I will support him no matter what, but I agree with the author that to shut people gossiping about him and his so called "vested interest" he must come out to the open like how Dravid did! Just one frank one on one interview with the media wud do.... or he can make a media statement and just read it... come out MSD and speak for urself!

  • on February 25, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    Everybody in this world wants to know dhoni, criticize him and the world media people take a dig at him,why is the press , ex cricketers from india , abroad, want to have a go at him, why,is it jealousy , hatred or they want attention from this man.Even Barack Obama does not get so much attention then this man. I feel sorry for him any tom dick and harry without a qualification in journalism gets after him why. Leave him alone the day he wants to speak he will , he is legend .

  • on February 25, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    Absolutely Bang on. He is the most iconic Player India has and millions silently pray that this is not true. So he has a responsibility of letting people know his stance.

    But SOmehow I feel, he has been left out of the Team as BCCI knows his name is going to crop up on March 7 ruling. Keeping fingers crossed !

  • on February 25, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan I find it hard to say this, considering the rivalry we have with India. But Dhoni (along with Sachin and Dravid) are the two Indian cricketers I love and respect. It would be sad if his hands are dirty. But in that case he should be banned from Cricket. The law should apply equally to all.

  • on February 25, 2014, 5:22 GMT

    Why Dhoni should speak up? He has sacrificed so much and yet he is hated by many one in India and outside India.

    They(Bangalore-Bombay-Delhi) are baying for his blood. Let them enjoy. Only Time will tell the importance of Dhoni to Indian Cricket.

    I hope, Cricinfo publish this comments.

  • cricketsubh on February 25, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    dhoni won world cup champions trophy t20 world cup in india test cricket is not fav format every ones knows that and dhoni also knows that in india if win odi series every one forget what happen in test so why dhoni be worried about his test captainship .

  • on February 25, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    it's very unfortunate and a grave injustice to give any importance to these unverified claims ... these people may be doing so to involve dhoni and save themselves .. or just to use his name for publicity .. i don't think it' correct to question a player who has done so much for indian cricket in the last 10 years and always has played the game in the right spirit ... it's not dhoni's imperative to give explanations asking to believe in him , it's our responsibility to believe in him , it's his choice to let people think what they do believing any tom dick or harry's allegations ...

  • IHateBIG3 on February 25, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    These are the eventualities of polluting the game with the lust for money. What has Indian cricket earned from IPL? Batsmen(India always had)? Bowlers??? big NO. ONLY MONEY: along with these controversies. And now BIG3... Ah! To me, the country that will be hurt most from such non democratic proposals (with only intention of earning more and more money) is India

  • on February 25, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    @Nrs Veda.: Dhoni has "sacrificed" ?????