World T20 2014

Dhoni avoids media before World T20

Amol Karhadkar

March 13, 2014

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MS Dhoni with Duncan Fletcher at a press conference in Colombo, July 18, 2012
MS Dhoni and Duncan Fletcher will not address the customary media conference before flying out for the World T20 Manoj Ridimahaliyadda / © ESPNcricinfo Ltd
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MS Dhoni will leave on Friday morning for the World T20 without holding the customary pre-departure media conference. This is the second time in three weeks that the Indian team will fly out for an overseas series without addressing the national media.

Dhoni has returned to the national side after missing the Asia Cup due to a side strain that he suffered during India's tour of New Zealand earlier this year. Virat Kohli, who led India during the Asia Cup in Dhoni's absence, had also given the national media a skip before the team left for Dhaka on February 23.

Traditionally, the India captain and coach interact with the media prior to departure for every overseas assignment. However, the BCCI's decision to not organise an interaction for the second time in succession comes as a surprise, especially with the trying circumstances Indian cricket finds itself in.

The Indian team has had a forgettable last three months, extending their poor run away from home during the tours to South Africa and New Zealand, and then failing to qualify for the Asia Cup final. The team's lack of success away from home has raised questions over coach Duncan Fletcher¹s role, with former captain Sunil Gavaskar asking for Fletcher to be replaced with Rahul Dravid.

Even off the field, Indian cricket is struggling to recover from the IPL corruption scandal. A Supreme Court-appointed panel found that Gurunath Meiyappan, the son-in-law of BCCI president N Srinivasan, bet during matches in the 2013 IPL. Justice Mukul Mudgal, the chief of the panel, has submitted a sealed envelope to the court, which reportedly includes names of several current India players who need to be investigated for their role in corrupt activities.

Neither Fletcher nor Dhoni have spoken about the corruption scandal so far. In the wake of this, the BCCI's decision not to organise a press conference is even more baffling.

However, BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel played down the issue. "The only reason for not organising a media conference before the team¹s departure is because the captain will address the media soon after landing in Dhaka, as per the ICC protocol," he said.

Last year, Dhoni and Fletcher had addressed the media before heading to England for the Champions Trophy, though Dhoni refrained from answering questions on the IPL corruption scandal.

This will perhaps be the first time that the Indian team will leave for an ICC event without addressing the media at home. Barring the inaugural World T20 in 2007 when most of the team members, including captain Dhoni, left for South Africa after the completion of the tour to England, the BCCI has always facilitated the coach and captain's interaction with the media.

However, over the last couple of years, the BCCI has started shielding the players from the media. While Fletcher is believed to have a clause in his contract to keep his interaction with the media to a minimum, the BCCI's constitution bans selectors from speaking to the media.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (March 15, 2014, 12:36 GMT)

My team for the match against pakistan..

Dhawan, Rahane, Kohli, Yuvi, Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Mishra, Bhuvi, Shami

If 6 batters cannot bat for 20 overs, then there is no way we are going to win matches..

I have included Rahane instead of Rohit owing to his better fielding skills..

Posted by   on (March 14, 2014, 18:35 GMT)

@Abhijet_Manohar, Dear friend I agreed what you are pointing out. Rohit played Stayn 16 balls without a single run. But can you see the overall baground. After nonstop playing in Indian flat tracks hoew can any batsman perform immediately? Indian team shifted from Kanpur to Wanders in just 4 days. Rohit gave rightely respect to the great fast bowler. Unfortunately he got runout in that game, otherwise the match result might have different, cse for the batsmen like Rohit can raise runrate in 4/5 overs at their will. And please remember it was Rohits first appearence in SA. All batsmen struggeled in these conditions playing for the first time. Remember Gavaskar. After scoring 774 runs in debue against WI, failed to score in his next series in England. Pujara failed in his first appearence in SA. In NZ tour Rohit scored 2 important knocks. In first test 72 & match saving 31 not out in second. In ODIs Rohit scored 4,20,39,79 & 4 which is not bad atall where Dhavan, Rahane failed in all ODI

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 14, 2014, 18:29 GMT)

@ immi2711...i found you only the guy (from Pakistan) having positive thinking towards Indian cricket here, and you said the real thing, yes media did not like both Misba and Dhoni....thank you for your view

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 14, 2014, 17:53 GMT)

@ immi2711...i found you only the guy (from Pakistan) having positive thinking towards Indian cricket here, and you said the real thing, yes media did not like both Misba and Dhoni....thank you for your view

Posted by   on (March 14, 2014, 15:30 GMT)

Dears I would like to add whether you play in sub-continent or outside .Experience is going to play a crucial role,see whenever a team wins World Cup say 1992 Pakistan( (Imran,Waqar,Wasim,Moin)in australia,1996 ( Arjuna,Murali,De silva,Sanath..) in Asia,2011 India Gambhir,Sachin,Zaheer,Dhoni..)in India.Selectors have to make a blend of selection,which is missing out in the Present team ,which is primarliy occupied by Chennai and Mumbai IPL teams,which is wrong..I would like to add hitting sixes in 20 balls will not solve the purpose for India while loosing so many dot balls bu opener called Rohit Sharma.Poor Team selection .Anyway best of luck Dhoni,Chennai and Mumbai Team.Please play for India ...

Posted by Abhijeth_Manohar on (March 14, 2014, 15:17 GMT)

@Anand Palwankar - I remember Rohit not able to score off for 16 balls against SA ODI late last year. What are you talking about?

He didn't do anything in New Zealand so yea, guess he's living up to your promise

Posted by   on (March 14, 2014, 14:18 GMT)

For India Rohit Sharma is going to be very curtail batsman. As we observing him since SA tour, he don't have any weak point in his batting. He drives well, handles short ball very well. In Asia cup against Pakistan he was just superb. He faced Junaid and Gul verwell. Even Ajmal couldn't stop him. After got promoted as an opener we are getting best of Rohit Sharma. Coming down the order was just waste of talent. Watched hitting sixes to worlds top most bowlers like Johnson, Maccay, Messy, Sauthy, Morkel etc. It was really treat to watch that. He is guy regularly facing critics against him. But still going strong enough. This is because fans always wants something special from him. Dhavan, Rahane, Virat too failed frequently but Rohit is targeted because only fans want special performance from him always. This is good sign too for India. Along with Shikhar if India gets start over 50 runs in say about 5/6 overs, Virat, Yuvi, Raina, Dhoni can take charge afterwords. Come on Rohit. ATB

Posted by immi2711 on (March 14, 2014, 14:11 GMT)

From Pakistan > I dont understand why Indian & media dont admire Dhoni, I am a huge fan, and he is probably the best captain the world has produced in the last 20-25 years. It is not just his cricket abilities, but his demeanour, his attitude, his speaking skills as a captain, are very admiring. This is what you look for in a captain. In Pakistan, Misbah has turned out to be a pretty good captain, it is not just your cricket skills, but your character should also show you are a leader material....and both Misbah and Dhoni have showed class, and still media and ppl dont respect them, it is sad....

In anycase, putting patriotism aside, India will win the match against Pak, simply becuase of better batsmen and Pak bowling is really ordinary right now...AAAAND Dhoni will just strengthen the middle of the pack....

Posted by ntalgeri on (March 14, 2014, 11:48 GMT)

I like Kinathi's 11 with one change - I would replace Mohit sharma with Amit Mishra. 4 seam up bowlers on flat decks in Bangladesh will not be a good idea. Shami, Bhuvi, 2 spinners (Jadeja + Mishra) , Binny as the seaming all-rounder and then the part timers (Yuvi. Raina and Kohli) should be a decent bowling unit and a pretty attacking batting unit.

Posted by thinkgood on (March 14, 2014, 11:44 GMT)

The sensational and hype driven Indian media deserves this treatment after their shabby treatment of Dhoni and Fletcher. Good job .

Posted by Muraleemohanan on (March 14, 2014, 10:29 GMT)

I know rohit is not a good Test player & as an Opener but he is a great player late down the order in limited over cricket. Indian batting looks very good since after the return of yuvi and raina.Bowling is a bit concern...

My team is dhawan.dhoni..kohli...yuvraj..raina..rohit...jadeja...ashwin...mishra..shami..bhuvi..

Posted by HawksEyeFocused on (March 14, 2014, 10:13 GMT)

India is clearly favourite to be out of the tournament even before qualifying to the second round. Their club level bowlers will be thrown out of the park. I don't think they would win even a single match against the test playing countries.

Posted by Ajay_999 on (March 14, 2014, 10:08 GMT)

I would fancy India's chances in the world t-20. India has a long list of strikers, and spinners who can contain runs at times. It's the pace battery that is weak. Shami shud be playing with mohit sharma...yuvi and raina can fill for the fifth bowler. this wud enhance batting power. rohit shud never be playing at the top, takes 2 much time 2 settle regarding dhoni and the press conference, dhoni shudnt be blamed on the whole for this, it might be bcci doesn't want him to talk due to their poor performance / ipl scandals of late.

Posted by Champagne_Cricket on (March 14, 2014, 9:00 GMT)

It seems that BCCI is hiding its face by not allowing the captain to interact with the media. It is quite rightly so, with the pathetic display of the team in SA, Australia and Bangladesh, as well as the corruption within BCCI, involving IPL, it is not rocket science that they want to hide their face in shame. In a way its good for the Indian team that the usual fanfare and arrogance that they show when heading for a tournament has stopped. Gives the players a reality check and definitely help them focus and get on with the game. The sooner they realise their weaknesses the better for the team. Because otherwise, pretty soon they would be fighting it out with Bangladesh and Zimbabwe to be the best amongst the last 3.

Posted by truecric_fan on (March 14, 2014, 8:23 GMT)

India is clearly the favorites. We are the Kings of T20. With IPL greats like Kohli, Raina, Sharma, Dhoni and Dhawan and decent bowling attack from Shami, Jaddu and Ashwin it will be tough to beat this team. I hope MSD stops being biased and gives a fair chance to young Binny.

Posted by wapuser on (March 14, 2014, 8:09 GMT)

My 11 team...dhawan..rohit..kohli...yuvraj..raina...dhoni..jadeja...ashwin...mishra..shami..bhuvi..

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (March 14, 2014, 7:16 GMT)

Ind are anyway w/o much of a chance . They struggle vs good spin/pace and are 1 of the worst in bowling /fielding. Aus,SL,Pak are too strong and the favs. anyway.

Posted by   on (March 14, 2014, 7:12 GMT)

Had Dhoni fielded questions, it would have all been about IPL betting scandal and not really about WT20. And about the forgettable run, show me a team other than Australia (That too recently) that has been doing well on away tours! Move on... Stop Whining.. Well Done Dhoni and Team.. show them their place..

Posted by 504429641 on (March 14, 2014, 6:50 GMT)

@Kinathi Vaikkath Rani - 4 pacers / medium pacers and only 1 spinner??? The world cup is in Bangladesh and not in SA/Aus/NZ. I would say two spinners is a must. 3 spinners is also fine as tested during Asia cup. Amit Mishra should be included at any cost. My five bowlers are: 1) Jaddu 2) Ashwin/Binny 3) Mishra 4) Bhuvi 5) Shami

Posted by   on (March 14, 2014, 5:56 GMT)

My 11 would be full of surprises , No Ashwin means we can accommodate Lot of allrounders and keep the balance in the team. Binny can bowl seam up and can tank the ball whenever needed. So we have 3 bowlers one medium pace 1 spinner and Part time option of Yuvi and Raina.

I am not going to take ROHIT and ASHWIN.

1)Rahane 2)Dhawan 3)Kohli 4)Dhoni 5)Yuvi 6)Raina 7)Jadeja 8)Binny 9)Bhuvi 10)Mohit 11)Shami

Posted by Udendra on (March 14, 2014, 5:47 GMT)

oh please. This media should stop whining. don't you remember? they are one of the "big3"

Posted by   on (March 14, 2014, 5:30 GMT)

We all applauded Dhoni for his WC victory. I guess Fletcher has influenced Dhoni in being defensive. We have never seen Dhoni in this mindset ever..can anyone recollect, before the Fletcher Era....

Posted by Srivathsan_Sridharan on (March 14, 2014, 5:16 GMT)

@Venkat_Gowrishankar: Agree completely. It is not Dhoni who avoided the media. it is the BCCI who did not want to take any questions from the media. There is no point in pin-pointing Dhoni for all.

Posted by ramz30380 on (March 14, 2014, 5:01 GMT)

@Venkat_Gowrishankar Well said!!! Cant agree more.... News channels and journalists today are bent upon bringing down the Indian captain.

@usernames Agree with you too! In a way its good that he didnt have a media conference as the press today seem to do anything to make news - some dont even bother abt wht a negative impact it can have on the national side representing the country!!! They only seem to bother about their TRP ratings and advt rankings!!!

Posted by   on (March 14, 2014, 4:55 GMT)

Binny is T 20 player bhuvi place he will gett chance

Posted by Aspraso on (March 14, 2014, 4:41 GMT)

Dhoni sat out of Asia cup -- (1) did he undergo and pass a fitness test before being eligible for selection again? NO (2) or did he and his cover-up cronies simply pass him fit again. YES (3) Did he play any matches to prove his fitness before being eligible for selections? NO

Posted by Dheeraj_Chowdhary on (March 14, 2014, 4:37 GMT)

@Venkat_Gowrishankar: Agree with you totally there! With the current performance of the Indian team and the angst of the fans, Cricinfo could do without pinning the captain down like this! Its like my organization having a ban on discussing workplace in the social media and me being blamed for it!

Posted by   on (March 14, 2014, 4:11 GMT)

I hope dhoni & co take this tournament as a warm-up for ipl 7.

Posted by Inspector_Clouseau on (March 14, 2014, 3:47 GMT)

Media should not be counterproductive. WT20 is important and he shouldn't be distracted from it with your questions aimed at sensationalizing IPL issues. Yes, it is important that he speak about it but it can wait until after the tournament. Ask your questions then. Be responsible. Think of what is good for the country rather than how many more copies you can sell.

Posted by   on (March 14, 2014, 3:37 GMT)

As the former Media Manager for Sri Lanka Cricket, I can understand the frustration the media is going through when officials and players turn a blind eye towards institutions that spread the gospel of Cricket. Indian media has always been very supportive of team India. why have this negative attitude towards the Media. In my experience as a media personality for over two decades, I noticed with regret, players when they are in reckoning for national call are very friendly with the media, and we too hype them and support them . After they achieve their ambition we media men become cartoons and poor relations. I think M.S and company have secrets that will get shy away from the media.

Posted by satchander on (March 14, 2014, 2:56 GMT)

India cannot win with the current team set-up. Honestly Yuvraj and Raina still playing in this team speaks volumes about how much past records are given importance in Indian cricket !

Posted by   on (March 14, 2014, 1:46 GMT)

Coz Dhoni knew, If you dont have anything good to say, Shut up.

Posted by   on (March 14, 2014, 0:13 GMT)

my indiansquad for the20 1) dhavan 2) kohli 3)sharma 4) yuvi 5) raina 6)dhoni 7)jadu 8)I pandey 9)ashawin 10)bhuvi 11)shami if they use this squad theywill100% win

Posted by rohanblue on (March 13, 2014, 23:31 GMT)

the talent of Rohit sharma is like smell of flower, every can feel it, bt no one can see it.....

Posted by terencemine on (March 13, 2014, 22:45 GMT)

Dhawan, Rahane, Kohli, Rohit, Yuvi, Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja, Mishra, Bhuvi, Shami

Rahane has done well for RR at #1, while Rohit for MI at #4. Ashwin is economical, so is Mishra. Ashwin can bat, and arguably, so can Mishra; besides, there's enough juice in batting line up already and we need wickets. Mishra has the knack to pick 'em in successive overs.

It's a pressure game first up against Pakistan. Test of character, temperament and grabbing key moments.

Yuvi-Raina combo is the X-factor; if they strike form, India could be unstoppable. Besides not always Dhoni and the bottom pack are gonna hit those winning runs; that's as good as hoping Kohli scoring a ton every ODI, much like Sachin.

Posted by kc69 on (March 13, 2014, 22:41 GMT)

Dhoni is matured enough to handle media but is media matured enough to leave Dhoni alone?, On a lighter note if they (Indian media) really want interaction why dont they ask Mr.Afridi to come down to India on his way to Dhaka for a press conference, I m sure he will be quite entertaining.

Posted by   on (March 13, 2014, 21:53 GMT)

oh well he did or team india so what get over it

Posted by Omarrz on (March 13, 2014, 21:22 GMT)

Prominent players, hmmm? I think Kohli, Raina, Ashwin are the biggest suspects!

Posted by   on (March 13, 2014, 20:38 GMT)

Indian obsessions with all rounders is going to be their downfall once again. The balance of the team is scarified due to this obsession, which leaves a weaker bowling attack.

How many all rounders does India needs?? 1-Dhoni, 2- Jadeja 3- Ashwin, 4-Yuvraj???

Posted by correctcall on (March 13, 2014, 20:34 GMT)

Insipid performances with on-field cricket and off-field administration makes India look defensive and weak - not the stance of a nation that continually tells the world it provides 80%.the sport's revenue. The buck stops with Srinivasan and it is time India shone a very bright torch on his actions and decisions. Fingers crossed that the Supreme Court will start that process with its 25 March decision on IPL corruption. The global cricket community is very uncomfortable seeing both the ICC and the BCCI led by someone who is perceived to be too close to scandal. Hiding from the press simply enhances that discomfort.

Posted by IndianSRTfan on (March 13, 2014, 20:19 GMT)

@wapuser: Who's 'we'??? On another forum where Afridi has claimed PAK to be 'the best limited overs side', your comment reads something like,".....go green shirts go afridi stunn (sic) the indians once again" After NZ won, you said, in response to another comment, you said, "we(NZ) crushed you (India)....." Does your definition for 'we' change depending on who wins against whom?

Posted by   on (March 13, 2014, 19:56 GMT)

@Wapuser - for a T20 you need 6 specialist batsmen backed by Dhoni, Jadeja & Ashwin - man get real. With Ashwin & Jadeja being 2 bowlers, go with another 3 seamers, 5 batsmen & Dhoni. If 5 batsmen supported by Dhoni, Jadeja & Ashwin can't score enough runs we don't deserve to win in any case. 11 - Dhawan, Rahane, Kohli, 2 of Yuvi / Raina / Sharma, Dhoni, 2 of Jadeja / Ashwin / Mishra 3 of Bhuvi / Shami / Panday / Yadav / Mohit.

Posted by Venkat_Gowrishankar on (March 13, 2014, 19:34 GMT)

The article's heading reads ' Dhoni avoids media before World T20 ' is a flawed heading. This is not journalism of good quality. It should be titled as ' Team India avoids media before World T20 ' - You are citing that an individual avoided the media by his own choice - How true is that , maybe Dhoni wanted to talk but BCCI / Team management prevented him. Are there any specific reports which clealy cite that Dhoni himself avoided the media? . Offlate I have been observing that article headings are becoming irrelevant.

Posted by ramz30380 on (March 13, 2014, 18:07 GMT)

Whts the fuss if the BCCI doesnt organise a media interaction - fair enough that they will do it once they land in Dhaka which is likely to happen tomorrow! I cant see why ppl want to make an issue out of nothing!!!!

Posted by usernames on (March 13, 2014, 18:01 GMT)

Well, no, not really a surprise given the kind of media we have. They will ask ridiculous questions and then expect a sane answer. If he gives a sane answer, he will be termed too boring, trying to avoid media questions, etcetera, and if gives answers that are explosive -- which is as likely as the sun rising from the west tomorrow -- we will blame him for doing so right before a major tournament.

So, given the kind of media we have, it makes total sense to keep communication to the minimum possible. He is going to talk to the media after he lands in Bangladesh, isn't he? Why do it 200 times then? Just to give the journalists more time to ask ridiculous questions and then speculate?

Posted by myStraightTalk on (March 13, 2014, 18:00 GMT)

Indian team under Dhoni cannot win. Dhoni & Fletcher are week,defensive and are afraid to take bold decision.

Posted by wapuser on (March 13, 2014, 17:59 GMT)

I think sehwag and gambhir are still better horses for us and shikhar dhawan is still in his early stages for us to believe in him and Rohith sharma is packed with lots of skill and should be placed in middle order and rahane should open. Dinesh karthik is best and suited for t20 and my best xi are

Rahane shikhar kohli yuvraj Rohith raina/dinesh karthik Dhoni jadeja ashwin shami( Must and should) Ishwar pandey/bhuvi

Posted by   on (March 13, 2014, 17:59 GMT)

seems that weak bowling group in Asia Cup still exsist in the team...

Posted by gauravm5 on (March 13, 2014, 17:56 GMT)

I m waiting to see when BCCI would avoid Duncan Fletcher. I can be a better coach.

Posted by   on (March 13, 2014, 17:36 GMT)

My XI for the world t20 1) dhawan 2) rahane 3) kohli 4) raina 5) yuvraj 6) dhoni 7)jadeja 8) ashwin 9) b kumar 10) mishra 11) m shami

Posted by   on (March 13, 2014, 17:30 GMT)

My side aftr india's failure in the upcoming world t20...

Ajinkya rehane shikar dhawan virak kholi pujara Ravidra Jadeja Dhoni Ashwin kuldeep Yadav jasprit bumrah Mohamed shami Anureet Sing

Posted by   on (March 13, 2014, 17:28 GMT)

We need to. Pick our teams by performance and not by age and favoritism as we have been doing since few months. People like rohit sharma and Vijay need to make way for gambhir and manoj tiwari to start with.

Posted by   on (March 13, 2014, 17:26 GMT)

Its going to be the same old replies from Dhoni..Death Bowling needs improvement, we need to know where to put the yorkers blah blah blah....Hope they perform and then do the talking...all d best team india....

Posted by Browndynamite7 on (March 13, 2014, 17:19 GMT)

Bit unrelated but why isn't Irfan Pathan in the team? he has a great record in T20, he would come in handy with both bat and bowl especially with his ability to swing the ball both ways. My ideal India XI for the World T20 would be:

Rohit Sharma, Shikar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Irfan Pathan, Jadeja, Ashwin, Mishra, Shami

Posted by   on (March 13, 2014, 17:17 GMT)

India squad for WT20: MS Dhoni (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Stuart Binny, Amit Mishra, Mohit Sharma and Varun Aaron. with this team india can win?????

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