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what about you dhoni...?

by straight point

according to this news dhoni has allegedly told his team mates in no uncertain terms that whoever feels fatigued...is carrying niggles...or injury should take/opt for rest...coz from now on he won't tolerate team's performance affected by any of these reasons...

"If rest is the cure for an injury, a cricketer ought to opt for it rather than let fatigue or niggle become a major setback to him and to the team," he reportedly said.

nice dhoni...nice to know that you have started acting and made yourself clear...

but as they say charity begins at home...why not start with yourself first...if i remember correctly you have been carrying a back problem on your back for quite some time...

why not first take rest and opt out for a well deserved break before preaching to others...?

wouldn't it set leading from back...err front example in team...no...?

oh...got it...these are one-dayers...not tests...right dhoni...??!!!

20 comments:

Q said...

If I am right then Dhoni did opt out of the Windies tour but the BCCI and Kirsten begged him to go because there was no one else to captain...

straight point said...

i dint hear this news or you are quoting fake ipl player here... ;-)

Q said...

Oh is that where I read it? Oops..

Yenjie said...

Lets all get off Dhoni's back, shall we? (no pun intended)

scorpicity said...

Good Question... But the real question is why not take that break in the champions league or the IPL... Why on national commitments.

As I vouch for every time, that stupid tournament is way too long and the duration is pointless for the outcome of sheer sporting factors.

Rayden said...

To be fair to Dhoni, he informed BCCI before the world T20 that he had too many blisters in his hand and had a bad back because of which he wanted Dinesh Karthick in the team as a wicket keeper and he himself would play as a batsman. It seems BCCI told him to either play as wicket keeper captain or not play at all.

I dont blame Dhoni's injuries - now only if he could stop sudden stupidity on the field in his captaincy or keep trying to come at number 3 when the going is good or the winning runs are to be scored, then Dhoni would be back in my good books.

Yenjie said...

What sheer sporting factors are at work in this 4 one-day match series in the West Indies at the height of summer for a team that has not had a real break in the past 18 months? At what point does the national commitment become counterproductive to the national interest?

Hani said...

It shouldn't matter what the BCCI tells Dhoni, his is the captain of the team and if he feels that his injuries will not allow him to perform at his best, in turn affecting his team's performance, he should sit this series out.

If indeed Dhoni was forced into this series by the BCCI, it gives us an indication of how weak Dhoni is as captain. The guy can't even give his aching body some rest until the board grants him permission to.

Or it could be a sign of insecurity on Dhoni's part. Maybe, he feels that in the aftermath of such an abysmal performance at the T20, if another captain comes in a does well, his position might be put in jeopardy.

Either way, I agree with scorpiocity, one should take a break during the IPL or the Champions League, and not during the national commitments. If I was an Indian fan, I would be worried about the priorities of my players.

straight point said...

"Lets all get off Dhoni's back, shall we?"

if only it improves his back problem yenjie... :) but not it requires rest. period.

straight point said...

scorpy bcci has clearly stated that whoever feels rest is needed can opt for it...its the insecurity of players who is letting them dragging their bodies...

personal interest has taken over national interest way before we knew it...

straight point said...

rayden...

i am yet to see a news or an article confirming that its bcci who forced him to...

i think we all have started believing fake more than he deserves... :)

straight point said...

yenjie...

thats good point...the wi series in itself is big farce...

not only dhoni every member of team needs break...from cricket...

sometimes its better that way...

straight point said...

i agree hani with you on dhoni taking rest on his own if he feels that he wont be able to carry on with duties...

having said that i am not sure on him being weak captain...he has always voiced his opinion in selections...team management and seems to know what he wants...

Late Inswing said...

Its a combination of two things - player insecurity and the fact that the next circus starts only in September and "Enough time to recover" route.

As I see it, the BCCI missed a trick. They could have compulsorily 'rested' Dhoni, Yuvraj, Ishant and in effect sent an India A team under GG and see how they fared.

It was in one such 'meaningless' 3 match ODI(initially scheduled to be 5 match) series in Canada against the WI that Ganguly led India for the first time in Sachin's absence and came back with a 2-1 win.
Notable for the way he staggered himself, Sadagopan Ramesh and Dravid (the only international experience) at 1,3,5 in a weak batting order and optimised it.

The 'meaningless' series are just right for identifying such signs of leadership and ability.

straight point said...

good points late inswing...

but the scenario is completely different these days...tv producers and sponsors have more say today than earlier and i am not sure even cash strapped wi board would have agreed to it...

they all wants to see superstars whether fit or not...unfortunate but true...

Late Inswing said...

Agreed SP, but the board was not any more visionary(and less mercenary) in the last decade. The producers and sponsors have been pushing for their share ever since the WC came to the subcontinent in '96

But you are right, having uncorked the IPL/Modi genie, the cricket establishment as a whole, is left with no room to maneuver.

Superunknown said...

one more series Sp and Dhoni would take rest too.

For Dhoni critics, he hasnt taken any break during national commitments. For the matter of fact, no other player from India has skipped national tournaments for IPL or CT.

Lets be fair in the criticism and lets have facts and figures to prove the criticism.

Yes India missed MS in the Sl series last year and that was evident in so many dropped catches and stumpings off AK and HS. But then he returned back for ODI series and barring this T20 failure he has won India everything. Everything. Which Indian captain in the past did that ? Not even great Sourav was able to do that.

straight point said...

sam...

we all know his records...what i was trying to say if anybody deserves rest more than any player its dhoni...and its clearly affecting his performance and hence affecting team chances...the very thing he is demanding from others...

Maithreyi said...

Hello, hello, hi and excuse me,

So it's become "Dhoni you conniving hypocrite" now, has it?

The first part of Dhoni's statement goes "if the injury can be cured by rest".

From what I can see, Dhoni's bad back is a product of his style of playing, more than something he "just picked up on the field". That woodcutter style has got to be torture on his back muscles. It seems to me that it's a by-product of his cricket, and I've also heard he's undergoing some sort of physio programme for the same problem.

Different from, I don't know, a busted shoulder, maybe? :D

That said, Dhoni is in need of rest. He could've asserted some of that captain's authority that he's so possessive about, opted out of this meaningless West Indies series. Don't understand how different this is from pre-Sri Lanka, except probably for the fact that people are jumping at him going "you're outta FORM" while he grinds out runs even out of touch while at the other end a bloke called Rohit Sharma wastes all his wonderful, wonderful FORM in playing shots that defy logic.

The entire team is in need of rest. Or home. This is what, five months on the road now?

All I need to do then, would be to wrap the boys in cotton wool and carry them around in my coat pocket, while locking those in charge of the FTP in a cold, dark room forever, because, apparently that's how big they think the world seems to be.

raj said...

Well, maithreyi, for one the slow low pitches and the mediocre bowling suit his axeman style - and these are easy runs to make and shut up his critics. He'd opt out of this tour - when is the next tough test tour? Thats when his injuries and stress will come to the forefront and force him to rest. We all know it, dont we?
(and PP or DK will be sent to that tough tour and ridiculed - while MSD who probably wont have different results if he toured asa keeper, will be MISSED). This is graet strategy - maximizing low-risk, high-reward tours and escaping the tough ones. Shrewd man, our axeman