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India go to NZ via new jersey

There is no doubt there is great camaraderie among the members of the MS Dhoni-led Indian side. The way the players have fun in the company of each other was for all too see at the launch of the new Indian ODI kit by Nike, reports G Krishnan.

cricket Updated: Feb 18, 2009 22:55 IST
G Krishnan

There is no doubt there is great camaraderie among the members of the MS Dhoni-led Indian side. The way the players have fun in the company of each other was for all too see here on Wednesday at the launch of the new Indian ODI kit by Nike. Master of ceremonies Harsha Bhogle kept the audience in good humour with his short Q&A sessions with MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik and Pragyan Ojha all of who walked the ramp in the new outfit.

"I am a bit scared of heights. I have not tried bungee jumping,” said Dhoni, who has been invited by Ministry of Tourism in Auckland to try bungee jumping. “According to the contract (the players sign contracts with the BCCI before every tour), we cannot do bungee jumping.”

Yuvraj Singh was at his usual witty self with his answers, choosing to add a 'ask Dhoni' to all his replies. Asked if he was happy batting at No. 4, Yuvraj said: "Very happy, but you have to ask Dhoni. He decides the batting order."

That humorous vein continued in Yuvraj's answer to whether he would seek Dhoni's permission before appealing too, he said: "I appeal to the leg umpire."

Up next was Zaheer Khan who said he 'enjoyed the responsibility of leading the attack'.

"You have to do the right things, like the elder brother advising the younger brother. You have to be spot on before guiding the youngsters," Zaheer said.

Even as Zaheer was speaking, Yuvraj prodded Bhogle to ask the pacer about being the leader off the field too. Zaheer, taking a leaf out of Yuvraj's book, replied: 'you must ask Dhoni'.

Before the kit was launched, former players L Sivaramakrishnan, Venkatesh Prasad, Vinod Kambli and Robin Singh displayed the kits the team wore from 1985 to 1999.

Dhoni does lose his temper, but quietly MS Dhoni always looks calm even during the most tense of situations. So, does he ever lose his cool?

“At times, I am a bit frustrated. But if you show it on the field, it contributes to nothing in the side. There is no point in abusing a player. I talk to the player later. It helps more than abuse him on the field,” was Dhoni's reply.