‘Fortunately, we trust each other, the whole thing passed off well’
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is admired for his proactive and straightforward approach as a captain. He doesn't allow things to drift for too long, and usually fixes the problem before it can get out of control.
Off the field too, he goes by the same principle. When rumour mills were working overtime about how he had threatened to resign when selectors chose to drop RP Singh and bring in Irfan Pathan after the Kanpur ODI, Dhoni stepped in to clear the air and launched a scathing attack at the 'leaker'.
"I don't know where it has come from. But it's highly disgusting and disrespecting. We are selecting 16 players for India and are bound to have debates. Now if all that transpires in the meeting is supposed to come out, then it's better we have the meeting live on television," said Dhoni.
"We have seen over the years such leaks coming out and it's high time we do something about it. It's certainly not good for the team," he said.
Even as he lashed out at the leak, Dhoni did not deny that he had threatened to resign. "I don't talk about selection issues and prefer it coming from either the BCCI, chief selector or the group of selectors," he said.
But he spared no effort in driving home the danger such leaks pose to the team in terms of distracting them from the job at hand, and, more importantly, creating a sense of distrust in the team. "The situation required us to immediately get in touch with RP and Irfan to get things in perspective. I wouldn't like RP Singh to believe that I would go out of the way to support him, or Pathan to feel that I don't want him in the side. Fortunately, the good part is that we trust each other, and the whole thing passed off well," said Dhoni.
To rub in his point further, the captain made a brave admission. "I believe that we aren't a highly talented team (individually) which can win every game. But we can be outstanding as a team. Team spirit is the mantra behind the success of this team, and such instances could harm the trust factor, the essence of team spirit," he said.