It happens with the Pakistani cricket team and its media, sometimes with the Bangladeshis, too. But for perhaps the first time, an Indian skipper has got into a public war of words with journalists.
MS Dhoni’s usually cool relationship with the media had been worsening on two counts. First, the media were hounding him for news over Virender Sehwag’s fitness. The skipper was also miffed over reports of a rift between himself and Sehwag. The team had gone to great lengths to refute this, coming out in full strength to a press conference recently.
On Sehwag, all Dhoni said was: “A press release will be sent by the Board of Control for Cricket in India.”
There’ve been sketchy reports on Sehwag’s fitness, several quoting sources. When a journalist made a thinly veiled accusation that it was Dhoni who’d leaked the news, Captain Cool snapped. “Well, I am not [leaking news]. That’s for sure,” Dhoni said. “All the guys are here, if you are blaming me, why don’t one of you stand up and say I’ve (leaked)?”
This decline in relations between the media and the team has already manifested itself on the tour and the players have largely remained indoors.