MS Dhoni is as cool a customer as they come. Little wonder, then, that a spate of recent comments by former Aussie greats Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne have failed to penetrate the icy exterior.
Speaking exclusively to HT on arrival at Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport, Dhoni didn’t read much into Warne and McGrath’s comments questioning the form and fitness of India's frontline pacers Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma.
In fact, he didn’t read them at all.
Shut it out
When told of the mind games gauntlet laid down by the Aussies, Dhoni was caught unawares.
“We have a very good way of ignoring all of that (the mind games), we’ve asked all the hotels we stay in not to deliver newspapers to our rooms. That works well,” he said.
Of course, reading the local dailies does have it benefits — it keeps you up to date on the happenings in the opposition camp.
When told of the news that had dominated the back pages across Australian dailies on Thursday — rookie pacer James Pattinson giving a serious injury sacre to veteran Ricky Ponting with a ball that struck him on the gloves and forced him off during nets at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday — the India skipper chuckled.
“They’re doing our job for us,” he said jokingly.
He added on a more serious note that the real test begins now, after a relaxed twelve day stint in Canberra which he felt was good preparation ahead of the real deal.
Ever the man to break new ground, Dhoni has now firmly set his sights on helping India conquer the one place where they’ve never been able to win a Test series.
He sounded confident that the current bunch will set right the wrongs of the past, before cutting short the conversation to grab a cup of coffee with one of the guys he hopes will play a pivotal role in the series — Virat Kohli.