Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper MS Dhoni's relationship with the media hasn't been cordial, and his curt replies during press conferences have often left a bad taste.
After the India team's run-in with the press during the World Cup, one had hoped that measures would be taken by the team members to bridge the gap with reporters during the IPL.
However, Dhoni appears to have other ideas.
Of the eight captains in the IPL, Dhoni is the only one to have not interacted with the media. The captain of each team has at one time or the other met the press, including Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli, who had hurled abuses at a HT reporter during the World Cup.
However, Dhoni seems to have been given special powers to skip pre-match and post-match press conferences. Incidentally, since the World Cup, the CSK skipper is yet to interact with the media.
CSK team manager Russell Radhakrishnan tried to justify his absence by calling it a decision taken by the team management.
"We have given a choice to either send the coach or senior player. Unlike an international bi-lateral series where the captain is mandatory, here we have a choice and we are exercising it," Radhakrishnan told HT.
"At most centres, there are hardly any journalists. Why waste time? We prefer him to focus on the game. In the past, during big events like a final, we have ensured that the skipper attends, we prefer it that way as it is a bigger stage," he added.
Pre-match and post-match press conferences are important for a reporter to relay vital information before or after a game. While captains of the other IPL teams have made themselves available, an experienced pro like Dhoni is yet to develop the right attitude.