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Good that Dhoni-media tiff is over

india Updated: Jun 14, 2009 23:42 IST
Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar
Hindustan Times
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It is good to know that the standoff between Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the Indian media is over. Whether this is a temporary truce or a permanent one will be seen over a period of time. Relations between the media and public persons is always a contentious one simply because neither side has ever made the effort to put themselves in the other person's position and thus have seldom been able to understand the pressures, tensions, demands of the jobs of the other side.

It was obvious, till last week's row, that Dhoni has had the longest honeymoon period of any other Indian skipper, barring perhaps Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi. The media had dubbed him captain cool after the way he controlled his emotions even in tight situations and hardly gave anything away by gesture or look.

That he would invariably front up with the media on days that India didn't do too well rather than send some player or official was also appreciated by the media. That's why it is surprising that he took offence to a speculative story about his relations with his vice-captain. It simply wasn't a story to get worked up about for there will always be this 'angle' in any team in the sub-continent.

Hopefully nobody stirred him into taking the whole team along and also hopefully we can all start concentrating on the cricket and write what we see rather than what we imagine.

The Virender Sehwag injury is more serious than thought of and there is the possibility that the Delhi dasher may miss out even on the Champions Trophy after the surgery on his shoulder. Luckily for the Indian team the ICC has allowed a replacement for the injury had occurred in the Indian Premier League.

Since there was hardly any time between the end of the IPL and the start of the ICC World Twenty20 there was no time for the fitness assessment of the squad and so Sehwag went ahead on the tour. Players know their pain threshold better than others and so can believe that the injuries will get better sooner than later but still it will save BCCI plenty of headaches if they have some protocol in place to ensure that similar situations do not reccur.

Thankfully Sehwag also is under the care of one of the best known surgeons for shoulder problems and so will come back stronger than before the injury.

Dinesh Karthik coming as replacement will also ease the burden on Dhoni as a keeper for the sprightly lad from Chennai was one of the stars of the IPL and can easily fit in the team on his batting prowess alone.

Retaining the trophy won't be easy but it can be done if India play to their potential.