The party is over for the Indian cricket team at the T20 World Cup and if skipper MS Dhoni is to be believed, the players’ partying during IPL is to blame. "Players need to be smart... We have to respect our body and give it time to recover because there is more to it [IPL] than playing matches. Attending parties and traveling takes a toll," Dhoni said in an interview.
Not everyone, though, is buying his reasons for India’s dismal performance at the tournament. "A thought... The IPL parties didn’t seem to bring fatigue to the star IPL players from the England, Australia or Sri Lanka teams," wrote actress and co-owner of Rajasthan IPL team, Shilpa Shetty, on Twitter.
“Not the IPL, it’s the selectors who spoilt it,” wrote Facebook member Rishi Paul in an online discussion. Veteran cricketer Madan Lal said “Dhoni is simply making excuses for a poor performance."
Former Indian captain, Mohammad Azharuddin, however, supported Dhoni’s view on parties being a nuisance and said, “Obviously if you stay up the whole night, it would affect you...The game is more important than the parties.” But he then added, “Excuses like these cannot be given after you lose.”
“Done and dusted. India busted,” summed up actress Mandira Bedi on Twitter.
On Orkut, a community called ‘I bleed for the men in blue’ has been flooded with members.