'No rift, Aussies dreaming it up'
MS Dhoni has rubbished speculations of a rift in the India team, saying the Australians were dreaming it up after having a few beers. HT reports.india Updated: Jan 13, 2012 02:51 IST
MS Dhoni has rubbished speculations of a rift in the India team, saying the Australians were dreaming it up after having a few beers.
"As far as fights are concerned, I have never seen an Indian team fight," he said. "It's something that's happening after a few beers with the opposition. They are just sitting and dreaming of it. It has not happened. That's one thing we are really proud of. When we speak about the dressing-room atmosphere, and how we love each other's success, that has been the real strength of the Indian cricket team. And I don't see it moving in any other direction."
The India skipper also said the criticism over the team missing a few practice sessions wasn't justified. "We are among the sides that practice a lot," he said.
"We have been trying to reduce the hours in practice. We have not been able to do that. We are one side that spends close to four hours every day during the net sessions. We try to give the guys rest as much as possible. So all these recreational activities really help doing that."
Former captain and veteran batsman Rahul Dravid also dismissed rumours of differences within the Indian team. The Australian media had accused senior batsman Virender Sehwag of creating a rift in the Indian team, which is reeling under the stress of two embarrassing defeats in the first two Tests for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Dhoni also hinted that he may retire from Tests to prolong his career in the shorter versions of the game, keeping in mind the 2015 World Cup. "If I have to see through the 2015 (World Cup), I would have to retire from one of the formats," Dhoni said at a press conference on Thursday.
First Published: Jan 12, 2012 13:10 IST