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This blame game won’t help cricket

Going by the regularity with which India succumb to defeat since embarking on that dreadful tour of England in June 2011, it’s too early as well as very difficult to say whether M S Dhoni and his brigade could prevent England from winning its first Test series in the country in 27 years. Yet, while the person expected to steer the team out of troubled waters is upset with his opening batsman’s ‘selfish’ attitude and even registered his displeasure with BCCI, another former World Cup hero is publicly ruing that the boss of Indian cricket board didn’t care two hoots about the national selectors’ unanimous decision to sack MS Dhoni after the thrashing at Down Under earlier this year.

Mohinder Amarnath might or might not be speaking the truth. But that’s immaterial since it is not decent to publicly divulge the proceedings of a board meeting that took place between closed doors around ten months back. He might have his reasons to say what he did, everybody is free to speak on Indian cricket, but at a time when the team is going through one of its worst lean patches, Amarnath’s views couldn’t have done the game any good on the eve of a must-win fourth and final Test in Nagpur.

In India, the common practice is that members of the 15-man squad will not speak to mediapeople during an ongoing series about the squads or individuals involved in it. On most cases, both teams have a press conference addressed by the captain and coach of each side on the eve of the match while two players from each team meet the media after the day’s play. This is a strict rule but normally adhered to. So it does come as a surprise when a member of the main squad, two days before a Test match, says ‘Dhoni was upset with Gambhir’s ‘selfish’ attitude that’s ‘hurtful to the team’ and informed the BCCI of his discontent.’

Again, this might be exactly what MSD said, but again, no player, not even on the ‘condition of anonymity,’ should get away after making public something which is a team’s problem and a rather tricky one. We need to let our team straighten out the issues and play the way India did at home for all these years, before England came.
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