Dhoni rubbishes reports of dressing room unrest

Melbourne, Dec 25: Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni Thursday dispelled rumours of dressing room infighting between two frontline batsmen Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli, saying they are all “made up stories”.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Dhoni last week admitted there was “unrest” among the team after losing the second Test in Brisbane.

“Actually that was the case,” Dhoni joked at a press conference.

“Virat used a knife. He stabbed Shikhar, who just recovered out of that then we pushed him to bat. These are all stories. Marvel, maybe Warner Bros or somebody should pick up this and make a nice a movie out of it.”

Dhawan retired hurt after being struck on the arm while batting in the nets prior to day four in Brisbane. Kohli was also struck by a short ball, but replaced Dhawan in the middle. Kohli lasted only 11 balls before he was bowled by pacer Mitchell Johnson.

Dhoni blamed the media for circulation of the deflating stories, regretting that “journalists start making their own stories” during Indian tours.

“If somebody from the team has actually told you this, it would be interesting if you could give us the name,” Dhoni said.

“Because his imagination is really brilliant and he should be working for one of the movie companies. He doesn’t deserve to be in our dressing room, because he has entirely created something that has not been there at all.”

Dhoni added the team was “quite used to” such stories.

“Stuff like that makes good stories for the tabloid and maybe it helps them sell it,” he said.

“As far as the reality is concerned, there’s been nothing like that. We have a fantastic dressing room, and there have been no issues,” he concluded. (IANS)


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