Under-fire Dhoni lodges complaint with BCCI against Gambhir

Under-fire Dhoni lodges complaint with BCCI against Gambhir

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 15:20
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Under-fire Dhoni lodges complaint with BCCI against GambhirNew Delhi: Under fire after back-to-back defeats in the home series against England, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is unhappy with Gautam Gambhir's "attitude and on-field ethics" and has lodged a complaint to the BCCI against the left-hander, a media report claimed on Wednesday.

Dhoni feels that Gambhir puts his interest above the team and has become too self-centred. The Indian captain has gone to the extent of lodging a complaint to the BCCI tagging the opener's approach as "selfish" and "hurtful to the team", 'cricketnext' website reported, quoting an Indian player who pleaded anonymity.

"Of late Gambhir has gone into a shell and focusing on just to save his place in the team. His prolonged poor form has resulted in low self-esteem and he's cut off from other issues pertaining to the team," the player was quoted as saying.

"But what irked Dhoni was Gambhir playing for himself and not for the team. It was evident in the way Gambhir batted in the second innings of the Mumbai Test that he was more interested in carrying his bat by remaining not out, rather than shielding the tailenders and scoring quick runs.

"...Every run was crucial but Gambhir chose to be a mute spectator. The whole world saw that and everyone was taken aback. The effort to contribute to the team wasn't there. Look how well R Ashwin batted with maturity during his unbeaten 91 in the Kolkata Test and he isn't a specialist batsman. He shepherded the tailenders superbly and scored vital runs. If Ashwin can do, why couldn't Gambhir?" the player said.

While assuaging thoughts of any bad blood between Dhoni and Gambhir, the report cited the run-outs of Virender Sehwag in the first innings of the Kolkata Test and Cheteshwar Pujara in the second as moments which precipitated India's downfall and left Dhoni miffed with Gambhir's current approach.

"On both occasions, Gambhir was at fault. While there were clearly three runs in Sehwag's case which Gambhir declined, the call for a run to Pujara was ill-judged. He was having a tough time against Steven Finn and wanted to get off the strike. His desperation cost Pujara his wicket. Dhoni doesn't have doubts about his integrity or commitment," the player said.

Gambhir's attitude has not gone down well with Dhoni, who is determined to win the Nagpur Test and level the series, and he conveyed his thoughts to the BCCI officials in no uncertain terms, the report claimed.

The website report said one of the BCCI officials will speak to Gambhir before the match and the matter will be sorted out. "It is important that all the members take the field in the last Test with the motto of giving their best shot," he concluded.

A source close to Gambhir asserted that though the opener hasn't performed to the potential in this series, Dhoni was playing gimmicks to undermine Gambhir.

"Dhoni's captaincy is under fire. He's being censured by one and all. His place in the Test team is questioned; his defensive and unimaginative mindset as a captain is unmasked, so he's trying to pass the buck and blame others - whether his batsmen, spinners, Sehwag and now Gambhir - to save his face," the website said, quoting the source.

"He (Dhoni) sees Gambhir as a potential threat to his captaincy and wants to undermine him. Mohinder Amarnath has tipped Gambhir to take over the captaincy from Dhoni and proclaimed that Dhoni uses his clout in the BCCI to push his agenda. He thinks that he can dictate terms in every matter...", the report added.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 13:48

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fazil - kerala
gambhir is a MR.consistancy.But dhoni Is a 3rd class player and not a good captain.A good captain didn`t said this type of comments.
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sahil shetgaonkar - goa
dhoni is always right
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Graeme - Perth
Whst sort of comment is this? It doesn`t make sense.
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rowdy - uttar pradesh
chup be
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saumya - bhuj
i think Gambhir is much more better than Dhoni in every respect. Dhoni tries to throw the wrong balls to others who is...... Again i wil say that Dhoni is fit as a captain in 20-20 only.
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Gopi - Pondicherry
Dhoni is telling aswin can do till last by keeping tail ender , y gambir . . I am asking to captain cool y u cant able to play like i dont want compare cool to aswin , because he is better than captain cool . Like ishant . . Because he ll stand in the ground for last match atleast 50 balls . But y u cant . . Dhoni travels on some other shoulders oly . . .its good for dhoni to give is captaincy to some other . .
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Nantoo Banerjee - Kolkata
Defeat divides. Selfish achievements are better than selfless failures.
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Puneet - Mumbai
To start with Dhoni should look at his performance.. If Gambhir was playing for himself than who is Dhoni playing for in test matches since last so many years. His performance in England, Australia and now in India has been terrible. What right does he have to remain as captain. Gambhir was playing at least what about Dhoni? When the same players were batting well and india was on top he did not utter a word, his ion of players to play has been controversial till date for example now of Chawla once again. even poor chawla was sure he is no were near to best of his ability and has not managed to play well beyond one or 2 innings over all in his career in all formats. Murli? What in the world is he doing in team when tiwari after scoring a hundred has not got a chance in this team? Rahane the only player who proved to be only man standing in 11 playing on field in englang has not given the opporutnity on account of giving it to his baby raina. Which is one player which dhoni has placed and Indian team can depend on in any format? Ashwin, Raina, Sharma, Jadeja, RP singh,etc... Under Dhoni`s captaincy we have only as a lost greats like Ganguly, Laxman, Dravid and probably now tendulkar also??
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Ravi - Yamuna nagar
Its true gambir play for himself .ushe team se bahar kar dena chahiye. Aur life ban lga dena chayiye
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