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MS Dhoni not invited to Laxman`s late night party

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 15:57
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MS Dhoni not invited to Laxman`s late night partyHyderabad: Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday added more fuel to the intense speculation about his strained relationship with VVS Laxman, saying he was not invited for a late night party thrown by the retired cricketer at his residence.

Laxman, who retired from the game in controversial fashion just ahead of the series against New Zealand even though he was selected for the two Tests, threw a party on Tuesday for senior members Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Zaheer Khan at his residence in Manikonda in the suburbs of the city. He, however, chose to ignore Dhoni for the bash.

When Dhoni was asked at the pre-match press conference if he was invited by Laxman, he replied in a clear "No".

The skipper also chose to pay little attention to the fact that Laxman could not get through to him to inform him about his immediate retirement plans ahead of the series.

"You think it`s a controversy but people who know me always complained that I`m someone who is quite difficult to get hold of. That was one of the reasons why Laxmanbhai could not get hold of me," Dhoni told reporters ahead of the first cricket Test against New Zealand starting on Thursday.


"That`s not something new. I have tried to improve but it seems I have not really improved," he said.

Asked about Laxman`s sudden retirement, pat came Dhoni`s reply: "You need to ask Laxman about it."

Laxman, who trained hard at the NCA for about four months and also played in two local matches keeping in mind the fresh season ahead, suddenly announced his retirement last week, fuelling speculation that all was not well in the Indian camp.

According to unconfirmed reports, Laxman was handed a two-match ultimatum by one of the selectors.

The elegant middle-order batsman, known for his second innings heroics including an epic 281 against Australia in Kolkata, was unhappy about the ultimatum which is believed to be the reason behind his sudden retirement.

Laxman`s retirement came after Dravid bid adieu to the game in March in the aftermath of India`s 0-8 rout in England and Australia.

Dhoni said the team would miss the duo but felt that their absence would provide opportunity to youngsters to prove their mettle.

"Definitely these are our two great players and we will miss them on the field. But that`s how it is," he said on the eve of series opener.


"It`s an opportunity for the youngsters to take up the responsibility in the longer format. We are hoping that the youngsters would grab the opportunity and do well," he added.

The duo`s absence would mean that India would have to fill in the void at the slip cordon, of which Laxman and Dravid were integral part. But Dhoni hoped that Virender Sehwag, Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli would take up the responsibility.

"We are hoping that we won`t miss them in the slip cordon. When it comes to scoring runs and the experience they had, it would be quite difficult. That`s one area where we will definitely miss them," the skipper said.

"But we don`t think we will be short of fielders. We have players like Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Virender Sehwag who are already fielding at the slips. We have seen the youngsters catch the ball really well. Sehwag most likely will stand at the first slip.

"With the spinners, there might be a bit of issue. It`s challenging when there`s bounce. We will miss Rahul over there. But let`s look ahead and hope one of the youngsters take this opportunity and take a few good catches there," he added.

PTI

First Published: Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 15:44

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Amit - Varanasi
People are against dhoni but why ?you guys really think lakshaman to be retain in team he was only a batsman and poor fielder and everyone knows he was not batting well and if these playes will not retire we will not get any pujara
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Kumar - USA
Dhoni, the most successful captain , who gave India 2 world cups,,,have a good night to sleep rather than attending a flop show, attending someone`s party who has been a big mistake to be included in the England tour.
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awadhesh kumar - mumbai
VVS is a legend bt dont tk it as VVS Vs Dhoni. Dont 4get Dhoni`s contribution. though having a history of legends we hv never had such achievments viz.WCs, no 1 rankings. ya if u get sth, u acquire attitude the same day and so the case may be of Mr. Dhoni but my dear friends he deserves that attitude. And the utmost importnt thing we sud think is to be in favour of indian cricket and its future rather to any specific player.
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Ashish - Hyderabad
Good Job done by Laxman, Person with high head needs to show their actual place. Dhoni is no where near to the legends. He is just a character created by BCCI money hungry Bastards who are killing the game.
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Rakesh Tiwari - Delhi
First of all, I think Laxman did a right thing to not invite Dhoni. This is called Tit for Tat. I I mean this guy called Dhoni has a huge attitude problem and seems to have think about him as even bigger than Sachin Tendulkar, Amitabh Bachchan and other greatest personality
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kishore - Narora
We will not forget dravi and Laxman as long as it is replaced by any youngistan.Well done Luxman.
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