NEW DELHI: Ahead of the ODI series against West Indies beginning on Friday, reports suggest that the Indian captain gave team members a dressing
Dhoni reportedly told his team members that everyone needs to be truthful about injuries or any other personal issues that could affect team’s performance.
The other issue Dhoni is said to have dealt with was related to players’ fatigue. He said that in case anyone felt tired and not 100 per cent fit, they should take rest in order to recuperate.
Dhoni has been forced to address these issues after the severe criticism that the Men in Blue faced after their performance in England.
“For me, it’s the team first and then the individuals and I’d hope it’s the same with everyone else in the group,” Dhoni is said to have stated. “If rest is the cure for an injury, a cricketer ought to opt for it rather than let fatigue or niggle become a major setback to him and to the team,” he reportedly said.
Also it came to light that several players went to England despite carrying injuries.
The Indian team physio had given the BCCI a report in this regard but the BCCI nevertheless selected players who were carrying injuries.
Dhoni must have been forced to address these issues because of what happened to his deputy Virender Sehwag in England. When the Delhi batsman arrived for the World T20, he was said to have only a shoulder niggle. However, he was found to have a Grade 1 tear following which he underwent a surgery.
“If anyone wants to take a break from the game, please let me know or the BCCI,” was what Dhoni said.
Dhoni did not spare the seniors in the team. “I would urge seniors to give more and more inputs for the betterment of the team,” stated Dhoni. He was referring to Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir and Harbhajan Singh who will be playing four ODIs against the West Indies. Alongside the warning to the seniors, Dhoni also urged juniors to take up more responsibility and chip in with their inputs.