Showing posts with label Indian captain. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Indian captain. Show all posts

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Struggling Dhoni offers to quit India ODI captaincy


Once hailed as the 'Best Finisher' and 'Captain Cool' India's wicket keeping captain Dhoni could step down down in favour of India's Test Skipper Virat Kohli after 4th consecutive defeat to Australia.
Indian cricketing hero MS Dhoni has foreshadowed he may repeat his Test captaincy abdication in the one-day format following back-to-back defeats to Australia.
Already retired from Tests, Dhoni came under severe criticism after 4 back to back defeats at the hands of World Champions Australia.
He has come under more flak from the critics, media and fans after scoring a 3 ball duck and spoilt a good opportunity to post a win, after Kohli and Dhawan posting a double century partnership for the 2nd wicket.
Dhoni himself  has taken the burden of responsibility for a traumatic defeat at Manuka Oval, admitting it was his wicket so soon on the heels of Shikhar Dhawan's departure that changed the complexion of the match.
"I think it was my wicket because that specifically is my role in the team from that kind of position to make sure we finish off the game well," Dhoni said. "So my wicket really was the turning point at that point of time, we lost quite a few there but it was my wicket because according to the role and responsibility that everybody has, that specifically is my role."

Dhoni, who is 35 years old, said he was willing to step down from the captaincy if India's selectors deemed that to be in the best interests of the team.
"Yes, if it is a justifiable thing that if you remove me and the Indian cricket will start doing really well, and if I am the reason for all the bad that is happening to Indian cricket, definitely I would love to step away and play as a player," Dhoni said after the defeat.
"Ultimately you want India to win. It doesn't matter who is the captain.
"I know this question was coming. I know the media really loves me."
If the wicketkeeper-batsman was to step aside, it would open the door for Virat Kohli to take over the reins in all formats. Dhoni retired from Test cricket in 2014 December, midway through the Commonwealth Bank Series against Australia, ending a 90-Test career as India’s most successful captain and handing the leadership to aggressive middle-order batsman Kohli.
Dhoni took over the ODI leadership from Rahul Dravid after the country's surprise exit at the group stage of the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies.
Under his leadership, India won the 2011 World Cup on home soil, while he has also skippered the team to a Twenty20 World Cup and the Champions Trophy and, with the Test team, lead India to the top of the world rankings.
"I was never really in line to become a captain. It was a job or responsibility for me. I have taken that responsibility. If they want to take it away, I am happy to give it away," Dhoni added.
"What is more important is to play for the country and contribute to the team and try to keep the dressing room atmosphere good.
"So that whenever youngsters are coming in, they can come and perform. That will be the ultimate achievement for me.
"Indian cricket had been used to players coming in toned, ready for international cricket. Now it has changed. You have to grind it through. You can't win every series you play."
The 5th and final ODI will be held on Janury 23, again at the SCG. 
India who is already trailing 4-0 will struggle to stop Australia from posting a white wash.
If India loses again, that would be their 400th One Day International defeat.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

IPL 2016 : Dhoni led Pune franchise named as Rising Pune Super Giants

Kolkata-based RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group has renamed its IPL Pune franchisee as Rising Pune Super Giants, in sync with its branding pursuit. On Monday, the group said that the abbreviated name is the same as group's name: RP-SG.

From Day One, we had indicated that our entry in the sports vertical will be for branding purpose.
- group chairman, Sanjiv Goenka said.
Apart from making sure to reflect the abbreviated group's name on its franchisee, the logo of the IPL cricket team also features part of the business group's logo and is designed using the corporate group's colours.The players' shirts may also use the same hues as the RP-SG group.
The team has narrowed in on former Indian cricket team skipper M S Dhoni as its captain for the 2016 season of the IPL. Dhoni was earlier captain of the successful Chennai Super Kings, whose promoters were barred from the franchise after the Justice Lodha committee found them guilty of match-fixing. An earlier IPL team Pune Warriors, owned by Sahara India, was disenfranchised from the IPL by the BCCI after it defaulted on bank guarantees following a meltdown in the promoter company's finances. 

Additionally, former Rajasthan Royals' senior official Raghu Iyer has been brought in as the CEO of the RP-SG group's sports vertical; the team will bid for players in the February 6 auction later this year.
Hinting at an entry into other sports as well, Goenka said,
 
We'll be more aggressive in the sports vertical in the coming days.
Initially, the company's decision to enter into sports hadn't gone down well with its shareholders as CESC shares took a beating after Goenka decided to buy a stake in the Pune IPL team.
However, Goenka said the decision would not reflect on its publicly listed companies.
"No losses from cricket will get reflected in the shares of our public listed companies", he said.
The market had perceived that the group's entry into the sports vertical might affect the bottom line of CESC, the RPSG group flagship company. The Pune franchisee is owned by New Rising, a subsidiary of CESC.

Dhoni denies Indian batsmen are selfish


India captain MS Dhoni rejects claims that his batsmen have been 'milestone driven' in the ODI series against Australia

Have India's batsmen been guilty of putting self above team in the ongoing ODI series? MS Dhoni rejects the idea outright but Glenn Maxwell feels it is no secret that "some people are milestone driven". Dhoni lamented his side's sloppy fielding and inconsistent bowling after they suffered a three-wicket loss at the MCG on Sunday night.
However, pundits have also been critical of the side's supposedly sluggish batting in the series.

India have posted totals of 3-309, 8-308 and 6-295, but many feel they could have all been bigger totals if the tourists had attacked more in the middle overs.

Dhoni became defensive when asked if the likes of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma had batted selfishly while approaching tons. "No, certainly not. I don't think so," Dhoni said.
"Don't ask me to elaborate, the statistics are with you."

Maxwell was more forthright when asked about the approach of some of India's batsmen when three figures beckoned.

"They were probably just making sure they got to a milestone. Some people are milestone driven, some people aren't," he said.
"If you're milestone driven and it means that much to you, then go for it. "But it's not been something that's really driven me too much. Each to their own." Maxwell added it would be wrong to criticise India after a much-improved performance with bat and ball in Melbourne.



"They played really well today. I thought everything clicked for them on a pretty difficult wicket," he said. Dhoni was frustrated to have already lost the five-match series and put the heat on his pacemen after losses in Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne.
 "There will be conflict of interest if I start reviewing my performance ... as the skipper," he said.

"You have to see that more than the series win - what really is happening. "What are the segments where we are lacking and where we can improve as a team because it is not about the leader. "It's the fast bowlers, how at times they give away those easy boundaries and that in turn puts a lot of pressure."

Dhoni suggested a "lack of concentration" was behind some terrible fielding errors that proved decisive in the tight MCG contest. "When your best fielders make mistakes you can't blame it on fielding practice," he said.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Film on MS Dhoni to release in 2015 - Poster Tweeted by Sakshi

A biopic on Indian captain MS Dhoni is set to release next year, the poster of which was shared by Dhoni's wife Sakshi today on Twitter. 

Sakshi tweeted the movie poster and wrote, "Clearing out all those rumours being carried out past few days.It was all false.. Here you go ....BOOM !!!."



The name of the movie is "MS Dhoni - The Untold Story". According to the poster, Sushant Singh Rajput will play the role of Indian skipper and the biopic will be directed by Neeraj Pandey. 

Earlier this month, there were reports that Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had stopped the movie stating that it cannot be released till Dhoni retires from the game. "MSD has no choice but to comply," an unnamed friend of Dhoni was quoted by "Mumbai Mirror" when asked about BCCI stopping the film. 


"To begin with, it was not a commercially viable project because a sports drama, even on a game as popular as cricket, has a niche audience. But the real roadblock came from BCCI. If we do go ahead with the film it will only happen after MSD's career on the field has come to an end," added the friend.

Now, questions will be raised whether Dhoni is retiring in 2015? or BCCI has given the green signal for the movie to hit the screens next year.

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