Captain Cool is precise, but predictable
BIKASH MOHAPATRA IN DHAKA
Answering the same questions — albeit sometimes put
differently — can be a pain.
That, in short, is Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s predicament.
But if you are the captain of the Indian cricket team,
it is something you can anticipate, since seldom is the
question not on expected lines; cricket is pretty much
a limited sport in that sense.
And this is precisely where Dhoni scores, probably
more than he does on the field these days.
He may sound repetitive on most occasions, but it is
hardly his fault. At the end of the day how differently
can you answer the same set of questions?
Considering the fact that cricket is nothing sort of a
religion in India, it is something that is unavoidable as
well. Neither can the media stop asking questions nor
can the captain avoid answering them.
There are many who feel that Dhoni has become very
predictable of late. But he cannot be completely held
responsible for the monotony. The media has to take
part of the blame.
Ahead of the opening ceremony of the 10th World
Cup, Dhoni came to the media congregation well-
rehearsed. He flashed his trademark smile the
moment he heard the first question. He had anticipat-
ed it right!
ADNAN ABIDI/REU TERS
Indian batsmen switch to heavier bats
The heavier your bat, the bigger your shots. That seems to be the motto of a
few Indian batsmen going into the World
Kohli may edge out Raina
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said Virat Kohli
has the edge over Suresh Raina
to bat at number four in the
cricket World Cup going by
current form. He said he would
want Yuvraj Singh in the playing eleven for the World Cup.
—Press Trust of India
ROGAN WARD/REU TERS