Sydney: Team India's
media manager GS Walia reportedly held a meeting with senior players
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir
on Thursday asking them to sort out their differences over the rotation
policy of senior players during the ongoing tri-series in
Australia.According to sources, the meet was not very successful.
Walia told the media in Sydney that the team was like a family. He tried
to downplay the dissensions saying there was no rift, only
misunderstandings and that everything had been resolved. However, But both
Dhoni and Sehwag avoided attending the press conference.
According to reports the Walia called the meet at the behest of the BCCI
which wanted a stern message to be sent to the team not to spoil its image
among the people. The discussion lasted for about 25 minutes and the
players conversed among themselves. Dhoni and Sehwag barely spoke to each
Cricket expert Saba Karim and STAR News Correspondent Kuntal Chakraborty
have criticized the handling of the entire issue by the media manager and
said he should have behaved more responsibly and urged players not to
speak about their disputes openly.
Yesterday, the BCCI also stepped in to bring about harmony in the Indian
cricket team in Australia, telling skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and
vice-captain Virender Sehwag to ensure that there was unity. Although the
BCCI had yesterday claimed that there was no rift in the team and there
was nothing to be "concerned about", it is learnt that secretary Sanjay
Jagdale has been entrusted with the task of talking to the team management
and helping restore peace in the dressing room.
Reports of dissensions surfaced mainly after the team management
introduced the rotation policy for only three openers -- Sachin Tendulkar,
Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, a move which sparked off a heated debate on its
The first signs of the rift came into the open when
Gambhir took a dig at Dhoni for not finishing matches early enough with
the skipper retorting that it was a matter of perception. Dhoni then
dropped a bombshell by publicly snubbing the fielding abilities of the
three openers and said they were not being played together as they were
slow fielders and could cost the team 20 extra runs.
countered his captain by saying that the seniors were never told that
fielding was an issue when the rotation policy was introduced. The verbal
duel between the seniors, who have used the press conference to take jibes
at each other, have not gone unnoticed by the media, which has constantly
highlighted the poor performance of the players in what has turned out of
a nightmarish tour of Australia.
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