ICC World Twenty20: Fans taunt MS Dhoni's 'absence' from batting in practice match

While MS Dhoni said a niggle prevented him from batting against Sri Lanka in ICC World Twenty20's practice match, fans, much like the media are curious to know the extent of the Indian captain's injury.

updated: March 18, 2014 15:00 IST
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New Delhi: In recent weeks, Mahendra Singh Dhoni's 'life' has been shrouded in 'controversy'. Ostensibly gagged by the Board of Control for Cricket in India officials, the Indian captain skipped the customary media briefing ahead of the team's departure for the ICC World Twenty20 Cup last week. Now, there are concerns over Dhoni's fitness. More than India's five-run defeat to Sri Lanka in a warm-up match in Mirpur on Monday, Dhoni's decision not to bat when India badly needed him, has left fans puzzled and angry. Pakistani fans have even taunted Dhoni's 'absence'. (Also read: Kohli wants to stamp his class through performance in ICC World Twenty20)

Dhoni is central to India's world Twenty20 campaign and any 'worrying' signal is bad news. Dhoni returned to Team India after skipping the Asia Cup in February-March. The official reason was that the skipper had suffered a side strain and needed rest to recover. On Monday, Dhoni kept wickets throughout when the Sri Lankans batted first. He apparently seemed to be in no pain. However, after India messed up the run-chase, Dhoni said during the post-match TV chat: "I had a small niggle in my right hand a couple of days back, so we had the luxury of giving it rest for a few more days. We still have one more practice game before the proper matches start, so there's no point risking it. Also, it gave me an opportunity to give other batsmen a fair chance." (Related: Match in pics | Match highlights)

In Dhaka, the media has once again been kept at arm's length by the Indian team management. So details about the niggle could not be found out. Much like the travelling media, the fans are not too pleased with this information 'ban'. "Avoiding the crease like he avoided the media. Are warm-ups not for heroes?" wrote an Indian fan on his Twitter page after the match. (Read: Team India, Dhoni dodge media again)

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