The news of an 'injured' Mahendra Singh Dhoni to miss the first Test at Brisbane from December 4 caught everyone by surprise on Monday. Even the Australian media was foxed by this 'doosra' from the Indian cricket Board (BCCI). At a time when Dhoni is being rested - he is skipping the five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka - when and how Dhoni got injured are questions doing the rounds. Is Dhoni scared of batting at Brisbane? The BCCI's silence has added to the 'mystery.'
One of the richest sportspersons in the world - Dhoni is among the top 10 earners according to Forbes - the Indian captain is certainly not resting at home. He has been seen shooting for an energy drink and even turned up at sporting events. But no one is sure how Dhoni got injured. Unlike many cricket Boards which have a transparent and open relationship with the media, an obdurate BCCI has failed to provide adequate answers on Dhoni's injury. (Dhoni Should Stay Captain as Long As he Wants, Don't Rush Kohli)
The media is, therefore, drawing its own conclusion. After the thrashing in England this summer, Dhoni's reputation as a Test captain is already in tatters. To skip Brisbane is only adding fuel to fire. Is Dhoni scared of facing a battery of Australian pacers on a lively Gabba deck? Has Dhoni lost interest in Test cricket? (Kohli Will Enjoy Test Captaincy in Australia, Believes Dravid)