Mumbai: Mahendra Singh Dhoni's candour has won him many fans over the years. The latest in the ever-increasing list is legendary umpire Dickie Bird, who has come out in support of the Indian captain for his controversial comments at the end of the Jamaica Test. Quizzed about the poor umpiring decisions in the post-match press briefing, Dhoni said on Thursday: "If the correct decisions were made, the game would have finished much earlier and I would have been in the hotel by now."
The International Cricket Council (ICC) stipulates that criticising officials could lead to a reprimand, if not a fine. Dhoni didn't name the umpire (Australia's Daryl Harper) but it won't be off the mark to say he did breach ICC's legislation.
Bird supported Dhoni's decision to attack the umpiring. "Captains are entitled to pass opinions on umpires -- it is healthy for the sport. I don't see anything wrong in them judging us (umpires)," the Yorkshireman told MiD DAY over telephone on Friday.