New Delhi: Normally, post match press conferences are a big bore and a total pain. Players treat them as duty, a strain they have to endure because the ICC has mandated they show up to meet the media. Which is why, quite often, the juniormost player is dispatched to the media room, only to utter inanities in response to banal questions.
Sometimes, however, there is sparkle and spice in these dreadfully dull events. This was the case when skipper Dhoni, victorious after crushing Cook's team, took the mike at Ahmadabad the other day. He first played himself in by sticking to the orthodox and praising Pujara and Ojha, and then, the formalities done, changed gears to go into over drive and launch a bitter attack.
The object of his deep ire was the Motera wicket, described by Dhoni as too slow, without bounce or assistance for his spinners.