Despite events unfolding back home in the wake of Indian Premier League (IPL) betting and match-fixing scandal, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni stayed calm on Saturday and attributed his team’s success in the ongoing World Twenty20 extravaganza to a ‘good dressing room atmosphere’ where every individual was happy about each other’s success.
While the skipper made it clear that he won’t take any questions outside the World T20, he did say that the key to success in trying conditions depended on team members.
Dhoni, captain of IPL team Chennai Super Kings team owned by India Cements whose managing director is N Srinivasan (now suspended by the Supreme Court as the BCCI chief), came up during a hearing of the IPL scam case in the Indian Supreme Court on Thursday.
While the media manager had said that Dhoni will come only if India lose any match, the skipper was there at the scheduled press meet. Dhoni ducked a question on whether or not talks about him wanting leaving (Chennai Super Kings) captaincy were true.
“I won’t answer that. (Will answer questions) only on the World T20. Forty minutes ka flight hain, India jaake puch lena na (It’s only a 40-minute flight back to India. Ask me there),” Dhoni said in jest.
Meanwhile, according to some media reports, Dhoni has reportedly offered to quit as CSK skipper in the wake of the IPL betting and match-fixing scandal.
According to media reports, the Indian captain is angry that his name has been linked with the scandal and reportedly spoke to N Srinivasan and offered to step down as skipper and as vice-president of India Cements.
Dhoni has been charged with conflict of interest in the past. The Indian skipper is employed by Indian Cements.
However on Saturday, Srinivasan told news channel that there has been no talk of resignation and his conversations with Dhoni have been “routine post-match talk”.