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'Ailing' Dhoni only top Indian cricketer to skip Ranji tie

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When India take on England in the first cricket Test at Ahmedabad from November 15, home team skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be the only player who would not play the opening round Ranji Trophy fixture unlike his other colleagues. The first round of the Ranji Trophy will be played across various centres from November 2-5 but the Indian captain who hasn't played for his state even once in last five years has decided against playing Jharkhand's opening match against J&K in Srinagar. "For the last six or seven years, I have been playing for India regularly and this time the local association asked me whether I was fit or not. I told them that I have cough and cold and not to consider me for selection," Dhoni stated in a matter-of-factly manner at the opening of fitness training centre in a South Delhi mall. For the record, current India players like Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Ishant Sharma and Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina will be playing in the Delhi vs UP game in Ghaziabad. Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan will be playing for Mumbai against Railways while Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh and Pragyan Ojha are set to play in the game between Hyderabad and Punjab. Ravichandran Ashwin will be playing for Tamil Nadu in Orissa. Cheteshwar Pujara will be playing for Saurashtra against Gujarat while Umesh Yadav is supposed to play for Vidarbha against Haryana at Rohtak. Ranji Trophy (Opening Round) (Key Stars & Test hopefuls) Mumbai vs Railways: Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane Delhi vs UP: Sehwag, Gambhir, Ishant, Kohli, Raina Tamil Nadu vs Orissa: Ashwin, Mukund, Vijay Saurashtra vs Gujarat: Cheteshwar Pujara Punjab vs Hyderabad: Harbhajan, Yuvraj, Pragyan Ojha, Rahul Sharma Vidarbha vs Haryana: Umesh Yadav, Amit Mishra Bengal vs Rajasthan: Manoj Tiwary, Ashok Dinda.
http://www.mid-day.com/sports/2012/oct/311012-Ailing-Dhoni-only-top-cricketer-to-skip-Ranji-tie.htm What an amateurish and ridiculous excuse not to play the Ranji tie. One chance to play for your home side after years and even then Dhoni is not willing to make himself available. Pathetic decision. Good to see all other players turning up for their state sides.

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http://www.mid-day.com/sports/2012/oct/311012-Ailing-Dhoni-only-top-cricketer-to-skip-Ranji-tie.htm What an amateurish and ridiculous excuse not to play the Ranji tie. One chance to play for your home side after years and even then Dhoni is not willing to make himself available. Pathetic decision. Good to see all other players turning up for their state sides.
Bhai, it doesn't make much sense, if he is ill he should recover fully than making one token gesture appearance for his state side. His schedule is shockingly hectic even if you don't consider IPL and CLT20 and he is WK on top of that. So he should try to recover from the fatigue as the season ahead has no long gaps. Even SRT hasn't played for Mumbai much. IIRC, only 3-4 FC matches or so in the last 12 years.

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Bhai' date=' it doesn't make much sense,[b'] if he is ill he should recover fully than making one token gesture appearance for his state side. His schedule is shockingly hectic even if you don't consider IPL and CLT20 and he is WK on top of that. So he should try to recover from the fatigue as the season ahead has no long gaps. Even SRT hasn't played for Mumbai much. IIRC, only 3-4 FC matches or so in the last 12 years.
cough and cold doesn't exactly mean unfit to play.

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A couple of things need to be considered: a) Dhoni has obviously been playing 24X7/365 days a year and naturally needs some rest before a mentally and physically gruelling series. b) He needs to shoot the ads he has committed for as well. When can he allot those dates if he doesn't allot it now? :hitler: Human being hai, machine nahi hai, ki hamesha kirkut hi khelta rahega :beee:

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It would have served him well had he not gone ahead and given stupid reasons like cold and cough. Why not be honest? And if he isn't a machine and gets tired... why is he doing promotional events instead of taking rest? Two-faced muppet, MSD.

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Yar Dhoni is doesnt need practice matches to score runs in Indian conditions.I can understand people wanting Dhoni to play this match if he out of form. But considering his excellent form is Nzl series dont see the compulsion for him to play.Also he played more international matches than any other Indian player in last 6-7 years too despite being keeper. And frankly playing in Srinagar this time of the season isnt exactly wise either.

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Bhai, it doesn't make much sense, if he is ill he should recover fully than making one token gesture appearance for his state side. His schedule is shockingly hectic even if you don't consider IPL and CLT20 and he is WK on top of that. So he should try to recover from the fatigue as the season ahead has no long gaps. Even SRT hasn't played for Mumbai much. IIRC, only 3-4 FC matches or so in the last 12 years.
This season hasn't been as hectic as some of the previous ones. IPL ended on 28th May. Since then in the last 5 months, we have played 5 ODIs and 2 T20s in SL, 5 T20s in WT20 and add another 4 T20 matches for Dhoni in CLt20, a total f 16 playing days in a time span of nearly 155 days! If thats not enough of a rest wonder what else would be needed for proper rest. Also, even after the round 1 of ranji, there are still 10 days to go before the 1st test starts giving amle time for 'rest'.

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It would have served him well had he not gone ahead and given stupid reasons like cold and cough. Why not be honest? And if he isn't a machine and gets tired... why is he doing promotional events instead of taking rest? Two-faced muppet' date= MSD.
Yeah, he'll have to keep wickets while cutting a ribbon. Great post. :hatsoff:

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It would have served him well had he not gone ahead and given stupid reasons like cold and cough. Why not be honest? And if he isn't a machine and gets tired... why is he doing promotional events instead of taking rest? Two-faced muppet' date=' MSD.[/quote'] Cold and playing in srinagar at this winter time is sensible?

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Cold and playing in srinagar at this winter time is sensible?
No better place than Srinagar to play cricket in early winter with day temperatures around 17-18 degrees peaking at 21-22, perfect weather for cricket.

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This season hasn't been as hectic as some of the previous ones. IPL ended on 28th May. Since then in the last 5 months, we have played 5 ODIs and 2 T20s in SL, 5 T20s in WT20 and add another 4 T20 matches for Dhoni in CLt20, a total f 16 playing days in a time span of nearly 155 days! If thats not enough of a rest wonder what else would be needed for proper rest. Also, even after the round 1 of ranji, there are still 10 days to go before the 1st test starts giving amle time for 'rest'.
You forgot Tests against NZ, I think. Also it was long break break after IPL. And you know before IPL, he played constantly for more than 7-8 months. Only games he missed were due to over rate bans. After the break ended, since then it's been pretty much packed for him. I agree that 10 days rest is enough, but I feel there isn't much harm if he rests in this time.

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Actually no.:(( Assumed it will be bitterly cold but seems i am terribly wrong.
No your right,If you go to srinagar from chennai it will feel the same even in summers.

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Yeah' date=' he'll have to keep wickets while cutting a ribbon. Great post. :hatsoff:[/quote'] What are you smoking, mate? Was that the only takeaway from my post? Geez, the lengths you'll go to defend that muppet is laughable. And taking "rest" by running around the country fufilling commercial obligations when you're "rested" is sensible?

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What are you smoking, mate? Was that the only takeaway from my post? Geez, the lengths you'll go to defend that muppet is laughable. And taking "rest" by running around the country fufilling commercial obligations when you're "rested" is sensible?
But is he shooting ads during this period? If yes then really in poor spirit i suppose

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But is he shooting ads during this period? If yes then really in poor spirit i suppose
You know, the comments that he is making, his interactions these days, including I suppose THIS one, have been made at his promotional events. Its all over the TV too.

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You know' date=' the comments that he is making, his interactions these days, including I suppose THIS one, have been made at his promotional events. Its all over the TV too.[/quote'] There would have been photos or atleast mention of him shooting of adds then no rather than just quotes? Edit: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/cricket/series-tournament/england-in-india-2012/top-stories/Indias-Test-team-will-only-improve-with-time-MS-Dhoni/articleshow/17034767.cms? He owns the SportsFit & Fitness Center :hmmm: http://health.india.com/news/dhoni-launches-his-gym-and-fitness-center-in-delhi/

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He is super fit and he deserves some rest to be honest.
Yup... i think he needs rest too.. give him a break people. Dhoni needs to be smart about what he says to media.. cold n cough.. hahaha..
nobody's saying that he doesn't need a rest. But if he needed rest so badly then he could have skipped T20 Tamasha. Otherwise he could have just said that he needed rest so he would not be available for Ranji Game, what was the need to make a childish excuse?

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nobody's saying that he doesn't need a rest. But if he needed rest so badly then he could have skipped T20 Tamasha. Otherwise he could have just said that he needed rest so he would not be available for Ranji Game' date=' what was the need to make a childish excuse?[/quote'] I dont know if many of you understand this.. but even if Dhoni or SRT or Veeru or Gauti wanted to skip CL20.. they wouldnt be able to because of their contracts with BCCI and BCCI's contract with Team owners. Many of them are playing through injuries in IPLs to satisfy lot of these behind the door agreements.

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I think Dhoni definitely deserves a break....so I am with him on this...he is clearly the most overworked cricketer in the world. And people saying he utilizes this time for shooting commercials....is it the same as standing behind the stumps for the whole day in challenging weather conditions and getting hit on the fingers throughout out the day? For all the criticism Dhoni gets from me,I think i will give him a break on this

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nobody's saying that he doesn't need a rest. But if he needed rest so badly then he could have skipped T20 Tamasha. Otherwise he could have just said that he needed rest so he would not be available for Ranji Game' date= what was the need to make a childish excuse?
For a sec lets not even in go into the money aspect,Dhoni or any other player who participated in CL T20 are accountable to their franchises who in turn have a lot of influence over the BCCI Dhoni in this case is accountable to his state association who is completely under the control of BCCI....so that should be simple enough As i said I am not a big fan of Dhoni but this is one decision that is quiet understandable

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. And people saying he utilizes this time for shooting commercials....is it the same as standing behind the stumps for the whole day in challenging weather conditions and getting hit on the fingers throughout out the day?
You still didnt get the point did you? He didnt say he wante rest. He said he ahd cough and cold. And travelling around shooting commercials can be really bad for a cold

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Cmon. He has been playing nearly EVERY match India or CSK have played since around 2006. Wicketkeeping for the whole innings and still being the fastest runner between the wickets in the team isn't easy. And he has been doing this for almost 5 years now. Add to that the captaincy burden. He is the fittest Indian cricketer according to many. He just needs some rest before the all-important series versus Eng and Aus. And, do you really feel much will change if he plays one Ranji match against J&K before the series vs England?

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maybe not shooting Ads but he was still opening the gym in Delhi - if he is really sick he should rest.
Common You as well me know its most likely an excuse to get some rest from cricket. And rest doesnt mean just physical rest as some are saying here.Most cricketers when they mean rest mostly means mental stress involved as a cricketer.And acting in adds or doing promos are one way relieving from these pressure cooker situations.

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This season hasn't been as hectic as some of the previous ones. IPL ended on 28th May. Since then in the last 5 months, we have played 5 ODIs and 2 T20s in SL, 5 T20s in WT20 and add another 4 T20 matches for Dhoni in CLt20, a total f 16 playing days in a time span of nearly 155 days! If thats not enough of a rest wonder what else would be needed for proper rest. Also, even after the round 1 of ranji, there are still 10 days to go before the 1st test starts giving amle time for 'rest'.
You missed NZ tour of India.

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You missed NZ tour of India.
Yeah, my bad. Add 10 more days, still no reason for missing the chance to play for his state side, that too with such a tasteless and a silly excuse. Shows zero respect for domestic cricket.

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Yeah' date=' my bad. Add 10 more days, still no reason for missing the chance to play for his state side, that too with such a tasteless and a silly excuse. Shows zero respect for domestic cricket.[/quote'] I know his excuse was really silly but like some guys mentioned earlier, he is also a human being and not a machine. He also needs rest before the important series against England. Also, it won't have made much of a difference if he plays the Ranji match against J&K. He is still gonna score runs in Indian conditions.

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Dhoni looks hopelessly out of his depth against quality spin now 3 innings in a row. This skipping of Ranji games just comes across as sheer complacency and arrogance at not acknowledging his shortcomings.

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