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MS Dhoni looks ruffled, in need of ‘Yoga’, says Bishan Singh Bedi

Former India skipper Bishan Singh Bedi feels MS Dhoni is certainly ruffled by the recent losses.

New Delhi | Updated: June 23, 2015 5:45 pm
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MS Dhoni is “not ‘Captain Cool’ anymore” and yoga sessions can help him overcome the tough phase, said former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi.

An agitated Dhoni said he was ready to relinquish ODI captaincy if that helps the team win matches after the Men in Blue lost their first series against Bangladesh last night.

Bedi feels Dhoni is certainly ruffled by the recent losses.

“Ye pehli dafa hai ki woh behki behki baatein kar raha hai (It’s the first time he is not making sense). And that is a clear indication that he is not ‘Captain Cool’ anymore. He looks ruffled. Having said that I still don’t blame any individual but the team,” Bedi said in an interview.

Taking note of Dhoni’s on-pitch collision with young Mustafizur Rahman that cost the wicketkeeper-batsman 75 per cent of his match fee, Bedi criticised the veteran player for his on-field demeanour.

“Even barging into that bowler was very unbecoming of Dhoni. Clear signs of restlessness of mind and body. Perhaps dire need for him to go through yogic exercises,” the legendary spinner said in a lighter vein.

After a 79-run win in the first ODI, Bangladesh clinched the three-match series with a six-wicket triumph in the second match. Bedi had no doubts that the hosts played better cricket but questioned India’s lack of spirit.

“There is no doubt that Bangladesh played better cricket but what about India’s preparation before going for the tour? They took them lightly. In my opinion complacency has no place in international cricket. Their body language looked complacent,” Bedi said.

“There is no shame in defeat but there has to be some concern in defeat. The killer instinct, which is part of a professional sportsperson’s character, was missing from Team India. Bangladesh were more committed in batting, bowling and fielding front.

“Man to man India were a better side on paper, but games are played on the ground. Before they knew it they were blown away. I can’t imagine Australia or South Africa losing to Bangladesh like that,” he added.

Bedi, 68, also questioned the think-tank’s decision to drop Ajinkya Rahane in the second game.

“I saw four players get out to casual shots in the second game. They talk about Ajinkya Rahane’s talent, but why was he dropped? I can’t figure that out,” he said.

While Bangladesh saw a new star in left-arm pacer Mustafizur, who bagged a record two five-wicket hauls in as many games, the Indian bowlers were guilty of bleeding runs.

“They talk about the form of bowlers. You pick them on the basis of IPL and want them to go beyond bowling four overs. On the other hand the Bangladesh bowlers were pumped, their adrenaline was flowing far more,” he said. Bedi also praised the home crowd for their vociferous support and wished the Tigers luck for the future.

“I have never seen the home crowd backing their home team so vociferously, to the point of being hostile. Good luck to them. If cricket brings them joy then be it,” he concluded.

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  1. Gangesh Gowri
    Jun 22, 2015 at 8:09 pm
    Now that the cement czar, NS, is out of the way, MSD could be safely eased out of the team given his poor recent performances in all formats. MSD has sunk into a liability and not an et at all those who failed to touch him earlier because of his nexus with NS must act for the sake of maintaining the dignity of the game in this cricket-crazy country by introducing youngsters in the team before it is too late. R Shastri too carries too much baggage given his proximity with the previous boss of the BCCI--he was the most devoted mouthpiece of the Board earlier along with the Mumbai batting legend, SMG. A young team under V Kohli with a new coach must be the way forward. The BCCI owes it to its public such a revamp to save the game in the country.
    1. J
      Jun 22, 2015 at 8:10 pm
      Rahane is a child of lesser God. Now it is very much clear that the Indian team has many groups. The present team members feel too much cricket and fatigue they should inform the board that they can't play. Why all that unwanted statements and physical altercation on the ground
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