Dhoni is sick and tired of Gambhir’s “selfish” attitude
After coming under heavy criticism for the recent embarrassments in front of their home fans at the hands of England and Pakistan, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni seems to be heading in a new direction and will not let anyone ruin it.
According to reports, Dhoni has already lodged a complaint to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) against team-mate and opening batsman Gautam Gambhir for his poor “attitude and on-field ethics”.
Dhoni noted that Gambhir is more concerned about himself than the team and in his complaint to the BCCI, he is believed to have said that the opening batsman’s newfound egotistic attitude has made him more “selfish” and, more importantly, it has been “hurtful to the team”.
An anonymous Indian player said: “Of late Gambhir has gone into a shell and focusing on just to save his place in the team. His prolonged poor form has resulted in low self-esteem and he’s cut off from other issues pertaining to the team.
“But what irked Dhoni was Gambhir playing for himself and not for the team. It was evident in the way Gambhir batted in the second innings of the Mumbai Test that he was more interested in carrying his bat by remaining not out, rather than shielding the tailenders and scoring quick runs.
“Every run was crucial but Gambhir chose to be a mute spectator. The whole world saw that and everyone was taken aback. The effort to contribute to the team wasn’t there. Look how well R Ashwin batted with maturity during his unbeaten 91 in the Kolkata Test and he isn’t a specialist batsman. He shepherded the tailenders superbly and scored vital runs. If Ashwin can do, why couldn’t Gambhir?”
While the player stated that there was no bad blood between Dhoni and Gambhir, he did mentioned that the Indian captain was still confused about how Gambhir had managed to be involved in a majority of the run outs during the four-Test series against England.
“On both occasions, Gambhir was at fault,” the anonymous player said. “While there were clearly three runs in Sehwag’s case which Gambhir declined, the call for a run to Pujara was ill-judged. He was having a tough time against Steven Finn and wanted to get off the strike. His desperation cost Pujara his wicket. Dhoni doesn’t have doubts about his integrity or commitment.”
However, a source close to Gambhir noted that Dhoni’s complaint to the BCCI may be a gimmick since his captaincy is “under fire” and that Gambhir is currently one of the frontrunners to replace him.
“Dhoni’s captaincy is under fire,” the source said. “He’s being censured by one and all. His place in the Test team is questioned; his defensive and unimaginative mindset as a captain is unmasked, so he’s trying to pass the buck and blame others – whether his batsmen, spinners, Sehwag and now Gambhir – to save his face.
“He (Dhoni) sees Gambhir as a potential threat to his captaincy and wants to undermine him. Mohinder Amarnath has tipped Gambhir to take over the captaincy from Dhoni and proclaimed that Dhoni uses his clout in the BCCI to push his agenda. He thinks that he can dictate terms in every matter.”