Dhoni takes a swipe at fickle-minded fans

Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:In an obvious reference to the heckling of Sachin Tendulkar by crowd during the third India-England Test in Mumbai recently, swashbuckling India stumper Mahendra Singh Dhoni today said fans are deserting ''Team India'' when the going gets tough.

''We aren't getting the support we want from our fans, particularly when things aren't going well for us,'' Dhoni said as bouquets and flowers piled up on his table at a function to felicitate him here.

A section of crowd booed Sachin when he was dismissed cheaply in the first innings of the Third Test at his homeground. India eventually lost the match to England. Last year as well, ''Team India'' players, including Rahul Dravid, were jeered by the Kolkatan crowd even as it cheered for South Africans during an ODI at the Eden Gardens.

''It is understandable when we are playing abroad, the support is going to be less for us there. But when in India, we expect good support for us. It helps us if you back us strongly,'' the lad from Jharkhand said.

''I don't want to be specific but you know what happened in Mumbai and here,'' Dhoni said reacting to the boos the batsmen received after their dismissals during the first one-dayer at Ferozeshah Kotla here yesterday.

Meanwhile, the Ranchi dazzler appeared positive on the all important World Cup next year.

''We are now getting focussed for the event and I can assure you for the 100 percent application,'' he said but cautioned that winning the cup would not be a facile task.

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