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No rift in the team, says captain Dhoni

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Published: Saturday, February 25, 2012, 10:12 [IST]
 
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Dhoni quashes rift rumours

Sydney, Feb 25: Indian captain MS Dhoni on Saturday, put to rest all the talk of rift in the team by saying there was nothing like that happening and the team was concentrating on winning the remaining two tri-series games and reaching the finals.

Also read: Sehwag hits back at Dhoni's 'slow' remark

There have been disagreements among the Indian players about rotation policy in the ongoing tri-series in Australia and Virender Sehwag had different version to the policy from Dhoni.

While Dhoni termed the rotation policy for seniors was aimed at fielding issues, Sehwag said it was to give chance to youngsters as it will help them to adjust to conditions in Australia as the next edition of the World Cup is in Australia and New Zealand in 2015.

Speaking for the first time on the rift issues, Dhoni said: "It's perfect. I don't know where it (rumours of a rift) came from. There's nothing like that that's happening so let's stick to cricket because that's what is really important," Dhoni said during a press conference on Saturday.

“We had a laugh in the dressing room over the talks of rift and are concentrating on winning the next two matches and get it to the tri-series finals," he said.

He also denied there was any misunderstanding with senior batsman Sehwag.

"It has always been there (rift rumours). It's not about this series or the last series. It has been perfect and we enjoy it when things like these happen because it is the talk of the dressing room. We try to get the positive about it. It's half an hour of good talk in the dressing room because that's the best we can get out of it," said Dhoni.

He went on to say: "If you listen to the press conference on tape, you would get the answer yourself as to what actually I said and what I meant."

"You can't particularly see the same question, it might be a build up to the first question and often what we don't answer, because of the first part of the question we answer, it actually is the answer to the second or third question," added Dhoni.

"You feel a little awkward initially. You may sometimes think the person is actually believing (what's been reported). And the second person thinks may be he said it. But once you go through the talks, it gets back to as it was. It doesn't even by 10 per cent affect our performance or has any effect in the dressing room."

The talk of rift started when Dhoni called Sachin Tendulkar, Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir as "slow movers" on the field and it was cost the team about 20 runs each match.

Dhoni felt that they could not handle the big grounds in Australia and hence the team had decide to given them rest in each match.

Sehwag did not agree with his captain's claims when he filled in for Dhoni during the Sri Lanka ODI in Brisbane. Sehwag said the trio was fielding the same way for the past 10 years and that was not the main reason in resting them.

The dashing opener from Delhi also said he was available for all matches and it was left to the captain and coach to pick him for a particular match.

When asked about Sehwag's reaction that he need not clarify the slow fielding remarks with him, Dhoni said: "He's right, why should he have a chat? If there's nothing why we need to have a chat. When we don't have a problem, why we need to solve it? There's nothing negative in it. He is a senior player. We don't need to clarify. We all have belief in each other as to what was said and what happened. It's not the first time it has happened. The best thing is to get the most out of it. And what's the most important is to have fun."

India find themselves in a tight situation at the moment as they have to win both of their remaining matches in the tri-series to hope for a finals' berth.

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