No rift in Team India, says Dravid

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Published: Saturday, March 10, 2012, 12:59 [IST]
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Dravid denies rift rumours

Bangalore, Mar 10: India's cricketing legend Rahul Dravid, after announcing his retirement from International cricket, interacted with media and confirmed that there was no rift in the team and said that Indian cricket was in a good place.

"Like you said, it's only speculation and rumours. There is no truth to it," he told reporters in Bangalore on Friday after bidding adieu to Test cricket.

After two successive whitewashes, Team India have registered a poor overseas record, when asked Dravid about Team India's place after witnessing two disastrous tours, he felt the team is in a good place despite two disappointing tours to England and Australia.

Even though the series in England and Australia were "disappointing" as India did not do well, he said: "Indian cricket is in a good place."

Earlier, reports suggested that skipper Dhoni and Virender Sehwag were at loggerheads, as they were involved in a verbal spat leading to rumours on rift. Dhoni's comments on seniors and rotational policy triggered a few tense moments which led to a heated discussion which was later revealed by Dhoni in the press conference that there was no rift in the team.

"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 February 25, 2012.

“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 had said during the press conference.

He had also denied there were 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.

While BCCI president voiced his opinion on this regard, as he confirmed that there was no rift in the team.

"You have no knowledge of it. I don't think there is any rift in the team. There is nothing to be concerned about," Srinivasan had told reporters after a meeting of the IPL Governing Council.

Now, Dravid's statement is the latest regarding the issue and this further confirms that there is no rift in the Indian team.


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