I am not on TV to criticise, says Dhoni

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Published: Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 15:53 [IST]
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I am not on TV to criticise, says Dhoni

Kolkata, Dec 4: India captain MS Dhoni is not bothered by the criticism he is facing in recent times over demand for spin tracks at home.

Dhoni has been demanding for turning track in home series. While some have called him right in his demands, most feel it is wrong to instruct curators to prepare rank turners. Eden Gardens curator Prabir Mukherjee was upset with Dhoni's demand for turning pitch from day one.

"I am not bothered by what is being said," Dhoni said on Tuesday. Dhoni said he doesn't have a platform like others have, to air their views.

"I don't have a platform like them. I am not on TV assessing neither do I write columns," Dhoni added.

The right-hander said criticism was part of cricket. "Criticism is a big part and parcel of the game, especially in Indian cricket. You get a lot of support when you perform well. But the same people run you down when you do not do well," he said.

On the pressure of captaincy, he said: "It goes either ways. Leading the side for the last three or four years you get in a situation to handle pressure. The good thing is you see both sides of the coin. With every game emotions flow.

"When team does well, you get appreciated and should also take criticism when you don't do well. The important thing is you learn to walk the middle path."

India and England play the third Test of the series in Kolkata from Wednesday. The four-match rubber is level at 1-1.


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