MS Dhoni takes exception to IPL scandal stories which invariably mention him
Sydney: India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni finally broke his stoic silence over the Indian Premier League spot-fixing scandal yesterday, saying that he does not expect the speculation around his name to stop anytime soon despite nothing concrete coming up against him.
Dhoni, who captains Chennai Super Kings in the IPL, has been remarkably calm in the last couple of years despite his name regularly cropping up in cases pertaining to conflict of interest.
There was wild speculation about his name being among the yet-to-be-released list of 13 players, who have been indicted by the Justice Mukul Mudgal Committee in the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal.
'Have to deal with it'
"I know one thing, irrespective of what is there, when it comes to Indian cricket, my name keeps popping up. Now that this has been settled, something new will pop up.
It keeps popping up. I am quite used to it," Dhoni said ahead of today's tri-series match against Australia.
"If there is nothing, some speculative story comes up, big or small. I have to keep dealing with all these things. It is the end of one story, something else may start in a couple of days' time," Dhoni said.
Delivering its long-awaited verdict, the Supreme Court barred BCCI President-in-exile N Srinivasan from contesting the Board's presidential elections.
The Court also declared that the allegation of betting against Gurunath Meiyappan, a CSK team official and son-in-law of Srinivasan, and Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra stands proved while the charge of cover up against Srinivasan was "not proved".
India captain MS Dhoni said Ishant Sharma (ankle injury) and Ravindra Jadeja (left shoulder impingement) are fit and available for selection for the ODI tri-series clash against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) today.
However, Rohit Sharma is still recuperating from his sore hamstring and will continue to sit out. "Rohit is not fit for this game.
Everybody else, including Ishant and Jadeja are available for selection," Dhoni said. When India began their pre-match practice session yesterday, Ishant was one of the first to have a bat in the nets and Jadeja followed him soon.