India Cricket: Dhoni Wants His Team to Be Sociable, Always

Linus FernandesAnalyst IIOctober 18, 2011

HYDERABAD, INDIA - OCTOBER 14:  India captain MS Dhoni bats during the 1st One Day International between England and India at The Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium on October 14, 2011 in Hyderabad, India.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
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What he said:

“The team showed character not to lose temper and still be sociable on the field.”

Mahendra Singh Dhoni believes that his side may have lost the Test match and ODI series in England, but they won hearts for not being sore losers.

The Indians lead 2-0 in the return ODI series—back home.

The Indian skipper was decorated with the  Spirit of the Game award at the annual ICC ceremony in September this year for his decision to allow English bat Ian Bell to continue his innings overturning a contentious dismissal just before the tea break during the second Test at Trent Bridge.

Ironically, Dhoni and his teammates were missing for the glittering function and Ian Bell collected the prize on his behalf.

What He Really Meant:

“We were so shell-shocked by the hammering meted out to us and the cold weather that we did not have the will to pull our  hands (holding hand warmers) out of our pockets. Talk about letting off a little steam!”

What He Definitely Didn’t:

“Check out our Facebook profiles and friend our friends—the entire English squad.”