Nagpur/Banglure: Emotions drooled over in the stands of the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday, when every passing over made the fans fidgety. Some had their head in hands, some bit nails, and some were stuck with whether to believe their head or heart. Such was the drama around India’s one-run win over Bangladesh in the ICC World Twenty20. But away from that glare, something ticked off skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni so much that he lost his cool and give it his all.
Getting his breath back after a roller-coaster evening, Dhoni walked into the press conference room with a smile, but it soon evaporated at the very first question, which not only took Dhoni by surprise but also made him very, very angry.
The way that question was framed would have irked any captain, especially one who led and fought out of his skin to earn his country a much-needed win. So Dhoni was completely right on his part to express his anger.
Reporter: “Before the match, we were talking about a big win so that we can improve our net run-rate but look at how we just about managed to win. How satisfied you are with such a win? And second …
(Dhoni cuts him)
“Just one [question] at a time,” the India skipper said firmly. “I know you aren’t happy that India won today.”
(Reporter tries to clarify. Dhoni cuts him again.)
“Listen to me. Hearing you, your tone and your question, it’s clear that you aren’t happy that India has won. And when talking about a cricket match, there’s no script. It’s not about the script. You have to analyse that after losing the toss, what was the reason that we couldn’t make many runs on that wicket. If you aren’t analysing these things sitting outside, then you shouldn’t ask this question.”
And a slightly longer than normal pause followed, before the mike was passed on for the next question.