Chaos in the dressing room affected the team’s performance: MS Dhoni

Editor Sportzwiki / 20 December 2014

Indian skipper MS Dhoni revealed that there was a chaos in the dressing room before the play started today. Everyone were surprised to see Virat Kohli coming out to bat along with Cheteshwar Pujara to begin the proceedings on day 4 of the second test against Australia which the visitors lost by 4 wickets.

It was announced that Shikhar Dhawan injured his wrist while batting in the nets and his decision to back-off triggered a turmoil in the dressing room. He also said that Dhawan’s decision to back off affected the team’s performance in the first session today.

“We thought Shikhar got a blow but he was good enough to bat but he was not. As you saw, he went into bat late. But with that kind of a scenario, there is a bit of unrest in the dressing room and the calmness of the dressing room goes for a toss. It was a bit late to verbally resolve the problem,” Dhoni told in the post-match conference.

Dhoni also said that Kohli got less than 10 minutes to prepare himself before going out to bat and went on to narrate the entire incident that did create a bit of controversy on the day.

It was quite late and we could only give maybe 5-10 minutes’ notice to Virat that he would go in to bat. That’s one area which we could have handled a bit better but it’s something that we will have to take it in our stride. We went to practice and the wicket wasn’t good for it. A few of the batsmen batted and Shikhar got hit and left. After that, I had padded up and I went in. He (Shikhar) was a bit uncomfortable but he didn’t react and say that he can’t bat. He came back to the dressing room and Duncan and I were there. By that time, I had finished my batting and I found the wicket to be a bit uneven. But by the time we came back, it was quite close to the start of play and there, we realised that Shikhar wasn’t really 100 per cent fit to go into bat,” he added.

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