For any team to succeed in international cricket, there needs to be a good understanding and rapport between its captain and the head of its cricket board. The history of Indian cricket has been witness to such relationships in the past where Sourav Ganguly’s partnership with Jagmohan Dalmiya stands out amongst the rest.
Similarly, during MS Dhoni’s reign as Team India captain, a similar partnership surfaced between the Jharkhand cricketer and then Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief N Srinivasan. While Dhoni himself has had a relatively controversy-free career so far, his relationship with Srinivasan didn’t go as others would have expected.
At the helm of the 2013 IPL spot-fixing case, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain was accused of lying to a Supreme Court-appointed probe panel in a bid to allegedly defend Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan. It was a time when Dhoni also held the position of a vide-president in India Cements – a company owned by Srinivasan.
But, while several conspiracy theories came to the fore, Dhoni, himself, never gave a clarification, nor he let it affect his game. But, after more than four years, the former Indian captain has finally broken his silence on the issue and presented his side of the story.
Dhoni’s side of the story has now been published in a book written by Rajdeep Sardesai. The book, titled Democracy’s XI, reveals how Dhoni and Srinivasan really think about each other.
“Let me tell you, it is an absolute lie that I told a probe panel that Meiyappan was only a cricket enthusiast, all I said is he had nothing to do with the team’s on-field cricketing decisions. I can’t even pronounce the word ‘enthusiast’,” Dhoni is quoted as saying in an excerpt published by ESPNcricinfo.
“I really don’t care what people say, I found Srinivasan as someone who was always there to help cricketers,” Dhoni further adds.
Apart from Dhoni, Srinivasan also made interesting revelations in the book, including that of saving Dhoni from being removed as captain after India’s disastrous tours of England and Australia in 2012.
“Yes, it is true that I vetoed the decision to drop Dhoni as captain. How can you drop someone as captain within a year of his lifting the World Cup?” the former BCCI president claimed.
Despite all the speculations, Dhoni and Srinivasan continue to share a healthy relationship. Dhoni has been seen dropping by the Srinivasan residence whenever Team India plays in Chennai. He was also seen at the opening ceremony of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) – a brainchild of Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) headed by Srinivasan.
Source of news : Mensxp