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MS Dhoni and Golden Silence

Posted on: May 28, 2013

To all angry fans out there, MS Dhoni is innocent. He is under threat from Srini and his cahoots. He cannot open his mouth if he loves his life. This is why he kept mum when reporters asked him questions on the spot fixing saga in recently concluded IPL.

The fans are disappointed. Journalists are feeling let down. Angry TV anchors are asking questions that nobody wants to answer. With each passing day the spot fixing saga is getting murkier and murkier. To this the Indian Captain MS Dhoni’s silence has added fuel to fire.

Now why did MS Dhoni buckle under pressure? Why did he choose to look the other way when he had an opportunity to express his views and feelings? Didn’t his loyal fans have every right to know how strongly their beloved captain cool feels about the spot fixing and players-bookies nexus for a widespread betting network across the country? Maybe, the loyal fans were expecting too much. Even the noisy reporters were creating obstacles for him by subjecting him to silly questions. The ever angry TV anchors were going over the top in a desperate bid to gain TRPs for their shows.

Everybody is wrong in asking MS Dhoni questions on spot fixing. Nobody should have asked him questions simply because he has won India a world cup. He has done a lot for the country. By this logic he is not answerable to either reporters or fans. He is answerable to the BCCI President. He will follow what the president says. In the bargain, if he has to lose a few fans, so be it.

After all, you cannot go on playing cricket forever. There is, of course, life post retirement. There are various career options available even after you hang your boots. You can become a coach or a selector or a commentator. But for this to happen you must be in the good books of BCCI,  mustn’t you?

This explains MS Dhoni’s silence. After all, he seems to have taken a leaf put of PM’s book. Silence is golden. Maybe BCCI has browbeaten him into that silence. But in times like this silence is the last resort. In a country prone to mind boggling scandals at regular intervals, soon spot fixing will be off the media radar. Sreesanth and co. will be out of jail after the dust settles. It will be back to business in another fortnight or so. Then why should MS Dhoni say something in the prime of his career and chuck it all away?

Silence is invaluable. What MS Dhoni has done is remarkable. He has come across as a diplomat dodging all bullets with a smile and without trace of remorse. Today MS Dhoni has lost a few fans but certainly gladdened the heart of his master and earned himself a lifetime membership in the elite club that matters the most.

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