Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday refused to break the BCCI gag on him in answering questions on the spot-fixing scandal that has hit Indian Premier League (IPL) except to say that some players are “slightly mentally weak” compared to others.
Addressing a press conference here ahead of the Champions Trophy, he made it clear that he would not answer questions relating to the recent controversies, saying he would definitely speak at the right time.
At the brief press conference, an International Cricket Council (ICC) official reminded the journalists that the interaction should be limited to the Champions Trophy much like the Indian team media manager’s intervention during the pre-departure press conference in Mumbai on Tuesday.
Dhoni had come under severe attack from media and commentators for his silence in refusing to answer questions at the Mumbai interaction.
“If I have not answered Indian journalists, there is no reason why I should answer you...at the right time (I will speak),” he said in reply to a question on Thursday by a reporter who asked him about the spot-fixing scandal.
Asked if the Champion Trophy is an opportunity to “restore the reputation” of Indian cricket, Dhoni said, “It is not that the reputation has gone. If I go ahead to explain that I would rather answer his question also. When the right time comes, I will answer it.”
“As of now, I dont think we have lost the opportunity because whatever the set up is throughout the world or any sport, still you have some people who would be slightly mentally weak as compared to some of the others. I would have loved to elaborate but at the right time I will do it”, he said.
When pressed further on the issue, Dhoni said “Well, you are just forcing me to answer but definitely when the time comes I will answer”.
Q: Imagine if you win the Champions Trophy, the faith of Indian fans will be restored?
A: Well, I know one thing I am a person who lives in the present, I don’t really believe in imagining. I believe in doing the stuff right.
Q: Expand on it, do you look the same cool, relaxed guy as you have been over the years?
A: You are just forcing me to answer a few things but definitely when the time comes I will answer that. Just want to keep our side away from everything as of now.
Asked about the team spirit, he said “it was fantastic.”
At the pre-departure press conference on Tuesday in Mumbai also Dhoni had avoided a series of questions on the spot-fixing, including, as the leader of Indian cricket fraternity, why we have not heard from you so far and can you guarantee Indian cricket fans that during Champions Trophy, there will be no mischief on the field?.