Even when he hit that stupendous six off Nuwan Kulasekara to win the ICC World Cup for India, Mahendra Singh Dhoni showed no emotion at all. He just twirled his bat turned back and grabbed hold of a stump as a souvenir of the occasion. His teammates were all over him especially the non-striker, Yuvraj Singh, who was crying with joy but 'Mahi' barely had a smile.
That is why his pumping his fists twice after hitting the winning boundary against England in Mohali was a bit of a surprise. What it probably reveals is how much he was upset by the defeats in England. He had kept it inside and kept on defending his team match after match in England.
Centuries in any class of cricket are never easy and in limited-overs cricket tougher than most, but Trott did no favours to his team by not running fast enough between the wickets nor going for the big shots in the batting power play. It was left to Samit Patel to take the risks and get England to the total that they finally did.
England's players have said that they will sledge the Indians to get them out of their comfort zone and it sure is working, since India won the Chandigarh game only in the final over and not with 13 overs to spare as they did in Delhi, or by a margin of 126 runs in Hyderabad.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has gone on record expressing his displeasure over the language, and while it is accepted that Indians are no saints either, it is about time players realized the bad example they are setting the youngsters who are watching the game.
Sir Ian Botham, England's greatest all-rounder, never ever indulged in wordplay nor did he need to. If lips rather than hands, feet and the brain won matches, then coaches would have players gargling their throats instead of the other drills that they make the players carry out, and if the vocabulary is limited as it is with most sledgers it ceases to have an effect after the first burst.
History has shown that a funny remark does destabilize a player without causing any offence rather than the abusive one which only makes him more determined to stick it out, but then only intelligent ones understand that and so they never sledge.
Professional Management Group