Dhoni sends warning bells ringing in Aussie camp

9 years ago | 27-02-2008 | SAMPURN

HOBART, February 26: Having lied low for some time to let controversies cool down, India captain for the limited version of cricket Mahendra Singh Dhoni finally struck back at the arrogant Aussies on Tuesday.

Frustrated over allegations against his players as well as the continuous sledging by the Aussies, Dhoni has now made it amply obvious that his boys will no longer take things lying down.

Anticipating an Aussie hostility at the best-of-three match CB Triangular series finale that begins at Sydney on Sunday next, Dhoni has openly accused the ICC ODI world champions for all the on-field animosity between the two sides. Dhoni has blamed the Aussies for provocations during the ODI played at Sydney last Sunday. He said that the bitterness was so intense that the Indian squad was compelled to lodge an objection with the match referee.

Talking to newsmen here today, the Indian skipper said, "We believe it was the Australians who have been provoking us. It's been going on for a while. In due course I am sure (my team's) youngsters will learn from it. Defending young Ishant Sharma, Dhoni added, "Ishant only reacted to what Symonds said to him."

It may be mentioned here that Ishant has reportedly showed the "send-off finger" to Andrew Symonds in that game and was subsequently fined 15 percent of his match fee. Dhoni, however, felt that it is never friendly in international cricket and hostility is fine as long as the players did not cross the line.

While the Indian skipped hoped that Ishant will learn this art in due course, he preferred not to comment on the issue when in the Sydney match, he had to part with his gloves after the match referee was concerned about their legality.