Check out: MS Dhoni’s sarcastic answers to reporters
India limited-over skipper MS Dhoni is a delight to hear at press conferences. The elegance with which he ducks controversial questions is worth a read. As he celebrates his birthday today, here are instances when Captain Cool justified his epithet. (Photo: PTI)
Why don’t you play the helicopter shot anymore?
Dhoni: A helicopter needs a particular place to fly. If you go underwater into a submarine and ask why there are no helicopters there, then that will be a problem. I cannot play it to a bouncer unless I get a stool with me. (Photo: PTI)
What do you think about the DRS debate?
Dhoni: If I am going to buy a life jacket which does not come with a warranty, that's a bit of a hassle for me. Especially with the huge amount of money you have to spend for the DRS. I would prefer some kind of warranty for it. The moment it comes, I will be happy. (Photo: Screengrab)
What do you plan to do after retirement?
Dhoni: The good thing is that I do collect a lot of stumps but the bad thing is I don't put a mark as to which match they were from. So, after I retire I’ll watch the videos of all my matches, look closely at the sponsor logos on the stumps and figure out which match a stump belongs to. It will be my post-cricket pass time! (Photo: AP)
On the young Indian team which took shape since the retirement of Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar…
Dhoni: From Kishore Kumar, we have gone to Sean Paul. (Photo: AFP)
Earlier, the Indian batsmen faced problem batting in Australia. Why is that?
Dhoni: You won't see a Sreesanth bat like a Don Bradman just because he wants to bat like one. (Photo: AFP)
On the weather in Australia before the series…
Dhoni: I was sitting at home and watching television. More often than not, you watch some really strong advertisements in the lead-up to an India-Australia series. The advertisement said: 'It is winter out there, and summer out here, so get ready to feel the heat Down Under.' I took it very seriously. I didn't pack a single jacket, only to realise it is pretty cold here. (Photo: PTI)