This is perhaps the first time that a losing skipper has avoided the post match press conference.
MS Dhoni has managed to turn even the Indian media against him after suffering one of the most embarrassing defeats in India’s ODI history.
Losing with 209 balls to spare against Sri Lanka in match five of the tri series is India’s biggest margin of defeat in terms of balls to spare.
"According to the standard procedure, the two captains should address the media within half-an-hour of the prize distribution ceremony," The Hindu reported, but Dhoni was busy with other more important matters.
The Calcutta Telegraph reports,
The convention is that the losing captain first addresses the media after the match. That didn’t happen despite repeated reminders to manager Ranjib Biswal. The players were then busy playing football.
According to the Deccan Chronicle, the Indian Manager Biswal had no control of his team or his own arrogance,
Curiously, team manager Ranji Biswal was also busy doubling up as the goalkeeper and so was unable to persuade Dhoni to take media queries on apathetic performance. Repeated phone calls from reporters fell on deaf ears. “Five minutes” was the standard reply from Biswal. When the print media finally decided to boycott the conference, the matter was communicated to Biswal who said: “No problem you can go”.
And finally, when Dhoni decided the time was right, the print media gave him a dose of his own medicine.
The following is from the Times of India,
Frantic calls from Sri Lanka Cricket’s (SLC) media manager, who conducts the post-match proceedings, were treated dismissively. India’s shambolic performance ensured the match got over at 7.15 pm, and eventually Dhoni turned up at 8.45 pm, ten minutes after the international print media had got tired of waiting and walked out.
The excuse this time is: "We have time till 10.15 pm (when the match was supposed to be over officially)."
But, don’t they always have an excuse? An Indian loss is never attributed by their own media, Indian officials, Indian past players and fans to being outplayed by better opponents. Instead, it’s always an external factor out of their own control.
Ahmed Rizvi of the UAE based The National explains,
There is bound to be some complaint about the pitch over the coming days. The India team have become poor travellers and sore losers. They blamed excessive cricket and the pitch after the 200-run defeat against New Zealand.
Before the second game, Dhoni scrapped a training session because of the “poor condition” of the wickets provided. Then came the issue of Suraj Randiv’s no-ball to deny Virender Sehwag a century and India had found another issue to keep the focus away from the cricket.