Melbourne, Jan 18: Some might feel Indian batsmen are more concerned about personal milestones than the team's interests. But captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni does not endorse such views. He has strongly defended his team-mates.
After India lost the 3rd ODI to Australia by 3 wickets at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday (January 17), questions were asked about the team's scoring rate in the middle overs not only in this game but the previous 2 as well. India scored 309, 308 and 295 so far.
Some argued that India's batsmen slow down when they are nearing a century. So far in the series, there have been 3 centuries (Rohit Sharma 2, Virat Kohli 1). However, both Rohit and Kohli were not guilty of putting self ahead of team.
In the first ODI at the WACA ground (Perth), Kohli, in search of quick runs, fell for 91. He was lauded by many former cricketers and fans for being selfless.
At the post-match press conference in Melbourne, Dhoni was asked whether India's batsmen become selfish when they approach a century?
The skipper gave a straight-forward, short reply to dismiss it. "No, certainly not. I don't think so. Don't ask me to elaborate, the statistics are with you," he hit back.
Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, who smashed a match-winning 96 at MCG, had said some players were "milestone-driven" and he never bothers about personal landmarks.
"Some people are milestone-driven, some people aren't. If it means that much to you, you go for it. But it's not something that drives me too much," Maxwell said after the match.
There were reports in the media that Maxwell's "milestone-driven" comment was aimed at Indians. But it was not.