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Dhoni’s hurt, but has got tougher

Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Dhaka: Far from being affected mentally, by damaging allegations and speculative reports over the past nearly two months, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has actually been getting tougher.

On Friday, somebody who knows India’s most successful captain well, told The Telegraph: “Dhoni doesn’t say much, not even when he’s with his closest friends, but you can make out the space he is in mentally...

“That’s not hidden...

“My impression is that the recent weeks have made Dhoni tougher. He’s a stronger man today... In any case, he’s not the type to lock himself in his room and keep brooding...

“Of course, Dhoni’s hurt... He doesn’t deserve what has been talked and written about and he’ll probably open his mouth at the appropriate time...

“Till that time comes, you can bank on Dhoni to only focus on the job he’s got to perform... He’s not going to run away from responsibilities, that’s just not him...

“But I’d like to add that Dhoni doesn’t forget anything... When the time is right, people who’ve used him to target somebody else (Narayanswamy Srinivasan, currently effectively suspended as the Board president) will have to run for cover...

“Dhoni takes immense pride in being a man of integrity and there are some values he’ll never compromise with... Why don’t critics look at the unselfish way he’s led India? Logon ki aankh bandh rahte hain kya?”

Point, indeed.