Report9 : Emphasizing the want to keep the spirit of gentleman’s game alive, Indian ODI captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni today said IPL has helped players from across the globe connect with each other and taken “ugly sledging” away from cricket.
The Chennai Super Kings skipper has hardly lost his bearing on and off the field and the humble cricketer from Jharkhand is of the opinion that the Indian Premier League and all such T20 leagues of the world have led to a good on-field environment in international matches.
“We play a gentleman’s game. We want to win, but have to do it in the right way. IPL has taken the ugly sledging away from cricket. Friendly banter is good and that’s what these Twenty20 league has done.
Really helped the cricketers in streamlining in what was known as sledging,” Dhoni, who shared the stage with West Indies batsman Chris Gayle, said at a promotional event to kick off the “Yaari” digital movement in a city hotel here.
“IPL has helped us a lot to deal with it (sledging). IPL has helped different players from different cultures come together and share the same dressing room. IPL got me closer to many individuals, whom I might not have interacted with otherwise,” Dhoni said.
“I don’t even interact with Indian players in IPL fearing what their team’s policy might be, so I take care of all these things. But my equation with many players has improved just because of IPL,” the former Indian test captain added.
Gayle was of the same opinion as the wicketkeeper-batsman on IPL easing tension between players.
“I agree with MS about IPL. IPL has done wonders for the entire cricket fraternity. Yes, there is friendly sledging, like I enjoy with (Kieron) Pollard — Mumbai Indians player — but otherwise it’s cool,” said the ravaging Jamaican cricketer.
Citing an example of IPL comradeship, Gayle said, “I got to know (Mitchell) Starc — Australian pacer representing RCB — through IPL. He is a totally different player in the dressing room. He is very quiet and very reserved, but (it) was good to know him.”