With Team India’s dismissive performance in the on going Test Series against Australia in Australia, Team India’s captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is being slandered by the media.
But Mahendra Singh’s good friend and Bollywood actor John Abraham has decided to stand up for his friend as well as Team India.
“I have known Mahi for a number of years now, and I would say he's a small town boy with a very simple heart. He is strong and resilient. Mahi will always remain silent through criticism because he knows that good days will be followed by bad days. When a film of mine has had a poor opening, he smiles and tells me, 'You have had a bad year but the next one will be better!' That reassuring statement has stood me in good stead,” said John Abraham to a leading daily.
John Abraham is also confident over Team India and Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s success in upcoming tours.
“If the Australian tour has been a bad one, I'm sure it will be followed by a good tour. Mahi knows how to receive the brickbats with the bouquets. He's one of the most balanced guys I know. He is not going to let criticism affect him. This is just one tour. The minute there's a better tour, people will revere him again,” he said.
“One thing I feel sad about is how the Australian media is always so supportive of our team and our media isn't. Don't be so harsh on Mahi. I am not saying don't call a spade a spade, but please understand that these guys are playing for our country. Let's not lose hope so fast. I am and will always remain the strongest supporter of Mahi,” he added.
He added that his support for his friend Dhoni just doesn’t come from the fact that he is his good friend but from the fact that he trusts in Dhoni’s talent and leadership skills.
“I am not irrational in my support of him. I know Mahi as a human being and how he prides himself as an Indian cricketer. He's a team player first and then a captain. I also know he's by far the best captain India has ever had. I know what Mahi is going through today, as I have gone through similar situations with my films. But we will both remain silent through criticism and never retaliate. During stressful times, we keep quiet, put our heads down and keep working,” he said.
There have been reports that Mahendra Singh Dhoni would hang his boots from Test Cricket by the year 2013. When asked if his friend had talked to him about it he said, “I don't know about Mahi's statement hinting at a possible retirement from Test cricket by 2013, so I wouldn't be able to comment on it, but I do know that whatever he does he will do it with conviction and strength of purpose.”
John Abraham seems to be proving that ‘A friend in need is a friend indeed’.