Perth, Jan 12: Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni today hit back at former cricketers criticising his captaincy in the ongoing Test series against Australia, saying that he was not bothered by them as he would get brickbats even after taking right decisions.
Dhoni admitted that he was not right all the time but the critics would comment otherwise even if he had taken a right decision.
“You have to take it in stride. It looks easier from the outside, it's easier to comment on decisions. More often than not, you see the result and then comment,” he told reporters at the pre-match press conference ahead of the third Test against Australia starting here tomorrow.
“At times I get it wrong and at times I don't get it wrong but it's people who feel I've got it wrong,” said Dhoni rather coyly to criticism about his captaincy from former cricketers.
Dhoni also defended Virat Kohli and Ishant Sharma who were involved in unsavoury incidents with the fans and laid the blame on the aggressive behaviour of fans.
“When I have a chat with few players, you realize that somebody starts something and it's the retaliator who gets stuck and punished. Everybody (the fans) is fantastic in the morning but after tea, after a couple of barrels of beer down, it becomes difficult. If you see Aussie fans they are quite verbal and aggressive,” said Dhoni.
“It's something you need to learn, how you interact with fans, how to convert them into someone who wants you to perform as individual, and many may not want the opposition team to do well,” he said.
“We need to get smart, if we can avoid it is in the best interest. You have to be smart at what people are trying to do and how you are reacting to a particular situation. May be they are trying to push to perform well. These are few things you learn apart from playing in the field.”