Mumbai, Jan 17: Bollywood actor John Abraham has defended Team India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni saying that it was a bad patch through which he was passing.
In an interview to a newspaper, John, a close friend of Dhoni, says: “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 tell me, You have had a bad year but the next one will be better!
“That reassuring statement has stood me in good stead. 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.
“One thing I feel sad about is how the Australian media is always so supportive of our team and our media isn't. Dont 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.
“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.
“I don't know about Mahis statement hinting at a possible retirement from Test cricket by 2013, so I wouldnt be able to comment on it,but I do know that whatever he does he will do it with conviction and strength of purpose.”