Mahendra Singh Dhoni Chooses Silence as Home Fans Boo England

Hosts England were booed by a majority of the 24,000-strong crowd but Mahendra Singh Dhoni refused to comment on the matter.

Updated: September 09, 2014 11:20 IST
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Representational image: A massive section of Indian fans cheer during the 4th England vs India ODI at Birmingham - venue for the subsequent T20I as well.

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Birmingham: In no mood to be drawn into a controversy at the end of an exhausting tour, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni steered clear of queries on England's cricketers, especially spinner Moeen Ali, getting booed on home turf during the one-off Twenty20 match. (Kohli's heroics in vain as India lose T20I to England | Match in pics | Highlights)

India's tour of England drew to a close on a rather disappointing note with the team losing the Twenty20 match by three runs here. This came after Indians rebounded from the Test series loss to clinch the ODIs with dominating performances. (Suggested read: Shastri backs 'fatherly' Fletcher, says he is tremendous)

During Sunday's match, England cricketers were incessantly booed by a majority of the 24,000-strong crowd, most notably Ali, who had interestingly sought more support from home fans ahead of the match. Birmingham has a sizeable Indian population.

When asked about the booing, England skipper Eoin Morgan laughed it off, saying, "We all got booed." (Also read: Eoin Morgan glad to get smiles back in England camp)

However Dhoni equated it with the booing of Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja during the Test series after his infamous altercation with James Anderson.

"Did you ever ask about Jadeja getting booed?," Dhoni said at the post-match press conference.

"(On) the last day of the tour, I don't want to start another controversy," he added.

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