Brisbane:India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni spoke exclusively to NDTV's Anjali Doshi on the recently concluded tour of Australia. Excerpts:
On Dhoni the captain, and his rapport with the team
I am funny, sarcastic and aggressive. Not very vocal but can be if I am angry and I love my teammates. I am a transparent person. Whatever happens on the field, I just repeat it at the press conference. There is nothing confidential about it. More importantly I have a good rapport with my team, they respond well to me and that is why they understand me. After the end of every match I speak to them. I am not really supposed to rate myself as long as everything is fine and we are winning, it's fine. But the problem starts when we don't do well. Then we come under lot of scrutiny. But that's how it is.
On the CB Series win
It is very special beating Australia in Australia. A lot was said about them and how tough they are in big matches like finals. But it was good to see our youngsters taking up the responsibility. I hope we get a few easy outings now but jokes apart nothing is easy in international cricket.
On the upcoming youngsters in the team
Piyush Chawla and Praveen Kumar performed really well, and when a team performs well like this it leads to stability, this is the core team, and will change only little depending on conditions. Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, Piyush Chawla and Harbhajan Singh were outstanding performers.
On the controversies surrounding Harbhajan
Harbhajan was under pressure and he came and did a great job. He is an aggressive player, but he has not done any wrong. The Aussie newspapers were constantly targeting bhajji and he was always described as controversial off spinner, maybe next time he comes here he should change his name.
On Australia's sledging and the mood in the dressing room
The spirit in the dressing room is great, we try and listen to music and keep it a happy space. The controversy egged us on to do even better. We chose not to report many incidents because I don't believe in a principal standing and watching over everything. These differences are on the field and need to be sorted out there.
On choosing between country and club, and the money in IPL
I am excited about playing in the IPL. I calculated that with the money I earn there I could buy over 1000 bikes! If I ever had to choose between country and a club, I would choose country, because how much money do you need, so far what I have earned is enough for me and my future family. Playing for the country is always most special to me.