By CricketCountry Staff
Canberra: Dec 18, 2011
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was at his comic best as he stole the show with a lighthearted speech at a gathering at the Indian High Commission on Saturday.
Dhoni, who was introduced as "an icon of young India" said both the teams would miss Harbhajan Singh and Andrew Symonds and hoped the youngsters would 'stir the pot' in absence of them in the forthcoming Test series.
"The India-Australia series is always a hyped one. There's always a lot of chit-chat going around. We can't stop the Aussies from speaking. At times, we also reply to them, give it back to them. This time though, we will miss Harbhajan and Symonds. Hopefully, we'll have youngsters who can fill the space," he said.
The 30-year-old continued to enthrall the audience. "After returning the favour to the common enemy (in the one-day series at home against England), we were playing the West Indies, and I had some time off in the latter part of the series. I was sitting at home and watching television.
"More often than not, you watch some really strong advertisements in the lead-up to an India-Australia series. The advertisement said: 'It is winter out there, and summer out here, so get ready to feel the heat down under.'
“I took it very seriously. I didn't pack a single jacket only to realise that it's pretty cold here. What they meant was that it was related to cricket, and not the weather."