The supposed rift within Team India has been widely lambasted by the media and put forth as one of the main reasons for the pathetic display Down Under. Dashing batsman Virender Sehwag and skipper MS Dhoni, two of India’s most iconic players have reportedly fallen out with each other, and all is clearly not well with the embattled Indian cricket team. But the real rift is not within the team. It lies in the huge communication gap between the team management and the sizeable Indian media contingent.

The hush-hush policy that Indian cricket typically adopts is no doubt the reason for the utter lack of trust between the players and the media. Media management with respect to Indian cricket has seldom been professionally handled by the establishment. Office bearers of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) typically act as media managers on tours, often with disastrous results…

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