Dhoni urges fans to control their emotions

Bangalore: The stone-pelting incident in Dhaka, where frustrated Bangladeshi fans attacked the West Indies team bus, didn`t escape Mahendra Singh Dhoni`s attention, prompting the India skipper to send a message to the fans to control their emotions.

"I think they missed the Bangladesh bus (laughs)…that`s what they were waiting for. It is unfortunate but that is how fans in the sub-continent react. You should remember that players are not living at home, their families don`t have anything to do with cricket. You have to control your emotions," Dhoni told reporters here today on the eve of India`s World Cup match against Ireland.

Recalling the 2007 World Cup — his house in Ranchi was attacked by angry fans after India crashed out of the tournament, Dhoni said, "I don`t go around beating my fans saying that you bashed my house in 2007."

Dhoni urged the fans to back the team and the players in hour of crisis.

"You have to back the players when they are not doing well. When you are winning, everybody is with you. The expectation, appreciation and everything is there.

"Fans should be with you when you are not doing well. The real fans will be with you when you are not doing well, when you are a bit low. Those are the real fans of cricket. Others just follow the wins of the team and whenever the teams are winning," the India skipper said.

Earlier yesterday, the bus carrying the West Indies players were stoned after they thrashed Bangladesh by nine wickets in Mirpur near Dhaka.

Angry fans vented their frustration by throwing pebbles that cracked a few windows.

ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat too condemned the attack, which raised question mark over security provided to teams in the sub-continent.

It must be mentioned that the Indian cricket team, too, had been on the receiving end of fans` fury on a few occasions in the past.