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IPL has taken away the ugly sledging from cricket: Dhoni

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Stressing the need to keep the spirit of gentleman’s game alive, Indian limited-overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Monday said IPL has helped players from across the globe connect with each other and taken “ugly sledging” away from cricket.

Popularly known as ‘captain cool’, the Chennai Super Kings skipper has hardly lost his bearing on and off the field and the humble cricketer from Jharkhand is of the opinion that the Indian Premier League and all such T20 leagues of the world have led to a good on-field environment in international matches.

“We play a gentleman’s game. We want to win, but have to do it in the right way. IPL has taken the ugly sledging away from cricket. Friendly banter is good and that’s what these Twenty20 Leagues has done. Really helped the cricketers in streamlining in what was known as sledging,” Dhoni, who shared the stage with West Indies batsman Chris Gayle, said at a promotional event to kick off the “Yaari” digital movement in a city hotel here.

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