It should come as no surprise that India captain MS Dhoni came to the defence of embattled England captain Alastair Cook at his first press conference after arriving in the old country. I think it's very important to back players. It does not matter whether he is the captain of the side or a batsman or a bowler, Dhoni said. Dhoni should know. He has been no stranger to criticism in recent years, especially of his Test captaincy. He has been pilloried by the media for exactly the same reasons as Cook - he is too defensive, he is too reactive, he lets the game drift. Under Dhoni's leadership, India has careened to 10 losses in 12 away Tests over the last three years. It is a record that would have led to the sacking of a captain who did not have the full support of his board president, in this case the currently-suspended-from-the-BCCI-but-new-ICC-head N Srinivasan.