> > Go on keep frothing.
> So according to you; is it ok for the captain to verbally intimidate
> umpires on the field
It's not ok for anyone to do this. I'd query whether Harper's a little thin-skinned (is he from Queensland?) because I don't think***ie Bird or Simon Taufel ever felt intimidated by a captain making a joke about the pitch. But maybe he just doesn't like "backchat". (I hope Sutherland keeps him in mind when MArthur is iced. Let Australia go from utterly ***to totally shithouse. I'm looking forward to the Ashes: based on performance this last week, looks like a real bottom-of-the-table clash.)
I'd also note that the match went on despite Kumar being taken out of the attack. After all, India's not Pakistan. And finally, Harper was on his way out anyway. He'd been demoted from the Elite Panel - at Nasser Hussain's insistence, but Nasser Hussain's father was from Madras and, like Dhoni, Nasser also plays Cricket, so of course he'd hate him - so you can't really blame people for lacking confidence in him. (Or Harper, for lacking confidence in himself.)
> *and* criticise them off it at post-match press
This I don't care if anyone does. If the ICC doesn't put a stop to people shooting off their mouths, it's hardly Dhoni's fault for expressing a view. Heck, Ponting whined like a little *** about something each time he lost a match. I thought he was a little ***; he seemed more bullied than a bully each time, though.
> or is it just the Whingdian captain who's allowed to do this?
Nope. If the Australian coach wasn't their biggest bugbear, I'd be perfectly happy with them crying about the umpires. Anything to keep Johnson in the side: I hope New Zealand gets a chance to*** him, too.