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  1. For a team that was labelled as one of the top contenders in the tournament, the Indian cricket team has undoubtedly lived up to the billing on the back of clinical performances in their two matches so far at the ICC World Cup. The 'Men in Blue' began their campaign with a six-wicket triumph over South Africa, and then a 36-run victory over Australia highlighted their intent in the coveted tournament. If their consecutive victories weren't enough, the fact that Team India almost ticked all the boxes further bolstered their reputation as a champion side. Whether it was their spin bowling duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav or the seam bowling partners Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, India's bowling unit has managed to prove their mettle in the recent matches. © Reuters Similarly, in the batting department, the likes of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan getting their respective hundreds in two matches and KL Rahul consolidating his position at the much-debated no. 4 slot, has made the Indian team a force to be reckoned with. But, cricket is a sport where one cannot take anything for granted - something that India and their fans realised recently. In what appears to be a major blow, Dhawan, who rediscovered his form with a 117-run knock against Australia, has been ruled out for about two to three weeks with an alleged hairline fracture on his left thumb. The Indian opener was hit by Nathan Coulter-Nile's bouncer during the clash against Australia. While the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is yet to announce his replacement, the news of Dhawan's injury comes as a major let down for the Indian fans who expressed their views on the social media. While some wished the left-handed batsman a speedy recovery, others deemed Rishabh Pant as his ideal replacement. With Shikhar Dhawan injured, bring in Rishabh Pant. Making him open with Rohit Sharma, with a licence to go beserk!#CWC19 #CWC2019 — Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) June 11, 2019 I want Rishabh pant in team — •RIYA•â¨ðð» (@chatty_gurl_) June 11, 2019 Wtf. Just Opened Twitter and saw Shikhar ruled out of the World Cup. ð­ It's a huge blow for India. I think they should call Rishabh Pant to play at 4 and let KL Rahul open. — Sharique ð (@ShariqueAghaz) June 11, 2019 We can always open with Rahul and call Rishabh Pant to bat at number 4. — Sanchit Gupta (@SanchitGupta8) June 11, 2019 Well Rishabh pant might get a chance — Dhaval prajapati (@Dhavalfreeman25) June 11, 2019 Rishabh pant be like...@BCCI ð pic.twitter.com/awmRdtuTYa — Ayan (@AyanViratians) June 11, 2019 Rishabh Pant right now.. #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/e3mruSM0gP — Loveyouall_007 (@loveyouall_007) June 11, 2019 Rishabh pant have most probable chances because we don't have lefty's in lineup — Surya (@Surya__Speaks) June 11, 2019
  2. Rahul Sharad Dravid, the man who is hated by literally zero per cent population of the world, is someone who has seldom raised his voice about any agenda in public. Time and again, he has proven his worth, first as one of the most sturdy cogs of the Indian cricket team, then as a rock-solid batsman at the crease and finally, as the fine coach of the junior Indian cricket team. It was behind the invaluable guidance and experience of Mr Dependable himself, that the country's 'second-tier squad' known as Team India A was able to dominate versus the visiting England Lions in a five-match one-day series in January 2019. Not to forget the young Prithvi Shaw-led Under-19 squad that lifted the 2018 ICC U-19 World Cup and later, the 2018 Asia Cup championship, which also came during the tenure of the Indore-born cricketing marvel. Credit: Reuters Having said that, his innocence has been taken for granted time and again, giving him a setback every time it was his moment to be recognised for his efforts and get rewarded. First, with not being appointed as the head coach of the Men in Blue and the post being given to Ravi Shastri, once Anil Kumble had resigned, and now with the whole National Cricket Academy (NCA) issue brimming. As the month of April began, Dravid made headlines for being the one and the only choice for the post of Head Coach of the Bengaluru-based institution, which is loaded with the state of the art technology and all the other provisions to produce the best crop of Indian cricketers for the future of the game in the nation. "Rahul has been handling junior cricket for a while now and the results have been phenomenal. It's only natural that he had to get involved with affairs at the NCA (in the present position). Now, he's determined to bring about a complete turnaround at the academy. With the kind of vision he has, it's already a given now that this is his role until he decides to stay,” Times of India had quoted an informed official, back in the day. Now, however, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to not go ahead with that plan and instead requires Dravid to “apply” for the job just like all the new candidates, the Board has in mind. Sure, according to BCCI officials, Dravid is “obviously a favourite for the role” as reported by TOI, but this is nothing more than an insult to 'The Wall' and his legacy. Credit: Reuters Why does Dravid need to send in his resume? Well, apparently, the Board realised that in the past few years, they have had the misfortune of directly appointed some questionable personnel for high-level jobs and their inability to hold the positions has caused them huge disappointments. In order to prevent something like that from happening, they have decided to carry out the process of the typical CV-based appointments. The only silver lining may be the fact that once his tenure as the head coach of the Indian cricket team is over, even Ravi Shastri must apply for the position once again in order to get the job. *Phew*
  3. “IPL performance will not dictate the selection process for the upcoming ICC World Cup,” said the Board of Control for Cricket in India about a month before the team was supposed to be finally announced and we have got to give it to them that despite some pretty bombastic innings played by a lot of Indian cricketers during the month and a half long tournament, the selectors have stuck to their performances only in the ODI format of the game. Having said that, a lot of people were already sceptical about the fact that the Roorkee-born Rishabh Pant was dropped from the list of Top 15 Men in Blue who will go on to represent the nation in the tournament and after his heroic innings in partnership with the Delhi Capitals opener, Prithvi Shaw against Steve Smith's Rajasthan Royals, his fans had an excuse to get on BCCI's tail. Backed by the stability provided by the 19-year-old Shaw on the other side of the batting pitch Pant was given the green light to go all out and hit big shots for his side. Scoring 78 off 36 deliveries, the former wicket-keeper of the Indian cricket team put the rest of the roster on his shoulders and led them to a massive win, showing courage, leadership and the ability to perform under pressure. Boundaries, flair and power-hitting. @RishabPant777 was at his best in #RRvDC! ðª Dilliwalon, which emoji would you use to describe this match-winning knock?#ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitals pic.twitter.com/Gb7W2fsHKX — Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) April 23, 2019 Understanding his state of mind after being dropped from the main roster just a few days before the World Cup was to begin, the Capitals' head coach Ricky Ponting and special advisor, Sourav Ganguly really wanted the batsman to have himself a game like this in order to overcome the rejection and focus on the future. Rishabh pant â¦@RishabPant777â© â¦@ParthJindal11â© u deserve this .. u r wow pic.twitter.com/tTYgWrZZpH — Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) April 22, 2019 "What he can only focus on now is win games for the Delhi Capitals. I think there's enough motivation there for him with that, he's talked a lot about wanting to be a successful part of a successful Delhi team. We've got that opportunity now over the next month," Ponting had said earlier this week when he touched upon the topic of Pant's fate with regards to the 2019 World Cup. And now that the 21-year-old had “one of those games”, his fans backed him up and trolled the team selectors at BCCI for letting him go: Woh World Cup ki team announce hoyeli ho, toh usme aur ek player add kar sakte hai kya?? @RishabPant777 #PantsOnFire #RRvDC #IPL2019 #RishabhPant Pant pic.twitter.com/RTPruaCWBd — North Stand Gang - Wankhede (@NorthStandGang) April 22, 2019 BCCI thinking why they didn't include Pant in World Cup squad.#RRvDC pic.twitter.com/frl2gW3ZNL — Kaushik (@Sarcasmm007) April 22, 2019 Rishabh Pant to BCCI selectors after today's innings. #RRvDC pic.twitter.com/qAlPxYYTb9 — Savage ð®ð³ (@CutestFunniest) April 22, 2019 #RRvDC Pant to BCCI for not picking him in world cup squad - pic.twitter.com/qQRAW1I2tl — RAHUL TYAGIð®ð³ð± (@rahulastic) April 22, 2019 Rishabh Pant to BCCI selector #RRvDC pic.twitter.com/IbTh6Xi5nV — prayag sonar (@prayag_sonar) April 22, 2019 My rxn for Indian world cup selector after seeing pant batting #RRvDC pic.twitter.com/g9vT9oGVvW — Chowkidar Mukesh Amrito (@imkamrito) April 22, 2019 RISHABH PANT to the WC Team Selector: ð¥#IPL2019 #RRvDC pic.twitter.com/ps4uXLV3dC — Anupam ð (@Anupam183) April 22, 2019 Rishabh Pant to BCCI. #RRvDC pic.twitter.com/8HJnag906s — Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) April 22, 2019 Rishabh Pant to @BCCI @rajasthanroyals #RRvDC pic.twitter.com/m94oOTArX3 — Nayan (@nayan2chaudhari) April 22, 2019 This Rishabh Pant innings was dedicated to BCCI selectors. Amazing Performance. #RRvDC #DCvRR — Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) April 22, 2019 Pant to BCCI :thukra ke mera pyaar mera intaqaam dekhegi #RRvDC pic.twitter.com/RsrK0aWh50 — nishant vadhiað®ð³ (@nishant_vadhia) April 22, 2019 .@BCCI now: looking at the way Rishabh Pant & DK are playing in this IPL! pic.twitter.com/t0fFN6TZCL — ‎Ù (@RealSatz) April 23, 2019
  4. In 2018, a depleted Indian cricket team snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in the Nidahas Trophy final in Sri Lanka. The thrilling victory against Bangladesh will be remembered for two things: Dinesh Karthik's match-winning knock and Vijay Shankar's struggles. While the former turned the tide in India's favour with a stunning batting display, the latter's sluggish innings almost cost his side the game and trophy. Following India's emphatic triumph, while Karthik was being hailed for his batting prowess, Shankar became the subject of immense criticism on the social media. Since that match, a lot has changed. © Twitter The 28-year-old might have not have had very good memories from that final, but he hasn't allowed his forgettable international debut to affect his performances on the field. Making most of the limited opportunities he has got so far, Shankar has, time and again, proved his worth with both bat and ball. And, that's exactly why he has been included in Team India's 15-man squad for the all-important ICC World Cup 2019. A versatile batsman who is more than capable of batting at any position in the middle-order, Shankar's ability to mould his innings according to the situation is what makes him a valuable addition to the Indian line-up. In case of a collapse, the Tamil Nadu cricketer can hold the fort at one end in pressure situations, and, if need be, he can accelerate the innings in the later stages of the game with plenty of big strokes in his armoury. © Twitter If his artistry with the willow adds value to the Indian middle-order, Shankar's medium-paced deliveries further bolster his side with an extra bowling option. Though he might still be fairly inexperienced and doesn't have much runs or wickets under his belly, Shankar is still a vital cog that provides the much-needed balance to the Indian team as they chase glory in England & Wales. Many did argue his selection ahead of Ambati Rayudu, who has performed more often than not, but it is Shankar's ability to contribute in all the three facets of the game that makes him a safer and a better bet than the specialist batsman. While we can't really predict if Shankar would occupy the hotly-debated No. 4 slot or not, his addition to the Indian squad by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) surely got the cricket fans excited on social media. This means the #No4 debate is still open. Options now are Vijay Shankar or Virat Kohli with Rahul at no. 3. People who watch a lot of domestic cricket really rate Vijay Shankar. Happy for him but his temperament will be tested. — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 15, 2019 Jadeja and Vijay Shankar both make the cut as I thought. Overall, very balanced side. Must feel for Pant though. Lost out marginally. But also lesson for him to improve his wk skills https://t.co/7Hqz0XSMLe — Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) April 15, 2019 What vijay shankar offers is 3 dimensional...batting, bowling and can field. Picked as batsman — neeru bhatia (@neerubhatia3) April 15, 2019 Vijay Shankar to BCCI after getting selected in the World Cup squad. pic.twitter.com/BPy6quQVvh — Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) April 15, 2019 Vijay shankar takes Rayudu's place ð India WC XI pic.twitter.com/IzW9bSMDTM — ððð§ð£ð¢ð­ ððð²ðð¤ð¨ðð¢ (@jeranjit) April 15, 2019 Backup for almost every position. Rahul can open if Rohit/Dhawan have a lean patch or injury. Vijay Shankar's bowling isn't threatening but he offers a seam bowling all rounder option if Pandya isn't playing. Jadeja is the joker in the pack to perform the team balancing act. — cricBC (@cricBC) April 15, 2019 Congratulations to Vijay Shankar and Dinesh Karthik who have been named in #TeamIndia's ICC #CWC19 squad. Send in your wishes for the duo! ð¸-BCCI pic.twitter.com/Iolf7Pc4gm — TNCA (@TNCACricket) April 15, 2019 Vijay Shankar batted beautifully in whatever chances he got. I believe Virat Kohli at 4 is the most viable option we have. Team should be in a position to not get shattered by the loss of early wickets. CT 2017 Final should be the first and only mistake — Ravi Maestri (@ravimaestri) April 15, 2019 Rishabh Pant could have replaced DK not Vijay Shankar. Vijay Shankar is better than Pant in rotating the strike — DS Raajjð®ð³ (@draju_tarun) April 15, 2019
  5. Amidst the madness of the Indian Premier League (IPL) taking over a country of cricket-crazy people, news of the Indian squad for the 2019 ICC World Cup being announced about a week from today, has caught people's attention. According to a Times of India report, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Indian skipper Virat Kohli have made plans to meet next Monday in Mumbai to sit and pick a roster that will represent the country in the tournament starting 30th May. Rohit Sharma believes that the final team will only be selected once the thoughts and ideas of Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri have been taken into consideration by the Board. “I think we are pretty much settled. There are a few spots (undecided) which everyone knows about but again that depends on what the captain and the coach and the selectors think whether they want to go for the extra seamer or the extra spinner or extra middle order player or a reserve opener. “It also depends upon the conditions. The last time we were in England, the conditions were quite dry. I don't know how things will be. So if it is like that, then you take an extra spinner, as simple as that. If it's not then probably take the extra seamer,” the 'Hitman' said in Mumbai. The last portion from Sharma's quote is worth paying some heed to. It is well established that the fourth spot in the team is the most uncertain position. While currently in the hands of former allrounder Ambati Rayudu, it is highly probable that the Guntur-born will be asked to give it up, considering his below average performance against Australia in the ODI and T20I series last month (and let's not even talk about his IPL journey so far). Basing the argument on Sharma's take, if the conditions in England and Wales consists of heavy moisture, the number four spot could go a batting allrounder like Vijay Shankar who usually goes to the pitch as the fifth batsman and somebody like Hardik Pandya can be inserted in the fifth slot. Alternatively, Dinesh Karthik becomes an ideal candidate for number four adding to the powerful middle order batting line up with Pandya taking away Shankar's place from the roster. On the other hand, if the weather conditions continue to remain dry like the last time Men in Blue had visited England, bowling allrounder, Kedar Jadhav becomes one of the foremost picks for Kohli. Also, if the captain and the coach really want to try something that they haven't in the last two years, bringing back Ravichandran Ashwin does not appear to be a bad thought either. While positions for batsmen like Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, and bowlers like Yuzvendra Chahal and Jasprit Bumrah can be considered to be a confirmed lock, the spots for allrounders are what will be a major part of the discussion between Kohli and the BCCI on Monday.
  6. This season of Indian Premier League has never been short of controversies right from the outset. From Ravi Ashwin's 'mankading' controversy to the 'no-ball' controversy in the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) versus Mumbai Indians (MI) game, it has seen it all. And now, in the 10th match of the season, fans on social media speculated that Indian Test wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant was involved a match-fixing scandal during the contest between Delhi Capitals (DC) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), on Saturday. As per reports, Pant was caught on the stump mic, saying “yeh to waise bhi chaukka hai (this is going to go for a four)” in the fourth over when KKR's Robin Uthappa was on strike. On the very next ball, Robbie hit the ball for a four off Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane, to get off the mark. The video of the incident went viral on social media with many fans questioning Pant on how he knew the result of the delivery even before the ball was bowled. However, the BCCI has dismissed all claims regarding the comment made by Pant. © AP “No one heard what Rishabh said before that particular sentence. He was apparently telling (Delhi Capitals captain) Shreyas Iyer to increase fielders on off-side to stop an imminent four,” a BCCI official told PTI. The BCCI official added that a young cricketer like Rishabh Pant shouldn't have been maligned in such a way on social media. “Maligning a young cricketer without even knowing the details is so unfortunate. A section of media allowed the social media to insinuate and vilify a young talent without getting into details. This is so disgusting,” the official added. Eventually, DC went on to win the match in the Super Over after finishing on 185/6 while chasing 186 for victory. Are social media trials getting too harsh? Let us know in the comments section.
  7. Accused of corruption and spot-fixing in an internal inquiry held by BCCI's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit led by Ravi Sawani, during the sixth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2013, S Sreesanth gets partial relief from the Supreme Court, that slashed the life ban imposed on the Kerala-born cricketer while urging the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) to revisit the punishment for his alleged crimes. A similar verdict was made public back in 2017 when a single-benched Kerala High Court which was spearheaded by Justice A Muhamed Mustaque, removed the BCCI-led lifetime ban on the pacer's cricketing career. However, the decision was reversed within two months as a division bench of the high court restored the life sentence following the Indian cricket board's appeal against Justice Mustaque's verdict. Now, after years of relentless appeals made by the cricketer to the Indian judicial system to override the Board's “completely unfair” punishment, the Supreme Court may have given him a second chance to make good of his career as an Indian cricketer. Having said that, the highest court of the country didn't fail to mention that they did not question the efforts put in by BCCI's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit nor did it challenge the authenticity of the findings made by the committee towards Sreesanth's guilt. "In the context of facts and manner in which these things have happened, this court should consider that it (life ban on Sreesanth by BCCI) is unfair. He has suffered for the last five-six years. People want him to play cricket. He was extremely loyal to BCCI," Sreesanth's lawyer and senior advocate Salman Khurshid, appealed to the bench. With Supreme Court providing the cricketer with a green chit to rejuvenate his cricketing career, the ball is in the BCCI's court. Having won the World Cup with the Indian cricket team in 2011, Sreesanth has often expressed his desire to officially return to the field. At 35 years of age, he even promised to give the youngsters a run for their money if the Board lifted the ban.
  8. Yes, the need for protesting the gross and infamous terror attack in Pulwama is the utmost right now. Throughout history, India's 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam' ideology has been stretched, moulded and abused on a global stage in the most disturbing manner ever. For years, India's stand on not being the first one to go on the attack in a bilateral rivalry, has been understood as our weakness instead of our political maturity and we are running out of patience really fast now. However, this does not mean that we lose our ability to make rational decisions. While the BCCI officials were taking their time deciding how they'd deal with the rival Pakistani squad during the upcoming World Cup 2019, if they would boycott them during the points-round or campaign for a complete ban on the Pakistani cricket team, another lead on BCCI's unrealistic measure towards the Pakistan Cricket Board came to the fore recently. According to Indian Express, BCCI had plans to isolate Pakistan by putting all the foreign players in a 'Us Or Them' situation, forcing them to choose between playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Pakistan Super League (PSL). What needs to be realised is that while the IPL is more of a gold mine for these international players, (some of whom earn double of their annual salary by playing for 6 weeks here), Pakistan's security concerns, on the other hand, has led to their hesitations towards playing in the country. However, South African cricket legend AB de Villiers was one of the most influential stars to have publicly announced his willingness to play there in order to bring in more such stars. A special message from our mentor and player @ABdeVilliers17 “Main Lahore A Raha Hun” ð¤©#DamaDamMast #MainHoonQalandar pic.twitter.com/Ye8j65Jwxl — Lahore Qalandars (@lahoreqalandars) January 14, 2019 BCCI's plan to, therefore, make things difficult for PCB to bring in international cricketers and grow their viewership, seemed highly opportune but insensitive. According to the report, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) officials along with BCCI CEO Rahul Johri gathered to draw a conclusion of this idea. Thankfully, the authority decided against the notion deeming it inappropriate to force the international players to choose between the two cricket leagues. Why? Simply because of the fact that it is the IPL franchises (that are privately owned) and not the BCCI that take up the players during the auction. Putting the players under such predicament would, therefore, lead to disappointed team owners. Basically, the whole facade boiled down to the fact that any action taken in favour of this plan would have been bad for business.
  9. While the Indian cricket team has been enjoying immense success in Australia lately, the past few months have not really been kind to the likes of Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul. While Pandya has been out of the fold due to his injury in September last year, Rahul has faced the wrath of fans and pundits alike for his dismal form Down Under. Following India's historic Test series win, on one hand, where Pandya must have been raring to go in the ODI series after his recovery, Rahul, too, would have been looking to prove his detractors wrong with a fine showing. But, all of those things seemed possible until last Sunday when the duo stirred up a massive controversy with their comments on popular chat show 'Koffee With Karan'. While Rahul was, somewhat, cautious in his choice of words, Pandya boasted of 'conquests' and possessions like a Desperado, with little respect to women. Following a massive uproar on the social media, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was forced into issuing a showcause notice to the duo, expecting a clarification on their conduct within 24 hours. © Instagram/@hardikpandya93 After a tame apology on the social media, Pandya issued another statement where the Baroda cricketer reiterated that he will not repeat the mistake again and will be more cautious in future. But, no one was impressed. Not even the BCCI's Committee of Administrators (CoA). And, to make matters worse for the two cricketers, the CoA chief Vinod Rai has now recommended a two-ODI ban on the duo. Calling the comments by Pandya and Rahul "very crass", the CoA chief wrote an email to CEO Rahul Johri. "I have seen the remarks made by these two players on the show in print today. Very crass. No apology can cover it. I had asked Diana (CoA member Diana Edulji) to suggest penalty because I had not seen the clip. I think we need to give both of them a two-match suspension. If Diana agrees, Rahul please draft an appropriate instruction and issue today as their explanations have come in. Separately, please prepare an advisory to all BCCI contracted players and support staff," Rai claimed in the email. "I am not convinced with Hardik's explanation and I have recommended a two-match ban for both players. However the final decision will be taken once Diana gives her go ahead," Rai told PTI. On the other hand, Edulji has also referred the matter to the BCCI's legal cell. "Diana has sought legal opinion whether the duo can be banned. So, obviously a decision will be taken once she gives her nod. As far as I am concerned, the comments were crass, in bad taste and unacceptable," Rai said. © Instagram "The players must be immediately suspended pending a proper inquiry and must be allowed to join the team (if selected) only once they have gone through a proper sensitisation in addition to serving a ban, if imposed upon them," he said. "In any case the entire team and support staff must go through a sensitisation process. The CEO may join them in the sensitisation as well as recommended by Ms. Veena Gowda, Advocate," he added. While the ban is yet to be sanctioned by the BCCI, it has already got the social media buzzing with all sorts of reactions from the cricket fans across the country. Ban them for life and give them tv ðº rights because that's what they are good at,our cricketers use fame to trick ladies and think they are models rather than sports man ,as I said before in England you do not see any sport personalities on tvs or on social media's — Harry (@HarryJethw) January 10, 2019 statements damaging to the game . its important to counsel ,sensitise them before allowing them to wear India colours. — Dr chavez (@Ramesh16276338) January 10, 2019 Minimum 5 match ban.. Pandya wasn't going to play anyway so what sort of lesson he will learn? — Rahul Sharma (@OneRahul_Sharma) January 10, 2019 One person who goes scot free and laughing is @karanjohor. The lads were stupid to fall prey to enticement. Lot to learn from Sachin and Dravid. — Ajit Coelho (@ajitcoelho) January 10, 2019 When Too much money comes your way in too little time and you ain't got enough maturity to deal with it, this is the shit that happens. Both should be banned for IPL 2019 tabhi gosh thikane aayega. And Karan Johan's mindless show should be taken off air forthwith — Anand Broto Bose (@andyboser) January 10, 2019 Net net, both will enjoy an extended vacation in Australia and return, I would vote for a year long ban, that way they would reflect on what they said and what it means to be a role model! — Srikanth Sundararaja (@SundarSrik) January 10, 2019 @BCCI #HardikPandya should be banned for 3 months atleast n should learn to respect women. #KLRahul should also be banned for 6 months. — ankit pandey (@AnkitkrPandey) January 10, 2019 #HardikPandya can sleep with as many women as he wants as long as its consensual Having said that he needs to learn respect and let go of this male chauvinism. As for KL Rahul, if he does not call out such behaviour he too is a part of the problem. But a ban? Nope. — Mriga (@jst_a_scribbler) January 10, 2019 @karanjohar got what he wanted, trp! It's not like this was a live show, kjo would have known how the responses will harm and offend..Def his reputation managers warned him... Obviously he knew it's great noise creator! Why wasn't this reshot? #HardikPandya #KoffeeWithCricketers — Reshma (@reshmabudhia) January 10, 2019 The controversy created by #HardikPandya and #KLRahul clearly asserts the importance of basic education no matter what field one pursues their career in. @BCCI and other councils should probably include a soft skills training and public courtesy course compulsory for all players. — Varun Kulkarni (@vk130795) January 10, 2019
  10. You need to be watchful of your thoughts when you're alone, and of your words when you're in public. Don't know about the first one, but our sportspersons have certainly been dismissive of the latter of late. Earlier, while Indian skipper Virat Kohli received flak for his 'Quit India' remark, now it's Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya's turn to justify his sexist comments on Karan Johar's popular show 'Koffee With Karan', that has cricket fans up in arms. The episode which got aired earlier this Sunday, also featured Indian batsman KL Rahul, but it's Pandya's image that's under a hell lot of scrutiny, which has now led to the BCCI being involved. The Indian cricket board has issued a 'show cause' notice to both the cricketers, demanding an explanation in the next 24 hours, for their comments made on the show. Mistakes are always forgivable if one has the courage to admit them, but that doesn't seem to be the case here. Pandya's so-called plea for forgiveness on Twitter, that he posted earlier today, was more of a joke than an apology as he clearly made an unconvincing excuse of 'getting carried away with the nature of the show.' It's possible that BCCI might make an unprecedented call of barring all Indian cricketers from appearing on 'non-cricketing' shows. pic.twitter.com/O0UlpFm43o — hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) January 9, 2019 Getting back to Pandya's rant, the Baroda cricketer boasted about his flings with multiple women and how his family was proud of him for the same. With this, he also displayed his interest in how he likes to “watch and observe how they (women) move.” The moment the show got aired, Pandya attracted immense criticism by people from all over the country over his irresponsible remarks. No matter how unfiltered Hardik Pandya might be, this interview and its consequences will make him think twice before speaking the next time he is in the spotlight. BCCI has now granted 24 hours to both Rahul and Pandya to give clarification over their comments while on the 'Koffee couch'. Post which, suitable actions would be taken by the governing body. While the Indian cricket team is currently gearing up for the ODI series against Australia, the ongoing controversy was the last thing the likes of Pandya and Rahul, who are also in the squad, would have expected.
  11. After a seemingly never-ending research of countries that could possibly host the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League, the conundrum has finally come to an end, with India set to play hosts again. The buzz around this year's edition was regarding the General Elections, due to which many thought that the BCCI would opt for Dubai or South Africa as the venue. But on Tuesday, the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administration (CoA) confirmed that the IPL 2019 will be played in India itself. “Based on the preliminary discussions with the appropriate central and state agencies/authorities, it was decided that IPL 2019 will be scheduled to be played in India. It is also proposed that the tournament will commence on March 23, 2019. The COA will have detailed discussion with all the stakeholders before releasing the full schedule of the tournament,” read a statement from the BCCI. © IPL Before this, the IPL was held twice outside India during the previous two General Elections, owing to the security concerns as the governments then, refused to provide security cover for matches across different cities. In 2009, the entire tournament was held in South Africa while in 2014, the first 20 matches were played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at three different stadiums in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah, where the remaining matches were held in India from 2nd May post the elections. © IPL Drawing your attention back to the present, it's a great piece of news indeed for Indian fans, who will be able to witness the madness beginning from March 23rd. Once this news was out, Indian fans went crazy cheering for their respective teams and as usual, making predictions of the winner. Here are few of the reactions: Yessss our Game our country Jai hind ð®ð³ð — ð Off Happiness ð®ð³ (@madmax29580547) January 8, 2019 RCB ð¥ð¥ — $iÄÄheshð®ð³ (@IamSiddhesh89) January 8, 2019 Miððð pic.twitter.com/rHyoXfyoDV — Singamsurya (@Singams09268360) January 8, 2019 Sun rises back with new version — Srinuvas (@Srinuva53380065) January 8, 2019 Ohhhh..!! The biggest cricket festival is coming 2 weeks earlierððð¥ð¥ðð — Bhéèmësh Büññy (@bheemeshbunny97) January 8, 2019
  12. After a dominating 137-run victory in the 3rd Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, BCCI announced the final 13-man squad for the 4th and final Test match of the series scheduled to take place at the SCG in Sydney starting 3rd January 2019. India name 13-man squad for SCG Test: Virat Kohli (C), A Rahane (VC), KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, C Pujara, H Vihari, R Pant, R Jadeja, K Yadav, R Ashwin, M Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav A decision on R Ashwin's availability will be taken on the morning of the Test #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/4Lji2FExU8 — BCCI (@BCCI) January 2, 2019 A series of developments have taken place in the last two days as Rohit Sharma has gone back home to spend time with his newborn while Ishant Sharma didn't make the cut, despite earlier announcements of him replacing Umesh Yadav were made. Left-arm chinaman, Kuldeep Yadav is also included. Although all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin, who's recovering from an abdominal injury has been named as one of the final 13, a decision on his availability will be made on Thursday morning just before the match begins. While fans are more or less convinced with the roster, the BCCI is being criticised for selecting out-of-form batsman KL Rahul in the final 13. @imVkohli @BCCI @RaviShastriOfc why kl rahul is included in team again? Do you have some standard left? Is performance any benchmark or just good looks are req for team selection? Everyone has to earn his place, not just being coach's favorite ð ð ð #INDvAUS — PruBaba (@theprashu) January 2, 2019 Where is ishant ? he would have scored more runs than kl rahul ð — arvind (@arvind_1352) January 2, 2019 KL Rahul & Umesh Yadav ðððso we have decided to lose the match. — Aditya ðð(@MyTakeOn_) January 2, 2019 I still don't know why these guys are ignoring Bhuvi he is better bowler than Umesh And considering present form better batsman than Rahul — Anjaneya Durgesh K (@AnjaneyaDurgesh) January 2, 2019 Are you serious. @mvj888 is more deserving than the useless @klrahul11 . Partiality at it's best.ð — ð²Sharad / Patel ð²(@iamsharad98) January 2, 2019 Quite surprised with Indian team selection's decision on inclusion of K L Rahul in 13 man squad !! Has he not been given enough chances ? He needs more polish to perform at the national level ! Half baked dish is harmful for India at this stage. — Pushpinder Singh Sappal (@Pushpin63862765) January 2, 2019 This is seriously shitty team selection. @mvj888 Got a ð¯in practice match at SCG, and just dropped after 2 matches is not given a chance, whereas @klrahul11 Who has been given 19 test innings and has failed (other than one off in England) is preferred ahead. — Saurabh Khatod (@Saurabh105) January 2, 2019 The opposition to KL Rahul's inclusion in the squad may be well justified, as despite being given numerous opportunities to prove his worth, Rahul has failed to perform time and again. Before being dropped from the playing 11 for the 3rd Test, Rahul scored 2 and 44 at Adelaide and 2 and 0 at Perth. The fact that debutant Mayank Agarwal put up more runs than Rahul's combined total in just a single inning, really puts things into perspective. With India leading the series 2-1, the Men in Blue are on the verge of their first ever Test series victory against Australia on their home turf. If included in the final roster, KL Rahul's success or failure would most definitely play a crucial role.
  13. Last month, the Indian women's cricket suffered a massive blow following the controversy surrounding their then head coach Ramesh Powar. Senior cricketer Mithali Raj's allegations against Powar, which included discrimination and personal humiliation, during the World T20 in the Caribbean eventually saw the latter losing ground in the race to get a contract extension following his temporary role. There were the accusations flying all around through e-mails and press conferences. While Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana continued to back Powar and urged the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to rope him in as their permanent coach, Mithali's stand further had the team divided. It was undoubtedly one of the lowest of the lows for Indian women's cricket which, after lurking in the shadows of their male counterparts, was finally carving a niche of its own in the male-dominated sport. In a bid to start afresh, the BCCI invited fresh applications for the top job. A three-member ad hoc panel - comprised of Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy - was entrusted with the responsibility of finding the best possible candidate for the job. © Reuters Amongst the final three candidates, Kirsten was experienced and boasted of a resume which included the Indian men's side that won the 2011 World Cup under his tutelage. Moreover, it was his exhaustive and impressive presentation in the final meeting that had the ad hoc panel convinced that he was indeed the best man for the job. But, on 20th December, Kirsten was told that he was not eligible for the position despite the BCCI accepting his candidature early on. Instead of the experienced South African, the board announced the appointment of WV Raman as the new head coach of the Indian women's side. So how did the BCCI manage to screw this up, you'd ask? Well, for those who've followed the mind-numbing policies and decisions in the past, the board's latest blunder shouldn't come as a surprise. The BCCI told Kirsten that he was not eligible for the job because of his ongoing contract with the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Kirsten, who had rejected many high-profile roles in India after MS Dhoni-led side's World Cup triumph, had only recently agreed to come on board with RCB - something that the Indian cricket board was well aware of. © Reuters Now, if Kirsten's association with RCB was a big problem, the BCCI should, ideally, not have accepted his candidature when they invited fresh applications for the post of India women's team's head coach. But, they clearly had no problems at that time, which is what further bolstered the South African to put his best foot forward in the meeting with the ad hoc panel. The panel, owing to his presentation, had no doubts over Kirsten's calibre before conveying to the BCCI that he was undoubtedly the best man for the job. And, on top of that, the fact that Kirsten, for the first time, wasn't even considering bringing his own support staff, further had the ad hoc panel convinced over his potential appointment for the top job. "The presentation was exhaustive and extremely impressive. For the first time, Gary wasn't even considering bringing in his own support staff - Paddy Upton and Eric Simmons - like he had done back in 2008. He came with an open mind. He doesn't do it very often and there are many national teams which have experienced it. And what does BCCI do? Tell him he's conflicted?" sources privy to the developments were quoted as saying by TOI. © Reuters The ad hoc panel shortlisted Kirsten, Raman and Prasad for the role and conveyed their decision to the Indian cricket board in that order. But, as per the BCCI, Kirsten's contract with the RCB turned out to be the deal-breaker, before Raman - the next best candidate - was appointed for the top job. "Who does these kind of things? When you're listing out the eligibility criteria, is it not your responsibility to let the applicant know if he's qualified to apply? You have Kirsten walking in and saying 'I want to work with women's cricket' and you say 'no'. Why? Because he's working with a T20 club and that too men? This is a joke," a senior official told TOI. While BCCI's strict guidelines on the conflict of interest has already seen the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly being forced to distance themselves from the board, since they are occupied with other roles, by telling Kirsten that he cannot work with the women's side since he's already working with the RCB in the IPL, the Indian cricket board has undeniably outdone itself in a way that is bound to irk cricket fans and pundits across the globe. Though, Raman - who represented India in 38 matches (ODIs and Tests) and was recently working as a batting consultant at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru - is a good candidate, there is little doubt over the abilities of a proven coach like Kirsten and all the things he could have done with the Indian women's side which is currently in tatters.
  14. After a brilliant run across the three formats against West Indies at home, the Indian cricket team now faces arguably their biggest test this year, as they gear up for the much-anticipated tour of Australia. The visitors will be seen locking horns with the Aussies in three T20Is, four Tests and three ODIs. While the Test series remains one of the most highly-awaited affairs on this tour, India and Australia will kickstart the proceedings on 21st November when they lock horns in the first T20I at the Gabba. Ahead of the series opener, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the 12-member Indian team which will be seen in action in Brisbane. While Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan will be seen at the top, the likes of KL Rahul and Virat Kohli will follow down the batting order. Team India's pace battery will be led by Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar with young Khaleel Ahmed further adding weightage, while Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav will be carry the responsibilities of spin bowling. We've announced our 12 for the 1st T20I against Australia at The Gabba #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/c6boLtieGf — BCCI (@BCCI) November 20, 2018 Krunal Pandya will be seen in the role of an all-rounder with his spin bowling and low-order batting giving more teeth to the Indian side. Dinesh Karthik, who was earlier seen keeping the wickets, has also been included, but as a specialist middle-order batsman. Young Rishabh Pant was named as India's wicket-keeper for the first T20I which brought the attention on MS Dhoni who remains a notable omission in the Kohli brigade. Though Dhoni was not included in India's T20Is squad much before the side travelled to Australia, the Indian cricket fans minced no words in expressing their disappointment at his exclusion. The former Indian captain was also excluded from the Indian squad that sank West Indies in the T20I series at home earlier this year. Here's a look at how the MSD fans reacted after the BCCI unveiled Pant as India's wicket-keeper for the first T20I against Australia: Miss u dhoni thala ð — Hari (@Hari18017408) November 20, 2018 Thala dhoni miss u a lot ð¢ð¢ — vijay rohit (@vijayro90622170) November 20, 2018 whare my kingdom dhoni — Chandra kumar (@Chandru03126177) November 20, 2018 ðð Dhoni na ? — Virat Queen 18 (@QueenVirat) November 20, 2018 we gone miss dhoni's hitting power, finishing touch , brilliance behind the stump, plenty of experience , miracle on field be careful — Imran Ansari (@1504Imran786) November 20, 2018 We will miss Dhoni. — Nagavath Praveen Kumar (@NagavathKumar) November 20, 2018
  15. After a rare slump with the willow, Gautam Gambhir returned to form and scored close to 500 runs while leading Delhi to the Vijay Hazare Trophy final this season. But, a heart-breaking four-wicket loss to Mumbai in the summit clash eventually saw Gambhir stepping down as Delhi captain, paving way for young Nitish Rana as his successor. Despite being out of favour with Team India, Gambhir continues to keep close tabs on Virat Kohli and his team. And, after India's five-wicket win against West Indies in the first T20I, the Delhi batsman congratulated his former teammates. But, while India's win got him lauding the Indian players, there was something else during the match which left him red-faced. Gambhir came out all guns blazing against the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Committee of Administrators (CoA) and the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) for allowing tainted star Mohammad Azharuddin to ring the iconic Eden Gardens bell at the start of the 1st T20I between India and West Indies. India may have won today at Eden but I am sorry @bcci, CoA &CAB lost. Looks like the No Tolerance Policy against Corrupt takes a leave on Sundays! I know he was allowed to contest HCA polls but then this is shocking....The bell is ringing, hope the powers that be are listening. pic.twitter.com/0HKbp2Bs9r — Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) November 4, 2018 Expressing his disappointment, Gambhir took to Twitter and said: "India may have won today at Eden but I am sorry @bcci, CoA &CAB lost. Looks like the No Tolerance Policy against Corrupt takes a leave on Sundays! I know he was allowed to contest HCA polls but then this is shocking. The bell is ringing, hope the powers that be are listening.” Azharuddin, a clinical middle-order batsman, played 99 Tests and 334 ODIs for India. But, his involvement in the infamous 2000 match-fixing scandal saw him getting banned by the BCCI. The ban was eventually lifted in 2012 after the Andhra Pradesh High Court termed the punishment 'unsustainable'. Following the suspension of his ban, Azhar was seen trying his hand at administrative duties in cricket. His first attempt to contest the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) elections saw his application getting rejected due to lack of clarity on the status of his ban. But, earlier this year, the Indian cricket board allowed him to contest the polls and also clarified that he was no longer prohibited from holding any position in the BCCI, ICC or any other affiliate bodies.
  16. Currently ranked No. 1 in Tests and No. 2 in both ODIs and T20Is, the Indian cricket team has been busy hammering their opponents and scaling new heights under the tutelage of Virat Kohli as captain. The players are performing in their respective roles, the bench strength looks good and Kohli seems to be in the form of his life. That's probably why India are dubbed as favourites going into the 2019 ICC World Cup in England and Wales. But, while things have looked ominous for the Kohli & co on the field, the same, sadly, cannot be said for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on the administration front. The unceremonious exit of Anil Kumble, appalling appointment of Ravi Shastri as coach and the alleged harassment charges against BCCI's CEO Rahul Johri have all combined to tarnish the rich history of Indian cricket. Concerned the by the sorry state of affairs, Sourav Ganguly recently wrote a scathing letter to the BCCI, expressing serious concerns over the future of Indian cricket. Speaking out on the many issues that had surfaced recently, the former Indian captain minced no words while bringing the matter to the attention of the Indian cricket board. © BCCL Ganguly was a member of the Cricket Advisory Committee that appointed Shastri as India's coach after the controversial exit of Kumble. First, the deadline for the application was extended, allowing Shastri to apply. After the interviews, Ganguly said in a press conference he wanted to give Kohli some time to think about his demand. However, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) and the BCCI announced Shastri's appointment the same evening. The first press release said Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan had been appointed batting and bowling consultants, but neither Dravid nor Zaheer ever got to work with the team. "My experience in the matter of coach selection was appalling. The less said the better," Ganguly wrote in his letter to the BCCI. Ganguly is also the head of the BCCI technical committee which has framed rules, regulations and playing conditions for the domestic tournaments. However, their recommendations on how to include north-eastern state teams into Ranji Trophy were also overlooked. "Cricketing rules are changed in the middle of a season, which has never been heard of. Decisions made in committees are turned around with complete disrespect," Ganguly claimed. © BCCL Then, the allegations of harassment against the BCCI CEO and the manner in which the CoA has handled the case, too, left Ganguly disappointed. After an anonymous sexual harassment complaint against Johri popped up on Twitter on 12th October, Johri was first given a week to explain himself despite Diana Edulji - one of the members of the CoA - wanting Johri to resign before any such probe. But, CoA chief Vinod Rai constituted the independent committee to probe Johri's case. "I don't know how far it's true, but the recent reports of harassment has really made the BCCI look very poorly. More so the way it has been handled. The committee of CoA from four has come down to two and now the two seem to be divided," Ganguly opined in his letter. The former Indian cricketer continued to use strong language to highlight the state of cricket administration in India. "I write this mail to you all with the deep sense of fear as to where Indian cricket administration is going. Having played the game for a long period of time, where our lives were ruled by winning and losing, and the image of Indian cricket was of paramount importance to us. We wake up looking at how our cricket is faring even now," he wrote. © BCCL "But with deep sense of worry, (I used the word worry) I beg to state that the way things have gone in the last couple of years, the authority of Indian cricket to the world and the love and belief of millions of fans is on the way down," he added. "Indian cricket with its massive following has been built over the years of hard work from superb administrators and greatest of cricketers who have managed to bring thousands of fans to the ground. I, at the present moment, think it's in danger. Hope people are listening," Ganguly concluded.
  17. Not very long ago, Indian cricket was rocked by a controversy over the presence of the cricketers' wives and girlfriends (WAGs) on the overseas tours. The Indian team was touring England when the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was called out for its dual standards regarding the WAGs. In one particular incident that came ahead of the second Test, Virat Kohli's wife Anushka Sharma was seen posing in the photograph with the other cricketers, who were invited by the Indian High Commission in London. The Bollywood actress stood near Kohli in the centre of the picture, while none of the other members' wives or partners were to be seen. #TeamIndia members at the High Commission of India in London. pic.twitter.com/tUhaGkSQfe — BCCI (@BCCI) August 7, 2018 Soon, the Indian cricket fans came out all guns blazing against the BCCI for its double standards over the treatment of the other WAGs. Indian opener Rohit Sharma was also seen liking a tweet from a fan, who pointed out how the BCCI had different rules for different players. Ahead of the series, the Indian board had confirmed that the WAGs will be given only 14 days to accompany their partners - a directive that was only applicable after the first three Tests. Amid all the fracas, the Indian captain had urged the BCCI to alter the ruling and let them stay for the full course. And, finally, as Kohli requested, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) has now decided to let the WAGs stay for the full course of the campaign, barring the first 10 days. © Instagram According to a TOI report, Kohli had asked the Board to allow the Indian WAGs to accompany the cricketers after the passing of 10 days on the overseas tour. The new ruling was passed in support of the Indian cricketers, as the CoA believes that the WAGs' presence will only create a positive atmosphere within the team and will provide an able support system. A similar rule was applied by Cricket Australia when their CEO James Sutherland had allowed WAGs to give company to the cricketers, despite their presence being blamed for the Aussies' dismal outing against England during the Ashes back then. Earlier, Kohli also faced a lot of backlash for requesting the BCCI to extend the stay of Indian WAGs during their overseas tours: Mujhe shaq hai Kohli ki biwi Bollywood ke satoriyon se mili hui hai...wo betting karti hai aur ye uuljalool team selection karta rehta hai ðµ https://t.co/SBbLjqsEQL — Hemant (@hemant10) October 17, 2018 It shows @imVkohli is trying to push his personal plans.Virat you are good cricketer but few rules need to be followed by everyone & especially when one is captain.Either play cricket or stay back with your wife. @BCCI — Rohit Kumbhojkar (@ROHITKUMBHOJKAR) October 7, 2018 @imVkohli u r the most selfish who want to change @BCCI rules & why @AnushkaSharma is present at team's meeting . ð ð ð — Beinghumane (@Intern24) October 7, 2018 bhai @imVkohli tere Honeymoon khatam hi nahi ho rhe hai...ðð — Jeetu (@BACK_BencherGuy) October 7, 2018 @imVkohli do not take this personal but you are not going on a family trip. You are going to represent your country, your people. So asking this is absurd. #Kohli #Anushka — John Ranjith (@JohnRanjith) October 7, 2018 Actually Virat kohli next honeymoon pe jana chahata hai sarkari kharche per agar mood hua toh do char match khel lega hare toh harey jetey toh jetey honeymoon pe koi asar nahi padna chahiye..very unprofessional cricket — INDIA (@bluspidor) October 7, 2018 Looks like @AnushkaSharma is the real captain of team India ðð — Muhammad Shayan شاÛاÙð®ð³ðºð¸ð¨ð¦ðµð¸ (@shayandubai) October 7, 2018 What kind of player is he? He is asking whatever comes to his mind. Good that coa didnt agree. Does he think tour is honeymoon or leisure — Krishna (@iTwittt) October 7, 2018