ICC Champions Trophy Finals: Pakistan Beats India By 180 Runs

Pakistan has won the ICC Champions Trophy. India has failed to reach the target of 338 set by Pakistan, falling short of 180 runs.
Birmingham : Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli shakes hand with Pakistan's Shadab Khan at the end of the ICC Champions Trophy match between India and Pakistan at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. AP/PTI(AP6_5_2017_000003B)

London: Pakistan has won the ICC Champions Trophy. India has failed to reach the target of 338 set by Pakistan, falling short by 180 runs. The team could only make a total of 158 runs by the end of the last wicket in 30.3 overs.

Rohit Sharma getting duck out and with continuous fall of wickets, India couldn’t build a solid partnership against Pakistan. Virat Kohli, who was caught out by Shadab in Mohammad Amir’s bowling, tried but failed to settle on the grease. The tail-enders have played relatively well, but hardly put any fight against Pakistan.

Hardik Pandya played well and contributed some decent score to India innings. His 76 runs in 43 balls was a much-needed innings to put some opposition against Pakistan.

On the other hand, Pakistan bowling and fielding contributed to their victory.

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ICC Champions Trophy: Pakistan Makes 338/4 Against India

Pakistan sets a target 339 runs for india with its powerful batting. Fakhar Zaman delivers a great innings with 114 runs with 12 fours and 3 sixes.

London: India won the toss and opted to field. Pakistan has a good start, and the runs kept coming easily for them. The opening batsman each made half-centuries, taking their partnership to 128 runs. The first break came to India, when Azhar Ali got run out at 59.

Required innings for Pakistan came from Fakhar Zaman, who scored 114 runs in 106 balls. His inning came to an end when he went for a shot and got caught by Ravindra Jadeja, running backwards from point, in Hardik Pandya’s bowling. Zaman hit 12 fours and 3 sixes. This is his third international match for him. In the two previous matches, he made a decent score against England (57) and South Africa (31).

On the Indian side, all the bowlers proved to be expensive, especially spinners. However, the spells from Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar restrained Pakistan batmen to some extent.

After Zaman, Babar Azam played a decent innings with 46 runs in 52 balls, followed by Mohammad Hafeez with 57 (37) and Imad Wasim at 25 (21).

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya took one wicket each.

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ICC Champions Trophy: Bangladesh Makes 264/7 in Semi Finals

Bangladesh batted first and set a target of 265 runs for India.

England: Bangladesh batted first and set a target of 265 runs for India in 50 overs. The team had a good start with runs coming easily for them. Tamim Iqbal made a highest score of 70 runs in 80 balls.

After two wickets down, the partnership between Tamim and Mushfiqur Rahim solidify with a total of 123 runs. India could break the partnership only in 28th over, when Tamim played a rash stroke of a delivery bowled by Kedar Jadhav.

After that, India could restrain runs and wickets kept falling easily for them. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Bumrah took two wickets each. Jadeja and Jadhav took one wicket each.

Bangladesh made 264/7 in 50 overs.

 

 

 

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Srilanka Beat India At the ICC Champions Trophy

Srilanka won against India comfortably at the ICC Champions Trophy, reaching the target of 322 runs set by India in just 48.4 overs with three wickets down.

Srilanka won against India comfortably at the ICC Champions Trophy, reaching the target of 322 runs set by India in just 48.4 overs with three wickets down.

Srilankan batsmen Kusal Mendis 89(93), Danushka Guna 76(72), and skipper Angelo Mathews 52(45) have played a decent innings, taking the team toward the victory.

“It is a must-win game for all of us in the group,” said Angelo Mathews. “We came into the game and not many people expecting us to win and took a great pressure off of us.”

When asked what was the turning point of the game, the Srilankan skipper said that it was the opening partnership. He said they had set the platform for the middle order batsmen.

The bowlers have bowled well, but certainly not up to the mark. None of them could take a wicket except for Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

“They really played very well,” said Indian skipper Virat Kohli. “You can’t take any team lightly, and we don’t take any team lightly.”

Kohli said that the game is going to be competitive through out the tournament and that they don’t expect anything less.

India is scheduled to play with South Africa on Sunday, Jun 11, and that game is going to be crucial for India.

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India Beats Pakistan By 124 Runs

The match became one-sided soon after the fall of Azhar Ali, and even though Indians are known to struggle with the tail-enders, the match still remained a predictable win for India.

India batted first after Pakistan won the toss in Edgbaston, Birmingham. Rohit Sharma and Shikar Dhawan gave India a great start with Sharma making 91 runs in 119 balls and Dhawan with 68 runs in 65 balls. They both gave a steady innings for India to make a total of 319 runs for 3 wickets.

But the blasting innings came from Yuvraj Singh with a score of 53 runs in 32 balls. He hit eight 4s and one 6.

“Delivering in a big game is sweet. I was lucky to be dropped and then I could capitalize in the end,” Yuvraj Singh said after India’s great innings.

Virat Kohli played an unusual innings with 81 runs in 68 balls. He played cool and calm.

Due to rain and other delays Pakistan was given a revised target of 289 runs in 41 overs. But Pakistan could make only 164 runs in 33.4 overs with all players out falling short of 124 runs.

Azhar Ali is the only player who made a decent score of 50 runs in 65 balls, followed by Mohammed Hafeez with 33 runs in 43 balls.

There were a few mistakes from the Indian side – a missed catch and a few mistakes in fielding. However, the Shoaib Malik’s run out by Ravindra Jadeja remained the highlight of the day.

The match became one-sided soon after the fall of Azhar Ali, and even though Indians are known to struggle with the tail-enders, the match still remained a predictable win for India.

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IPL 2017 Finals: Mumbai Indians 129/8; Krunal 47 Runs

Mumbai Indians have batted first and scored 129 with 8 wickets. Krunal Pandya saved the day for MI by scoring 47 runs in 38 balls.

Hyderabad: Mumbai Indians have batted first and scored 129 with 8 wickets. Krunal Pandya saved the day for MI by scoring 47 runs in 38 balls. The score can be easily achieved if RPS plays without any major mistakes.

“We will stick to the basics and finish the match. I will keep my fingers crossed and will not say much before the game,” said Jeydev Unadkar, who took two wickets.

After the first half, the score cards looks like this:

Mumbai Indians: 129/8 wickets

Rohit – 24 runs in 22 balls with four 4s

Kiron Pollard – 7(3) runs with one 6.

Krunal Pandya – 47 (38)

Parthiv Patel – 4(6)

Ambati Rayudu – 12(15) run out

 

Rising Pune Supergiant:

Jeydev Unadkar – 2 wickets

Adam Zampa – 2 wickets

Daniel Christian – 2 wickets

Run Outs: 2

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IPL 2017 final: Pune Supergiant vs Mumbai Indians

While Mumbai Indians are focusing on their third IPL title, Rising Pune Supergiant is aiming at their maiden IPL title.

Hyderabad: Mumbai Indians have reached their fourth final in the Indian Premier League. Now, the team will face Rising Pune Supergiant on Sunday in Hyderabad. If Mumbai Indians win, it will be there third IPL title. Otherwise, it will be a maiden title for Rising Pune Supergiant.

RPS has won against MI in three games in IPL 2017: one in Pune, won by 7 wickets, one in Mumbai, won by 3 wickets, and one in Qualifier 1, won by 20 runs.

Both the skippers, Steven Smith of RPS and Rohit Sharma of MI, are in great form and a plus to their teams. Sharma has had a modest IPL season with 309 runs at 23.76 run rate, while Smith has around 421 with about 40 run rate. They both are capable of turning the game with their performances.

The other key players that the game hinges on and will be looked at closely are Rahul Tripathi, Manoj Timary, and MS Dhoni from RPS and Parthiv Patel, Kiron Pollard, and Krunal Pandya from MI.

The game depends on the performances of all the players, but the top players are expected to deliver at this crucial time. If RPS continues its winning streak against MI, it will be its first IPL win.

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Winning Indian Team Unchanged for series against Australia

Hyderabad: Selection committee without any hesitations and major surprises decided to go with the same time which played against Bangladesh for the upcoming Aussies series. Pacer Mohammed Shami and Rohit Sharma who were expected to return into squad has to wait further.

India will play 4 test matches against Australia with first test match to take place in Pune on Feb 25th.Kohli as a captain stands unbeatable with continuous win in home ground from 2016 and might once again go for white wash with Ashwin and Jadeja supporting team with magical spin.

 Australia which has not won a test from 2004 in India will face tough batting task from Virat Kohli and Vijay who are heading towards records in each match. India will play test matches in Pune, Dharmasala, Bangalore and Ranchi out of which except Bangalore all three places are hosting test match for the first time.

Squad: Virat kohli ( capt), R. Ashwin, Ravinder Jadeja,  Bhuvaneswar kumar, Abhinav Mukund,  Hardik Pandya, Karun Nair, Ajinkya Rahane, Chetswar Pujara,  K. L. Rahul, Wriddiman Saha ( W.C), Ishanth Sharma,  M. Vijay,  Jayanth Yadav, Umesh Yadav,  Kuldeep yadav

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Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin breaks World record

Hyderabad: It is another feather cap for Indian cricket history. Ravichandran Ashwin broke world record in reaching fastest 250 wicket haul in tests breaking Dennis Lille record. It happened in test match held at Uppal stadium between India and Bangladesh.

It took only 45 test matches for this magic off spinner to reach this rare  record. His 250th wicket was of Bangladesh captain Mushafiqur Rahim, Ashwin who enjoys playing in Hyderabad pitch became highest Man of the series winner from India (7 times) surpassing Legend Tendulkar.

Ashwin just missed by a match in reaching fastest 200 wicket holder (37 matches)  and that record stills hold by Clarie Gimmet of Australia( 36 matches).

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Kohli Beats Bradman, Dravid Record, Hits 4 Double Tons

Hyderabad: Indian Cricket Captain Virat Kohli has sent a danger signal to his Australian counterpart by scoring a double century against the visiting Bangladesh team on Friday here. He became the first Test cricketer in the world to score four double centuries in as many series consecutively. He surpassed the record set by Sir Don Bradman and Rahul Dravid. Both of them had made three double tons in three successive series.

Australia is going to start a four-Test series against India on February 23. The Australians must be wondering as to how to bowl to the seemingly invincible Indian star batsman. Kohli has been in the top of the world in the current season.

The Hyderabad innings cannot be construed as the best effort by the brilliant batsman. His double ton in Mumbai last year was truly magnificent. He made 265 against England through superb shots. He was not fluent in his strokes on Friday particularly while playing Bangladesh spinners. The Decision Review System (DRS) came to his rescue when he was on 180 when he was given out off Mehadi Hassan. He did not seek its help when he was adjudged out when on 204. Had he appealed it would have been upheld by the DRS. Kohli converted his century to 150-plus for the fifth consecutive time. The Indian captain has also beaten Virendra Sehwag record of highest aggregation of runs in home series. Sehwag had made 1105 runs in 2004-05 Test cricketing year with four centuries and three half centuries at an average of 69.06 runs. Kohli on his part has so far played 15 innings in 2016-17 season and piled up 1168 runs with the help of four centuries and two half centuries.

India declared its first innings closed at 687/7 and put Bangladesh to bat. Bangladesh has lost one wicket for 41 runs in 14 overs at stumps on the second day. Opener Tamil Iqbal was batting at 24 and Mominul Haque was on one. Another opener Sowmya Sarkar was bowled by Umesh Yadav for 16. For India Wriddhiman Saha also scored a ton. Kohli won the toss on Thursday and elected to bat.

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Karun Nair Does A Sehwag, Smashes Triple Century

Chennai: Karun Nair has created history by making a triple century in India’s first innings on the fourth day of the fifth and last Test against England. He joined One and only Virendra Sehwag who distinguished himself as the only Indian till Sunday to have smashed triple ton. He did it twice. The Indian opener of yesteryear achieved the feat at the same venue when he hit 319 runs against South Africa. Sehwag had also made a triple ton for the second time. It was made against Pakistan. The Delhi master blaster has tweeted greeting the young Nair, ‘Yay. Welcome to 300 club’.

What is exciting about Nair is that he achieved the distinction only in the third Test of his career. He plays for Karnataka in the domestic circuit and represents Delhi Daredevils in Indian Premier League (IPL). He made his debut against England in the third Test of the present series at Mohali. Before shining at Chennai, he did not score any runs worth mentioning in the earlier two Tests.

Nair came in to bat on Sunday after India lost cheaply the lead batsmen, Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara. He teamed up with another young player K Lokesh Rahul and took the Indian total almost to the level of England’s score. He continued the fight after Rahul fell at 199 after sharing a stand of 161 run stand with him.

On Monday, Ravichandran Aswin gave a good support to Nair by hitting 67 runs. Ravindra Jadeja made his contribution with 51 runs. India declared its first innings at 759/7. Nair was unbeaten with 303 runs and Umesh Yadav was on one run. Stewart and Liam Dawson took two wickets each for England. Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes and Adil Rashid took one wicket each.

England batted for five overs in their second innings and made 12 runs. England captain Alastair Cook and another opener Keaton Jennings were at the crease at stumps with 3 and 9 runs respectively.

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India beat England by 8 wickets

  • Leads 2-0 in the 5-match series

Mohali:  India beat England here on Tuesday to lead the series by 2-0. The third Test was won by 8 wickets making it the tenth Test that Virat Kohli won as a captain. Both Aswin and Jadeja starred in this Test both with the ball and the bat. Virat has marshaled his resources excellently making the win look easy and natural. Earlier in the day, the second innings of England was wrapped up when Aswin got James Anderson run out at a total of 236 leaving India to score 103 runs in its second innings to post the second win in the series. India made the required runs after losing two wickets and won the match. Jadeja was declared Man of the Match.

Murali Vijay and Parthiv Patel opened the second Indian innings and very soon, at the end of the second over, Vijay was caught by Roots at slips off Woakers delivery. India faced three overs making eight runs for one wicket. Parthiv Patel and Pujara steadied the batting effort.  Pujara has hit two successive boundaries in Anderson’s over. Even Adil Rashid’s delivery was hit for four by Pujara. India was 33/1 in six overs at tea.

Parthiv Patel has notched up his fifth Test fifty when India was 76/1 from 14 overs. Pujara was out caught by Root when he tried to lift a Rashid delivery after he made 25 runs. India was 88/2 at that time. India made 104 runs without further losing wickets. Parthiv Patel has made 67 runs. Virat Kohli was at the crease with 6 runs when the match was won. Among England’s bowlers Anderson and Rashid took one wicket each.  In England’s second innings, the highest scorer was Joe Root with 78 runs and the second best scorer was Haseeb Hameed with 56 runs.  England was all out for 236 runs. Ravichandran Aswin has taken three wickets in England’s second innings while Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja and Jayant Yadav have claimed two wickets each.

Jadeja said he is very happy with his performance, especially with the bat. He has made 90 in the first innings and took two wickets in each of England’s two innings. He took important wickets of Ben Stokes in the first innings and Joe Root in the second.

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England make India toil hard for a draw

RAJKOT: England gained the psychological advantage after enjoying the upper-hand for the better part of five days after India survived a scare before managing a draw in the first test on Sunday at Rajkot.

England set a stiff target of 310 in a minimum of 49 overs, India managed to reach 172 for six in 52.3 overs. India were never in the hunt to achieve a near impossible target on a difficult final day pitch and lost top order early in the final innings.

Kohli, though, stayed firm as the Test grew tenser in the last 10 overs. England tried everything. They brought all the fielders in, their reserve fielders sat the edge of the boundary to save time should India hit boundaries. Kohli saved the match in his own way by scoring 49 runs in 98 balls.

Earlier, Alastair Cook scored his 30th Test century with England declaring at 260 for 3 in the second innings. On a fifth day pitch that didn’t show considerable signs of wear and tear, the Indian spinners barring a brief spell by Amit Mishra (2/60 in 13 overs), were rendered ineffective by captain Cook, who batted for nearly five hours to hit 13 fours in 243 balls.

The worrying aspect will be the veteran opener Gautam Gambhir’s form and technical deficiencies that were again exposed in front of some quality seam bowling.

Next match of the five match test series is scheduled to be played in Visakhapatnam from November 17-23.

Brief Scores: England 537 (Stokes 128, Root 124, Moeen 117) and 260 for 3 decl. (Cook 130, Hameed 82) drew with India 488 (Vijay 126, Pujara 124, Ashwin 70, Rashid 4-114) and 172 for 6 (Kohli 49*, Rashid 3-64)

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India wins 3rd ODI

Mahali: Star batsman Virat Kohli and Captain MS Dhoni had helped India beat New Zealand easily in the third ODI here on Sunday. Kohli’s brilliant unbeaten 154 enabled India to win over New Zealand by seven wickets. India lead New Zealand in the five ODI series by 2-1.

While Kohli had made 154 runs in 134 balls, Captain Dhoni had hit 80 out of 91 balls. The captains of one-day matches and five-day format together hit up 151 runs off 163 balls. India ended its innings by scoring 289 runs. Dhoni came to bat earlier than usual by upgrading himself in the batting order and it paid dividends. The visitors made a mess of their batting in the beginning before Jimmy Neesham (57) and Matt Henry (39) came up with a 84-run stand for the ninth wicket to build a respectable total. New Zealand’s total was 285 runs.

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New Zealand Win 2nd ODI

New Delhi: The New Zealand team leveled the series 1-1 by defending a modest total put up by India.  The Kiwis ended the heroic fight put up by Hardik Pandya and Umesh Yadav to register a six-run win over India in a thrilling finish to the second One Day International (ODI). Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Midas touch was missing this time around. 

India was all out for 236 in 49.3 overs chasing a target of 243. While this is the first win for the New Zealand in the present tour, it is the first loss suffered by India in an ODI played at Feroz Shah Kotla in 11 years. The tail enders Hardik Pandya (36) and Umesh Yadav (18) offered a stiff resistance and together made 49 runs for the ninth wicket.  Pandya’s dismissal in the last but one over ended India’s fight back through the tail-enders. ‘What about Dhoni’s famous finishing touch?’ is the question sitting on everybody’s mind.  The ‘Captain Cool’, Dhoni, who is famed for keeping his cool in adverse circumstances and under great pressure, appeared clueless. 

Earlier, Kane Williamson was in his form hitting a classy hundred, But the visitors lost momentum in the second half, especially in the slog overs ending up with 242 for 9 against India after being put in to bat.

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How much we spend on Olympics?

Why does India, which houses a sixth of the world’s population, inevitably figures at the lower end of the medal tally at the Olympics?

The reasons behind poor show are lack of infrastructure, poor health, poverty, girls not being allowed to participate in sports, boys being coaxed into becoming doctors and engineers, the popularity of cricket over other sports, India’s fading hockey glory and lack of awareness about the Olympics in rural areas.

Malladi Srinivas

Srinivas Malladi

Large gap between rich and poor has made it hard for the poor people even to make a living, let alone saving the energy for sports practice. The government has only little investment on sports infrastructure, the mass sports and competitive sports.

And, then cricket. 

Cricket has an overarching presence in India. Many young people don’t have enough motivation towards other sports. But sadly, cricket is not among the Olympic events, Indians can’t win a gold medal with it. 

In reality, there are three main reasons for our underperformance at the Olympics. ?

We just don’t care much about Olympic sports (except when the Olympics is on).

We don’t value excellence in society as much. Jugaad and mediocrity often work just fine, though they can’t get us medals.

We don’t spend enough or spend in the right direction to win Olympic medals.

The first two are societal values. They will change slowly, over time. The third, how we spend on sports, is the focus here. We have to understand the difference between spending on competitive sports and on sports in general. Sports is not all for winning, it is also for recreation and physical fitness. We need to have jogging tracks in parks. These may not yield world-class athletes, but will make the neighbourhood fitter.

If India wins a dozen golds, it will have huge benefits. It will put the country on the global map. It will motivate millions of youth and invoke a stronger national identity.

It is important to see some numbers. Australia, with a mere 20 million population, averages around 50 medals in every Olympics. The total amount it spends on sports is around Rs 700 crore(AUD-136998805) , of which 80% (Rs 560 crore) goes into Olympic sports.

India has averaged two medals in every Olympics in the last two decades. The amount we spend? Rs 900 crore. Of this, over two-thirds goes into organizing local-level tournaments (not meant to yield Olympic winners), giving prizes, upgrading stadiums etc. Only around Rs 300 crore were spent on Olympics with participation in 20 odd events that amounts to Rs 15 Crore on each event at best. So we have a national budget of Rs 15 crore for, say, swimming, a sport where you can win a ton of medals. That probably just pays for the salaries of babus associated with the sport. Hence, the amount left to find and train new players is nothing. Good luck finding Olympic champions with that! Australia, on the other hand, spends a far less absolute amount, but has lower overheads and lesser corruption.

India can do the same. For one, we need a separate budget, say the Indian Olympics Fund, for Olympic talent scouting and training (versus that for promoting sports in general). This budget should be at least Rs 10,000 crore per year. It sounds like a lot but is only Rs 80 per Indian on a per capita basis.

The Olympics Fund if managed by external professionals, would keep things more honest and efficient. The 10,000 crore would be spent in three parts. One, to identify and maintain a talent pool of 5,000 elite sportspersons in the country, preferably in medal-heavy events (swimming, cycling, etc). Two, to pay for the elite scholarships and education so they don’t have to worry about money or having a job later. Three, to give world-class training to 5,000 elite sportspersons, of which say 300 will make up the Indian contingent at the Olympics. Such a setup will certainly win us a dozen golds.

Medals do not just come from a) having a fighting spirit, b) being emotionally patriotic, c) cheering our players on social media or d) turning individual sporting heroes into media stars. These things help, but they are and should be a given. Medals will come if we implement the Indian Olympics Fund in the manner prescribed above.

-Srinivas Malladi

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Srinivasan asked to sign his own death warrant!

  • Supreme Court tightens the noose
  • Cricket boss asked to choose between CSK, BCCI
  • Might opt for the Board for the sake of power
  • Difficult decision for the cricket colossus

(K Kaushik)

New Delhi, December 9: The colossus of Indian cricket was asked to choose between devil and deep sea. He was also told indirectly by Supreme Court of India that if he refuses to jump he will be pushed. The topic of discussion in cricketing circles is whether or not N Srinivasan, chairman of India Cement, owner of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and the contestant to the position of president of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would keep the IPL’s most coveted team or sacrifice it for the sake of power that the BCCI entails.

To make matters more complicated, the bête noire of Srinivasan, former BCCI chairman Lalit Modi spoke to ‘Times Now’ from Bangkok and challenged Srinivasan to come for a face-to-face debate with Arnab Goswami, editor-in-chief of the channel, as a moderator. Modi revealed that he has been in touch with Sarad Pawar and Shashank Manohar who could make Srinivasan’s life more miserable. In cricket board politics, Modi and Srinivasan were pitched against each other and Modi had to step down from the top position in the BCCI.

The apex court on Tuesday made it clear to N Srinivasan that he should choose between the CSK and the BCCI and he cannot have both. In the interest of cricket in India, as it were, the apex court has directed Srinivasan that he cannot remain owner of an IPL team and also become president of the BCCI.

The Supreme Court had taken the conflict-of-interest theory to its logical conclusion and told Srinivasan to select his option. The arguments of the aggressive lawyers representing Srinivasan did not convince the court. They argued in vain that Srinivasan cannot be indicted of any irregularity or violation of rule. The court stopped short of passing an order but it was clear that the BCCI has to clear up its act once for all.

Srinivasan has to make a choice. He might choose to contest for the post of BCCI president to remain at the helm for three years for its sheer power. Otherwise, he has to be content with the ownership of an IPL team, CSK, which is IPL’s most successful and prestigious franchise. If he becomes BCCI president, he can control the cricket not only in India but also across the world since he would also be the chairman of ICC. But without being the president of the BCCI and with only the ownership of a team, he would be like any other owner of an IPL team bereft of the immense power the BCCI gives and taking orders from the BCCI. He will have to forgo the chairmanship of ICC also. Most probably he would choose to get re-elected as president of the BCCI.

Giving up the team means getting distanced from Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni who is also a Vice President of India Cement company. Once the team is purchased by another owner, Dhoni would go with the team thus parting ways with the most controversial cricket boss. This would also result in tumbling of India Cement company’s fortunes in the share market. In any case, it is going to affect the reputation and fortunes of Srinivasan. It is for him to choose the option that results in less damage. As far as Indian cricket is concerned, it is going to get better with the intervention of the apex court. The emphasis of the SC from the beginning of its hearing of the case has been that the prestige, purity and glory of cricket in India have to be restored. Let us hope it would happen.

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