The controversy-ridden Indian Premier League (IPL) has turned out to be nothing but a hell for cricket and a haven for black money. The IPL spot-fixing scandal that was recently exposed by the Delhi Police last week runs much deeper than just a few rogue players. After the confession of Rajasthan Royal Players, Sreesanth, Ankit Chavan and Ajit Chandila in the scandal, the investigators believe that the rot could be much deeper and wider.
With the kind of money floating in IPL, corruption was imminent. It was only waiting to be exposed. Yet the BCCI officials and even the government chose to turn a blind eye to it.
Senior BJP Leader Yashwant Sinha said in a statement yesterday that a report prepared by the Standing Committee on Finance, which he is heading, had pointed out “financial irregularities and involvement of black money in the tournament, but the government had not acted pro-actively to stop these illegal activities.”
This indicates a nexus which could be much more deep and complex than what the evidence suggests. Actor Vindu Dara Singh, who is in police custody has confessed to fixing and also revealed some of the big names inBollywood who could be involved in the scam. Mumbai Cops on Thursday summoned BCCI chief N. Sreenivasan’s son-in-law, owner of CSK, in connection with the controversy. Not even the umpires have been left untouched.
Pakistani Umpire Asad Rauf has also been charged with links to the spot-fixing scandal. ICC in response was quick to remove Asad Rauf from the panel of match officials for the upcoming Champions Trophy in England, as his role in the scandal is presently being investigated by the Mumbai Police. Meanwhile, BCCI is still deliberating on their future course of action.
The spot-fixing controversy has tarnished the image of the only sport which India has. Rahul Dravid, the captain of Rajasthan Royals whose three players had been arrested on charges of spot fixing, described it as tough as handling “bereavement in some ways”. Strong reactions are emerging from the cricketing world and cricket fans. Fans are fast losing faith in the game which they worship, as they are feeling cheated by the players whom they once treated as demi-gods.
The voice for banning the IPL is only growing louder with each passing day as the web of the scandal comes to light. It would only be in the wider interest of the game that appropriate mechanisms are devised to enforce fair play and punish the defectors. However, the big question is can lost faith of the cricket fan be revived?
After facing seven consecutive defeats, Delhi Daredevils defeated Pune Warriors at Veer Narayana Singh stadium on Sunday by 15 runs. With this win Delhi Daredevils opened its account in Pepsi Indian Premier League.
Delhi Daredevils bowlers hit back in final overs.Pune Warriors were chasing a target of 165 runs. A crowd of 45,000 celebrated the biggest cricket match in this region at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh Stadium.
This was first t20 match played at Raipur. There was much enthusiasm due to Virendra Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh presence.
While bating first DelhiDaredevils notched up 164 for five. Pune Warriors was doing good when Yuvraj Singh and Luke Wright was batting. Umesh Yadav of DelhiDaredevils provided a much needed breakthrough in 18th over. Dismissal of Yuvraj Singh proved fatal for Pune Warriors and they could not get 35 runs in the last two overs
Warner was the entertainer on Sunday. Again Star batsmen from Delhi daredevils Virender Sehwag and Mahela Jayawardene failed to give a consolidated start. Warner played a vital role in this victory. He savaged Pune Warriors batsmen with a brilliant 51 off 24 balls including four sixes and four boundaries.
Despite good start by Robin Uthappa(37 off 33 balls ) and Aaron Finch (37 off 33 balls) Pune Warriors Pune Warriors could not save wickets till end.
Warner has been declared Man Of the Match.
Chennai Super Kings186 for 5 (Hussey 88, Raina 51, Faulkner 3-20) beat Rajasthan Royals 185 for 4 (Watson 101, Binny 36*, Ashwin 2-20) by five wickets
In the 30th match played at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk Chennai Super Kingsbeats Rajasthan Royals by 5 wickets.
Rajasthan Royals won the toss and decided to bat. MEK Hussey (Chennai Super Kings) has been declared Man Of the Match.
Opening pair provided a strong and commanding start to Rajasthan Royals.SR Watson(101 runs off 61 balls, 6×4, 6×6) of Rajashthan Royals proved the decision right. Watson’s strike rate was staggering 165.57.
Watson scored first century of the IPL 6 but it could not help to defeat Chennai Super Kings. After hitting six boundaries and six sixes, an easy catch to Hussey at extra cover brought the curtains down on a memorable innings by Watson. Chennai Super Kings’ bowling attack was ordinary.
R Ashwin was most effective bowler from Chennai Super Kings.He grabbed 2 for 20 in four overs with 8 dot balls. DJ Bravo took 2 wickets.Others bowlers could not perform very well.
Binny(36 off 22 balls) was another batsmen who helped Rajasthan Royals to score 185 for 4. Watson was guiding Rajasthan Royals while other batsmen were providing company to him. Rajasthan Royals lost first wicket at 71 and fourth wicket at 159 in 17.3 overs.
Chasing a tough target of 186 Chennai Super Kings lost first wicket of Murli Vijay (3 off 5 balls) in second overHe was caught and bowled by Chandila.M Hussey (88 off 51,13 4s,1 6s) attacked Rajasthan Royals’ bowlers brutally. Hussey scored his fifty in just 31 balls. Hussey went ballistic from the onset and slaughtered the Rajasthan Royals’bowlers with consummate ease.
Out of form Suresh Raina (51 off 35 balls) also played an important role in the victory of Chennai Super Kings over Rajasthan Royals’.
JP Faulkner was most successful bowler from Rajasthan Royals.He took 3 wickets in 4 over.
Player of the match MEK Hussey (Chennai Super Kings)
Is there any word to describe the feeling when you are just a novice and you are facing two living legends of Cricket? Is there any word to describe feelings and madness engulfed you when you have sent two living legends, Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar, back to the pavilion in just 8 balls?
There is no word to describe those feelings of madness, euphoria, joy and living a dream. You have to invent a new word for that. An unknown Ajit Chandila lived those moments when he scalped two stalwarts of Circket-Ricky ponting and Sachin Tendulkar in the span of 8 balls.Isn’t it unbelievable? Yes it is.
Such was the impact of this ‘RiSaCh ‘ (Acronym for Ricky Sachin and Chandila) moment that Rajasthan Royals thrashed powerful Mumbai Indians by 87 runs in the Pepsi Indian Premier League-VI match at the SMS Stadium here on a pleasant Wednesday night.
This venue is lucky for Amit Chandila.Last year at this venue Ajit Cahndila had a hat trick when he got wickets of Sourav Ganguly, Jesse Ryder and Robin Uthappa playing against Pune Warriors.But there is no match of this Risach moment that he lived in those 8 balls.
Rajasthan Royals won the toss and chose to bat first.Opening pair Rahane(68 runs on 54 balls) and Watson (31 Runs on 25 balls) set the benchmark that motivated other batsmen to score more runs.
D Yagnink (34 runs on 24 balls) and BJ Hodge (27 runs on 15 balls) placed Rajasthan Royals in a commanding position.Mumbai Indians bowling attack proved lackluster.Star bowler Lasith Malinga conceded 16 runs in an over and it forced Captain Ricky Ponting to test 6 bowlers till 9th over.
A. Rahane has been declared Man of the Match.
Rajasthan Royals: Shane Watson c Karthik b Pollard 31 (25b, 5×4, 1×6), Ajinkya Rahane (not out) 68 (54b, 8×4, 1×6), Dishant Yagnik c Tendulkar b Harbhajan 34 (24b, 4×4, 1×6), Stuart Binny (run out) 4 (4b), Brad Hodge (not out) 27 (15b, 2×6); Extras (lb-7, nb-2, w-6): 15; Total (for three wkts. in 20 overs): 179.
Fall of wickets: 1-62 (Watson), 2-115 (Yagnik), 3-126 (Binny).
IPL 6 is gaining momentum and entertaining cricket lovers. Teams are putting their heart and soul in each IPL.No one can predict which team is going to win the IPL 6 since cricket is a game of uncertainty. Every player is giving his best.
Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle is most popular batsman in this IPL. Virat Kohli is at No.1 place in scoring runs (256 runs in 5 matches) while Chris Gayle scored maximum number of sixes. Kevon Cooper, Viney Kumar and Dwayne Bravo (by taking 8 wickets each) are giving tough fights to each other to be the best bowler. After 19 matches the main performances of many players is given here –
Rajasthan Royals 126 for 4 (Rahane 34*, Praveen 2-10) beat Kings XI Punjab 124 (Hussey 41, Sreesanth 2-20, Trivedi 2-21) by 6 wickets.
Rajasthan Royals beats Kings XI Punjab by 6 wickets in the 18th match played at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur. Rajasthan Royals won the toss and decided to field.
Batting of Kings XI Punjab was the sole reason of their defeat. They could not face lethal bowling attack of Rajasthan Royals. Kings XI Punjab’s top three batsmen could score only 5 runs.Even Captain Adam Gilchrist could not score a single run.
Kings XI Punjab kept loosing wickets with regular interval. At one time their score was 3 for 10 and half of the team was back to pavilion at 67 runs.
Only DH Hussey (41 off 31 balls) posed some threat for a brief time till Trivedi sent him back to pavilion.Azhar Mahmood (23 off 20 balls) was the second highest scorer from Kings XI Punjab.
Sreesanth of Rajasthan Royals bowled very well.
Rajasthan Royals chased the target of 125 very easily. Openers SR Watson (34) and AM Rahane (32) paved the way for an easy victory.
Captain Gilchrist of Kings XI blamed failure of top order for the defeat.
Adam Gilchrist said “We let 7-8 deliveries slip in the innings. We have been bowled out twice now, and it isn’t acceptable. It starts at the top, with me. Then in the first 3-4 overs, we gave Shane Watson enough to hit, but we can’t blame the bowlers because we didn’t give them a good total to defend. But they fought hard.”
Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid praised Faulkner ,Rahane and Sanju Samson for the victory.
Rajasthan Royals’ captain Rahul Dravid said “It was pretty nervous in the end there. Heart rate around 150-155, but Rahane and the young kind Sanju Samson played really well, showed a lot of composure. We should have got there before the last over. It is a good cricket wicket, not all wickets should be 180-190, these ones make for good exciting cricket. So I am happy with the wicket. Faulkner has been exceptional for us, be brings in a lot of energy in the group. We are happy with the start we had, but we’ll learn with the challenges.”
Player of the match JP Faulkner (Rajasthan Royals)
Guided by Dinesh Kartik and Rohit Sharma’s brilliant knock Mumbai Indian defeated Delhi Daredevils by 44-run in Pepsi Indian Premier League match.
This is Delhi’s third consecutive defeat and biggest one till now.Delhi Daredevil’s could not succumb to the pressure to chase gigantic target of 200 plus.
Match was played in Wankhede Stadium.This is second consecutive victory for Mumbai Indian after first defeat by Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Mumbai Indians lost their opening pair, Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting, quickly but timely knock by Dinesh Kartik put Mumbai’s Indian on driver seat and sent Delhi daredevils on back foot.
But lost of two iconic batsmen of the cricket doesn’t impacted Kartik and Rohit Sharma. They welcomed bowlers of Delhi Daredevil’s with fours and sixes. Dinesh Kartik hit three fours in his first 11 balls and scored 12 runs. That was an indication for Delhi Daredevils that Kartik have something in his mind to demolish Delhi Daredevils bowling attack.
Ashish Nehra was the next target to be demolished with two fours and a six in his over.
Dinesh Kartik scored his second fifty on 29 balls. Dinesh Kartik and Rohit Sharma was in sync .While Dinesh was on attack Rohit was supporting him playing defensively as per the situation.Rohit was on 12 when partnership reached 74.
Rohit scored his fifty in 42 balls . Kieron Pollard and Ambati Rayudu also added run quickly. Rayudu smashed 24 off eight balls and Kieron Pollard smacked 13 off six balls. Delhi daredevils have a mammoth target of 210 runs and they could not chase it.
A terrific catch from Ponting, leaping horizontally to his right as Unmukt Chand got a leading edge off Harbhajan Singh at short cover sent shock waves in Delhi Daredevils camp .Lasith Malinga dropped a catch of Jayawardhane.
Mitchell Johnson took the wicket of Jayawardene. This was a severe blow for Delhi Daredevils.
Australian opener David Warner was the only batsmen from Delhi Daredevils fighting but other batsmen didn’t support him .Warner scored 61 runs on 37 balls.
Opening ceremony of The Pepsi IPL 2013 today will be held at 7:30 PM at the Lake Stadium in Kolkata. It is a biggest football stadium in Asia. Many Bollywood stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, Deepika Padukone etc. will perform in the ceremony after JLo cancelled her live performance due to differences with organisers.
There is a good news coming from meteorological department. Meteorological department predicted there will be no rain Tuesday.
“Maximum and minimum temperature will be 36 and 26 degree Celsius, respectively. The sky will be partly cloudy whereas rainfall is zero,” the official told IANS
Just before the opening there are many controversies in IPL 6. BJP, Shiv Sena, MNS demanded to cancel IPL6 matches in Maharashtra to save water in drought.
In IPL6 there will play 76 matches between 9 teams. All teams will put their heart and soul to win the tournament. Shah Rukh Khan the owner of Kolkata Knight Rider (champion of IPL5) is confident that his team will perform well in IPL6 also and will win the Pepsi IPL 2013.
First match of IPL6 will played at Eden Gardens at Kolkata on 3 April 2013 between KKR(defending champions) and Delhi Daredevils.
The final match of IPL6 will also be played at same ground .
In 2008 Rajasthan Royals was the champion. Deccan Charger won IPL2 in 2009. Chennai Super King becoming champion in 2010 & 2011 while KKR is defending champion (winner of 2012).
Let us hope there will be more cricket and less controversies in IPL6 and cricket fans will enjoy the tournament.
The Bharatiya Janata Party’s Maharashtra unit has demanded that IPL6 T20 matches should not be organised in Maharashtra as thousands of litres of water will be wasted to maintain the pitch. Maharashtra is going through the worst drought of the century so it is not justified to waste precious water for IPL.
Mr. Vinod Tawade has written a letter in this regard to IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla to reconsider organising the T20 matches in Maharashtra.
Indeed this water can be used to fight the drought.
Leader of opposition in the state legislative council Vinod Tawade said, “What sense does it make to use many thousand litres of water to maintain the pitch on which cricket matches are played,” the BJP leader said, adding, “This water is being used in a state seeing the worst drought of the century. It is not justified.”
The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and the Shiv Sena also supported Mr. Tawade.
While NCP rejected opposition’s argument saying Mumbai and Pune where IPL matches will be played are not facing drought.
MNS chief Raj Thackeray said, “My question to Sharad Pawar – whose brainchild IPL is – is whether such matches should happen in the state at a time like this?”
As per the current schedule, 16 T20 matches will be played in Maharashtra.
Mr. Tawade rejected the idea of donating revenue generated from IPL matches to drought-hit Maharashtra.He said water is more important than money.
“Irrespective of whether the IPL is conducted or not, the grounds will have to be watered so as to maintain them. In any case there is no drought in Mumbai or Pune regions.” NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said.
IPL is infamous for controversies. We have seen various controversies in IPL. IPL6 is about to begin but controversies have already started taking birth.
Since there is so much money and publicity involved, controversies are a part and parcel of IPL.A recent controversy over cancellation of Jennifer Lopez’s live performance at the IPL6 opening ceremony has emerged.
Singer Jennifer Lopez blamed camp Shah Rukh for spreading rumours against her and tarnishing her image regarding her live performance cancellation atIPL 6opening ceremony.
Jennifer Lopez was going to perform at IPL opening ceremonybut the deal was cancelled at the last moment.
According to rumours JLo was putting unnecessary demands from organisers. JLo’s team is suspecting Red Chillies for planting fabricated stories against JLo.
A leading publication quoted a source as saying, “JLo is breathing fire. Her team has shot off a mail saying the details of the deal were known only to a select few officials in both teams. As it is unlikely that JLo’s team would plant a story against her, the needle of suspicion is pointing towards camp Shah Rukh. JLo’s team is very upset that her image has been tarnished.”
Red Chillies spokesperson clarified, “We are very excited about the opening ceremony of IPL Season 6. In the process of collaborating with different artistes to perform, from national and international platforms, we did consider Jennifer Lopez. Unfortunately due to scheduling conflicts, it didn’t work out. We hope to work with her in future. We are excited about working with Pitbull.”
“It is true Jennifer cancelled the gig at the last moment because she didn’t like the deal. That she asked for a private chartered plane is however not true. Yes, she had asked for exclusive arrangements to be made for her nearly 44 dancers and accompanying staff, which included her entourage of around 20 people. She had asked for a personal chef, stylist, butler, security etc. but these are demands that even Bollywood stars make when they perform abroad. Jennifer is extremely upset with the way things have panned out. There is an exchange of mails going on as we speak,” the source said.
Shah Rukh Khan is famous for his business acumen and creating controversies.
Last Year Shah Rukh Khan was banned from Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai for five years “for misbehaving with MCA officials and violating rules.”
It seems he knows very well how to capitalise on controversies
Indian Premier League has changed the face of Indian Cricket and world cricket also. Though there were many controversies in IPL but these controversies helped to make it more popular.
Apart from money IPL opened world of opportunities for cricketers.IPL ushered an era where Cricketers no longer spend their entire life just to get selected in national cricket team. Playing cricket is not the only option for cricketers.
There are many changes in the format of IPL.Team structure has also been changed.
This time there will be nine teams in the IPL tournament.76 matches will be played in seven weeks .Final match will be played 26 May 2013 at Eden Garden.
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Teams for IPL 6 is given below-
1- Kolkata Knight Riders
2- Delhi Daredevils
3- Royal Challengers Bangalore
4- Mumbai Indians
5- Sunrisers Hyderabad
6- Pune Warriors India
7- Rajasthan Royals
8- Chennai Super Kings
9- Kings XI Punjab
Player’s for teams in IPL6-
1- Chennai Super Kings-
OWNER – The India Cements Limited
COACH – Stephen Fleming
CAPTAIN – M S Dhoni
VENUE – M. A. Chidambaram Stadium
BEST IPL YEAR – 2010 Winner, 2011 Winner
Ankit Singh Rajpoot
Francois Du Plessis
2- Delhi Daredevils
OWNER – GMR Sports Pvt. Ltd.
COACH – Eric Simons
CAPTAIN – Virender Sehwag
VENUE – Feroz Shah Kotla
BEST IPL YEAR – 2012 playoffs, 2008 & 2009 Semi-finalist