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IPL, more random thoughts: Virender Sehwag, Lasith Malinga and Sreesanth

More random thoughts on the IPL:

The debate of ‘club over country’ should be put to rest , at least when it comes to Indian players.

Virender Sehwag will miss the rest of the IPL due to a shoulder injury he has been carrying for the past one year. He should have been allowed to take a break after the World Cup but his IPL masters would have been displeased. So Viru hoists the Delhi Daredevils until he can carry them no more.

Delhi Daredevils are no longer in the reckoning for a playoff spot.

No ‘butcher’ for the West Indies tour and perhaps half the English tour.

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Virender Sehwag bats out a maiden over, to bookies’ distress (Satire)

Virender Sehwag bowling at Adelaide Oval

Indian bookies are disappointed with Virender Sehwag.

The dashing Indian opener played out a maiden over against Lasith Malinga in a group encounter for Delhi Daredevils against Mumbai Indians.

The bookmakers are believed to have suffered heavy losses. The odds against such a happening were astronomical.

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Insuring World Cup events and IPL players , at a price (Humour)

Sachin Tendulkar at Adelaide Oval

Almost all top guns in the IPL have been insured by their respective teams, ranging from Sachin Tendulkar (Rs. 44.97 crores) to Gautam Gambhir (Rs. 11.64 crores).

Wouldn’t it have been a great idea for the ICC to secure insurance cover against original trophies  locked down by bureaucratic Customs officials? The eventualities covered could include embarrassment caused by disclosures that ‘hugged-and-kissed’ trophy is a replica, free World Cup tickets demanded by said officials and sundry miscellaneous damages including loss-of-face.

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The Ugly Aussie Makes An Appearance!

Australia's players pose after they won the gold medal in the women's field hockey final match at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi October 13, 2010.  REUTERS/B Mathur (INDIA - Tags: SPORT FIELD HOCKEY)

Just when we thought that the Ugly Aussie was a thing of the past, especially with the two-match series against India passing off without controversies or major incidents – the current Aussie team was probably the best behaved in recent times -  the Aussie contingent at the Commonwealth Games decided that they would prove the sceptics right.

The Aussies at the village went on an all-night binge and in the process destroyed a washing machine flinging it to the ground from the eighth floor of their tower.

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Murali erupts, at last! Bedi bears the brunt!

July 22, 2010 - Galle, Sri Lanka - epa02257464 Sri Lanka's bowling wizard celebrates during the tri series test match versus India in Galle, 115kms south of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 22 July 2010. Murali retired from the Test version of cricket but said he would play for the 2011 World Cup if the Sri Lankan selectors requested. With the world's highest Test wickets of 800 under his belt, Muralitharan was given a grand send off at the Galle International Cricket Stadium.


The controversy over Muttiah Muralitharan’s bowling action will not abate.

Just when we believed that Murali would waltz off into the sunset – peaking at 800 Test wickets – we find alarm bells tinkling in the Indian media.

Bishan Singh Bedi was among those who remarked on  Murali’s latest achievement but qualified his congratulations saying that he thought that Murali was a lovely person and a nice chap (something on those lines) but he believed that the ICC had bent its rules to accommodate his equally bent arm. He pronounced him a chucker and maintained that he would always consider him one.

His protégé, Maninder Singh, echoing his godfather,penned a column noting that Murali would always remain a disputable figure because of his unorthodox action.

Over the years, Murali appeared to have chugged along smoothly without responding in kind to any of the criticisms. He preferred to have his supple fingers do the talking and let the ICC decide on the legality of his action. That seemed good enough for him.

But all that changed this week, when Murali in an interview with the Indian TV news channel, Times Now, went on the offensive, claiming that there is a lot of jealousy about his achievements among former players. He targeted Bishan Singh Bedi and lambasted him, disparaging him as “an ordinary bowler”.

Quote of the day:
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye. – Miss Piggy

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