It was a disappointing innings for the India all-rounder, Vijay Shankar, after he hit only 17 runs out of 19 balls in the finals of Nidahas Trophy on Sunday. The cricketer accepted that he felt disheartened at the way things had turned and reportedly said, "It was an off-day for me, but I am finding it difficult to forget. I know I need to move on. I had a good tournament until that final day." Vijay also stated that he has to accept that such things can happen when playing for a big team like India and mentioned that it was all part of growing up. The cricketer said, "When everyone was rejoicing after the final, I was feeling very disheartened at how things panned out. It was an opportunity given to me to become a hero. I should have finished the match." According to reports, Vijay is seemingly positive and is looking forward to do well for Delhi Daredevils in the upcoming IPL.
Union IT and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday reportedly issued a stern warning against social media sites including Facebook if they try to influence the electoral process in India by any undesirable means. Prasad was also quoted as saying, “Mr Mark Zuckerberg you better note the observation of the IT Minister of India... We have got stringent power in the IT Act, we shall use it, including summoning you in India.”
Mohammed Bhai, the London-based businessman who was accused of giving money to cricketer Mohammed Shami for alleged match-fixing came out in defence and said, "I don't know Alishba (The Pakistan woman who is alleged to have routed money to Shami by the latter's wife Hasin Jahan). Only after newspaper reports emerged, I heard of such a person. I have never offered money to anyone. I would never dream of cheating my country."
Indian wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik reportedly said that the former Indian captain MS Dhoni is the topper when it comes to finishing off a match. When asked about comparing him with Dhoni, Dinesh said, "When it comes to Dhoni, I am studying in the university in which he is the topper. So it is unfair for me to be compared with him." Dinesh got the much needed limelight after his match-winning knock in the Nidahas Trophy final against Bangladesh.
IPL defending champions Mumbai Indians roped in New Zealand pacer Mitchell McClenaghan in place of Australian seamer Jason Behrendorff for the upcoming 11th edition of the IPL. Behrendorff has reportedly been ruled out of the season due to a back injury. Behrendorff was bought by MI for Rs 1.5 crore during the IPL players auction as McClenaghan went unsold. MI will face the returning CSK in the tournament opener.
Cricketer Mohammad Shami's uncle Khurshid Ahmed alleged that Shami's wife Hasin Jahan was after money. "She shopped for lakhs every month and refused our offer of out of court settlement," he's reported to have said to media. Shami is in the eye of storm after his wife accused him of match-fixing and extra-marital affairs.
After receiving wide welcome by Indians for his spellbound performance during Nidahas tri-series final, cricketer Dinesh Karthik met reporters in his hometown. He said, “I desperately wanted to play for CSK. It has always been my dream to play for CSK. But it’s alright as people get to learn so much during IPL”. He also added that a lot of fellow Tamil Nadu players like R Ashwin and Washington Sundar are doing good at the national level.
Indian spinner Washington Sundar rocketed 151 places to reach a career-high 31st position in the latest ICC T20I bowler rankings after India's grand performance in the recently concluded tri-nation series. The 18-year-old Sundar was named player of the tournament for his 8 crucial wickets which helped India lift the trophy. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal also jumped 12 places to claim the second position in T20I rankings for bowlers. Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan also achieved a career-best ranking of 17th in rankings for batsmen.
Earlier, cricketer Mohammad Shami's wife Hasin Jahan claimed that a Pakistani woman named Alishba had offered money to her estranged spouse, reportedly from a businessman from England, for match-fixing. Countering the allegation, Alishba said, "I am just a fan of Mohammad Bhai and once had dined with him. Nothing more."
To the celebrations and wishes that were pouring to Dinesh Karthik, Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan too contributed his bit. He took to Twitter and wrote, "T 2747 - INDIA WINS !! T20 in the TRI championship VS Bangladesh .. what a thriller .. BD had us on the ropes .. and Dinesh Kartik, you beauty .. a brilliant knock .. 24 needed in last 2 overs .. 5 runs and 1 ball left and he hits a 6 ! INCREDIBLE! CONGRATULATIONS !!" He later posted another Tweet, apologising for his earlier tweet saying, "T 2747 - that should read 34 needed in 2 overs .. NOT 24 .. apologies to Dinesh Kartik."
T 2747 - INDIA WINS !! T20 in the TRI championship VS BanglaDesh .. what a thriller .. BD had us on the ropes .. and Dinesh Kartik, you beauty .. a brilliant knock .. 24 needed in last 2 overs .. 5 runs and 1 ball left and he hits a 6 ! INCREDIBLE ! CONGRATULATIONS !! pic.twitter.com/je0WyaWzpe— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) March 18, 2018
After taking India to an unexpected victory during the Nidahas Trophy tri-series final against Bangladesh, Dinesh Karthik’s talents were thoroughly appreciated and enjoyed by Indians. The wicketkeeper-batsman on Monday took to Twitter and expressed his happiness. He Tweeted, “Probably one of the best nights of my life. Nothing comes close to crossing the finish line for…”.
Probably one of the best nights of my life. Nothing comes close to crossing the finish line for… https://t.co/lmy5k4DrMi— DK (@DineshKarthik) March 19, 2018
India defeated Bangladesh by 4 wickets in the T20 final of the Nidahas Trophy on Sunday. India registered their eighth consecutive T20I victory over Bangladesh. Chasing a target of 167 runs, India reached the target by the last ball of the match. With 5 needed off the final delivery, Dinesh Karthik hit a six to take India over the line. Rohit was the top scorer for India with 56 runs.
Stand-in Indian captain Rohit Sharma reached 7000 T20I runs during the Nidahas trophy final against Bangladesh on Sunday. Rohit became the third Indian batsman to reach the milestone. Suresh Raina is the top run scorer of India with 7378 runs followed by Virat Kohli with 7095 T20I runs.
Indian cricketer Mohammed Shami, who was recently accused of domestic violence, infidelity and match-fixing by his wife, denied all these allegations and claimed that he was being defamed without any proper evidence. "I have not eaten properly and the cricket practice has also come to a standstill. I want all the allegations against me to be investigated thoroughly," he reportedly said.
In the finals between India and Bangladesh in the Nidahas Trophy on Sunday, India won the toss and elected to field. India set off with a steady start as Bangladesh lost three wickets within 10 overs. Notably, India has not lost any T20I match against Bangladesh so far. They have played and won all seven matches against the team.
After Bangladesh's terrific win against Sri Lanka, they are to face a formidable India in the finals of Nidahas Trophy on Sunday at 7 pm. However, Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan and the team are very confident of the match. He has reportedly said, "India is a very good side, but we have the momentum, so hopefully we can continue the performance."
Former Indian keeper Rahul Dravid has reportedly filed a police complaint against the Ponzi scheme run by Bengaluru-based Vikram Investment company. The company has allegedly duped hundreds of investors of more than Rs 500 crore. There were allegations that many well-known sports personalities were among the duped. However, none of them had either confirmed or filed a complaint about the same. Dravid, in his complaint reportedly stated that he was duped of Rs 4 crore.
The Indian cricket board's anti-corruption wing’s officials on Saturday spoke to Mohammad Shami's wife Hasin Jahan over the player’s alleged involvement in match-fixing. According to media reports, Hasin Jahan submitted documents about Shami’s alleged meeting with a woman in Dubai, who was supposed to give him money sent by another person from Britain.
Players from the Bangladesh and Sri Lanka cricket teams were seen having heated exchanges over the umpire’s decision on giving a no-ball during the Thursday’s T20 match in Colombo. With the first ball of the final over being a bouncer, Bangladesh needed 12 runs off 5 balls to win. The second ball was also a bouncer which the Bangladesh players expected to be given a no-ball, but not given. The disappointment made Bangladesh batsman Mahmudullah argue with the main umpire in spite of the square leg umpire signalling a shoulder height no-ball. The match was interrupted for some time after a scuffle broke out. However, the match resumed after a brief halt and Mahmudullah hit the winning runs for Bangladesh with a ball to spare.
Bangladesh won against Sri Lanka in the 6th T20I of Nidahas Trophy 2018 on Friday. After captain Shakib Al Hasan had to leave due to a finger injury, it seemed almost impossible for Bangladesh. However, batsman Mahmudullah lead his team to victory with his final six at the last moment to reach the target of 160. Bangladesh will play the finals against India on Sunday.