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Vindu Dara Singh Alleges IPL Fixed; Vijay Mallya Into Betting

By Aglaia Staff

Vindu Dara Singh, one of those allegedly involved in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal, has made some startling claims in a sting operation on the subject aired by Zee News, an Indian television channel. Singh claims that the real battle regarding the IPL lies in the fight between the current chief of the BCCI, N. Srinivasan, and former IPL commissioner, Lalit Modi.“This entire case is actually a tussle between Modi and Srinivasan. We have nothing to do with it,” Vindu tells the reporter. “Lalit Modi just needed a chance to get Srinivasan out.”

Singh goes on to add that he was involved in betting and claims that just as he was being used as a pawn to get to Srinivasan.“They (cops) said, ‘We know you haven’t done anything, but there’s pressure from Sharad Pawar sahab and until Srinivasan isn’t nabbed you will have to stay. You will have to stay here for 10-15 days or a month’,” he says.

Meiyappan had lost a huge bet Singh claims. Asked why he was the chosen medium, he says: “Gurunath is Srinivisan’s brother-in-law. If anything is proved against Guru then…”

Singh also says that the IPL is “100 percent fixed” and that he is only aware of one owner who is directly involved in betting, Vijay Mallya.“Barring Vijay Mallya nobody knows anything. Mallya is himself involved in betting, he earns 100-200 crores in IPL,” he says.

Singh claims that Modi, who started the IPL under Sharad Pawar’s watch, rubbed the Congress the wrong way when the took the IPL to South Africa. Back by Pawar, Modi took Shashi Tharoor, an investor in an IPL team, to task and that was the basis for this battling.

Singh’s last statement though, raises questions. “Sharad Pawar is a ‘great’ man. These people are challenging him and we are getting dragged into it… Today you (media) are taking the fight to him — he can shut your channel,” he says.

Nowhere during or after the interview, has it been explained how or in what capacity the reporter approached Vindu Dara Singh. Also, how was he able to specify to the reporter that Sharad Pawar could shut the channel in question, especially as he did not know that he was being recorded?


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Dale Steyn Takes Six Wickets; Nullifies India’s Advantage

By Aglaia Staff

Friday was about two spells: one with the old ball, the other with the semi-new one. It was about the end of an unprecedented drought. It was about pace and purpose. It was about reverse-swing bowling of the highest quality. It was about the chainsaw celebrations. It was about Dale Steyn and his six-wicket haul, one that pegged India back by some distance on Day Two of the deciding Test at Kingsmead. 


 After claiming Shikhar Dhawan with a bouncer on the first morning of the Wanderers Test, the world’s fastest bowler had gone 69 overs without success. It was getting to him. That he had lost the top spot in the ICC rankings –– to teammate Vernon Philander –– may have added to his frustrations.

The entire morning session was lost to rain and when play began at 12:40 pm local time, Steyn had some unfinished business. The pitch, which was as flat as a pancake on Day One, was obviously moist now. And it wasn’t entirely bright. Steyn knew it was time to strike.

Twice he had induced the edge, twice it flew past the man near the gully. Vijay and Pujara were lucky to have survived. Then Steyn exploded. And how! 

After peppering Pujara with a salvo of bouncers, he bowled a fullish delivery on off stump, inviting the batsman to play the drive. Pujara took the bait, but didn’t move his feet. He just ended up pushing at the ball and edged it to the wicketkeeper. He made 70.

In his next over, Steyn targeted Vijay’s ribs with a scorcher of a ball and the opener, who was batting on 97, ended up gloving it. AB de Villiers pouched this one too. 

If you thought Hashim Amla’s dismissal off Ishant Sharma at the Wanderers was a result of a bad leave, then you should have watched how Rohit Sharma shouldered arms to a delivery that pitched just outside the line of off stump. It was an error in judgment, nay imprudence, as Sharma found his middle stump missing. He fell for a golden duck. Steyn’s spell read 5-2-19-3. Mind you, the ball was 71 overs old.

Steyn bowled a few overs with the second new ball, too, but Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane kept him at bay. But when Graeme Smith brought him on in the 103rd over, he had probably told his best bowler to finish the job. Steyn did just that. He had MS Dhoni caught in the slip and tail-enders Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma caught behind. This effort yielded figures of 5-1-13-3.

So in 50 overs, India went from 181/1 to 334 all out, with Steyn getting 6/99. Morne Morkel added the scalps of Virat Kohli and Mohammed Shami to register figures of 3/50. JP Duminy also got one, that off Ravindra Jadeja for a duck that gave Jacques Kallis his 200th Test catch.



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Mysore Royal Scion Wodeyar Dies

By Aglaia Staff

Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wodeyar, scion of the erstwhile Mysore royal family and the last descendant of the Wodeyar dynasty, died of severe cardiac arrest at a private hospital here on Tuesday. 

Sixty-year old Wodeyar, who had been ailing in recent months, was brought to a private hospital in an unconscious state and doctors’ attempts to resusitate him failed, a senior hospital official said. 

“He was brought around 2pm. For one and a half hours Dr Ranaganth Naik and four others tried to revive him. But by 3.30pm. he was declared dead,” Dr Madan Kumar, Administrator, Vikram Hospital, told PTI. 

The mortal remains of Wodeyar would be cremated at Mysore on Wednesday, Karnataka home minister KJ George told reporters outside the hospital, adding, the state government has declared a two-day state mourning. 

Wodeyar, the only son of Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar, the last ruling Maharaja of Mysore, and his second wife, Maharani Tripura Sundari Ammani Avaru, succeeded his father as the head of his dynasty in September 1974. 

He had remained the titular head of the erstwhile royalty during the famous Dasara festivities after succeeding as heir to his father in 1974 that left him with a palace but without a kingdom. 

Married to a distant cousin, Pramoda Devi, the couple have no children. 

Wodeyar wore many hats. He had served as Lok Sabha member for four terms representing Mysore constituency from Congress and lost once as BJP nominee and the other time as Congress candidate. 

Passionate about cricket, he was only recently elected as President of Karnataka State Cricket Association in a hotly contested election that saw the combine led by him trounce candidates of the group backed by Srinath and Anil Kumble

Wodeyar was also a Fashion Designer and promoted Mysore Silk Sarees under his brand name called “Royal Silk of Mysore”. He was also a hotelier, art collector and investor. 

The Wodeyar dynasty ruled the Kingdom of Mysore from 1399 to 1947. The last king of the dynasty was Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar, who ruled from 1940 until Indian independence in 1947 when he acceded his Kingdom to the dominion of India, but continued as the Maharaja until India became a Republic in 1950. 

For Mysoreans, Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wodeyar had remained a Maharaja and they believed that though he lived like a royal, he did not think like one. 

“… I live like a maharaja without technically or legally being one,” Wodeyar, arguably one of the richest scions of a royal family in the country, had said in an interview.


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Rising From The Ashes: Shane Watson Slams Ton For Australia

By Aglaia Staff

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hane Watson hit his first century in 25 tests to help Australia move to 307-4 at stumps Wednesday on the first day of the fifth and final Ashes test against England.

Under pressure following his poor form all series with the bat, Watson smashed 25 fours and a six to reach 176, from 247 balls, at The Oval.

“It’s definitely a relief to be able to make a hundred, there’s no doubt about that,” Watson said. “But it was important to be able to bat for a longer period of time in an Ashes test. I’ve not read one thing (of criticism). I know the thing is that if I’m not performing I’d expect people to write things that are not complimentary, but I’ve stayed away from it.

“I’m very critical of myself anyway so I don’t read anything that would compound it.”

Watson batted on after taking a fierce blow to the head from a bouncer by Stuart Broad, was dropped on 104 by Alastair Cook in the slips and overturned an lbw decision to Chris Woakes on 160, before he finally fell to Broad.

Steve Smith was unbeaten on 66 (nine fours, one six 133 balls) as England’s bowlers struggled, James Anderson finishing with the best figures of 2-52.

“It was a long day for us,” Anderson said. “We stuck to our task pretty well as a bowling unit. It was a pretty lifeless pitch and I though Watson played out of his skin.”

Australia won the toss and chose to bat but had to endure a hostile opening spell from Anderson and Broad before Watson hit debutants Woakes and Simon Kerrigan out of the attack.

Warner lasted only 18 minutes before getting an outside edge to Anderson for wicketkeeper Matt Prior to accept the catch.

However, England’s decision to release fast bowlers Steven Finn and Chris Tremlett from its squad and go without experienced backup for the opening quicks backfired when Watson gave the new boys a harsh introduction to test cricket.

Watson hit both Woakes and Kerrigan for six fours, but he also smashed Graeme Swann for a six over the sightscreen and brought up his 50 from 61 deliveries when he nudged a single from Kerrigan.

Australia reached 100 when Watson hit Kerrigan for 18 in the 25th over, forcing England captain Alastair Cook to bring back Broad in a bid to stem the flow of boundaries.

Broad responded with a maiden over, but the century partnership was reached in the final over before lunch when Rogers flicked Broad for three runs through midwicket.

Rogers fell for 23 early in the afternoon session when he edged Swann to Jonathan Trott, who took a low catch at first slip.

Watson was on 91 when he was hit on the back of the head by a Broad bouncer. The blow struck the batsman just below the helmet, but after a two-minute delay he continued.

“I was pretty lucky really,” Watson said. “It got me in a good spot, in the muscles. It certainly got me thinking there was more to worry about than being in the nervous nineties.”

Michael Clarke looked vulnerable throughout his 39-ball innings and was bowled off his pads by Anderson in the 43rd over. In the next over, Watson, having slowed slightly since lunch, reached his first century in 48 attempts with a stroke for three from Anderson.

England then squandered the momentum when Cook dropped Watson after he edged Anderson to first slip.

The debutants returned at the end of the session. Woakes improved significantly, but Kerrigan’s final over before tea began with a rank, head-high full toss that Smith swatted for four.

Anderson acknowledged that Kerrigan had suffered.

“The guys in the dressing room have got a job to do to rally around him and keep his spirits high,” he said. “He’s had a bad day but the other days know what he can do, he’s a quality bowler.”

Watson was diplomatic about Kerrigan’s performance, but said he was surprised by England’s selections.

“I was expecting Tremlett to play,” he said. “He’s had quite a lot of success bowling against us. I was a lot happier than I would have been if I’d had to face a guy who’s 6’8 and bowling balls up into your face.”

In an evening session short on drama, Watson reached his 150 when he flicked Broad to the fine leg boundary and Smith drove Swann for a single to pass 50.

Watson was given out lbw to Woakes in the 82nd over but he referred the call and the decision was reversed – only the second time Watson has overturned an lbw call in nine attempts.

Watson’s luck finally ran out in the 88th over when he holed out to Broad and fell to a brilliant tumbling catch by Kevin Pietersen, although only after an umpire referral for a no ball confirmed Broad’s foot was fractionally behind the crease.

Australia sent in Peter Siddle as nightwatchman and he added an assured 18 not out before stumps.

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