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Twitter trolls Ravi Shastri on his return to commentary box

After an exile of 18 months Ravi Shastri returned to the commentary box with his loud voice. Even before he started his task, Twitter had already started trolling him on his return. Some raised his issue with Sourav Ganguly whereas others taunted him on his return. Here is how twitter reacted to Shastri’s return –

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BCCI to transfer 6.25 crores to Kumble’s account

Board of control for cricket in India (BCCI) is set to pay a hefty amount of 6.25 crores to the new head coach of Indian cricket team Anil Kumble to avail his services for a period of one year. This also makes Kumble the second highest paid coach of all times as according to the Mumbai Mirror Shastri used to get a sum of 75 Lakhs more than that of Kumble.

Still, this amount is the heavy amount which will surely satisfy Kumble after retirement.

Along with that the newspaper also reveals salary of former coaches of Indian cricket team, Gary Kirsten, and Duncan Fletcher. According to the newspaper the salary of both varies from 3-4 crores per year.

“The fee is about Rs 75 lakh less than what Ravi Shastri was being paid annually but much more than the salary drawn by Gary Kirsten and Duncan Fletcher, both of whom were getting between Rs 3-4 crores,” the newspaper reported today (August 23).

Anil Kumble was chosen as the head coach of Indian cricket team on June 23. His appointment created a controversy as Ravi Shastri was not amused by the fact that he has been dumped from the post. The matter settled after the intervention from BCCI.

Kumble has done pretty well on his first voyage to Caribbean island as the Indian team has won the series by a margin of 2-0 but Kumble’s force will undergo a real test in the upcoming T20 series to be played in Florida as West Indies team are a much stronger force in T20’s if compare to Test or One Day cricket.

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Ravi Shastri paid 4.41 Crores for his role as team Director

This is probably the reason why Ravi Shastri was roaming here and there crying of foul play against him as in the latest press release from BCCI it has been revealed that Ravi Shastri has been paid a total amount of 4 crores and 41 lakhs for his role as team director for a period of 18 months. With this release, the BCCI has indirectly raised curtain from the reason that why Shastri was crying of a foul play against him when he was not chosen as the Head coach of Indian cricket team. This skyrocketing amount paid to him makes him the highest paid coach of all times.

Shastri’s contract as team director started in mid-2014 and ended last year but BCCI renewed his contract till the T20 world cup 2016 which was played in India in the month of March and April. With the end of the world cup, his contract also came to end.

Soon after that BCCI headed by new president Lt. Anurag Thakur thought of a new way of selecting a new coach for the team. They invited applications for the post and all those who met the requirements had a fair chance for applying for the post. Many veterans’ coaches and players applied for the post and it was Anil Kumble who won the race in the end.

Soon after Kumble was selected as the head coach, Shastri started crying of a foul play against him. He complained that Sourav Ganguly, one of a key member of advisory committee was not present at the time when he was interviewed. Ganguly too fired back at Shastri saying that he was not serious about the job as he was holidaying in Bangkok at the time of interview. Ganguly even said that Shastri is living in a fool’s world.

The war of words continued between the two for few days before BCCI interrupted in the matter in an indirect way.

Now with BCCI revealing actual pay of Shastri, one can easily anticipate that why Shastri was upset with him not selected as the head coach. Seriously it hurts!

Along with Shastri’s pay, the board has also revealed pay of Ravindra Jadeja for the tour to Australia. The Indian all-rounder has been paid around Rs. 29 Lakhs for that tour that took place in the month of January. Team India lost the ODI series by a margin of 4-1 but made a strong comeback and whitewashed the hosts in T20 series by winning all the 3 T20I’s.

Other payments include pays to state associations, umpires, hotels, match referees and few media groups.

Garfield Sobers pays tribute to Muhammad Ali at The Lord's
Garfield Sobers pays tribute to Muhammad Ali at The Lord's
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Sobers the greatest ever: Shastri

Post lot of controversy regarding the head coach of Indian cricket team, Ravi Shastri is again in news but this time for a positive reason as the former director of Indian cricket team heaped praises on Sir Gary Sobers on his birthday and said “In 139 years of Test cricket, Sobers is the greatest cricketer ever. It’s as simple as that. In a 93-Test package, he averaged 57.78. Now that is something. Then you have his 235 wickets and 100-plus catches. It’s quite incredible.

Along the way, during these 139 years, you had the Tendulkars, Bradmans, and other greats. But Sobers was the greatest — a true match-winner. He must have influenced 60 out of his 93 Tests,” Said the former all-rounder.

“He was showing us how he would play and while he did that, I looked at the great man’s feet and how they moved as he was playing the ‘shots’ and I told Ian to watch those feet.
This was around 1998, so Sobers was well into his 60s and it was at two or three in the morning. It was quite remarkable,” added Shastri.

He also recalled an occasion when he was dumbfounded by Sobers in the commentary box as he asked him a difficult question

“Sobers said he enjoyed batting at six because it was a challenge and he believed he would get a hundred or even a double hundred with not much support at the other end — maybe with half a batsman and three bowlers”?.

Shastri was to attend the birthday of Gary Sobers as he stated earlier last month only but due could not make it there.

Though Ravi Shastri does not stand anywhere to Sobers records but he is the proud owner of a record that is also held by Gary Sobers. Shastri once smashed six sixes in an over in a Ranji trophy match between Mumbai and Baroda. He took on the Baroda’s spinner Tilak Raj and sent him across the ropes 6 consecutive times as became only the second batsmen to achieve this feat.

On the occasion of 80th birthday of Gary Sobers, former Indian batsman Virender Sehwag did not forget to wish the legend in his own style as he tweeted –

Really Sobers will be quite amused with all the praises coming from India.

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Sunil Gavaskar’s weakness on West Indies tour revealed

Legendary Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar turned 67 on Sunday. He is in the list of few batsmen who played famous West Indies pace quartet adequately. Gavaskar is a respected man in the world of cricket because of his skill to play the formidable pace attack of the West Indies without any modern equipment of cricket.

On the day of his birthday, a new thing about him was revealed by his sister. Gavaskar has a weakness for glucose biscuits.

Whenever he travelled to the Caribbean for a series he will start his packing with the Parle G biscuits. This was revealed by Gavaskar’s younger sister Nutan at a function organised by the Indian Cricket Club.

“He used to like those biscuits…Parle-G glucose biscuits. West Indies was a long way off and (it was a) long tour, so he would like to have those biscuits for his tea or coffee, so whoever was travelling there, we would try and send those packets of biscuits for him,” Nutan Gavaskar told reporters.

“He would pack (the biscuits before the tour), they often used to get over in three weeks or a month.”

“Wherever he travelled, and whoever travelled to that place…some journalist, or someone we knew, or relatives, some friends (we used to send biscuits with them),” she added.

“Now he is a little worried about diabetes and those biscuits are little sweet, so he tries and avoids them, (but) he still likes them,” she said.

Former Mumbai opener Shishir Hattangadi shared a witty anecdote. Once the famous West Indies pace quartet came in Mumbai to play a charity match.  They were having a beer at Ravi Shastri’s house, and then Sunil Gavaskar walked in to join the party. The four pacers stood up and  said, ‘hi master, how are you’.

“It was at Ravi Shastri’s house where during some tournament (for charity)… all the fast bowlers had come in, and they were having few beers at Ravi’s place.

“Sunny (Gavaskar) walks in his pyjama-kurta, little late, the moment he walked in through that door, all four (bowlers), over six feet, got up saying ‘hi master, how are you’,” he reminisced.

“I mean that (is the kind of) respect and reverence the four great bowlers (had for Gavaskar) and they were all great – (Micheal) Holding, (Joel) Garner, (Malcolm) Marshall, (Andy) Roberts,” he said.

Gavaskar learnt his cricket skills growing up in the rigid cricket culture.  He is short and played without a helmet and other protective equipment.

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“Ravi Shastri was offered batting coach role”: Ganguly

On the day former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly turned 44, he revealed that Ravi Shastri was offered the batting coach role to work along with Anil Kumble.

Ganguly was in the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) along with Sachin Tendulkar  and VVS Laxman. They kept their trust in their former teammate Anil Kumble who has taken more than 900 international wickets. Shastri, who was team director of the Indian team for 18 months, was ignored for the head coach job that didn’t go well with the former World Cup winner.

Shastri was unhappy. He expressed his disappointment and was angry over Ganguly, who left the interview board when Shastri came online to give his interview. Ganguly had left the interview citing that he has a meeting at CAB.

Shastri’s constant vent against Ganguly on the media made angry Sourav Ganguly he came back and lashed out Shastri.

In the last couple days, the battle seems got over, but Ganguly in an exclusive interview with the Mid Day revealed that Shastri was offered the chance to work under Kumble  as the team’s batting coach.

“Enough has been said (on his personal duel with Shastri). I do not wish to discuss anything further,” Ganguly said. “(But)Yes, we offered Ravi the Indian team’s batting coach post.”

Shastri since 2014 England tour worked for team India. Under him, India also produced good results. But Shastri didn’t want to work under anyone so he rejected the offer.

Abhay Sharma was appointed the fielding coach of the India and Sanjay Bangar was the batting coach. But India didn’t name any bowling coach.

It is expected that head coach Anil Kumble will help bowlers  for the West Indies tour.

There is a talk that in near future Zaheer Khan could be appointed as a bowling coach.

But Ganguly said he is not aware of any such development.

“I have no knowledge about this. BCCI will have to see whether Zaheer is available for 365 days or not,” Ganguly said.

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In a parallel universe: Cricketers and their instgram bio

We have seen that almost each and every player uploading photos and lovely moments on social media. They are much active on social media and today we write honest bios of the cricketers. Honest because players, as they are celebrities in our country, are often politically correct and non-controversial when it comes to their public life. So have you guys ever wondered how, in a parallel universe, would players treat their social media profiles and bios?

Many things are taken into consideration while making the bios/profiles of cricketers like their on-field behavior, their form, performance and their nature.

We are sure that this will be a laughter riot for all our fans and viewers.

So here are players and their fake Instagram profiles:

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Shastri said he did not quit ICC committee because of Kumble

Former Indian cricketer and team director Ravi Shastri said he did not step down from the ICC Cricket Committee because of Anil Kumble, who pipped him to the post of Indian coach, the chairman of the prestigious committee.

In an interview with Gulf News, Shastri said, “I had informed Shashank Manohar (chairman of the ICC) 10 days before the Indian Premier League final that I am resigning from it as the meeting of the ICC cricket committee is always held the next day of the IPL final. It was twisted as me having quit not wanting to be a member of a committee in which Anil (Kumble) is the chairman and it was absolute nonsense. I resigned due to my media commitments and nothing else and I have the greatest regard for Anil.”

Shastri  said he always shares a good rapport with Kumble, who played a few Test matches with Shastri. “Anil, within two minutes after him being appointed as coach, called me and I congratulated him and told him that he has got a great team. When he asked if he could call me anytime, I said he can call me anytime for anything.”

The former 1983 World Cup winning all-rounder  also said that he never mentioned  that because of Sourav Ganguly he failed to become Indian coach. Ganguly one of the interviewer  at the three members board. The other two members are VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar.

“I have never made any personal attack on anyone at me not getting the job. Not once have I mentioned in any interview that Ganguly was responsible for me not becoming the coach because I know that there are three others in the committee. Everything happened following my interview to Rajdeep Sardesai (CNN-IBN Channel) in which I said there were some good questions from Sachin, Laxman, and Jagdale and when asked about Ganguly, I mentioned he wasn’t there.”

Shastri also explained  Ganguly’s criticism about him not being physically present for the interview as he was holidaying in Bangkok.  “I got an email from BCCI, requesting me to be present for an interview at Taj Bengal in Kolkata at 4pm when I was already in Bangkok. The email had also specifically mentioned that since the request to attend the interview is on short notice, one can attend it through Skype. The process of interview is not my job and haven’t questioned it but all that I felt is when the other three members could interview me, I felt Ganguly should have shown respect to the committee and to the person to be interviewed.”

“What I treasure most is the 18 months I was with the Indian team and being able to be sit in the same dressing room with one of the greatest cricketers M.S. Dhoni,” Shastri signed off.

Kolkata, July 2 (IANS) Former India cricketer Arun Lal on Saturday chose to term the ongoing spat between former national team director Ravi Shastri and ex-captain Sourav Ganguly as “disappointing.” Shastri had lashed out at Ganguly a few days back after he was overlooked for the Indian team chief coach’s job. Leg-spin legend Anil Kumble was selected by the three-member Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) cricket advisory panel which consists of Sachin Tendulkar, V.V.S. Laxman and Ganguly. "Nothing surprises me in Indian cricket anymore. A member of the committee (Ganguly) wasn`t present and that was disrespectful to the selection process," Shastri had told media. "A person was disrespectful of a candidate who he was going to interview. He was disrespectful to the job he was entrusted with." Ganguly who had to leave for the Cricket Association of Bengal working committee meeting during Shastri’s interview later took on the former Indian all-rounder saying he was living in a “fool's world”. "I also have an advice for Shastri, when the coach of India is selected, which is one of the high-profile jobs, he should be in front of the committee giving his presentation and not sit in Bangkok on a holiday and make a presentation on camera. We can understand family commitments, understand emergencies, but not holidays on the beach," Ganguly had said. Lal, a renowned commentator, however, believes the statements were taken out of context by both former players. “Actually it’s not for me to comment. Sometimes how words are written does not have the same spirit like how they are said. I know both of them really well and I am grateful to both have major contributions in my life, but it is a little disappointing,” Lal told the media here at the Calcutta Sports Journalist Club on the occasion of Worlds Sports Journalist Day. “Sometimes you get carried away with emotions when you say something and it sounds terrible when written down, I think I will give them a benefit of the doubt. “Both of them have made huge contributions to Indian cricket,” said the 60-year-old who featured in 16 Tests for India.
Arun Lal not happy with Ganguly ans Shastri
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It is disappointing: Arun Lal on Shastri-Ganguly spat

Kolkata, July 2 (IANS) Former India cricketer Arun Lal on Saturday chose to term the ongoing spat between former national team director Ravi Shastri and ex-captain Sourav Ganguly as “disappointing.”

Shastri had lashed out at Ganguly a few days back after he was overlooked for the Indian team chief coach’s job. Leg-spin legend Anil Kumble was selected by the three-member Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) cricket advisory panel which consists of Sachin Tendulkar, V.V.S. Laxman, and Ganguly.

“Nothing surprises me in Indian cricket anymore. A member of the committee (Ganguly) wasn`t present and that was disrespectful to the selection process,” Shastri had told media.

“A person was disrespectful of a candidate who he was going to interview. He was disrespectful to the job he was entrusted with.”

Ganguly who had to leave for the Cricket Association of Bengal working committee meeting during Shastri’s interview later took on the former Indian all-rounder saying he was living in a “fool’s world”.

“I also have an advice for Shastri, when the coach of India is selected, which is one of the high-profile jobs, he should be in front of the committee giving his presentation and not sit in Bangkok on a holiday and make a presentation on camera. We can understand family commitments, understand emergencies, but not holidays on the beach,” Ganguly had said.

Lal, a renowned commentator, however, believes the statements were taken out of context by both former players.

“Actually, it’s not for me to comment. Sometimes how words are written does not have the same spirit of how they are said. I know both of them really well and I am grateful to both have major contributions in my life, but it is a little disappointing,” Lal told the media here at the Calcutta Sports Journalist Club on the occasion of Worlds Sports Journalist Day.

“Sometimes you get carried away with emotions when you say something and it sounds terrible when written down, I think I will give them a benefit of the doubt.

“Both of them have made huge contributions to Indian cricket,” said the 60-year-old who featured in 16 Tests for India.

Bangladesh batsman Tamim Iqbal celebrates with style after scoring his first T20 hundred at Dharamsala against Oman.
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Tamim Iqbal FB Wall: 10K runs?

Recently in an interview, Bangladesh batsman Tamim Iqbal said that he want to score 10000 runs in any of the formats. He went onto to post this statement on his facebook account. It received a mixed response in the end and finally Tamim removed the post from his timeline.

Let’s see what happened that forced him to do so:

Tamim Iqbal FB Wall: 10K runs? 1

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