MI not just an IPL club, but a finishing school, feel Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar

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February 23, 2021

MI not just an IPL club, but a finishing school, feel Ishan Kishan and  Suryakumar

New Delhi, Feb 23: Five-time Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Mumbai Indians has over the years proved that it is one of the most successful clubs in world cricket. While the team definitely boasts of some world-class performers like Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard among others, what makes the club stand out is its vision and keenness to back raw talent and turn them into finished products.

A look at the 2020 edition of the IPL itself bears testimony to the fact that the team management relied not just on international performers like Pollard or Quinton de Kock or Trent Boult, but also on the likes of Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav.
While Ishan finished with 516 runs from 14 games - the most for MI in the last edition - Suryakumar picked 480 runs from 16 games. In fact, his calm and composed nature saw former cricketers calling for his inclusion in the team for the limited-overs series against Australia.

Even though Suryakumar missed the bus for the Australia tour, both him and Ishan are a part of the Indian team for the England T20Is. The twin call-up has once again showed that the MI franchise is more a finishing school which believes in creating the perfect bench strength for the national team.

Speaking to ANI, Ishan threw light on his journey with MI. "What I have gained in the last three years at Mumbai Indians will always remain with me as the bedrock of my cricket. Difficult for me to break it down into details, but it was more of the mentorship I would reckon from the coaches, captain and Zaheer Sir, which really helped me; and my conversations with Akash Sir, he always shown faith in me."

"When I came to Mumbai Indians, I was still someone trying to figure out the transition from being a U-19 cricketer to making it to the other side as a professional. To be honest here, the management at Mumbai Indians brought a lot of discipline in me, at times pushed me hard, and yet allowed me to express myself freely. Now when I look back, I feel this is the best that has ever happened to my game and to me personally," he smiled.

Echoing the sentiments, Suryakumar threw light on the vision that the MI unit has and how it helps youngsters to rise through the ranks.

"I would say Mumbai Indians is as an institution. The entire set up, the system and process is a notch higher when it comes to Mumbai Indians. They have clear vision, and that's what has helped me in my process and the progression I needed to become a better cricketer," he told ANI.

While Ishan and Suryakumar have hogged the limelight since their national call-up, the MI team management has been working overtime with these guys for the last few years.

The reason behind Mumbai Indians' consistent success over the years is the management's focus on creating a robust network of scouting system which identifies raw talent and nurtures them into professional cricketers.

Suryakumar is a classic example of how Mumbai Indians identified his style of playing, created a position for him in the team where he is able to showcase his potential and backed him all through. Ishan is another case study how Mumbai Indians saw his potential early on. He was quite raw when he came to the MI camp. But the scouts and management were clear of his capabilities.

Even though the likes of Hardik and Bumrah are now international performers, they too were picked up early by MI. In recent years, Mumbai Indians have expanded their scouting programme internationally and the purchase of young South Africa cricketer Marco Jansen once again showcases MI's belief in investing in the youth.

The MI family has always maintained that they are not looking at immediate success and wish to create a long-lasting impact. In fact, owner Akash Ambani mentioned this after Jansen was picked at the auction.

"He (Marco) is a name we have been tracking for two years. We have an international scouting programme in place, like the Indian scouting programme. What Marco brings to the table is that he is relatively young, 6.8 ft, a left arm fast bowler who can swing the new ball and can bat at No.8. Now am sure with Mahela (Jayawardene), Zak (Zaheer Khan) and all the support staff we will be able to unearth the potential," he said.

He also backed the call to bring in youngsters like Arjun Tendulkar and Yudhvir Charak. "We believe that we have the environment to help individuals reach their potential. It's very important that his (Arjun) process and progression happens just as any other young cricketer," he pointed.

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February 18,2021

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Young flamboyant batsman Mohammed Azharuddeen has been bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for INR 20 Lakh in the IPL 2021 Auction held on Friday. 

Azharuddeen’s base price was 20 Lakh rupees and he was bought at his base price itself. RCB have already bought Glenn Maxwell in the auction.

26-year-old Azharuddeen, who hails from Kasaragod district grabbed all the headlines in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy this year. 

He scored a scintillating ton against Mumbai at the Wankhede Stadium. Azharuddeen scored his century from 37 balls, the second-fastest in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, and joint-third fastest by an Indian batsman.

He made his first-class debut on 15 November 2015 in the 2015–16 Ranji Trophy. He made his List A debut on 10 December 2015 in the 2015–16 Vijay Hazare Trophy. 

He made his Twenty20 debut on 2 January 2016 in the 2015–16 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. He was among one of the hottest topics going into the auction this year. After his knock, he had become the centre of the headline.

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February 18,2021

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Since the inception of online betting in India, Indian cricketers and popular Bollywood and Kollywood stars have been the face of online betting. MS Dhoni, Sourav Ganguly, Virat Kohli, Sunny Leone and several other celebrities have appeared in advertisements promoting online betting games. 

Recently, celebrity endorsements of online betting have not gone down too well with the Kerala High Court. The Kerala High Court issued a notice to India’s Cricket captain Virat Kohli and South Indian film actress Tamanna Bhatia. These celebrities are the brand ambassadors of online rummy games.

A division bench, headed by Chief Justice S Manikumar, also issued notice to Malayalam actor Aju Varghese in this regard. Aju Varghese is a popular face in Kerala cinema and is well known for his award winning comedy in movies such as ‘Oru Vadakkan Selfie’ & ‘Two Countries’.

The Kerala High Court also issued a plea to the state government seeking a ban on online gambling in the state.

Challenging the Kerala Gaming Act

Laws regarding online betting in India are determined by the state governments. The Kerala Gaming Act 1960, restricts gaming activities conducted in common gaming houses. Online gambling, wagering or betting activities do not fall in the ambit of this act because people can indulge in these activities from a private space. 

The petition seeks a declaration that online gambling and online betting, more particularly “online rummy” are unlawful and illegal. 

The petition also seeks to direct the State Government to take appropriate steps to ban all forms of online gambling and betting. The petitioner contends that the Kerala Gaming Act 1960 is inadequate to deal with challenges posed by online gambling as it does not have provisions covering activities done virtually via electronic devices.

What drove the petition?

The Petitioner, Pauly Vadakkan alleged that online gambling is now a growing menace in Kerala. As per the petition, the primary targets of online gambling are middle to low-income group people who are enticed to make easy money. 

The petitioner alleged that there have been many reported cases across Kerala in which people have got scammed. He provided the reference of the recent alleged suicide of a 28-year old man, an ISRO employee hailing from Kattakkada in Thiruvananthapuram district. The petitioner said the man had fallen into the trap of online rummy games and pushed himself to a debt of Rs 21 lakh.

Platforms endorsed by celebrities, such as Kohli, Bhatia and Varghese, attract their audience with fake promises. However, in reality, the chances of winnings claimed are few.

What lies ahead?

The Kerala state government and the high court are to arrive at a final consensus in the next few weeks. It is anticipated that the recent developments in the neighbouring states of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh may influence the Kerala government’s stance on online betting.

Andhra Pradesh recently banned online betting. However, players in Kerala are hopeful that the government empowers citizens of Kerala to distinguish between right and wrong. 

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February 11,2021

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Melbourne, Feb 11: Rafael Nadal shrugged off any lingering back soreness to storm past qualifier Michael Mmoh on Thursday for the loss of just seven games, brushing off a bizarre incident that saw fan thrown out.

The world number two has been struggling with tightness in his lower back since arriving in Australia last month, but showed few signs of it with the roof closed on Rod Laver Arena.

He crushed the American 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 in a match interrupted in the second set when a woman was ejected after heckling him and directing rude gestures in his direction.

The Spanish great took it in his stride, grinning and playing football with the ball while he waited, seemingly enjoying having spectators back.

Asked afterwards whether he knew her, he replied: “No, and honestly I don’t want to know.”

He will next play Britain’s Cameron Norrie in his quest for a 21st Grand Slam title.

“I always try to be better, sometimes it happens and sometimes not. Tonight has been a positive evening for me, winning in straight sets.

“For me, I am now just focusing on what is coming because that is going to be more difficult,” he added.

The 2009 champion, who has a history of back problems, is bidding to win his 21st major title and claim sole ownership of the men’s record, which he currently shares with Roger Federer.

But the king of clay has often laboured in vain on Melbourne’s hardcourts, reaching five finals but only having the one title, falling in the quarterfinals last year to Dominic Thiem.

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