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Mumbai crowd 'went too far' - Gayle

A round-up of IPL news from April 29, 2013
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Chris Gayle has come out in support of his Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli, who was strongly critical of the Mumbai crowd's behaviour during his team's away game at the Wankhede on Saturday. Kohli had said he did not know why there was so much "hatred" towards the opposition in Mumbai. Now Gayle, in a column in Indian newspapers, said the way the crowd treated Kohli was "totally unnecessary". "While you are always going to have to negotiate a partisan crowd when you are the away team, I have to say that the fans who booed Virat in Mumbai went too far," Gayle wrote. "He has done so much for his country and their behaviour towards him was totally unnecessary in my opinion. I totally understand getting behind your own team but it's important to support your own people too. I know this is a common occurrence in footballing culture but I'm totally against this creeping into cricket. That said, we know it's going to keep happening as we move forward and we've just got to be strong-minded about it."

Dhoni picks up over-rate fine
Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni was fined US$20,000 after his side's win against Kolkata Knight Riders in Chennai on Sunday, for an over-rate offence. As per an IPL statement, Super Kings were assessed to be two overs behind the required rate after making allowances for various delays. This was Dhoni's first offence of the season and he was penalised as per the IPL's code of conduct.

Fatherhood helping Watson put troubled times behind him
When Shane Watson had left Australia's troubled tour of India earlier this year amid all the controversy about his incomplete 'homework assignment', it was for the birth of his son. Watson returned to the tour later, and has since given up the Australian vice-captaincy. Becoming a father, Watson told PTI, helped him move on from "fractured relationships" and "cleared [the mind] of all the past troubles and helped focus on future". "Having children is one of the most beautiful things in the world," Watson, the Rajasthan Royals allrounder, said. "I have a boy baby now and that has made me more compassionate."

'I can be effective with the old ball too' - Bhuvneshwar
India and Pune Warriors seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who made a name for himself on Australia's recent Test tour of India, believes the perception that he is new-ball bowler who requires helpful conditions to perform is incorrect. "It's true that I have got wickets with the new ball in Test matches but that doesn't mean that I can't bowl with the old ball. Even during the Australia Test series, I have bowled a number of overs with the old ball. I have full confidence that I can be equally effective with the old ball too," Bhuvneshwar told PTI. "And people forget that I have grown up playing on Indian tracks and have bowled huge number of overs on unresponsive Indian tracks. Therefore, I have a fair idea about what length to bowl on these tracks."

Nikita Bastian is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on May 3, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    It seems like people's reaction to a couple of previous incidents - Charging to senior player like Gambhir in the match against KKR in Bangalore, Ambati Rayadu's runout and Kohli's over the top general aggressive attitude is being liked by people. Kohli did not break any rule in any of the matches but his attitude is not very lovable.

  • playitstraight on April 30, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    Look, Gayle & Virat r on the same team, so obviously one is going to back the other. This is no big news. What wud be shocking is if Gayle supported the Mumbai crowd. Anways, hope such incidents don't ever happen again.

  • Johnny_129 on April 30, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    Gayle is absolutely correct in his assessment - it is ungainly for the crowd to be booing players as opposed to supporting their own. Whether it happens elsewhere, in other sports and countries, is besides the point. The point is such ill-mannered and immature - its occurrence elsewhere is not an acceptance! In saying that, most people are aware that Kohli is a bit of an idiot and perhaps this was the fans way of letting him know that he needs to improve his attitude!

  • indi_army on April 30, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    I am not sure but I just hope C.Gayle isn't using any tricks in here by supporting V.Kohli so the matter gets more worse by making an Indian cricketer go against the Indian crowds. Nonetheless, V.Kohli shouldn't have passed any remarks against the aggression shown my our Mumbai crowd as who better than the 'hot' dude himself can understand the word "Aggression" and also the causes. I won't be wrong in saying that I don't have anything against him.

  • realfan on April 30, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    @aNIKE you are seeing unmukth chand and some other guy are future captains????? yeah yeah let them first earn their place in international cricket team.... you are seeing what that chand is doing for DD in this IPL and the other guy???? he is not even playing IPL , never heard of him....

    but if one person being supported by international player of other country, then you got to know that he is managing the team well and he is maintaining good environment with the teammates.....

  • on April 30, 2013, 3:53 GMT

    maybe to do with the runout in the previous match?

  • Charizard on April 30, 2013, 2:33 GMT

    Crowd went too far????

    Gayle remember Steve Waugh incident in West Indies??? A glass bottle was thrown at him when players were returning back to pavilion, what do you have to say about your own countrymen then....

  • on April 30, 2013, 1:45 GMT

    I guess it is very nice, when Gayle gets out a batsmen and then dances, yeah that's some good manners, he just couldn't take Bhajji's gangnam dance.

  • jonathan5621 on April 30, 2013, 0:52 GMT

    Dear Kohli what happened when you played against KKR? behavior of the crowd is directly proportional to the behavior of your's in the ground. your tipped as a future captain so y not you grow up instead making these kind of comments and hurting your image more

  • Greatest_Game on April 29, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    Bad behavior is always bad. At a family wedding, should one boo if the food is not to taste? If a guest gives much money & jewelry, are they free to boo?

    If the Indian team is booed at Lords, is that ok because Lords is "the home of cricket?" If any team is booed anywhere, is it justified because the audience paid?

    There is no "appropriate" bad behavior. A blow to the head, or heart, is the same. Murder by 1 or 1000 remains murder. Respect & decency change not because of money, or many.

    Mahatma Gandhi & Nelson Mandela did not change the course of history with bad behavior. Their ethical integrity inspired change.

    Kohli followed the laws & the umpire's decision. That's expected. When judged caught, had he disputed, & refused to walk, the audience would have expressed displeasure. That's human nature - bad behavior breeds bad behavior. In this case, Kohli sowed no such seeds.

    Mumbai Indians respected the call, & respected Kohli. Mumbai fans, & all fans, should follow that example!

  • on May 3, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    It seems like people's reaction to a couple of previous incidents - Charging to senior player like Gambhir in the match against KKR in Bangalore, Ambati Rayadu's runout and Kohli's over the top general aggressive attitude is being liked by people. Kohli did not break any rule in any of the matches but his attitude is not very lovable.

  • playitstraight on April 30, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    Look, Gayle & Virat r on the same team, so obviously one is going to back the other. This is no big news. What wud be shocking is if Gayle supported the Mumbai crowd. Anways, hope such incidents don't ever happen again.

  • Johnny_129 on April 30, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    Gayle is absolutely correct in his assessment - it is ungainly for the crowd to be booing players as opposed to supporting their own. Whether it happens elsewhere, in other sports and countries, is besides the point. The point is such ill-mannered and immature - its occurrence elsewhere is not an acceptance! In saying that, most people are aware that Kohli is a bit of an idiot and perhaps this was the fans way of letting him know that he needs to improve his attitude!

  • indi_army on April 30, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    I am not sure but I just hope C.Gayle isn't using any tricks in here by supporting V.Kohli so the matter gets more worse by making an Indian cricketer go against the Indian crowds. Nonetheless, V.Kohli shouldn't have passed any remarks against the aggression shown my our Mumbai crowd as who better than the 'hot' dude himself can understand the word "Aggression" and also the causes. I won't be wrong in saying that I don't have anything against him.

  • realfan on April 30, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    @aNIKE you are seeing unmukth chand and some other guy are future captains????? yeah yeah let them first earn their place in international cricket team.... you are seeing what that chand is doing for DD in this IPL and the other guy???? he is not even playing IPL , never heard of him....

    but if one person being supported by international player of other country, then you got to know that he is managing the team well and he is maintaining good environment with the teammates.....

  • on April 30, 2013, 3:53 GMT

    maybe to do with the runout in the previous match?

  • Charizard on April 30, 2013, 2:33 GMT

    Crowd went too far????

    Gayle remember Steve Waugh incident in West Indies??? A glass bottle was thrown at him when players were returning back to pavilion, what do you have to say about your own countrymen then....

  • on April 30, 2013, 1:45 GMT

    I guess it is very nice, when Gayle gets out a batsmen and then dances, yeah that's some good manners, he just couldn't take Bhajji's gangnam dance.

  • jonathan5621 on April 30, 2013, 0:52 GMT

    Dear Kohli what happened when you played against KKR? behavior of the crowd is directly proportional to the behavior of your's in the ground. your tipped as a future captain so y not you grow up instead making these kind of comments and hurting your image more

  • Greatest_Game on April 29, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    Bad behavior is always bad. At a family wedding, should one boo if the food is not to taste? If a guest gives much money & jewelry, are they free to boo?

    If the Indian team is booed at Lords, is that ok because Lords is "the home of cricket?" If any team is booed anywhere, is it justified because the audience paid?

    There is no "appropriate" bad behavior. A blow to the head, or heart, is the same. Murder by 1 or 1000 remains murder. Respect & decency change not because of money, or many.

    Mahatma Gandhi & Nelson Mandela did not change the course of history with bad behavior. Their ethical integrity inspired change.

    Kohli followed the laws & the umpire's decision. That's expected. When judged caught, had he disputed, & refused to walk, the audience would have expressed displeasure. That's human nature - bad behavior breeds bad behavior. In this case, Kohli sowed no such seeds.

    Mumbai Indians respected the call, & respected Kohli. Mumbai fans, & all fans, should follow that example!

  • on April 29, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    Like football, IPL teams fans will show this sort of response. Get ready for more and be a professional.... I guess Kohli is a short temper genius. Not good for captain-ship at all.

  • aNIKE on April 29, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    I dont think with this attitude and lack of patience, VIRAT can ever be captain of Team India, aggression like Ganguly is what he need to learn or be cool like MSD.. As far as his substitute as Captain in future, there is Unmukt Chand and Mandeep SINGH who lead Punjab in Ranji season and handled Bhajji very well..

  • on April 29, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    Sorry, the people defending the crowds behaviour towards Kohli is ridiculous. Do they, or any of you for that matter, know what Gambhir said to him in that match when they almost had a fight? Are these the kind of morals you're going to bring your children up on: embellishments and aggression? Think about it. He is right in what he said, although he shouldn't have acknowledged such immaturity.

  • GrindAR on April 29, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    Crowd booing is very petty thing to go into the article (such a waste of time). If a player get offended, that shows his immaturity. So, now they have permanant wooing crowd, with a slight change, more and high voltage booing going forward...

    IPL's fines are proportionately higher than international games...

    Bhuvi has a point.... valid one...

  • on April 29, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    public has the full right to boo, after all they have paid cricketers, cricketers needed to be mature enough & instead of public's remark they should concentrate on their games , this is the same public who has made Sachin God & Dhoni & co their hero after winning WC....

  • on April 29, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    I don't think Mr. Gayle has to point it out for us. Crowd if you go anywhere will be same as they cheer home side. And please do not forget Mr. Angry man, just remember gambhir issue.... and also Mr.Virat you do not have to say that you too play for India. Take a look at yourself , you are behaving as if you playing a World Cup, boss its just an IPL........We people of India will see what you do when you visit SA.................waiting :)

  • on April 29, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    Do cricketers not understand the concept of league games? You play at an archrival's ground, you get booed. Nationality, race, or any other factor does not (and should not) matter. That is how it is, around the world. That is what makes league games special.

  • terrainwarrior on April 29, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    Gayle is no stranger to arch rival contests.In WI,Trindad & Tobago & Barbados r one of the biggest archrivals & although their cricketers play for WI, they go get jeered while playing on rival grounds.Games like IPL demand high-voltage action & its eventually the people who watch the game who like to get their money's worth.Gayle probably isn't aware of the rich legacy of Mumbai cricket & their crowd love their cricket.As Kohli rightly said 'IPL isn't everything', its actually test cricket which a person averaging around 42 in tests is probably short of understanding.As far as Kohli is concerned,he perhaps need to do a captaincy course from Ganguly & Dhoni. With no disrespect to his cricketing abilities, incidents like these show that Indian cricket needs to find an alternatives other than Kohli for future cricket captaincy.

  • contactsai123 on April 29, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    If the crowd has the rights to say about Virat...then Virat has rights to say about the crowd

  • RudyinCricinfo on April 29, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    If the players are happy with the standing ovation for their performance and they should also happy to ready for these types of responses from the FANS. Since they are the real owners for all the franchises. Just think what happen if not even single person turned up to see the match in the stadium… do you think the another version of IPL is possible in that happens…

  • on April 29, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    This happens in Mumbai a lot.. It's the same crowd which has booed the likes of Yuvraj Singh and not to forget the God of Cricket Sachin.. Things like these keep happening i don't think this should be made a big deal..

  • shekhar_rk on April 29, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    Ok, Fine, great, nice, good. Its not about 'booing', its about calling 'cheater'. And guys, who cliaming their right to boo, thats fine, but not about 'cheater'. Also, neither Gayle nor Kohli forced them to come to watch the match. So, you can not question them regarding monetary arrangements. Atleast, we crowd/fans should be more mature than the players on the field. Two wrongs would not make a thing right, remember.

  • sidd451 on April 29, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    @Supreeth M S He was representing a private team not his country. Let them earn as much as they want, but that doesn't give players the right to tell the fans what to do. Oh so the eligibility for talking about cricket is that you should know how to hold a bat? Is that so? Since when? By your logic, we shouldn't be criticizing anything about this country. 99% of Indians are not politicians so they don't have the right to criticize politicians, is it?

  • sidd451 on April 29, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    @calyposoite LOL Advertisers and Sponsors don't pay money for the cricket....they pay money for the audience who watches the cricket. Why do you think hockey players receive less money than cricketers? Are they less skilled? Nobody has the right to criticize them? So the fans should pay for the ticket and only clap throughout the match and not sure they displeasure. Does the same logic apply to Virat Kohli when he plays?

  • sachin_2078 on April 29, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    the run-out was as per the laws of cricket, then how its Cheat?Gayle & Virat are international players, they have played all around the world, so they have every right to have their say on such crowds behavior.

  • ZDNH on April 29, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    Firstly I have a big problem with the fans being called 'crowd' by players and commentators. And @ calypsoite you are so naive, at the end of the day all the money that goes to these cricketers comes from the fans in one form or the other.

  • calypsoite on April 29, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    @sid451.. The Crowd does not pay Millions to these Guys ..The Crowd only pays for the ticket . Understand ! These Guys are paid the Amount because they deserve it & it is because of their Skills & not because of the Crowd Popularity ..So nobody has the Right to Criticize them..

  • on April 29, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    players are paid for their hard work.... its not a childs play representin the country.... even if dey r paid double of wat dey r gettin its fair enough.... ppl like the mumbai crowd don hav gutts to hold a bat properly n dey talk bout wat has to be done on the field n rules of the game.... dey pay n shell out money n time just to hav their part of fun.... but the pressure n struggle on the field is taken by the players n their hard work to be at dis level..... respect them and the game....

  • on April 29, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    CHEER & BOO is the part of the game. Kohli & gayle is just making an issue on this..

  • on April 29, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    well said sidd451, very well said

  • on April 29, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    True, as a professional you should be able to look over these things. But the crowd can have more respect for the opposition, this is a gentlemens game respect is the least what you can expect.

  • sidd451 on April 29, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    These guys get paid millions and they are telling people who pay to watch their cricket what to do. Fans take out precious time and money out of their lives to come and support their local teams and then people like Kohli and Gayle will tell them what to do. You play your cricket and let the fans do what they want. They will cheer or boo whichever player they want.

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  • sidd451 on April 29, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    These guys get paid millions and they are telling people who pay to watch their cricket what to do. Fans take out precious time and money out of their lives to come and support their local teams and then people like Kohli and Gayle will tell them what to do. You play your cricket and let the fans do what they want. They will cheer or boo whichever player they want.

  • on April 29, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    True, as a professional you should be able to look over these things. But the crowd can have more respect for the opposition, this is a gentlemens game respect is the least what you can expect.

  • on April 29, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    well said sidd451, very well said

  • on April 29, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    CHEER & BOO is the part of the game. Kohli & gayle is just making an issue on this..

  • on April 29, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    players are paid for their hard work.... its not a childs play representin the country.... even if dey r paid double of wat dey r gettin its fair enough.... ppl like the mumbai crowd don hav gutts to hold a bat properly n dey talk bout wat has to be done on the field n rules of the game.... dey pay n shell out money n time just to hav their part of fun.... but the pressure n struggle on the field is taken by the players n their hard work to be at dis level..... respect them and the game....

  • calypsoite on April 29, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    @sid451.. The Crowd does not pay Millions to these Guys ..The Crowd only pays for the ticket . Understand ! These Guys are paid the Amount because they deserve it & it is because of their Skills & not because of the Crowd Popularity ..So nobody has the Right to Criticize them..

  • ZDNH on April 29, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    Firstly I have a big problem with the fans being called 'crowd' by players and commentators. And @ calypsoite you are so naive, at the end of the day all the money that goes to these cricketers comes from the fans in one form or the other.

  • sachin_2078 on April 29, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    the run-out was as per the laws of cricket, then how its Cheat?Gayle & Virat are international players, they have played all around the world, so they have every right to have their say on such crowds behavior.

  • sidd451 on April 29, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    @calyposoite LOL Advertisers and Sponsors don't pay money for the cricket....they pay money for the audience who watches the cricket. Why do you think hockey players receive less money than cricketers? Are they less skilled? Nobody has the right to criticize them? So the fans should pay for the ticket and only clap throughout the match and not sure they displeasure. Does the same logic apply to Virat Kohli when he plays?

  • sidd451 on April 29, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    @Supreeth M S He was representing a private team not his country. Let them earn as much as they want, but that doesn't give players the right to tell the fans what to do. Oh so the eligibility for talking about cricket is that you should know how to hold a bat? Is that so? Since when? By your logic, we shouldn't be criticizing anything about this country. 99% of Indians are not politicians so they don't have the right to criticize politicians, is it?