April 29, 2013

Newsfile, April 29

Mumbai crowd 'went too far' - Gayle

Nikita Bastian

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."

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Posted by   on (May 3, 2013, 11:45 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.

Posted by playitstraight on (April 30, 2013, 14:21 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.

Posted by Johnny_129 on (April 30, 2013, 8:47 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!

Posted by indi_army on (April 30, 2013, 8:42 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.

Posted by realfan on (April 30, 2013, 7:50 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.....

Posted by   on (April 30, 2013, 4:53 GMT)

maybe to do with the runout in the previous match?

Posted by Charizard on (April 30, 2013, 3:33 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....

Posted by   on (April 30, 2013, 2:45 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.

Posted by jonathan5621 on (April 30, 2013, 1:52 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

Posted by Greatest_Game on (April 29, 2013, 21:28 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!

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