Lodha Panel Seeks Clarity From BCCI On Tender
- The BCCI's tender process to award IPL media rights has been thrown into jeopardy after the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha committee sought clarity from the Cricket Board about duration of the media "Rights Period", making it amply clear that no independent auditor will be appointed before tomorrow. In a late development, BCCI president Anurag Thakur replied to the panel's query, informing that the compliance report by him and secretary Ajay Shirke will be filed by November 5 and it's their "consistent endeavour of the BCCI office-bearers to ensure implementations of the recommendations by the committee".
- The BCCI's global media rights tender which comprises broadcast, mobile and Internet rights was supposed to be opened in Mumbai tomorrow with 18 companies including social networking giants Facebook and Twitter also buying ITT documents. In present scenario, BCCI will not have any options but to defer the tender process.
- BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke had written a letter to the panel seeking directives as to whether an independent auditor as directed by the Supreme Court will be appointed before the bidding process begins. In a letter to Shirke, panel secretary Gopal Shankarnarayan wrote: "Before the Committee proceeds to issue any directions, it would need to satisfy itself that the BCCI administration is willing to comply with the Order of the Hon'ble Supreme Court dated 21.10.2016.
'Kiwis Outdone By Virat Brilliance'
- Virat has completed his 3000 runs in ODIs at home – his tally being 3092 at an average of 58.33 in 66 matches (63 innings), including 11 hundreds and 17 fifties. Virat Kohli has received his 22nd Man of the Match award in ODIs - his second against New Zealand - his first MOM award vs New Zealand was for scoring 105 at Guwahati on November 28, 2010. Virat's 26th century in ODIs is his third vs New Zealand. Only three batsmen have managed more centuries in ODIs - Sachin Tendulkar (49), Ricky Ponting (30) and Sanath Jayasuriya (28). Virat has taken 166 innings for his 26 hundreds – the quickest among the players with 26 centuries or more in ODIs.
- Virat's unbeaten 154 is his second highest score in ODIs behind the 183 vs Pakistan at Dhaka on March 18, 2012. Virat has recorded 22 centuries in a winning cause in ODIs. Only three batsmen have registered more hundreds in wins - Tendulkar (33), Ponting (25) and Jayasuriya (24). Kohli, with 14 hundreds in successful chases in ODIs, has equalled Tendulkar's record. His overall tally of 16 hundreds batting second is the second highest next only to Tendulkar's 17. Kohli is averaging 90.10 in successful chases while amassing 3514 runs in 62 ODIs - the highest average among the batsmen with 2500 runs or more.
- Kohli is the first batsman to hit an innings of 150-plus in ODIs at Mohali, bettering the 139 not out by MS Dhoni vs Australia on October 19, 2013. New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham feels his team was simply outdone by the brilliance of Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the third One-day International here. Neesham (57 off 47) helped New Zealand post 285 with a maiden half century down the order before Kohli made short work of the target to give India a seven-wicket victory yesterday night. Kohli, who hit his 26th ODI hundred, remained unbeaten on 154 after sharing a 151-run stand with Dhoni (80).
- "I think we fought pretty hard with the bat in the first innings to get in the end what was probably a slightly below par total. To be fair, I don"t think we bowled that bad in the second half," said Neesham referring to Kohli being dropped by Ross Taylor while he was batting on 6. "The way Virat and M S batted was outstanding. When you are dealing with some of the best chasers in the history of the game, you got to have a bit of luck that goes your way. We had a couple of things that did not go our way," he added. "I think if we managed to get a wicket between the 40th over and the 45th over, we would be right in the game. But the way Virat batted, he took it away from us in the end. We will keep trying, we will keep putting the ball in good areas and hopefully in the next game it will come to fruition for us," he said further.
Upbeat India EyeSemis Spot
- India's hockey team will look to seal a semi-final spot in the Asian Champions Trophy when it takes on China in a round-robin match here on Tuesday. Top-ranked India are second on the standings table with seven matches from three games and a win over world No.18 Chinese will guarantee a place in the semi-finals for the Roelant Oltmans-coached side. Malaysia are on top of the table with three wins in as many matches, while Pakistan and China are third and fourth respectively. Oltmans" wards showed a lot of character and mettle during their 3-2 win over arch foes Pakistan. They were trailing 1-2 before Ramandeep Singh's field goal and a powerful penalty corner conversion from Rupinder Pal Singh turned the match around for India.
- After a 1-1 insipid draw against world No.11 South Korea, the win over their neighbours will give India a great degree of confidence in the coming matches of the campaign. Against a team like China, against whom India are expected to dominate, set-piece specialist Rupinder will again be a key player. The Punjab drag-flicker has already scored seven goals -- six against Japan and one against Pakistan -- and will get plenty of chances again. However, Oltmans will hope that his forwards improve their finishing skills after Talwinder Singh and Nikkin Thimmaiah messed up couple of goal-scoring opportunities. In defence too, Rupinder will be extremely important as a central defender and the defensive duties will also be on Birendra Lakra, Surender Kumar and Kothajit Singh.
- The midfield will be led by former captain Sardar Singh. The 30-year-old has been average and looked out of touch so far and the China game will give him a chance to get his fluency back. The importance of a player like Sardar, who can dictate play from the centre of the pitch will be crucial for the team. The focus will also be on Ramandeep Singh, who has stepped up his game in the absence of senior striker S.V. Sunil. He, along with the likes of Akashdeep, Nikkin and Lalit Upadhyay will not only have roles of scoring field goals but also earning penalty corners for the side. China will also have enough motivation to face India as they have only one win -- 2-1 triumph over Japan. --IANS Kohli played yet another special knock but it was his partnership with Dhoni that set up a fine win for India. Dhoni, who promoted himself to number four ahead of Manish Pandey, played freely from ball one. Did that approach from the Indian captain take New Zealand by surprise? "Not really," said Neesham.
- "We know his modus operandi when he first comes in is often to chew up a few balls, get himself in and then back himself make up for that (dot balls) towards the end of the game. It is extremely challenging with just four fielders outside when a batsman comes out and starts playing shorts like that." Groundsmen were employed regularly in the evening to clear the dew and Neesham said the conditions were not so bad. "It dewed up a little bit. It probably was not as bad as the second game (in Delhi). These are the conditions you expect to have in the subcontinent. We know how to deal with them." Talking about his 84-run stand for the ninth wicket with Matt Henry, Neesham said the plan was to last 50 overs after New Zealand collapsed to 199 for 8 from 153 for 2. "Obviously it was an iffy situation in the first innings. Henry came out and we talked about batting full 50 overs and scrap for as many runs as we could get. We obviously got a boost in the end with a few fours and sixes.
- But I think another 10-15 runs might have made a big difference." New Zealand now trail the five-match series 1-2, giving away the momentum gained from an unexpected win in Delhi. Neesham summed up his experience of the India tour. "The conditions have been quite challenging to us coming over. We have laid a couple of decent foundations and just like the Test series, the small periods have cost us the game. "In the ODIs, the start as been challenging even for the Indian batsmen with the way pitches have been . You do a lot of work in the first 10 balls in your nets and sometimes it doesn"t come to fruition. But obviously the guys are not going to be changing their games half way through a one day series," he added.
FIH Throws Major Part Of Indo-Pak Hockey History Into Dustbin
- An India-Pakistan encounter on the hockey pitch is one of the most sought-after and intense rivalry, acknowledged and followed by millions but the world body (FIH) seems to think otherwise as it has placed into dustbin a majority of this history. An Indo-Pak crunch encounter provides the International Hockey Federation (FIH) its biggest audience by a huge margin, which in turn fetches millions of dollars in television rights. Hosts at international tournament await an India-Pakistan match to boost their ticket sales. The history of India-Pakistan hockey encounters goes back to their first clash in the Olympic Games final in 1956 at Melbourne.
- And over the past six decades, this sub-continental clash, which has continued to keep hockey followers spell-bound, has occurred 166 times at venues across the hockey world. India's 3-2 victory yesterday was their 54th, while Pakistan have 82 wins to their credit and 30 matches have been drawn. But the FIH has decided that a majority of this hockey history should be erased. The "TMS Data" that the FIH has compiled and circulated around the world only list 46 India-Pakistan matches before yesterday's match in the fourth Asian Champions Trophy here.
- The organisers at the ongoing Asian Champions Trophy are circulating statistics based on the FIH data, which seems to be a massive disservice to players who have toiled for decades to score goals and win medals on the pitch. Of the 321 goals scored by Indian players, just 98 are deemed official by the FIH - the custodian of the game's records. By the logic, Indian players who celebrated when they scored the remaining 223 goals seemed to have wasted their effort and time on the pitch. Similarly, only 110 goals by Pakistani players against India were worth the effort and skills exhibited on the pitch, as per the FIH yardstick. The remaining 276 goals may perhaps best be listed in computer games, if the FIH master list - called the TMS Data - is to remain the yardstick of hockey"s glorious history.
- The glory achieved on the field seems to have been struck off the historical roster by the wise men handling the FIH master-list. Decades after their skills dazzled the world and earned plaudits from fans, the players or their friends may now have to write to the FIH to check if any of their goals scored in India-Pakistan encounters were worth the effort. Incidentally, if the FIH is to be believed, India and Pakistan have met in only 47 head-to-head internationals, including yesterday's action-packed encounter. In the governing body's book, India are supposed to have won 19 matches and Pakistan 25, with just three drawn encounters in six decades.