Three bookies held for online IPL betting

Muzaffarnagar, May 23 -- Three people, allegedly engaged in online betting of IPL matches, were arrested in a joint operation of the intelligence wing and the Kotwali police here. Police recovered six mobile phones, a laptop, fake identity cards and Rs 13,000 from their possession. SP city Rajesh Kumar Singh said the police came to know about them on Sunday.

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Parthiv Patel's dream season capped off by MI triumph

MUMBAI, May 23 -- Mumbai Indians' unsung hero Parthiv Patel described as dream season the IPL 2017 after finishing as topscorer for the champions. Parthiv is one of the few players that have been part of the IPL setup since its inaugural season. He produced a career-best performance after aggregating 395 runs.

"I am happy I have finished as the team's highest run-getter but the most important thing is to win trophies and being a part of this set... Read More

Rohit Sharma has no issues opening in CT

MUMBAI, May 23 -- Till Sunday, Rohit Sharma was batting at No 4 for IPL 2017 champions Mumbai Indians.

Come June 4, when India play their first match of the Champions Trophy against arch-rivals Pakistan, Rohit will be handling the opening duties in one of the most high-voltage matches in world cricket.

While batsmen around the world don't like their batting position to be tinkered with, Rohit isn't a worried man, stating that in modern cricket ... Read More

Fleming rues Ben Stokes' absence

HYDERABAD, May 23 -- RPS coach Stephen Fleming has rued the absence of talismanic England all-rounder Ben Stokes after the team's quest to secure their first IPL title were dashed on Sunday.

Speaking in the post-match press conference, Fleming said, "We were a batsman short with Ben Stokes not being part. We were playing an extra bowler and were aware of it when chasing 130. The best way to have gone about the chase was to build a couple of part... Read More

When Rohit dialled 'M' for Mumbai's match-winners

HYDERABAD, May 23 -- They say T20 is a young man's game and they may be right. But when it comes to winning championships, some go by their gut feeling and pitch for experience. Such as Rohit Sharma who dialled M for match-winners and up-stepped Lasith Malinga and Mitchell Johnson - whose combined age is 68 - to bowl the death overs and deliver a third IPL title for Mumbai Indians here on Sunday.

"It was always going to be a gamble between Malin... Read More

'Teamwork key to Mumbai success'

HYDERABAD, May 23 -- Mumbai Indians (MI) skipper Rohit Sharma iterated after Sunday's one-run win over Rising Pune Supergiant in the IPL final that he believes in farming success collectively. Individual brilliance can win a team some games but to win a championship that comprises 40-over games, a side would need concerted effort from all.

"Team unity, teamwork and intelligence - personally, I believe they are all critical. That's what we spoke ... Read More

Bahona sarpanch appears before Akal Takht

Moga, May 23 -- Sarpanch of Bahona village Harbhajan Singh, who had shorn his beard to protest water woes at his village, appeared before the Akal Takht on Monday.

Harbhajan had snipped off his beard and hung it on the door of Moga DC office on Friday after the latter allegedly failed to fulfil his promise to ensure restoration of potable water supply at Bahona village. Harbhajan submitted a written apology to Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan... Read More

Betting racket busted, 9 held

NEW DELHI, May 23 -- Nine men have been arrested for running a betting racket from a room at a five-star hotel during the recent Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament.

Ten mobile phones, three laptops, seven phone contacts and two landline numbers used in placing bets were recovered from them. Police said the nine men placed bets online using different websites.

Madhur Verma, DCP crime, said the crime branch received inputs about three... Read More

Won't face problem while opening for India, insists Rohit Sharma

Mumbai (Maharashtra), May 23 -- Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma, who batted at No. 4 throughout the IPL season 10, has insisted that he would be having no issues when he would open the batting for India in the upcoming Champions Trophy, beginning June 1 in England and Wales as both are two completely different formats.

"When you play for India, it's a different format. I don't see why people compare IPL and international cricket. My requirem... Read More

Nine held from 5-star hotel for running IPL betting racket

New Delhi, May 23 -- Delhi Police Crime Branch arrested nine people from a five-star hotel for allegedly running an IPL betting racket. Deputy Commissioner of Police, Crime, Madhur Verma said that during the interrogation of the accused they claimed that they were involved in betting on cricket matches for the last decade.

"They were planning to take a week-long vacation post the IPL and then returning to Delhi for the Champions Trophy," said Ve... Read More