The Indian Express | 1 week ago | 18-03-2023 | 12:45 pm
It is no news that Mohammed Siraj is a big Cristiano Ronaldo fan. The right arm India pacer has been imitating the Portuguese footballer’s signature Siu celebration after taking wickets for a while now and did the same when he cleaned up Travis Head early during the first ODI against Australia on Friday.When his fellow India pacer Mohammed Shami enquired about the same after India’s five wicket win in Mumbai, Siraj explained in a BCCI video, “So, because I’m a Cristiano (Ronaldo) fan, which is why I celebrate like him. Whenever I’ve bowled a batter, I celebrate that way. Not when it is caught at fine leg or something.”The senior paceman would suggest, “Ek advice hai… it’s a good thing that are someone’s fan but as a fast bowler you should stay away from these jumps.”Both Shami and Siraj fired on all cylinders, picking three wickets each as India bundled out Australia for 188 in the first innings at the Wankhede Stadium.Of fiery fast bowling spells ⚡️⚡️ in hot Mumbai weather ☀️ to the importance of recovery 👏🏻👏🏻Pacers @mdsirajofficial and @MdShami11 assemble after #TeamIndia’s win in the first #INDvAUS ODI 👌🏻👌🏻 – By @RajalAroraFULL INTERVIEW 🎥🔽 https://t.co/xwNyvD6Uwk pic.twitter.com/35FrdqEhli— BCCI (@BCCI) March 18, 2023“A fiery spell. To pick three wickets in this heat, what was your plan?,” Siraj would ask.“Nothing special. Just like we discuss in the team meetings, that we need to keep the ball in good areas, focus on good line and length, that was all I had in my mind. As you said, it was a very hot out there as well. You’ve felt the same as well. When we bowled the first spell, it was pretty hot. After the breeze started blowing, it became a little easy. The plan was to try and get off to a good start,” Shami replied.Siraj would then enquire as to how Shami was able to walk straight into the first ODI to bowl his quota of overs after not having attended any practice session in Mumbai since playing in the Ahmedabad Test. “You played the Test match (in Ahmedabad) and then came here. There were practice sessions for two days. One was of course optional. But for two days, you didn’t come to practice and bowled directly in the game. How did you manage it?”The 32-year-old responded, “I think you didn’t play the Test in Ahmedabad. After 40 overs in the match, I thought I needed a couple of days for recovery. So I completed it and then came to play the game. The management also accepted that it was important for me to recover coming into this game. We’ve played so much cricket that we know of the skill and the ability. So it becomes crucial to recover in order to perform well.”Chasing 189, India lost three wickets in the powerplay and another one just outside it. Captain Hardik Pandya, who was looking good with his boundaries in the middle, was also sent back with more than a hundred runs left to chase and just five wickets in hand.“When we were chasing 189 and losing quick wickets early on, what were you thinking?” Shami asked Siraj.“I thought this will go right down the wire and will be an interesting game. Afterwards, the partnership between Jaddu bhai (Ravindra Jadeja) and KL (Rahul) bhai’s partnership of 100 runs was outstanding,” Siraj replied.#TeamIndia go 1⃣-0⃣ up in the series! 👏 👏An unbeaten 1⃣0⃣8⃣-run partnership between @klrahul & @imjadeja as India sealed a 5⃣-wicket win over Australia in the first #INDvAUS ODI 👍 👍Scorecard ▶️ https://t.co/BAvv2E8K6h @mastercardindia pic.twitter.com/hq0WsRbOoC— BCCI (@BCCI) March 17, 2023Rahul (75*) and Jadeja (45*) bailed the hosts out of a troublesome situation, adding 108 runs for the sixth wicket and wrap up the chase with 61 deliveries to spare.Shami would then ask of his bowling compatriot, “But I saw had started to take out your batting equipment?” to which Siraj replied with a laugh, “I trusted these two to finish the game.”“I think you stay tense when you have to walk out to bat. Do you think a lot about batting?” the senior pro pulled his junior’s leg further.Out came the response, “It’s tense, yes. When you are representing your country, there are nerves for sure. I think if I can contribute with the bat, it can helpful for the team.”On his plan and the conditions at play during the first innings, Siraj stated, “To be honest, when I bowl with the new ball…to the left hander (Travis Head), I can get the ball to swing back in, so the plan was to take as many wickets as I can in the powerplay.”Siraj then spoke of the passage of play when Shami picked three wickets off his three straight overs during a second spell on Friday. “I got a wicket and was at fine leg when you were bowling and thought what’s happening (referring to Shami picking three wickets in quick succession). I thought to myself, “Has the umpire given a new ball!?”He then added, “And then when I came to bowl, I realised it was moving well off the wicket. I had the plan to bowl consistently at one spot….”“No, you had quite a few thoughts in your head as to where to bowl. I was at mid off,” Shami would interrupt, to which Siraj laughingly admitted, “Thoughts were of course there but you were nearby, so I got the tips and enjoyed bowling at Wankhede.”
The Bombay High Court on Wednesday dismissed an appeal filed by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee seeking the quashing of a criminal complaint filed by a BJP member alleging that she disrespected the national anthem at a public function in Mumbai in December 2021.Banerjee was challenging a sessions court order from January this year which directed a magistrate court to conduct a fresh hearing on the matter even as it set aside the summons issued against her.She contended that the sessions court should have quashed the proceedings altogether.A single-judge high court bench of Justice Amit Borkar held that “the course adopted by the sessions judge of not deciding the complaint on merits and remitting the matter back to the magistrate was in consonance with the order of the Supreme Court”.“In my opinion, there is neither an error of jurisdiction nor patent illegality in the present case. The criminal appeal is dismissed,” Justice Borkar said.On Tuesday (March 28), Banerjee’s lawyer argued that the summons had been quashed by the sessions court and the matter ought to be heard afresh. The ingredients of the main offence had not been made out for the issuing process (initiating proceedings), the lawyer argued.“The magistrate did not have the audacity to read the legal provisions and same caused grave injustice to a public servant,” Banerjee’s lawyer argued.On March 21, Banerjee’s lawyer Majeed Memon submitted before the magistrate court and sought an adjournment on the proceedings, stating that she had approached the High Court. The court, however, rejected the adjournment application and posted the case for a hearing on March 29.The magistrate court, in February 2022, observed that it was prima facie evident that Banerjee had sung the National Anthem at an event in Mumbai, stopped abruptly and left the dais, committing an offence under the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971. It had then issued her summons, asking her to appear before it in March 2022. This order was set aside by the special court.The special court had said that the magistrate court did not follow mandatory provisions of law in its order and directed it to decide on the issue of summons afresh.It had said the subordinate court must start the whole proceedings again from the stage of verification of the complainant’s statement, which Banerjee challenged in the high court.
Pictures of filmmaker Karan Johar’s newly-refurbished Mumbai apartment have been shared online. In an interview with Architectural Digest India, Karan described his pad, designed by Gauri Khan, as having a ‘Ralph Lauren-vibe’. Located in Mumbai’s posh Pali Hill neighbourhood, the apartment is flanked by a long balcony on three sides. Photos of the apartment’s living room, dining area, and walk-in wardrobe were shared by Architectural Digest on Instagram.The approximately 5,500-square-foot apartment is an extension of Karan’s pent-house home, and his brief to Gauri was to convert it into a ‘one-bedroom bachelor pad’, and to get it done fast. She had a six-month deadline. “At 50, I wanted this to be my very own space — with a large living room for bringing my friends together, and a bedroom with, of course, a massive wardrobe. I joke to Gauri that what she’s created is not a walk-in but a run-in, and my bathroom, well, you can play cricket in there,” he said. Gauri described the apartment as a reflection of Karan’s personality: ‘glamorous, fun, and also a little over the top’.The powder room was described by both Gauri and Karan as a ‘highlight’. It features ‘a turbine light fixture from Timothy Oulton, graphic floors, forest-green walls, and custom-made marble horse-head detailing’. The living room has a classic tartan sofa from Bentley Home, custom armchairs from Gauri Khan Designs Bespoke paired with a fluted sofa set by Roberto Cavalli Home, a marble chandelier by Mathieu Lustrerie’. There’s also a well-stocked bar on one side. A post shared by Architectural Digest India (@archdigestindia) According to Architectural Digest, the ‘walls feature French mouldings, backlit kintsugi gold cracks, and large Timothy Oulton mirrors that contrast the classic geometric marble floor and traffic-stopping red armchairs’. The air-conditioned terrace is Karan’s favourite spot, while his children — twins Yash and Roohi — love spending time on the tartan sofa in the living room. The centrepiece of the living area is a fireplace, and a brass coffee table by Gauri Khan Designs Bespoke.“Despite how strongly modern it is, what I love is how cosy, and lived-in, it feels. When you look at the house, you realize Gauri’s used all the colours—from bright reds to deep emeralds and blues, monochrome, and even more natural shades of fawn and beige. She’s also used a variety of textures—hard, soft, glossy, matt—and yet it all comes together beautifully,” Karan said.The filmmaker has often described Gauri as one of his closest friends, along with her husband, Shah Rukh Khan.
Several areas in Mumbai’s island city and suburban belt will face a 15 per cent water cut for 30 days, starting March 31 (Friday), due to a water pipeline getting damaged, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said.Nearly 65 per cent of the potable water that is supplied to Mumbai and some parts of Thane from the seven lakes is treated at Bhandup Filtration Plant. The water from this plant passes through a 15-km-long water supply tunnel to the pockets of the city. Civic officials have said that a portion of this tunnel was damaged while carrying out digging works for creating a borewell and water leakage was observed.From March 31 onwards, repair works will be carried out, civic officials said.“It is necessary to isolate the tunnel completely for repairs and use alternate transmission system for water supply, during repairs period. Water supply to Mumbai will be affected during switching over of transmission systems and repairs work, therefore, citizens are requested to use water cautiously,” the civic body said in a statement.Earlier, on Monday (March 27), following another pipeline damage in Thane, the BMC had imposed a 15 per cent water cut in 11 municipal wards in the island city and eastern suburbs for 48 hours, till 9 pm on March 29.
Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma may sit out a few IPL games this season with an eye towards workload management, and Suryakumar Yadav will lead the team in his absence.India has a packed international schedule, with the World Test Championship final starting at The Oval in London a week after the IPL final and the 50-over World Cup scheduled at home in October-November. Rohit, who has had a chequered injury history, will be keen to lead India on both those fronts. The Indian Express understands that he is likely to pick and choose the IPL games he will play this season, though he will continue to travel with the team and will be guiding Surya from the dugout when he is not playing.After the recent ODI series against Australia, Rohit had stressed that it was up to the players to keep themselves fit for national duty while turning out for their franchises in the IPL.“It’s all up to the franchises now. They own them now. We have given some indications to the teams, but at the end of the day, it’s up to the franchises. And more importantly, it’s up to the players. They are all adults; they have to look after their bodies. If they feel it’s getting a bit too much, they can talk about it and take a break in one or two games. I doubt if that will happen, but,” Rohit had said.
Nitish Rana, Shikhar Dhawan, Sanju Samson and KL Rahul are not names that readily come to mind when one is looking for cerebral captains or leaders of men. But all four have been nominated ‘captains’ for their respective IPL franchises. Even Suryakumar Yadav, with little captaincy experience, may have to step in as Mumbai Indians captain if Rohit Sharma decides to sit out a few matches owing to fitness concerns.Last year, Ashish Nehra was seen slumped on the staircase leading up to the dressing room with a paper in hand. He would later term it as a “menu for the night” but the menu seemingly included who should bowl when. Or so the perception went. Often, he would be seen animatedly gesticulating from the dugout to Hardik Pandya, Gujarat Titans captain, which bowler should bowl the particular over. ‘Give one more over to Rashid Khan’, ‘bring a particular fast bowler now’. Hardik has not only not minded it but has actively sought and taken such advice.“Hardik has no ego in that sense. Advertisements are one thing, the real Hardik is another. He has always been a good listener, has always followed good advice, he might do his thing in the end but always listens first to the people he trusts. And he trusts Nehra a lot. He is not a fool to say ‘I know everything, I will do it my way or what will people think?’ He knows and values good suggestions.” Hardik’s childhood coach Jitendra Singh had told this newspaper.T20 is pushing cricket into a fascinating space now. Daniel Vettori, who coached RCB in the past and who would be seen having a word with the captain Virat Kohli in the end overs, believes the time has come to have a communication channel open between the coach and the captain. Mike us up, was his cry.Vettori talked about how it would help an “inexperienced captain”. And that’s where cricket finds itself in T20 leagues with so many teams that it’s not always possible to find a charismatic and tactical leader. Instead, the coaches are slowly gaining the upper hand.Pandit and Rana are as good a prism to view this new dimension. Pandit, a hugely successful coach at Ranji Trophy, is known for handholding captains in domestic cricket. He not only is strict old-schooled coach off the field, but also gets involved with micro management on the field. And he has repeatedly produced results. On Tuesday, he talked about how IPL would be “a different challenge” with so many “big players” but the way things have played out, it might be right up his alley. It’s not prejudging Rana the captain, but Pandit clearly wins the stature stakes. And he can, in theory, continue to do what he does in Ranji Trophy with similar statured captains.KKR has experienced players like Shakib Al Hasan and Tim Southee in their squad, men who have led their countries, but apart from locking up one of the four available overseas spots in the playing XI, they would have come with their own theories and probably couldn’t be relied to follow the coaching staff’s instructions to the T. It seems captaincy is too important to be left to the captain alone, or maybe the franchises consider captaincy to be an overrated skill.Similar scenes can play out in Mumbai Indians with Suryakumar, when he leads in a few games. With them, not just Mark Boucher the coach, but Rohit can pull the strings from the dugout. With Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul as captains, Anil Kumble played a strong role as coach of Kings XI Punjab. Even Lucknow Super Giants have retainedRahul as captain, despite him being underwhelming as captain. He has Nicholas Pooran, who has led West Indies, and Saurashtra’s successful Ranji captain Jaydev Unadkat with him, and is largely expected to go by what coach Andy Flower advises. The scenario was similar with Delhi Capitals when Ricky Ponting moved to centerstage especially when Shreyas Iyer was the captain.Even Rana felt that the added responsibility of the ‘c’ after his name was no big deal, as it’s not his team alone, so to speak. “I will benefit from their experience and the guidance of Chandu sir. So, I’m not feeling any pressure from the added burden of captaincy,” the left-hander said.It’s not just with newbie captains that coaches are likely to take over a bigger role in the future. The past in fact offers a window to the future. The game has come a long way from the 1999 ODI World Cup, when a big hue and cry was raised about South Africa coach Bob Woolmer sending instructions to skipper Hansie Cronje through an earpiece. The device was promptly taken off after the communication was spotted. The two must be laughing in their graves now.Cronje was a great captain (until he gave in to greed), Woolmer was a strong coach – and yet they gelled really well and wanted to take the game to the next level. And T20 is the perfect vehicle for that to eventuate. In a whirlwind format which places a lot of emphasis on skippers thinking on their feet, quick decision-making is often of the essence. Hence, either these franchises have taken a genuine leap of faith believing in their captains’ leadership credentials, or they will be relying on the coaching staff in the dugout to ‘guide’ the men in the middle through messages and pre-decided moves.Rajasthan Royals have kept faith in Sanju Samson, after the team reached the final last year. However, how much of the credit for that goes to Samson, and how much to Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara in the dugout, is open to question. In the 2023 squad, Royals have in their ranks pedigreed players and captaincy material like T20 World Cup winning skipper Jos Buttler, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jason Holder and Joe Root, but chose to stay with Samson, who may be more amenable to directions from beyond the boundary.However, sometimes a captain, who is considered only a titular leader to begin with, grows into his role and pleasantly surprises everyone. Hardik Pandya was expected to be a ceremonial skipper who will go by coach Gary Kirsten’s inputs, but led Gujarat Titans to the title in such dynamic fashion that it catapulted him to the role with the Indian T20I team, and he is now touted as a potential white-ball successor to Rohit.Sign of the timesIncreasingly in T20 cricket, data and pre-game analysis plays a big role, which often puts the coaching and backroom staff in major decision-making roles. In any case, IPL matches provide four strategic timeouts in every game for the coaches to influence games without resorting to hand signals from the dugout, papers with codes, or sending messages through boundary fielders or squad members.When the team is batting and the captain is in the middle, it logically will fall on the coaching staff to make decisions about the batting order and from this season onwards, the use of the Impact Player.How far this remote-controlled decision-making will go is anybody’s guess.“There will definitely be communication because the dugout is the best place to begin, but it is also not the place where you discuss everything. It is not ideal in cricket to run or captain a team from the dugout. Cricket is a game where the captain runs the show on the field.. if you are sitting in the dugout, you can do it to an extent, but not entirely. You won’t be in full control. You can certainly do a few things provided the captain and coach are in full sync,” former first-class cricketer R Sridhar, who has been on the coaching staff of the Indian team as well as in the IPL team dugout, told The Indian Express.But the likes of Daniel Vettori, and Dale Steyn, who too has been vocal about coaches calling the shots, think otherwise and want the coach-captain to be in each other’s ears. IPL and cricket is at a crossroad.