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Indian players sidelined in IPL

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The word sacked should be withdrawn immediately. MS Dhoni ensured high reputation for Indian cricket team. The owners should issue apology for such a cowardly statement. While Dhoni is expected to keep his place in the side, the wicketkeeper-batsman is likely to be promoted up the order. I think now that Dhoni had the burden removed of Indian captaincy from his shoulders, he could have led Rising Pune Supergiants in a better way compared to the last year. Pune, who were one of the two teams along with Gujarat Lions to be inducted last season in place of the suspended Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, were plagued with injury issues. They just about avoided the wooden spoon to finish ahead of Kings XI Punjab at the seventh place in the eight-team standings of IPL 2016. Although the team started well with a win over Mumbai Indians in the first match, it failed to maintain the consistency with the likes of Kevin Pietersen, Faf du Plessis and Steven Smith all withdrawing due to injuries. With Midas touch from the bat of Dhoni deserting him as a big match player, Dhoni dhamaka is diminishing slowly and now he is sacked as captain by an IPL franchise also. In competitive cricket it is better to quit when fans ask why instead of "why not". Dhoni should prefer better option and hang his shoes in a most gracious way.

—Jayanthi C.K. Maniam, Kalina

Rising Pune Supergiants successfully bidding for Ben Stokes for 14.5 crores in IPL auction is complete madness at a time when unemployment is on the rise in the country. Such filthy amount is not even the yearly sports budget of many a sporting federation of different disciplines in our country and the government needs to put a cap on such expenditures which is a national waste. Tymal Mills was bought by Bangalore for Rs 12 crores while Ishant Sharma who is a member of the Indian national team went unsold. Is IPL promoting foreign players or meant to do good for Indian cricket is the question?

Everybody knows that IPL is played for bookmakers in our country but the fact that betting is illegal in our country is sadly overlooked. Matches at times are fixed and the league has been in controversy since its inception. Rules for IPL should be made stricter so that focus is on promoting Indian cricket than on 'tamasha' (filthy entertainment) which destroys cricket in the longer run. Better sense should prevail and the government with the help of law bodies including the courts should protect Indian cricket which has brought so much glory to the nation over the years!

— S.N. Kabra, Goregaon

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