Did Gambhir snub MS Dhoni after Vijay Hazare match?

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A video that is doing the rounds of social media shows India discard Gautam Gambhir allegedly snubbing ODI cricket captain MS Dhoni after a match in the ongoing Vijay Hazare trophy. Some news outlets took queue from the Youtube video uploaded by an individual and published news stories peppering it with instances of reported past animosities between Gambhir and Dhoni. A furious Gautam Gambhir has blasted the media over the reports and for publishing stories without verifying ‘facts’.

What the video shows

Jharkhand and Delhi clashed in the quarterfinal of the Vijay Hazare trophy – India’s premier domestic One-Day cricket tournament. Chasing 225, Jharkhand team was all out for just 126 runs with MS Dhoni still at the non-striker’s end having scored an unbeaten 70. Dhoni shook hands with opposition players at the end of the game as is customary after cricket matches. Other Delhi players courteously shook hands with Dhoni but when the latter reaches near Delhi skipper Gautam Gambhir, the southpaw walks away ignoring India’s limited-over captain. Gambhir is seen looking the other way and shaking hands with his own team members when Dhoni almost extends his hand for a handshake.

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What Gambhir says

Gautam Gambhir lambasted the media for the reports and shared photographs on his official Twitter handle of him shaking hands with MS Dhoni after the quarterfinal match. He even advised media houses to verify facts before publishing them.

 

Gambhir has been out of the national squad for quite some time. He last played an ODI for India in January 2013. There have been one or two instances of differences with skipper MS Dhoni during Gambhir’s days in the Indian cricket team.

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Kohli, KL Rahul centuries take India to 342/5 on Day 3: India Vs Australia

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India captain Virat Kohli led the run chase against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground on the third Day of the fourth and last Test match. While Kohli is unbeaten at 140, he received some good company from opener KL Rahul who scored his maiden Test century before being dismissed for 110 by Mitchell Starc.

With Kohli and Wriddhiman Saha batting and Team India’s total at 342/5 in the first innings on Day 3, Australia seemed headed for a big lead. India trail by 230 runs with 5 wickets remaining and for Kohli and Saha it is still a lot of work before they can save the match.

Kohli’s century was his fourth in the series and 10th overall but the attention is also on the new talent KL Rahul.

KL Rahul impresses

Kannaur Lokesh Rahul, 23, commonly known as KL Rahul, had impressed selectors by his performance in this season’s Duleep Trophy while playing for Karnataka. His India Test debut in Melbourne was dismal but at the SCG he shrugged that off and showed why he needed to be in the side. Given the more familiar opening role this time, Rahul did not disappoint and hit 12 boundaries and one six reaching his century in the final over before break. Rahul struck a vital 141-run partnership for the third wicket with skipper Virat Kohli.

Twitter tributes

Twitterati are paying their tributes to right-handed Karnataka batsman KL Rahul by making him trend in India with some cricket fans even comparing him to Rahul Dravid. It may be too early to make such comparisons, as we are to see more of Rahul.

 Spidercam in focus again

Rahul did get a chance when Australia skipper Steven Smith dropped him at 46 apparently being distracted by the SpiderCam.

The incident has also brought SpiderCam back in focus as

Smith seemed to complain that the SpiderCam interfered with his vision and was the reason for dropping the straightforward catch.

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David Warner and Varun Aaron involved in on-field sledging, Virat cools tempers

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Fiery Australian batsman David Warner was involved in a heated exchange of words with Indian fast bowler Varun Aaron at the ongoing First Test at the Adelaide Oval in Australia.

Varun Aaron bowled Warner on 66 and the dismissal had triggered wild celebrations at the Indian camp led by the fast bowler. But when the umpire checked for a no-ball, video replays showed Varun had overstepped. It was Warner’s turn then to reply to the bowler. Shikhar Dhawan stepped in from mid-on asking Warner to mind his words. Warner was on the other hand joined by Shane Watson who has had a spat with Dhawan in the past too. So the two – Shikhar Dhawan and Shane Watson – exchanged some heated words in the middle of the ground.

The tempers restored ‘normalcy’ of the usual India-Australia encounters that has otherwise so far been missing in the first Test between the two countries. It was Indian skipper Virat Kohli who stepped in to calm things down. Warner listened calmly to Virat Kohli and then the game went on as usual.

David Warner went on to score a century, his second straight hundred in the Test match. Australia were 290 for 5 at stumps n their second inning on Day 4 of the first Test.

 

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