Harbhajan fined after outburst against Suman

 Mumbai Indians spinner Harbhajan Singh has been fined USD 15,000 for abusing Deccan Chargers batsman Tirumalasetti Suman in last night's IPL match in Mumbai. Suman was dismissed caught and bowled by Harbhajan, after which the bowler gave him an invective-ridden send-off. IPL chief executive Sundar Raman said Match Referee Gundappa Viswanath found Harbhajan guilty of level 1 offence and fined him USD 15,000. "Harbhajan fined USD 15K by the referee. Found guilty - level 1 offence," Sundar Raman wrote on his twitter page. Harbhajan was in his element in the match, smashing an 18-ball 49 to lift Mumbai to a good score, and then snaring three wickets to help them defend 172. His all-round performance was enough to win the Man of the Match award. Harbhajan's fine is the first disciplinary action taken on a player during this IPL. During the course of the tournament, Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni and Kumar Sangakkara have been slapped with fines for the failure of their sides to complete their overs on time. Kings XI Punjab emerged as a repeat offender, as a result of which their captain Sangakkara was handed a one-match ban. "It was a heat-of-the-moment act. We needed a wicket at that stage and Harbhajan is always high on adrenaline. Let's not make an issue of it," said the IPL franchise's director (cricket) TA Sekar here today. Sekar said his team respected the IPL and the fine would be paid but he was not clear whether the franchise would pick up the tab or the errant player for the breach. Harbhajan's latest discretion, however, pales in comparison to his violent outburst in the inaugural edition of the IPL when he had slapped Kings XI Punjab pacer S Sreesanth to incur fine and ban from the … [Read more...]

Harbhajan Banned for 5 One days only

 Indian off spinner Harbhajan Singh was banned for 5 ODIs only by BCCI disciplinary committee. Harbhajan Singh was already banned from Indian Premier League by IPL authorities. Off spinner will miss Bangladesh series and Asia cup (two matches) due to this ban. Cricket analysts expected 10 match ODI ban or 5 test matches ban for controversial spinner. 3-member disciplinary committee was headed by BCCI president Sharad Pawar banned Harnhajan for 5 ODIs only as he pleaded for clemency. Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni strongly supported off spinner in his news paper column.  Harbhajan Singh slapped Mohali pace bowler Sreesanth after the post match handshake. According to unofficial reports, Harbhajan was provoked by Sreesanth throughout the match and controversial spinner unable to restrain his emotions. BCCI appointed one-man Nanavati commission to conduct enquiry on the “Slapgate” episode and didn’t recommend any punishment in his 14-page report.BCCI president warned him that if he repeats his mistake, he will be banned for life time. Harbhajan already lost 3 crore rupees due to IPL ban and he was charged with ICC level-4 offence. Australian captain Ricky Ponting asked for life ban while his nemesis Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Warne came in support of Harbhajan and requested BCCI not to punish him for life time. … [Read more...]

2008 IPL Team analysis: Mumbai Indian IPL team

 Mumbai failed to bid aggressively during Indian Premier League cricket auction. It even failed to buy its good players like Robin Sharma. I failed to understand its subdued bidding strategy in the IPL auction. It may build a young team by roping in good young cricketers. Mukhesh Ambani's Reliance Retail won the Mumbai Franchise by outbidding Anil Ambani's ADAG. According to sources, Mukhesh Ambani has some big plans for his Mumbai IPL team. One thing is sure, Reliance will never do things on small scale.  Mumbai Indians IPL Team review: Rating: 3.5/5. Coach: Lalchand Rajput. Franchise: Reliance Retail (Mukhesh Ambani). Money spent on players: Rs 15.2 crore.  Strong Points: 1. Sachin Tendulkar- God of Indian Cricket.  2. Strong top order.  3. Harbhajan Singh- Best 20-20 spinner.  4. Shaun Pollock- Great all-rounder.  5. Robin Uthappa- Strong twenty20 cricketer. Weak points: 1. Weak middle order batting.  2. Inexperienced wicketkeepers.  Mumbai IPL Team: 1. Sachin Tendulkar- Captain and Icon.2. Sanath Jayasuriya- Sri Lanka- 3.9 crore.3. Robin Uthappa- India- 3.2 crore.4. Bosman- 0.69 crore.5. Shaun Pollock- South Africa- 2.2 crore.6. Harbhajan Singh- India- 3.4 crore.7. Lasith Malinga- Sri Lanka- 1.4 crore.8. Dilhara Fernando- Sri Lanka- 0.6 crore.  Young recruits: 1. Abhishek Nayyar- Mumbai All-rounder.2. Ajinkya Rahane- Mumbai Opener and future hope.3. Yogesh Takawale- Wicket Keeper.  4. Pinal Shah- Wicket Keeper. Verdict: Unlike Laxman and Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar failed to guide Reliance Franchise in building a strong … [Read more...]