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IPL is best thing that has happen to Indian Cricket: Gautam Gambhir

Harpal Singh Bedi / NEW DELHI

Veteran opener and former captain Gautam Gambhir on Saturday asserted that “IPL is the best thing that has happen to Indian cricket.

Speaking at the Turf2022 and India Sports Awards of FiCCI here, Gambhir said   “IPL is the best thing that has happen to Indian cricket. I can say this with all my senses. There has been lot of backlashes regarding IPL since it started. Every time Indian cricket does not do well, the blame comes on IPL, which is not fair. If we don’t perform well in ICC tournaments, blame the players, blame the performance, but it is unfair to point fingers on the IPL,”

He was of the view that there is now financial security among players due to IPL, which is helping in the development of more players at the grassroots level. “A sportsman can only earn till he is 35-36. IPL provides with financial security which is equally important,” 

The former left-handed batsman praised the BCCI for employing Indian coaches over the past few years to lead the national team and further stressed upon the need of bringing in more Indian coaches in IPL.”One good thing that has happen in Indian cricket is that Indians have started coaching the Indian National Cricket team now. I strongly believe Indian should coach the Indian team. All these foreign coaches, who we gave a lot of importance to, come here to make money and then they vanish. Emotions are important in sports. The only people who can be emotional about Indian cricket are the ones who have represented their country,” Gambhir said.

“I am a mentor of Lucknow Super Giants. One thing I want to change is that I want to see all Indian coaches in IPL. Because no Indian coach gets opportunity in Big Bash or any other foreign leagues. India is a superpower in cricket, but our coaches do not get opportunity anywhere. All the foreigners come here and get the top jobs. We are more democratic and flexible than other leagues. We need to give our own people more opportunity,” he added.

Asked about who he sees as the current poster boy or girl of Indian sports, Gambhir said that everyone representing the country is a poster boy. He further pressed the need for the state governments to adopt the Odisha model and pick up one Olympic sport to promote.
“Sports is going to play a massive role in development of India. There is a need to engage young children with sports and physical activities instead of their electronic devices. Every state should pick up one sport like Odisha has done with Indian hockey. See where hockey has gone today. I know sports ministry is doing a lot and corporates are getting involved, but if each state picks up one sport and completely focuses on that, imagine where our Olympic sports are going to be,” Gambhir said.

“If it is my way, probably the BCCI should also go on and give 50 percent of revenue to all other Olympic sports, though it is not my way. Because 50 percent of revenue that is generated out of cricket is enough for cricketers. But the rest of the 50 percent can actually pick up all the other sports,” he added.

Three Maoists killed in encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh


Three Maoists, including a female rebel were killed in an encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh today, November 26.

The exchange of fire took place in the jungle of Pomra at Bijapur district in Bastar division when a joint team of CRPF, Special Task Force, and District Reserve Guard was on a search operation in the Mirtur area. After the encounter, the bodies of three Maoists have been recovered along with two rifles from the spot.

BJP says AAP providing self-certification in Delhi excise policy case


BJP today took a jibe at Aam Aadmi Party following its convenor Arvind Kejriwal’s comments over the CBI chargesheet in the Delhi excise policy case. Mr. Kejriwal claimed that Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia got a clean chit in the case as CBI did not name him in its charge sheet.

Briefing the media in New Delhi, BJP spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia pointed out that the investigative agency was bound to file a charge sheet within a stipulated time and there is also a provision for a supplementary charge sheet in the law. He underlined that the agencies are working in an independent and impartial manner and they are free to take steps in the matter of corruption. Mr Bhatia also alleged that the AAP convenor is providing self-certification and does not have faith in the investigative agencies.

New video of AAP Minister Satyendar Jain meeting suspended superintendent of Tihar jail emerges


BJP today, November 26, mounted its attack on the Aam Aadmi Party after another purported video of jailed Delhi Minister Satyendar Jain came to the fore.

In the video, he is seen holding a conversation with the recently suspended superintendent of Tihar jail. Talking to the media, BJP MP Parvesh Verma said, today is Constitution Day and some people sitting on constitutional posts in the Delhi Government are openly violating it.

He added that this is happening for the first time in the history of the country when a Minister jailed on corruption charges is not being sacked. He alleged that AAP leaders are telling lies about the health of the Minister to defend the wrongdoings inside the jail.

Reacting to the video, AAP Convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal linked it to the upcoming MCD polls and said people have to decide between ten videos of BJP and ten guarantees of AAP in the polls. He said, one should wait till 4th December when the MCD elections will happen and the people of Delhi will give a reply to all those videos.

Meanwhile, BJP, AAP, Congress, and other political parties have intensified their campaign for civic polls in the national capital. Campaigning in the city, senior BJP leader and Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Singh Thakur said people want to give a clear message to Mr. Kejriwal in this election that false promises will not work.

Measles cases rise in Maharashtra; State govt plans to intensify vaccination drive


With the rise in cases of measles in Mumbai and parts of Maharashtra, the state government is planning to intensify the vaccination drive for those children who have not been immunized yet.

Maharashtra State Surveillance Officer, Dr. Pradip Aware said, Some children are yet to be vaccinated, as a reason they are contracting the disease.

The spread of measles is higher than that of Covid-19. In the case of Covid-19, one infected person use to transmit the disease to 3-4 persons. However, the R-Naught in measles is more severe as it can infect 12-15 persons.

R-naught (R0) is a value that can be calculated for communicable diseases. It represents, on average, the number of people that a single infected person can be expected to transmit that disease.

In other words, it is a calculation of the average spreadability of an infectious disease. He also emphasised tracking and vaccinating those children who have not been immunized with the measles vaccine. Saying that those who have been vaccinated can also contract the disease, he added that the severity will be less among such children.

Meanwhile, in Mumbai, eight new cases of measles were detected yesterday taking the cumulative total to 260 in the island city. The health department has said that around 13 children have died due to measles in Mumbai alone.

Areas that have reported a spike in measles outbreaks are Kurla and Govandi in Mumbai, Bhiwandi in Thane district, and Malegaon in Nashik district.

BJP releases manifesto for Gujarat assembly elections; Promises Uniform Civil Code & 20 lakh new jobs


Aggressive poll campaigning is going on in full swing in Gujaratas only four days left for the campaigning of the first phase of assembly polls.

The ruling BJP released the party’s manifesto for the assembly elections at Gandhinagar today. BJP President JP Nadda said the party would implement the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) in the coming five years and set up an anti-radicalization cell to curb the anti-social elements.

Mr. Nadda said the party is aiming to take Gujarat’s economy to one trillion dollars in coming years. He said a first of its kind Parikrama Path of 3000 kilometers will also be developed which will encircle the whole state. The party made 40 promises related to health, education, and infrastructure development in the manifesto.

In the manifesto, the BJP promised 10 thousand crore rupees in future investment in the agriculture infrastructure while 25 thousand crore rupees in strengthening the irrigation network.

Among the other features of the manifesto include the creation of 20 lakh new jobs in five years, free education to females from KG to PG, development of 20 thousand government schools as schools of excellence, doubling the health cover under the Ayushman Bharat scheme from 5 lakh to 10 lakh and the launch of Gujarat Olympics Mission with an aim to host Olympics in 2036.

India’s position on Kosovo is well known and there is no change in it, says MEA spokesperson


External Affairs Ministry today reiterated that India’s position on Kosovo is well known and there is no change in it. Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said this in response to media queries regarding reports on the opening of the India-Kosovo Commercial Economic Office in New Delhi.

Our correspondent reports that Kosovo had declared independence from Serbia in 2008. India has maintained that it abides by the principles of international law and does not recognize Kosovo’s secession. India and Serbia are co-founders of the Non-Aligned Movement and have traditionally enjoyed a close partnerships for decades.

China reports high number of Covid-19 cases


China reported a high number of Covid-19 cases, setting a record for daily infections for the third day in a row.
The National Health Commission informed 35,183 new COVID-19 infections were reported yesterday, November 25, of which 3,474 were symptomatic and 31,709 were asymptomatic.

There were no deaths, keeping fatalities at 5,232. Mega-cities continue to struggle to contain outbreaks, with Chongqing and Guangzhou recording the bulk of new cases.

Chongqing, a southwestern city of 32 million people, reported 7,721 new local cases yesterday, a jump of almost 20 per cent from the previous day. Guangzhou, a city of nearly 19 million people in southern China, reported 7,419 new local cases yesterday, down slightly from 7,524 cases a day earlier.

Ukrainian households still without power after massive missile strikes country: President Zelensky


Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky said that six million Ukrainian households are still without power after massive missile strikes hit the country this week.

In a video address, he said the capital and its surrounding region are among the worst affected areas and many residents in the city have been without power for more than 20 hours.

President Zelensky appealed to everyone to use appliances that use energy sparingly. Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said that despite the attacks, almost all of the country’s critical infrastructures have been reconnected including heat generation plants, hospitals, and emergency services.