QPlay: Dhoni on Future as Captain, India Thrash Laos 6-1 & More
All the latest sports news in The Quint’s morning wrap.
Decision On My Future as Captain Will Be Taken by BCCI: Dhoni
Indian limited-overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni side-stepped the intense speculation on his future as captain by saying that it is for the BCCI to take a call on the matter.
“It’s not that I don’t enjoy the game, this decision will be taken by the BCCI, it’s not up to me to decide on that,” said Dhoni in the press conference before the team’s departure for a limited-overs series against Zimbabwe starting June 11.
Dhoni was responding to former Team Director Ravi Shastri’s recent comment backing Test captain Virat Kohli to lead the country in all formats of the game. Shastri had said that Dhoni should be allowed to enjoy the game free of captaincy. Dhoni has retired from Test cricket but is continuing to play ODIs and T20 Internationals.
Lessons Learnt From Virat, AB in IPL Helping Me: Rahul
Young India batsman Lokesh Rahul said the lessons he learnt from the likes of Virat Kohli and A B de Villiers in IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore have made him a better cricketer and he would look to “express” himself in the Zimbabwe tour beginning Saturday.
I spent time with Virat (Kohli) and A B (de Villiers) and asked them questions about what they thought I should do to improve my cricket and be successful in shortest format. Their ideas and feedback did help me in improving my batting.KL Rahul
India Thrash Laos 6-1, Book Asian Cup Qualifiers Berth
Striker Jeje Lalpekhlua scored twice as India recovered from a one-goal deficit to thrash Laos 6-1 in one of their biggest ever wins. The victory also helps the team book a berth in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup football Qualifiers.
India trailed 0-1 in the 16th minute through a Khonesavanh Sihavong strike but the home side replied in a remarkable fashion as they dominated all through the remaining part of the match, pumping in six goals -- including three in seven minutes -- to walk away with an easy win.
Jeje Lalpekhlua (42nd and 74th minute), Sumeet Passi (45th), Sandesh Jhingan (49th), Mohd. Rafique (83rd) and debutant Fulganco Cardozo (87th) were the goal-getters for India
ICC was Casual in Gathering Fixing Evidence From Me: McCullum
Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, who provided match-fixing evidence against his ex-teammate Chris Cairns, has claimed that the ICC’s Anti Corruption Unit was “casual” in handling the matter and shook his faith in the world body.
Looking back on this, I am very surprised by what I perceive to be a very casual approach to gathering evidence. I was reporting two approaches by a former international star of the game. I was not asked to elaborate on anything I said and I signed a statement that was essentially nothing more than a skeleton outline.Brendon McCullum
Cairns was cleared of any involvement in match-fixing at the end of a nine-week trial in November, 2015. McCullum, during his ‘MCC Spirit of Cricket’ lecture, was scathing in his criticism of the manner in which the game’s governing body handled issues of corruption.
Hope London Fiasco is Not Repeated: Leander
His participation at the Rio Olympics still shrouded in suspense, veteran Indian tennis star Leander Paes stated that he does not want another acrimonious build up to the Games, adding that he hopes India will send its “best” team to the event.
With Rohan Bopanna still not stating his choice of partner, all of it now boils down to AITA’s selection Committee meeting on June 11.
“We definitely don’t want a repeat of London,” Paes said when asked numerous times about his participation in the Olympics.
Paes was denied his choice of partner for the 2012 London Games and was forced to play with rookie Vishnu Vardhan since Bopanna preferred to partner Mahesh Bhupathi in men’s doubles.
Keeping Fingers Crossed for a Wildcard Entry to Rio: Mary Kom
Star Indian woman boxer M C Mary Kom said she was keeping her fingers crossed for a wildcard entry into the upcoming Rio Olympics. Mary Kom could not make the cut through qualifiers but the star boxer’s Olympic dream is not quite over as India has decided to seek a wildcard entry for her in the Rio Games, scheduled from August 5.
I am having my fingers crossed and hoping for the best. It will be known by this month end. The Indian Olympic Association and ad-hoc committee (of boxing) are trying their best to get me a wild card. If I get it, I will be very happy. It is not in my hands. It is a fifty-fifty chance.MC Mary Kom
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