Three parallel investigations are currently underway. The first, most critical and logical one, is being conducted by the police, who are assiduously collecting information, tapping into their vast resources and following up on leads. Police work, contrary to what television serials and movies would have us believe, is generally laborious, painstaking and anything but glamorous. It involves sifting through mounds of data, separating the truths from the semi-truths and the carefully couched lies.
Mounting hysteria on one side, willful blindness on the other. Fans of the game who might soon have a 'former' tag attached to them.
It's important that the Indian cricket fan doesn't forgive players who have let the game down.
The supposed involvement of S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan in accepting money from bookmakers for conceding a pre-determined quantum of runs in a specific over will have come as a huge blow to Rajasthan Royals, who under Rahul Dravid have attempted to play cricket in the manner in which it must be, as indeed to the cricketing fraternity that is just about coming to terms with the made-to-order no-balls sent down by Pakistan's fast bowlers in England two years back.
Nearly a century has passed since the Black Sox scandal of 1919, when eight players from the Chicago White Sox were accused of accepting $5000 each to lose baseball's World Series. The biggest of those names was "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, who still has the third-highest batting average in the game's history. A year after the scandal, Jackson was hounded out of the game.
The most successful side in IPL history, Chennai have played five seasons without ever quite dominating the league phase like they've done in 2013.
Indians pride themselves on being cricket-crazy, though that is gradually veering towards cricketer-crazy, but you can't but admire the spunk and the resilience of the Indian fan who, despite hurdles galore, finds the resolve and the determination to brave the odds and turn up at the ground, day after day, match after match.
Siva's election ahead of May was certainly a surprise to many. May has been at the forefront of the players' struggle for rights, whether through chasing delayed payments or negotiating with cricket boards for more sensible itineraries. As for Siva, we have no idea whether he's a champion of players' rights - India haven't had an association worth the name for decades.
Miller's has been the most prominent performance in what has been a very good South African presence in the IPL this year.
After all, what is the correlation between practice and luck? Isn't practice the bedrock of success? Aren't long hours on the putting green or the driving range the way to go as you seek perfection in the 18-hole game, battling your inner demons, the tricky lies, the vagaries of nature? Isn't practice designed primarily to take the element of luck out of the equation?
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