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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Sourav death threat has cops in tizzy

By Sujit Bhar

There is a possibility that this could be a hoax. That does not reduce the seriousness of the death threat issued to former India captain and Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Sourav Ganguly on January 7 (Saturday).

Sourav is scheduled to travel to the district of Midnapore to attend a felicitation ceremony as chief guest at an inter-college cricket meet at the Vidyasagar University there on January 19.

Sourav told reporters after the CAB’s working committee meeting in Kolkata on January 9 (Monday): “Yes I’ve received the letter on January 7 and I’ve informed this to the police and the organisers. ‎Let’s see, nothing has been decided yet but it will be a live show programme and you all will come to know if I go there.”

The letter, signed by one Z Alam, was couriered to Sourav’s mother Nirupa, reports say. According to a source quoted in the media the letter said: ‎”Your son is hereby warned not to attend the programme. If he dares to come here, you will not see him again.”

While he has not yet decided if he should go to the felicitation, the situation remains fluid. Kolkata’s joint commissioner of police (crime) has been quoted as saying that he has “got nothing so far” on the issue.

Sources have been quoted as saying that this probably is a local rivalry issue to show the organisers in poor light and should not be taken too seriously. There is, however, another school of thought that says that Maoists may be behind this. Certain areas of Midnapore district are Maoist-infested and Sourav’s proximity to the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress administration in the state could have drawn their ire. That could be a serious issue.

Maoists have been the bane of consecutive administrations in the state. Former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s (of the CPI-M) motorcade was ambushed in the Salboni area of West Midnapore in November 2008. Also in the motorcade were the then Union ministers Jitin Prasad and Ram Vilas Paswan.

It was an IED blast that snapped a high tension electric wire. An accompanying police car was riddled with shrapnel and pellets, injuring six policemen. The chief minister escaped without injury.

When Mamata came to power she tried her hand at making a deal with the Maoists, but failed. This irked her so much that Maoist outfits have all become anathema to her. This situation has not eased.

However, this is not the first time that Sourav has received threats.

In late-September and early October of 2008 he had received two letters (with a gap of a month) threatening to kidnap his daughter Sana, who was then seven years old, if a ransom of Rs 2 crore wasn’t paid.

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) had said then that two letters were received by the family, one hand-delivered (dropped into the letterbox, because it bore no postal mark) the other sent via Speed Post from a post office near the main business district of the city, Esplanade. The letters were addressed to Sourav’s wife Dona.

The first letter did not worry the family—they were abroad at the time—but the second letter was taken seriously. CID sources had said that the letters could have come from the banned Indian Mujahideen group, but nothing much had come off it and the incident was forgotten.

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Happy Birthday KL Rahul: Suniel Shetty wishes son-in-law KL Rahul on his 32nd birthday

On the special occasion, his father-in-law and actor Suniel Shetty dropped a sweet birthday wish for KL Rahul. Suniel Shetty shared a photo wherein he, along with his son Ahan Shetty and son-in-law KL Rahul, can be seen lounging on a sofa.



Suniel Shetty’s son-in-law and Indian cricketer KL Rahul celebrates his 32nd birthday on Thursday. On this special occasion the Bollywood actor took to his Instagram handle to wish the Lucknow Super Giants skipper on his special day. Suniel Shetty shared a picture with KL Rahul and his son Ahaan on Instagram.

In the picture, the veteran actor is seen relaxing on the couch with his son Ahaan and KL Rahul. Suniel Shetty captioned the picture they say its not what we have in life, but who we have in our life that matters. He said he felt blessed to have KL Rahul in his life. He said this is a connection which he could not explain.

Suniel Shetty’s daughter Athiya Shetty reacted to the post and wrote favourite men. KL Rahul replied with a black heart emoji to the post. Many Indian cricketers, social media user and fans also wished KL Rahul on his birthday.

One X user Muffadlal Vohra wrote that whichever position the Indian team asked KL Rahul to bat, he was always there to answer the call whether it is opening the batting, or batting in the middle order or the role of a finisher he was ready to do it. He said KL Rahul is truly one of the most versatile batsmen of this era and wished him Happy Birthday.

Another X user Naeem shared a video of KL Rahul and wished him Happy Birthday.

Cricketer Kuldeep Yadav shared a picture with KL Rahul and wrote Happy Birthday KL Rahul bhai.

One X user Tanuj singh shared a video of the star cricketer and recounted his hundreds in different countries.

Spinner Yuzvendra Chahal shared a picture with KL Rahul and wrote Happy Birthday my brother KL Rahul. Hope you have a good one. One X user Leisha wished the star cricketer Happy birthday.

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IPL 2024: Delhi Capitals thrash Gujarat Titans by 6 wickets

A 3-wicket haul early in the innings by Mukesh Kumar helped DC bowl out GT for 89 in 17.3 overs.



Delhi Capitals defeated Gujarat Titans by six wickets in their IPL 2024 match, at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Wednesday. Delhi Capitals reached to 92/4 in 8.5 overs, as Rishabh Pant (16*) and Sumit Kumar (9*) remained unbeaten. For Gujarat Titans bowling attack, Sandeep Warrier took 2 wickets.

A 3-wicket haul early in the innings by Mukesh Kumar helped DC bowl out GT for 89 in 17.3 overs. Rashid Khan was the top-scorer for Gujarat Titans with a knock of 31 runs off 24 deliveries. Mukesh Kumar was the pick of the bowlers for Delhi with figures of 3 for 14 and was well supported by Ishant Sharma who gave another top class performance this season. The Gujarat Titans batsmen were seen struggling as they lost wickets at regular intervals, with the likes of Shubman Gill, Sai Sudharsan and David Miller struggled to make an impact.

Fraser and McGurk gave Delhi Capitals the perfect start, who scored 20 runs off just 9 balls. Porel and Hope ensured that that Delhi Capitals reached to 67 in the powerplay overs as they lost 4 wickets by that time. Sumit Kumar and Rishabh Pant ensured that Delhi Capitals reached victory with 11.1 overs to spare.

Rishabh Pant was in sublime form behind the stumps as he had 2 stumpings and two catches to his name. Pant was given the Player of the Match award for his performance with the gloves and his captaincy in Ahmedabad. Pant’s stunning catch of David Miller earned a lot of praise from Adam Gilchrist who explained why the effort was a tough one. The former Australian wicketkeeper said when the ball is coming at an angle, the tendency is to go to the right. He explained that once the ball started to deviate, the base and technique needed to be right from Pant as he has to go the other way.

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KKR captain Shreyas Iyer fined Rs 12 lakh for slow over rate in match against RR

KKR lost to Royals by two wickets on Tuesday at Eden Gardens.



The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) were found guilty of violating an IPL Code of Conduct while playing the Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Tuesday, following their defeat in their second match at the Eden Gardens. The Knight Riders not only dropped their opening game of the IPL 2024 season, but their captain also received a fine.

KKR captain Shreyas Iyer has been fined Rs 12 lakh for maintaining a slow over-rate during an IPL match at Eden Gardens against the Rajasthan Royals.

According to the official notification, Iyer has been charged with a huge fine of Rs 12 lakhs as it was his team’ first of the season offense under IPL’s Code of Conduct and involved a minimum over-rate penalty.

In a release from the IPL, it is said, Shreyas Iyer, the captain of the Kolkata Knight Riders, has been fined after his team maintained a slow over rate during their TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 match against Rajasthan Royals at Eden Gardens on April 17.

Meanwhile, this is not the first time in this season when a team has maintained a slow over-rate. Earlier, Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Rant was also fined twice for maintaining a slow over-rate. If his team commits this again, the he along with his will be banned for one match, as per IPL’s Code of Conduct.

In a T20I loss to the Royals on Tuesday, Sunil Narine scored his first century for the Knight Riders. Up till the 18th over, Narine (109 off 56) batted, first partnership with Angkrish Raghuvanshi (30) for 85 runs and then with Andre Russell (13), for 51 runs. For KKR, it was a one-man show. Jos Buttler blasted his way to an unbeaten 60-ball 107 as the visitors completed the chase on the game’s last ball. In response, RR were briefly in major trouble.

While KKR lost their second match in six games, it was the Royals’ sixth win in seven games.

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