Aftershock

Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid says he expects the team to overcome the current crisis that saw three of his players arrested for alleged spot-fixing.

Written by Express News Service | Published: May 18, 2013 3:16 am

Adversity will help galvanise RR: Dravid

Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid says he expects the team to overcome the current crisis that saw three of his players arrested for alleged spot-fixing. “I think adversities helps us to galvanize a side. We have come close together as a group and hope to perform well,” the 40-year-old former India captain said.

“It has been really tough not only for me but for everyone who follows cricket.”

‘Beauty of cricket sullied by scandal’

Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Flemings has said that the spot-fixing scandal could lead to overanalysis of various incidents during IPL games.

“Every quirk in cricket will now be over-analysed and accusations will fly. The game of cricket is quirky but the events of the last two days does add a sinister approach,doesn’t it. The beauty of cricket is the unknown and that has been sullied,” he said.

IPL ‘sunniest place for the shadiest people’

The Australian media has come down heavily on the Indian Premier League,terming it the “sunniest of places for the shadiest people”. “Beneath the glitz,glamour and hype so plastic you could wrap your sandwiches in it,the Indian Premier League is a smouldering cesspit,” the Herald Sun said. Added Courier Mail: “They come out after dark at the notorious IPL parties where all involved can pluck a girl,a drink or maybe something a little stronger if that is your wish. “The lights are dim,the music loud,the drinks strong,cold and plentiful. Famous faces flash past in the shadows…It was here that the first tentacles of illegal bookmakers reportedly offered their poisoned fruit to young fast bowler Sreesanth who,with two of his Rajasthan Royals teammates,faces a life of ruin after being caught spot-fixing.”

Spot kick… in the teeth

Former Australia spinner and Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Warne says the spot-fixing scandal is like a “kick in the teeth” for cricket. “This feels like a kick in the teeth for them,the Royals fans,the Royals players and the game of cricket,” Warne tweeted.

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