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  • Police stop a 12-year old girl on her way to the Sabarimala shrine
  • In Karnataka, the JD(S) indicates that it might support the BJP government if it falls short of numbers after the bypolls
  • Congress pips the BJP in local body elections in Rajasthan, winning 961 wards to the BJPs 737
  • After Airtel and Vodafone-Idea, Jio also indicates that tariffs will be raised from December
  • Sources in Shiv Sena say that they might revive the alliance with the BJP if it offers the 50:50 deal
  • A miffed Sanjay Rout of the Shiv Sena says that it will take "100 births" to understand Sharad Pawar
  • Mobile operators Vodafone-Idea and Airtel decide to raise tariffs from next month
  • Sharad Pawar meets Sonia Gandhi and says more time needed for government formation in Maharashtra
  • Justice S A Bobde sworn in as the 47th Chief Justice of India
  • Supreme Court holds hotels liable for theft of vehicle from their parking area if parked by valet, says "owner's risk" clause is not a shield from such liability
  • Finance Minister says she is receiving feedback from many sectors that recovery is happening as there is lower stress
  • Sabarimala temple opens, but police bar the entry of women below 50 years
  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman says Air India and BPCL to be sold off by March
  • Media person Rajat Sharma resigns as DDCA president
  • Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress postpone meeting the governor of Maharashtra
Two Muslim litigants in Ayodhya refuse to accept the Supreme Court order, say review petition might be filed
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Stop Rumour-Mongering In Cricket

By Slogger

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Sunil Garodia Holding an extreme view and carting the ball out of the park is what interests him most. He is a hard hitter at all times. Fasten your seatbelts and read.

Who has a devious interest in the Indian cricket team? Who wants the team to break down? Who is spreading canards and casting aspersions on players? Who wants relationships between senior players to sour? Why is this misinformation being spread, who is spreading it and why is the mainstream media lapping it up?

First, rumours were spread when the team was in England that MS Dhoni would retire after the World Cup. The World Cup final (if India reached it) would be his final game for the team. Then, it was said that the selectors were thinking of splitting the captaincy, with Kohli being retained for Tests and Rohit Sharma being made captain for ODIs and T20s. Slanted reports were also strategically placed in the media about the selection of the head coach.

This is not good. The team has a full calendar in the next twenty-four months and will play all nations both at home and away. It is full of youngsters like Pandya, Bumrah and others who are trying to establish themselves in all formats. The performance of the team suffers when such reports come out in the media. As it is the BCCI is enmeshed in controversies. Now, if the team is dragged into such speculative reports, their performance might suffer.

The media should desist from publishing such reports. Hearsay and speculation may be good in political reporting or gossiping about celebrities. But when it comes to a national sports team the facts should be cross-checked from all available sources before such reports are published. The media is doing a great disservice to cricket by publishing such canards.