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Dhoni could claim Rs 100 cr for defamation

Thu, Feb 11, 2016, 11:31 AM
Indian cricket Captain Mahender Singh Dhoni is not taking it lying down the charge that he had fixed the Test match with England at Manchester 2 years ago. Dhoni's team of laywers have sent a notice of defamation suit to a Hindi daily that first published the report alleging match-fixing.

The facts of the case are that under cloudy conditions Dhoni went against the Team India view that it should bat first if the toss was won. In the middle, however, he chose to bowl. As a result, the team last the match by an innings and 54 runs, Sunil Dev, who was the team manager at that time, had allegedly told a journalist.

The team manager later denied having said so to the sports journalist. Armed with these facts, Dhoni's legal team had sent the defamation notice, stating the damages claim could be as high as Rs.100 crore. The notice runs into nine pages.

While winning and losing are part of the game, it is generally known that Indian teams do not fare well under overseas conditions. Batsmen go diffident and indulge in dressing room antics trying to tell other batsmen to pad up. Indian heroics are only under home conditions and on spinning wickets. The same is true of many cricketing nations.
Agency: Ap7am Desk
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