Mahela vs Mahinda
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Mahela Jayawardene seemed to be at a loss to describe his fourth straight loss in a World Cup final but the Lankan fans claimed to know why — the jinx of Mahinda Rajapakse. In World Cup finals of 2007 and 2011, the president flew in to watch the game and Sri Lanka lost. With Chris Gayle out cheaply, and West Indies restricted to 137, Rajapakse couldn't resist coming to R Premadasa. Sri Lanka collapsed during the chase to lose the final and they now say in Sri Lanka that between Mahela and Mahinda, only one can win. No wonder then, Mahela stepped down as T20 skipper.
The legend of the fall
The recent TV sting operation may have put a Pakistan umpire under the spotlight, but in cricketing circles, he is a bit of a legend. During a match in India, the umpire came to know of the free-of-cost medical services he was eligible for, and demanded 25 tubes of pain reliever apart from pills for ailments ranging from heart attacks and blood pressure to kidney problems, apparently for relatives back home. Once he dialed an Indian player, asking for track pants, shoes, t-shirts, cap and a bag. Ironically, the same player was mistakenly adjudged out by the umpire.
Not worth the wait
The quarterfinal between Tamil Nadu's Mohit Mayur and Maharashtra's Arjun Kadhe during the tennis nationals last week wasn't a marquee event, but attracted a lot of interest from certain quarters. All India Tennis Association vice president Karti Chidambaram was checking in to monitor the progress of Mohit. Chidambaram is also the vice-president of Tamil Nadu Tennis Association, which has invested heavily in the youngster, sending him abroad for stints. Earlier listed as the second match on centre court, the clash was postponed to accommodate the schedule of Chidambaram, who had flown in from Chennai specially for it. It eventually started after all other fixtures were completed but Mohit went down in straight sets.
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