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Bal Thackeray's cremation on Sunday not only brought the city of Mumbai to a halt but also stopped something disassociated with politics to its knees -- cricket. The Dadar Union Cricket Club, which was to be re-inaugurated by one of its most famous former players, Dilip Vengsarkar, will now have to wait another day. "It is unfortunate," says Vengsarkar, who also played for the club — one represented by the likes of Sunil Gavaskar and Sanjay Manjrekar. The club was brought to life after 25 years, but everything had to be put on hold thanks to one man. A man who apparently had a great fascination for the game. "Thackeray is great lover of cricket. But unfortunately due to these circumstances, it will be inaugurated another day." Vengsarkar adds. Prithviraj Chauhan, the chief minister of Maharashtra, was to cut the red ribbon. That, however, will wait for the saffron evening to pass.
They once believed he was destined for greatness. They once believed that he would be the next pride of their state. But when Vipin Giri, the 22-year old lad from Meerut allegedly confessed to murdering his friend over a property dispute, the lies halted to an end. Giri's claim to fame was based on the fact that he claimed to have been selected by the Kochi Tuskers in 2011. At Sector 8 in the posh Jagriti Vihar in Meerut — what with his fleet of cars standing outside his house accentuating the statement — everyone believed it. His college, NAS Intermediate, even felicitated him with a Rs 50,000 cheque when he was 'chosen' for the India under-19 team shortly after. It apparently was only a matter of time before Giri made it to the national side. Or so the locals believed. Now, in connection with the murder case, every other subsidary lie too has been exposed."He had even claimed that he had gone to London to play cricket and was being coached by Lalchand Rajput." But as it turns out, he was in Mumbai playing league cricket, according to his brother Sandeep Giri. Now nobody believes him, despite the fleet of cars standing by his house in Meerut's most posh colony.