Second straight MVP for Mbala

first_imgRead Next View comments LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Azkals Eye 1st Asian Cup stint Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPicking up where he left off last season, Ben Mbala was hailed as the Most Valuable Player of UAAP men’s basketball for the second straight year as the La Salle slotman established himself as the supreme force in the collegiate scene.The Cameroonian continued his dominance for the Green Archers, posting per game averages of 26.0 points, 13.08 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, 1.3 assists, and 1.3 steals to finish with 96.58 total statistical points (SPs) in the ongoing Season 80.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Adamson bruiser Papi Sarr ranked fifth with 63.15 SPs, followed by NU big man Issa Gaye at sixth (57.57 SPs), UST center Steve Akomo at seventh (56.77 SPs), UP captain Paul Desiderio at ninth (54.50 SPs), and Ateneo slotman Chibueze Ikeh at 10th (49.36 SPs).Meanwhile, UP playmaker Juan Gomez de Liaño was hailed as the season’s best rookie after netting 46.69 SPs, powered by his averages of 11.61 points, 6.15 rebounds, 2.54 assists, and 1.0 steal.center_img But winning the MVP again is the least of Mbala’s concerns as he looks forward to keeping the UAAP title.“We just want to win,” Mbala said, as twice-to-beat La Salle prepares for its Final Four date against Adamson this Saturday.“We will not quit and that’s what we plan to do for the next few games: Play hard and leave the rest to God.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutA distant second in the MVP race is Ateneo forward Thirdy Ravena, who mustered 66.50 SPs, followed by NU senior Jjay Alejandro at third with 63.86 SPs, and UE scorer Alvin Pasaol at fourth with 63.43 SPs.La Salle high-flyer Ricci Rivero complete this season’s Mythical Team after finishing eighth with his 56.29 SPs.He will get the nod, thanks to the UAAP ruling allowing only one foreign student-athlete to be named in the season’s best five. MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

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Hulk Hogan wants to make a wrestling comeback

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Yu Darvish, Cubs reach $126 million, 6-year deal LATEST STORIES “When my son was sick, I borrowed money from Hulk. I just called him, he had me call some woman and I had money in my bank account in an hour,” recounted Flair. Hogan also visited Flair in Georgia when he was hospitalized.Hulk Hogan left the professional wrestling world in 2015. It happened after a controversial video surfaced showing him repeatedly using the word “nigger” which is used as a derogatory term for African-Americans. JBRELATED STORIES:Hulk Hogan, WWE part ways over racist commentsHulk Hogan seeks rematch with Gawker, sues over transcriptADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next AFP official booed out of forum “For me, I’d love to change that last story that was told with the Hulk Hogan career. I’d love to get back in the fold, get back on the inside and correct a lot of stuff,” said Hogan.He added, “It has to be the perfect timing for both sides. We’re all on good terms. We’re all working towards the same goal. So hopefully, I’ll be able to be back with my wrestling family some day soon.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGood friend and former professional wrestler Ric Flair sat with Hogan during the interview.Flair vouched for Hogan’s generosity and compassion as a friend, stating that the man had helped him out in some of the toughest points of his life. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Image: Twitter/@HulkHoganHulk Hogan has made it clear that he is ready and eager to return to the world of professional wrestling.Hogan has been waiting for the right timing to make his comeback, as he expressed in a recent exclusive interview with TMZ Sports.ADVERTISEMENT Rousey’s WWE deal gets ex-UFC star back in bright spotlight View commentslast_img read more

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Castro, TNT unfazed ahead of quarters duel vs top seed SMB

first_imgCastro, who had a near-triple-double effort of 17 points, nine assists, and eight rebounds in the rout, harked back to TNT’s elimination duel against San Miguel in Iloilo, where the KaTropa just fell short in the end to absorb a 88-76 loss last January 13.“The fourth quarter was where our problems were. We need to learn how to finish the game after holding on to the lead for the most part of the game. We were up by two in the last two minutes but we still lost, so it’s a lesson for us to correct that,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWhat’s working in TNT’s favor is its victories in do-or-die games over the past week, which also included a blowout win over NLEXThose experiences are where the star playmaker is drawing his confidence ahead of the date against the Beermen, which are armed with a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTNT may be coming in as underdogs in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals, but Jayson Castro is undaunted by the strength of San Miguel as he still likes his team’s chances in the playoffs.“We still have a chance. We know how they play because we always face them in the semifinals,” he said after the KaTropa crushed Phoenix, 118-97, in their knockout duel for the last quarterfinals spot on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosacenter_img View comments MOST READ Cobb disappointed after failing to complete La Salle’s 3rd set rally Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “We have to be able to execute our offense because defensively, we’ve had a good rotation that we’re being able to disrupt the opponent’s flow,” Castro said. “I hope the result will once again be good for us.”TNT takes on San Miguel on Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena. Read Next Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Gameslast_img read more

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10 Political Characters: For the People

first_imgDev Kant BarooahThe original Indian brand guru, this Assamese poet booked his permanent seat in Indian politics with his legendary “Indira is India, India is Indira”. When the Allahabad High Court dismissed Mrs Gandhi’s election and growing unrest on the streets demanded her resignation, Barooah stood up to smile and,Dev Kant BarooahThe original Indian brand guru, this Assamese poet booked his permanent seat in Indian politics with his legendary “Indira is India, India is Indira”. When the Allahabad High Court dismissed Mrs Gandhi’s election and growing unrest on the streets demanded her resignation, Barooah stood up to smile and say: “Indira tere subah ki jai, teri shaam ki jai, tere kaam ki jai, tere naam ki jai.” This roly-poly Congress president soon caught the party’s imagination with his literary fervour and elevated himself to a master spokesman, defending the Emergency in a passionate, if somewhat convoluted fashion: “The Emergency has not only cut to size the forces of right reaction and left adventurism, but it has galvanised the masses for establishment of popular democracy…”With “Indira is India…”, the man not only provided a vulnerable prime minister with an everlasting branding solution but in the process, also spelt out the unofficial mantra of survival in Indian politics, better called sycophancy. After Mrs Gandhi lost the 1977 elections, however, the man kept his distance from her.Raj NarainIn today’s 24×7 times, none could have been a more footage-grabbing politician than this unpredictable, anti-Right, anti-Left, bandana-sporting socialist. In those days of almost unipolar politics, this poster boy of the Opposition challenged prime minister Indira Gandhi’s election. The iron lady trembled and imposed the infamous Emergency. The man turned to legend by defeating her in her home turf in the 1977 elections.From a berth in the Opposition to a Cabinet berth in the Janata Party, he was soon the Opposition within the party. Once a wrestler and then an opportunist with Charan Singh, they staked their claim to power by pleading to his arch rival for outside support. That naive coalition, too, failed when Mrs Gandhi withdrew support and in less than a year the party was over. Such were the early experiments of coalition politics. The Nana Patekar of Indian politics ended his career playing the lead role of Manu in a devotional Hindi film. Troublemaker, party-breaker, known for his ever-ready quip, yet a voice to reckon with in Indian politics. If only television had arrived earlier.advertisementSanjay GandhiAfter his mother had abolished privy purses and the princes, the men of silk were reduced to men of cotton. Our man emerged as the New Indian Prince clad in cotton. “The Indian youth are lily-livered. They have no guts?” Charged with a vision and padded with heritage, he was modern India’s original Angry Young Man. With a Vivekananda-ish sense of mission to electrify Indian youth and a Stalin’s muscle, he was the face of Indian entrepreneurship with his Maruti dream, which came at a time when his mother was fast pushing the socialist envelope. His five-point programme that included controlling the nation’s birth rate through sterilisation camps or transforming Delhi into Paris gripped the urban middle class with shock and awe. An eternal weakness of an Indian mother, he was a parallel one-man government with only followers of his own kind. A permanent prince in public memory, he is still remembered in street conversations during any national crisis. What-if-he-was-alive?V.C. ShuklaIn the 70’s, he was a supreme commando of the Sanjay brigade. The minister of Information and Broadcasting during the Emergency, he was Mr Scissorhands Shukla. The loyal Congressman ensured effective press censorship for the larger cause of nation-building. “Censorship was done under a provision normally used during difficult times… But everything settled down when people knew what they were supposed to do.” That the press surely did. As the press bent, crawled or shut its trap, the minister smiled. Instrumental in destroying the film negatives of a political satire Kissa Kursi Ka and instituting a ban on Kishore Kumar songs for ‘lack of cooperation’, he promoted himself to a desi Goebbels. When the Opposition organised one of the biggest rallies after the Emergency was lifted, the man once again used the state-run Doordarshan with his genius. He telecast a recent blockbuster Bobby. The teen sensations of Rishi Kapoor and sweet Dimple Kapadia were used to keep Delhi commoners away from the Opposition’s microphone. Pure media innovation, before the age of TRPs. In modern times, during the brief, non-dynastic days of the Congress, the man transformed into the shrewd survivor of Raipur. Always in the winning team, he was elastic enough to be in power across political colours, including his once enemy BJP. Like every good Congressman, he recently returned home.N.T. Rama RaoNandamuri Taraka Rama Rao was Telugu cinema’s wild card entry into Indian politics. After playing God or a mythological hero in 292 films, the showman travelled across the state on his ‘Chaitanya Ratham’, invoking Telugu pride and staking his claim to power. In his first term as chief minister, he often attended office in a Vivekananda costume, officially introducing fancy-dress into Indian politics. In the national elections of 1984, when the Congress swept the nation with a sympathy wave, it found little comfort in the superstar’s territory. Diminishing the difference between a fanbase and a votebase, Telugu Desam had then elevated itself to the main Opposition party in Parliament. With his promise of delivering rice at Rs 2 a kilo to the poor (till date, a salient feature of election manifestoes across party lines), ensuring equal property rights for women and reigniting the strength of regional politics, N.T. Rama Rao was the last larger-than-life living cut-out, permanent on the Andhra mindscape.advertisementJyoti BasuStretching his political careers well into the ’90s along with EMS Namboodripad and Harkishan Singh Surjeet, Jyoti Basu completed the trio of immortal Indian Marxists. The barrister from Oxford began his politics organising industrial trade unions and fighting for landless peasants. In a long political career of seven decades, this eternal chief minister forever convinced his people that Karl Marx was a Bengali with a European accent.With official support of the Politburo and the unofficial support of the state’s Marwari traders, this Test-playing Marxist charted the career of the desi Left that included removal of English from primary schools, resistance to bourgeois poets like Tagore being taught in schools, tacitly supporting trade union offices, opposing the use of computers and ensuring a disciplined cadre-based party across the state. His successive terms followed a demarcated diktat of dual governance; for the rural electorate it was D for Development and in the industrial or the urban space it was D for Decay. As his successor once admitted, words like ‘bandh’ and ‘gherao’ were their contributions to the English dictionary. Basu was B for Bhadralok, A for Astute, S for Secular and U for Unused in Central politics. He was one of the best prime ministers India never had.Amar SinghHe was a middle class Calcuttan before he became a thakur from Uttar Pradesh. He was a Congressman before he became a Samajwadi. A politician before he became a kingmaker. And a media darling before he disappeared. This Rolex-sporting rookie burst on the political canvas with style, interestingly when the texture was changing from single party to coalition. The timing couldn’t have been better.Coalition, television, PR-the essentials of modern politics were at his command. Always on the television screen, always in every political crisis, always on the phone, he was always at work; role playing either as victim or a victor. In contemporary politics, he was the original Page-3 politician. Irrespective of 1G, 2G or 3G, he was always the man with the strongest network.Uma BhartiFrom the plains of central India emerged this raw talent, a fierce voice of the Saffron Gharana. A fearless orator igniting a self-righteous pride in her masses through her pravachans, she was Team Hindutva’s live media. It is this skill that opened for her the doors of BJP headquarters. Her speeches alone brought thousands of kar sevaks to Ayodhya’s disputed site. When the thousands got on to the Babri dome, she is reported to have said, “Ek dhakka aur do?” something she vehemently denied post-demolition.advertisementDuring the NDA regime, with the BJP in two minds over a hardline Hindu stand or a party with a liberal face, her politics was comfortable for the party to play footsie with. After their defeat in the 2004 elections, this lady of steel rebelled against the BJP’s neo-liberal, polished politics and walked out of the party meeting live on television, leaving the party leaders frozen and embarrassed. In days much before Big Boss arrived, she was the Dolly Bindra of the BJP House. When expelled, she claimed “I am the real BJP.”Pranab MukherjeeFrom the debonair, pipe-smoking man of numbers and a trusted man of the Indira Gandhi Cabinet, it has been one rocky journey for this Bengali veteran. The dark years that followed came as a surprise for a career only destined to peak. But he stuck to his wicket and secured his loyal ties with the sincerity of his intentions, reappearing as the quintessential Krishna of the UPA.Now a seasoned politician and a shrewd strategist, this wry negotiator officially looks after the unofficial portfolio of UPA Crisis Management. It is observed that this disciplined democrat’s day is usually spent managing alliances, stalemates, personal and party egos and other disciplines of coalition politics. In the few moments with the self, he looks after the financial health of the nation. Though he missed the bus to 7 Race Course Road, Rashtrapati Bhavan could be round the corner.Mera BetaAcross party lines, it is dynastic ambition (however big or small) that drives this nation’s politics. A fresh face, a new sun, emerging India and the usual rhetoric and more of the political pulp. Travelling across the countryside in choppers or SUVs or even Ambassadors, they are usually attired in a khadi stereotype; they smile, they wave, they walk stereotype and once given the microphone they even talk stereotype. For the people, however, they are a life-changing experience. Generation after generation, they are the nation’s four letter word-hope.- Vishwajyoti Ghosh is the author of graphic novel, Delhi Calmlast_img read more

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Sporty flavours

first_imgRohan Bopanna and Mariam Begg at Man UtdIf you are a Man U fan, you need to look no further than Manchester United Restaurant Bar. What if you aren’t? Well, in that case you better stay away on the big game nights. But the rest of the time, the flamboyant,Rohan Bopanna and Mariam Begg at Man UtdIf you are a Man U fan, you need to look no further than Manchester United Restaurant Bar. What if you aren’t? Well, in that case you better stay away on the big game nights. But the rest of the time, the flamboyant restaurant is enticing enough to seduce even the most unsporting of elements.”This is a smashing place,” is tennis champ Rohan Bopanna’s first line on entering the swanky new food and drink destination in town. Keeping him company within the bright red interiors is former model and stylist Mariam Begg.The 208 cover restaurant is spread over two levels and there are signs of football and the legends everywhere. From the soccer design elements like the Legends Wall, which is a Shrine to Man U’s legendary’s players to the player’s tunnel, which is designed to look just that, like in a real football stadium. And then, there is the Dugout, an outside enclosure that resembles pitch side with curved glass roofs and bucket seats that resemble sports car seats (think Ferrari seats). All the seats, needless to say face huge flat widescreen television sets which dominate the restaurant. With soccer taking center stage, cricket, tennis and other sports continue on the periphery, though on the bit nights there’s nothing else but soccer.Man Utd opened its doors to Bangaloreans less than two weeks ago, in fact it hasn’t even had a formal launch yet, but the fans just won’t stop coming. In fact weekend nights and game nights are so packed that tables are booked weeks in advance. Bopanna and Begg do a quick tour of the restaurant that includes the Manager’s high table resembling the same at Old Trafford. The luxurious corner is Sir Alex Ferguson’s Corner which features leather Boschester Chairs and a separate television screen and a separate butler service. The Skybox is said to be the best viewing area in the retaurant. The evening is spent at different tables spread across the restaurant to get a feel of the space.Coming to the food on offer, Man Utd has a scrumptious array of appetizers, grills, pastas, burgers, salads, pizzas and sandwiches and wraps. The Indian selections are innovations like Curry Mile and desi Tapas. Don’t miss their limited edition merchandise, sourced from Manichester United.advertisementlast_img read more

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Post World Cup, Muralitharan may coach in Australia

first_imgSri Lanka cricket great Muttiah Muralitharan says he is considering a chance to coach young spinners in Australia.Muralitharan, who will play his last matches for Sri Lanka during the World Cup starting next week, said on Wednesday that he is finalizing dates.He did not give further details, but Australian media reported that the world record-holder for wickets in Tests and one-day internationals has been invited by the Brisbane Centre of Excellence to be a guest coach in June.Muralitharan’s relations with Australia have been rocky since early in his career when he was called for an illegal bowling action during a Test in 1995 in Melbourne.last_img

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Pak vs WI: Pakistan beat West Indies by 10 wickets

first_imgPakistan spinners struck thick and fast as West Indies caved under pressure and went down by 10 wickets in the first quarter-final match of the World Cup in Dhaka on Wednesday. Score | PhotosElecting to bat at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, the Windies batsmen found going tough against the Pakistan spinners who claimed wickets at regular intervals.Skipper Shahid Afridi and offie Mohammad Hafeez shared six wickets between them to push the Caribbean team to the wall. While Afridi fooled them with his leg-break googlies finishing with 30-4, offie Mohammad Hafeez returned with impressive figures of 10-3-16-2.Mohammad Hafeez (61 not out) then came out to deliver the goods with the bat forging an unbeaten opening partnership with Kamran Akmal (47 not out). The duo batted on till the end to see Pakistan home in the 21st over.West Indies innings Earlier, West Indies were all out for 112 in 43.3 overs after winning the toss.No sooner had the match started that Pakistan showed their resolve when Umar Gul scalped Chris Gayle in the third over of the innings.Gayle attempted a big hit off Gul but failed to get the desired elevation and captain Shahid Afridi did the rest. He fell for 8 and the Windies were reduced to 14/1 in 2.5 overs.But, that wasn’t all as a few minutes and some balls later, West Indies were 16/3. Offie Mohammad Hafeez claimed opener Devon Smith and Darren Bravo in the space of two balls to push the Windies batsmen on the backfoot.West Indies misery was far from over as Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi decided to go for the kill right away. First he dismissed Ramnaresh Sarwan with an extra bounce that took the edge off his bat to land in Gul’s safe hands in the point region. He fell for 24 and 58/4 on the first ball of the 25th over.advertisementAfridi had tasted blood and was hungry for more and in his next over the big-hitting Kieron Pollard and Devon Thomas on consecutive balls to reduce the Windies to 69/6.Captain Darren Sammy came in with some hope but could do little as offie Saeed Ajmal trapped him LBW. And West Indies were looking down the barrel 71/1 on board. Tail-ender Devendra Bishoo departed almost as soon as he came with Ajmal scalping him two ball later and West Indies slumped to 71/8.Finally, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and number nine batsman Kemar Roach got on with a partnership that helped the Windies cross 100-run mark. The two wanted to carry on batting and finish off with rest of the overs, but that wasn’t the case to be.The two had put on 40 runs for the ninth wicket when Abdul Razzaq struck. A good lenght ball was hit hard towards the mid-wicket where Younis Khan took an easy catch and West Indies were reduced to 111/9 in 42.2 overs. Roach scored his career-best 16 runs.And then captain Afridi struck to send the last man Ravi Rampaul packing on a duck. West Indies were all out for 112 in 43.3 overs. Afridi finish with 9.3-1-30-4. Chanderpaul remained unbeaten on 44.last_img read more

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Mumbai stops to salute World Cup heroes

first_imgThey say behind every successful man there is a woman. But that woman too has to pay the price of success. The look on Anjali Tendulkar’s face as she entered Hotel Taj Palace in Mumbai on Sunday said it all.If getting out of their Bandra house took her almost half an hour, thanks to the hundreds of fans gathered outside the Little Master’s residence, it wasn’t any easier entering the hotel where the new world champions were put up.Having not met her husband since he won the World Cup on Saturday, eagerness finally got the better of her as she walked through the passage leading to the entrance of the Taj.Someone visiting the city for the first time could easily mistake the road leading to the Taj to be the entrance to the Gateway of India. For once, the entrance to the Taj looked more crowded than the adjacent landmark.For the locals though, it was another opportunity to catch a glimpse of the new world champions.The magnitude of the achievement has finally sunk in and the party doesn’t look like stopping.Even a glimpse of a star was enough for these fans and an autograph is like the icing on a cake. Karan, who has been waiting with his eight-year-old son, was ecstatic when his son managed to get an autograph from coach Gary Kirsten.”We have been waiting since 10 in the morning and I finally managed to get an autograph from not only Kirsten, but also umpire Simon Taufel. Kirsten looks so down-to-earth and humble. Although the police tried to stop me from getting near him, he was more than willing to oblige,” Karan told Mail Today.advertisementBut it wasn’t as easy for the people out to have lunch at the Taj. With ICC president Sharad Pawar, BCCI president Shashank Manohar and the likes of Anil and Tina Ambani coming in with their families to be a part of the function organised by the board to felicitate the stars, the security cordon only got tighter with police officials starting to lose their cool as the fans tried to sneak in.Shiv Raj, who had come for lunch with his wife and daughter, found it hard to convince the security at the gate.When a police official tried to stop him, he lost his cool.”I am not here to take a look at the stars. I just want to have lunch with my family. If you people stop me from having my lunch, I will complain to your higher authorities. I am no terrorist. Check me if you want, but you can’t stop me from entering,” he shouted.As the players left for Raj Bhavan where President Pratibha Patel was to felicitate them, the narrow streets of Walekeshwar Road increased the risk of a stampede.A lathi-charge was on the cards when the crowd got berserk seeing the team bus, but the police got the situation under control.As the evening turned into night, the people of Mumbai got back to bursting crackers. Every house on Marine Drive looked as if it was celebrating Diwali.After all, they were celebrating the rise of a new dawn, led by none other than the charismatic Mahendra Singh Dhoni.Time to relax after triumphThe mood was relaxed and the presence of the media didn’t seem to bother the players of the Indian team as they arrived at the picturesque Raj Bhavan to get felicitated by President Pratibha Patil for winning the coveted ICC World Cup on Saturday.The setting sun, the cool breeze from the Arabian Sea in the background and the band playing some soothing music was all that the players could ask for, having sweated it out for the last month and a half.But the players weren’t the only ones present as the who’s who of the Maximum City didn’t miss a chance to be seen on the occasion.For once, the cricketers obliged fans, giving them autographs and having their pictures clicked with them. Even the wives of some of the players were present.Even the likes of ICC president Sharad Pawar and chief executive Haroon Lorgat found no takers.They were left in the background as everyone wanted a piece of the stars who have brought glory to the country.Dhoni was the biggest crowd puller, followed by Mumbai’s very own Sachin Tendulkar.last_img read more

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