Hyderabad Police in Hyderabad have busted a major cricket betting racket spread over four states and arrested 13 people.
Hyderabad Police Commissioner M. Mahender Reddy told reporters on Wednesday that searches were conducted in three places in the city on Tuesday while a Test match was going on between South Africa and Bangladesh.
Police found that the accused were involved in a betting racket spread over Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan.
He said Rs.26.48 lakh in cash and several communication equipments were seized during the raids.
The seized material includes four line boxes with CDMA cell phones, nine land phones, six laptops, three TV sets and 36 cell phones.
The searches were conducted by the Commissioner’s Task Force (East Zone Team).
“This is an organised cricket betting racket where Satya Prakash Jindal alias Nikku, popularly called Nikku Bhai, organises betting in four states along with his associates,” the police commissioner said.
“He has several sub-bookies with whom he shares information over cell phones and accepts betting,” the commissioner added.
Nikku was accepting cricket bets over phones from sub-bookies and punters and was also providing phone connections to share updated betting rates to other bookies in Hyderabad and other states on commission basis.
He recruited seven people from Haryana, Rajastan and Punjab on a monthly salary basis to receive phone calls and betting rates information from punters and upload these and assist them during the matches, the police chief said.
Three cases were registered in Sultanbazar, Shahinayatgunj and Ramgopalpet police stations.
Yuvraj hit 6 sixes off 6 balls in a match with England.
He was the Man of the series in an ODI series against Pakistan in 2006.
The cricketer has fought and survived cancer.
Yuvraj Singh, a cricketer who plays all forms of the game. He is an all-rounder, left-handed batsman, and slow left-arm orthodox bowler. The cricketer was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour in 2011 in his left lung, he underwent a chemotherapy. After a break of almost a year, he made his international comeback in a Twenty20 match in September 2012.
He was many achievements to his name including that of Padma Shri Award and Arjuna Award. The Test of My Life: From Cricket to Cancer and Back is his autobiography.
Here are 9 best inning by Yuvraj Singh in One-day Cricket:
1. 139 vs Australia
He was playing the seventh match of VB series in Sydney on 22nd January 2004. In one of his finest efforts, he scored a 139 against Australia. Though India lost the match, but Yuvraj Singh did prove that he possessed match-winning capabilities.
2. 107 vs Pakistan
It was a five-match ODI series against Pakistan in March 2006. India’s target was 286, which was quite competitive as Pakistan was playing for pride. However, Yuvraj Singh along with M.S. Dhoni led India to an easy victory. India won the series by 4 to 1. Yuvraj had an unbeaten score of 107 off 93 balls. He was named Man of the Match and also Man of the series.
3. 103 vs South Africa
Another five-match ODI series, this time with South Africa in 2005. Though India lost this match by 5 wickets, Yuvraj Singh had scored 103 off 122 balls, it included 10 boundaries, out which 3 were sixes. He scored this century when the top batting order had failed. Singh had scored three centuries in that series, all three under pressure.
4. 110 vs West Indies
He was the playing in the sixth match of the Indian Oil Cup in Colombo on 7th August 2005. Yuvraj Singh is remembered for this match due to his angry gestures and annoyance at coach Greg Chappell’s criticism of his batting. He had steadied the score to 262 with 110 after the top order failed. India won the match by 7 runs.
5. 118 and 4/28 vs England
He picked four important wickets in this match, which included Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen. On 17th November 2008, it was the second ODI between India and England at Indore. He contribution was 118 to a 292 total score. India won the match by 54 runs.
6. 58 vs England
This was the grand record-making match. It was in this match that Yuvraj hit 6 sixes off 6 balls. He scored 58 runs off 16 balls during the Super Eights match between England and Indian during ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Championship. India had won the game by 18 runs.
Semi Final match between India and Australia of the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup. In this match, the hits flowed off his bat in torrents and piloted India to a magnificent 188 in 20 overs. Yuvraj underlined his importance with a catch which sent back the dangerous Mike Hussey. India won the match by 15 runs.
8. 2/44 and 57 vs Australia
This was Ricky Ponting’s last match. The quarter-final match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 between India and Australia. He guided his team to a competitive total of 260. But Yuvraj foiled his plans with an all-around performance. He sent Brad Haddin and Michael Clarke to the pavilion and also scored a vital half-century which resulted in India’s unforgettable win.
9. 69 vs England
This was a time when India had consequently lost 9 one-day finals. England gave a heavy target of 326. India lost 5 wickets after the 1 wicket got off. When Tendulkar fell, many switched off their televisions as he went back to pavilion. However, there were two men still standing on the crease. Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif made a marvellous partnership that led to India winning the match. This was the match in after which Saurav Ganguly took off his shirt at Lord’s.