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England: Paul Hutchins, a former Davis Cup captain believes that fixing in tennis can never be completely eliminated due to the “human nature” of yielding to temptation, but it’s great that the condition will not ruin the game’s integrity and credibility.

Tennis is winding from the destruction caused thorough the investigative reports that coincided with the beginning of the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year which suggest the prevalence of rampant match-fixing, even in the Majors.

Hutchins, however, wasn’t distressed by its threat to the sport’s future.

“I don’t think it’s anything serious. You are talking about human nature aren’t you? So I don’t know if there’s anything to worry about it. I don’t think it’s as serious as people making it out to be”.

“I think it’s just stupid people you know benefiting from it. Very small section of people. I don’t think it will affect the top end of the game.”

Even Wimbledon wasn’t exempted from suspicion as the expose questioned the outcome of at least three dodgy matches at the All England Club, which were utilised by gambling syndicates in Russia and Italy to make big amounts by placing bets on scores of matches.

The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC), which controls the operations of Wimbledon, has strongly denied that it hosted a corrupt match.

Hutchins, director of “Road to Wimbledon” programmer, a tournament for Under-14 players, speak out that without supporting evidence, such question marks about matches shouldn’t be raised.

“Yeah. But I don’t know. There’s no proof, is it ?,” he questioned back when asked if Wimbledon’s pristine status, exemplified by its “all-white” players clothing rule, has been sullied.

More than 16 players, including a US Open champion and doubles winners were under suspicion for intentionally throwing away their matches. Eight players, including a top-50 ranker, took to the court at the Australian Open.

World No 1 Novak Djokovic and Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis, admitted receiving fixing offers early in their careers but declined accepting them, as these allegationsgives an indirect approval.

Kokkinakis, 19, added it is common for young players to be propositioned ahead of big matches. Fixers usually tempt the players by social media and didn’t require to meet the the players personally.

Britsh star Andy Murray and Swiss legend Roger Federer claimed an elevated education system and identification of the offenders to stem the malpractice.

But Hutchins said he has faith in existing methods of the Tennis Integrity Unit(TIU) and won’t going to take any separate precautions.

“There is a TIU that would be upgraded. The chairman of Wimbledon is also the chairman of the group of people ATP, WTA, ITF. They have met and spoken about it and are going to improve things,” the right-hand player said confidently.

He expressed satisfaction in the work of the four governing bodies — Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), Grand Slam Board and International Tennis Federation (ITF), who are partners in the TIU, to stem the rot if a complete eradication isn’t feasible.

He said too much was being made of the findings of the reports that was blowing the issue. TIU’s long-lasting investigations didn’t found any confirming evidence of fixing.

TIU’s efforts had also resulted in 18 successful disciplinary cases including five players and one official who had been banned from the sport for life.

“My first reaction was that it was old news. Yeah I was aware of it that fixing happens in tennis, since 2008-09,” the 70-year-old, however, conceded.

“My second reaction was yeah it happens.”

“And it has brought (everyone) together to make the integrity unit better. And you always gonna have those people who are going to be stupid but I don’t think it is as serious as the most of the headlines.”(IANS)(image: cityofsunprairie.com)

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15 interesting facts about Rohit Sharma: Hit-Man of Indian Cricket

Rohit Sharma achieved the classical knock of unbeaten 208 on his marriage anniversary.

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Rohit Shrama is going through purple patch of his career right now
Rohit Shrama is going through purple patch of his career right now

NEW DELHI: Rohit Sharma’s blazing knock of unbeaten 208 has once again defined his approach towards the Cricket and the way he enjoys his stay at the crease. Recently, he achieved the classical knock of unbeaten 208 on a very special occasion which was his marriage anniversary and dedicated his masterstroke to his wife, who was also present in the stadium at that time.

Rohit has set altogether new benchmarks in the Cricketing world which are undoubtedly formidable records to look up by any youngster. He is unstoppable at the moment and one of the most formidable players going around in the Indian cricket. Once he hits the race peddle, it’s really become an arduous task for the bowlers to hold him down.

With his recent success, Rohit Sharma would be in right frame of mind before moving into New Year and also for any further tours. He started the year with an injury but folded the year with some Midas touch. His batting graph didn’t seem to bog down by the bowling attack of any Cricketing side right now.

Rohit smashed an unbeaten 208 against Sri Lanka
Rohit smashed an unbeaten 208 against Sri Lanka

During some of the past glorious years, Rohit Sharma has been the run machine for team India and willfully justifies his role as a vice-captain of the team. Through his talent and hard work, he has been able to erect some huge batting records and milestones against his name which doesn’t seem to be challenged by anyone at least in the near future.

Even the ICC went gaga over his performance and congratulated him on his new amazing feat.

Let’s take a look at some of the interesting facts related to the Hit-Man of the Men in Blue.
1. In the year 2015, Rohit was been awarded Arjuna Award for his excellence in the Cricket.
2. Before representing India, Rohit used to play for Indian Oil. After proving his mettle in Ranji matches, he got a chance in the playing eleven of the Indian Cricket team.

3. Rohit Sharma is the only second Indian player after Sourav Ganguly to score a century in a knock out match in the ICC World Cup history

4. Rohit Sharma was first Indian to score a century in any T20 match played in India. He scored 101* off 45 balls against Gujarat in the 2006-07 edition of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 cup

5. Rohit Sharma became the 1st cricketer to score three double centuries in the ODI matches. Apart from him, no one has even scored the second double hundreds of their career. Interestingly, Sachin Tendulkar was the first cricketer to score a double century in the one day format.

Rohit Sharma is the skipper of Mumbai Indians
Rohit Sharma is the skipper of Mumbai Indians

6. Rohit Sharma is the only player who has played four finals of the IPL and won all the times with their respective teams. One stint was with Deccan Chargers and the rest three were with the Mumbai Indians.

7. Rohit Sharma’s score of 208 is the second highest individual score by any captain, only next to Virender Sehwag’s 219 which he scored against West Indies in 2011. During this inning only, Rohit also broke Sir Vivian Richard’s record score of 181, the highest score as a captain.

8. Rohit Sharma is the second Indian to score a century in all three formats of the game. The first player to reach this milestone was Suresh Raina during the 2010 ICC T20 World cup.

9. Rohit holds the record for the highest Individual score by a batsman in an ODI format. He scored 264 against Sri Lanka and got out at the very last ball of the Indian’s inning.

10. Surprisingly, he also has a bowling hat-trick to his name. He did it in IPL when he was the member of Deccan Chargers team.

Rohit Sharma struck half century in his maiden T20 match
Rohit Sharma struck half-century in his maiden T20 match

11. Rohit Sharma made a dream debut in test cricket with a score of 177 which is the second best after Shikhar Dhawan. He also became the third Indian to score two back to back centuries in first two tests that he played, only after Sourav Ganguly and Mohammad Azharuddin.

12. Rohit has hit the highest number of sixes during his innings of 209 runs. In that match, he sent the ball sixteen times over the boundary rope.

13. The first T20 match that Rohit played was against South Africa and was a must-win game for India. He opened the innings and his career with a fifty to his name.

14. The most number of fours scored in an innings is also struck by Rohit Sharma during his blistering innings of 264 against Sri Lanka in 2014. During his stay at the crease, he hit 33 fours.

15. The match in which Rohit Sharma scored 264 runs, Sri Lanka’s total score was 251. So, if we see technically then he single-handedly won that match by 13 runs.