NEW DELHI: BCCI vice-president C K Khanna on Thursday claimed that tickets worth Rs 52.36 lakh for the recent ODI match between India and New Zealand went “unsold”.

“Tickets worth Rupees 52,36,000 were unsold. Why all the tickets were not sold-out? DDCA started online ticket sale quite late that too without proper advertisement,” Khanna claimed in a media release.

He also wrote that it was reported recently that a profit of Rs 5 crore made by DDCA but the profit was actually less.

“A news item appeared few days back in some section of media that DDCA earned more than 5 crores in recently organised One Day International Cricket Match between India & New Zealand held on 20th Oct 2016. After verifying from M/S V.K Bajaj & Co. who are looking after the accounts of DDCA including International Match account also. I was informed from the details forwarded to me by M/s V.K Bajaj & Co. that DDCA has earned a profit of 3.61 crore approx. only from this International Match.”

However contrary to Khanna’s claim, his anti-group led by Chetan Chauhan in their media release last week never claimed Rs 5 crore as profit.

The release sent by Chauhan faction stated that DDCA has made profits worth Rs 3.81 crore.

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NEW DELHI: Allrounder Axar Patel has become the highest placed India bowler in the latest ICC ODI rankings after breaking into the top-10 bowler’s list. Patel, who took four wickets in the recently concluded India-New Zealand ODI series, is ranked ninth while legspinner Amit Mishra has vaulted 25 places to enter the top-20 for the first time in his career.

Mishra, with 15 wickets in the New Zealand series, was also adjudged as the man of the series, shares the 12th spot in the bowler’s rankings with South African Dale Steyn.

The other India bowlers who have made progress in the bowling charts include paceman Umesh Yadav and youngster Jasprit Bumrah. Yadav’s eight wickets in the series have taken him to 35th spot while Bumrah has climbed up 29 rungs to secure career-best 57th position.

New Zealand pacemen Trent Boult continues to lead the bowler’s rankings followed by West Indies’ Sunil Narine at second and South African Imran Tahir at third.

While Indian bowlers have enjoyed a rise in their stocks, the case isn’t the same with their batsmen. India openers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane have both fallen two places to be placed ninth and 20th respectively. Though Virat Kohli, the leading run-getter with 358 runs, continues to be the second best behind AB de Villiers, he has cut down the South African’s lead from 48 to 13 points.

Besides, the MS Dhoni-led India have also reduced their three-point gap with New Zealand to just one point after winning the series 3-2 but remain unchanged at third and fourth spot respectively. Australia, with 118 points, continue to be the leading ODI team followed by South Africa.

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VISAKHAPATNAM: The frustration of having to sit out the Test series against New Zealand seems to have made legspinner

Amit Mishra
determined to prove a point. In the ODI series which concluded here on Saturday night, the Delhi spinner took 15 wickets at an average of 14.33 – the best among all the bowlers on either side. Mishra’s 5-18 in the final game was incidentally his second five-for in ODIs in 36 matches.

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Mishra didn’t mince words when asked about the frustration of having to sit out, but added that coach Anil Kumble‘s tips had helped him tide over the low phase. “Anil Bhai helped me become mentally tough. It was not easy missing out on action during the Test series but he kept on telling me to be patient and that I will get my chance. He gave me a lot of small tips about my bowing and also asked me to improve my batting,” Mishra, who was named the Man of the Match as well as the Man of the Series, said after the match.

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“There was bounce and spin in the pitch, so bowling slowly, bowling normally worked for me. Anil Bhai also talked to me about it before the match, to trust my strength, to trust the flighted balls,” he added.

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On the targets that he sets for himself, Mishra said: “I don’t think about it. The day I keep setting long-term goals, the pressure will increase. I keep my focus on the match on hand. My aim is to look how I can take wickets and win matches.” “I know I have to keep on taking wickets. Whenever I get to bowl, my only aim is to get wickets. I have decided to focus on things which are in my control like taking wickets t and scoring runs. Playing a match is not in my hands and l I stopped worrying about it.

When given a chance, I try to make the most of it and contribute to the team’s cause,” he added.

Mishra said he was very happy with the outcome of the series. “It was a pressure match and I am happy that I was able to do well in this game. We had put in a lot of hard work and hence I am not surprised with the result. We knew that if we got a couple of early wickets, it will not be easy for them to chase the score against our attack. To perform in a crunch game I gives one great satisfaction,” I the 33-year-old spinner said., “Initially I was worried I about the short boundaries but

told me not to worry about anything and to bowl normally,” he added before signing off.

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