Harsha BhogleHarsha Bhogle, 49. Voted as the favourite ESPN-Star Sports commentator in 2008, he is known for his straight and unbiased way with words. Likely to say “Sehwag’s scintillating strokeplay gives you an orgasm of happiness.”Ravi Shastri, 48. Great voice but often states the obvious. Good, especially if you switch on the TV in the middle of a match as you will hear him say, “End of the over, it’s 42 for one.” Likely to say “It’s six, six, six, and it’s balle, balle, balle in the crowd.” Loudly.Sunil GavaskarSunil Gavaskar, 62. Never loses an opportunity to praise Sachin Tendulkar. Diplomacy is not his forte and his favourite dart board is Team Australia. No wonder, Ponting says he is no angel. Likely to say “If Tendulkar wins the World Cup for India, I will touch his feet.”Sanjay Manjrekar, 45. Dares to criticise the God of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar. Often at a loss for words, he ends up saying exactly the opposite of what he means. Likely to say “The next match is against Bangalore… ummm the next match will be played in Bangalore.”Navjot Singh Sidhu, 47. Famous for his one liners, also known as Sidhuisms, he makes English sound like a “funny” language. Was sacked by ESPN-Star Sports in 2003 for using the F-word on air. Likely to say “Piyush Chawla is as confused as a child is in a topless bar.”Sourav GangulySourav Ganguly, 38. He is the new dada on the block. His TV appearances as a quiz show host have been rather sedate contrary to his aggressive avatar as a captain. Likely to say “When I was captain of India…”advertisement
A full-scale war of words broke out Sunday between Narendra Modi and Mayawati over the Alwar gang-rape incident, with the Prime Minister accusing the Bahujan Samaj Party chief of “shedding crocodile tears”, a charge trashed by her as his “dirty politics”.Addressing election rallies in Kushinagar and Deoria in eastern Uttar Pradesh, Mr. Modi mounted a scathing attack on the BSP chief and dared her to withdraw support to the Congress government in Rajasthan if she was really serious about the incident.Continuing his tirade at the opposition, the Prime Minister said, “The biggest example of how the ‘mahamilawat’ (highly adulterated) SP-BSP-Congress alliance actually works is Rajasthan. A Dalit daughter is gang-raped and there is a government of the Congress and ‘naamdaar’ (dynast). And the Rajasthan government is not a dispensation which enjoys full majority. It is working with the support of BSP. It is busy in hushing up the matter.”‘Dirty politics’Hours after his remark, Ms. Mayawati charged the Prime Minister with doing “dirty politics” over the Alwar gang rape and demanded his resignation for incidents of Dalit atrocities in the past.“In the wake of this (Alwar) incident, Modi is doing dirty politics. The BSP will for sure take an appropriate political decision in the absence of stringent and proper legal action in the case,” Ms. Mayawati said in a press note responding to the Prime Minister’s challenge to her to withdraw support to the Gehlot government. The Congress government in Rajasthan has been accused by both the Prime Minister and the BSP chief of brushing the case aside for political gains.After Mr. Modi’s barb, Ms. Mayawati retorted with a list of incidents on which she said the Prime Minister should take moral responsibility and resign from his post. “The BSP will take a required political decision soon, but why is PM Modi not taking moral responsibility for the incidents in the past, such as the Una flogging incident, Rohith Vemula case or other cases pertaining to Dalit atrocities? Why is he not resigning?” the BSP press note issued in Lucknow stated.On April 26, the gang-rape victim was travelling with her husband on a motorcycle when the accused stopped them. They allegedly beat the husband and raped her in front of him.