Home > Features >

IPL match-fixing controversy: MS Dhoni finds the going increasingly suffocating

Gurunath Meiyappan (left) with MS Dhoni © AFP
The bombshell was dropped when SP G Sampath Kumar brought up the fact that bookie Kitty had confessed that Meiyappan had told Kitty that Dhoni had agreed to (score 140 and) lose the match © AFP

In a recent development Superintendent of Police G Sampath Kumar has mentioned MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina’s names in his statement to the Mudgal Committee. Abhishek Mukherjee delves deeper into the raging controversy.

G Sampath Kumar, the Superintendent of Police (SP), Railways, Trichy — the man who has recently submitted his statement to the Mudgal Committee — has come out with astonishing revelations regarding the Indian Premier League (IPL) match-fixing scam.

In an interview with Headlines Today SP Kumar (formerly a member of Internal Security) has mentioned that the match between Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at Jaipur on May 12, 2013 had been fixed. The build-up for the same had started from April 22-23. He also mentioned a bookie who goes by the name of Kitty.

Kitty had mentioned that he had asked Gurunath Meiyappan to “go and talk to a few players in CSK”. When asked to name the players SP Kumar revealed that Gurunath Meiyappan had mentioned Dhoni and Raina among others (whose names he did not reveal). Meiyappan had allegedly approached Dhoni and Raina in a party to discuss on this.

The bombshell was dropped when SP Kumar brought up the fact that Kitty had confessed that Meiyappan had told Kitty that Dhoni had agreed to (score 140 and) lose the match. The “deal” was “struck” on April 27 or 28. He added that Meiyappan had allegedly “confirmed” Dhoni’s involvement in the matter.

Hindustan Times has mentioned that Kumar had been transferred from Internal Security to Railways following his interrogation of Kitty. Justice Mukul Mudgal, however, has refused to make a statement till the stipulated date, which is March 7, 2014.

As per India Today, Meiyappan had allegedly placed a bet of INR 1.4 crores against CSK during the match. Phone transcripts confirm that Meiyappan had told Vindoo Dara Singh that RR “is winning pakka”. On knowing that Singh had placed a bet of INR 20 lakhs on the match Meiyappan had asked him to increase the bid to INR 50 lakhs.

Just before CSK’s next match (against Delhi Daredevils at Cheapauk) Vindoo had told the names “LB [Albie Morkel], [Jason] Holder, [Dwayne] Bravo, [Michael] Hussey” on a phone conversation to Meiyappan, probably confirming the names of the four overseas players who would play for CSK on that match.

In response, Meiyappan had said “No other change, no other change.” Indeed, the seven Indians who had played against RR on May 12 had been retained for the next match.

What really happened on May 12, 2013?

Michael Hussey and Murali Vijay had got CSK off to a breezy start, adding 83 in 11.3 overs before Hussey was bowled by Stuart Binny. Raina had walked out to take a single off the first ball. When he faced the first over of the next ball from Kevon Cooper he (after having scored 262 in the previous four matches) holed out rather tamely to Sanju Samson at long-off.

The batsmen had crossed over; after Vijay took a single, Dhoni attempted a straight heave off the first ball but the ball soared over point and the batsmen took two. He left the next ball alone and tried another almighty heave the next ball, the famous steely grit having vanished somewhere: this time the ball took the edge and went to Shane Watson at first slip.

Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja, and Dwayne Bravo then took the score to 141 for four in 20 overs and RR won with 17 balls to spare thanks to a 45-ball partnership of 93 between Watson and Binny.

Related facts

  • The final of the Asia Cup is scheduled on March 8. The verdict will come out a day before that.

Catch all the Repurcussions of the Mudgal Committee report

(Abhishek Mukherjee is the Deputy Editor and Cricket Historian at CricketCountry. He blogs at http://ovshake.blogspot.in and can be followed on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ovshake42)

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Dec 17, 2014 (14:00 IST)   at Centurion

India tour of Australia, 2014-15

Dec 17, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Woolloongabba, Brisbane

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 19, 2014 (16:30 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (14:00 IST)   at Port Elizabeth

Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (03:30 IST)   at Christchurch

More

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 17, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

New Zealand won by 7 runs

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Dec 16, 2014  at Colombo

Sri Lanka won by 87 runs

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 14, 2014  at Sharjah

Pakistan won by 147 runs

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Dec 13, 2014  at Pallekele

Sri Lanka won by 90 runs

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 12, 2014  at Sharjah

New Zealand won by 4 wkts

Photos

India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Brisbane

Videos

Josh Hazlewood looks back at his 5-wicket haul

India vs Australia 2014-15, 2nd Test at Brisbane, Day 3: Mitchell Johnson, Steven Smith pummel India

India vs Australia 2nd Test at Brisbane, Day 2: India’s familiar collapse, Umesh Yadav’s heroics and other highlights

South Africa vs West Indies,1st Test, Day 2 at Centurion: South Africa declare at 552 for 5

Murali Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane guide India to 311/4 against Australia on Day 1 of 1st Test at Brisbane

Australia India Ishant Sharma Moments in history Ravichandran Ashwin South Africa Virender Sehwag Yuvraj Singh

Steven Smith, Mitchell Johnson smash India to take Australia to 351/6 at lunch

India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Brisbane, Day 3: Steven Smith, Mitchell Johnson put on 100-run partnership

India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Brisbane, Day 3: Steven Smith scores 6th ton

India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Brisbane, Day 3: Mitchell Johnson hits 37-ball 50

India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Brisbane, Day 3: Brad Haddin dismissed

World Cup 1987: Viv Richards decimates Sri Lanka at Karachi

India vs Australia 2nd Test at Brisbane: Steven Smith holds key for Australia

Josh Hazlewood’s relentless accuracy and subtle movement against India in 2nd Test at Brisbane augurs well for Australia

South Africa vs West Indies 2014, 1st Test at Centurion: Hashim Amla’s double-century and other statistics

India vs Australia 2nd Test at Brisbane, Day 2: India’s familiar collapse, Umesh Yadav’s heroics and other highlights

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

653 Posts | 10 Fans

India vs Australia: Murali Vijay's 144, Video highlights

प्रसिद्ध कथक नृत्यांगना सितारा देवी नहीं रही

More broadband connections to boost GDP growth in Asia Pacific: GSMA

India is becoming our largest overseas market, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun says

Bigg Boss 8: Ali Quli Mirza, Renee Dhyani, Upen Patel, Praneet Bhatt, Sonali Raut – who should be evicted this week?

Revealed: The reason why Kishore Kumar’s biopic starring Ranbir Kapoor won’t feature Katrina Kaif!

अभिनेत्री प्रियंका चोपड़ा ने स्वच्छ भारत अभियान में हिस्सा लिया

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here