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Friday, March 17, 2017

fire in hotel where MSD Jharkhand team was staying ! ~ Jadeja does a Dhoni !!

A fire in a hotel in suburb of Delhi is unlikely to stir many other than Insurers, who would immediately check their exposure in that area !

In 3rd Test at Ranchi, Australia eventually folded up at 451 and Indians started a strong reply.  In 50 years, Australia have won only two Test series here. In search of the next, their players are drilled with a mantra that former legspinner Jim Higgs found written on a wall in Chennai. 'To lose patience is to lose the battle'. Australia do not do patience well; not as a team and perhaps not even as a country, if the recent Prime Ministers shuffle is anything to go by.  But its captain Steve Smith did with his fine 178 n.o.   The end was to occur in over 138 in a strange way – Ravindra Jadeja, Indian star bowler with 5 wickets doing a Dhoni !

137.3 :  Jadeja to Smith, 1 run, OUT, full, on the pads,  dug out slightly wide of short fine leg. Rahul, the fielder and Smith wanted to steal the second. The throw was not the greatest but Jadeja was – he bent low to collect the throw and with his back to the stumps,  back-flicked the ball onto the stumps catching Hazelwood unawares !

Vijay Hazare Trophy, also known as the Ranji One Day Trophy, was started in 2002–03 as a limited-overs cricket domestic competition involving state teams from the Ranji Trophy plates. It is named after the famous Indian cricketer Vijay Hazare. Tamil Nadu have won the trophy 4 times. Jharkhand won the trophy in 2011- TN has another chance now.

Dwarka is a neighbourhood of Delhi, located in the district of South West Delhi in India.  Dwarka is organised into Cooperative Group Housing Societies. It is one of the most sought-after residential areas in the city and  has the largest rooftop solar plant in Union Territory of Delhi. Dwarka is being developed as a smart city under Delhi Development Authority's ‘smart sub-city’ project.

There were a total of 540 people inside Welcome Hotel in Dwarka when the fire was reported on the first floor around 6am. Many were trapped inside, but the fire fighters and police managed to rescue them. The blaze reportedly  started at a Reliance store located on the first floor of the hotel, said Surender Kumar, DCP (South-West).  Rishiraj Singh, the general manager of the hotel, denied that the fire broke out in the hotel premises. “A fire broke out in the shopping mall, adjacent to the hotel. In keeping with our safety and security guidelines, as a precautionary measure, we evacuated all our guests,” he said. The ground, first and second floor of one half of the building houses a mall. The hotel rooms are located above these floors.

Though police said that the fire was brought under control by 8.30am, fire officers said the fire fighting operations continued after that too.  The extent of the damage and the cause of the blaze is yet to be ascertained.  One might find so much being written about that fire in a hotel, for the icon MS Dhoni was staying there along with his Jharkhand team. 

A fire accident at Jharkhand's team hotel in New Delhi's Dwarka area on today morning has resulted in postponement of the second semi-final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy. The match between Jharkhand and Bengal will now be played on Saturday at Feroz Shah Kotla.

"We were to assemble in the lobby at 7.30am as we usually do before a game, but at 7, I was asked to stay back in the room by Pratyush Singh as there was lot of fire and smoke at the ground floor lobby," Ishank Jaggi, the Jharkhand batsman, told ESPNcricinfo. "It spread quite quickly and when we finally got out of our seventh floor rooms, all we could see around us was smoke. It was so thick that we couldn't even see the far end of the lobby.  "What added to our concern was the fire alarm didn't go off, so we assumed it to be a small fire accident. But when there was a strong burning smell, we were asked to vacate immediately. The seriousness of it struck us only when we got out. The smoke spread to our rooms as well. That is when we were asked to run down the stairs."

After getting out of the hotel, MS Dhoni, the captain, along with the rest of the players and support staff were driven to the Palam grounds, where they are currently housed. The final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy at the Feroz Shah Kotla was subsequently postponed to Monday, 20th Mar 2017.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

17th Mar 2017

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