Tension simmered in Meerut and Muzaffarnagar towns of western Uttar Pradesh after two incidents of atrocities on Dalits in the last two days. Eight people, including a pregnant Dalit woman, were injured when Gujjars attacked Dalits in Mawana area of Meerut on Wednesday.Gujjars fired over 22 rounds and beat up Dalits in a clash at Meeva village over a dispute on right of way. The attack on the Dalit family in Meerut came even while caste tensions were simmering in the nearby town of Muzaffarnagar. Dalit youth Vipin Kumar was badly beaten up by Hindutva activists who alleged that he had insulted Hindu gods. They forced Mr. Kumar to say “Jai Shri Ram” and hail other Hindu gods
Indian batsman Rohit Sharma. Photo: APStar batsman Rohit Sharma’s finger fracture is not only a blow to the Indian team but a big setback for Mumbai Indians as well, who will be playing in the qualifiers of the Champions League T20 starting September 13, in Raipur.With Rohit sustaining a fractured middle finger during the second ODI against England at Cardiff, it is unlikely that he will play any part during MI’s qualifying round matches in Raipur, which kicks off with a match against Lahore Lions.As of now, dashing West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard looks a likely candidate to lead the popular T20 franchise.”While Pollard is an automatic choice in the MI set-up, his success as the captain having led the Barbados Tridents to title triumph in the recently concluded Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will go in his favour. But Harbhajan should also be sounded out,” a source in the know of things told PTI today.Among the senior players, there is Harbhajan Singh, under whom Mumbai Indians won the Champions League T20 in 2012 but according to reliable sources is not too keen on leading the side. Harbhajan, who is fighting to make a comeback is more interested in performing well for the Mukesh Ambani-owned team.Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga is also one of the senior players in the side and had also led Sri Lanka to ICC World T20 triumph after being handed over the captaincy mid-way due to sudden dip in Dinesh Chandimal’s form.Aussie great Michael Hussey’s place in the playing XI is not assured, which can be a reason that he won’t be considered for the hot-seat.advertisementIf fit and available, the four first-choice overseas players are likely to be Lendl Simons, Kieron Pollard, Corey Anderson and Lasith Malinga.The MI will certainly be seeking a replacement for the injured Rohit, who incidentally also sustained a finger fracture during 2011 tour of England.Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Ambati Rayudu, Pragyan Ojha, Praveen Kumar, Aditya Tare, Jalaj Saxena, Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Gopal, Michael Hussey, Kieron Pollard, Corey Anderson, Lasith Malinga, Marchant de Lange, Lendl Simmons.