Few things are more moving in public life than a billionaire businessman wailing over some loose change that has trickled out of a hole in his hip pocket. And Vijay Mallya—booze baron, airline ace, racing raja, party pasha, stud farm stud, calendar czar, super showman, and yes, once Janata Party president—presents that amazing snapshot today.
The owner of the Bangalore team in the Indian Premier League (IPL), who spent over Rs 400 crore to procure the franchise, is blaming the team’s former CEO Charu Sharma and the team’s current captain Rahul Dravid for the plight of the Royal Challengers. He says the duo ignored his list of players at the IPL auction, that Sharma was only giving excuses for the team’s poor performances, etc.
What is the one question you would like to ask the honourable “doctorate of philosophy in business administration from the University of Southern California“?
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Whom are you blaming for the equally dismal performance of “Force India” in Formula -1 racing?
At least now do you understand the difference between business and cricket?
Since there is nothing left to lose any more, why don’t you get the cheergirls to play a match? At least they might distract the hell out of the opposition.
definitely can’t find him on USC.
400 Crores ?? give me a break.Over a period of 10 years it works out to Rs 40 crores per year and atleast 50 % of the Investment is recovered through a Share in the Tv rights , Match tickets , sale of merchandise etc.,
Vijay Mallya is a failed businessman , whose has some wealth only on account of the market capitalisation of his COMPANIES.His forays into most ventures have been a flop and after Horse Racing , cricket has caught his fancy as most people had forgotten him.When He can pays FEES to a a Small time actress to just come and sit next to him when the Team PLAYS a match it is indeed a Joke to expect players to perform against some other better endowed teams.It is time he realises that out of 8 teams there can be only ONE winner and that cant be ROYAL CHALLENGERS Just because it is his Team.
It is time Vijay Mallya realised that money can’t buy everything. Maybe he could grab a Rajya Sabha seat using money power. And clowning in the court is not cricket.
T Venkattram Reddy, Mallya’s clone, is also at the receiving end. Reddy’s team, Deccan Chargers, has been losing match after match. Serves him right, for he had done immense damage to journalism by the way he sacked veteran journalist M J Akbar. Now, Reddy has usurped the post of editor of Asian age. Can he ever hold a candle to M J Akbar?
Why dont you sack “Drabe” Dravid, “Accent faker” Venky & some sagging old legs …. promote Virat Kohli as captain, bring in a young fighting team ?
As for the current team, I think Katrina Kaif would make a Superb Coach(hopefully will bring a lot of common sense to dressing rooms).
@Goldstar, Force India have been reasonably performing in F1 (relatively to previous performances).
Mallya is right.He is running this like busines and he expects results too. If IPL won’t make profit it will fold up too.Finally, those who make trash like ‘Fourth Umpire’ can’t be recruiting cricket players. That’s the first mistake of Mallya.
Mallya, to make up losses why dont you start ISL (Indian Sex League)?
sponser all the teams: Hyderabad Hardcore, Chennai Super Pe***s, Kolkota Night Fu**ers, Rajastan Pu***es, Punjab Prostitute XI, Mumbai Lesbians, Delhi Daredrillers, Bangalore Royal Strippers
For all the people who are trying to find fault with Mr.Mallya, I have a suggestion. Sometime back in Vijaya Karnataka, Mr.Vishweshwara Bhat, had written a wonderful article about him in his column “Noorentu Maatu”. Try getting hold of that copy and read it.
We Indians inherently abhor someone who is flamboyant. And if that someone comes from a taboo background like liquor, we look at everything he does with suspicion. Same is the case with Mallya.
Being the third largest player in the world liquor market is no mean feat. And if such a feat is acheived by an Indian, where majority of the his country men are a bunch of hypocrites when it comes to hooch, it is certainly a laudable effort!!!!
@Goldstar, to succeed in F1 you need years and years of hardwork. Plus access to technology and superior drivers who will drive your car. This is the first year for Mallya in F1. Be proud of the fact that an Indian is owning a team in this business. And for your information, even companies like Toyota and Honda have not done anything great in F1.
@Niranjan, I am not sure what you meant when you said Mallya is rich only because of the capitalisation of his shares. The Forbes measure of richness indicator is done in the same way. So why should Mallya be different???
One has seen Dravid’s captaincy in the world cup, it must have been the love for Bangalore that made him buy Bangalore team inspite of having Dravid as captain.
Churmuri had featured an article on the teams composition, Dravid is baised against Uttappa, even in England during the one dayers, he did not play Uttappa, and now he has not bid for him
Mallya should sacked Dravid and buy back Uttappa and make him the captain.
You made a bad choice by taking dravid as captain and taking his advice in selecting the team. See his face and body language in the matches. He doesnot even smile anymore.
20/20 is money game and not test cricket where tired legs can rest and recuperate.
This is physical and requires fast adjustment. See how Sangakara,Dhoni,hayden,shane watson etc have adjusted. I will even include Ganguly in this list. But Dravid,smith,Sarwan and even Afridi have failed. Raina,kholi,kulkarni,sharma,praveenkumar are the youngsters who are showing the adjustment required. Even in Bowling one has to adjust like macgrath has shown. A team which scores 200 allout will win over a team which is 190 for noloss. Dravid has to adjust or give way.
Mallyya is a businessman and not cricket lover and he has shelled out the dough and also made the mistake of selecting Dravid. Hope he learns
Jacques Kallis: The most expensive bench-warmer in the IPL?
(Marsh alone has made 295 runs in the competition, from just five matches. When you consider that he, Pomersbach and James Hopes cost less than half of what Bangalore paid out for Jacques Kallis )
Kumble: Bloke searching for his first wicket in T20, but he waits for someone in the stands to throw the ball back to him?
(Thanks to ERR)Charu Sharma’s experience in Cricket: The ubiquitous host and the guy who makes trash like ‘Fourth Umpire’ and sits with Mandira Bedi?
(but Mallya asked him to recruit cricket players. )
Rahul Dravid: Hand picks a team was based on the principle that good Test batsmen are good Twenty20 bashers ?
How did you manage the Doctorate degree ?
Dont you find it ridiculous to be addressed as “Dr ” ?
You bought the team for advertisement and you now want them to win matches too?
Dont drink RC – it is a loser’s drink.
Come on Bengaloorigare.. this isn’t a team that is batting for Karnataka or bengalooru.. Dogeater Mallayya couldn’t pronounce one Kannada word properly.. Dravid doesnt speak Kannada at all.. and all Karnataka Ranji guys who could speak Kannada are hopeless.. Akhil, Chipli, Arun KUmar etc…(even Kumble here)….so, just forget it.. I am a Kannadiga and am supporting RAJASTHAN ROYALS…with my GOD Shane Warne at the helm…Ditch BANGALORE and MALLAYYA until they reflect the BENGALOORU effect..Shahrukh sings Tagore, Dhoni learns Tamil, Smith and Warne learn Hindi.. The stripteasers cover up in reverence to the Marathi ethos… so.. Dogeater Mallayya should just buzz off..
he lost a Rajya Sabha election and then subsequently made it by BUYING the Votes.So guys chill and wait for the next stratageic move from the King of Good times.
He may try to BUY the matches ( by paying the Opposite Team Owners or Players next year ) and prove his Capability.
Only that the AMBANIs and Priety / Shakrukh / Sankar may prove costly.
We can wish him Luck in this endeavor.
As of now Mallya is Zero in Racing ( Horses as well as Formula 1 ) .Most of the COmpanies promoted by him are duds save the ONE started by his Father.
Money is gone.. dont crib….pay up and shut up…
What made you go for Charu Sharma as CEO.
What was he doing all the time since they started losing matches , he should have put them on notice from day ONE. This is pure business and not charity so winning is the only thing that matters.
A test player can never become a good T20 player & vice versa..
Dravid has failed miserably to influence the team. If a team can’t even score 150 runs in even 50% of their matches, then there is something seriously wrong with the TEAM or the CAPTAIN…
Sorry Rahul, iam a big fan of yours, but you have failed in this case.
Vijay Mallya has indeed waited long enough/ given enough chance to open his mouth & comment..There is nothing wrong with that…After all its his money involved!! He has failed but he atleast put some trust on the cricketers to perform compentantly…this team is lacklustre beyond imagination.
Sports and Politics are not really working out for Mr Mallya. how about he go into ventures in the lines of Playboy? I am sure it will be a huge success for him since he is more suited for it!
Vijay, have a chat with Dan Rooney of the Pittsburgh Steelers and learn how to run a sports club. The Rooney family now into hte 3rd generation does only football and nothing else – no hudugi, no batli, no vimana, no nothing else. Every Steeler performs because he fears Old Man Rooney more than his opponents. We are only now learning how to run a professional sports club, because unlike in Tests and Ranji the cost of failure is v.high. You can’t bribe or influence your way into a team. Junk the entire roster if necessary and buy up Kapil Dev’s Hyderabad Heroes and see how T20 is really played. This is rapidly becoming like the AFL vs. NFL tussle of the ’60s. The NFL kept trashing the AFL till in 1969 Joe Namath came along and took AFL-NY Jets to a thumping victory over the highly fancied favourites Baltimore Colts. Vijay if you are man enough walk out of the IPL or threaten to set up your own league with the ICL.
All Dravid did was to buy more people from karnataka/bangalore. since it is a bangalore team it did make some sense. it is just that the karnataka players are not performing. avrella perfom madidre scenee different agirutittu.
PS: adre he shouldn’t have bought kallis.
” And Vijay Mallya—booze baron, airline ace, racing raja, party pasha, stud farm stud, calendar czar, super showman, and…”
Loved this super description of “Dr” Mallya.
Can i add ” Lousy Loser” to this list ?
sir, you are my idol.one day i”l also beome the richest person who lead the growing india.i love you sir.bye………
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