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IPL spot-fixing: Ajit Chandila to move court seeking bail today

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Jun 11, 2013 at 01:16pm IST

New Delhi: Suspended Rajasthan Royals player Ajit Chandila will move a sessions court on Tuesday seeking bail in the IPL spot-fixing case.

This comes after a Delhi Court on Monday granted bail to the other two suspended Rajasthan Royals players Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan, as well as 17 others accused in the IPL spot-fixing case. Chandila and Chavan, along with fast bowler S Sreesanth, were on May 16 arrested by Delhi Police on charges of spot-fixing in the ongoing IPL edition.

The little-known Chandila made headlines by becoming the first bowler in the IPL history to take a hat-trick, but the recent spot-fixing cloud has put a serious question mark over the credibility of the offspinner's performance.

The 29-year-old offspinner from Haryana made his first-class debut in 2010, six years after his first List A game for his state side. He was signed by Delhi Daredevils in 2010 but came into prominence only after he started playing for Rajasthan, claiming 11 wickets in 12 matches for the side, including a hat-trick against Pune Warriors India in 2012.

The lanky spinner, employed with Air India, has been extremely effective early in the innings when Rahul Dravid, the Rajasthan skipper, used him as a surprised weapon in the Powerplay overs. He claimed the wickets of Sachin Tedulkar and Ricky Ponting when Rajasthan played Mumbai Indians in Jaipur. His other famous victims include Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir, MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and VVS Laxman.

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