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Covid-19 outbreak hits Indian camp before home series against West Indies, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, 5 others tests Covid positive

A week before India’s home white ball series against West Indies, the Indian team reached Ahmedabad on January 31 for completing 3-day isolation period post their break from the South Africa series.

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Four Indian players- openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rituraj Gaikwad, middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer and net bowler Navdeep Saini on Wednesday tested Covid positive along with three support staff during their mandatory isolation period before the start of home series against West Indies.

Following Covid outbreak in Indian squad, opener Mayank Agarwal has been added in team India’s ODI squad for the upcoming series.

The Indian team management has added Mayank Agarwal to India’s ODI squad after seven members, including three players of Team India tested Covid positive following three rounds of RT-PCR testing, the BCCI press release said.

Opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan and fast bowler Navdeep Saini’s (standby player) RT-PCR tests conducted on Monday (January 31st) have returned positive results, the BCCI said.

The BCCI also informed that the fielding Coach T. Dilip and Security Liaison Officer B. Lokesh’s RT-PCR tests conducted on Monday (January 31st) have returned positive results.

India will play its 1000th ODI against West Indies in Ahmadabad on February 6 in the first match of the 3-match ODI series.

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A week before India’s home white ball series against West Indies, the Indian team reached Ahmedabad on January 31 for completing 3-day isolation period post their break from the South Africa series.

The players who tested positive for Covid will remain in isolation until complete recovery, the BCCI added.

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T20 World Cup 2022: Mohammed Siraj replaces Jasprit Bumrah after the pacer suffered stress fracture

The second T20 match between India and South Africa will be played on October 2 at Guwahati.

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The All-India Senior Selection Committee from BCCI has named Mohammed Siraj as the replacement of Jasprit Bumrah on Friday for the remainder of the T20I series against South Africa.

The Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) took to Twitter to give the official announcement. The board also gave an update on Bumrah’s health and said that Bumrah has sustained a back injury and is currently under the supervision of the BCCI Medical Team.

This has come to be a huge blow for India as their best pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who just made a come back after four months in the India vs Australia T20 Series, complained of niggle just before the first T20 match against South Africa and now the fast bowler has been ruled out of the upcoming T20 World Cup 2022 due to back stress fracture.

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While an official confirmation from the Board of Control from Cricket in India is awaited, the signs have not been great as Bumrah pulled out of India’s series opener against South Africa and now Mohammed Siraj will replace the pacer for the ongoing T20 series against proteas.

For the unversed, Jasprit Bumrah had also missed the Asia Cup 2022 due to his back problem, and was training at the National Cricket Academy. However, he played the last two T20Is against Australia but has now against sustained a back injury.

This is a very huge loss for India has the return of Jassie had made the Indian bowling attack look a bit stronger as most if the bowlers like Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Harshal Patel are dealing with luckless innings and poor form. The only hope for India is Harshdeep Singh and Deepak Chahar at the moment. And Mohammed Shami, who’s place in the squad can add in a lot of experience and enthusiasm in the Indian bowling attack is still under scanner.

The updated Indian India squad for South Africa T20Is:

Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, Umesh Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Shahbaz Ahmed and Mohammed Siraj.

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Virat Kohli shows his video call with wife Anushka Sharma to fans | Watch

Team India has reached Guwahati, where they will now play the second T20I against South Africa.

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Former Indian skipper Virat Kohli left his fans overjoyed after he showed his video call with Anushka Sharma to his fans while leaving from Thiruvananthapuram after the Indian vs South Africa first T20I.

The video went viral after a fan captured Virat Kohli talking to Anushka Sharma while sitting in the bus as Team India was departing from Thiruvananthapuram for Guwahati, where the second T20I will be played.

What came out to be even more interesting and surprising was that while fans were cheering for Virat and Team India, and speculating that he’s talking to Anushka, Virat turned the phone screen towards fans and stamped the guess.

The fans outside the bus went crazy. This incident left the crowd jumping and shouting with happiness. Then again, Virat, with a big smile on his face turned the phone again towards the crowd and both Virat and Anushka were seen sharing a laugh over it.

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Former India skipper Virat Kohli and Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma never fail to serve major relationship goals. The couple tied the knot on December 11, 2017, after dating each other for five years. Their intimate wedding took place in Tuscany, Italy, in the presence of family members and a few close friends. In 2019, the couple was also blessed with their first born, Vamika.

On the work front, Anushka will make a comeback after four years, with Jhulan Goswami’s biopic, Chakda Xpress. On the other hand, Team India is gearing up for the ICC T20 Men’s World Cup 2022, which will be held in Australia from October 13 onwards. India will kickstart their campaign against arch rivals Pakistan on October 23.

But before that, Team India will take on South Africa, as the nation is playing host to proteas for the ongoing T20 series. India has won the first match and taken a lead of 1-0 in the three match series but the second match, which will be played on October 2 in Guwahati will be important for both the teams to stamp their win.

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Greatest of all time: Virat Kohli shares special video message for Roger Federer, Swiss Tennis legend appreciates former skipper for his heartfelt message

Swiss Tennis legend Roger Federer had announced his retirement from tennis on September 15 and played his final match in the Laver Cup 2022

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Former team India skipper Virat Kohli on Thursday shared a heartwarming video from his social media handle for Tennis legend Roger Federer, following his farewell to the sport last week.

The Swiss Tennis legend responded to Kohli’s video message with a thank you note.

Reacting to Kohli’s heartwarming Instagram post, Federer took to Instagram and said that he looks forward to coming to India soon. Thanks, Virat Kohli and hope to make it to India soon, he wrote in his Instagram story.

In his message for Federer, Kohli called the former tennis star the greatest of all time. The team India batting legend also paid tribute to his immense contribution to the sport.

Hello Roger, it’s a great honour for him to be able to send this video across and congratulate him on a phenomenal career that has given us so many beautiful moments and memories, Kohli had said in an official video message posted by ATP.

Federer had announced his retirement from tennis on September 15 and played his final match in the Laver Cup 2022 – a doubles game alongside long-time Rafael Nadal.

Former Indian skipper Virat Kohli had earlier shared an emotional Instagram post for Swiss maestro Rafael Nadal shedding tears for Rodger Federer on his last game in Laver Cup 2022.

When your companions cry for you, you know what you’ve been able to do with your god-given talent. Nothing but respect for these 2, Virat Kohli wrote on his Instagram post.

Federer won 103 ATP singles titles and overall 1,251 matches throughout his career. The Swiss legend finishes his career with 20 Grand Slam singles titles, third all-time among men behind rivals Rafael Nadal (22) and Novak Djokovic (21).

The 41 years old was struggling with a knee problem for the last three years. It led him to take retirement.

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