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KL Rahul ruled out of Test series against New Zealand, Suryakumar Yadav replaces him in squad

Young batsman Suryakumar Yadav has been named the replacement of KL Rahul for the test match series against New Zealand.

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Opening batsman KL Rahul has been ruled out of the Test match series against New Zealand, after the batsman picked an injury in muscle strain on his left thigh, right before the series. India will play New Zealand in the first Test match of the two-match series at Greenpark stadium in Kanpur from November 25.

Young batsman Suryakumar Yadav has been named the replacement of KL Rahul for the test match series against New Zealand. Ajinkya Rahane will captain the match in the absence of regular captain Virat Kohli, while Rohit Sharma is already not part of the series as the Indian T20 skipper has been rested for the entire series.

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With Rahul out of the series, Mayank Agarwal is set to open with Shubman Gill while Cheteshwar Pujara, Suryakumar Yadav/Shreyas Iyer and Anjikya Rahane, is likely to be the middle order for the team for the first test match until regular captain Virat Kohli joins the squad for the second match at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

As far as the bowling department is concerned, the senior pace duo of Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami have been rested for the first match and might return for the second match in Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium.

This will be India’s first test match against New Zealand after the defeat in the World Test Championship final. India lost the final on the last day in a rain-affected match. New Zealand coach Gary Stea ahead of the first test match said that, they might play with three spinners on a spin-friendly pitch of Greepark.

India’s Test squad: Ajinkya Rahane (c), Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), KS Bharat (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Md Siraj, Prasidh Krishna

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Suryakumar Yaddav’s fielding prowess also claimed few other Kiwi’s wickets in the match.

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The Indian Cricket team’s stellar performance against New Zealand in the deciding match of the T20I had the fans full of the praises for the blues. Team India’s star batter and vice captain Surya Kumar Yadav diving catch became a sight for the fans as the Blue’s batter diving catch stunned the fans and caught Kiwi’s Finn Allen.

The video of the catch was also tweeted by BCCI’s Twitter handle which praised the cricketer on the catch as it said ‘what a catch’. All rounder Hardik Pandya’s high paced bowling led to Kiwi opener Finn Allen on the back foot as Suryakumar Yadav chimed in to assist in dismissing the Kiwi batsman.

Suryakumar Yaddav’s fielding prowess also claimed few other Kiwi’s wickets in the match.

The Blue’s performance wasn’t only limited to Suryakumar Yadav’s catch, but also extended to Shubman Gill and Hardik Pandiya’s stellar partnership which inspired the team’s win against New Zealand in the last match of the T20 series.

Shubman Gill’s maiden century also made him the highest run scorer in T20 history for the Indian team.

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Twitter reactions

After the video of the catch by Suryakumar Yadav surfaced on social media, many fans came forward to applaud Suryakumar Yadav’s catch as one user wrote and said that it wasn’t a flying bird, but Surya Kumar who caught the ball. The user also wrote and said that it has been a great match for the Indian team as they got the wickets, runs, catches. The user also hoped for the Indian team to continue the golden run.

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Another user wrote and said that this is the reason why fitness became an important part of cricket, attributing the stunning catch by Suryakumar Yadav to his fitness and implying the importance of fitness in the Indian Cricket team.

One user wrote and said that Suryakumar Yadav during his fielding, adds another charm to the game and praised the cricketer for his excellent catching in all three dismissals.

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Virat Kohli hails Shubman Gill for breaking his T20I record, calls him the future of Indian cricket

In the third T20 match against New Zealand, Shubman Gill scored 126 runs in just 63 balls, which included 12 fours and 7 sixes.

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The Indian team defeated New Zealand by a huge margin of 168 runs in the third T20 match. With this, Team India won the series 2-1. In the third T20 match, young star batsman Shubman Gill hit a stormy century and it was because of him that Team India was successful in registering victory, putting forth a huge total.

Gill registered many big records in his name as soon as he scored a century and left behind a legendary batsman like Virat Kohli and Suresh Sharma. In the third T20 match against New Zealand, Shubman Gill scored 126 runs in just 63 balls, which included 12 fours and 7 sixes. Because of Gill’s century, Team India was able to score a mountain like total of 234 runs against Black Caps.

Gill Joins the list of giants

Shubman Gill has become the fifth batsman for India to score a century in all three formats. Before him, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina have put in all three formats for India. Gill has scored Test century against Bangladesh, ODI century against Sri Lanka and T20 century against New Zealand.

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Leaves Virat Kohli behind

Shubman Gill has left behind superstar batsman Virat Kohli as soon as he played an inning of 126 runs against New Zealand. Gill has now become the best scorer for India in T20 cricket. In Asia Cup 2022, Virat Kohli played an inning of 122 runs against Afghanistan. Now Shubman Gill has become the new king in T20 cricket.

Kohli Congratulated the star batsman

Former skipper Virat Kohli congratulated Shubman Gill on his magical innings and took to his Instagram to share a story too. Kohli posted a picture of him hugging Gill after he had scored his first ODI century against Sri Lanka and wrote, “Sitara, the future is here.”

Gill becomes the seventh Indian batsman to score T20 100

Shubman Gill has become the seventh batsman of Team India to score a century in T20 cricket. Before Gill, T20 cricket for India includes Suryakumar Yadav, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Deepak Hooda, Suresh Raina. Rohit has the most number of centuries in T20 cricket. He has scored four centuries.

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IND vs NZ: BCCI, Sachin Tendulkar to felicitate U19 World Cup winners before 3rd T20I at Narendra Modi Stadium

The series decider will begin at 7:00 pm and the toss will be held at 6:30 pm.

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The 15-member team that won the Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup 2022 has been specially invited by the BCCI for the India vs New Zealand 3rd T20I match. Before the match, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar will felicitate Shefali Verma’s team. During this, Board Secretary Jai Shah will also be present.

The U19 Indian team will watch the 3rd T20I between India and New Zealand Live at the Narendra Modi International Stadium, Ahmedabad. Men in Blue and Black Caps would want to win the series decider as the guests had won the first match and the hosts won the second match and equalised the series by 1-1.

Now the third match of the 3-match T20 series between India vs New Zealand will be played on 1st February. In this match, both the teams will clash at Ahmadabad’s Narendra Modi International Stadium. The series decider will begin at 7:00 pm and the toss will be held at 6:30 pm.

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For the unversed, The International Cricket Council organised women’s under 19 World Cup for the first time. Team India defeated New Zealand and entered the finals, while England defeated Australia and made it to the final clash. However, Indian bowling attack broke the backbone of English batters and restricted them for just 68 runs.

In return India, on the loss of two wickets easily scored 69 runs and created history by winning the first ever U19 Women’s World Cup 2022. This historic moment was celebrated all over the country. Not just cricketers, but Prime Minister Modi, several celebrities and politicians applauded the Indian women’s for raising Indian flag the highest.

The 15 member women squad has been invited at Narendra Modi International stadium and will be felicitated before the match. The women’s team will also enjoy the match live. Hence, Men In Blue would want to win the match and set the right example.

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