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BCCI confirms Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav for 5-match Test series in England as replacements.

The BCCI has confirmed that opener Prithvi Shaw and middle order batsman Suryakumar Yadav to India’s squad for the Test series against England which will begin on August 4. The BCCI had picked 23 players for the World Test Championship and the five-match Test series against England.

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday confirmed opener Prithvi Shaw and middle-order batsman Suryakumar Yadav to India’s squad for the Test series against England which will begin on August 4, following injuries to Shubman Gill, Washington Sundar, and Avesh Khan.

This was done after multiple Indian players were ruled out either due to injury or because of Covid-19 isolation.

Earlier, there were speculations that opener Prithvi Shaw, middle-order batsman Suryakumar Yadav and off-spinner Jayant Yadav could join the Indian Test team in England as replacements for injured players.

In a statement, the BCCI said Gill, Sundar and Avesh have all picked up injuries ahead of the five-match series against England. The BCCI also said Rishabh Pant has been cleared to play the series after Covid recovery. Washington Sundar is out of the series due to an injury to his bowling finger.

Both Shaw and Surya are currently playing against Sri Lanka in the three-match T2OI series and were also part of the ODI squad of the Shikhar Dhawan-led white-ball side.

Surya were among the leading run-scorer in the ODI series against Sri Lanka which the visitors won 2-1 in Colombo. He has been awarded as the man of the series for his 360 degree performance in the ODI series and also scored a blistering fifty in the first T20 against Sri Lanka on Sunday night.

The BCCI also informed that wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant, who was tested positive for Covid, has recovered from Covid-19 and has begun his preparations for the upcoming Test series after clearance from the BCCI Medical Team.

The BCCI also informed that the Indian bowling coach Bharat Arun, wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha and Easwaran have completed their self-isolation in London and ready to join Indian team in Durham.

A senior BCCI official had earlier said that both players (Surya and Shaw) would have a bubble to bubble transfer from Colombo to London.

The BCCI had picked 23 players for the World Test Championship and the five-match Test series against England starting from August 4.

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The Indian team had earlier asked for Shaw as a replacement for Gill but the request was turned down by the BCCI but after the multiple injury reports in the Indian squad, the BCCI has changed its mind.  

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IPL 2024: Rajasthan Royals batsman Jos Buttler reveals he would love to see Shah Rukh Khan in his biopic

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Ahead of the Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) match at Mullanpur on Saturday, teammates Jos Buttler and Trent Boult discussed some of their favorite TV series, actors they would like to play their characters in a biopic, and some cricketing and Indian Premier League (IPL) favorites.

At Mullanpur on Saturday, RR and PBKS will square off. With four wins, one loss, and a winning run snapped by Gujarat Titans (GT), RR is leading at the pointstable. With 2 wins and 3 losses, PBKS is placed at the 8th position on the points table. They lost their last match to Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).

During an entertaining pre-game Q&A session, Buttler revealed the name of the Bollywood actor he would want to see play his character in a biopic. He said he want to see Shah Rukh Khan in his biopic.

When the Kiwi bowler was asked by the English wicketkeeper-batter what he had most recently looked up on his phone, Boult responded with a funny response, Trent Boult dismissing Jos Buttler.  

In response to a question concerning his most bizarre fan encounter, Boult said that Indian supporters go bonkers over their favorite players.

It is just selfies, waves and blowing kisses, which is weird, he said.

During the session, when questioned about one television program he could binge-watch forever, Buttler said Friends, a famous American sitcom from the 1990s that starred Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, the late Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer, would be his choice.

Trent Boult also revealed that his favorite Indian player is right-hander KL Rahul, who is presently playing for the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in theIPL. When questioned who player had the finest cover drive, Buttler took Virat Kohli’s name.

Boult was also asked during the session that what he what he would be if he was not a cricketer to which he responded, if he weren’t a cricketer, he would work as a postman.

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Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant becomes third-youngest player to reach 3000-run mark in IPL

Rishabh Pant-led team moved at 9th position after registering their win over LSG.

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The Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant reached an incredible milestone on Friday as he became the third-youngest player to reach 3,000 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL). In his team’s second win of the year over the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), the left-hander smashed an incredible 41 runs off of 24 balls. The 2020 runners-up also moved up from the bottom of the rankings to the ninth slot with this win.

With the final delivery of the 12th over, Pant reached the milestone when he hit Marcus Stoinis for a four. He showcased an impressive range of shots, such as his leg play and scoops over third man. After Virat Kohli and Shubman Gill, the skipper of DC was the third-youngest player to surpass 30,000 runs.

Surprisingly, among the 25 batters who have scored more than 3,000 runs, he has the third-highest strike rate (148.4), just behind AB De Villiers (151.68) and Chris Gayle (148.96).

After Kuldeep Yadav returned, the DC bowlers did a fantastic job of destroying the LSG batting lineup at 94/7 with three wickets taken. But teenager Ayush Badoni’s bravery, who scored 55 off 35 deliveries, helped the Super Giants put up a respectable 167/7 total on the board.

The DC batters took over at that point and led this run-chase without any problem. In the seventh over, having lost both of their openers at 63 runs, debutant Jake Fraser-McGurk teamed up with Rishabh Pant to register his first-ever IPL half-century. Fraser-McGurk hit 4 fours and 5 sixes in his 55 runs for 35 balls. Meanwhile, KL Rahul stumped Rishabh Pant off a delivery from Ravi Bishnoi as he was very close to his half-century at 41.

However, the duo had contributed to making sure DC would easily meet the target; they also became the first team to beat Lucknow this year by successfully chasing a total of more than 160 runs.

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Gujarat Titans share glimpse of Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations, video goes viral

Gujarat Titans head coach Ashish Nehra can be seen having a fun interaction with Rashid Khan. Other star players including Sai Sudharshan, Umesh Yadav and Kane Willamson were already sitting and enjoying the tasty Eid delicacies and sweets

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The Gujarat Titans team’s Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations took place with a grand Dawat on Thursday.  The former IPL champions will face Delhi Capitals on April 17. During the ongoing break, Gujarat Titans took their official Instagram handle has shared a video of the team’s Eid celebrations. The video shows GT skipper Shubman Gill going towards the food buffet. Gujarat Titans head coach Ashish Nehra can be seen having a fun interaction with Rashid Khan.

Other star players including Sai Sudharshan, Umesh Yadav and Kane Willamson were already sitting and enjoying the tasty Eid delicacies and sweets. The video was captioned and that’s how our titans celebrated Eid. The Gujarat Titans Eid celebrations doubled after the team won the match against Rajasthan Royals.

The Gujarat Titans were playing at the Sawai Mansingh Indoor Stadium on April 10 and were up against an undefeated Rajasthan Royals team. The previous season’s finalists bowled first and found the early wickets of Jos Buttler and Yashasvi Jaiswal. But Sanju Samson forged an important partnership with Riyan Parag and the two of them took their team to a respectable total of 196.

Rashid Khan bowled a disciplined line and length and was very economical as he only gave 18 runs and also took 1 wicket during his spell of 4 overs. Shubman Gill led the chase for Gujarat Titans scoring 72 runs in 44 deliveries. Gill took up the role as skipper after Hardik Pandya returned to his old franchise Mumbai Indians.

Gill’s journey as Gujarat Titans captain started well as GT beat MI in their tournament opener at the Narendra Modi Stadium. At the present moment GT has played a total of six games with three wins and as many defeats. They will be eyeing their fourth victory against a Rishabh Pant-led Delhi Capitals team in their next match. As for Pandya’s switch to the Mumbai Indians, the former Gujarat Titans captain is slowly taking control of his team.

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