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Who is Priyank Panchal? Batsman who replaced Test vice-captain Rohit Sharma for upcoming series vs South Africa

The Gujarat captain and the opening batsman has been banging the door of the Indian cricket team since months. Priyank Panchal has been in top form in first-class cricket in domestic cricket as well as for India A team.

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Gujarat captain and opening batsman Priyank Panchal has been called up to join the Indian test squad for the upcoming test series against South Africa. This came as a surprise because Panchal was nowhere to go with the team, but test vice-captain Rohit Sharma got injured right before the team was about to leave on December 16.

On December 13, star opening batsman Rohit Sharma hot injured while training in the nets, he got hit by the ball while practising in the nets and injured his hamstring. However, it is still not clear, if Rohit will join the team for the ODI series. Notably, just a few days ago he was named captain for the ODI team, replacing Virat Kohli.

Who is Priyank Panchal?

The Gujarat captain and the opening batsman has been banging the door of the Indian cricket team since months. Priyank Panchal has been in top form in first-class cricket in domestic cricket as well as for India A team.

With an experience of 100 first-class matches, Panchal has scored more than 7000 runs including 24 hundreds and 25 half-centuries. During 2016-17, in his breakout season, Panchal had smashed his best an unbeaten 314 against the Punjab Ranji team.

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Priyank Panchal, who is already in South Africa, and was part of the India A squad to play a couple of unofficial test matches. BCCI and head coach Rahul Dravid preferred Panchal for many reasons including his recent remarkable performances in the domestic circuit, current experience of South Africa’s condition and his relationship with head coach Dravid.

In his breakout year 2016-17, the 31-years old had smashed over 1300 runs and ended as the top scorer of the tournament. Apart from being an opening batsman, Priyank is also a handful with the ball. With Rohit out of the squad, Panchal will be the third opener of the team along with KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal.

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IPL 2024: Hardik Pandya returns after 4-month injury layoff

Hardik Pandya returned to the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru last week, where he participated in match simulations as part of a fitness test.

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The captain of the Mumbai Indians, Hardik Pandya, is leading the Reliance 1 team in the DY Patil T20 tournament, marking his eagerly anticipated comeback to cricket. Since sustaining an ankle injury during India’s ICC Cricket World Cup group stage match against Bangladesh in October of last year, Pandya has not participated in any international cricket matches for the team India.

Pandya was not present for the home series of five T20 internationals against Australia, nor for the three ODI and three T20I matches that made up the journey to South Africa. In Pandya’s absence, top-ranked T20I batsman Suryakumar Yadav donned the role of captain.

Hardik Pandya returned to the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru last week, where he participated in match simulations as part of a fitness test. He started training for the DY Patil T20 Cup in preparation of the IPL 2024 after passing the fitness tests.

Ahead of the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season, Pandya was moved from the Gujarat Titans (GT) to the Mumbai Indians (MI) in November last year. Former MI captain Rohit Sharma, who has won five IPL trophies for the team, has been replaced by Hardik Pandya in the 2024 season of the famous league.

With players like Tilak Verma, Nehal Wadhera, Akash Madhwal, and Piyush Chawla, Pandya is in charge of a superstar-studded lineup. With Pandya leading the team, these players will play for MI.

However, Rohit Sharma will be captaining the team in the upcoming T20 World Cup, which is scheduled to take place in the USA and the West Indies in June, with the intention of putting an end to India’s ICC trophy drought.

Meanwhile, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah earlier announced that Rohit Sharma will lead the Men in Blue in the ICC T20 World Cup. He also voiced hope that Team India will emerge victorious in the T20 cricket tournament and break their ten-year trophy drought under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy.

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India beat England by 5 wickets, secure 17th straight Test series win at home

Rohit Sharma-led team India defeated England in the fourth Test match of the series to clinch the 5-match series.

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England was unable to save a five-match series against India, after falling short by five wickets in the fourth Test match in Ranchi today. India’s commanding 3-1 series lead proved to be enough to seal the Test series defeat for Ben Stokes’ team.

India, dubbed the “final frontier” of bazball, proved to be a tough Test for the Brendon McCullum team, who faced harsh criticism for their batting strategy during this series. India won the 17th consecutive Test series, maintaining their winning streak in home Tests. In the red-ball version of the game, the squad increased their record for the most consecutive series victories at home.

The last test series which India lost agains England was in 2012 when Alastair Cook captained the English team. India has won every home match they have played since losing the series by 2-1. India hasn’t even drawn a Test series since their defeat by England in 2012.

India’s start to the current series had not been good. After losing the opening game in Hyderabad, Rohit Sharma’s squad reamined unbeatable even without a number of key players for the next 3-matches. The Indian squad proved to be very resilient, winning three straight games in Ranchi, Rajkot, and Vizag.

On the tricky Ranchi track, England won a vital toss and chose to bat first. With the help of an incredible century from Joe Root, they scored 353 runs in the opening half. India scored 307 runs in their first innings of replying. Jaiswal put up a spectacular 73, but Jurel was the real standout for India, scoring a solid 90 and creating important alliances with Kuldeep and Akash Deep to cut into England’s lead.

Meanwhile, the most impressive bowler was Shoaib Bashir, who took his first five wicket haul despite giving up 119 runs in 44 overs.

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India Vs England: Dhruv Jurel wins player of the match in Ranchi Test, cricketers hail youngster for calm and composed performance

BCCI applauded Dhruv Jurel’s performance in a social media post and said the youngster has impressed everyone with resilient knocks with the bat in both the innings. The Top cricket body congratulated him for becoming the player of the match.

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India’s wicketkeeper-batsman Dhruv Jurel was named the player of the match in just his 2nd test for his priceless knock of 90 runs in the first innings of the 4th Test match against England in Ranchi on Monday. The youngster showed determination on a pitch that was a wearing fourth-day track to score an unbeaten 39 and forged a partnership with Shubman Gill to help India script a 3-1 series win over England.

Senior cricketers praised Jurel for his remarkable knock of 90 runs in the first innings. Veteran cricketer Sunil Gavaskar even compared the youngster to the legendary Mahendra Singh Dhoni.  Robin Uthappa praised Dhruv Jurel and Shubman Gill for their incredible composure and congratulate them on their fantastic win to seal the series. He said the young Indian side played some solid cricket.

BCCI applauded Dhruv Jurel’s performance in a social media post and said the youngster has impressed everyone with resilient knocks with the bat in both the innings. The Top cricket body congratulated him for becoming the player of the match.

Ex-Indian batsman Virender Sehwag posted on X and said that this win is to relish and cherish. He added both Shubman Gill and Dhruv Jurel showed great composure. He pointed out Dhruv Jurel’s performance was truly outstanding in a series winning effort. He praised Jurel for his calmness and his temperament.

Former coach Tom Moody posted on X and said that Dhruv Jurel is some player and India has found a gem. Former cricketer S Badrinath said Dhruv Jurel is a player to watch out for the future and praised him for his calm and composed performance.

Ex-Indian cricketer VVS Laxman wrote another fantastic win for team India, series done and dusted! He said there were many architects of this triumph, but the hero was young Dhruv Jurel.

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