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Watch: Sunil Gavaskar presents test cap to debutant Shreyas Iyer, Rahul Dravid revives Team India’s bygone tradition

Iyer became the 302nd player to make his Test debut for team India. It was India’s greatest opener and former skipper Gavaskar, who was invited by Dravid to present the cap to a fellow Mumbaikar.

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Sunil Gavaskar presents test cap to debutant Shreyas Iyer

Delhi Capitals middle-order batter Shreyas Iyer on Thursday made his Test debut in the first Test match of 3-match series against New Zealand at the Green Park in Kanpur.

Continuing head coach Rahul Dravid’s push to revive the bygone tradition of new entrants getting the coveted possession from greats of Indian cricket, the former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar has presented the test cap to debutant Shreyas Iyer.

The BCCI has shared the video of the memorable moment for a debutant in which Gavaskar was seen sharing words of encouragement before handing over the cap to Iyer, who kissed the batch before putting it on. Iyer was then congratulated by his teammates with warm hugs.

Iyer became the 302nd player to make his Test debut for team India. It was India’s greatest opener and former skipper Gavaskar, who was invited by Dravid to present the cap to a fellow Mumbaikar.

Earlier, the team India head coach had invited Ajit Agarkar to present cap to T20I debutant Harshal Patel, who was the most successful bowler of the recently concluded edition of the Indian Premier League.

The culture of presenting the national cap is very much prevalent in Australia. There was a time when ex-cricketers were presented the national cap to the debutants but in the past few years, it has either been the captain or some senior player or at best a support staff presenting the cap to debutants.

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Iyer, who has been quite a success in the middle-order in white-ball cricket, will be batting at No.4 in the 3-match test series against New Zealand. He was the part reserve in team India’s T20 World Cup squad, was not got the chance to play.

Iyer had gone through a brilliant IPL season for Delhi Capitals, in which he scored 519 runs.

Iyer, who made his India debut back in 2017, has played 54 white-ball matches, scoring 1393 runs at an average of 42.7 in ODIs and 27.6 in T20Is.

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IND vs AUS: Sanju Samson to replace Shreyas Iyer in ODI series against Australia

Iyer complaint of back injury ahead of the Ahmedabad Test day 3.

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ODI series against Australia

The Indian team has suffered a setback before the series of three ODIs to be played between India and Australia. If the report is to be believed, Shreyas Iyer will not be a part of the ODI series against Australia. The BCCI issued a statement on Monday saying that the medical team is monitoring Shreyas’s injury.

If Shreyas is ruled out of the ODI series against Australia, then Rajat Patidar or Rahul Tripathi will be included in the team, or BCCI could opt for Sanju Samson.

If media reports are to be believed, on the other hand, the way Axar Patel got a chance in place of Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel also capitalized on that opportunity. Similarly, in place of Shreyas Iyer batsman Sanju Samson might come to the fore.

For the unversed, Iyer complaint of back injury ahead of the Ahmedabad Test day 3. The batsman could not even run properly hence, Team India was one batsman short during the first innings.

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On the other hand, Sanju Samson ODI Carrier includes 330 runs in 10 innings of 11 matches, including two half-centuries. Moreover, in the absence of Rohit Sharma in the first match of the ODI series, Hardik Pandya will take over the responsibility of captaincy only in the first ODI against Australia.

India won the Border-Gavaskar Trophy Test Series by 2-1 and lifted the trophy. Men In Blue have also qualified for the World Test Championship’s final. Now in the absence of Rohit Sharma, in the first ODI, Hardik Pandya would like to start the ODI series with a win for the Indian team under his captaincy.

Indian Squad: Rohit Sharma (c), Yuzvendra Chahal, Ishan Kishan, Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammad Shami, Mohammad Siraj, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, KL Rahul, Shubman Gill, Shardul Thakur, Umran Malik, Jaydev Unadkat, Washington Sundar and Suryakumar Yadav.

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Virat Kohli shakes a leg with Norwegian dance group Quick Style | Watch

Virat Kohli played a marathon inning of 186 off 364 balls in the last Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia in Ahmedabad.

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Virat Kohli shakes a leg with Norwegian dance group Quick Style

Virat Kohli met members of Norwegian dance group Quick Style in Mumbai on Tuesday. He was seen grooving to the song Ishq by Stereo Nation with the Quick Style group. The cricketer also shared a picture with the members of the dance crew.

During the shoot, Kohli made a reel with the group. In it, a member of Quick Style picks up a cricket bat, not knowing what to do with it. Dressed in a white T-shirt and black jeans, Kohli enters the scene and does the steps while holding the bat. The dance crew follows them.

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For the unversed, Norway’s dance crew is famous for quick style dance on Bollywood songs. Quick Style danced to the songs Kala Chashma and Saddi Galli at his own partner’s wedding a few months back. Its video too went viral on social media. After this the popularity of the dance crew has increased vigorously. The dance group keeps uploading dance videos on Indian and Pakistani songs on social media.

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When the former Indian skipper met the dance group, he had also shared a photo with them on social media. It caption read, “Guess who I met in Mumbai.”

However, this is not for the first time that Kohli was spotted dancing. Indian players had played Holi fiercely in Ahmedabad before the fourth test. During this, Virat Kohli also danced with Shubman Gill in the team bus. Kohli also did the hook step of Shahrukh Khan’s movie Pathan song in Nagpur in the first Test against Australia.

On the sport front, Virat Kohli played a marathon inning of 186 off 364 balls in the last Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia in Ahmedabad. He batted for 520 minutes and scored the 28th century of his Test career, which came after 1205 days. Including all three formats, Virat has now 75 international centuries.

The last Test between Australia and India was drawn, but India have now reached the final of the WTC Yano World Test Championship. India will compete against Australia on June 7 at The Oval Ground in London, the capital of England.

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Sapna Gill moves Bombay High Court in Prithvi Shaw assault case, demands cancellation of FIR

Sapna Gill alleged that Shaw was in collusion with influential people and the allegations leveled against her were false.

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Prithvi Shaw assault case

The case of Prithvi Shaw and social media influencer Sapna Gill still remains in the headlines. According to reports, Sapna Gill has now approached the Bombay High Court for allegedly assaulting the Indian cricketer and his friends outside Hotel Sahara Star in Santacruz, Mumbai.

Sapna Gill alleged that Shaw was in collusion with influential people and the allegations leveled against her were false. Sapna Gill also alleged that she was falsely implicated in the present FIR by the complainant, a friend of Shaw. She said that the law was misused at Shaw’s direction to fulfill his personal vendetta and harass and entrap Gill and promote his ajenda.

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Her plea has sought a direction to the police not to register a case against him. Her plea has also sought initiation of action against the investigating officer and senior police inspector of Oshiwara police station.

Mumbai’s Oshiwara police station had registered an FIR against Gill and others in February this year for allegedly abusing and assaulting Shaw and damaging his car. Following the alleged assault by Gill and his friends, Gill was accused of threatening Shaw with a false complaint and demanded ₹50,000 to withdraw.

Significantly, Gill was booked for rioting, extortion and criminal intimidation under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) in the FIR. She was arrested on February 17 and was kept in custody till Gill was granted bail by a Mumbai court on February 20.

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