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Shubman Gill tests positive for dengue, likely to miss World Cup opener

The year 2023 for Gill in ODI cricket has been amazing. He is the top run-scorer in this format for the year with a staggering 1230 runs scored in just 20 One-Day Internationals.

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India has been dealt a major setback ahead of their World Cup 2023 opener against Australia as in-form opener Shubman Gill is reportedly suffering with dengue and may be unable to play on Sunday, October 8.

The year 2023 for Gill in ODI cricket has been amazing. He is the top run-scorer in this format for the year with a staggering 1230 runs scored in just 20 One-Day Internationals. His strike rate is 105.03 and his average is an astounding 72.35.

With five centuries and five half-centuries, Gill’s achievement puts him among the select group of Indian batsmen who have struck five or more hundreds in a single year, a group that also includes icons like Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar. With 302 runs under his belt, Gill finished first in the Asia Cup 2023 and is on the verge of taking the top spot in the ICC ODI batter rankings.

The world record of 1,894 runs in a calendar year held by Sachin Tendulkar is just 665 runs away from being broken by Gill.

However, according to sources, the opener is currently sick with dengue. He is being attentively watched by the BCCI medical staff, and Friday, October 6, is the date for additional testing. Although a decision on Gill is anticipated to be made following the test, it currently appears like the star batter won’t be available for the opening match against Australia on Sunday in Chennai.

India may test Ishan Kishan as Rohit Sharma’s partner at the top of the order given that Gill is allegedly out of the match against Australia. In the middle order for India, Kishan has been thriving recently. His important 82 off 81 balls against Pakistan during the Asia Cup saved the Indian team.

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Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag share best wishes for Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma as couple welcome baby boy Akaay

Virat Kohli took to his Instagram handle to share the good news and wrote with abundant happiness in their hearts all of love the couple is pleased to inform everyone that on 15th February they welcomed their baby boy Akaay & Vaamika’s little brother into this world!The couple requested everyone’s best wishes and demanded privacy during this time. Kohli said he sought their blessings and good wishes in this beautiful time in their lives.

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Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma on Tuesday announced the birth of their second child, a baby boy, whom they named Akaay. The star Indian batsman took to X to share the special news with everyone as he informed that the child was born on February 15.

Virat Kohli took to his Instagram handle to share the good news and wrote with abundant happiness in their hearts all of love the couple is pleased to inform everyone that on 15th February they welcomed their baby boy Akaay & Vaamika’s little brother into this world!

The couple requested everyone’s best wishes and demanded privacy during this time. Kohli said he sought their blessings and good wishes in this beautiful time in their lives. He requested everyone to kindly respect their privacy at this time. Congratulations and best wishes poured in for the couple from different people in the cricketing world who gave their blessings to the couple and the newly born in the comment section.

Virat’s idol and legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar came forward and blessed the couple and their son. Tendulkar took to X and wrote Congratulations to Virat and Anushka on the arrival of Akaay, a precious edition to your beautiful family! Just like his name lights up the room, may he fill your world with endless joy and laughter.

He further added Here’s to the adventures and memories you’ll cherish forever. Welcome to the world little champ. The couple also received best wishes from cricketers like Virender Sehwag, Yuzvendra Chahal, Brett Lee, Kevin Peiterson, and many more, as they welcomed another gift from god. Former Indian batsman Virender Sehwag wrote may congratulations Virat with a heart emoji. The message has become one of the most popular thread in the entire post.

Earlier Virat’s former RCB teammate AB de Villiers in a podcast in his youtube channel had revealed Virat and Anushka are going to become parents again. He later withdrew his statement and apologised for spreading false information.

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BCCI confirms Jasprit Bumrah, KL Rahul to miss 4th Test match against England

KL Rahul’s participation in the final test match in Dharmshala is subject to fitness. Pace bowler Mukesh Kumar, who was released from the squad for the third Test match in Rajkot, has joined the team in Ranchi and will most likely replace Bumrah.

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India confirmed on Tuesday that India’s-vice captain Jasprit Bumrah has been released from the Test squad ahead of the fourth test match against England. The BCCI said wicketkeeper batsman KL Rahul is ruled out out of the 4th Test match of the five match Test series.

KL Rahul’s participation in the final test match in Dharmshala is subject to fitness. Pace bowler Mukesh Kumar, who was released from the squad for the third Test match in Rajkot, has joined the team in Ranchi and will most likely replace Bumrah.

KS Bharat has been keeping wickets for the Indian team and KL Rahul had been included in the team as a premier batsman. KL Rahul scored 86 runs of 123 balls in the first Test match against the English team at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.

Former India vice-captain Rahul was unavailable for the 2nd Test match due to quadriceps strain. KL Rahul was ruled out of the 3rd Test Match against England after reaching only 90% of match fitness. KL Rahul will continue his recovery at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. The Indian team is also feeling the absence of star batsman Virat Kohli for the five match test series against England.

Even in the absence of Rahul and Kohli the Indian team has performed well to outclass the English team. Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took his 500th test wicket while young players like Dhruv Jurel and Sarfaraz Khan have made impressive debuts for the Indian team at Rajkot.

Sarfaraz Khan scored a brilliant knock of 62 off 66 balls. He partnered with Yashasvi Jaiswal in the 2nd innings to help India post a total of 430/4 declared in 98 overs. Jaiswal’s double century helped India set the target of 557 for England.

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Virat Kohli becomes victim of deepfake video, seen promoting betting app

A deepfake video of Virat Kohli has gone viral on social media where he can be seen promoting an illegal betting app.

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Team India star player Virat Kohli, is the recent celebrity to be duped by artificial intelligence and deepfake technology. A video of him advertising an illegal betting app went viral on social media.

In order to produce a deepfake advertisement, Kohli’s AI-generated voice has been combined with morphed footage from some of his previous videos.

Recently, a video of Kohli saying he earned a large returns on a low-key investment through a betting app went viral on social media. The advertisement also features footage of a popular news anchor Anjana Om Kashyap, to make it more authentic. The advertisement portrays Kohli as a guest on a live news show, explaining to viewers how they can also earn profit from the betting app.

Fans on social media have been made aware of the deceptive deepfake video, and many have flagged it to make sure others don’t fall for it. In the advertisement, Kohli is shown profiting Rs 81,000 on a little Rs 1,000 investment.

This is not the first time when any celebrity has become the victim of deepfake video. Earlier, Sachin Tendulkar’s video also went viral, in which he was seen endorsing a gaming app. It was a digitally edited movie with the former batter’s voice, pretending to be him.

The goal of that deepfake was to create the impression that Tendulkar and his daughter Sara had won a huge amount of money by taking part in a particular online game.

Sachin himself acknowledged the video as fraudulent and issued a warning on social media regarding these kinds of unethical behavior.

Meanwhile, Kohli is not playing in India’s current home Test series against England, therefore he is not available for the Indian team at this time. However, it was anticipated that the star batter would play in the next three Test matches after initially withdrawing from the first two due to personal issues. Kohli, who is still with his family, later withdrew from the entire five-match series, citing personal reason.

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