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ICC Player of the Month: Shubman Gill bags the award for 2nd time in 2023

Shubman Gill made history by being the first cricket player from India to win the ICC Player of the Award for more than one time. After scoring his maiden double hundred in ODI cricket in January 2023, he was received the same honour from ICC.

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ICC Player of the Month: Shubman Gill

In September 2023, Indian opener Shubman Gill won the Player of the Month award for his outstanding performance at bat. The 24-year-old amassed 480 runs at an incredible average of 80 throughout his incredible month. The Indian opener has advanced over players like Dawid Malan and Mohammed Siraj in the three-man nominee list that the ICC released earlier this week.

Gill was healthy last month, however he is currently sidelined by dengue fever. During his September eight-inning stint, the 24-year-old scored two centuries and three half-centuries. Against Bangladesh in India’s Super Four match, he scored an incredible 121.

Shubman Gill made history by being the first cricket player from India to win the ICC Player of the Award for more than one time. After scoring his maiden double hundred in ODI cricket in January 2023, he was received the same honour from ICC.

In the ODI against Australia, Gill maintained his Midas touch and hit yet another six-figure score. He scored 10, 67*, 58, 19, 121, 27*, 74, and 104 on his eight knocks of the month. Gill’s dengue virus has delayed his ability to use his stellar form from the year to light up the World Cup stage.

In response to receiving the ICC honour, Gill said that it will only push him on to perform better in the upcoming matches for India.

The star player said, he is overjoyed to have been named the September ICC Player of the Month. Being able to represent India internationally and support the team’s goals is a wonderful honour, he added. Shubman Gill further said,  this award will further motivate him to continue to seek excellence and make the country proud.

On October 8, when India arrived in Chennai for their opening match against Australia, Gill tested positive for dengue. He hasn’t participated in any of matches for his team so far, and he missed the match against Afghanistan because he was in the hospital.

Shubman returned to the team in Ahmedabad, the city that will host the 2023 World Cup match between India and Pakistan. Both on the day of his arrival, Thursday, and the next day, Saturday, the opening batsman batted in the nets.

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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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Ashwin’s wife Prithi pens emotional note, says lot happened between 500 and 501

Ashwin’s wife Prithi Narayanan took to social media to share a post after India beat England by 434 runs in the third Test in Rajkot.

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As the third Test of the five-match series came to an end on Sunday at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, now known as Niranjan Shah Stadium, in Rajkot, Ashwin’s wife Prithi turned to Instagram to write a heartfelt message for her husband.

While, on the second day of the Test, Ashwin reached the 500-wicket mark and attended post match press conference, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced late that evening that Ashwin had chosen to withdraw from the match due to a medical emergency at his home. India bowled England out for 122 in the second innings after setting them a target of 557 runs to win, and the 37-year-old came back to claim a wicket.

Parthi did not gave the exact details but mentioned that a lot had happened in Test cricket between Ashwin’s wicket numbers 500 and 501.

Taking to Instagram she wrote, they chased 500 in Hyderabad, but it didn’t happened. Then they tried to chase it at Vizag, but again they failed. However, to celebrate Ahswin’s 499th wicket she bought a huge bag of candy and distributed it to all of the people at.

Ashwin’s wife continued saying, that 500 silently arrived and departed. Between 500 and 501, a lot occurred. She also said it longest 48 hours of their lives as they were still waiting for Ashwin’s 500th wicket. But after that the cricketer managed to get his 500th wicket. Parthi concluded her post alluding her husband as she called his achievement an incredible one. And also called him amazing man.

Meanwhile, BCCI Vice-President Rajeev Shukla posted on X, wishing the spinner’s mother a speedy recovery and mentioning that the cricketer had flown to Chennai to be with his mother, despite the Board’s request for respect for Ashwin’s privacy and not discussing the specifics in its official disclosure.

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India beat England by 434 runs to win third Test, take 2-1 lead

England faced their second-largest defeat in test cricket history.

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India beat England by 434 runs to win in the third Test match held at Rajkot on Sunday, taking a 2-1 lead in the five-match series. It is their biggest win in terms of runs ever, surpassing their previous record of a 372-run victory over New Zealand in 2021.

On the other hand, England faced their second-largest defeat in test cricket history. Their biggest loss, which was by 563 runs, came against their arch-rivals, Australia, in 1934. However, this defeat in Rajkot broke their previous second-highest defeat record of 425 runs against the West Indies in 1976.

England, having been set an unlikely target of 557 runs, suffered a major batting collapse and were all out for only 122 runs on day four of the test match. Ravindra Jadeja was the standout performer for India, taking five wickets for 41 runs.

This was England’s poorest batting performance in the series, with none of their batsmen able to score more than 20 runs, except for Mark Wood who scored 33 runs. In contrast, India scored 445 and 430/4 declared in their two innings respectively.

The credit for India’s massive victory goes to Yashasvi Jaiswal, who scored an unbeaten 214 runs in the second innings. The other key contributors with the bat were Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja, both of whom scored centuries. On his debut, Sarfaraz Khan scored fifties in both innings of the match.

Jaiswal scored an unbeaten 214 runs, in which he hit 12 sixes, to help India achieve a second innings total of 430/4 declared. This gave them a massive lead of 556 runs. It was a perfect opportunity for Jadeja to showcase his skills which shattered England’s claims of being able to chase down such a target with an aggressive approach.

India’s strategy of attacking the wickets proved successful as England’s top order crumbled without any significant contribution. With ample support from Kuldeep Yadav (2/19), Jasprit Bumrah (1/18) and Ravichandran Ashwin (1/19), who returned to the match after attending a medical emergency at home, England found no way to fight back. The fourth Test will be held in Ranchi starting from February 23.

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