National selectors have named the Team India’s squad for the two-Test series against New Zealand which sees Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill find a place given a series of good performances in recent matches.
Veteran paceman Ishant Sharma was also named but is subject to passing a fitness test. The pacer is recovering from an ankle injury which he suffered while playing for Delhi in a Ranji Trophy game.
Indian opener Rohit Sharma was ruled out of the ODIs and Tests due to a calf injury which brings in Mayank Agarwal as his replacement in the ODI squad.
“Rohit sustained a left calf muscle strain during the fifth T20I against New Zealand at Tauranga on Sunday. He underwent an MRI scan in Hamilton on Monday. The opening batsman has been ruled out of the upcoming ODI and the Test series and will be referred to the National Cricket Academy for further management of his injury,” the BCCI media release stated.
“The senior selection committee has named Mayank Agarwal in the ODI squad as Rohit’s replacement.”
Young pacer Navdeep Saini has also been named in the Test squad for the first time.
Test squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Mohd Shami, Navdeep Saini, Ishant Sharma (subject to fitness clearance).
Afghan fan responds to Pakistani journalist about Rashid Khan getting better treatment in India, tweet goes viral
A Pakistani journalist Farid Khan wrote on X (Formerly Twitter) Rashid Khan is flying to India for the World Cup. He added Rashid bhai is getting better treatment than Pakistan. He wished Rashid Khan and the Afghanistan team best of luck.
A devoted Afghan fan responded to a Pakistani journalist’s comments. His response made the brotherly bond between India and Afghanistan stronger. News of Afghanistan’s versatile cricketer Rashid Khan preparing to fly to India for the World Cup has captured headlines not only India but also in Pakistan.
A Pakistani journalist Farid Khan wrote on X (Formerly Twitter) Rashid Khan is flying to India for the World Cup. He added Rashid bhai is getting better treatment than Pakistan. He wished Rashid Khan and the Afghanistan team best of luck. A passionate Rashid Khan fan Wazhma Ayoubi skillfully responded to the Pakistani journalist.
The fan said Rashid Khan deserved it as he is the most loved Afghan cricketer in India and all over the world. Wazhma Ayoubi added Rashid Khan has many records and holds the world’s top T20 bowler. The fan asked the Pakistani journalist about his accomplishments. The fan further added the India and Afghanistan are like brothers.
The post has gone viral on social media. The post has got about 1.5 million views. Variety of comments started coming on the post. One social media user agreed with the user and said well said.
One Twitter user said Rashid is a hero, a true champion. Another user said India is Rashid’s second home.
One social media user said Rashid is a star player in India.
One twitter user advised Wazhma Ayoubi to consult a good Pakistani psychiatrist in Dubai. He said Rashid Khan has played his childhood cricket in Peshawar, Pakistan.
Another social media user said Afghanistan is going to defeat Pakistan in this world cup.
The important thing to be noted is that Pakistani journalist said special treatment was being given to Rashid Khan, even after the whole Pakistan team secured their visas in less 48 hours of their departure.
Watch: Smriti Mandhana gets warm welcome after winning gold medal in 19th Asian Games
In the video Smriti Mandhana received a warm welcome at the airport from family and friends. She was greeted with lots of hugs and flower garlands from fans and well wishers.
While Team India was already the favourite to win the gold, the superior ranking made the campaign easier. India was given a quarterfinal birth straight away without even finishing the game against Malaysia. Because of the heavy rainfall India advanced to the quarterfinals due to better ranking. Bangladesh could not create a big challenge for India and India advanced to the finals easily.
The final proved to be challenging for India as Sri Lanka gave a tough fight. The Harmanpreet Kaur led side defeated Sri Lanka by 19 runs in the finals. Smriti Mandhana played an important innings with the bat, scoring 46 off 45 balls, which included 4 boundaries and a 6 in the Asian Games final against the Sri Lanka women’s cricket team. She was in good touch through the Indian team’s campaign in Hangzhou. It was India Women’s first gold medal ever in the Asian Games. India is proud of India Women’s Cricket team. Videos of Smriti Mandhana getting a grand welcome at the airport are circulating on social media.
In the video Smriti Mandhana received a warm welcome at the airport from family and friends. She was greeted with lots of hugs and flower garlands from fans and well wishers. Smriti Mandhana has been an important pillar of the Indian Women’s cricket team in the Asian games 2023. She played her part brilliantly to help India to secure the top position. This is the first time India participated in the competition at the Asian Games and won the gold medal. Their victory has made India proud.
Mandhana was made the captain of the Indian Women’s Cricket team after Harmanpreet Kaur received a ban of two matches for her angry on field conduct and for engaging in a quarrel with the match umpire during the India Vs Bangladesh game in July. Harmanpreet Kaur made her way back directly in the finals and won her first final for India. She secured the gold medal for India as the captain of the team.
Asian Games 2023: Nepal’s Dipendra Singh Airee breaks Yuvraj Singh’s massive record, makes fastest 50 in 9 balls
Nepal’s batters broke three different world records in a record-breaking performance. While other batters were able to score runs with ease, Dipendra Singh stood out the most.
In the Asian Games T20I tournament, Nepal’s Dipendra Singh Airee broke the record of former Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh. He defeated Mongolia by scoring 314/3 in 20 runs but also broke Afghanistan’s previous score.
Nepal’s batters broke three different world records in a record-breaking performance. While other batters were able to score runs with ease, Dipendra Singh stood out the most. He got six straight fifties en route to the fastest T20I fifty in international cricket.
Dipendra Singh Airee gave a first-class performance by scoring the fastest-ever T201 fifty in just 9 balls. The record was previously held by India’s very own cricket legend Yuvraj Singh, with 12 balls against England during the 2007 T20 World Cup. Nepal went on to score more than 300 runs in the match, making history as the first team to reach 314/3 in 20 overs.
Left-handed batsman Kushal Malla, 19, set a record for the quickest T20I century by reaching the triple-digit mark in just 34 balls. In the process, he broke the joint record held by Rohit Sharma and David Miller. Before that, the Indian and South African players had combined for 50 runs in 35 balls.
When Nepal faced Mongolia, who chose to field, Malla batted at No. 3, smashing 12 sixes and eight fours to remain unbeaten on 137 and lead Nepal to the highest-ever T20I score of 314 for 3.
All-rounder Dipendra Singh Airee, who came at no.5, rewrote the record books by smashing a nine-ball fifty that broke Yuvraj Singh’s 16-year-old mark. Yuvraj had also hit Stuart Broad for six straight sixes during the inning.
The social media exploded with praise for Dipendra’s bravery. The batter had to put in a tremendous amount of effort to accomplish what he did at the Asian Games, even though it was against the underdog Mongolia.
The main highlight of the game was that Nepal is now the first team in the history of T201 to score a total of over 300 runs. The team gave its opponents a tough match by scoring 314 for 3 in just 20 overs. It now surpasses the previous record held by Afghanistan who scored 278/3 against Ireland in 2019.