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Virat Kohli tested Covid-19 positive after returning from Maldives vacation, BCCI kept it under wraps

According to a source close to the cricketer, Virat Kohli was struck by the Covid-19 after returning from holidaying in the Maldives.

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Virat Kohli tested positive for Covid-19.

The preparations of Team India for the Birmingham Test against England, starting on July 1 have been hampered because most of the players have been tested positive for Covid-19. After reports claiming that ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin missed out on the flight after contracting the virus, another report states that former Indian captain Virat Kohli also tested positive a few days ago after returning from a Maldives vacation.

According to a source close to the cricketer, Virat Kohli was also struck by the virus after returning from holidaying in the Maldives. He contracted Covid-19 after arriving in London, but he is recovered now, he added.

The source further stated that as a result, the intensity of India’s match against Leicestershire on June 24 won’t be as high as coach Rahul Dravid had hoped because the players should not be overloaded following an after they have suffered COVID-19, according to medical advice. There might be further Covid cases in the team.

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However, no official statement has been released by the BCCI yet on this matter.

The reports show that Kohli has recovered from Covid-19 and is ready to lead the five-match Test series 2-1. Kohli also posted a few pictures from India’s training session ahead of the rescheduled Test. Sharing the pictures on Twitter, he wrote, Practice well. Stay happy.

Rohit Sharma will lead India during the Test match. . A T20I and ODI series will follow the Test match. Three matches will be played in the T20I series. 

The first T20I will take place on July 7. The second and third T20Is are set on June 9 and 10, respectively. Three matches will make up the ODI series between India and England. The three one-day matches will be held on July 12, July 14, and July 17, respectively.

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IPL 2024: Delhi Capitals thrash Gujarat Titans by 6 wickets

A 3-wicket haul early in the innings by Mukesh Kumar helped DC bowl out GT for 89 in 17.3 overs.

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Delhi Capitals defeated Gujarat Titans by six wickets in their IPL 2024 match, at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Wednesday. Delhi Capitals reached to 92/4 in 8.5 overs, as Rishabh Pant (16*) and Sumit Kumar (9*) remained unbeaten. For Gujarat Titans bowling attack, Sandeep Warrier took 2 wickets.

A 3-wicket haul early in the innings by Mukesh Kumar helped DC bowl out GT for 89 in 17.3 overs. Rashid Khan was the top-scorer for Gujarat Titans with a knock of 31 runs off 24 deliveries. Mukesh Kumar was the pick of the bowlers for Delhi with figures of 3 for 14 and was well supported by Ishant Sharma who gave another top class performance this season. The Gujarat Titans batsmen were seen struggling as they lost wickets at regular intervals, with the likes of Shubman Gill, Sai Sudharsan and David Miller struggled to make an impact.

Fraser and McGurk gave Delhi Capitals the perfect start, who scored 20 runs off just 9 balls. Porel and Hope ensured that that Delhi Capitals reached to 67 in the powerplay overs as they lost 4 wickets by that time. Sumit Kumar and Rishabh Pant ensured that Delhi Capitals reached victory with 11.1 overs to spare.

Rishabh Pant was in sublime form behind the stumps as he had 2 stumpings and two catches to his name. Pant was given the Player of the Match award for his performance with the gloves and his captaincy in Ahmedabad. Pant’s stunning catch of David Miller earned a lot of praise from Adam Gilchrist who explained why the effort was a tough one. The former Australian wicketkeeper said when the ball is coming at an angle, the tendency is to go to the right. He explained that once the ball started to deviate, the base and technique needed to be right from Pant as he has to go the other way.

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KKR captain Shreyas Iyer fined Rs 12 lakh for slow over rate in match against RR

KKR lost to Royals by two wickets on Tuesday at Eden Gardens.

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The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) were found guilty of violating an IPL Code of Conduct while playing the Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Tuesday, following their defeat in their second match at the Eden Gardens. The Knight Riders not only dropped their opening game of the IPL 2024 season, but their captain also received a fine.

KKR captain Shreyas Iyer has been fined Rs 12 lakh for maintaining a slow over-rate during an IPL match at Eden Gardens against the Rajasthan Royals.

According to the official notification, Iyer has been charged with a huge fine of Rs 12 lakhs as it was his team’ first of the season offense under IPL’s Code of Conduct and involved a minimum over-rate penalty.

In a release from the IPL, it is said, Shreyas Iyer, the captain of the Kolkata Knight Riders, has been fined after his team maintained a slow over rate during their TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 match against Rajasthan Royals at Eden Gardens on April 17.

Meanwhile, this is not the first time in this season when a team has maintained a slow over-rate. Earlier, Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Rant was also fined twice for maintaining a slow over-rate. If his team commits this again, the he along with his will be banned for one match, as per IPL’s Code of Conduct.

In a T20I loss to the Royals on Tuesday, Sunil Narine scored his first century for the Knight Riders. Up till the 18th over, Narine (109 off 56) batted, first partnership with Angkrish Raghuvanshi (30) for 85 runs and then with Andre Russell (13), for 51 runs. For KKR, it was a one-man show. Jos Buttler blasted his way to an unbeaten 60-ball 107 as the visitors completed the chase on the game’s last ball. In response, RR were briefly in major trouble.

While KKR lost their second match in six games, it was the Royals’ sixth win in seven games.

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IPL 2024: Jos Buttler’s unbeaten century helps Rajasthan Royals chase down 224 against Kolkata Knight Riders

Rajasthan Royals were in trouble at one stage of the match but Jos Buttler helped the team recover with an unbeaten 60-ball 107, as the visitors completed the run chase in the last delivery of the match.

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Rajasthan Royals pulled off Indian Premier League’s biggest run chase to defeat Kolkata Knight Riders by two wickets on Tuesday. KKR were asked to bat first and rode on Sunil Narine’s 56-ball 109 to take their team to a respectable total of 223/6 in 20 overs. In response, RR were in trouble at one stage of the match but Jos Buttler helped the team recover with an unbeaten 60-ball 107, as the visitors completed the run chase in the last delivery of the match.

The England captain began the last over hitting a six off the first ball, he then had to turn down runs off the next 4 balls, thus bringing the equation down to Rajasthan Royals needing 3 runs to win off the last 2 balls. Buttler then hobbled 2 runs off the 2nd last ball of the match and took a single off the last delivery and thus took RR to a record-equalling run chase.

Earlier the Kolkata Knight Riders were asked to bat first on a fresh pitch, Narine blasted a 49-ball 100 to lead KKR’s innings in this match at Eden Gardens. It was a one-man show from KKR as Narine (109 off 56) took his team till the 18th over, forging a 85 run partnership with Angkrish Raghuvanshi (30) and then adding 51 runs along with Andre Russell (13). KKR reached a score of 223/6 in 20 overs batting first.

KKR’s bowling attack could not go unnoticed as the likes of Varun Chakravarthy and Sunil Narine both shone to help keep the home side in the fight, but the effort seemed to be in vain. It was merely a case of who wanted to win more on the match day. And Buttler showed that he wanted it the most, as he led Rajasthan Royals to a historic run-chase, the biggest successful run-chase in the history of the IPL.

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