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Virat Kohli to skip first two Test matches against England, BCCI asks fans to respect his privacy

Former India captian Virat Kohli has withdrawn from the first two Test matches against England. The BCCI will shortly announce who will succeed Kohli.

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India’s star cricketer Virat Kohli will not be available for Team India under captain Rohit Sharma for the first two Test matches of the awaited five-match series against England. On Monday, days after making his T20I comeback at home against Afghanistan, Kohli withdrew from India’s upcoming red-ball assignment, claiming personal concerns.

The first two Test matches are scheduled to take place in Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam, which will be missed by the former World No. 1 batter. On Thursday, the first Test is scheduled to start.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed that Kohli had withdrawn his name from the team ahead of the Test series and gave the former captain of India its support. In an official statement, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said, Virat Kohli had asked to be removed from the first two Test matches of the upcoming IDFC First Bank Test series against England due to personal reasons.

It was also mentioned that before making this choice, Kohli conferred with team management, selection committee members, and captain Rohit.

The BCCI has also requested Koli’s fans to respect his privacy and the cricketer be in his personal space.

Meanwhile, team India will shortly reveal Kohli’s replacement, according to BCCI. For India, Kohli has participated in 113 Test matches. The 35-year-old has scored 8,848 runs for the Asian heavyweights in 191 Test innings at an average of 49.16. In the game’s longest format, the former captain of India has amassed 29 centuries and 30 half-centuries.

The-then Kohli led India in hits scored during their previous Test series with South Africa. India levelled the two-match series at one with a first-round victory over the Proteas in Cape Town. The availability of Kohli for selection from the third Test onwards, which is scheduled to take place at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium on February 15, is still unknown.

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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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IPL 2024: Travis Head smashes brilliant century, Pat Cummins takes 3 wickets as Sunrisers Hyderabad defeat Royal Challengers Bengaluru by 25 runs

Travis Head smashed his century in 39 balls which is the 4th fastest hundred in the competition as he set the match for his team and was named man of the match. He put together a 108-run opening partnership with Abhishek Sharma, who hit 34 runs.

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Sunrisers Hyderabad on Monday broke their record of scoring the highest total in the Indian Premier League (IPL), as they hit 287 runs in 20 overs against Royal Challengers Bangalore at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. During the innings, 22 sixes were shot, along with 19 boundaries, by the power hitters of Sunrisers Hyderabad – Travis Head (102), Abhishek Sharma (34), Heinrich Klaasen (67), Aiden Markram (32) and Abdul Samad (37).

Pat Cummins bowled a disciplined lined line and length and returned with figures of 3/43 to win the contest. Dinesh Karthik was the top scorer for Royal Challengers Bengaluru hitting 83 of 35 balls. RCB ended up taking the match closer than expected and SRH won the game by 25 runs.

The match between Royal challengers Bengaluru and Sunrisers Hyderabad was not an ordinary one, as many new records were made and broken. The Sunrisers Hyderbad broke their previous record of scoring 277 runs against Mumbai Indians in the current IPL tournament. Not only the current total of 287 is the highest in IPL tournaments so far, but it is also the second-highest score in T20 cricket history.

Virat Kohli (42) and captain Faf du Plesis(62) gave their team a good start before Dinesh Karthik smashed 83 off 35 balls as RCB ended on 262-7. SRH captain pat Cummins and spinner Makank Markande broke the back of the Bengaluru chase with 5 wickets between them. Pat Cummins said after winning the match against Mumbai Indians a few weeks ago he thought this would not happen again, but it has happened again.

Travis Head smashed his century in 39 balls which is the 4th fastest hundred in the competition as he set the match for his team and was named man of the match. He put together a 108-run opening partnership with Abhishek Sharma, who hit 34 runs.

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IPL 2024: Shah Rukh Khan wins hearts as he cleans up the sitting area at Eden Gardens, video goes viral

A video circulating on social media shows Shah Rukh Khan picking up discarded KKR flags off seats and the floor of the VIP section. He picks up a few of them and hands it to his bodyguard.

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Shah Rukh Khan always takes the limelight whenever he attends an Indian Premiere League (IPL) match. The Bollywood actor and Kolkata Knight Riders owner was at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens stadium to cheer for his team. But a sweet post-match gesture by him is now being shared online.

A video circulating on social media shows Shah Rukh Khan picking up discarded KKR flags off seats and the floor of the VIP section. He picks up a few of them and hands it to his bodyguard. Fans can be heard screaming his name, asking him to wave at them. After cleaning up the area, Shah Rukh Khan turns around and gives his fans a flying kiss.

Also after the match, Shah Rukh Khan met a few players and fans on the cricket field. He wore a purple KKR T-shirt and black pants. He also tied his hair in a messy manner. The video has gone viral on social media with 104900 views, 190 retweets and 1100 likes till now which are only increasing. One X user Kalpana Bansal wrote niji Zindagi mein aise hi hai SRK King Khan down to earth and shy.

Shah Rukh Khan’s daughter Suhana Khan and younger son AbRam were also seen at the match. Suhana’s BFF Ananya Panday also accompanied the Khans. Both the young actors shared photos and videos from the match on social media. Suhana Khan took to her Instagram handle, and shared her joy and posted multiple happy images from the stands.

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The photo album starts with a couple of pretty images of her followed by a video in which she lost her breath thinking a wicket dropped on the ground. She also shared a photo with Dream Girl 2 actress Ananya Panday who joined the Khans to support the team. Sharing the photo album, she wrote, winning at home.

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