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‘Kya gear switch kiya bhai ne’ – Fans react as Ruturaj Gaikwad smashes 52-ball century against Australia in 3rd T20I

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India’s emerging star batter Ruturaj Gaikwad smashed a magnificent century in the 3rd T20I of the 5-match series against Australia at the Barsapara Stadium in Guwahati on November 28. Gaikwad’s maiden T20I century, a blistering 123 runs off just 57 deliveries, has earned him praise from fans.

The right-handed batter has etched his name alongside cricketing luminaries like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yashasvi Jaiswal, and Shubman Gill as the fifth opener to achieve this remarkable feat. Gaikwad’s innings was nothing short of a masterclass, featuring 13 boundaries and 7 sixes. His explosive batting propelled India to a commanding total of 222 for 3 in the first innings, setting the stage for a formidable challenge for the Australian side.

Brilliant batting performance by India

Talking about the match, asked to bat first and facing an early setback with the departures of Yashasvi Jaiswal and Ishan Kishan, Gaikwad, along with skipper Suryakumar Yadav, took charge to stabilise the innings. The duo’s 57-run partnership laid the foundation for Gaikwad’s exceptional innings. 

After the captain’s departure, Gaikwad shifted gears dramatically, showcasing an array of exquisite strokes en route to his century. In a pivotal partnership with Tilak Varma, Gaikwad forged an unbeaten 141-run stand for the 4th wicket. His relentless assault on the Australian bowlers, particularly Aaron Hardie and Glenn Maxwell, saw him plundering 25 runs in the 18th over and another 30 runs in the final over. 

The display of power-hitting and impeccable timing left the Australian bowlers grappling, paving the way for India’s dominance in the match. The Chennai Super Kings’s star opener stellar performance not only secured India a formidable total but also positioned them favorably for a series win. As fans showered praise on Gaikwad for his memorable century, cricket fans eagerly await the remaining action in the series, anticipating more fireworks from this emerging talent on the international stage.

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Wanindu Hasaranga brutally criticizes umpire for not signalling no-ball in third T20I between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan

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Wanindu Hasaranga was furious with the decision of the umpire which cost them the match. During the third T20I between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, a decision from the leg umpire named Hannibal ensured that the home side could not chase down the target of 210 runs, which at one point in time looked possible the way Kamanindu Mendis was going at one end.  

21 runs were needed for SL against Afghanistan in the last over of the match. The equation came down to 10 of 3. That was when the bowler delivered a waist-high full toss. For the naked eye, it seemed like a huge no-ball. But the umpire did not declare it to be a no-ball, as he felt it to be fine. The batter was a bit ahead of the stance in the crease. 

Hasaranga, the skipper of SL, asked for the referral. However, the rule does not allow the fielding captain to challenge the no-ball calls. It left him furious. SL went on to lose the match by just three runs and the call from the leg umpire indeed turned out to be a decisive factor. In the post-match talk, the star All-rounder was furious at the umpire and criticized him for the decision. 

‘Umpire isn’t suited to international cricket, would be much better if he did another job’ – Wanindu Hasaranga

The Sri Lankan skipper claimed that things like it should not happen at the highest level. He claimed that the ball was not even close to the waist-high to be considered as a benefit of the doubt and felt that it would have hit the head of the batter if it was delivered at a slightly higher trajectory. The skipper of Sri Lanka felt that the umpire was not fit for his job. 

“If you can’t see that, that umpire isn’t suited to international cricket. It would be much better if he did another job,” said the star player in his statement. The leg-spinner then urged the Apex Board to bring back the province where the captains could challenge the on-field decisions of the umpires.  

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Here’s what Shubman Gill has to say when asked about missing MS Dhoni

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Shubman Gill had an animated reply to a question asked about MS Dhoni. When asked if he and the Indian team miss the star batter, Gill claimed in a low voice that everyone in the team and fact in entire India misses the former Indian skipper. He felt that no matter where India plays, the former Indian wicketkeeper batter will be missed genuinely. 

“The entire India misses Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni). It does not matter where we play, in Ranchi or anywhere in the world,” said Gill when asked about the CSK skipper. Gill was in the press conference ahead of the fourth Test between India and England. The youngster was asked a lot of questions about his form and the confidence he gained in the last two Tests. 

Gill has been in good form in the ongoing series. The right-handed batter has adapted well to the number 3 position after failing to perform in the first Test. In the 2nd Test, the star batter scored 35 runs in the first innings and a much-required hundred in the second innings. At Vizag, Gill helped India to claim a crucial win against England to level the series 1-1. 

Shubman Gill hopes to make the most of his form

When India went to Rajkot for the third Test, Gill did not have the greatest of starts as he was dismissed for a golden duck in the 1st innings. However, the Indian batter proved the critics wrong by scoring 91 runs in the 2nd innings. A big gorilla has been off Gill’s back. The youngster has been away from the criticism after his knock in the last two Tests against England. 

He would be hoping to continue the form in the fourth Test which is set to take place in Ranchi. The city is the birthplace of Dhoni, the former Indian cricketer, who was instrumental in India winning the T20 WC 2007, the ODI WC 2011, and the Champions Trophy 2013 as a skipper. Gill will be in action against Dhoni later this year as the skipper of GT in the IPL 2024. 

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Is Shreyas Iyer really injured? Latest report has something else to say!

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The latest report on Shreyas Iyer has shocked the fans to the core. The star batter was deemed unfit to play the last three Tests against England as he was declared injured after the 2nd Test in Vizag. The star batter reportedly had a groin injury and stiff back as per the statement of the Indian Cricket Board. He was hence released from the Indian squad. 

As per the protocols, the star batter was sent back to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru to recover soon. However, the latest report has claimed that the NCA did not report any injury from the right-handed batter. It is being claimed that the physios and other officials in the NCA have deemed Iyer to be as fit as ever. 

The news has raised a lot of doubts amongst the followers of the Indian team. Iyer has been going through a rough patch with the bat in the longest format of the game for months now. He last hit a hundred in 2022 and has not been able to score even a fifty in a long time. While that is a matter of concern, the fans are worried about something else. 

Has the Indian management faked Shreyas Iyer’s injury?

After the latest report, the fans are wondering if the Indian management deliberately declared him injured to get him replaced by someone else in the squad. At this point, the fans are claiming that the Indian Cricket Board does not have the confidence to declare their players to be dropped. Even in the past, India declared players injured to the doubts of the fans. 

It is worth wondering if Iyer is actually injured. As per many reports, he was dropped from the team. It is claimed that he was not declared ‘Dropped’ to not be criticized by the fans of the batter. While nothing has been official yet, if what reports claim is to be believed, it might be a serious dent in the confidence of Iyer, who needs the backing of the management in tough times. 

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