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‘Looks like a mini Zimbabwe team’ – Fans express their concern about India’s squad for last 3 Tests against England, not featuring Virat Kohli

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India announced its squad for the last three Tests against England. Some forced and unforced changes can be seen in the squad. Rohit Sharma continues to lead the side, while Jasprit Bumrah will be the vice-captain. The Indian top order will have the likes of Shubman Gill and Yashasvi Jaiswal in the mix, both of whom are youngsters and were in good form in the last match. 

The squad also features some talented batters in the middle order like Rajat Patidar and Sarfraz Khan. There are some good All-Rounders on the side like Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Washington Sundar. KS Bharat and Dhruv Jurel who shall continue to be the WK batters in the squad. Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, and Mukesh Kumar are the genuine bowlers in the squad. 

The Indian Cricket Board released the updated squad in their statement. Akash Deep has been called as a replacement for Avesh Khan, who was released from the squad to take part in the Ranji Trophy 2024 for Madhya Pradesh. KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja return to the squad for the last three Tests. However, their participation in the third Test is dependent on their fitness.  

Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer to not play the last three Tests

Virat Kohli is set to miss the entire series against England. The star batter has cited personal reasons for his exclusion. For the first time in his career, Virat will be missing an entire Test series. In their statement, the Indian Cricket Board added that they respect the decision of the former skipper. They also discouraged further speculations about Virat Kohli’s absence and urged the privacy of the star batter. It looks like the 35-year-old will only be available for the IPL 2024 from here. 

On the other hand, Shreyas Iyer has been ruled out of the last three Tests of the series against England. It is claimed that Iyer has a stiff back and a groin injury, which has ruled him out of the last three Tests. Rahul is likely to replace Iyer in the playing XI in the 3rd Test if he gets declared fit. If not, Sarfaraz Khan might get an opportunity to make it to the much-awaited Test debut. 

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Amelia Kerr’s All round show and Shabnim Ismail’s terrific spell helps MI women to edge out Gujarat Giants women by 5 wickets in WPL 2024

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Mumbai Indians women (MI W) continued their winning streak in the WPL 2024. The defending champions had a relatively easier challenge as compared to DC women when they took on Gujarat Giants women at M Chinnaswamy stadium. Right from the toss, everything went right for MI women. In the end, they registered a 5-wicket win and continued their streak of winning games in run chases.

Harmanpreet Kaur won the toss and elected to field first. Her decision was proven right as Shabnim Ismail bowled a dream spell with the new ball. Within the PP overs, the experienced pacer claimed two wickets, including that of Veda Krishnamurthy and Harleen Doel. She later dismissed Beth Mooney for 24(22) as MI women were all over the Giants.

E Bryce and Tanuja Kanwar tried to revive the innings if the Giants. However, the lack of contribution from the proper batters did not help them. While Bryce scored 25(24), Kanwar hit 28(21) and emerged as the star performer. Amelia Kerr did the clean-up job and got rid of the tailenders quickly. Her 4/17 and Ismail’s 3/18 helped the MI women to restrict the Giants to just 126 runs. On a wicket like Bengaluru, it was not going to be enough.

Harmanpreet Kaur and Amelia Kerr guide MI women to win

Chasing the total, MI women lost the wickets of their reliable openers early. The duo of Yastika Bhatia and Hayley Mathews could not step up. It led to the recovery phase where Nat Sciver Brunt and Kaur framed a good partnership. It consolidated the innings of MI women. After claiming 1/14 with the ball, Sciver scored 22(18) before getting perished. Amelia Kerr then joined Kaur.

The duo batted well in the middle. They were helped by some poor bowling from the Giants, who conceded a lot of extras. While Harmanpreet Kaur scored an unbeaten 46*(41), Kerr hit 31(25). The duo ensured that MI women were in the run chase throughout. For Giants, Tanuja Kanwar was the star in the bowling as well. She claimed 2/21 in her four overs, which was not enough for Giants. MI women won by 5 wickets with 11 balls to spare.

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Will Haris Rauf get ruled out of T20 WC 2024?

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Haris Rauf has been ruled out of the rest of the PSL 2024 after dislocating his shoulder. Playing for Lahore Qalandars in the PSL 2024, Rauf sustained a serious shoulder injury during the game against Karachi Kings. In the penultimate ball of the innings, Rauf suffered the injury and walked off the field. The physios took him along with them.

The latest reports following the scans have claimed him to have sustained a serious injury. In the statement from the official handle of the PSL, it has been revealed that the Pakistan pacer might have to miss out on playing cricket for five to six weeks. However, the exact period of his returning to action is not yet confirmed. It has caused worries among the fans of the star pacer.

“The medical panel, after consultation, concluded that he needs four to six weeks to recover, forcing him to miss the PSL season,” claimed the statement of the league. The fans are wondering if he would be fit before the start of the T20 WC 2024, where the role of the right-arm pacer would be crucial for the Asian side. The express pacer was one of the best bowlers in the T20 WC 2022.

Haris Rauf’s unpleasant recent past

The incident happened after Rauf was criticized for his decision and got to pay for the same. Despite being assured of the workload management, the star pacer chose to play BBL. It led to him getting excluded from the central contract of the Pakistan Cricket Board. Rauf was however given the NOC to take part in the PSL 2024. he played some matches for Lahore Qalandars before getting injured.

The Pakistan Cricket Board had addressed Rauf’s decision in one of its statements. “The PCB management provided a chance for a personal hearing to Haris in compliance with the principles of natural justice on 30 January 2024 and his response was found unsatisfactory,” said the statement of the league. Rauf has been suffering from a rough patch in cricket. Lack of game time might affect him in the days to come.

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England’s Barmy Army cry over Joe Root’s dismissal in Ranchi against India

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England’s Barmy Army cried over the dismissal of Joe Root during the 2nd innings of the 4th Test in Ranchi. The match between India and England witnessed a lot of umpire calls which have been a center of discussion. As Root got dismissed in a rather clean way as per the technology, the admin of England’s Barmy Army could not hold back his opinion.

England’s Barmy Army’s handle posted an image of the dismissal of Joe Root. The admin posted a shocking emoji along with the dismissal. It was a very good ball from Kuldeep Yadav who got the ball to hit right inside the line and the impact of the ball was right in line. Even the wickets were hitting upon checking the dismissal by the third umpires.

Instead of accepting the dismissal, the fans of England started crying about it, when in actuality, it was the Indian fans who were disappointed the most with the umpire’s calls which were an unfortunate barrier for them in the first innings. In fact, Root himself survived a close call in the first innings and went on to score an unbeaten hundred. But back then, the fans of England did not seem to have any problems.

Not the first instance from England’s Barmy Army

The fans took to the comment section of the post of England’s Barmy Army and questioned their hypocrisy. The Indian fans pointed out that Root survived a close call, and four decisions of umpires’ call were in England’s favour in the Test. It is not new that the handle of England’s Barmy Army has commented foul or cried over such incidents, especially against India.

When Virat Kohli was dismissed for a duck in the ODI World Cup 2023, England trolled him, only to get a reply from the Indian fans who brutally trolled them back. During the Ashes 2023, England’s Barmy Army had a go at the Australians for the dismissal of Jonny Bairstow in the 2nd innings of the Lord’s Test and invoked the ‘Spirit of cricket’ argument to cover the dismissal.

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