Sharma Leads India’s Young Squad to a Convincing Victory

Rohit Sharma, after not playing the first warm up match against England, was finally selected in the squad for the second match against Australia. 

India, after conceding 152 runs as a target, went on to win the match easily by 9 wickets. From the bowling side, the experience of R. Ashwin came in handy as he took 2 major wickets at only 8 runs. In the second innings, instead of opening with Kishan and KL, the squad opened the batting with KL and Rohit Sharma. They partnered up to score 68 runs together, until KL’s wicket was taken. At 60 runs for 41 balls, Rohit Sharma wasn’t slowing down. Eventually he had to be retired to give others a chance to assess and play on the pitch. 

The match started with Finch choosing to bat, as India took 3 wickets for Australia’s first 11 wickets. After that it was up to the likes of Smith, Maxwell and Stoinis to play smartly and get a defendable total. But eventually their bowling side let them down. 

Kohli, who led the Indian team during the first innings, also bowled 2 overs for lack of a better option. While Sharma took charge of the batting innings, he retired at 60 and Suryakumar finished off Australia with a 38 from just 27 deliveries. 

India now go into the World Cup and their first match against Pakistan with 2 straight wins, although in a warm up, against 2 of the best teams in the world.

KL Says Dhoni’s Presence “Gives a Sense of Calmness’

The Indian youth selected for the reserve and main squad is enjoying Dhoni’s presence as they pick his brain to improve their game and India’s chances of winning the T20 World Cup

KL Rahul, who appeared for the Red Bull Campus Cricket Clubhouse session, said, “Obviously, MS Dhoni back with the team feels amazing because we have played under him and we have looked towards him as a mentor even when he was our captain.”

“We loved having him in the dressing room when he was the captain. We loved the calmness. We have all looked up to him to help us out, to have him here is amazing,” he said. “This gives us a sense of calmness. I have enjoyed spending time with him in the first two to three days and it has been a lot of fun. Looking forward to chewing his brain about cricket, captaincy and all things cricket.”

Inclusive of Rahul, the fans are not sure if the IPL finals win earlier this month was Dhoni’s last game ever. Speculation has emerged that Thalla might play his last game of cricket, for his side the Chennai Super Kings, in Chepauk, in front of the fans in 2022.

KL, said that despite Dhoni’s age, he still is a big competitor when it comes to IPL matches and playing against him. 

“I think Dhoni can give any of us stiff competition, he definitely is a guy who can hit the ball farthest, he is very strong and he is good (while running) between the wickets. He looks the fittest, it is good fun to have him,” Rahul said. 

Punjab Kings Captain KL Rahul has Asked the Owners to let him Join Another Team

IPL 2021 is in its last stage and the season has its fair share of ups and downs.

Facing the initial matches in the country, the tournament had to shift to UAE because of the situation with Covid-19 in the country during the respective time. The change in the situation did not seem to do very well for the batsman and a lot of teams and their batsman had to suffer on a huge account. It included teams such as Mumbai Indians, Punjab Kings, Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad.

With two new teams joining the tournament with the mega auction coming in the coming month things might take different turns especially when the game returns to India in the next season.

Amidst all of this, there are reports that the captain of Punjab Kings, KL Rahul has secretively requested the franchise to release him ahead of the mega auction. KL Rahul is currently the orange cap holder with the leading run scorer in the present ongoing IPL season. He is also part of the Indian team for the T20 World Cup 2021.

The reports state that KL Rahul is interested in joining Royal Challengers Bangalore as a team and the franchise is also interested in him as they are looking for a new captain and a fiery batsman and KL Rahul seems to fit the bill. Along with that, KL Rahul is a Bangalorean. His family shifted there many decades ago and this move would be beneficial for both him and the team making it a hot topic of discussion for all.

Brian Lara Compares Ruturaj Gaikwad And KL Rahul After Brilliant Batting Performance

On Saturday, Ruturaj Gaikwad of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) batted well (October 2). He blasted an unbeaten 101 off only 60 balls, batting through the innings and contributing to his team’s 189-run total. Former West Indies cricketer Brian Lara was blown away by the youngster’s batting and lavished accolades on him after the game.

Gaikwad smashed nine fours and five sixes during his time in the middle and never lost his form despite taking huge smashes. All of them were clean hits, and Lara was pleased with the way Ruturaj managed his innings. The opening batter hit 30 runs off 29 balls and then cruised through the opposing bowling attack in the second part of the innings.

Ruturaj Gaikwad is in KL Rahul category: Brian Lara hails CSK opener after  magnificent ton against Rajasthan Royals, Sports News |

“Yeah, he might have been on 135 if he had more strikes in the last overs. However, it was a full display of batsmanship. That is what I appreciate about him: watching how he strung together that inning, how he surged in the second part of the inning. He was simply incredible to watch,” Lara remarked of Ruturaj Gaikwad in an interview on Star Sports.

Lara describes Gaikwad’s knock as extraordinary and incredible

Brian Lara went on to say that the 24-year-old CSK opener pulled out genuine cricketing strokes and demonstrated to the world that T20 cricket isn’t only about slogging. Lara was so pleased with his exploits against RR that he placed him in the same category as KL Rahul in terms of batsmanship.

Was getting ready to congratulate David Warner: Brian Lara | Cricket News -  Times of India

“He demonstrates that you can play excellent cricket strokes and yet get a lot of runs. And it is something I am proud of as a batsman. It was really amazing and incredible. Am going to put him in the KL Rahul group now,” the 52-year-old said.

Unfortunately, Gaikwad’s innings ended in a losing cause, as the Royals’ hitters made a joke of the 190-run chase, mowing it down in the 18th over alone. Despite this, Gaikwad was named Player of the Match for his outstanding performance with the bat.

ENG vs IND: Virat Kohli And James Anderson Share A Funny Moment At The Oval

In the ongoing Test series against England, Virat Kohli did not perform well. He was nonetheless pleased with the way his team performed in its purest form.

India won the second Test, while England won the third Test by an innings and 76 runs. The series is currently 1-1. Both England and India are doing their best to win the remaining two matches.

Currently, the fourth Test match is taking place at the Oval. England’s Test captain, Joe Root, won the toss and elected to bowl first. With the help of KL Rahul, who hit three fours, the Indian team got off to a good start.

Chris Woakes dismissed Rohit Sharma (11) almost as soon as things started looking promising for the visitors. Rahul followed Rohit to the dressing room shortly after he left. Rahul was dismissed by Ollie Robinson leg before the wicket.

Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored 91 in the third Test, found himself under pressure early on. He played 30 balls before getting out for just 4 runs.

When James Anderson bowled a brilliant delivery to Pujara, Jonny Bairstow took a good catch at slip. Virat Kohli and James Anderson shared a light moment during the fourth Test match.

Kohli and Anderson share a light moment in the viral video

During the 22nd over, Virat Kohli nearly defended the ball off James Anderson’s bowling. Fortunately, the inside edge did not trod on the stumps and the ball ran past the leg stump.

Virat Kohli saw an opportunity for a single, so he grabbed it. James Anderson ironically smiled at the Indian skipper and exchanged a few words.

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Social Media Users Troll Riyan Parag After he Tweets About Virat Kohli

The second Test between India and England got off to a perfect start. Joe Root offered India to bat first after winning the toss. Surprisingly, he gave us control on day 1. The Indian openers didn’t disappoint, scoring 200+ runs together.

Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul were impressive, and the fans enjoyed the match. Though Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara didn’t live up to expectations, they did contribute some runs. Rahul went unbeaten and added 100 runs to his partnership with him.

A Tweet by Riyan Parag that caught the attention of many fans 

Riyan Parag tweeted about Virat Kohli’s look in Test cricket. This did not go over well with the fans. For this reason, they began targeting the player on Twitter. King Kohli fans were unhappy with Riyan’s remarks about the Indian skipper.

Most of them didn’t understand what he was saying. It might be due to the IPL rivalry. Well! No matter how much they love or hate a player, they still want to talk about him. 

Below is the Tweet that the Rajasthan Royals’ star sent out-

Fans commented on the post on Twitter, which went berserk. Some of the comments were positive, while others were negative. 

Team India’s Strong Hold On The Match?

Team India leads England after the first day of the second Test. On 276/3, they had a few sessions, one of which was shared. Kohli and co. had a near-perfect day for Test cricket. After quite some time, they dominated an overseas match.

Team India has been aggressive and good since the first Test. When they were ahead, a rain delay cost them the game. 

As a consequence, the players are now looking to capitalize on their good start this time around. The team will strive to win this five-match series.

England will want to make an impact on the second day at Lords, as the visitors are in control. It remains to be seen whether Joe Root and company can accomplish that. Let’s wait and see what happens next!

Athiya Shetty is All Heart For Her Boyfriend After KL Rahul’s First Maiden Test Century

On the first day of the second Test India Vs England at Lord’s, KL Rahul scored his first century in Test matches since September 2018, when he scored 149 at The Oval against England. In total, Rahul has scored six centuries in Test matches.

Athiya Shetty showed her love to her rumoured boyfriend KL Rahul who scored his maiden Test century. KL Rahul and Athiya Shetty haven’t officially confirmed dating each other. However, she took to her Instagram story to show her support for her rumoured boyfriend and celebrate the moment.

Athiya shared a clip of Rahul was shared with emojis of a raising hand and a red heart. Athiya Shetty’s father and Actor, Sunil Shetty, also shared a brief video of KL Rahul from India vs England match and thanked him for giving him the special gift for his birthday on Wednesday. He wrote, “100 at the Mecca of cricket! Congratulations and god bless baba, @rahulkl. Ps: thank you for my bday gift!”

The Hindustan Times reported a few weeks ago that KL Rahul listed Athiya as his partner before leaving for the World Test Championship Final in England last month and informed the BCCI as well.