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Rishabh Pant Was On Fire Against England

Rishabh Pant scored a blistering 100 against England in the first innings of the fourth Test match at the Narendra Modi stadium. Here are some of the records which he created with his crucial ton.

  1. Only the 6th wicket-keeper to have scored more than 1 century vs Eng in Tests
  2. Only the 2nd Asian wicket-keeper to have scored more than 1 century vs Eng in Tests
  3. With 3 career Test centuries, Pant equals Saha and only behind Dhoni (6) among Indian wicket-keepers

Jaydev Unadkat Wants To Play For India

Jaydev Unadkat confidently revealed that he is currently in the best phase of his career as far as red-ball cricket is concerned. He also said that he does not want to think about who was picked for the country and who was not. “See, I can say that I should have been given the first opportunity, but to be honest, that is just not me. I believe my chance will come as it came previously when I did well. Right after the 2019-20 season, I also picked up 40 wickets, so I have 100 wickets in the last two seasons. I am probably in the best phase of my life in red-ball cricket. I really don’t want to see it that way that they picked someone else ahead of me,” said Unadkat in an exclusive interview with Sportskeeda.

Dale Steyn Pens Down An Apology

Ace South African pacer Dale Steyn has released an official apology for the statements he made regarding the Indian Premier League. On Tuesday, 37-year-old Dale Steyn stated that leagues like PSL are more rewarding than IPL. Nevertheless, Dale Steyn came forward and cleared his intentions via a Tweet. He stated that it wasn’t his intention to insult the Indian Premier League. Dale Steyn tweeted: “IPL has been nothing short of amazing in my career, as well as other players too. My words were never intended to be degrading, insulting, or comparing any leagues. Social media and words out of context can often do that. My apologies if this has upset anyone. Much love.”

Gautam Gambhir On Modern Pitches And DRS

Gautam Gambhir believes that legendary Indian spinners Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh would have propelled exceptionally well in the pitches being used in modern cricket. “Yes, wickets are different today but DRS today plays a huge role. Had there been DRS when Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh was bowling, Kumble would have gone to 1000 wickets and Harbhajan would have got around 700 wickets because DRS plays a massive role especially in India where there are a lot of inside edges, or bat pads and stuff,” Gambhir said on the ‘Runorder’ show on ESPNCricinfo when asked if he agrees with Yuvraj’s tweet.

Virat Kohli's Kind Gesture Towards Sachin Baby

After getting picked up by RCB for his base price of 20 lakh rupees, The first thing Sachin Baby saw after the bid was the message from Virat Kohli. “He messaged me, ‘Welcome back to RCB.’ I cannot tell how blessed and grateful I feel to be part of this team, and this message made me really happy” Sachin Baby Added. To hand their middle-order a boost, the RCB franchise bought Australian heavy-hitter, Glenn Maxwell, for ₹14.25 crore, despite the horror Maxwell had in the UAE. RCB bought New Zealand pacer Kyle Jamieson for ₹15 crores. Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Suyash Prabhudesai, and KS Bharat were the uncapped players bought by RCB at the auctions.

Yusuf Pathan Calls It A Quits From Cricket

Ace Indian all-rounder Yusuf Pathan has announced his retirement from all formats of cricket. 38-year-old Pathan announced the following news on his social media accounts. Pathan wrote  "I thank my family, friends, fans, teams, coaches and the whole country wholeheartedly for all the support and love," along with his retirment statement. Yusuf played 57 ODIs and 22 T20Is for India since making his international debut in 2007. He was part of the Indian team that won the ICC T20 World Cup 2007 and ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.

Axar Patel's Secret For His Success

Axar Patel revealed the reason behind his perfect arm ball deliveries. Axar Patel, in a post-match interview, said “I have learnt the arm ball myself. I worked with Venkat Sir (Venkatapathy Raju) at the NCA to master this delivery. I was a fast bowler in the early days of my career, which is why my bowling style is a bit quicker. So, I think my experience of being a fast-bowler also helps me bowl arm balls. I converted myself into a spinner only because of knee problems, but what I used to do in my early days helps me bowl those arm balls quicker,” said Patel in the post-match press conference.

Virat Kohli's Encounter With His Fan

During the third Test between India and England, an Indian fan broke all the barriers to enter the ground during the play. He was rushing towards Virat Kohli in a hope of getting a close look at his hero. However, the 32-year-old Indian skipper spotted the spectator rushing towards him from a distance. Virat Kohli, keeping the COVID-19 protocols in mind, stepped back and asked the arriving fan to return. The fan also realised his mistake and turned back. Soon as the fan started returning, the crowd in the world’s largest stadium started cheering for him.

Gautam Gambhir On R Ashwin's Absence From Limited-Overs Squad

India’s legendary southpaw Gautam Gambhir feels that it is very unfortunate that Ashwin can not find a place for himself in the limited-overs squad. The 39-year-old, in a conversation on Star Sports’ Cricket Connected chat show, said “Someone who is coming close to taking 400 wickets and the same time getting five Test hundreds and still not being part of the white-ball scheme of things is very unfortunate. He is just a class act,” Gambhir said. “He is just a quality bowler and his subtle variations. The amount of cricket he has played and the longevity he has played with and still the kind of impact he has had, it is just unbelievable,” Gambhir added.