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Ajit Agarkar Makes Bold Changes in Team India’s T20 Squad for West Indies Tour

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Team India is currently on a tour of West Indies, set to compete in a series comprising two Tests, three ODIs, and five T20 matches. Alongside this exciting tour, Team India has a new chief selector. Following Chetan Sharma’s resignation in February 2023, Ajit Agarkar has been appointed as the new chief selector of Team India.

As soon as Agarkar assumed his new role, he made significant changes to Team India’s T20 squad for the West Indies tour. One notable decision was entrusting Suryakumar Yadav with a major responsibility. In the process, Agarkar has also dropped seven players from the squad.

On July 4, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced Ajit Agarkar as the new chief selector. The former Team India fast bowler wasted no time in making his mark by selecting the T20 squad, which excluded some of the team’s most experienced players.

Both Team India captain Rohit Sharma and star batsman Virat Kohli were left out of the T20 squad. Additionally, veteran all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja did not find a place in the team. Agarkar’s decision clearly indicates a shift towards giving opportunities to young players in the T20 format.

Notably, Agarkar did not include seven players from the T20 series against New Zealand in the squad for the West Indies tour. The excluded players are Rituraj Gaikwad, Prithvi Shaw, Rahul Tripathi, Shivam Mavi, Deepak Hooda, Jitesh Sharma, and Washington Sundar. Despite being given numerous chances, these players were unable to capitalize on their opportunities, resulting in new faces being given a chance to prove themselves.

Ajit Agarkar’s bold changes in the T20 squad reflect a fresh approach, with a focus on nurturing young talent for the upcoming matches against West Indies.

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Mukesh Ambani Visits Siddhivinayak Temple with Akash Ambani, Shloka Mehta, and Grandson Prithvi Ahead of MI vs CSK Match

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Mukesh Ambani Visits Siddhivinayak Temple with Akash Ambani, Shloka Mehta, and Grandson Prithvi Ahead of MI vs CSK Match

Sunday prayers were conducted at the Siddhivinayak temple in Mumbai by industrialist Mukesh Ambani, his older son Akash Ambani, and his wife Shloka Mehta. They went to the well-known temple, which is frequented by celebrities, prior to Sunday night’s pivotal Mumbai Indians (MI) vs. Chennai Super Kings (CSK) IPL match. The chairman of Reliance Industries chose a white kurta and pajamas for a minimalist look. Whereas Shloka went with a kurta, Akash Ambani went with a relaxed green t-shirt.

The same shrine was visited earlier this month by Mukesh Ambani, Akash, and Shloka before the Mumbai Indians vs. Delhi Capitals game. The Mumbai Indians, captained by Hardik Pandya, suffered their fourth defeat of the current Indian Premier League (IPL) on Sunday as the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) triumphed by a margin of 20 runs.

The Siddhivinayak temple is a regular destination for the Ambanis for special events. The family had visited the temple to worship Ganesha on November 1st, the day of Nita Ambani’s birthday, last year. The younger son of Mukesh and Nita Ambani, Anand Ambani, and his fiancée Radhika Merchant celebrated their engagement with an extravagant pre-wedding event in Jamnagar, Gujarat, last month.

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Also Read: Hardik Pandya Criticized by Gavaskar on Live TV as Mumbai Indians Suffer 4th Defeat: ‘Ordinary Bowling and Captaincy

Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, and Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Meta, also took part in the festivities. Guests included former Bolivian President Jorge Quiroga, former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt, former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Google President Donald Harrison, and World Economic Forum Chair Klaus Schwab.

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Hardik Pandya Criticized by Gavaskar on Live TV as Mumbai Indians Suffer 4th Defeat: ‘Ordinary Bowling and Captaincy

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Hardik Pandya Criticized by Gavaskar on Live TV as Mumbai Indians Suffer 4th Defeat: ‘Ordinary Bowling and Captaincy

The Mumbai Indians suffered their fourth IPL 2024 setback, falling to the Chennai Super Kings by 20 runs on Sunday night. Sunil Gavaskar has praised Hardik Pandya for his mediocre bowling and leadership. Currently ranked eighth in the standings, MI’s chances of making the IPL playoffs are getting worse with each loss. The five-time champions have dropped two games in the Wankhede, and when they head to other locations for their next three, Hardik’s mission of walking through fire becomes much more difficult.

Hardik is facing criticism because of his performances. Although CSK scored more than 200 runs last night, the goal may have been lower if Hardik had stopped MS Dhoni from scoring heavily in the final over. Instead, Hardik handed up 2/43 from three overs, including a last over that saw Dhoni clutter him for a hat-trick of sixes to end the innings. His bowling appeared out of tune. And Gavaskar was a grump. Hardik came under fire from the former captain of India, who accused the all-rounder of having antiquated planning.

“This bowling is probably the worst I’ve seen in a very long time. It nearly appears as though my hero and I have shared an embrace. He’s going to hit sixes with some of the pitches I have. One-six will do. The next pitch is a length ball, indicating that the hitter is looking for a ball of that length to hit. During the innings break, Gavaskar said on Star Sports, “The third ball is again a full toss on the legs when you know he [Dhoni] is looking for a six.” “Oh, it’s just regular captaincy and bowling. Even though Ruturaj Gaikwad and Shivam Dube had batted so well together, they ought to have been restricted. They ought to have been limited to 185–190, in my opinion.

The match signified the continuation of MS Dhoni’s enduring relationship with the legendary Wankhede Stadium. Dhoni’s cameo of 20 not out off four balls was the icing on the cake for the fans, 13 years after he hoisted the 50-over World Cup at this sacred ground. The first six was a monster hit between extra cover and long off, and the second was whacked in the direction of Cow Corner. The fans at Wankhede went crazy when Dhoni casually flicked the third six off his pads as their “god,” Sachin Tendulkar, watched from the dressing room.

Dhoni’s cameo trumps Rohit’s fighting century

After half-centuries from Gaikwad and Dube gave CSK momentum, Dhoni’s final over provided the ideal finishing touch. Following the decision to start Ajinkya Rahane at the top of the order instead of Rachin Ravindra, Gaikwad, who came in at number three, scored 69 runs off 40 balls with five fours and five sixes. Supporting him from the other end was the all-around player Dube, whose rise this season has been extraordinary. He hit 66 off 38 balls, his second fifty of the 2024 IPL, and finished with 2500 IPL runs. Together, they put up 90 runs to hold the MI bowlers off until they could make a move.

Also Read: MS Dhoni’s Heartwarming Gesture for Rohit Sharma Amid MI’s Defeat to CSK in IPL 2024

The victory of Dhoni and CSK overshadowed another memorable performance, which was contributed by Rohit Sharma, the former captain of MI, who scored an undefeated 105 off 63 balls. As MI paid the price for a collective batting collapse, Rohit, who had opened the innings, was without a strike in the middle overs. Tilak Varma’s 31 off 20 was the next-best score after Rohit’s hundred, while Tim David, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, and Hardik Pandya could not complete the task. With the victory, CSK jumped to 8 points and made sure they would stay at 3 as they made steady progress toward the playoffs.

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MS Dhoni’s Heartwarming Gesture for Rohit Sharma Amid MI’s Defeat to CSK in IPL 2024

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MS Dhoni’s Heartwarming Gesture for Rohit Sharma Amid MI’s Defeat to CSK in IPL 2024

a starving The former captain of the Mumbai Indians watched his century go in vain as the hosts lost by 20 runs in the exciting IPL 2024 match despite a valiant effort by Rohit Sharma against the disciplined Chennai Super Kings attack on Sunday night at the Wankhede Stadium. This was due to a lack of support from the middle order. In his second IPL century and seventh in his storied T20 career, Rohit crushed Chennai with an unbeaten 105 off 63 balls. But although Rohit remained unbeaten in a chase, this was the first time in eighteen that he could not lead his team to victory. After the match finished in favor of the visitors, MS Dhoni, the former captain of the Chennai Super Kings, made a king-sized gesture to console the heartbroken.

A gettable total of 207 was acknowledged by captain Hardik Pandya for the Mumbai Indians, considering the conditions at Wankhede, where dew settles in during the second innings and allows hitters to flourish with huge strikes. The home team had earlier this month collected 439 runs in the MI vs. Delhi Capitals encounter, while Wankhede witnessed the home team chase 197 against Royal Challengers Bengaluru with 27 balls remaining. Mumbai started the day well on Sunday, scoring 70 runs in the first seven overs before Matheesha Pathirana dismissed Ishan Kishan with the first ball of the match and then removed Suryakumar Yadav for a duck in the same over. After Rohit and Tilak swiftly brought Mumbai up to speed with the asking rate, ‘Baby Malinga,’ as CSK refers to him, struck once more to eliminate the latter. On the back end, Hardik and Tim David were equally ineffective.

Also Read: MI vs CSK LIVE Score IPL 2024: Chennai Super Kings Defeat Mumbai Indians By 20 Runs

In just 61 balls, Rohit completed the lone struggle to reach his second IPL century, but his efforts were in vain as MI was held to 186 for six in 20 overs. After the game, Dhoni approached Rohit to give him a pat on the back and an embrace to cheer him up. That moment’s photo quickly became viral on social media. Pathirana, who finished with four for twenty-eight, was described by Hardik as the difference between the two teams. “The difference was Pathirana. With their strategy and plans, they were astute. After MI lost their fourth game in the IPL 2024, he commented, “They got the hang of it; there’s a man behind the stumps (Dhoni) who tells them what’s working; that helps.”

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