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IPL 2023 in Danger: Veteran Commentator Aakash Chopra Tests Positive for COVID-19

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IPL 2023 faces Covid scare as former cricketer tests positive. The excitement of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 has been overshadowed by the news of a former cricketer and renowned commentator testing positive for Covid-19. The news has raised concerns of potential cancellation of the tournament, which was being conducted in an open manner after four years. The previous season of IPL was held under the shadows of Covid-19, where matches were held in selected cities with utmost care. However, the situation seems to be getting worse, and the first case of Covid-19 has already been reported in IPL 2023. Veteran commentator Aakash Chopra, who was seen doing commentary for the JioCinema during the Lucknow Supergiants vs Chennai Super Kings match, has tested positive for Covid-19. Chopra, who has played Test cricket for India and Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, revealed the news through a video on his official Twitter account. This news has raised concerns about the safety of players and staff, and it remains to be seen how the tournament authorities will deal with this situation.

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Ind vs Aus 2nd ODI : India Maintains Momentum Despite Gaikwad’s Dismissal

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Having won the toss and chosen to bowl against Ind vs Aus  in 2nd ODI, Australia’s acting captain Steve Smith, Josh Hazlewood struck in his second over to cheaply remove Ruturaj Gaikwad. Shreyas Iyer, who entered at number three, got off to a quick start, blasting four boundaries in only 11 balls, and he seemed to be building confidence with each ball.

Both Australia and India’s starting XIs are without Pat Cummins and Jasprit Bumrah in favour of Prasidh Krishna and Spencer Johnson, respectively. India has a great chance to take a commanding 2-0 lead today in the second ODI in Indore because the series is still up for grabs, their recent performance, and the result of the Mohali match.

Shreyas Iyer’s Quest for Form and Fitness

More significantly, this is the last chance for young players like Ravichandran Ashwin, Shreyas Iyer, and Suryakumar Yadav to leave a lasting impression before veteran players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, and Kuldeep Yadav return for India’s final official match prior to the World Cup. Particularly Shreyas wants to get back into form after missing out on a flat track in the last game.

As India’s number 4, Shreyas’ fitness was a hot question throughout the Asia Cup, and for a variety of reasons, he hasn’t been able to spend a lot of time on the pitch. He was unable to compete in the Asia Cup due to a back spasm, and an unlucky run-out brought a stop to his brief 8-ball stint.

In order to bolster his and his team’s confidence going into the international event, Shreyas wants to score heavily in the next two games.
Despite having a clean bowling recovery, Ashwin found it difficult to trouble the Australian hitters on a flat surface. He struggled to produce much spin, and the opponent could simply stop his flatter deliveries.

In the event that Axar Patel is unable to recover in time, the World Cup-bound Indian side still has the option of including the defending champion spinner, although the 37-year-old’s performance has not met expectations.

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Australia’s Must-Win Situation in the Series

Even without four elite players, including skipper Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, India was still able to win the opening ODI with ease. They are now well-positioned to win the series at the Holkar Stadium, which is famed for hosting high-scoring games.

The players will appreciate the break provided by recent rain, which has decreased the temperature after Mohali experienced extraordinary heat and humidity.

In the first game, Australia, like India, was without several important players, including Josh Hazlewood, Glenn Maxwell, and Mitchell Starc. Pat Cummins, the captain, made a suggestion that they may be prepared by the September 27 third game in Rajkot.

Also Read: PM Modi Lays Foundation Stone for Varanasi’s First International Cricket Stadium

Australia had already won a series in India earlier this year, but they are again in a scenario on Sunday where they must win. Josh Inglis’ run-a-ball 45 showed potential, but the middle order has to be more reliable.

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PM Modi Lays Foundation Stone for Varanasi’s First International Cricket Stadium

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For the first International Cricket Stadium in Ganjari, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation on Saturday.

Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Dilip Vengsarkar, Madan Lal, Gundappa Viswanath, Gopal Sharma, and Ravi Shastri were among the unbelievable cricketers who went to the noteworthy function for the principal arena in eastern Uttar Pradesh with Boss Pastor Yogi Adityanath. Roger Binny, head of the BCCI, Rajiv Shukla, and Jay Shah were also present.

At an expense of Rs. 450 crore, the arena would be built on a 30-section of land plot of land.According to the Uttar Pradesh government, the stadium’s site acquisition cost Rs. 121 crore, while its building would cost Rs. 330 crore, according to the BCCI. Most likely, the stadium won’t be finished until December 2025.

Ankit Chatterjee, the chief executive officer of the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA), stated that the architecture of the cricket stadium that is being considered for Ganjari in Varanasi will be reflective of the holy city’s rich tradition and everything associated to Lord Shiva. The floodlights will be trident-shaped, and the roofs will be designed like a crescent that crowns Lord Shiva.

Speaking at the occasion after the inauguration, Modi said that it will promote sports and develop young people’s athletic potential.
“This stadium in ‘Mahadev’s’ hometown will bear ‘Mahadev’s’ name According to Modi, this stadium will rise to prominence in the Purvanchal area.

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Varanasi’s Potential as an International Cricket Host

Varanasi will be able to host international cricket matches if this stadium is built, according to regional sports officer RP Singh.
The PM will attend the Nari Shakti Vandan-Abhinandan Karyakram at Sampurnanand Sanskrit University in the city later in the day.

The historic approval of the Nari Shakti Vandan Act, according to Modi, “is also evidence of how the country makes important decisions when there is a stable government with a full majority.”

As a result of the women’s reservation law being passed in parliament, 5,000 ladies will honour the prime minister at the function. He will also speak with the women about the Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam 2023.

From the university, the PM would travel to the Rudraksh International Cooperation and Convention Centre, where he would meet with students and officially open 16 recently constructed Atal Awasiya Vidyalayas, one of which is in Varanasi.

To provide them with a proper education and aid in their overall development and progress, schools were specifically established for the children of construction workers, daily wage earners, and Covid orphans. Each Atal school has between 10 and 15 acres of construction space, a sports pitch, a relaxation area, a small auditorium, a dormitory complex, a mess and staff housing. There will ultimately be 1,000 pupils at each school.

As a result of the women’s reservation law being passed in parliament, 5,000 ladies will honour the prime minister at the function. He will also speak with the women about the Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam 2023.

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From the university, the PM would travel to the Rudraksh International Cooperation and Convention Centre, where he would meet with students and officially open 16 recently constructed Atal Awasiya Vidyalayas, one of which is in Varanasi.

To provide them with a proper education and aid in their overall development and progress, schools were specifically established for the children of construction workers, daily wage earners, and Covid orphans. Each Atal school has between 10 and 15 acres of construction space, a sports pitch, a relaxation area, a small auditorium, a dormitory complex, a mess and staff housing. There will ultimately be 1,000 pupils at each school.

Also Read: IND vs AUS: India Defeats Australia by 5 Wickets in 1st ODI, Takes 1-0 Series Lead

The Kashi Sansad Sanskritik Mahotsav, which began on September 1, will conclude with a ceremony in which the prime minister will take part.

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IND vs AUS: India Defeats Australia by 5 Wickets in 1st ODI, Takes 1-0 Series Lead

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India defeated Australia by five wickets to take a 1-0 series lead on Friday. Shubman Gill (74) and Ruturaj Gaikwad (71) of India were the team’s opening batsmen after some strong bowling. KL Rahul (58) and Suryakumar Yadav (50) guided the squad to victory despite Adam Zampa’s efforts to get Australia back in the match.

Champions of Asia Mohammed Shami’s stunning 5/51 performance helped India bowl brilliantly against Australia. Jasprit Bumrah just had one wicket but bowled excellently to contain the Australian batsmen. The strong bowling also benefited from the contributions of Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Shardul Thakur.

David Warner (52) and Steve Smith (41) played in a critical combination to advance the Australian score after Mitchell March left the pitch early. Even though Marnus Labuschagne (39), hit some powerful strokes, wickets continued to fall often.

In the first of a three-match ODI series, Team India won the throw and chose to bowl against Australia at the Punjab Cricket Affiliation (PCA) Arena in Mohali. The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 beginnings in a month, consequently the Asia Cup 2023 heroes need to play well to delay their series of wins.

Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli will be rested for the first two games, therefore KL Rahul, who just made an impressive recovery, will serve as the captain of the Indian team.

Also Read: Sunil Chhetri Scores in India’s Victory Over Bangladesh at Asian Games, Keeping Qualification Hopes Alive

Pat Cummins, the speed bowler who is the captain of Australia, is also recovering from an injury, but Mitchell Starc won’t be ready for the opening match because of his ongoing recovery.

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Highlights of the Ind vs Aus match :

  • Mohammed Shami gave the Indian squad a strong bowling assault, while Jasprit Bumrah helped him limit the Australian batting to 276 runs.
  •  Chasing a goal of 277 runs, the team’s opening partnership of 142 runs was made up of Shubman Gill (74) and Ruturaj Gaikwad (71).
  • After dismissing Ruturaj Gaikwad, Adam Zampa handed Australia their first breakthrough. Shortly after, Shreyas Iyer (#3) similarly made a stupid runout and strolled back to the pavilion.
  •  After another successful dismissal of dangerous Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan and captain KL Rahul are leading the chase.
  • In order to put pressure on the Indian batsmen, captain Pat Cummins removed Ishan Kishan, but Suryakumar Yadav subsequently entered the field.
  •  To win the match and get their individual half-centuries, KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav produced a fantastic combination.
  •  After finishing his 50, captain KL Rahul promptly hit the game-winning six. By five wickets, India finally overcame Australia.

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