Indian cricket team players Yuzvendra Chahal, Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan on Tuesday met ‘RRR’ star Jr NTR. The popular actor was in the lead roles in the super-hit mover ‘RRR’ which recently won a Golden Globe award in the ‘Best Original Song’ category. “It was indeed a pleasure meeting the man of masses @tarak9999 What a gentleman. Congratulations on the golden globe win. We all are proud,” tweeted leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.
— Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) January 17, 2023
“The legend Great to see you brother @tarak9999 Had a wonderful time and here’s congratulating you once again on all your success,” wrote Ishan Kishan on twitter.
— Ishan Kishan (@ishankishan51) January 17, 2023
With the staRRR @tarak9999 Congrats on winning the Golden Globe
— Shubman Gill (@ShubmanGill) January 17, 2023
Having stirred a debate after being left out of the squad despite a world record double hundred, Ishan Kishan is set to play in the middle-order in the upcoming ODI series against New Zealand, beginning here on Wednesday. KL Rahul’s unavailability due to personal reasons opened up a slot for Kishan.
Kishan had to sit out of the Sri Lanka series despite scoring the fastest double hundred in the history of ODIs, against Bangladesh in the preceding rubber.
Shubman Gill, who was rewarded for his consistency and picked ahead of Kishan to open alongside skipper Rohit Sharma, made the most of the opportunities with scores of 70, 21 and 116 in the Sri Lanka series.
No changes are expected to the opening combination against the Black Caps.
Kishan has batted in the middle-order thrice in the 10 ODIs he had played, and therefore, making adjustments should not be an issue.
KS Bharat, who is the second wicketkeeper in the squad, is likely to warm the bench as he is more of a cover in Rahul’s absence.
In a World Cup year, every game is significant and India would aim to build on the gains from the Sri Lanka series even though the performance of their opponents was underwhelming to say the least.
The big takeaways for India from the Sri Lanka series was the performance of the top three and Mohammed Siraj’s ability to pick up wickets with the new ball.
Like Gill and Virat Kohli, Rohit also looked in sublime touch with scores of 83 and 42 but would like to get a big hundred which has also eluded him for some time now.
Kohli though is back to scoring hundreds at will and looks hungrier for runs more than ever, which should set alarm bells ringing in the New Zealand camp.
With PTI inputs
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