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South African Players Stayed In Same Hotel Where Kanika Kapoor Stayed

According to recent TNN reports, the Indian singer Kanika Kapoor, who recently tested positive for COVID-19 or coronavirus, was present in the same hotel where the South African cricket team stayed.

Recently, the famous Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor has confirmed that she tested positive for COVID-19. It is worrying for the country as it has been reported that Kanika hid her travel details after recently returned to India from London.

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Kanika stayed in Lucknow for some days after returning from London. After she revealed her coronavirus case, the local administration and the Uttar Pradesh health department are trying to track down all the possible persons who came in contact with Kanika in this period.

According to the TNN report, Kanika stayed in a five-star hotel in Lucknow between 14th March and 16th March 2020. Incidentally, the entire South African team also stayed in that same hotel during that period.

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An officer claimed according to TNN, “There are reports that she dined in the hotel’s buffet and also attended several guests in the lobby. She was living there at a time when the South African team was staying in the hotel for the ODI match (against India), which eventually was called off. There is information that Kanika was seen briefly attending a news channel’s annual conclave held at the hotel. Therefore, it is important to scan the CCTV footage and list those who came in contact with her.”

Lucknow’s chief medical officer Dr Narendra Agarwal has recently lodged an FIR against Kanika Kapoor for her negligence in this important matter.

He said, “She flouted instructions on home isolation despite being a potential case of Covid-19… Instead of staying at home, she went socialising. Now after having tested positive, she has now put everyone who came in contact with her at risk.”

South African team was busy to play the ODI series against the hosts India

South African players were in India for the three-match ODI series which was initially scheduled to be played between 12th March and 18th March 2020. After the Dharamsala ODI washout, the Proteas players landed in Lucknow and stayed in that hotel.

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Ekana International Cricket Stadium (Lucknow) had the plan to host the second game of the ODI series on 15th March 2020. However, due to the coronavirus outbreak, the last two matches of the series were cancelled.

The South African players returned to the home after landing in Kolkata.

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South African Players Will Start Their Returning Journey From Kolkata

While the ODI series between the hosts India and the visitors South Africa has already been cancelled in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the visiting players are still in India. The Proteas players will land in Kolkata on Monday (16th March) according to the initial plan, and on Tuesday (17th March) morning, they will take the flight from Kolkata to South Africa via Dubai.

According to the initial planning, they had to play the ODI matches on 12th, 15th and 18th March at Dharamsala, Lucknow and Kolkata respectively. But after the Dharamsala ODI abandoned (due to the rain washout), the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to postpone the remainder of this series.

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South African will travel from Kolkata instead of Delhi or Mumbai

After leaving Lucknow, Proteas players will land Kolkata on Monday. Later, on the next day morning, they will travel for their home. Initially, they had the plan to start their returning journey from either Delhi or Mumbai. But ultimately they have chosen Kolkata as it is one of the safest places in India at present.

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While the Proteas team had the plan to play the last ODI at Eden Gardens (Kolkata), their hotel was planned in Alipore, which was near the match venue. But the plan has been changed as they will now likely to stay in Rajarhat hotel due to closer to the airport.

Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President Abhishek Dalmiya said according to TNN, “Authorities wanted them to stay closer to the airport, hence Westin was the best option. CAB will arrange doctors to provide support. Our office bearers will be there too. We are in touch with BCCI as well as Bengal government officials. The Bidhannagar Police Commissioner is also looking into the matter.”

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He further added, “They (SA team) will land here tomorrow (Monday) afternoon and leave day after morning. We have briefed the chief minister about the developments.”

Bidhannagar Commissioner of Police, LN Meena, has only claimed that the final decision hasn’t been taken about the hotel changes yet.

A senior Bengal government official hasn’t also clarified on this matter.

The official said according to TNN, “However, with the match being called off, it was felt the South African team should stay in a hotel closer to the airport. Accordingly, the BCCI was informed today when we learnt that the SA team is sticking to their Kolkata travel schedule. Wherever the team stays, all necessary health precautions will be taken as the Central and state health mandates.”

The BCCI has wished to play this home ODI series against South Africa later.

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BCCI President Sourav Ganguly Reveals Their Priority After Recent Postponements

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly has clarified that the safety will be the priority before organising the games.

COVID-19 or coronavirus has affected globally. Like the other regular lives, sports have also failed to handle this barrier. In this challenging situation, the cricket world has taken their step backwards as most of the events have been postponed at the current moment.

While globally the coronavirus has affected massively, it is growing up in India too. After the World Health Organisation (WHO) has opened up its concern on it by characterising it as a pandemic, the affected countries have taken the situation more seriously.

The Indian government has recently cancelled many visas till 15th April while the Sports Ministry has also advised organising the unavoidable events in empty stadiums.

IPL 2020 has been scheduled initially from 29th March to 24th May 2020. But observing the latest situation, the BCCI has decided to postpone the IPL 2020 till the mid-April.

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Meanwhile, the BCCI has also postponed the home ODI series against South Africa. Out of this three-match ODI series, while the opening game was abandoned due to the rain washout at Dharamsala on last Thursday (12th March), the last two ODIs of this series have been postponed.

Let’s stick to the postponement at the moment: Sourav Ganguly

BCCI has taken both these crucial decisions on Friday (13th March). Sourav Ganguly has clarified its present focus.

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He claimed, “Let’s stick to the postponement (at the moment). First priority is safety, so we postponed the games.”

Talking about the IPL 2020, the franchises have reportedly agreed to go behind the close door but with the availabilities of the foreign cricketers.

While the BCCI has postponed the IPL 2020 till mid-April, it is expected that they have especially focused on the availabilities of the foreign cricketers.

IPL 2020 was initially scheduled with lesser double-headers. When Ganguly was asked whether the postponement would put a crucial effect on the planning for the double-headers in IPL 2020, he claimed that it was too early to comment.

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Ganguly added, “We will see what happens. It is too early to answer.”

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Coronavirus Threat To Keep Public Away From India-South Africa ODIs, Confirms BCCI

The India-South Africa series is all set to be staged as per the schedule, albeit the rest of the two ODIs will be played in front of empty stands. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has confirmed that it will host the next two ODIs in Lucknow and Kolkata but there will be no public in the stands.

Also Read: David Warner Likely To Miss IPL As His Visa Application Gets Rejected

Despite the coronavirus threat, the board allowed fans to witness the opening ODI in Dharamsala on Thursday. Many ongoing football leagues are being played with no crowd and the BCCI has now decided to follow the suit.

Although there is no word on IPL yet. The board is set to table a meeting on Saturday to take a final decision on it. Since the Indian Government has suspended foreign visas until April 15, many overseas players are confirmed to miss first two weeks of the league.

There are high chances of the league being pushed to mid-April so all the players get their visas. In this case, the board will have to organise many double-headers to complete the league by the end of May. BCCI had earlier scrapped Saturday double-headers for the upcoming season.

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The South African players are already in India for the ongoing series and they might also return back if the league is delayed.

Also Read: Breaking: Australia, Royal Challengers Bangalore Pacer Tested For Coronavirus; Withdrawn From Squad

Meanwhile, the second ODI of the series takes place on Sunday (March 15). The third and the final ODI is scheduled to take place on March 18. There was no action in the opening ODI in Dharamsala due to rain in Northern India. In September 2019 as well, the opening game (T20I) between the two nations was washed out due to due to rain.

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India vs South Africa 1st ODI: IND vs SA Dream11 Team, Playing XI, Fantasy Cricket Tips

India and South Africa will conclude their 2019/20 international season with the three-match ODI series starting March 12 in Dharamsala. While Team India had a great run during the season, South Africa’s cricket touched lows and they now have a new team management and a new captain.

The last time South Africa played against India Down Under, the visiting team did dominate the home team but the things are different this time. Quinton de Kock is leading the team while Faf du Plessis is back in the side for the first time since World Cup 2019.

Also Read: India Vs South Africa 2020: 1st ODI, Dharamsala – Match Preview, Predicted XI, Prediction, Where to Watch

Conditions –

The cold weather should give pace bowlers an advantage during the duration of the contest. The team winning the toss might opt to bowl first.

Here is the likely playing XI of both the teams –

India:

Opener Shikhar Dhawan is all set to play his first international match after two months. He suffered shoulder injury during Australia ODIs and was forced to miss the New Zealand tour. Prithvi Shaw, who made his ODI debut in New Zealand, should partner him ahead of Shubman Gill. KL Rahul should remain at number five.

Both Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will also be back in the playing XI for the opening ODI. Only one of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvednra Chahal is expected to be part of the final squad.

Likely playing XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah

Also Read: India Vs South Africa 2020: Bhuvneshwar Kumar Opens up on Important ODI Series

South Africa:

Since Janneman Malan wasn’t a part of the original squad, he isn’t expected to get the first go in the series. South Africa will welcome back their former captain Faf du Plessis for the first time since July 2019. The recent form of Heinrich Klaasen is a big boost for South Africa.

Likely playing XI: Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Jon-Jon Smuts, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lungi Ngidi, Beuran Hendricks, Anrich Nortje

My Dream11 team for IND vs SA 1st ODI:

Quinton de Kock, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (Captain), Rassie van der Dussen, Shreyas Iyer (Vice-Captain), Heinrich Klaasen, Hardik Pandya, Jon-Jon Smuts, Jasprit Bumrah, Lungi Ngidi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar

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Grown up Playing Red-Ball Cricket, Test Cricket Will be Dream Come True: Shreyas Iyer

Shreyas Iyer has grown out of his comfort zone to provide India with some stability at No. 4 in the limited-overs cricket. The Indian cricketer has given the team selectors a definitive performance in the ODI series during New Zealand tour. The 25-year-old batter had set a fine example of a batsman to bat judiciously at the number four spot, only to ease some of the pain of the selectors.

In the recently-concluded India’s tour of New Zealand, Iyer has been at his finest form in the limited-overs leg. The right-hander has added a century and two half-centuries to his name while playing in the three-match ODI series against the Black Caps.

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When the best of the batsmen struggled against the bowling attacks of New Zealand, Iyer partnered with KL Rahul and scored runs for the Men in Blue.

However, his immaculate performance in ODIs could not impress India’s team management – to name him in either of the two-Test fixtures.

After the New Zealand tour, Iyer is buckling up for another One-Day International series against South Africa. Post the three-match Proteas series, Iyer will be seen leading the Delhi Capitals (DC) in the 13th edition of the famous Indian Premier Lague (IPL).

To play Test Cricket, will be like a dream come true: Shreyas Iyer

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However, before prepping for the upcoming white-ball game, Iyer addressed his desire to debut in the Test cricket. Like every other budding cricketer’s career, Iyer caught the national selectors’ eyes with his continuing brilliant illustrations in the domestic cricket.

After giving his best in the domestic red-ball cricket, Iyer expressed his wish to play in the Test cricket for the national team.

“I’ve grown up playing red-ball cricket. Once that is imbibed in you as a cricketer, it is never going to go away. No cricketer, who has spent a good amount of time playing red-ball cricket will ever quit aspiring to play Test cricket,” Iyer said.

The right-handed batsman has played a total of 92 innings in the 54 matches of the First-Class cricket. Iyer has amassed a total of 12 centuries and 23 half-centuries.

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Adding further, Iyer said that any cricketer playing at the international level in cricket will aspire to play in the Test cricket as well.

The 26-year-old batsman wishes to soon be donning the white jersey for India and play in the five-day-long cricket version.

“It’s a different feeling. It may sound like a cliche, but playing Test cricket is a dream and I hope it comes true soon. Don’t think it’s just me who thinks that way. Anybody who aspires to play the game at the highest level will always aspire to play Test cricket. Then it’s all about how capable you are,” the Mumbaikar added.

For now, Iyer will feature in the three-match ODI series of India against South Africa.

The series will commence from 12th March as the first match will take place in Dharamsala. The third and last match of the series will be hosted by Eden Gardens on March 18.

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Hardik Pandya, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar Likely To Be Recalled For ODI Series Against South Africa: Reports

Sunil Joshi-led the national selection committee’s first assignment will be to select the India’s squad for the upcoming three-match ODI series against South Africa. The home series will run between 12th March and 18th March.

Earlier this week, Joshi and Harvinder Singh were selected as the two new members in the selection panel. Joshi replaced MSK Prasad from the chief selector’s position while Harvinder replaced Gagan Khoda, who presided the central zone.

Selection committee first meeting on injury update:

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According to the Hindu newspaper, the first meeting of the selection panel is likely to be more of injury updates. The selectors will take look at the fitness of three players who are recovering from the injury.

The three players are Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Shikhar Dhawan. The trio is currently playing in the ongoing DY Patil T20 Cup 2020. The reports further claimed that all three players are set to be recalled for the South Africa series after recovering from their respective injuries.

Hardik Pandya’s enthraling show at DY Patil T20 Cup:

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His performance in the DY Patil T20 Cup speaks volumes about his recovery. The star all-rounder was out of action for the past eight months as he went under surgery and then was had to undergo rehabilitation programme at the Bengaluru’s National Cricket Academy (NCA).

However, the long break doesn’t seem to affect his hard-hitting prowess.

Playing for Reliance 1, he scored 158 off 55 balls in the semifinal against BPCL. His marvellous innings includes 20 gigantic sixes. Earlier, he scored a century out of 37 balls and also picked five-wicket against CAG.

On the other hand, Bhuvneshwar and Dhawan are not effective like Hardik Pandya in the tournament. The way Hardik batted and bowled in the tournament, he looked fit – and is very much expected to be in the squad for the impending South Africa ODI series.

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Five Indian Players Who Might Make A Comeback In The ODI Series Against South Africa

The Indian cricket team is currently busy playing the Test series against New Zealand. Although Virat Kohli and co. have already lost the first Test match, they will head to play the last Test match of the series, which will begin from 29th February. The absence of major players in the Indian team was also the major factor of India’s defeat. Before playing the Test series, the Men in Blue had also lost the ODI series with 3-0.

The reason for India’s loss in the one-day contest was somewhere because of a lack of appropriate replacement of injured players. Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Rohit Sharma were absent in the squad because they were suffering from injuries.

Meanwhile, after completing the New Zealand tour, India will head to play the ODI series against South Africa at home. And in this series, some players might make a comeback in the Indian team.

List Of Five Indian Players Who Might Make A Comeback In The ODI Series Against South Africa:

Rohit Sharma:

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India’s limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma got himself injured during the T20I series against New Zealand. In the last T20I match of the series, the opener surfaced with a calf injury while running between the wickets. He was then ruled out of the remaining New Zealand tour.

The player is expected to make a comeback in the ODI series against South Africa which will begin from 12th March. It is the only international series before the start of the Indian Premier League 2020. So, Rohit Sharma will like to test himself against the Proteas.

However, if reports are to believe, Rohit has made himself unavailable for the South Africa series. He is set to feature in the popular T20 league.

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India Vs South Africa 2020: ODI Series – Three Indian Players Who Can Take Rest During This Series

The Indian national cricket team will end the ongoing international cricket season (2019/20) with the three-match home ODI series against South Africa.

India and South Africa will play this upcoming ODI series from 12th to 18th March. It is also likely to be India’s last ODI series before the beginning of the 2020–22 ICC Cricket World Cup Super League, which will also be played as the direct qualifiers for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.

Due to workload management, some regular Indian cricketers can take rest from this upcoming season-ending ODI series. To providing the rest in this series, the BCCI can also consider those players who will tour to Bangladesh to represent the Asia XI against World XI in the two-match special T20I series. This special T20I series has been scheduled on 21st and 22nd March.

Moreover, the IPL 2020 will begin soon from 29th March 2020. So, the upcoming home ODI series will be the perfect time for some regular Indian cricketers to take rest from the game.

Mohammed Shami

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The right-arm fast bowler Mohammed Shami is currently the best pacer of the Indian team. He is performing consistently in every format. Though he has got some rests in recent times, another short rest can be useful for him.

Moreover, it will be a good opportunity for the Indian team to check the other new pacers properly. At present, the team has some good quality pacers who are on the bench. So, it will be a good opportunity for them to showcase their talents in ODI cricket.

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‘Gabbar Is Back’ – Shikhar Dhawan Announces Comeback In Styles, Set To Return For South Africa ODIs

India opener Shikhar Dhawan seems to be fit and running for the upcoming three-match series against South Africa as he announced his comeback on Instagram. In a post on the social media platform, Dhawan announced his comeback in style and hinted that he is fit for selection.

The left-handed batsman is now confirmed to be selected for the upcoming home fixtures that start on March 12. He hasn’t played an international fixture since January.

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Kitne bowler they? #Gabbar is back ???

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Dhawan was set to fly to New Zealand for five T20Is and three ODIs but suffered a shoulder injury during the final ODI against Australia. It ruled him out for a month, which saw him miss the white-ball series against New Zealand. He went to NCA earlier this month and has now been declared fit.

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Dhawan suffered a spate of injuries in 2019/20. He first broke his thumb during World Cup 2019 and missed major part of the tournament. Later in the year, he injured a thigh injury during a domestic game for Delhi and missed the limited-overs series against West Indies. A shoulder injury against Australia saw him miss the NZ tour.

He is likely to replace Mayank Agarwal in the ODI squad. The right-handed batsman had replaced Dhawan for the three-match series against NZ but only managed 36 runs in three innings.

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While Dhawan is set to make his comeback, Rohit Sharma isn’t expected to be included n the 15-member squad for the home series. Team India’s limited-overs vice-captain was on the road for over a year before he suffered a calf injury in New Zealand.

Also Read: West Indies Fined For Slow Over-Rate During Colombo ODI

Fit or not, Rohit is expected to be given a break for the series. This will see Prithvi Shaw retain his place at the top. He scored 84 runs in three ODIs against New Zealand.

Apart from Rohit, captain Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah are also expected to be rested for the three matches. Hardik Pandya might make his comeback to international cricket for the home fixtures.