Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma are blessed with a baby boy ‘Akaay’, sharing the news on social media

Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma announced on Tuesday that they have become parents to a baby boy. The baby named Akaay was born on February 15, the couple announced on their Instagram account. “With great happiness and hearts full of love, we are happy to tell everyone that on February 15, we welcomed our son Akaay and little sister Vamika into this world,” wrote Kohli and Anushka.

Earlier this month, AB de Villiers, Kohli’s long-time teammate at Roya Challengers Bangalore, shared on his YouTube channel that the couple is expecting their second child. De Villers shared excerpts from the text he exchanged with Kohli.

“So I wrote to him and said: ‘I want to see you (sic) now, cookie. How did you do?’. He said: “I really need to be with my family now. I’m doing well.’ Yes, her second child is on the way.

But later, in an interview with Dainik Bhaskar, de Villiers admitted: “At the same time, I also made a terrible mistake by spreading false information, which was not true at all. I think the best for Virat’s family comes first. No one knows what’s going on there, all I can do is wish him luck.

Last month, when India announced its squad for the first two of the five Tests against England, the BCCI said in a press release that Kohli would miss the Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam matches “due to personal reasons”. Expecting him to return later in the series, the Indian cricket board said before the Rajkot Test that the former Indian skipper has been ruled out of the rest of the series.

“Virat Kohli will not be available for selection for the rest of the series due to personal reasons. The Board respects and supports Mr Kohli’s decision,” the BCCI said.

IPL 2024: CSK, KKR And RCB In Race To Sign Sarfaraz Khan For Next Season, Claims Report.

Sarfaraz Khan has been making big news lately because he did really well in his first cricket match for India against England. Even though he scored lots of points in local games, it took a while for him to get picked for the national team. But when he finally got to play, it was a special moment because his dad was there watching.

In his first game, Sarfaraz did something amazing. He became only the fourth Indian player ever to score more than fifty points in both rounds of his first big match. He scored 62 points in the first round and 68 in the second, helping India win the game by a lot.

Sarfaraz did so well that some teams in the Indian Premier League (IPL) are interested in him. The IPL is a big cricket tournament in India. Even though nobody bought him for the last IPL season, some teams like Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are thinking about getting him for the next one.

A newspaper called Andndabazar Patrika says that three teams are thinking about picking Sarfaraz. KKR’s mentor, Gautam Gambhir, thinks Sarfaraz could make their team stronger. He wants Sarfaraz to join players like Rinku Singh, Nitish Rana, Shreyas Iyer, Jason Koy, and Andre Russell.

Another team, the Chennai Super Kings led by MS Dhoni, might also try to get Sarfaraz. Dhoni likes the idea of having Sarfaraz on his team.

Even the Royal Challengers Bangalore want Sarfaraz back. He played for them before but didn’t get many chances because there were other great players like AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, and Virat Kohli.

Sarfaraz has played in the IPL for a while now. He’s been on different teams like Royal Challengers Bangalore, Punjab Kings, and Delhi Capitals. He’s played 50 games and scored 585 points, with only one time where he scored more than 50 points.

IPL set for March 22 start, says IPL chairman Arun Dhumal.

The much-awaited Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to begin on March 22, according to what league chairman Arun Dhumal said on Tuesday. Even though there are elections coming up soon, the IPL games will happen only in India. The exact schedule for the 17th IPL season isn’t out yet because of the elections, which are expected to be in April and May.

Dhumal said they’ll start by announcing the schedule for the first 15 days. They’ll decide the rest of the games after they know the election dates.

“We’re planning to start the tournament on March 22. We’re working closely with government groups, and we’ll put out the first part of the schedule first. All the games will be in India,” Dhumal told PTI. “The dates for the Lok Sabha polls will probably be out early next month,” Dhumal added. The IPL was played entirely in another country only once, in 2009, in South Africa. In 2014, some matches were in the UAE because of the elections. But in 2019, the IPL happened in India even with the elections. The IPL final will probably be on May 26, just before the T20 World Cup starts. India’s first World Cup game will be against Ireland in New York on June 5. The tournament starts with a match between the USA and Canada on June 1. The first IPL match is usually between the previous year’s finalists. This time, it’s between the Chennai Super Kings and Gujarat Titans. The player auction for the 2024 season was in December last year. Australian player Mitchell Starc became the most expensive IPL player ever when the Kolkata Knight Riders bought him for Rs 24.75 crore.

Rishabh Pant set for IPL return, plays warm-up match in Alur.

Rishabh Pant is getting ready to make a comeback in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL). A report from Cricbuzz says he played in a practice game in Alur. This is a big step for Pant after his bad car accident in 2022. He hasn’t played in a warm-up game since then. Pant will lead Delhi Capitals in the IPL and focus only on batting, according to BCCI sources.

They also say Pant’s running and batting skills are as good as they were before his accident.

“A big part of the game was to see how well he could move. He’s been practicing batting for some time, so playing in this game was like a continuation of that,” said someone from the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. Pant has been getting treatment at the NCA and also in London, arranged by the Indian Cricket Board. After being away from cricket for about 15 months due to his accident, Pant playing in a practice game is great news for his team, Delhi Capitals, and his fans. Earlier, Delhi Capitals’ head coach Ricky Ponting said Pant was confident about playing in the IPL.

“Rishabh is very sure that he’ll be able to play. But we’re not sure yet if he’ll be able to keep wickets,” Ponting said. “He’s been active on social media and seems to be in good shape. But there’s still six weeks to go until the first game. So we’re not sure if he’ll keep wickets this year. He wants to play every game, keep wickets, and bat at No.4. But we’ll have to wait and see,” Ponting added.

The 17th IPL season will start on March 22 and will be held only in India, said league chairman Arun Dhumal. This decision was made because there are general elections happening in April and May. That’s why the IPL schedule hasn’t been announced yet. Pant, who is 26 years old, has played 33 Tests, 30 ODIs, and 66 T20s for India.

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