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Pant, Gill released midway from Test squad


Both the benched players Rishabh Pant and Shubman Gill have been released from India’s Test squad. Kona Shrikar Bharat has been named as the standby of Wridimann Saha.

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While  Bangladesh have already lost two players due to concussion and there are a shortage of players in the squad, the hosts India have released two players Rishabh Pant and Shubman Gill to allow them to play in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

Meanwhile, wicket-keeper batsman Kona Shrikar Bharat has been named as the standby for Wriddhiman Saha for the ongoing second Test against Bangladesh. Pant will be available for Delhi’s next two Super League matches, which will be played against Haryana and Rajasthan on November 24 and November 27 respectively, as well as for the semi-finals and final, if Delhi qualify.

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On the other hand, Gill  will be available for Punjab in their next two Super League games against Karnataka and Tamil Nadu on November 24 and November 25 respectively.

Bharat is a popular name in India’s domestic circuit. He has scored  3,909 runs in 69 first-class games with eight hundreds and 20 half-centuries.

“I played the first pink ball match in Lucknow when it was introduced in the Duleep Trophy in 2015. I got a call and was asked to join the team in the morning. I am looking forward to sharing the dressing room with my idol Virat Bhai. Wriddhiman is one of the best wicketkeepers of the current era. I’m hoping to learn a lot from them,” Bharat said.

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