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After completing his half-century, Indian wicketkeeper-batter Dhruv Jurel produced a military-like salute.

Son of a Kargil War veteran, Jurel proved his mettle at the highest level with a valiant knock of 90 runs against England on the third day of the fourth Test in Ranchi on Sunday.

Coming in to bat at number 7, the 23-year-old rescued India from a precarious 161 for five and enabled the home team to reach a respectable 307 in the first innings, eventually conceding only a 46-run lead.

Fans were curious about Jurel’s salute celebration after reaching his fifty in Ranchi. Opening up about the same, the 23-year-old was quoted as saying by PTI, “It was for my father. Yesterday [Saturday] I spoke to him. My father indirectly told me 'ek salute to dikha de (show me the salute once)'. He was a Kargil war veteran so my celebration was for him.”

Jurel batted responsibly with the tail, stitching a 76-run parternship with Kuldeep Yadav for the eighth wicket, and then adding another 40 runs with debutant Akash Deep for the ninth.

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Jurel, whose knock included six fours and four sixes, was the last batter to fall, bowled by Tom Hartley.