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Bengaluru ODI: Indian Team Wears Black Armband For ‘Bapu’ Nadkarni

Bengaluru: The Indian team on Sunday wore black armbands during their third and final ODI against Australia here as a mark of respect on passing away of former Test all-rounder Rameshchandra Gangaram ‘Bapu’ Nadkarni, a statement said.

Nadkarni died on Friday in Mumbai at the age of 86. Best known for bowling a record 21 consecutive maiden overs in a Test match, he is survived by his wife and two daughters.

A left-arm batsman and slow-left arm orthodox bowler, Nadkarni played 41 Tests for India between 1955 and 1968. He scored 1,414 runs and took 88 wickets.

His debut and final Tests were both against New Zealand.

In the series-deciding ODI, Australia won the toss and elected to bat first.

Australia won the first tie by 10 wickets only for India to return the favour as they scripted a 36-run win in the second ODI.

Speaking at the toss, Finch said: “Looks like a good wicket. If we had gone into the backovers three down, we could have chased it down. Josh Hazlewood in for Kane Richardson.”

On the other hand, Indian skipper Virat Kohli expressed: “It’s a dry pitch, and it’s always been a difficult pitch to defend on. There might also be some dew later on. The execution of yorkers was excellent. Same team, no changes.”

Playing XI:
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (Captain), Shreyas Iyer, Lokesh Rahul(w), Manish Pandey, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah

Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch (Captain), Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey (wicket-keeper), Ashton Turner, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa


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