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Maiden Test Fifty & a Salute: Dhruv Jurel decodes reason behind salute celebration

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In the fourth Test against England in Ranchi, India’s wicketkeeper-batsman Dhruv Jurel emerged as a crucial figure on Day 3. Despite being only in his second Test, Jurel played a pivotal role in rescuing India’s innings from a precarious position at 177/7. Dhruv Jurel notched up his maiden half-century during the first session, drawing attention for his distinctive salute celebration. It’s noteworthy that this salute was a special tribute to his father, Nem Chand, a Kargil War veteran and retired havildar. Having served in the 1999 Kargil War, Nem Chand took voluntary retirement in 2008. Following his innings, Jurel shared that his father had suggested the salute celebration during their conversation at the end of Day 2, emphasizing a tradition that has been a part of Jurel’s life since childhood.

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Jurel fell just short of reaching a century, being dismissed for 90 (149) with six boundaries and four sixes. The Agra-native played a pivotal role in a 76-run partnership with Kuldeep Yadav (28 off 13) and a 40-run stand with Akash Deep (9 off 29), contributing significantly to India’s competitive position in the game. Thanks to a determined performance from the lower order, India concluded their innings at 307, providing England with a 46-run lead in the second innings.

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Nevertheless, the team captained by Ben Stokes was unable to secure a commanding position against India in the second innings. The Indian spinners dominated, dismissing them for a mere 145 runs. Ravichandran Ashwin stood out as the top performer among the bowlers for the host, achieving his 35th five-wicket haul with impressive figures of 5/51. In addition to Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav delivered a superb bowling performance, recording figures of 4/22 in 15 overs.

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