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IND vs. ENG: With a salute, Dhruv Jurel, the son of a Kargil War veteran, Celebrates His First Test Fifty

<p>Day three of the fourth Test of the five-match series at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi saw Dhruv Jurel celebrate with a salute after hitting his first fifty in the longest format of the game on Saturday.</p>
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<p>Following Shoaib Bashir’s four-wicket haul on Saturday, Druv and Kuldeep Yadav contributed a 42-run partnership to enable India reach stumps. When the game resumed on Sunday, the two put up 76 runs together until James Anderson put an end to the Indian spinner’s 131-ball stay at the wicket.</p>
<p>The tribute might be for his father, a former Havildar who served in the Kargil conflict in 1999 before choosing to leave the army voluntarily in 2008.</p>
<p>at the current third Test at Rajkot, the 23-year-old also showed well, making a steely 46 off 104 balls on his debut. He also displayed excellent catching abilities, pulling off a fantastic run out.</p>
<p>Jurel has gradually made his way up to the senior squad. Prior to being named vice-captain of the India Under-19 squad that placed second in the 2020 World Cup in South Africa, he played age-group cricket for Uttar Pradesh. After that, the Rajasthan Royals purchased him in the 2022 Indian Premier League auction, and he made his team debut the previous year.</p>
<p>“My father is my idol, therefore if I win the India cap, I would want to dedicate this to him. I’ll chat to him if I’m confused. He leads the way. Dhruv Jurel had informed the BCCI, “He is my hero.”</p>
<p>“Coming from Agra, moving to Noida at a very young age, your mother being with you all the tough things that must have happened in the journey, there must have been so many people through that journey who would have really helped you,” Dinesh Karthik remarked, handing him his test cap. He said, “I have no doubt that they would all be watching today.”</p>
<p>Even though you must have played a lot of matches in a variety of colors, mostly blue, there is something heavenly and pure about representing India in Test cricket while wearing the whites. The game’s hardest mode is unrelenting and demanding, but succeeding in it brings about a great sense of fulfillment, Karthik said.</p>
<p>Karthik wished Jurel the same success as his colleague Rinku Singh, saying that doing well in Test cricket is crucial for every cricketer.</p>
<p>He said, “Your dad is watching today, and he will be really proud and happy like everyone else is.” Your dad is your greatest idol.</p>
<p>“Everyone’s journey is unique, and let us take an example, Rinku Singh, who has been your roommate and housemate for a while now, and what you have done in this short amount of time and achieved,” said Karthik.</p>
<p>The former India stumper said, “He has done some special things in the last six months and may you do special things as well.”</p>
<p>To emphasize how uncommon it is to be selected to play Test cricket for India, Karthik displayed some statistics.</p>
<p>“Very few people have used this format. I’ll tell you that in my ten years as a broadcaster, I’ve taken up certain statistics: just thirty individuals have managed to play Test cricket, compared to 65 who have played T20Is and 56 ODIs.</p>
<p>This is the most difficult form to enter. I hope you remain a long time and succeed well because of what you have accomplished, Karthik continued.</p>