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The Rohit Sharma-led Team India are taking on England in the third Test of the five-match series, underway at the Niranjan Shah Stadium, which was previously called Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) Stadium in Rajkot. Speaking of the Test series, it stands currently poised 1-1 with the visitors clinching the opening Test in Hyderabad by 28 runs, followed by India levelling it in Visakhapatnam with a 106-run win. 

However, as the two sides took the field early on Thursday, February 15 in Rajkot, while the Three Lions named one change with Mark Wood replacing Shoaib Bashir, the hosts called in for four changes with two players being handed their debut Test cap.

Among the two debutants, one has been Sarfaraz Khan, who has waited for long for this moment. Seeing the Mumbai batter get his Test debut cap from legend and former Indian cricketer Anil Kumble, Sarfaraz Khan’s father Naushad Khan was left in tears. This moment has since then gone viral with his wife also breaking down in tears to celebrate this joyous day in the life of the cricketer. 

Moreover, 23-year-old Dhruv Jurel also made his Test debut, replacing wicketkeeper-batter KS Bharat in the side. Jurel received his Test cap from veteran wicketkeeping-batter Dinesh Karthik ahead of the Day 1’s play in Rajkot. Speaking of the UP batter, Jurel has featured in 10 List A games. In his 10 First Class appearances, the 23-year-old has cored 189 runs in seven innings at an average of 47.25 with two half centuries to his name. 

Watch Sarfaraz Khan’s moment with his family after Test debut here:

India’s Playing XI for third Test against England:

Yashasvi Jaiswal, Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill, Rajat Patidar, Sarfaraz Khan, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhruv Jurel (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah (vc), Mohammed Siraj.

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