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Team India wear black armbands in Antigua Test to pay respect to Arun Jaitley

Arun Jaitley passed away today in New Delhi.

Ishant Sharma with black armband
Ishant Sharma with black armband. (Photo Source: Twitter)

India suffered a huge loss on Saturday as the country’s former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley passed away aged 66. He was undergoing the treatment at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) after complaining of breathlessness and restlessness. He was on life support over the last few days and unfortunately breathed his last on Saturday.

Apart from politics, Arun Jaitley was also actively involved with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). He was the former vice-president of the BCCI and was also the former member of the Indian Premier League (IPL) Governing Council. He also worked as the President of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) for a whopping 13 years and contributed heavily for the Indian cricket.

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For the same reason, Team India decided to pay respect to Arun Jaitley and is wearing the armbands on the third day of the ongoing Test match in Antigua.

India in a good position

Meanwhile, as far as the Test match is concerned, the visitors are in a brilliant position and are dictating terms at the moment. Batting first, they posted a more than competitive total of 297 courtesy half-centuries from Ajinkya Rahane and Ravindra Jadeja. KL Rahul also contributed a well-made 44. In response, Windies started off well thanks to crisp strokeplay from John Campbell.

But the wickets kept falling at the regular intervals with none of the batsmen converting the starts. Ishant Sharma was their nemesis who registered his ninth five-wicket haul as the home side ended the day on 189/8. The third day has already begun and with Jason Holder still batting, Windies will hope that they get as close as possible to India’s total.

On the other hand, India have a great chance to bag a more than decent lead on the tough Antigua pitch which will only get worse as the match progresses. Any score greater than 300 will be almost impossible to chase for the Windies batting fourth on this pitch.

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