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The Day 3 of the ongoing IND vs ENG Test is underway in Rajkot. The match hangs evenly poised as both the teams are in firm positions. However, the end of the day will decide which way the game is going with two days still to go. 

As the India team stepped on the field for the Day 3 of the ongoing IND vs ENG Test, one thing caught the attention of many. The Rohit Sharma-led side was seen wearing black armbands. It made many wonder as to why the team was donning the black armbands. 

The reason behind that has now been revealed. The Indian players are wearing black armbands to pay their tribute to former India captain Dattajirao Gaekwad, who passed away recently. BCCI released the official statement and stated: 

“#TeamIndia will be wearing black armbands in memory of Dattajirao Gaekwad, former India captain and India’s oldest Test cricketer who passed away recently. #INDvENG”

Dattajirao Gaekwad was an incredible servant of the Indian cricket team. He played 11 Tests and scored 350 runs at an average of 18.42, with one half-century. He also captained the team during the tour of England in 1959.  His last match came against Pakistan in 1961 against pakistan in Chennai.

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He was a beast in domestic cricket as he mustered 5,788 runs at an average of 36.40 and also claimed 25 wickets. During his career, he hit 17 hundreds and 23 fifties in his first-class career, with a best of 259. 

IND vs ENG: India bosses first session of Day 3 

Coming to the ongoing IND vs ENG game, India bossed the first session of Day 3 of the ongoing third Test. Jasprit Bumrah drew the first blood for his team as removed Joe Root earlier on. This was the 9th time when the pacer removed the England batter. 

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After that, Kuldeep Yadav stepped up in the absence of Ravichandran Ashwin. The leg-spinner picked two wickets, removing Ben Duckett and Jonny Bairstow. He bowled impeccable lines and lengths and troubled the batters big time. He would be hoping to take more wickets and help his team win.