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As rest of country was celebrating Independence Day(from the English raj) and were busy shopping and relishing, Indian cricket team was toiling hard on a cricket field against the very English side, but they had their eyes on the super saver offers that were being offered on the eve of India’s 68th Independence Day. Also Read - IPL 2021: Shahbaz Ahmed, Glenn Maxwell Inspire Royal Challengers Bangalore to 6-Run Win Over Sunrisers Hyderabad

Flat 50%off and up to 70% off tempted India to finish their assignment within three days which otherwise would have taken five days (in case you wonder if it was a five-day Test match). ‘’Virat Kohli was so worried about 50s and 70s (read offers, not runs) that he wanted to finish the game as early as possible’’, said his teammate Rohit Sharma, who was gleeful after shopping, thus taking advantage of being dropped. Also Read - IPL 2021 Points Table After SRH vs RCB: Royal Challengers Bangalore Move to Top; Harshal Patel Reclaims Purple Cap, Nitish Rana Holds Orange

A team support staff member wishing anonymity, said, ‘’ BCCI had snapped a deal with anonline marketplace which sell goods under 200 and that is why in last five innings team deliberately ended with a score of under 200’’ He further added, ‘’directions were given that every player should follow the orders strictly and help their cricket board in minting money, so that IPL faces no financial strains next year’’.

MS Dhoni on being asked why he took break from practice session ahead of the fifth Test, said ‘’he wanted to prepare himself for the challenge mentally and decided to take a break’’ while an insider reveals, ‘’Dhoni tricked his teammates and was seen placing bulk of orders on an online site in his hotel room’’.

Batsmen were the main culprits of shambolic defeat and Cheteshwar Pujara India’s mainstay accepted, that rather than spending time on middle he too was hooked to laptop (not watching videos to correct his technique) and taking full benefit of the Independence Day offers (after all he is a family man). Dhoni in post-match presentation said, ‘’the team is young and it is good they believe in saving and it is no harm if they take use of these offers. It will help them in long run’’ and added ‘’facing West Indies back home (read flat tracks) for the Test series will be a real challenge (chuckles)’’. The above piece is as real as India winning a Test series inEngland.