Looks like Sumona Chakravarti who played Manju Sharma (Bittoo Sharma aka Kapil Sharma’s wife) in Comedy Nights With Kapil is all set to get a makeover on The Kapil Sharma Show. So far seen as a Bharatiya Naari, Sumona will shed her traditional image to don the avatar of a corporate woman, if the picture shared by Sony TV is to be believed.A few days back, a leaked pic of Sunil Grover, touted to be his first look from The Kapil Sharma Show, started doing the rounds in social media. In the pic, the comedian wore a white shirt and sported grey hair. As per the recent teaser released by Sony TV, Ali Asgar, who played Dadi on Comedy Nights With Kapil, will play a male character on the new show.Also read: The Kapil Sharma Show trailer: SRK, Kapil Sharma entertain with their witty one-liners The Kapil Sharma Show is all set to premiere on April 23 at 9 pm and none other than SRK will kickstart the much-awaited show. Rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh has also been confirmed as a guest of Kapil’s new show.Also read: Kapil Sharma’s new show will have only 26 episodes Sunil Grover, Ali Asgar, Kiku Sharda, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Sumona Chakravarti and Chandan Prabhakar, along with others, will be part of the show.
Hyderabad Cricket Association announced on Saturday through a press release that Ambati Rayudu has decided to retire from first-class cricket to focus more on limited-overs cricket.India’s new found No.4 in ODIs performed extremely well in the chances he was given in Asia Cup and the five-match series against West Indies and he was backed by captain Virat Kohli to play at that spot in the upcoming World Cup in England and Wales in 2019.Rayudu so far has played 45 ODIs for India and scored 1447 runs and struck three hundreds. The 33-year-old has also played six T20Is and scored 42 runs. He is yet to represent India in the longest format of the game.”This is to inform that Ambati Rayudu, Hyderabad captain and member of the India ODI team, has decided to retire from longer version of the game including Ranji Trophy (multi day) to focus on limited overs cricket and T20 cricket,” Hyderabad Cricket Association said in a press release.”He will continue to play international and domestic matches of shorter version. He has thanked BCCI, Hyderabad Cricket Association, Andhra Cricket Association, Baroda Cricket Association and Vidharbha Cricket Association,” the release further stated.Rayudu made a comeback into the ODI fold after his extremely succesful stint with the Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2018 and was selected for the ODI squad versus England. However, he failed the yo-yo test and was kept out of the squad.But, he made a successful comeback in the Asia Cup that India won under Rohit Sharma and followed it up with a productive ODI series against West Indies. He scored 217 runs with a hundred and half-century, prompting both skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri to single him out for special praise.advertisementThere is a possibility that Rayudu, who will next play for India in January and February in eight ODI matches against Australia and New Zealand, wanted to conserve his energies as he doesn’t want to fail another fitness test.Earlier this year, Rayudu had failed to make the ODI tour of England despite being selected after he failed to clear the mandatory Yo Yo test. It was then widely believed that due to the exhaustion of IPL, where he scored 600 plus runs for CSK, the Hyderabad batsman couldn’t clear the 16.1 mark.According to sources in the know of things, Rayudu probably didn’t want to exhaust himself by playing gruelling Ranji Trophy as it might affect his Yo Yo test performance before the tour of Australia.With virtually no chance of donning the India whites, Rayudu called time on his 17-year-long first-class career in which he scored 6151 runs from 97 games. This included 16 hundreds at a healthy average of 45.56 and highest score of 210.It was only natural that Rayudu, who has scored 1447 runs in 45 ODIs at an impressive average of 51.67, decided to concentrate on the format which has paid dividends for him. Also the fact that he is an IPL regular made his choice easier.However, it was the longer format where a 16-year-old Rayudu initially made his mark in the Ranji Trophy for Hyderabad before a tiff with erstwhile HCA boss Shivlal Yadav’s son Arjun made him shift to Andhra.He did comeback before joining the rebel Indian Cricket League and was banned by the BCCI. He then got amnesty and was back in Hyderabad.Later, he shifted to Baroda where he played for number of seasons and also made his senior international debut during that period.(With inputs from PTI)