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  1. The ongoing Test series between Australia and South Africa has already witnessed its fair share of excitement which further paved way for controversies. If David Warner's explosive run-in with Quinton de Kock wasn't enough, Kagiso Rabada's inappropriate contact with Steve Smith further fuelled tempers. Following a thorough investigation by the International Cricket Council (ICC), the South African pacer was found guilty after an hour-long hearing with match referee Jeff Crowe and handed three demerit points to take his tally to eight, equating to a two-Test ban. © Reuters During the second Test at Port Elizabeth, Rabada - who was dangerously living on the edge - found himself in hot waters when he brushed shoulders with the Australian captain after dismissing him in the first innings. He was later charged with a Level 2 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct and was also fined 50 per cent of his match fee. But, the biggest blow was undoubtedly his suspension from the remaining two Test matches in the series which is currently tied at 1-1. However, as the Rabada-Smith controvery continues to gather steam, Virat Kohli seems to have found his way into the fracas - courtesy former South African cricketer Paul Harris. If he has to then everyone does. I watched Kohli behave like a clown for three tests here in SA and nothing. Seems to me that @ICC either have an issue with Rabada or with the Proteas in general. — paul harris (@paulharris12) March 12, 2018 The 39-year-old clearly wasn't impressed with the ICC's decision to reprimand Rabada when he took to Twitter and called the Indian captain a clown. "If he has to then everyone does. I watched Kohli behave like a clown for three tests here in SA and nothing. Seems to me that @ICC either have an issue with Rabada or with the Proteas in general," he tweeted. Incidentally, the ICC had sanctioned Kohli for repeatedly complaining to the umpires about a damp ball and then aggressively throwing it to the floor during the second test against South Africa in Pretoria. He was fined 25 percent of his match fee and received one demerit point. It's safe to say that Indian cricket fans weren't impressed with Harris' tweet as they took turns to give the former Proteas star a piece of their mind. Oh, Dude, Paul @paulharris12 ! You just opened up the proverbial hornet's nest. This kinda talk actually endorses your team's CHOKER tag. See you at the IPL, with your begging bowls! — Aniket Warty (@funandlearning) March 13, 2018 So Kohli scoring loads of runs against SA make him clown ... Please stick to Rabada nd Warner and ICC ... If someone wants to play rugby and hit each other on field it's thr problem. Why bring Kohli in this..chokers mentality — Saurabh Thapliyal (@saurabhthapliya) March 14, 2018 Well said. Stick to Rabada n Warner. Indian Team has had it's share of inconsistent rulings from ICC. Denness incident comes to mind, where six Indian players were handed at least one test match ban during the 2001 Port Elizabeth Test. None of you came out n voiced it opinions! — à®à¯à®ªà¯à®³à¯à®³ (@SnakeBabuItsMe) March 15, 2018 When you keep getting demerit points in every series you deserved to be banned . Guy hasn't learnt a thing from what happened in England — Abhigya Pranshu (@abhigya10) March 13, 2018 Rabada has crossed the 8 point mark...he has continuously got demerit points so he was banned!! And the main reason to get demerit points in the second test is because Steve Smith has consulted the empires regarding the shoulder touch..so a strong decision was taken!! — Harsha (@hvk99) March 13, 2018 First of all ,#IND_Vs_SA series is already https://t.co/xxEQzpgg5e why are you asking about #KOHLI is not making any sense.If you would ask about Warner,people may understand why that.I think you have a personal problem with Mr.Kohli,Right..!!? — Utkal Gourav (@Utkal_Gourav) March 13, 2018 Hey paul ! U remember 5 Indian cricketers were suspended for an appeal many years back including Match ban for Sewag ! We felt he same so move on bro — Binayak Kar (@KarBinayak) March 14, 2018 haha look who is talking,a wild frustrated crawling chokerðð — Aman srivastava (@Aman87Sri) March 14, 2018 Last but not the least, You are going to get popular by your rubbish tweet as you will be trolled by billion+ Kohli fans. — Vinod Ahir (@vinodahir1) March 15, 2018 Why you bring in Kohli ? It's not fare. Thank you. — Tridib Phukan (@phukan_tridib) March 14, 2018 Very classy PaulHarris! PaulHarriswho? What a joke..Yes we all watched Kohli too.. and he was guilty yes - of scoring mountains of runs against SA. PaulHarris is the biggest clown there can ever be! The worst part - he tweets like one! Even worst - he does not know he is one. — Krishna Beerakayala (@Krishbeer) March 15, 2018 Poor choice of words. Clown?? You wanted attention and you got it so deal with it. I can imagine the frustration as you know u will lose 3rd test without Rabada but that doesn't mean u vent ur frustration on Kohli. Deal with it. — Manoj Shetty (@mashetty4) March 15, 2018
  2. When Indian skipper Virat Kohli is not giving reasons to his fans to cheer for him while he is on the field, he is giving everyone couple goals, courtesy team 'Virushka'. While the world is bowled over his form on the field, the cricketer has his personal favourites as well. Everyone is aware of how he has admired Ronaldo and Sachin Tendulkar, who is the God of cricket for every player out there. © Instagram However, in a recent interview, Virat spilled the beans on who is his ultimate favourite athlete, and it is not Ronaldo or Sachin. He revealed that he is the biggest fan of tennis legend, Roger Federer. Federer is in his best shape and has been constantly retaining his number one spot on the ATP rankings chart. “Roger Federer is my ultimate favourite. When he plays it's so beautiful. He has a family now, priorities set, he takes time out of the game without worrying about opinions and criticism of people and then he comes in and wins Grand Slams at 36, he is defying all the logic and that's something I totally love”, he said. ð A post shared by Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) on Feb 18, 2018 at 8:50am PST Talking about what sets the Swiss icon apart, Virat added, “I hate following the norm and he is someone who is breaking barriers on a daily basis and I have huge respect for him.” Virat is currently enjoying some chill time with his beautiful wife Anushka. Chilling and how! ð A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on Mar 11, 2018 at 4:22am PDT We thought his favourite athlete is a cricketer, but then Virat and his choices are never the clichés anyway .
  3. When it comes to menswear, some pieces are evergreen. Come rain or a hurricane, they're irreplaceable. Even your damn dirty sneakers can't come in way of their superiority. Smooth leather, brown loafers fall into this category of style-seniors. Bring any situation or setting in front of their expertise in fashion and you'd be surprised with their versatility. They'd be like frogs, jumping from a casual setting to a more formal one, all while being at absolute ease. Now that's a feat. Virat Kohli, also known as the king of semi-formal dressing, just instilled our faith in this theory once again. At an appearance for a popular watch brand, the cricketer turned to the most classic pieces, paired in the most classic way and brought to a close with a terrific style of footwear — tassel loafers. © Viral Bhayani We've mentioned this earlier and we're saying it again, any variant of footwear in brown is the safest route to take. If you're going all neutral, browns always blend in seamlessly. And likewise, if you're going all Ranveer Singh, the brown will ensure your feet don't stand out. Only to let your apparel be the focal point. © Viral Bhayani But talking of tassel loafers, while Kohli has gone for a classic white shirt and beige trousers here, let's admit: you can walk the pair into a million other combos as well. Replace the shirt with a polo tee, a plain T-shirt or even a henley and you'd easily nail another outfit. In the same way, feel free to go for chinos/shorts instead of the trousers. Tassel loafers are friendly as hell. © Viral Bhayani And that's not all. What makes tassel loafers better than the ordinary ones, is the advent of the detail — tassels. Like Virat Kohli, if you're going minimal as hell on the apparel, trust the detail to break the monotony for you. Tassel loafers are trustworthy mates, you see.
  4. Mahendra Singh Dhoni was undeniably enjoying all the fanfare in lieu of his success with the Indian cricket team. He was shattering records and setting up winning streaks as captain, while his ability to finish the game gave Team India and their fans reason to keep on dreaming even in dire situations. But, after successfully establishing himself as one of the most popular and cherished Indian cricketers, Dhoni and his fellow teammates witnessed the rise of Virat Kohli who carved his own niche on the back of consistent performances across all formats. While his never-say-die attitude reflected a new brand of cricket, his artistry with the willow quickly turned him into one of the most influential cricketers for his side. It was Kohli's ability to assess match situations and mould his game accordingly which forced the team management and Indian fans to believe that maybe this was the guy who could succeed Dhoni as captain of the national team. Soon, he was seen shepherding the Indian side in Tests and, in January 2017, he finally took over the reins from MSD to become the new skipper across all formats. © BCCL For a man who came and conquered the very world that was once ruled by MSD, it would have been understandable if Kohli and his predecessor didn't see eye to eye or had some understanding issues. But, thankfully for Indian cricket, there was none of it. Despite the change in leadership, Kohli and Dhoni didn't let it affect their relationship. In fact, the duo further strengthened their bond on the back of trust and mutual respect. Irrespective of Kohli's position in the team as captain, Dhoni is still seen guiding the bowlers, setting up the field and even calling for Decision Review System (DRS) in the matches. On the other hand, at a time when cricket pundits and fans were questioning MSD's place in Team India, Kohli threw his weight behind the former Indian captain and tipped him to stage a comeback. © Reuters Today, whether it's family outings or discussions on the field, the two cricket icons are inseparable. However, the scenario, 10 years ago, wasn't as rosy as it seems now. If Dilip Vengsarkar - the former chief selector of BCCI's national selection committee - is to be believed, Dhoni was not in favour of handing Kohli his debut with Team India in 2008. Vengsarkar claims that he wanted to hand Kohli his Team India debut during the ODI series against Sri Lanka that year, but then skipper Dhoni and coach Gary Kirsten challenged their decision and favoured S Badrinath's selection ahead of the Delhi dasher. But, Vengsarkar stood his ground and the world witnessed the debut of Kohli. © Reuters "I felt this was an ideal situation to include Kohli in the squad. Although the other four selectors agreed with my decision, Gary Kirsten and MS Dhoni were reluctant as they had not seen much of Kohli. I told them that I have seen him and we have to include him in the team,” Vengsarkar revealed. “I knew that they were keen on keeping S Badrinath in the team because he was a Chennai Super Kings (CSK) player. If Kohli would have come in, Badrinath would have been dropped. N Srinivasan was the BCCI treasurer at that time. He was upset that Badrinath was dropped because he was their player,” he added. © BCCL Vengsarkar further claimed that it was his decision to select Kohli and drop Badrinath that made then BCCI Secretary N Srinivasan very angry, ultimately costing him his job as India's chief selector. "When Kohli was preferred over Badrinath, Srinivasan was not happy. He got fed up as his player was kept out and he questioned me as to how I didn't pick Badri? I replied that I had gone to watch the Emerging Tour in Australia and found this boy Kohli exceptional. So I have picked him in the team and Srinivasan reasoned that Badrinath had scored 800 runs for Tamil Nadu. I told him he will get a chance and angry Srinivasan asked "when he will get a chance, he is 29-years-old? I replied: 'Whenever the time comes'," he disclosed. © Reuters "Srinivasan then made (Kris) Srikkanth the chairman and I was sent home. That was the end of my career as a selector," he concluded. Though Vengsarkar's decision that cost him his job didn't bear fruit immediately as Kohli was dismissed for just 12 runs on his debut, but the right-hander made his mark with a half-century in the fourth game of the series which eventually turned out to be an historic ODI series win for India in Sri Lanka. Today, given Kohli's growing list of batting records and ever-improving stint as captain, Vengsarkar will surely be proud of his decision which cost him his job, but gave Indian cricket an indispensable player who continues to rise in stature with every game.
  5. Ever since breaking onto the international circuit, Virat Kohli has become one of the most prized possessions of the Indian cricket team. On the back of his batting masterclass and resolute leadership, the right-hander has shattered numerous records to stake the claim as one of the best in the business. Given his exploits on the field and ever-improving career graph, many would agree that the 29-year-old is destined to achieve greater and bigger things in cricket in the future. Such has been his consistency with the willow that Kohli has often derived comparisons with none other than the great Sachin Tendulkar. Reuters And, as the debate of whether Kohli will be able to eclipse Tendulkar's monumental record or not continues, it appears that we finally have a date as to when the Indian captain could finally achieve the impossible. It seems that the Indian batting sensation will not only break Tendulkar's record, but will also notch the T20 and ODI World Cup titles by 2025. Narendra Bunde, a resident of Nagpur and a 'cricket astrologer' by profession, has made the sensational prediction to the sheer joy of Indian cricket fans. "All my past predictions had been correct. I can see Virat winning the T20 and ODI World Cup by 2025 and also break Sachin's record," Bunde said. Reuters "Besides, he will also strike the biggest ever endorsement deal in cricket in 2018. You can somewhat compare this with Tendulkar's record signing with Mark Mascarenhas' Worldtel but the money involved will be obviously bigger today," he added. With the Indian side slated to lock horns with England and, later, Australia in the enemy territory, Bunde also has a prediction for Kohli & Co's upcoming tours. "Kohli's Venus is very strong at the moment and that is why he will do well abroad. And I am very sure India will do really well in Australia," he claimed While we're not sure whether his prophecy about Kohli will come true or not, Bunde seems to have made a name for himself for successfully predicting the fate of many cricketers in the past. Reuters He attracted a lot of attention after his successful predictions about Tendulkar's comeback from a tennis elbow injury and his Bharat Ratna honour. The Indian astrologer was once again proven right on Sourav Ganguly's successful comeback after troublesome form. More recently, at a time when pundits and fans had questioned MS Dhoni's place in Team India, Bunde claimed that the former Indian captain will still go on to feature in the 2019 World Cup. And, given the recent turn of events, the Team India management has been vocal about Dhoni's inclusion for the mega-tournament in England. For a man who turned to predicting the future of cricketers in 2006, Bunde boasts of a high-profile clientele including the likes of Ganguly, Murali Karthik, S Sreesanth, Zaheer Khan, Gautam Gambhir and Suresh Raina. Bollywood actress and Kings XI Punjab co-owner Preity Zinta also sought his guidance when her IPL franchise was going through tough times.
  6. Photo: Geo News screengrab ISLAMABAD: Pakistan?s first-ever Thari Hindu woman to be elected to the Senate arrived on Monday to take the oath along with her parents. ?I?m feeling very proud,? Krishna Kohli said while speaking to Geo News. Kohli was dressed in bright traditional Thari clothes complete with white bangles up to her shoulders. From Thar to Senate, Krishna Kohli recalls tough journey The 39-year-old was tied to bonded labour for two years when she was in grade two ?I?ll try to bring my community to the forefront,? the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader from a village in Tharparkar added. While thanking PPP and party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari for giving her a seat she asserted, ?For the first time in history someone from my community has been selected.? She is is the first-ever senator from a scheduled caste. Newly-elected senators take oath; chairman, deputy to be elected later today 51 of 52 newly-elected senators first took oath after which elections for chairman, deputy chairman will be held The Senate session began a little after 10am today. The first order of business was the administering of oath to the newly-elected 52 senators by presiding officer Senator Sardar Yaqub Khan. Later in the day, the election, via secret ballot, for the chairman and deputy chairman of Senate will be held. Representatives of political parties have taken the nomination papers, which will be submitted later in the day.
  7. Wondering what is Virat Kohli doing these days as Rohit Sharma is donning his captain's hat in the Nidahas Trophy Campaign? Well, the man is having a wonderful time with his favourite person and maybe so should you all. Virat Kohli shared a super cute picture of him and Anushka Sharma chilling together. Virat is always in news--be it for dancing on Kajra re in a wedding, for his style or for kicking some a** on the cricket field. That man totally knows how to win our hearts. @virat.kohli at Gagan Gujral wedding party along with Anushka's Mom & Dad #virat #kohli #viratkohli #sports #cricket #cricketer #captainviratkohli #captainkohli #captainvk #captainfearless #runmachine #runmachinekohli #viratians #anushka #sharma #anushkasharma #bollywood #actress #anushkaholics #virushka #virushkareception #virushkawedding #Virushka A post shared by VirushkaUpdates (@virushkaupdates) on Mar 4, 2018 at 5:35am PST He has been spending some fantastic time and even gave us a view of the city from his house that went viral all over the Internet within no time. Where else would you wanna be when you have such a stunning view from home! ð♥ï¸ A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on Mar 8, 2018 at 4:43am PST And now the picture of the couple spending their Sunday in a lazy manner is totally worth a look. It goes without saying that Virat and Anushka are one of the most adorable couples and often give us strong relationship goals. Taking to his Twitter, Virat shared a picture and captioned it, “Chilling and how!” Chilling and how! ð pic.twitter.com/GaRCzSWFCZ — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) March 11, 2018 And that was just the start of the beautiful day, when even Anushka shared a picture of her tenderly kissing her hubby, making us adore them even more. ð A post shared by AnushkaSharma1588 (@anushkasharma) on Mar 11, 2018 at 5:38am PDT On the work front, Anushka just returned from Madhya Pradesh where she was shooting for her upcoming film 'Sui Dhaga' with Varun Dhawan. And Virat has taken a break from cricket after the South Africa tour. The duo dated each other for three years and finally got hitched in December 2017 in a small intimate wedding in Italy. Looking at them, all we can say is their latest pictures are all about love, affection, and romance. So if you are thinking how to spend some quality time with your love, you know who to look up to.
  8. We all know Virat Kohli as 'Dilli da munda', but that's not what the poll results think so. In a hilarious incident, Virat's name appeared on the voters' list in the Lok Sabha constituency of Gorakhpur. According to the voter slip, Kohli's name is registered under Sahajanwa Assembly segment and even has a voter number. © Twitter Sunita Chaubey, a booth officer spotted this error and brought it to notice. Indian Cricket Team captain Virat Kohli's name crops up in the voter list of Gorakhpur by-polls #ViratGoofUp pic.twitter.com/lCL8UGpmTL — TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) March 9, 2018 However, people on Twitter are thoroughly amused. @imVkohli bhai Gorakhpur se kya rishta hai.... Voter list me naam... Any explanation.. Lolzzzz ðð𤣠Btw in real which area do u vote? Nations want to know... #ViratKohli pic.twitter.com/CLhnQ4JNcE — RJ Saransh (@RJ_Saransh) March 9, 2018 Virat Kohli is a voter in Gorakhpur ðð. Sir Ji kahan kahan vote daalte phir rahe hain aap? Aapke naam ka vote padne waala hai Gorakhpur Elections mein ð pic.twitter.com/0Ay7GbzkJO — Fahad (@rjfahad) March 8, 2018 Our country and the things that keep happening around us, amuse us to no end.
  9. In this picture taken on March 3, 2018, opposition candidate Krishna Kumari Kohli is walking out from Sindh province assembly after the Senate election in Karachi. Photo: AFP Pakistan?s first-ever Thari Hindu woman senator?s journey to the Upper House of Parliament was not an easy one. Krishna Kohli, 39, who hails from the remote village of Dhana Gam in Nagarparkar, Tharparkar comes from a humble background. Speaking to Geo News' morning show Geo Pakistan, the senator recalled her tough childhood. Although her family had to battle hunger and poverty, Kohli's parents made sure they didn?t compromise on their children?s education. However, Krishna had to give up education for two years when she was in grade two. She along with her family members and relatives were held for two years as bonded labour by a landlord in Umerkot district. ?We weren?t allowed to go anywhere whether it be a relative?s wedding or Eid,? she narrated. ?I remember I was once forcibly brought back to the fields after I attempted to go somewhere,? the 39-year-old added. After two years, Krishna?s uncle paid the landlord and her family was freed. ?I then, once again enrolled in school but got married when I was in ninth grade,? Krishna said. Photo: AFP ?Fortunately my husband and in-laws were extremely supportive and encouraged me to continue my education,? she added. In 2013, Krishna received her master?s degree in sociology from University of Sindh. Moving on from her education and how she got involved in politics, Krishna said, ?In 2007 I took a leadership training and in 2010 I started work with Dr Fouzia Saeed, a well-known social activist.? ?From then on, I worked actively against bonded labour, sexual harassment at workplaces, and for the rights of women and against child marriages,? Krishna continued. Who is Krishna Kohli, the first-ever Thari Hindu woman to be elected to Pakistan?s Senate? PPP leader from a village in Tharparkar has become the first-ever Senator from a scheduled caste After the government passed a law against women harassment, she even ran a legal aid centre in Hyderabad to provide free support and counselling to women. ?In 2015, my brother, Veerji Kohli, won a union council seat as an independent candidate and then joined the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP),? she added, explaining that all this and her active role in fighting for social causes led her to contesting the Senate seat recently from a PPP ticket. Krishna further said her parents aren?t familiar with the role of a senator. ?They think I?ve gotten a big job and will be doing the same work in Islamabad as I?m doing in Nagarparkar.? She stressed that women need to acquire education to stand up for themselves and to bring change.
  10. By now it has become a widely known fact that apart from being an amazing cricketer, Virat Kohli has another talent which isn't even hidden anymore. It's when his inner Punjabi is unleashed on the dance floor and the moves that we all have witnessed in many viral videos, time and again. And the best part is that no matter how many videos we see of him of doing the bhangra, we will never get tired. Precisely the reason why you clicked, isn't it? Here's an old video of him to remind you what you should expect: Recently Virat was seen at a friend's wedding and you know what that means, right? Weddings + dance floor = Virat Kohli taking the world by storm with his moves. Not that he needs a dance floor, as we have witnessed him doing the bhangra on the field too. © YouTube But a wedding setting just seems a better place for him to go all out, even if it involves the song 'Kajra Re'. Don't even bother denying that you dance to it too. So just like every drunk uncle that we all have in our families, Virat was seen in full form. Although after watching him dancing his heart out at his and his friends' wedding receptions along with his wife Anushka Sharma, we thought we have seen enough for the coming few years. But looks like we haven't. Watch him being the classic Punjabi guy: @virat.kohli doing Bhangra with @desifrenzy at Gagan Gujral wedding party ðððð #virat #kohli #viratkohli #sports #cricket #cricketer #captainviratkohli #captainkohli #captainvk #captainfearless #runmachine #runmachinekohli #viratians #anushka #sharma #anushkasharma #bollywood #actress #anushkaholics #virushka #virushkareception #virushkawedding #Virushka A post shared by VirushkaUpdates (@virushkaupdates) on Mar 4, 2018 at 2:26am PST And this video posted by a fan club is honestly a treat for Virat's fans. Just keep swiping left in the post to witness him in all his glory dancing to Kajra Re: @virat.kohli at Gagan Gujral wedding party along with Anushka's Mom & Dad #virat #kohli #viratkohli #sports #cricket #cricketer #captainviratkohli #captainkohli #captainvk #captainfearless #runmachine #runmachinekohli #viratians #anushka #sharma #anushkasharma #bollywood #actress #anushkaholics #virushka #virushkareception #virushkawedding #Virushka A post shared by VirushkaUpdates (@virushkaupdates) on Mar 4, 2018 at 5:35am PST Watching him let loose on the floor makes us want to dance with him but obviously, that's never happening. So we'll just be delighted to watch these videos every now and then and make do.
  11. Men might be taking airport dressing a lot seriously now, but that's not what makes #AirportStyle a thing. In all honesty, taking efforts while taking a flight to a random destination is just a form of good manners (more than anything). It's about being at ease but not looking like it, and about making your travel gear count, every single time. The idea is simple: people must notice, air hostesses bat their lids and you should land free upgrades from Economy to Business class. While Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya flies business class anyway, we're here to talk about his recent airport outfit today. That's almost like looking at images of Indian skipper Virat Kohli's airport style, just with coloured hair. Because really, all summed up: Kohli's all about refinement in casual gear and yet, dressing to impress while travelling. Take these outfits for reference: © Viral Bhayani © Viral Bhayani © Viral Bhayani © Viral Bhayani But let's state a fact: there's not one thing that makes a travel outfit, a terrific travel outfit. It's all about balancing practicality with style, well-fitted apparel with enough room and being supremely comfortable while on-board. A theory, that Pandya has clearly fared quite well in here: © Viral Bhayani Bring whatever travel scenario into the picture, Hardik's outfit is going to find a place of itself for sure. Because really, it's such a neutral outfit in nature, that you won't have to think twice before slipping into it for any situation. But let's agree, to look this casual but well put-together too, requires a lot of personal effort. You need a careful thought, a sense of cohesion and the knack of bringing distinct separates together. © Viral Bhayani While Pandya could have easily opted for joggers here, he's opted for jeans instead. Great choice, considering joggers would have looked too casual. Two, he could have gone for a classic black T-shirt here, but he's topped it off with a hoodie. A simple hack for making yourself look like you actually cared about dressing. Plus, thanks for his idea of going all neutral, he chose to pick black sneakers for this outing (+ his staple sunnies). © Viral Bhayani If this isn't airport dressing done right, what is?
  12. A sensational batsman, fearless leader and great human being; Virat Kohli has the ability to woo fans like no other in international cricket. His consistency with the willow saw him clobber one record after another, while his leadership skill in the role of captain has allowed the Indian cricket team to scale new heights. On the back of an aggressive brand of cricket, Kohli has become a prized-possession for India that other teams can only dream of. Thanks to his success on the field and stylish personality off it, the 29-year-old has established a fanbase across the globe. While Indians take pride in the fact that he is one of their own, neighbouring rivals Pakistan, too, has taken note of Kohli's prowess. © BCCL During the Pakistan Super League (PSL) clash between Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators, the fans were once again seen ruing the absence of Kohli in the T20 league. With playful placards and touching messages, the Pakistani cricket fans urged the Indian skipper to join one of the franchises and feature in the PSL. Fans want to see Virat Kohli at the Pakistan Super League #PSL2018 pic.twitter.com/GrOj1ZckE7 — Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) February 28, 2018 But, this isn't the first time that Kohli has been missed by his Pakistani fans. Last year, during the World XI series, when international cricket finally returned to Pakistan after overcoming security concerns, the fans were seen flashing the posters of Kohli and expressed their desire to see him play in their country. @imVkohli.we miss u in lahore virat kohli.y u not comeee? — Imran rajput (@Imranra31593414) September 11, 2017 Aaja o tenu akhiyan udeek diyan @imVkohli — Moiz. (@I_MoizShaikh) February 28, 2018 @imVkohli has fans all over the planet.#PlayBold — Ajay (@ND_Ajay) February 28, 2018
  13. India and South Africa might have been at loggerheads with each other on the field in Cape Town but after India clinched the T20I series with a seven-run win, there was one thing that brought both the teams together. The current water crisis in Cape Town compelled the teams to do their bit to help the city. © Twitter After the third and last T20I of the three-match series, Indian captain Virat Kohli and his South African counterpart Faf du Plessis donated Rs. 5.5 Lakh to the Gift of the Givers Foundation, which is the largest disaster relief organization of the African continent. The donated money will be used to drill boreholes as well as to supply bottled water to organizations in need. #CSAnews Proteas and Indian teams make donation to #SaveWater and #EveryDropCounts campaigns in Cape Town Water Crisis ... https://t.co/PhZM6YKm4Y pic.twitter.com/hpOjA6iT4A — Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) February 27, 2018 Du Plessis explained the purpose behind this noble gesture, "Both teams had first-hand experience of the Water Crisis in Cape Town and, having chatted to Virat, we decided to get our teams to sign some jerseys which we auctioned off with the funds raised going to assist the Cape Town Water Crisis. We also wanted to create awareness and hope that other organizations and sports codes follow in our direction.” In case you aren't aware, since last month, Cape Town residents have been asked to restrict their water consumption just 50 litres of water per day. Mayor Patricia de Lille also fears that the city has "reached a point of no return" and if the current conditions prevail the city will soon run out of all water. Cape Town dreads 'Day Zero' when the taps will run dry https://t.co/mgZWBSwosG — Cape Town-South Africa Water Crisis by @bridgetti (@CPTWaterCrisis) February 25, 2018 Kohli too expressed his views on the city, “Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and whenever we visit and play at Newlands, we are treated extremely well by the local people. By creating awareness of the drought, we are playing our part in highlighting the drought so people can see the seriousness of what is taking place in the Mother City.” This small humanitarian act has allowed both the teams to win over a million hearts and gain more respect, not just as cricketers but as human beings.
  14. Barring Sachin Tendulkar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni is arguably the most popular and definitely the most scrutinised cricketer in India. Whether you're a Dhoni fan or not, such has been this cricketer's popularity that almost everyone knows his story. And, he has done so coming from the cricketing backwaters - the mining state of Jharkhand, and through a home-made batting and wicketkeeping technique, and a style of captaincy that scales the highs and lows of both conservatism and unorthodoxy. Today, his batting abilities allow India to accelerate in crucial situations, his splendid glovework cuts a sorry figure for the batsman and his leadership skills has allowed him to carry out the chores of a captain, even when Virat Kohli is the official man in-charge. BCCL While his godly exploits and calm demeanor on the cricket field continues to earn him plaudits, his fans are often left wondering as to why Dhoni, unike Kohli or the great Tendulkar, doesn't sport the Indian flag on his helmet. Though it doesn't really matters if he dons the tri-colour on his helmet or not, the actual reason why he doesn't, will undoubtedly win your heart. For a wicket-keeper like Dhoni, the job behind the stumps comes with a certain challenges. One of them is to consistently change their position between the bowling spells of spinners and seamers. Similarly, Dhoni is seen swapping his hat for the helmet when a spinner is in operation. BCCL Now, amid the restrictions of slow-over rate, it's pretty understandable that Dhoni can't ask someone from dug-out to bring him the helmet every now and then. Thus, in accordance to the rules, he is often seen placing his helmet right behind him on the ground. The National flag is a symbol of great honor and respect, and as per the law, it can't be placed on ground. Hence, either you don't put the helmet with the flag on ground or don't put the tri-colour on the helmet at all - something that Dhoni follows religiously. More importantly, since the Indian Territorial Army also conferred the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel to Dhoni back in 2011, the former Indian captain is furthermore careful in his approach towards the National flag. BCCL Sports mirror society and just like any other aspect of culture, it can act as a mechanism for both political and societal change. It does not exist in a vacuum and just functioning in isolation from what is happening around the world is definitely not how it's supposed to be. Similarly, sportspersons are influential public figures who are likely to make an impression on the country's youth. Their stand on issues and actions - both in personal and professional lives - can undoubtedly influence the minds of their fans. And, this is exactly where Dhoni seems to be winning hearts when compared with Virat Kohli who is often slammed for his over-the-top theatrics.
  15. Virat Kohli is not just a cricketer, he is a phenomenon and a brand. Of course, the fact that he is one of the most successful cricketers India has ever had only cements his position more firmly. From hitting boundaries inside the field to hitting fashion sixers, this man is constantly under media scrutiny, and rightfully so. Naturally, the youth of the country look up to him as a supremely aspirational figure - and he does live up to that. Sometimes, he does that by flaunting his success in a way that is rather materialistic, but whoever says material possessions don't work as inspiration should probably just go live in the Himalayas. Case in point, Virat Kohli's super expensive wallet. © Viral Bhayani Virat is carrying a Louis Vuitton Zippy XL wallet in black. Now that is pretty much #goals, when it comes to wallets. You don't even need to be a wallet connoisseur to know that Louis Vuitton is the ultimate OG brand for luxury bags and wallets. © Viral Bhayani Let's get straight to the point. You guys are definitely thinking 'How much does it cost?' by now. Well, we have done our research, and this particular wallet here costs $ 1,250, which is roughly around INR 81,144. © Viral Bhayani Now now, before you let your inner green eyed monster take over, let's just get real here. 80K isn't really a big deal for someone who is as successful as Virat. Also, he deserves it. It takes a lot of dedication and sacrifice to continuously perform for the country, and this is but a small indulgence for him. © Viral Bhayani We are in love with his overall look. The while longline t-shirt paired with the relaxed black trousers make for a super comfy yet stylish AF look. Plus those white high top trainers and the swanky black backpack - let's just say Virat knows about airport style as much as he knows about cricket. Kudos!
  16. The Indian cricket team has enjoyed a prolific run against South Africa in their backyard. The visiting team hammered the Proteas, first in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and then in the Twenty20 International (T20I) series. Theirs has been an all-round performance that eventually helped them derive favourable results in hostile territory. Now, if you think that we're talking about Virat Kohli & his teammates, you'd be wrong. Fortunately or unfortunately, this is in regards to the heroics of the lesser known Indian team comprised of women cricketers. While all eyes were on the Men in Blue during their much-anticipated tour of South Africa, the Indian women cricketers were also involved in a gruelling contest in the Rainbow Nation. Just like their male counterparts, the Indian women's team registered the ODI and T20I series wins against the Proteas. © BCCL At a time when Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan hogged the limelight for their artistry with the willow, the likes of Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur were also breathing fire with the bat. The only difference being the latter quietly doing their job to a much lesser fanfare and bare minimum spotlight. And, the fact that the women's ODI series between India and South Africa wasn't even televised, sums up the plight of women cricketers. So, when the Indian women's team scripted history with their double series win in a single tour of South Africa for the very first time in history, their heroics taking a back seat to pave way for the men's triumph was pretty obvious. But, that's nothing new. Indian women cricketers are used to being treated like that. Their efforts are often undermined and the cash rewards, if any, they receive are comparatively less than the men's cricket team. © Reuters Cricket, it is said, is one of only two things that truly unite Indians, the other being Bollywood. That August pedestal, however, doesn't have space for the women's team. In 2006, women's cricket administration was taken over by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), as per instructions from the ICC to have a single body to run the sport in the country. In 2015, the BCCI announced central contracts for the women for the first time, four years after Pakistan did so. It was a meagre amount compared to what the men earn — a Mithali in Grade A would still earn less (Rs 15 lakh) than a Stuart Binny in Grade C (Rs 25 lakh) — but it was a start. © Reuters In contrast, Cricket Australia (CA) and its policies to treat the men's and women's team equally is a prime example. The Australian cricket board not only treats its women on a par with the men, the male players themselves accord more respect and recognition to their female counterparts. The fact that the women have their own Big Bash League (BBL) Down Under is proof of the women's power on and off the field. Ellyse Perry is as much a pin-up celebrity as Steven Smith, perhaps more. Since 2015, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has been running the Women's Cricket Super League - its own version of domestic T20 league, on the lines of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and BBL. The White Ferns, the women's national team, is also on a par with the men in exposure and monetary terms. © Reuters In the West Indies, Deandra Dottin and Anisa Mohammed are bigger stars than most members of the men's side. But, here in India, the men would perhaps struggle to name half the women's national team players. A prime example was Kohli's epic fumble when trying to praise Mithali Raj while sharing a photo of her teammate Punam Raut last year. But, despite all that, the women's team has rarely allowed those things affect them, let alone reflect it in their performance on the field. The present-day scenario might not seem as bad as it used to be a decade ago, but we aren't exaggerating when we say that women's cricket still has a lot to catch up to. From regular broadcasts of their games to improving facilities, women's cricket needs a shot in the arm to reach its true potential. © Reuters And, a major boost seems to be coming through the BCCI who are currently toying with the idea of exhibition T20 matches for women during India's cash-rich T20 league for men this year. This move is to test the waters before BCCI launches an IPL-like women's T20 league. According to Committee of Administrators (CoA) chairman Vinod Rai, the BCCI is committed to conducting a women's IPL and this year could see some concrete movement on this front. If things go as planned, England, Australia and South Africa players could be invited for this year's event along with other Test playing nations. © Reuters For Indian women cricketers who have struggled for equality over the years, there's little doubt that the move can do wonders for their growth. Having a personal women's T20 league will ignite an interest from spectators and could very well help them earn the recognition they've longed for all this while. So, while Indian cricket fans anxiously count down the days for the eleventh edition of the IPL, let's hope that the BCCI is able to realise the idea of exhibition games for women. For all we know, Indian women cricketers not only deserve it, but going by their recent performances, they've literally earned it.
  17. For a man who was often criticised for failing to make a mark overseas, Virat Kohli has undoubtedly shut his critics up with his brilliant run in India's recently-concluded tour of South Africa. The right-hander scored 286 runs in Tests and 558 runs in ODIs to emerge as the leading run-scorer in both the series. The Indian captain also slammed four hundreds and two fifties in the Rainbow Nation where he amassed a staggering 871 runs. Just 129 runs short of reaching the 1,000-run mark, the 29-year-old was poised to break Viv Richards' record that has been standing tall since 1976. However, in the final T20I, Kohli was sidelined due to a back injury and, thus, missed out on an opportunity to reach the unique milestone. © BCCL A cricketer who has been in such tremendous form, Kohli's absence in the third T20I was surely a big blow for India, given the fact that it was the deciding match of the three-game series. But, under the leadership of Rohit Sharma, India outplayed the hosts once again to eke out a narrow seven-run win which propelled them to a 2-1 series win. While Kohli was restricted to the dressing room, the Indian batting sensation still found a way to contribute to his team. Putting his cricketing skills on the back seat, Kohli took up the role of a masseur and was seen giving a head massage to his fellow teammate. Who want massage from Kohli. ð pic.twitter.com/cDsCn6HtBw — Cricktube (@TacoCricktube) February 25, 2018 Shikhar Dhawan, who has also been in scintillating form this season, hammered a 40-ball 47 and stitched a crucial partnership with Suresh Raina (43) to help India post 172 runs at the Newlands. Following his pivotal knock, the Indian opener was treated to a relaxing head massage by none other than captain Kohli himself. © Instagram/@virat.kohli Apart from the T20I series win, the Indian cricket team also had another reason to celebrate after the ICC Test Championship Mace was presented to Kohli at Newlands. Team India was rewarded with a $1 million prize money for retaining their world number one spot in the ICC Test Team rankings. A message for all India fans from @imVkohli after India retained the ICC Test Championship Mace as the number one Test side! ð®ð³ pic.twitter.com/vEVNrfcsZB — ICC (@ICC) February 25, 2018 India won the prize for a second year running and have now been at the top of the rankings since October, 2016. With Kohli at the helm, India have also been at the top two times earlier - in January-February 2016 and in August 2016. India's longest stint at the number-one position was from November 2009 to August 2011, when Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the captain. The other captains to have received the mace are Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke, Steve Smith (all Australia), Andrew Strauss (England), Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla (both South Africa) and Misbah-ul-Haq (Pakistan).
  18. Not very long ago, in the modern era of cricket, four batsmen were dubbed as the next big thing in international cricket. Touted as the 'Fab Four', Virat Kohli from India, Steve Smith from Australia, Joe Root from England and Kane Williamson from New Zealand appeared to be in the league of their own, leaving other batsmen looking like mediocre. The popular quartet notched up hundreds, negated opposition bowlers under pressure and eventually thronged the ICC rankings in almost all the three formats. But, in the past few years, while Williamson and Root still continue doing what they do best, the race between the four stars has been narrowed down to two players with Kohli and Smith elevating their game a notch further. BCCL Today, the debate of best batsmen in the world is often discussed keeping Kohli and Smith in mind. While their consistency with the willow has now made them the go-to-players of their respective teams, their personal duel to outperform each other has been a treat to watch for the cricket fans across the globe. But, despite their individual rivalry, Kohli and Smith share a good rapport and have often lauded each other for their exploits on the field. Giving credit where it's due, the Australian captain recently disclosed how his biggest rival Kohli helped him in further enhancing his skills as a batsman. BCCL "I look at some of the best players around the world and sometimes I do try and bat like them. Little bit of Virat and the way he plays spin, his hands and the way he hits the ball through the off-side. Probably learned a little bit out of that. I just try and learn. These guys are best players in the world for a reason. You try and get whatever you can out of them," Smith was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au. It was Smith's technique that he mastered after watching Kohli that helped him during Australia's tour of India in early 2017. Learning from Kohli's skills of negating spinners, Smith ended the Test series as the top run-scorer with 499 runs in four games at an average of 71.28 and three centuries to his name. Reuters "In places like India, for instance, I open my hands up a little bit. I don't feel that I can get nicked off (caught behind the wicket) quite as easily in India as opposed to somewhere like Australia or South Africa," Smith said. Apart from Kohli, Smith also revealed how he picked up a few tricks from the armory of Williamson and AB de Villiers. I've copied a bit of what AB de Villiers does. The way I go back and across to open myself up and set myself for the shots. More so when the ball is reversing. A few years ago I tried to bat like Kane Williamson and play the ball really late," the Australian captain claimed. In the modern age where the ever-increasing level of competition often pins cricketers against each other, Smith's honesty in crediting the players - despite being his opponents - who've been responsible for his transformation as a batsman is laudable.
  19. Virat Kohli has been knocking it out of the park. No, we are not just referring to his success as a cricketer (that bit is obvious, duh). When it comes to his prowess in the game of style, there is no one else who can match up to him. Right from cementing his spot as one of the best looking (and best performing) cricketers to being the national news for a month because of his wedding, this man knows how to play it on and off the field. Still not convinced? Here are 12 pictures that prove it. 1. When He Macho-Ed Up The Quintessential Black T-Shirt With His Tattoo And Kada. © Instagram 2. When He Gave Us All Crew Cut Goals © Instagram 3. When He Could Pull Off Maroon Co-Ords As Casually As Petting A Sweet Doggo © Twitter 4. When He Exuded Frenzied Confidence In A Demure Blue Linen Jacket © Twitter 5. When He Wore A 'Rudraksha' And Made It Look Hip © Twitter 6. When He Looked Like A Million Bucks In The Simplest Plain T-Shirt But Refused To Divulge How © Twitter 7. When He Was The Poster Boy For Denim Shirts © Twitter 8. When He Made Formals Look Ultra Edgy © Twitter 9. When He Taught Us How To Make A Seemingly Boring Outfit Super Playful Just By Folding The Hems © Twitter 10. When He Donned The Role Of A Singer, Looking Badass In A Silver Bomber Jacket © Instagram 11. When He Made Espresso Shots In The Morning Look Glamorous In A Ribbed White Full-Sleeve T-Shirt © Instagram 12. When He Dared To Wear An Ultra-Bold Colour And Made It Look Stunning AF © Twitter
  20. For a man who was often criticised for his poor away form, Virat Kohli has not only made amends but also staked his claim as the world's best batsmen in all conditions. The right-hander's batting masterclass allowed India to make a sensational comeback in the ODI series after their debacle in Tests. He was the highest run-scorer in the three-match Test series and then continued his fine run in the ODIs to once again clinch the top spot in the list of leading run-getters. So far, in three Tests, six ODIs and a T20I against South Africa, Kohli has amassed 870 runs including four hundreds and two fifties in the Rainbow Nation this season. With two T20Is still left to play, Kohli is just 130 runs away from amassing 1,000 runs on a single international tour. West Indies legend Viv Richards is the only batsman in history to have scored over 1,000 runs on an international tour. He achieved the feat in 1976 when he amassed 1,045 runs in England. © BCCL While the record of 1,000 runs is yet to be broken, Kohli, meanwhile, has notched up another unique feat on the back of his artistry with the willow. A sensational run in South Africa has now helped Kohli in attaining the rare feat of crossing the 900-point mark in the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings. With over 900 points in Tests and ODIs, the Indian captain now stands tall at the number one spot in both formats of the game. In the process, Kohli has become only the second batsman after AB de Villiers to reach the landmark concurrently in both forms of the game. Kohli is also one of the only five cricketers to have reached 900 points in both forms of the game. With an increase in points, Kohli has now moved ahead of Brian Lara in the all-timers' list, having also overtaken him in Tests last month. He is now seventh in the ODI list of all-time rankings which is currently led by Viv Richards with 935 points. © BCCL The Delhi dasher is also 22 points clear of Sachin Tendulkar who achieved his ODI career high points (887) against Zimbabwe in 1998. On the other hand, Kohli's aggregate is also the best since Lara reached 911 points in March 1993. While fans and cricket pundits continue to compare him with Tendulkar, Kohli has undeniably established himself as one of the world's best batsmen in the modern era and his knack for breaking records further propels him closer to the all-time greats of the game.
  21. Listen up, all you Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma and 'Virushka' fans out there; it's time to put a big 'pathar' on your heart and listen to what we have to say. The throne of being 'the life of a party', which once belonged to this power-couple has now been stolen by none other than Anil Kapoor. My one and only! ♥ï¸ð♥ï¸ A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on Feb 20, 2018 at 12:14am PST Be it Zaheer Khan and Sagarika Ghatge's wedding, Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech's wedding; Virat and Anushka came to be known as the ultimate party animals, who can turn any party into a happening one with their crazy dance moves. Their own wedding wasn't any different, where the couple set the dance floor on fire with their sass and desi swag. But folks, it's time to leave the past in the past and welcome the new king of Dance, *drumroll* Anil Kapoor. Instagram At 61, Anil Kapoor is shaking a leg better than any excited 20-year-old. Probably, that answers all our questions as to why women still go crazy and fall for his charm. And people got a glimpse of his infectious charm yet again at his nephew Mohit Marwah's big fat Indian wedding. Yes, the same wedding where the whole Kapoor clan in partying like there's no tomorrow. And this video is proof. This man gives too many goals at one time! @anilskapoor @glamouralertofficial ðð * * * #AnilKapoor #Bollywood #BTown #AntuMoh #Wedding #IndianWedding #Marriage #Dance #Fashion #GlamourAlert A post shared by Glamour Alert (@glamouralertofficial) on Feb 20, 2018 at 5:16am PST After this video, we are sure that Anil Kapoor is secretly sipping from a fountain of youth. Otherwise, how else do you explain him being so full of life and charming like he was when he joined Bollywood.
  22. In a country like ours, sports has always been considered more of a leisure activity than a career. The fact that sports has somehow brought people of all religions and faith together is unfortunately not given enough credit. In fact, no matter how many laurels the country's sportspersons have won for the nation, we have always failed on our part to recognise their efforts. That is where the 'Times of India Sports Awards' come in. The life of a sportsperson is never easy. What seems like a successful and dream-like career to most of us, is backed by years of sheer hard work and determination. TOISA is an effort by the Times Group to honour this hard work and passion of the best of the best sportspersons of our country. It not only takes into consideration the legendary sports icons who have been in the industry for decades now, but also the youngsters who are changing the otherwise bleak Indian sports scenario. © Twitter It is our endeavor to honour the past, celebrate the present and nurture the future in Indian sports. From archery to wrestling, tennis to billiards, TOISA 2018 aims to include and honour each and every sport. Although 2017 wasn't an Olympic year, the country's sportspersons weren't lying low in any way. Queen of Indian badminton, PV Sindhu lived up to her title by winning two Superseries titles followed by a silver medal at the Badminton World Championships and another one at the BWF World Superseries Finals. © Twitter As for cricket, which happens to be India's favourite sport, 2017 proved to be quite a successful year for the Indian cricket team and especially for Virat Kohli. © Reuters The team maintained the No 1 spot in the ICC Test Championship with series wins over Bangladesh, Australia and Sri Lanka, reached the final of the Champions Trophy, won ODI series over England, West Indies, Sri Lanka (twice), Australia and New Zealand and T20I series over England, Sri Lanka (twice) and New Zealand. Kohli was also 2017's most successful batsman with 1460 runs in 26 innings and six centuries and in the T20Is, Kohli was India's top scorer with 299 runs. Even our Paralympic athletes gave it their all this year with five Indian para-athletes winning medals at the World Para Athletics Championships - Sundar Singh Gurjar won a gold in the F46 javelin event. © BCCL Sharad Kumar bagged the silver medal in the men's T-42 category high jump; 2016 Rio Paralympics medalist Varun Kumar Bhati bagged bronze in the men's T-42 category while Amit Kumar Saroha won the silver medal in the men's club throw F-51 and Karam Jyoti earned a bronze in the women's discus throw F-55. While these highlights of 2017 are enough to make you feel proud, there are so many more categories in which our Indian sportspersons have performed exemplary well and the best part is that you can vote for your favorite sportsperson with just a click. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and vote for the most deserving sportspersons- bit.ly/VoteTOISA2018.
  23. Virat and Anushka, or 'Virushka' as we lovingly call them, are goals of all kinds. Basically how to stick by each other in the millennial world, how to break up and patch up for life with the glue of love and then fly away to a gorgeous land and get married while no is watching. That's perfection right there. #nikhilthampi #anushkasharma A post shared by Nikhil Thampi (@nikhilthampi) on Nov 11, 2017 at 6:38am PST #Virushka #Viratkohli #VirushkaWEDDING #Anushkasharma A post shared by virushka loversð (@virushka_lovers) on Dec 11, 2017 at 10:09am PST Also, it's not a surprise that both of them broke a million hearts and left many with a bittersweet feeling after they tied the knot last December. The couple never misses a single chance of showing how much love they share and recently, post a match, Virat very sweetly credited his 'wife' for his performance. “People who contribute off the field they deserve a lot of credit as well. My wife who keeps me motivated deserves a lot of credit. She's been criticised a lot in the past. But she's one person who's kept me going throughout the tour." In heaven, literally #virushkaððððð A post shared by virushka loversð (@virushka_lovers) on Dec 15, 2017 at 12:33am PST So it seems like this distance between the married couple, all thanks to their respective work commitments, is making Mr. Kohli really miss his missus. He just shared a wonderful picture of the couple locked in an embrace and apparently kissing each other. My one and only! ♥ï¸ð♥ï¸ A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on Feb 20, 2018 at 12:14am PST Love is clearly in the air!
  24. For a team that was left red-faced after a 2-1 loss in Tests, the Indian cricket team came out all guns blazing to sweep the six-match One-Day International (ODI) series 5-1 against South Africa. The Proteas were surely eyeing a comeback in the T20I series, but once again they failed to negate the visitors in the first match. Riding on Shikhar Dhawan's blistering knock of 72 runs, the Indian team posted an imposing total of 203 runs in 20 overs at Johannesburg. On a ground that has favoured the chasing sides in the past, South Africa missed a trick or two to eventually fall short by 28 runs - thanks to Bhuvneshwar Kumar's five-for. © BCCL If the absence of proven stars including AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, and Quinton de Kock wasn't enough, the fact that experienced campaigners like JP Duminy, David Miller and Farhaan Behardien failed to rise to the occasion further derailed their prospects of springing a surprise on the Men in Blue. While the Proteas were once again left reeling, a demolishing act in the ODIs followed by an emphatic win in the first T20I surely gave the Indian cricket team a reason to celebrate. And, in a bid to reward his teammates for their sublime effort, Virat Kohli took his boys out for dinner to celebrate their prolific run in the Rainbow Nation. Last night dinner with the boys after a good win! ðð pic.twitter.com/hmKqyNaFiS — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) February 19, 2018 The Indian captain took to Twitter and shared the moments of their celebratory dinner after the game. "Last night dinner with the boys after a good win!," Kohli tweeted alongside a picture. The photograph featured the likes of Dhawan, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul and Suresh Raina - who made a comeback to the Indian side after a hiatus of 12-long months. © BCCL Returning to the side, Raina slammed seven-ball 15 with the bat and took three catches in the match. The left-hander's return gives the much-needed teeth to the Indian middle-order, while his exploits in the coming matches could play an important role for him in securing a 2019 World Cup spot. Pushed on the backfoot, the Proteas will have to play out of the skin of their teeth to return to the winning ways and stay alive in the three-match series when they lock horns with India in the second T20I at Centurion on 21st February.
  25. Shikhar Dhawan turns the ball towards the leg side/BCCI Virat Kohli limped off the field before India completed another dominant performance over South Africa in the first Twenty20 international at the Wanderers Stadium on Sunday. Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were mainly responsible for India?s 28-run win, just two days after the tourists completed a 5-1 thrashing of the hosts in a one-day international series. India captain Kohli left the field 13 overs into South Africa?s innings after suffering a left leg strain while batting. ?I tweaked my glute a little bit. Thankfully it?s not my hamstring,? he said. ?I felt a little more stiffness (in the field) so I decided to go off and not be stupid and tear a muscle.? Dhawan made 72 in an Indian total of 203 for five after they were sent in to bat. Then opening bowler Kumar produced a masterly display as he claimed career-best figures of five for 24 as South Africa were restricted to 175 for nine. Kumar took the first two wickets and put a clamp on South Africa?s scoring rate with an opening spell of two for 19 in three overs, displaying superb control and changes of pace. Then he came back to settle the contest and secure the man of the match award by taking three wickets and conceding only five runs in the 18th over. South Africa were outplayed once again despite a fourth wicket partnership of 81 off 54 balls between Reeza Hendricks (70) and Farhaan Behardien (39) with India superior in all departments. Kohli hailed ?one of our most balanced performances? in a T20 international. South African captain JP Duminy admitted he was ?very disappointed? but backed a policy of short-pitched bowling in an attempt to take wickets when India batted. The left-handed Dhawan hit ten fours and two sixes in a 39-ball innings. He was lucky to escape on ten when he flicked at a ball down the leg side from Junior Dala. South Africa appealed half-heartedly for a catch behind and the ball was called wide. Replays showed the ball had brushed his glove. India made a flying start, with Rohit Sharma square-cutting the first ball from Dane Paterson for six. He added a second six in an over which yielded 18 runs. Sharma was caught behind off new cap Dala in the second over but all the Indian batsmen followed his attacking example on a ground where there had been three successful run chases of over 200 in T20 internationals. Kohli?s run of big scores ended when he was leg before wicket to left-arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi for 26. He had been dropped off the same bowler at long-on when he had ten. South Africa were without star batsman AB de Villiers, who was ruled out of the series after suffering a blow to his left knee ahead of the sixth one-day international in Centurion on Friday. India also suffered an injury blow, with left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav missing because of a thumb injury suffered in Centurion when India completed a 5-1 series win.