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  1. Kohli last scored a half-century against West Indies during their home series in Kolkata in February 2022
  2. Virat Kohli has posted a photo of him with backdrop showing an inspirational quote after he was dropped from Indian cricket team
  3. Sanju Samson has been around for a while, and he is highly regarded by various cricket analysts and pundits. However, for some reason, the wicketkeeper-batter has been unable to demonstrate his ability at the highest level. Since making his T20I debut in 2015, the 27-year-old has only played 13 T20Is and one ODI, with no half-centuries to his name. On the other hand, he has been a revelation for Rajasthan Royals of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Over the years, the right-handed batter has racked up a lot of runs and led RR to a lot of memorable victories. He was even chosen RR's captain last year as a result of this. In response to Samson's peculiar circumstance, former Team India head coach Ravi Shastri suggested the youngster to take a page from Virat Kohli's book and regularly score. View this post on Instagram In the past, the RR skipper has also been accused of losing his rhythm and not delivering consistently. Despite Shastri's belief that the 27-year-old has matured, he highlighted areas where Samson still has to improve. Samson's ability to play too many shots, according to the former all-rounder, has been his nemesis at times. In an interview with ESPNcricinfo, Shastri stated that he has observed a sense of tranquilly in Samson this season. Shastri simply thinks he'll have a terrific season this year. He feels he will be a lot more consistent this season. Samson has got a side around him that will make him feel relaxed and continue to play his natural game which is to attack and he can score, according to the former Indian head coach. View this post on Instagram Meanwhile, against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Samson was dismissed for eight runs on Tuesday. Shastri was not amused and ordered that the batter be consistent. He has been around for a long time. You cannot make that same mistake after 10 years and get out at 20-25. You will have a coach that will come and bang it down your head,” he added. View this post on Instagram Shastri then used Kohli as an example, advising Samson to emulate the seasoned batter's T20 cricket mantra. When it comes to learning from the former Indian captain, Shastri wants Samson to read the opposition a little better before choosing his shots. Which shots will be more profitable, and he'll be able to predict that from that particular bowler. The recently retired head coach further stated that this is where Kohli is significantly more mature, disciplined, and in command, that leads to higher scores more often than not. Showing faith in the Kerala wicketkeeper-batter, Shastri said that Sanju will get there if he can incorporate that into his game, reading the opponent a little more than just seeing it and hitting it because he has the ability to take off. View the full article
  4. Virat Kohli remains one of the most happening players in the Indian cricket team who has gone through a heap of ups and downs throughout his career and there is little to no doubt that when he retires, film producers will be standing in a long line just to discuss a potential biopic with him. Kohli’s cricketing journey has gone through a lot both on and off the field. He was in the middle of the Indian technological revolution when Indian cricket fans found a way to express their emotions on social media platforms like Twitter. While that had its perks, it also came with a lot of toxicity and with the polarising personality that Kohli has, he had some good and bad days. View this post on Instagram Every aspect of Kohli’s life has been analysed and overanalysed. From his marriage to one of the top Bollywood actresses to his party-boy phase during the early years of his international career, the man feels like an open book. His journey from an alcohol-consuming, butter-chicken-guzzling lad to the youth and fitness icon of the country, who made some drastic changes to the fitness levels within Team India, is commendable. Then there are also the controversies that surround him on the field and within the Indian cricket board. For instance, the very-public disparity that was shared between Kohli and his former head coach Anil Kumble which led to the latter stepping down from his position but not before throwing Kohli under the bus, or one of the more recent developments that took place when Kohli contradicted BCCI President Sourav Ganguly’s comments about showing concern towards him quitting as the T20I skipper. Lately, however, one of the biggest talking points about Kohli’s career is the great drought that the former skipper has been going through ever since November 2019 during which he has not been able to score even a single century in any of the three formats of the game. If ever a film is made on Virat Kohli, what should be the title of it? pic.twitter.com/qytker0DOU — Virat Kohli Fan Club (@Trend_VKohli) March 29, 2022 So it was only a matter of time before Kohli’s fans started discussing the potential name for his biopic and while there were a couple of trolls here and there, most were on point with their suggestions. The man who changed Test cricket — Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) March 29, 2022Seventy One -A struggle — I Run Man (@hilariousmf) March 29, 2022Legacy of a choker — N. (@Relax_Boisss) March 29, 2022the success you know, the breakdown you don't - Virat Kohli — Cheshta || Ajinkya Rahane and RR Stan || (@Cheshh23x_) March 29, 2022Dark side of marrying a Bollywoodiya. — SHANDILYA RAJ (@TheRightWingBoy) March 29, 202271. — Baba Yaga (@SurtiChurti) March 30, 2022The Run Machine - Virat Kohli — Nikhil™ (@ThatCric8boy) March 29, 2022 View the full article
  5. The Indian team suffered a heartbreaking loss to South Africa in their final league game of the ongoing Women's World Cup that ended their campaign on Sunday (March 27). Team India needed to win to qualify for the semis but they fell agonisingly short after the penultimate delivery of the match was called a no-ball by the TV umpire. Deepti Sharma had overstepped by an inch and that cost India dearly in the do-or-die contest. For showing admirable fighting spirit, fans and former cricketers extended their support for the Women in Blue on social media. Ex-India captain Virat Kohli too took to Twitter to react to the women's team exit from the World Cup. Always tough to bow out of a tournament you aim to win but our women's team can hold their heads high. You gave it your all and we are proud of you. — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) March 28, 2022 Kohli, who himself has tasted heartbreaking losses as captain in ICC global events, said that the team can hold their heads high as they fought with everything they had on the field. "Always tough to bow out of a tournament you aim to win but our women's team can hold their heads high. You gave it your all and we are proud of you," Kohli tweeted. Kohli's emotional post for the women's team left quite a few Indian cricket fans emotional as they reacted to the post on social media. Who knows it better than you https://t.co/9RcWXXrJup — Ravi Agarwal (@DoneHaiBro) March 28, 2022Who would know better about it than u kolhi https://t.co/sWNbbnE1zR — Chalak Billu (@chalakbillllu) March 28, 2022Who knows the pain more than this guy https://t.co/LccOEo6Rj1 — Camlin Oil Pastels (@CamlinTweets) March 28, 2022Virat knows this feeling! https://t.co/5f7vfkptZS — Gagan Kumar Sharma (@imsharmag002) March 28, 2022I am so happy that our women's team is getting increasing support from our men's team. There is a lot that they can teach other. I wish @BCCI takes up their job on this. https://t.co/kXINVN9mCm — Ashu (@ASHUTOSHYASH) March 28, 2022Golden words from sir Virat Kohli...!! https://t.co/7Nd0fhe4UB — Pranav Sri Datta (@PranavSriDatta) March 28, 2022In the match, Deepti had taken a crucial wicket of the second-last ball of the match but she failed to land her foot inside the crease by inches and it was deemed as a no-ball, India were denied the wicket and lost the match on the final ball, bowing out of the tournament. Following the loss, India finished fifth on the points table of the eight-team tournament as the West Indies took the fourth spot as the last semi-finalist. Deepti Sharma to du Preez, no ball, It's Harman once again and du Preez has holed out, have they changed strike? This was tossed up on off and du Preez saw the chance to hit the winning boundary, was looking to loft it wide of long-on, but she dragged it high and pic.twitter.com/wc5QDLUiHF — Live Cricket Master Updater (@MohsinM55415496) March 27, 2022 It was the last World Cup for two of Indian women's cricket stalwarts, captain Mithali Raj and pacer Jhulan Goswami. After the game, Mithali did hint that it might not be the last time fans see her in an Indian jersey on the field. "It would not be appropriate for me to comment anything on that, considering the kind of game we just played and as I said, the emotions are still there. So, it needs to settle down before I could have clarity on that and give an answer to that," Mithali said at the post-match press conference. Admit it, Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami deserved a better farewell. #CWC22 #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/DmKBm3LAAZ — Female Cricket #CWC22 (@imfemalecricket) March 27, 2022 The duo of Mithali and Goswami may not get their hands on a World Cup title but the team needs them to stay and make the transition easy for the youngsters who will come into the side. View the full article
  6. Sunil Gavaskar, the former Indian captain and cricket analyst, believes that now that the captaincy is off his shoulders, Virat Kohli may be able to return to his greatest form with the bat and may go on a run-scoring rampage this season. Gavaskar believes that with the change in leadership at Royal Challengers Bangalore, the IPL might get to witness Virat Kohli from the 2016 season when he scored over 900 runs. The focus, though, will stay on Kohli when he plays exclusively as a player in RCB's opening match against Punjab Kings on Sunday at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai. Gavaskar stated on Star Sports, the official broadcaster of the IPL, that no one knows whether Kohli will be captain again at this time. When a player is freed of the captaincy, he might sometimes flourish since he isn't worried about the other ten players. View this post on Instagram When a player is a captain, he is also thinking about ten other players, and sometimes even other members of their squad, about their form or lack thereof, and about things that they are not doing well that, if done correctly, will benefit the team, feels Gavaskar. We might see Kohli again this season, as he did in 2016, when he scored around 1000 runs in the IPL, says the 72-year old veteran of the game. Kohli last captained the RCB in 2012, when he took over from New Zealander Daniel Vettori. View this post on Instagram And while it is incredible to see that a fellow legend of the game being so supportive of the prodigal Virat Kohli on his quest to once again find his form with the bat, not a lot of people were completely bought by the idea that the former skipper will simply shake off his bad form and return to his top-form with the flick of the wrist. 2016 ka 50 percent Kohli bhi dikh jaaye i will be more than happy — Cricket Fanatic (@Loyal_Cricket) March 27, 2022Thoda zyada hogaya sir , woah performance once in century type hai wapis nahi ho sakta — Thala dhobhi lover (@Cric_fanatic_) March 27, 2022Kuchh jyadi hi jyada ho gyaa — Diwakar¹⁸ (@diwakarkumar47) March 27, 2022Mental Hospital me koi admit kra do yrr pls — RAHUL (@SHIVAMS56954839) March 27, 2022Sunny Saab Pass me the joint — (@Viraaaaaaaaat) March 27, 2022The newly appointed RCB skipper Faf du Plessis and his squad are all set to take on Mayank Agarwal’s Punjab Kings with the hopes of getting a fiery start to the season. Last year, despite the RCB doing well during the regular season, they ended up getting run over in the Playoffs. They ended up losing to Kolkata Knight Riders by four wickets to bring their journey to sudden death. View the full article
  7. MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli might not be playing together anymore but their brotherhood is still intact. It shows in the way Kohli celebrates his former skipper’s on-field achievements. Last year, when the Ranchi-born had guided the Chennai-based outfit to a memorable win over Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 1, Kohli had lavished huge praise on the former India skipper. Looking at his post, one could tell just how much he loved and admired the legendary cricketer. © Twitter/IPL The thing about Kohli’s posts about Dhoni is that he never uses too many words but still, one can sense his emotions. The former RCB captain once again made everyone emotional as he paid tribute to the four-time IPL champions after he relinquished CSK captaincy. Lavishing praise on the 40-year-old, he said that fans would never forget his “legendary captaincy tenure” in the yellow jersey. Kohli used a picture of himself embracing Dhoni with a warm hug, which increased the appeal of his post even further. View this post on Instagram “Legendary captaincy tenure in yellow skip. A chapter fans will never forget. Respect always. @mahi7781,” Kohli wrote on Instagram. Soon, fans flocked the post with their heart-warming comments. People loved Kohli’s affection for arguably the greatest Indian skipper of all time and the second-most successful captain in IPL history. © Instagram/Virat Kohli Not just fans, Kohli’s post also turned Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh emotional and he commented on his post saying: “Ek mera dil hai, ek meri jaan hai (One is my heart, one is my life)”. Dhoni’s decision to step down from CSK captaincy with only a couple of days left in their opening encounter of IPL 2022 took everyone by surprise. © Twitter/CSK The CSK legend knew he was running on his last legs and given his age, he might not be able to carry on for long. Hence, he wanted to ensure a smooth transition at the franchise and decided to hand over the reins to his successor so that he could guide him in the early phase of his IPL captaincy. Come Saturday, the Saurashtra all-rounder will become only the third player to lead CSK, after Dhoni and Suresh Raina. Leading a team like CSK will be a huge challenge but Ravindra Jadeja is lucky that he will have Dhoni as his guiding light. View the full article
  8. On Holi 2022, Virat Kohli’s simple message to his fans turned out to be a great success, especially after facing loads of backlash and being called pretentious and hypocritic in the past. This year, the former Indian skipper decided to stick to a plain “Happy Holi to all” wish that he shared from his Twitter account and this change was welcomed with open arms. pic.twitter.com/s4IxP23ItK — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) March 18, 2022 Before 2022, every year Virat Kohli and some of the other well-known Indian cricketers made it a point to talk about how animals should not be put colours on and people should not waste water on Holi. On festivals like Diwali, they used to tell their fans not to burst crackers as it would lead to a sudden rise in air pollution. And yet, every time any one of these cricketers told the common people how to celebrate their own festivals, they were reminded of whenever they did anything against what they had preached. View this post on Instagram For instance, playing in the Indian Premier League that burns through the noise and air polluting crackers after every boundary, or match as if they would have no negative effect on the environment. Indian skipper Rohit Sharma has also been called out for talking about animal rights in the past, especially during Holi and how we should protect our pets from the colours. However, he was reminded of the time when Team India cricketer ordered beef and pork to eat in Australia early last year. #RohitSharma #beef Rohit Sharma is a Animal Lover ....... But Only on Holi pic.twitter.com/JhFnq9N7DJ — Pro Kabaddi & BBL 2021 (@IPL20192) January 3, 2021 Even the leader of the Indian bowling attack, Jasprit Bumrah has been trolled in the past for asking people to not burst crackers on Diwali but later literally walking under a sky full of smoke and pollution created about of firecrackers being used at his wedding. So, after finally learning his lesson over the years, the former skipper of the Royal Challengers Bangalore decided to not share superficial “gyaan” with the public about how to celebrate a festival and simply wish them a happy and peaceful Holi. This did surprise a lot of people, most of whom were rather happy and welcomed this change with open arms on Twitter: What a pleasent change. Thank you and happy Holi to you too Virat bhai. — THE SKIN DOCTOR (@theskindoctor13) March 18, 2022समय अच्छे अच्छों को बदल देता है pic.twitter.com/pb1DoSSZQw — दलीप पंचोली (@DalipPancholi) March 18, 2022Sudhar gaye saahab :) — Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) March 18, 2022Happy holi gays pic.twitter.com/kadY8DRziS — Sherlock (@phenomenal_me__) March 18, 2022Sir gyaan kaha hai ? — timeSquare (@time__square) March 18, 2022no 'gyaan' this time? — 🅺🅳🆁 (@KDRtweets) March 18, 2022Captaincy gayi, Gyan bhi gaya.... https://t.co/ED9sw3VPsq — md (@md1990_) March 18, 2022 View the full article
  9. As the franchise prepares to name its new captain ahead of the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) season, Virat Kohli has left a cryptic message for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) supporters. Kohli appears to be getting about to make a significant statement in a video uploaded by the team on Twitter before the film abruptly fast speeds and ends. The film is part of RCB's advertising effort leading up to their 'RCB Unbox' event, where they will unveil the new uniform and name their new captain. “Renewed Energy. Excited for the IPL season. There’s an important news...” - Virat Kohli has a message for all of you RCB fans! Location: Museum Cross Road, Church Street, Bengaluru Date: 12.03.2022 Time: 12pm to 8pm#PlayBold #WeAreChallengers pic.twitter.com/o26eA2bOq3 — Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) March 10, 2022 “So a few updates for you guys. As you know we are going to start our season pretty soon, something which I am very excited for. Really looking forward to this season. First and foremost the most important news is that...” Kohli says in the video. The former skipper’s excited and smiling face that the theatrics used in the video made the fans of the Bengaluru franchise put on their ‘Sherlock Holmes’ hat and try to decipher what the cricketer was trying to say in the second part of the video that was sped up intentionally. Many even felt that Kohli might be announcing a return as the RCB captain this year after announcing that he was going to give up the role after the 2021 season. It's Maxwell pic.twitter.com/MX5EVJ2xvJ — Ayush Prajapati (@im_ayush___) March 10, 2022Siraj sitting in centre and virat behind him RCB captain? pic.twitter.com/cQ1FbHkA1d — Sherlóck (@phenomenal_me__) March 10, 2022Pls virat be the captain as an mi fan I want rcb to lose , pls be the captain again , pls @RCBTweets take some good decisions — Abhinav (@Abhinav0224) March 10, 2022Virat Kohli pic.twitter.com/dz5pFNBff3 — Mohit Singh Chamyal (@cric8holic) March 10, 2022OMG!! Virat Kohli the Captain Of RCB again!! OMG I'm literally Crying bata do yaar itna suspense — 𝐀𝐢𝐟𝐚𝐳 𝐒𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐤𝐡 (@itsaifazsheikh) March 10, 2022 With AB de Villiers retiring from all forms of cricket, Faf du Plessis, a former Proteas teammate, and Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell are among the frontrunners to take over as RCB captain. Kohli had stated that he was going to step down as captain of the Indian Premier League franchise after the 2021 season. In the middle of the previous season, the RCB skipper announced the news in a short video released by the franchise's official Twitter handle. Virat Kohli to step down from RCB captaincy after #IPL2021 “This will be my last IPL as captain of RCB. I’ll continue to be an RCB player till I play my last IPL game. I thank all the RCB fans for believing in me and supporting me.”: Virat Kohli#PlayBold #WeAreChallengers pic.twitter.com/QSIdCT8QQM — Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) September 19, 2021 While the news of Kohli's retirement came as a shock to many people around the world, it was something the skipper had been thinking about for some time and had even spoken with those close to him, including de Villiers. Kohli stated he wanted to establish a serene environment during the IPL and quietly move away from his current role as captain to focus on his performance as a batter, citing the strain of presiding over too many things. Since taking over as RCB's captain in 2013, Kohli has led the team to the playoffs four times (including IPL 2021) and only once to the finals (in 2016). Despite having some of the most aggressive hitters and best coaches in the history of modern cricket on their side, the Bengaluru team has never won the IPL. View the full article
  10. Recently, the Board of Control for Cricket in India, BCCI revealed the updated annual contracts for the various Indian cricket players who were a part of the regular rotation of the squad during the 2021 season and may potentially remain active during the 2022-23 season. And as always, the fans of the Indian cricket team have formed various opinions about the kind of money being handed over to all these players. While some players have been shown a lot of sympathy for losing out on the previously held contracts, other cricketers were hated upon for earning more they should be (in the eyes of the fans, of course). "Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah in the A+ Contract in the new BCCI annual contract." - According to Dainik Jagran — CricketMAN2 (@ImTanujSingh) March 2, 2022 The former captain of the Indian cricket team and arguably the most polarising man in all of cricket, Virat Kohli belongs to the second group of people and has been slammed all over the internet for being granted the A+ category contract by the Indian cricket board, despite what has been a sub-par year for the cricketer - as compared to the kind of years he has had in the past. Going purely by performance, Kohli shouldn't even have a BCCI contract. India would have been decimated by Aussies if not for the class of Rahane and Pujara. — Praveen Verma (@Praveen09166903) March 2, 2022Why Chokli-The Finished Player aka Politician of ICT in A+? — (@Rohit_GOAT264) March 2, 2022Sneaked in virat in A+ He should be in C grade — NOone (@factsman2003) March 2, 2022CHOKLI IS GETTING A+ GRADE WHILE DHAWAN IS GETTING C GRADE CONTRACT SHAME — ´ (@Extra__Cover) March 2, 2022Chokli should kick out of team without any contract — Ankit (@BruceWa75808922) March 2, 2022A lot of negative things have happened to Kohli, especially this last year. He resigned as the captain of his IPL squad, Royal Challengers Bangalore following a heartbreaking end to the IPL 2021 season. He stepped down as the captain of the Indian T20I squad following a disappointing run at the ICC World Cup 2021. Kohli was also sacked by the BCCI as the ODI captain after the selectors decided to give the entire white-ball captaincy to Rohit Sharma. And finally, he resigned as the captain of the Test cricket team after losing the three-match series in South Africa against a short-handed Protea team. View this post on Instagram The batter has also been under the spotlight for the last two years as he has not been able to score a single century in any of three international cricket formats since November 2019. One of his greatest weaknesses while batting has also been highlighted across multiple series - how Kohli continues to play unnecessary cover drives that often lead to an outer edge catch behind the stumps. Having said that, Kohli continues to be one of the top 10 batters in international Tests (rank 7) and ODIs (rank 2). He has only recently fallen out of the top-10 list in T20Is as well. Despite such stellar performances and a great batting record across formats, the fact that he is being called out for not doing enough to earn the greatest BCCI contract is only a testament to how great of a player he is and how the world has managed to expect nothing but absolute excellence from him over the years. Babar Azam still at the top Rohit Sharma closes in on Virat Kohli Fakhar Zaman and Joe Root sneak into the top 10 Here’s how things stand after the latest update to the @MRFWorldwide ICC Men's ODI Player Rankings for batters More details https://t.co/gkPWgLbUCq pic.twitter.com/JOgc1SpQKm — ICC (@ICC) February 9, 2022 Based on the contractual set-up of the BCCI, players who belong to the A+ category earn a handsome Rs. 7 crore per year. This is on top of the match fee they receive for playing across the three forms of international cricket, the IPL contracts they receive during or before the auction and all the endorsements they do throughout the year. View the full article
  11. The eyes of the whole country were on Virat Kohli as he stepped on the field for his 100th Test match and joined the elite list of Indian legends. The majority of the crowd at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali had come to see the Indian superstar unleash himself on the Sri Lankan bowlers in his landmark Test appearance. A special for @imVkohli #VK100 @Paytm #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/HVmPEY7erw — BCCI (@BCCI) March 4, 2022 Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the stands were not filled to the capacity but when Kohli walked in to bat after the dismissal of Mayank Agarwal, the whole stadium went berser and the supporters greeted him with a grand ovation. Nobody was disappointed with Agarwal’s dismissal, all they cared for was Kohli and they kept chanting his names until he occupied the crease and got ready to face the delivery. .@imVkohli all set for his 100th Test.#VK100 pic.twitter.com/yGwKeP0Fvo — BCCI (@BCCI) March 4, 2022 With it being his 100th Test match, the expectations from Kohli were sky high as people hoped to see him end his two-year-long century drought and breach the three-figure mark for the first time since November 2019. After a shaky start, Kohli got into his groove and started playing shots all over the park. Having smashed five boundaries in his 45-run knock, he was looking in an ominous touch. © Reuters Many thought he would make it big this time around and treat all his fans with his 71st international hundred. He was completely deceived, against the run of play, by a Lasith Embuldeniya special delivery that spun away, missed the outside edge, and clipped the top of off-stump. The whole stadium was distraught at Kohli’s dismissal but it was skipper Rohit Sharma’s reaction that became a talking point on social media. Kohli was batting so well that nobody expected him to get out and Rohit’s reaction showed exactly that. © Twitter/BCCI As soon as the ball clipped the stumps, Rohit, who was standing inside the room, held his head with both hands and his facial expression was enough to tell how disappointed he was with Kohli’s departure. He didn’t react animatedly on his own wicket that he did on his predecessor’s fall and that reflected the special bond both these players have and how much they care for each other. Rohit's reaction after Kohli's dismissal reflects the bond between them #ViratKohli #RohitSharma #INDvSL #AvoidRumours pic.twitter.com/PfRipt10bc — The Crimofo Club (@TheCrimofoClub) March 4, 2022Rohit Sharma's reaction for Kohli wicket pic.twitter.com/HrC4fp5A2g — Troll MI Haters (@TrollMIHaterTV_) March 4, 2022Rohit Reaction on Virat Kohli's Dismissal pic.twitter.com/EXTf7ej3Vx — Vicky Shinde (@iamshinde83) March 4, 2022Rohit Sharma reaction after Virat Kohli getting out #ViratKohli #KingKohli #100thTestForKingKohli https://t.co/nmyMuCRFN5 pic.twitter.com/gQXcxZqTiO — CRICKET VIDEOS (@AbdullahNeaz) March 4, 202271st innings with out a century for Kohli his wait for 71st still continues! Reaction of Rohit Sharma tells u the story! #INDvsSL pic.twitter.com/HKAB1kyzyz — Ixhan (@green_shirts33) March 4, 2022The so-called fans often engage in fights on Rohit, Kohli’s name and try to pull each other down but in doing so they create unnecessary hatred on the social media. The way Rohit reacted to Kohli’s wicket just shows how much they admire each other’s game and want each other to succeed like true friends. View the full article
  12. The Indian cricket team fans were absolutely startled when a random Twitter user managed to predict some very specific details about Virat Kohli’s dismissal during the first innings of the first match between India and Sri Lanka in Mohali. On Day 1 of Virat Kohli’s 100th international Test, the former Indian skipper was welcomed by cheers and roars by his fans in Punjab as he hopped and skipped his way to the pitch after the dismissal of opener Mayank Agarwal. King Kohli walking out in his 100th Test and this is how he welcomed by crowd, the love he gets #100thTestForKingKohli #VK100#INDvSL #ViratKohli pic.twitter.com/j1G4UvJVBt — Riaaaaa (@riaa0riaa) March 4, 2022 With a well-established Hanuma Vihari already batting at the number three spot, Kohli took his time settling in. While the duo managed to score a partnership of 90 runs, the 33-year old batter contributed 45 runs to the Indian total before he was bowled out by Lasith Embuldeniya in the 44th over. It was a decent delivery that took Kohli by absolute surprise. The 25-year old Sri Lankan bowler delivered a fuller ball that landed around the middle stump before turning away towards the off. Knowing that it was a tricky one to play, Kohli tried defending it. However, the batter got beat as the ball gets an outside edge and knocked off the stump. Although the dismissal might seem to be nothing out of the ordinary, a post shared by one of the users on Twitter suddenly started catching a lot of attention by the fans for the practically supernatural level of predictions. Kohli Won't score a 100 in his 100th test. Will score 45 (100) with 4 gorgeous cover drives and then Embuldeniya will knock his stumps over and he'll pretend to be shocked and will nod his head in disappointment — shruti #100 (@Quick__Single) March 3, 2022 In the tweet, it was written that Kohli will not be scoring a century on his 100th Test and if fact he would be dismissed at 45 runs (which happened in reality). It was also mentioned that it would be Embuldeniya who will claim his wicket (which happened in reality) and that he will clean bowled him (which happened in reality). Here’s where it gets even crazier. It was also predicted that as soon as the ball will dislodge the bail, Kohli would “pretend to be shocked” (which also happened in reality!). King Kohli out for 45(76) @imVkohli #100thTestForKingKohli #KingKohli pic.twitter.com/WRSqufkvca — Chiyaan Praveen (@ARRahmanuyir) March 4, 2022 Unable to comprehend how on Earth was Twitter user @Quick__Single able to tell the future, many fans speculated that it could be something that was decided way ahead of its time and probably the cricketer was involved in some sort of match fixing: This proves it's fixed?? — #MidTETA #fraEDU (@pctgooner) March 4, 2022Virat is fixing, confirmed — Shrutika Gaekwad (@Shrutika_45_) March 4, 2022 However, everyone else on the micro-blogging website was in complete awe of the accuracy of the prediction and started asking the Twitter user to predict their own futures: pic.twitter.com/jHzEW3frZ0 — Heisenberg (@internetumpire) March 4, 2022 pic.twitter.com/uURUMccpJM — ayushi (@awkdipti) March 4, 2022What what !!!!! Predicting the dismissal is still okkk but how can you predict the exact score .......can you please tell me what will I be doing after 2 years from now??? — Sanskar Gemawat (@_SanskarG) March 4, 2022NOOO, NOOOOOO !!! NOOOOOOOOO. HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE? #ViratKohli100thTest pic.twitter.com/Xkeg8RzXiU — S A A D (@SaadSays22) March 4, 2022Please tell me How many kids will I have? — Kabir Moni Patel- (@KabeerMoni) March 4, 2022everyone in the comment section rn: "predict my future" pic.twitter.com/nykcKLt92s — Astitva (@AstitvaSondhra) March 4, 2022 View the full article
  13. Anushka Sharma joined her husband Virat Kohli on the pitch on Friday in Mohali, Punjab, for his 100th international Test cricket match. Their daughter Vamika, Virat's mother, and Virat's brother were in the stands as veteran cricketer Rahul Dravid presented him with a ceremonial cap. Dressed in a white ruffled top and beige leggings, Sharma was standing next to the former Indian skipper Virat handed out the ceremonial cap to Anushka after receiving it from Rahul Dravid, saying, "Ye le jao please (please take this with you)." Virat Kohli's felicitation ceremony.#VK100 #100thTestForKingKohli #INDvSL #ViratKohli𓃵 https://t.co/mDorGbDB1l pic.twitter.com/5qAXliQMqh — Mihir Dhawan (@imMdhawan) March 4, 2022 It did not take long for the so-called Indian cricket fans to start questioning Anushka’s presence on the cricket ground during Kohli’s ceremony. The popular question was about why was she there in the middle of the ground and how did she contribute to Indian cricket in order to get the privilege of being seen during an international Test match. Why Anushka is here??? — ms (@XaviBaIl) March 4, 2022Whats her contribution in Indian cricket team? I've never seen someone's wife being invited for player playing 100th test? — ms (@XaviBaIl) March 4, 2022Why coach Anushka Sharma brought her husband to the ground?? No coach ever did that in past. — C̶h̶i̶k̶o̶o̶ ➐ (@tweeterrant) March 4, 2022@BCCI why anushka Sharma????? https://t.co/c6mGHQSS1J — Sivakumar (@Siva4374) March 4, 2022However, all the haters were quickly stopped in their tracks by people who gave the examples of Ishant Sharma’s wife doing the same during his 100th Test and even Sachin Tendulkar’s family being present at the venue during the final match of his career. Any work except spreading hate?Shame on yourself dude...all around +ve vibes and what you are doing.Ppl like you are burden on society.That's it.I saw a just shitter tweet on this beautiful day. — Simran (@Vk18_Fangirl) March 4, 2022That's the respect that a wife deserves .... For u to ask y she's standing there is a sorry statement indeed ! — Padmasree (@Padmasree05) March 4, 2022It is a tradition to wives to be present while receiving the cap..Just check other player felicitations before spurting hate here. — Sun Block (@sunblock935) March 4, 2022Kitna accha kaam hai yeeh ao aur negative comments karo aur reply padete jao — Shiwang nagar (@NagarShiwang) March 4, 2022Ahead of the first match at Mohali Kohli said that “for all the right reasons” he has transformed into an entirely different person. He's progressed in the correct direction. He is really grateful to God for providing him with such a wonderful life partner, and she has been an amazing pillar of support for him. The 33-year old also added that when the actress entered his life, he began to evolve, and vice versa. They've both aided each other in their development. He wouldn't have been able to go on with so much composure and so much passion and zeal if it wasn't for her in his life. View this post on Instagram In her upcoming film, Chakda Xpress, Anushka will play the role of a cricketer. The film will follow Jhulan Goswami, the former captain of India's national women's cricket team, as she rises through the ranks amid oppressive politics, to realise her ambition of playing cricket for India. As far as the Virat Kohli is concerned, the cricketer is expected to deliver a big innings in the longest format of the game soon, especially considering the fact that the last century he struck came over two years ago in November 2019 when India was hosting their first-ever pink-ball Test in Kolkata against Bangladesh. View the full article
  14. With just a couple of days to go for Virat Kohli to play his 100th international Test cricket match, one of his Delhi teammates from back in his Ranji days, talks about the kind of will and dedication that makes him continue to strive for more and remain one of the elite cricketers in the world today. 16 years ago in 2006, it was another winter morning when a young boy of 17 had suddenly turned into a man. The Delhi lad Virat Kohli was preparing to go to the ground to bat in the Ranji Trophy match for his team. And then he received the earth-shaking news that his father had lost his life due to a brain stroke. The sky came crashing on the young boy. This could be one of the biggest losses for a boy of his age. @imVkohli playing 100 Test matches is testimony to his hardwork and dedication towards the game: @Jaspritbumrah93 #TeamIndia | #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/6yh13WWkJ3 — BCCI (@BCCI) March 1, 2022 It was the third day of the match and Delhi was going through a precarious situation. Virat had to resume batting with his teammate Punit Bisht. Virat’s father’s lifeless body was placed on the floor of his house waiting for the last rights to be performed, the entire family was in shock and utter grief. One can only imagine the fury of the typhoon that must be brewing inside that 17-year-old boy. "To this day I wonder, how in the world did he muster the courage to drop in at the ground. We were all numb at his tragedy and here the boy was standing in the dressing room and ready to go out and bat," said Punit during an interview with PTI. Virat Kohli will be the 71st cricketer to play 100 Test matches. He'll also become 12th most capped Indian Test player surpassing Mohammad Azharuddin. — Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) February 28, 2022 "Mind it, his father's last rites hadn't been performed and he had just come because he didn't want his team to lose a batter as we were not in a great position," he added. And then suddenly that young boy turns into a responsible man. Like a soldier, Virat decided to keep his personal feelings at bay and do what his duty was. He decided to go to the stadium and bat for his team. This is the stuff that a cricketer called Virat Kohli is made of. This is his dedication to cricket that has made him the real ‘Virat’ cricketer that the world today admires not only in India but in all the cricketing nations across the globe. I wish to see that , King scores his 71st 100 in his 100th test match and became the 71st player to play 100 test matches. All the best King #ViratKohli𓃵 #viratkholi @imVkohli pic.twitter.com/N9x0X5ibbf — Virat Kohli fan (@virat_kohli18vk) March 1, 2022 On 4th March 2022, Virat Kohli will play his 100th Test match for India. That day he will enter the elite club of Indian cricketers who have played 100 or more tests for India. Till now only 11 Indians have got the honours including Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar. Kohli will join the legends on the 4th of March when he enters the stadium in Mohali. Kohli fans have been raving about Kohli and the fact that he will be playing his centurion Test in India. However, due to the COVID-19 protocol still set in place, only a 50% stadium capacity crowd will be allowed to enter the Mohali cricket ground and join Kohli to celebrate this wondrous occasion with him: So happy to hear, Finally the 50% crowd will be allowed in Mohali to witness the 100th test of Virat Kohli. #ViratKohli | #KingKohli | @imVkohli https://t.co/pLVlNLmwNppic.twitter.com/GF6tc72bdO — Shivam Jaiswal (@7jaiswalshivam) March 1, 2022Playing 100 test is what unfit players can only imagine of, they can't even dream about it but here's Virat Kohli who's making it look easy #AllowCrowdinMohali pic.twitter.com/Y8eOMNtYiG — Aman (@CaptainKohli___) February 28, 2022He’s the only 12th player from India to play 100 Tests. Open the stands, man. The guy who made people fall in love with test cricket... U deserve better man @imVkohli #AllowCrowdinMohali pic.twitter.com/0zcSE50Veo — Sai Shirodkar (@Saichet64605704) February 28, 2022Virat Kohli On 4th March 71st innings since last century. 71st century pending since 2 yrs 71st cricketer to play 100 Test matches. What a coincidence pic.twitter.com/tz8TP5Xo9h — Ѧ†ʊℓ (@atulprakashh) February 28, 2022G.O.A.T deserves a stadium with full of crowd . #AllowCrowdinMohali @imVkohli Test match no.100 in mohali only by 12 th indian in history . pic.twitter.com/IaWdtPg0uM — vk100 (@peterparker18XV) February 28, 2022We all love and admire our heroes. We sometimes feel jealous of the fame and money that they earn. But, we forget to appreciate the hard work and the amount of pain they undergo to reach the place where they are at present. We do not hesitate in criticizing them to the point of abuse if they fail even once forgetting that after all they too are humans like us. The entire nation has been eagerly waiting for Virat’s 71st century that has been playing hide and seek for more than 2 years now. We wish he achieves this feat in his 100th test match. Indian and world cricket will see many more players come and perform in the arena. But, finding another Virat will be the toughest thing to do. View the full article
  15. Owing to the increasing COVID-19 cases in and around the city of Mohali, the BCCI has decided to organise Virat Kohli’s landmark 100th Test match behind closed doors. Speaking on the matter, Punjab Cricket Association treasurer RP Singla said that the decision was taken considering the fresh cases in Mohali and nearby areas and the Indian cricket board didn’t want to take any chance. © Reuters “Yes, apart from the people, who are on duty for the Test match, we are not allowing any general spectators as per the directive of BCCI,” senior PCA treasurer RP Singla told PTI. “Still there are fresh COVID cases emerging in and around Mohali, so it’s better we take all safety protocols. Obviously, the fans miss out because an international match at Mohali is happening after almost three years,” he added. © Reuters The BCCI has taken the decision to ensure the safety of all the players but Kohli supporters aren’t buying this reasoning. Some of the fans also accused the Indian cricket board of playing dirty games against the former India skipper. Another reason why fans are so pissed with the BCCI is because other venues in India witnessed crowd presence, be it Kolkata’s Eden Gardens or the picturesque Dharamsala stadium. © Reuters One more objection that Kohli supporters have with the board is that the BCCI permitted spectators in matches prior to and after the Mohali Test but not during his historic Test match. Not to forget, the first Test was originally scheduled to be held in Bengaluru not Mohali and the changes in itinerary was made by the BCCI just a couple of weeks back. © Reuters Had the BCCI followed their original schedule, Kohli would have played his 100th Test match in front of his IPL home crowd. The Kohli supporters argued that given the magnitude of the match, the BCCI should have done their homework better and shouldn’t have changed the venue if they knew Mohali Test would be played in front of empty stands. The 33-year-old enjoys unparalleled support in India and his fans overtook the social media using hashtags like #AllowCrowdInMohali and made it trending on the micro-blogging site the whole day. © Reuters While criticising the board, the fans also pleaded with the BCCI to allow at least a limited number of spectators, if not the capacity crowd, to make the Kohli’s historic game even more special. What is the rationale then to have spectators before and after that match? — Sohini M. (@Mittermaniac) February 28, 2022Fans want to watch the best batsman of this generation VIRAT KOHLI play his 100th test so #AllowCrowdinMohali @BCCI @SGanguly99 @imVkohli — Sushant Mehta (@SushantNMehta) February 28, 2022The man who took test cricket to an exceptional height, the man for whom crowd started coming to watch test matchs again definitely deserves better...#AllowCrowdinMohali pic.twitter.com/YXjG2XHTxV — ᴅɪᴠʏᴀɴꜱʜ (@Lost_D18) February 28, 2022Worst BCCI Politics !!#AllowCrowdinMohali • @imVkohli pic.twitter.com/EiVZniBHOa — Troll RCB Haters (@TWT_RCB) February 28, 2022This guy is the reason why test cricket is still alive. He has made the world to fall for test cricket once again. @BCCI the least you can do for him is by allowing crowd for his 100th test match ! #AllowCrowdinMohali pic.twitter.com/4TpdcyxDxr — Gaurav Chavan (@_fearless18_) February 28, 2022This Is The Best Chance For BCCI To Redeem Themselves By Allowing Crowd In Mohali For @imVkohli's 100th Test. #AllowCrowdinMohali — Prathamesh Avachare (@onlyprathamesh) February 28, 2022Continuous disrespect and dirty agendas against Virat Kohli from BCCI won't change the fact he is the most loved Indian cricketer on the globe@imVkohli #AllowCrowdinMohali pic.twitter.com/bwv1TZTIp8 — Abhinav (@TotalKohli) February 28, 2022Utterly shameful that crowds are allowed in the stadium on either side of Virat Kohli's 100th test match but not allowed only during that match Also it's shady how BCCI changed the original test from Bengaluru, which is now hosting the next match with crowds#AllowCrowdinMohali — Ricky talks Cricket (@CricRicky) February 28, 2022No crowd for Virat Kohli's 100th test match is actually cricket fraternity's loss not his. This is not how you treat your greatest player ever @BCCI#AllowCrowdinMohali pic.twitter.com/oA8ajxBkbS — Abhinav (@TotalKohli) February 28, 2022While every cricket fan in the country wanted to see Kohli walk into the middle amid loud cheers in his landmark match, not everyone was as critical of the Ganguly-led board. There were people who argued that the decision to bar the spectators from becoming a part of this momentous occasion was not the BCCI’s doing. I understand that BCCI and Kohli are not best friends at this moment. Even then, the conspiracy theory suggesting BCCI plotting the Test in Mohali to deprive Kohli of a crowd for his 100th match is too outlandish. Just stop, please. — Abhishek Mukherjee (@ovshake42) February 28, 2022Decision to allow or not allow spectators for a game doesn't just rest on BCCI alone. State assns, local municipal authorities, Covid cases in the region, state govt protocols -- A lot has to be taken into consideration. So, it's not BCCI's unilateral call here.#100thTest — KSR (@KShriniwasRao) February 28, 2022The decision to allow and prohibit spectators from attending a match was the state government’s prerogative and the Indian board had no option but to abide by them. View the full article
  16. Rohit Sharma has had a brilliant start to his full-time captaincy tenure, winning three back-to-back series in the limited-overs format. The 34-year-old opener has earned massive praise for the way he went about his business in the just-concluded whilte-ball series against the West Indies. © Twitter BCCI The hosts had to dig in deep to eke out results against the Caribbeans and being the captain Rohit played a key role by setting the right kind of fields and making smart bowling changes. However, there was one aspect of the Indian skipper’s personality that took everyone by surprise. Otherwise known for his chilled out behaviour, there were instances during the series when the right-handed batter was caught on camera fuming at his teammates. View this post on Instagram One particular incident that caught everybody's attention was when he scolded leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal while directing him to change his fielding position during the second ODI in Ahmedabad. “Kya hua terko? Bhaag kyun nahi raha hai theek se? Chal udhar bhaag (What happened to you? Why are you not running properly? Go and field there),” an animated Rohit was caught saying on the stump mic. © Twitter Yuzvendra Chahal For many people it was nothing more than friendly banter but for Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma it was much more than that. He said that getting angry over his teammates in public was just not done. The 56-year-old coach also said the instead of getting angry over his players, the new Indian skipper must learn how to deal with them calmly, even if they make mistakes. Reacting to Rohit’s animated behaviour on Khelneeti podcast on YouTube, he said: “Rohit Sharma is considered a cool captain, but we have seen him get angry on the field lately (during the West Indies series). He must learn not to express his anger at his teammates in public. If someone makes a mistake, then he needs to make them understand in a calmer way.” Rohit and Chahal share a great camaraderie and that’s why the issue didn’t gain that much attention. In fact, after the game the leggie had posted a hilarious tweet in response to Rohit’s scolding but for some reason deleted it. Rohit Sharma unhappy with Chahal while setting the field in the 2nd ODI; here is how Chahal reacts. #RohitSharma #YuzvendraChahal #India #ODI #Cricket #INDvsWI #SkyExchange #Socialmedia pic.twitter.com/smzCJk6ZUC — Sky Exchange (@exchange_sky) February 10, 2022 In a rather filmy manner, he had tweeted: “Captain ka hukum sarankhon par (captain’s wish is my command)”. The fans had taken screenshots of the same and it started doing rounds on the social networking sites. Talk about role reversal A Rohit-Chahal special feature coming up on https://t.co/Z3MPyeL1t7 Watch this space for more #TeamIndia | @Paytm | #INDvWI | @ImRo45 | @yuzi_chahal pic.twitter.com/waLARxJsNn — BCCI (@BCCI) February 6, 2022 This clearly tells that there was no animosity between Rohit and Chahal and they both are as good friends as they were before. View the full article
  17. There hasn’t been a more influential figure in Indian cricket than Sachin Tendulkar. The ‘Master Blaster’ ruled the hearts of every Indian cricket fan for nearly a quarter of a century. In a cricket-mad country like India, living up to people’s expectations is not easy but the Mumbai-born did that exceedingly well throughout his international career that spanned 24 years, starting in 1989 and culminating in 2013. © Reuters The day the world’s leading run-scorer retired from international cricket, it was a sad day for all of us – not just in India all over the world. Most of us had grown up watching him play cricket and the very thought that we would not be able to see arguably the world’s greatest cricketer don the India jersey ever again had made all of us pretty emotional. © Reuters As much difficult it was for us, it was equally painful for the legend himself. After all, he was walking away from one thing that had formed an important part of his life all these years. Recalling the emotions he went through on the day of his retirement back in 2013, the 48-year-old said that it was hard for him to control his emotions and tears kept flowing down his eyes, while he was sitting inside the dressing room. © Reuters Not just us fans, it was an emotional day for the whole team, especially those young players who had started playing cricket because of him. One such player who was lucky enough to share the dressing room with him in his last match was Virat Kohli. During an interaction with Graham Bensinger on his YouTube channel, the former India opener said that sitting in a corner with a towel on his head, he was wiping his tears and that is when Kohli came to him and gave him a sacred thread that his late father had given him. “I was sitting in one corner alone with a towel on my head and wiping tears and I was really emotional. And at that time, Virat had come to me and Virat gave me the sacred thread that his father had given him,” Tendulkar said during the candid chat. It was a wonderful gesture from young Kohli but given what it meant to him, Tendulkar said he just couldn’t take it as it was given to him by his late father as a blessing. © Reuters “And I kept that for a while and then returned that to him again. I said, ‘This is priceless and this has to stay with you and no one else. This is your property. And you should have it till your last breath.’ And I gave it back to him. So that was an emotional moment, something which will be always there in my memory, forever,” he added. It was the most valuable possession Kohli had with him, and the fact that he was willing to part with that just goes on show how much respect and admiration he had for the legendary batter. View the full article
  18. Ever since Rohit Sharma has assumed the full-time leadership of India’s white-ball team, his record with the Decision Review System (DRS) has been simply outstanding. View this post on Instagram He has got more decisions right than he has wrong. Legendary batter Sunil Gavaskar was so impressed with his DRS calls during the first ODI against the West Indies that he likened the 34-year-old’s DRS success with that of former skipper MS Dhoni and suggested that the reviews could be called “Rohit system” given his incredible success rate. Let's Play! Live - https://t.co/jezs509AGi #INDvWI @Paytm pic.twitter.com/zxeb0HG521 — BCCI (@BCCI) February 16, 2022 “When Dhoni was there I used to call it the Dhoni Referral System. And I mentioned it in the commentary that you can now definitely call it the Rohit system because he is getting it absolutely right so far," Gavaskar had said while on air during the first ODI last week. Rohit’s DRS success rate is not down to himself. Every time he wasn’t too sure of what to do, he turned to his teammates, especially his predecessor, Virat Kohli, and acted as per their advice. © Twitter/BCCI In the opening ODI, there was an instance when Rohit valued Kohli’s advice over others and challenged the on-field decision despite wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant’s constant reluctance. Back then, Kohli had received huge praise on social media for helping the skipper make the right decision, and rightly so. © Twitter/BCCI But you can’t be right all the time. Kohli and Team India realised this during the opening encounter of the three-match T20I series against the Windies. In the eight over of the innings, debutant Ravi Bishnoi bowled a googly that went down the leg side and Indian players were sure that it had hit the bat on its way to the keeper’s gloves. But the on-field umpire didn’t concur and turned down their huge appeal for caught-behind. © Twitter/BCCI Now, it was time for Rohit to decide if he wanted to challenge the umpire’s decision or not. He and Kohli were involved in an interesting chatter in the middle with the clock ticking fast. Here’s how the whole conversation unfolded: pic.twitter.com/zUFGUyYiYb — Maqbool (@im_maqbool) February 16, 2022 “Bat aur pad dono laga hai (the ball has nicked both bat and pad),” Kohli can be heard saying in the stump mic. “Ye wide kidhar de raha hai yaar (then why is he giving wide),” replied an animated Rohit, after the on-field umpire turned down the appeal and outstretched his arms to signal a wide. “Do aawaj aaya hai (there were two sounds),” Kohli insisted. “Do review hai na? (we have two reviews, right?),” Rohit enquired. “Main bol raha hu le, do aawaj aaya hai (I am saying go for it, there were two sounds),” said Kohli while pushing Rohit to go for the DRS. © Twitter/BCCI Both the players were convinced there was a definite nick off the bat but the umpire’s wide signal put a doubt in his mind. However, the Delhi-born somehow managed to convince Rohit yet again and he signalled for the DRS with only a couple of seconds left on the timer. The replay showed that the ball had kissed the batter’s pad on its way to the keeper and there was no bat involved but still India kept their review. © Twitter/BCCI After Rohit signalled to take the DRS, the umpire turned him down saying that he was anyway going upstairs to check the stumping call and the TV umpire will check all the possible modes of dismissals, including the caught-behind. pic.twitter.com/PrqBkawOlh — Maqbool (@im_maqbool) February 16, 2022Kohli’s confidence would have cost India the DRS had the umpire not come to their rescue. The thing with DRS is no matter how hard you try, you can’t be correct all the time. It doesn’t matter if you are Virat Kohli or Rohit Sharma. View the full article
  19. Virat Kohli is as famous for his on-field aggression as he is for his world-class batting. He is a player who wears his heart on his sleeve and doesn’t like to hold back his feelings. While some people love him for his being true to his nature on the field, many others find his aggression a bit too much. They often accuse him of being rude and arrogant to his opponents and not setting a right example for the young kids who admire him so much. © Reuters There were reports last year after the World Test Championship final that had alleged that some of the senior team members had issues with Kohli's attitude and they had even complained about the same to the BCCI secretary Jay Shah. Since then, many things have changed. Kohli, who used to be India’s all-format captain, has either stepped down or was sacked from the national team’s leadership role. © Reuters Arguably the biggest name in Indian cricket, Kohli has been reduced to just another squad player. His wings have been chopped off and the white-ball captaincy has been handed to Rohit Sharma. Since both Kohli and ‘Hitman’ are polar opposites of each other, it was natural that people compared their contrasting leadership styles. The biggest difference between them is that Kohli is all about energy and aggression while the new skipper goes about his business in a calm and composed manner. © Reuters Comparing the styles of the two modern-day greats, former India spinner Pragyan Ojha said that due to Kohli’s aggression some players, who aren’t as expressive as him, might face difficulty in expressing themselves in front of him. Whereas Rohit knows how to interact with shy characters. He makes them feel at home by giving them the necessary time to open up. “Kohli is so energetic and expressive that a player who doesn't have similar nature has problems in expressing himself. He doesn't get an idea about expressing his thoughts to the skipper in intense situations,” Ojha said on a Cricbuzz show. “But Rohit isn't too expressive. He knows that in such a high-intensity game, you will find players who are introverted. This is a major difference in the character or approach of Kohli & Rohit,” he added. © Reuters Ojha said that intensity-wise both the players are on par with one another but Kohli’s in-your-face attitude makes him a bit intimidating for the newcomers and they struggle to open up and speak their mind. The left-arm otrthodox added that many introverted characters in the team would have been really happy that Kohli wasn’t their leader anymore. © Reuters “Overall, their intensity to win games is the same but many players say that they are comfortable with Rohit. Any new player takes time to open up and Rohit makes that easier despite not being expressive on the field. A shy player gets a bit intimidated by Virat's in-your-face attitude. But the bigger goal of both Virat and Rohit is to take Indian cricket forward,” said the former spinner who represented India in 24 Tests, 18 ODIs and 6 T20Is. Till the time he was captain, Kohli led Team India with distinction and took Indian cricket to great heights. We shouldn’t forget that his aggression was his strength. © Reuters The majority of us admired his aggression because it brought the best out in him and his teammates. Now that he is not our leader anymore, finding fault in his attitude is really convenient. Let’s just not do that. View the full article
  20. Virat Kohli’s fallout with Indian legend Anil Kumble back in 2017 continues to be the biggest stain on his career. It forced the former India head coach to resign from his post within a year of assuming the role. © BCCL While tendering his resignation, Kumble cited his ‘untenable’ relationship with the then skipper as the major reason behind his unfortunate departure from the Indian dressing room. Thank you! pic.twitter.com/eF5qVzdBRj — Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) June 20, 2017 Kumble’s tweet gave a little insight into his and Kohli’s tainted relationship but it wasn’t enough to gauge what actually went wrong between them. They say what goes around comes around. Years later, Kohli finds himself embroiled in a similar controversy yet again. The only difference being unlike last time, this time he had to concede and step down from his role. © BCCL Kohli’s alleged fallout with the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has once again reignited people’s interest in the Kumble episode. The Kohli critics think it’s his ‘karma’ that’s biting him back hard. Other than Kumble’s famous tweet, nobody actually knows the reason behind Kohli and Kumble’s differences that ended their partnership. © Reuters Former BCCI administrator Ratnakar Shetty, who served the Indian cricket board in various capacities for many years, has addressed this issue in his book ‘On Board: Test.Trial.Triumph. My years in BCCI’. In his book he has mentioned about an important meeting that took place in London before the 2017 Champions Trophy final which was attended by Kohli, Kumble and some of the top BCCI officials of the time. © Reuters “The events leading up to the resignation of Anil Kumble as coach of the men’s team after the ICC Champions Trophy final in June 2017 showcased the murkiness that had steadily crept into the corridors of the Cricket Centre,” Shetty wrote in his book as quoted by The Indian Express. “It was obvious that some people did not want Anil to continue as coach. The captain and coach did not appear to be on the same wavelength and it seemed that the captain had the upper hand.” Shetty then goes on to explain what happened inside the meeting that made it clear that their relationship was beyond repair. It was perhaps the BCCI’s final attempt to sort out the difference between Kohli and Kumble but the former skipper wasn’t pleased with the bowling great “for not standing up for players” and accused him of “creating a tense atmosphere in the dressing room”. © Reuters “I learnt later about a meeting that took place in London before the final of the Champions Trophy, which we lost to Pakistan. This meeting was attended by Virat, Anil, Johri, Amitabh Choudhary and Dr Sridhar. Apparently, Virat was not happy with Anil ‘for not standing up for the players and creating a tense atmosphere in the dressing room’, among other things,” reads an excerpt in Shetty’s book. © Reuters As a head coach, it was Kumble’s duty to hold players accountable for their poor performances and Kohli clearly didn’t like that. He couldn’t digest how someone could challenge his authority in the dressing room. Back then Kohli might have won but what’s happening to him now just goes on to prove that we all have to pay for our deeds. View the full article
  21. Former Indian captain Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma has slammed all-rounder Hardik Pandya for trying to justify his lack of good performances with the ball during the T20 World Cup 2021 in which the Men in Blue were knocked out during the group stage. Pandya had recently commented about how he was selected to become a part of the main roster solely as a batter and had to bowl in the first match even though he was in no shape to do so. He further explained how he went on to bowl in the second match as well even when he was not supposed to. View this post on Instagram Reacting to this statement by Pandya, Rajkumar not only called him immature but also went on to slam him and tell him that he should be thankful to the BCCI and the selection committee for letting him be a part of the World Cup squad despite his shortcomings, especially when there were multiple all-rounder back-ups awaiting their turn to make it into the team. Pandya’s comments also raise an important question regarding all the statements that were coming out of the Indian cricket board at the time of team selection wherein Pandya was being portrayed as recovering cricketer who will be good to be the squad’s primary all-rounder, who will be able to deliver some overs per match without any difficulties. View this post on Instagram In fact, the Chairman of Selectors had made it public that Pandya was going to bowl four overs in every match he becomes a part of during the T20 World Cup. However, in the latter half of IPL 2022 (which concluded just three days before the World Cup started), Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma kept Pandya away from bowling and that should have been the biggest red flag on his health. The Chairman of Selectors had said Hardik will bowl 4 overs in games. He hasn’t bowled even 1 yet. He is the pace bowling all rounder and India has gone in with 1 fast bowler less. — Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) September 26, 2021 The lack of a legitimately fit and performing all-rounder did haunt Virat Kohli’s side, especially during the first two matches of their T20 World Cup journey against Pakistan and New Zealand, both of which they lost and practically ousted themselves from the tournament, causing a major setback to Kohli’s legacy as he stepped down from T20I captainship on the same day. View the full article
  22. As the Indian cricket team prepares itself to host the touring West Indies side for a three-match ODI series starting on February 6, 2022, at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, the match’s official broadcast partner, Star Sports released a new rap song on the newly appointed ODI skipper Rohit Sharma. Titled ‘Naya Captain Rohit’, the song is composed by rapper RcR and is dedicated to one of the biggest names in the Men in Blue, Rohit Sharma, who has replaced Virat Kohli as the new skipper of the squad and will be playing in his first match since the coronation back in December 2021. The dawn of a new era for #TeamIndia led by #NayaCaptainRohit; gear up to #BelieveInBlue for the Paytm ODI Trophy #INDvWI! Get set for the action: 1st ODI | Feb 6, Broadcast starts: 12:30 PM, Match starts: 1:30 PM | Star Sports 1/1HD/1 Hindi/1HD Hindi & Disney+Hotstar pic.twitter.com/wo9lJNopJ3 — Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) February 1, 2022 While the song is catchy and portrays Sharma’s personality realistically and in the best way possible, not everyone felt that it was the best way to recognise the new captain. Furthermore, there are also a few people who were simply unimpressed with the song and even added that they preferred the one rap song Star Sports had created with Kohli as the centre of attention. I'm a rohit fan too but this song is not a inch closer to "kohli hai,kohli ka run barse Jaise hai" rap song published during 2016 t20 world cup. Link for reference https://t.co/pkI0rQlkoO — Ravi (@imr100) February 1, 2022Am I the only one who didn't like the rap song?? — Tanmay (@CricCrazyTanmay) February 1, 2022Ghatiya song but excited for hitman — Rahul singh (@Vaibhav44128558) February 1, 2022Cringe x 100 Low quality rap — 𝐑𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐢𝐢 (@kukreja_ravii) February 1, 2022Back in 2016, ahead of the T20 World Cup that year, Star Sports had also prepared a rap song for the then-white ball skipper of the squad Virat Kohli. His fans were already bragging about how the rap song from over six years ago continues to be better than Sharma’s song today. Although not everyone was a fan of Kohli’s rap back in the day, it did turn out to be rather catchy and over the years more and more people have revisited the ‘anthem’ and developed a taste for it. Yeah men and the rapper is name is Neazy — sumit sharma (@FanofQosVenus) February 1, 2022 One thing is for sure… whether it is the batters’ performance on the field, the power struggle related to the captaincy of the Indian cricket team or even their personal lifestyles, the two biggest names of the game in India have extremely dedicated fanbases who are always at each other’s throats trying to justify why their idol cricketer is better. Having said that, this will be for the first time since March 2021 that both Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma will be playing in the same ODI match together. While the followers of the game are keen to see how the Hitman performs under the added pressure of becoming the captain, they are also interested in seeing what good does the lack of captainship do to Kohli when he steps onto the pitch to bat. View the full article
  23. The former Indian captain Virat Kohli’s childhood coach, Rajkumar Sharma has advocated the decision to make Rohit Sharma the next Test cricket captain for the Men in Blue. However, the reason isn’t as obvious as it seems. The 56-year old player-turned coach says that while the Hitman has been an exceptional player and a great leader of the game, the biggest factor working in his favour to become the skipper in all three formats is the lack of candidates that are good enough to butt heads against him. View this post on Instagram According to the former Ranji Trophy player, there is nobody in the entire Indian cricket roster, other than Rohit Sharma (and Virat Kohli), who has a guaranteed spot in the Playing XI in all three formats and therefore, it becomes significantly easier for him to be crowned the new leader. The early ouster from the T20 World Cup 2021 fast-forwarded Virat Kohli’s decision to step down as the skipper in the shortest format of the game, which led to Sharma replacing him. While Kohli had no intention of giving up his top-man position in ODIs, the BCCI were against having two white-ball captains and therefore sacked Kohli and made Sharma the full-time limited-overs captain. View this post on Instagram It was at this time at the Indian cricket board also decided to remove the struggling Ajinkya Rahane as the vice-captain of red-ball cricket for the team and made the Hitman the deputy in-command. However, following the shameful 2-1 defeat against a rebuilding South African side, Kohli decided to give up his Test captaincy as well. While at the moment, the throne to the Test squad in India remains unattained, the possible candidates include names like KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah and of course Rohit Sharma. View this post on Instagram Among the first three candidates, Rahul has recently displayed poor decision-making and Pant is deemed to be not experienced enough to lead a red-ball squad. As far as Bumrah is concerned, he is just a pacer - which isn’t enough to make him captain, according to the former Indian head coach, Ravi Shastri. Having said that, the BCCI are in no rush to make this decision as the next Test series is scheduled to take place in the last week of February when the Sri Lankan side will be touring India for two Tests and three T20Is. View this post on Instagram The more pressing matter at the moment is the three-match ODI series against the touring West Indies side which begins on 6th February. This will be for the first time since March 2021 that both Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli will be playing in a 50-over match as Men in Blue. View the full article
  24. Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni led the Indian cricket team with great aplomb and produced some terrific results. During his tenure, Dhoni won us everything that was there to be done whereas under Kohli’s command we learnt how to win Test series away from home. © Reuters Both the leaders had their own ways of leading the side and the Indian team achieved great success playing under both of them. While MS Dhoni was known for his calm and composed demeanour, his successor was famous for his aggression. While Dhoni had mastered the art of handling the spinners, Kohli liked attacking through his fast bowlers. © Reuters It was under Dhoni that India reached the top of the world Test rankings while under Kohli we finished on top for five consecutive years. They both had a different approach but their end goal was the same – help the Indian cricket scale new heights. The Indian cricket fans should be proud that we had such leaders who provided us with countless memories to cherish for throughout our lives. © Reuters But rather than enjoying their achievements, we often engage in unnecessary comparisons, pitting one great against the other, in order to find out who among them was the best. And it’s not just fans, sometimes even renowned cricket experts create unnecessary controversies by comparing two players with massive fan following. © Reuters Sometimes on purpose, sometimes unknowingly, they say things which upset one set of fans and provide them with the fodder to start a fight. Cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar during an interaction with CNN-News 18 compared the two former captains of the Indian team, Dhoni and Kohli. © Reuters Comparing the two, he raised a question on Kohli’s aggressive attitude on the field. The former India batter argued that the way Dhoni conducted himself on the field showed us that it was possible to win matches without being in the face of the opposition all the time. Manjrekar further added that while many people felt that Kohli’s aggression was his strength and it brought out the best in him, it was not true. The 56-year-old said that Kohli won matches not because of his aggressiveness but due to players’ performances. #IndianCricketWar Former Indian cricketer @sanjaymanjrekar in an exclusive conversation with @ShivaniGupta_5 speaks on Indian Cricket churn. He says, 'This is like a crisis, but the problem can be solved easily.' Manjrekar also speaks on Ravi Shastri & #ViratKohli, Listen in! pic.twitter.com/BMyCjlum46 — News18 (@CNNnews18) January 25, 2022 “MS Dhoni didn’t have the same energy on the field but he had great results. So Virat didn’t win or lose only because of this. I judge a leader by the playing XI; that was a major issue with Virat,” Manjrekar said during the interaction. “No, he did have a couple of years, especially in Tests where his spirit was key. His playing XI selection hasn’t been good, a legacy that is left behind by previous management. So he did have a couple of years, but his form was a problem,” he added. © Twitter/BCCI What Dhoni achieved in terms of trophies is a benchmark for all the future leaders but just because Kohli couldn’t win any silverware, doesn’t mean his accolades were any inferior. View the full article
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