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  1. The New Zealand cricket team was upstaged in their own backyard by a marauding Indian brigade last year. Travelling to New Zealand for an ODI and T20I series, the 'Men in Blue' left the hosts red-faced with a fine performance overseas. The Indian team killed the contest following three consecutive wins in the five-match ODI series before romping to a 4-1 triumph. And, then, despite some resistance from the hosts, secured a 1-1 draw in the T20I series. Undone at home, the Kiwis, months later, managed to exact their revenge in a stage and at a competition that mattered the most. Taking on one of the tournament's favourites India, the Kiwis sent the 'Men in Blue' packing and their cricket-crazy fans into a state of mourning following an 18-run triumph in the crucial semifinals. © Reuters Contrary to the popular perception, Kohli believes that New Zealand is filled with such nice cricketers that India will never be able to think of revenge against them. The Delhi lad further revealed that Team India was actually happy to see Williamson and his teammates secure their berth for the World Cup final. "Even if you want to think of revenge these guys are so nice that you can't get into that zone. It's all about being competitive on the field. They are one side that has set the right example for teams to carry themselves on the international stage. We were actually happy for them when they qualified for the World Cup finals. When you have lost you have to look at the larger picture. So nothing about revenge," Kohli revealed, while addressing reporters at the eve of 1st T20I at Eden Park. View the full article
  2. The three-match ODI series between India and the visiting Australian team came to an end in favour of the hosts on Sunday after the experienced Indian batsmen paved way for the younger, more energetic players to chase down the total in style. Two of the best batsmen in the world, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli played their natural games - Sharma with his fireworks, capitalising on every opportunity to hit boundaries, and Kohli keeping in pace with the required run rate with quick singles in the early and mid phases of the Indian innings. INDIA WIN A clinical performance by #TeamIndia as they win by 7 wickets and clinch the series 2-1.#INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/LnhgbjdDI8 — BCCI (@BCCI) January 19, 2020 Having said that, there was one man who had the potential to become the bane of success for the Men in Blue during the three 50-over matches between Mumbai, Rajkot and Bengaluru - Adam Zampa. As a 27-year-old, Zampa has already made a name for himself as one of the more successful leg spinners and his reputation preceeded him ahead of the series. Before the first match at Wankhede, the Australian had dismissed Kohli three times in the given format of the game. The Indian batting lineup was taken by surprise with the level bowling produced by the men from Down Under and history repeated itself when Zampa picked the skipper's wicket for the fourth time on January 14. Kohli falls to Zampa once again...for the 4th time in the ODIs. No spinner has dismissed Kohli more than 4 times in the ODIs. The best ball ever bowled to Kohli in the ODIs is also from a leggie. When Adil Rashid cleaned up Kohli. #INDvAUS — slowyorker (@slowyorker1) January 14, 2020 “I just don't think he [Virat Kohli] is showing Zampa enough respect and he paid the price,” former Australian cricketer Steve Waugh had commented after the match. Zampa got the best of the Indian Captain yet again during the Rajkot match. Regardless of the fact that Kohli went on to strike a heroic 78 off 76, the leggie dismissed him for a record fifth time in ODIs eight innings. He also trapped Sharma with an LBW eight runs ahead of his half-century. Virat Kohli dismissed off the bowling of Adam Zampa for the 5th time in his ODI career. Among the bowlers who have played ODIs against Kohli, only Ravi Rampaul has dismissed Virat Kohli more often (6 times). #INDvAUS — Israr Ahmed Hashmi (@IamIsrarHashmi) January 17, 2020 Finally, Zampa picked the most important wicket of the day during the Bengaluru match when he forced Sharma to go for a big shot which led to him getting caught at the boundary by Mitchell Starc. Rohit Sharma skies one off Adam Zampa, falls for 119 India still need 80 off 78https://t.co/ECkYWX3Mmh | #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/rDJnNZH0Nq — ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) January 19, 2020 While Zampa was responsible for removing the biggest names of the game from the crease in three consecutive matches, it was also evident that they were afraid to take risks against the bowler. Both Sharma and Kohli tried to live through his spell and waited for his six deliveries to get over before they could slam other bowlers for boundaries. But how is it that the spinner was able to create such terror in the hearts of two of the most fierce hitters of the sport? In an interview with ESPNcricinfo, Zampa explained: “I keep saying India is one of the toughest places to tour. I think keep it simple, don't be too hard on yourself. Preparation against these guys is really important. Virat [Kohli] is a really intense player, so body language is really important,” he said. “The conditions here, you see a lot of dew at night time so a couple of preparations with the wet ball is really important. And obviously you prepare differently for different guys,” he continued. “So, someone like Virat, you know he's sweating on bad bowling, he's got his strengths. And then you have guys like Rohit [Sharma], who obviously is a six-hitter, he loves hitting boundaries. You might bowl some good balls to him and he might defend them but you know that he's going to come hard at you, early or at the back-end of your over. So it's definitely individualised preparation. “I think very minor variations; good defensive bowling is important here. I don't think over-attacking as a leg spinner is really beneficial sometimes particularly on smaller grounds. I think your best ball and your best defense as a bowler is really important,” he added. View the full article
  3. For a youngster who was busy honing his skills as a chess player before representing India at junior levels, Yuzvendra Chahal has, undoubtedly, come a long way to become one of the country's preferred spinners in limited-overs cricket. Making his debut in 2016, the leggie has managed to rise through the ranks in Indian cricket and forge a vital partnership with fellow spinner Kuldeep Yadav for his side. While his attacking leg-spin has garnered praise from some of the most respected pundits in the sport, Chahal, sadly, is not on par with his teammates in other departments of the game. He is often the last man to step out on the pitch to bat and captain Virat Kohli tends to keep him inside the ring for his lack of agility in the field. © Twitter/@BCCI Though improving his batting skills might still be an uphill task, Chahal, on 10th January, showed everyone just as how good he can be in the fielding department. During India's 78-run win in the 3rd T20I, the right-arm spinner was often seen sprinting around midwicket on his own bowling to deny the Sri Lankan batsmen a second run. But, he gave us a glimpse of his fielding genius later in the game with a direct-hit run-out. In the 14th over, Dhananjaya de Silva was still going strong and had Dasun Shanaka to keep him company at the other end. But, Shardul Thakur, who was later adjudged the 'Man of the Match' for his all-round performance sent Shanaka back into the hut with a caught and bowled to peg the Lankans back. WOW! What an effort by @yuzi_chahal! 𤩠Hope you are not 'running out' of the action! ð ð± - https://t.co/K8YTxYpWAV#TheBattlesBeforeTheWar #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/dP1gafIAwg — Hotstar Canada (@hotstarcanada) January 10, 2020 A delivery later, Thakur's yorker ended up being a low full-toss for Wanindu Hasaranga who punched it towards mid-off in a bid to steal what initially appeared to be an easy single. But, Chahal, fielding at mid-off, raced towards the ball and fired in a direct hit, despite being off balance, to catch the Lankan batsman short at the crease. Soon after realising he had produced a brilliant run-out, Chahal was seen bursting into laughter while still lying on the ground. His brilliance in the field also left his captain Kohli and other teammates shell-shocked as they charged towards him to laud his unexpected efforts and celebrate the wicket. Chahal's absolutely brilliant work in the field that allowed India to get a breakthrough was met with praise and surprise on social media as cricket fans expressed their views on it. Chahal is andy Robertson of cricket.. Same shithousery ð pic.twitter.com/5bJ8JUIN6k — Duryodhanan (@bobbyanfieldkop) January 10, 2020 Bradman with the bat. Warne with the ball. Jonty as a fielder. Name is Yuzbradwarne Rhodehahal! ð#Chahal #YuzvendraChahal #INDvSL #ThugLife pic.twitter.com/S6IZaXeFyH — GIRIDHARAN (@beastgiri) January 10, 2020 Chahal's on fire on the field!!ð¥ð¥ð¥ — Vishal (@Vishal_14_) January 10, 2020 Unreal game from Chahal — Wajdi (@1_plate_biryani) January 10, 2020 Chahal on a all-time high in the field. — Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) January 10, 2020 View the full article
  4. After defeating Lasith Malinga's Sri Lankan side in a clinical performance in Indore, Indian Captain Virat Kohli spoke about one of the hidden gems from the array of bowling talent available at the BCCI's disposal that sent the entire cricketing fraternity into a state of puzzlement. Calling the 23-year-old Prasidh Krishna a “surprise package,” Kohli spoke highly of the pacer just moments after going 1-0 against the Lankan Lions at Holkar. #Karnataka pacer Prasidh Krishna set to be India's T20 WC surprise package!! ð “I think one guy will be surprise package going to Australia. Prasidh is someone who has bowled really well in @RanjiKarnataka domestic cricket” _ Virat Kohli.#ViratKohli #INDvSL #RanjiTrophy pic.twitter.com/wCWZGDpcvs — Bharathi M Kumar (@BharathiKumar4) January 9, 2020 “I think one guy will be a surprise package going to Australia. Someone who can bowl with pace and has bounce,” Kohli said at the post-match ceremony. “Prasidh Krishna has done well in the domestic arena. It is a great luxury to have this group of bowlers in all formats. Looking at the World Cup, we have enough options,” he added. Tasting success five years ago, Krishna's first impression was quite impactful when he played against the Bangladesh 'A' side as a member of Team Karnataka and picked five wickets in a game in 2015. Prasidh Krishna bags a fifer (5/45) as Karnataka skittle out Bangladesh 'A' for 158 in three-day game in Mysore: http://t.co/opLBT4fTKV — Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) September 22, 2015 Ever since, the young cricketer has participated in two Vijay Hazare Trophy tournaments and even emerged as the second highest wicket-taker during the 2018 edition and turned out to be a key contributor to his team which went on to win the trophy that year. His Vijay Hazare stint caught the attention of Kolkata Knight Riders think tank who got him onboard as the replacement for their young star Kamlesh Nagarkoti. View this post on Instagram In a country like India, where cricket is more than just a sport, it takes careful preparation and the right guidance to keep you in the game. With crores of players dreaming of playing for India or their dream IPL teams, one needs to get a right partner early in their career to support them towards their ambitions. The necessity of a good companion comes in all fronts of life be it cricket or your life goals. Lifelong insurance plans from ICICI Prudential Life enables you and helps prepare for the game called life so that your ambitions stay not out. To know more, visit www.iciciprulife.com A post shared by Prasidh Krishna (@skiddyy) on Jun 19, 2019 at 5:56am PDT Recovering from back to back injuries ever since October last year, to hear the biggest player in the country talk good about him on international television must have felt great. Finding faith in Krishna's ability to deliver breathtaking swingers at a decent pace, both Kohli and the national selectors have kept an eye on him. “Prasidh is one of the identified pacers in the pool. His progress has been closely monitored. Following his Vijay Hazare performance, he would have been in the India 'A' team which is leaving for New Zealand on Friday. But he needs to play a few matches to prove his fitness again," sources close to the selectors were quoted by the Times of India. View this post on Instagram Undoubtedly the best team I have been a part of ! Champions for a reason ð #vijayhazaretrophy2019 A post shared by Prasidh Krishna (@skiddyy) on Oct 26, 2019 at 2:43am PDT While Kohli mentioning Krishna's name enabled the Bengaluru-born to regain lost face due to the side strain followed by the stress fracture above his left ankle, it also highlights how in-tune the Indian skipper is with the development of young talents at the first class and List A levels. View the full article
  5. 2019 was the year of Team India in the world of cricket with the Men in Blue performing on a different level altogether, both on foreign and home grounds. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) took some major steps for the betterment of the game within the country and many players on their own created a lot of buzz throughout the year. A report carried out by Wizikey talks about five top international cricket newsmakers of the world. Indian skipper, Virat Kohli led the list as the most talked-about cricketer in 2019. And even though the 31-year-old has been in top form since the past two years and achieved great feats such as defeating Australia in Test and ODI series on their own soil for the first time in the history of Indian cricket and becoming the fastest in the world to reach 11,000 runs, his most talked-about moment of the year is rather unpleasant. © Reuters Regardless of India's brilliance led by Kohli in all formats of the game, the biggest news connected to the captain came in the form of a great disappointment when his side was knocked out of the ICC World Cup 2019 at the hands of Kane Williamson and the New Zealand cricket team. Obviously the World Cup exit was not well received by the fans and the batsman's captaincy was questioned by the masses. According to the report, from amongst the top five cricketers who created most news last year, 38% of it was related to Kohli. With 22%, former Indian captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni came ranked second on the list. The most number of media mentions the wicket-keeper batsman got last year was when he was dismissed during the World Cup semi-final match between India and New Zealand as rumours of him tearing up while walking back to the dressing room broke out overnight. Have never seen this man crying. ð­ We can't see dhoni cry like this.. It's breaking our heartsâ¤ð@msdhoni @ICC #CaptainCool #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/oWGnzeKBgN — UMANG TANK (@UmangTank3) July 11, 2019 Ever since, Dhoni's name has been constantly making headlines as speculations of his retirement from the game are being made all over the world. Rohit Sharma, India's powerful opening batsman and deputy in-charge made for 20% of the top five newsmaking cricketers. 2019 saw an already great hitter achieve that legendary status when he became the highest run-getter of the world in the 50-over format of the game in a calendar year. His media mentions skyrocketed in November when the cricketer led the team from the front as Kohli was away from duty. Most ODI Runs in 2019!#Cricket #RohitSharma pic.twitter.com/amnE8dDz97 — Cricjunction (@cricjunction1) January 1, 2020 Australia's Steve Smith and the current BCCI president, Sourav Ganguly come in at the fourth and fifth spots respectively with 9% of the share a piece. View the full article
  6. The fans of the Indian cricket team, especially those of the city of Guwahati were heartbroken when the match between their side and the visiting Sri Lankan side was cancelled due to damp patches on the pitch. This match would have been really special for two major reasons. One, Indian pacer and the apparent apple of everybody's eyes, Jasprit Bumrah was to return to the field after months of being ruled out with a stress fracture in his lower back. And two, it would have been for the first time in three years that an international match would have taken place here. © AP Even though not a single ball was bowled on Sunday, it wasn't a completely dull day at the Barsapara stadium. Instead, the cameras captured a great moment of unity when the entire stadium sang 'Vande Mataram' in unison. Amidst their phone lights flashing all around the field and fans standing in their blue jerseys with the Indian tricolour in their hands, the Indian skipper Virat Kohli walked towards the middle of the pitch with wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant and opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan by his side. The social media handle of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) captured the moment brilliantly and shared the video on Twitter with a caption: “Guwahati, you beauty.” Guwahati, you beauty ð#INDvSL pic.twitter.com/QuZAq7i1E3 — BCCI (@BCCI) January 5, 2020 The spirit of the Guwahati crowd was such that even though they did not get to watch their Men in Blue play the game they love with all their heart, the vibe was similar to the 2011 World Cup final when MS Dhoni smashed that six to end a 28-year-old draught and brought home the trophy at Mumbai's Wankhede stadium. It didn't matter which region of the country you belonged to, or what language you spoke, or what religion you were from, at that moment, in that stadium, you were cheering as an Indian, you were cheering for your team. Here's how the people reacted to this incredible moment on social media: Separated by language,religion....united by indiaâ£ï¸âºï¸....#vandematram — Sri_AK_60 'ᴺᴷᴾ' (@Srinath44574214) January 5, 2020 2011 world cup final wali felling aa rahi h ð — Being Ajay (@BeingAjay18) January 5, 2020 pic.twitter.com/Zcc2RKfTyw — Rishabh Srivastava (@AskRishabh) January 5, 2020 What a beautiful Stadium. #TeamIndia should play matches here more often but by keeping the weather conditions in check. #INDvSL — Aditya Saha (@adityakumar480) January 5, 2020 That's the game sprint. Cricket is the religion of india and @sachin_rt God of cricket. ðð — Anshuman Rawat (@Anshuma60770311) January 5, 2020 View the full article
  7. A natural progression of time in our lives translates into the way our bodies change over the years. This also means spotting whites in your hair before the expected age. You might start to spot the white strands in your teens or even your thirties for that matter. The question although, is what do you choose to do about them? If they're just a few strands interspersed here and there, then you can choose to ignore them (they're not perpetually visible anyway), however, if they are more than a few strands that can be seen by anyone who looks at your face and not just on your head but also in your beard (that is if you keep one), then you'll have two options. Either you can dye them on a monthly basis or you can let them stay as is. Now, you can either choose to dye both your beard and your hair or only dye your hair and let the beard be. One thing that you should know, is the fact that many celebrities have embraced the salt and pepper look in recent times. These include people like Virat Kohli, Jim Sarbh and Idris Elba. These men aren't afraid of letting the maturity of their age reflect on their faces, in fact, they wear it like a badge of experience (in a way that says that "I have seen and done things in my time and I know better") which makes it even more attractive. So, How Can You Embrace The Salt And Pepper Beard Look? 1. Let The Greys Be If you're starting to see more of the grey strands now in a cluster, chances are that you've been seeing them for a while now. Nix the habit of weeding out the whites in the attempts of a fuller, black flawless beard. Let them grow out. Now, that you've decided to let them be, it'll take a while for the greys to balance out across the beard to get the desired look. © Getty Images 2. You Also Need Professional Help A beard stylist is going to make sure that the grey strands are not growing out in an odd manner but blend out with the rest of the beard seamlessly. This can't be done at home with the precision a professional would have. © Instagram/Manav Manglani 3. You'll Require Significantly Less Maintenance Now that you have a salt and pepper beard, you could reap the benefits of not having to maintain your beard as often as you would have to when you were dyeing it regularly. The beard requires a trim once in a while, but that's about it. © Getty Images View the full article
  8. One of the most consistent accumulators across formats of his time, Virat Kohli's ambition and passion for cricket has earned him the reputation of a modern-day great. It's his passion that defines Kohli's emotional, effervescent and, at times, explosive character. For him, the world is for the taking and his hunger to succeed has propelled him to the pinnacle of the sport. Taking his technical assiduousness on par with the great Sachin Tendulkar and matching the fitness levels of the top athletes in the world, Kohli has been busy shattering one record after another, almost every time he steps on the field wielding the willow. Recently named in the Wisden's list of Top Five Cricketers of the Decade, Kohli has scored 5,775 more international runs than anyone else in the last decade. © Reuters And, this year has been no different. The Indian captain scored 2,370 runs across formats at an average of 64.05. It is also the fourth consecutive time that Kohli aggregated 2000-plus runs in a single calendar year. For someone who averages more than 50 in all formats, Kohli has already amassed 70 international hundreds and is only behind Ricky Ponting (71) and Sachin Tendulkar (100). He is currently third in the list of leading run-getters of all time with 21,444 runs to his name, only behind Ponting (27,483) and Tendulkar (34,357). But, that's not all. The Delhi cricketer produced some of the most unbelievable moments that saw him breaking old records and creating new ones this year. So, here's a look at the 'Kohli magic' that captured the imagination of fans in 2019: â 1 – Kohli became the first Asian captain to win a Test series on Australian soil. He completed the Test series victory post the drawn Sydney Test match that began on 3rd January. India were leading the 4-match Test series by 2-1 margin before the SCG Test. â 4 – Virat became the first visiting player to smash four centuries in ODI cricket in the West Indies. Three of those came in his last three innings in that country. He thus became the first player to score a hat-trick of ODI hundreds in the Caribbean Islands. â 5 – Kohli has five centuries in International cricket at the Adelaide Oval after his 104-run knock in an ODI against the Aussies. He is only the 2nd visiting player to score five centuries at a venue in Australia. England's Sir Jack Hobbs also scored five International tons at the MCG; all in the Test format. â 6 – The century in the Ranchi ODI was 6th ton for Kohli while chasing in ODIs against Australia; the most by any player while chasing against an opponent. Sachin Tendulkar against Australia and Kohli against Sri Lanka have five tons apiece in ODI chases. It was also the 8th ODI century for Kohli against Aussies; the 2nd most ODI 100s by any player against the Australian team. Sachin Tendulkar had nine ODI tons against Australia. â 7 – The double century against South Africa was Kohli's 7th double ton in Test cricket; the most by any Indian surpassing six 200s each by Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag. It was also the first time Kohli scored a double ton against South Africa. The Proteas were the 6th opponent against which Kohli smashed a 200 in Test cricket. Kumar Sangakkara and Younis Khan are the other players to have scored a Test double against six different opponents. â 9 – Kohli's unbeaten 114 in the Port of Spain ODI was his 9th century in ODI cricket against the Windies; the joint-most by any player against an opponent. Sachin Tendulkar also scored exactly nine ODI hundreds against Australia. Seven of the nine ODI centuries scored by Kohli came when he was a captain. These are the most number of ODI tons by a captain against an opposition surpassing five by Ricky Ponting against England in 2001. â 9 – The 104 at the Adelaide Oval was Kohli's 9th century against Australia in Australia. England's Sir Jack Hobbs (9) is the only other player with as many as 9 International tons against the Aussies in Australia. â 10 – Century against Bangladesh in Kolkata was Virat's 10th century in Test cricket at home while leading the Indian team; the most Test tons at home for an Indian captain surpassing Sunil Gavaskar's nine. Overall, only Ricky Ponting (11) scored more home Test tons as captain than Kohli. Steve Smith and Greg Chappell also have 10 home Test centuries while leading the team. â 15 – Kohli has scored 15 International centuries against Australia. Only two players have more centuries in International cricket against a single opposition than these. Sachin has 20 and 17 hundreds across all formats against Australia and Sri Lanka respectively while Sir Donald Bradman scored 19 Test tons against England. â 33 – Virat Kohli is now India's most successful captain in Test cricket with 33 victories. He went past MS Dhoni's tally of 27 Test wins with the victory against West Indies in the Kingston Test. â 34 – Kohli completed 2000 runs in ODI cricket against the West Indies during the tour post the World Cup. He needed only 34 innings for this milestone; the fewest number of innings any player needed for completing 2000 ODI runs against an opponent. Rohit Sharma was the previous holder of this record as he needed 37 innings for scoring his 2000th ODI runs against Australia. â 41 – Post the hundred in the D/N Test in Kolkata, Virat has 41 centuries as captain in International cricket; the joint-most International tons as skipper. Ricky Ponting also had 41 International hundreds across 376 innings while Kohli got there in exactly half number of innings (188). Kohli's ton against Bangladesh was his 20th as captain in Test cricket; the 2nd most Test 100s by a player while leading the team. Only Graeme Smith is ahead of Virat in this list with 25 hundreds. Overall, Kohli has 70 tons across all International formats; the 3rd most by any player. Only Sachin Tendulkar (100) and Ricky Ponting (71) are ahead of Virat in this list. â 60.09 – Kohli achieved 60+ ODI average for the first time in his ODI career post the ODI match hosted by Ranchi in March. It was Kohli's 217 innings in the ODI format; the highest number of innings after which a player had 60+ ODI batting average. No other player had 60+ ODI average after playing even 110 innings. â 104 – Virat Kohli became the first Indian captain to score an ODI century in Australia when he scored 104 at the Adelaide Oval. Previous highest ODI score by an Indian captain in Australia was 93 which was scored by Mohammad Azharuddin against Australia in 1992 Brisbane ODI and also by Sachin Tendulkar against Pakistan in the 2000 Hobart ODI. Australia was the 7th country where Kohli scored an ODI century as a captain. Sanath Jayasuriya and AB de Villiers also have scored ODI centuries in seven different nations while leading the team. â 136 – The 136-run knock by Kohli against Bangladesh in Kolkata was the first-ever century by an Indian in a day-night Test match. It was also the first-ever D/N Test match played by India. â 254* – Virat Kohli became the first Indian captain to score 250+ runs in a Test innings with his unbeaten 254 in Pune against South Africa. In this process, Kohli broke his own record of highest Test score by an Indian captain which he set by scoring 243 in the 2017 Delhi Test against Sri Lanka. â 4889 – Kohli now has 4889 runs in ODI cricket as captain. He became the quickest to 4000 ODI runs as skipper this year. He needed 63 innings for this milestone and broke the record held by AB de Villiers in 77 innings. â 5104 – Virat Kohli completed the milestone of 5000 runs as Test captain in 2019. Kohli became the fastest among the six players to reach this milestone taking only 86 innings. The previous fastest was Ricky Ponting in 97 innings. â 9302 – Kohli now has scored 9032 runs on Indian soil across all three International formats; the 2nd most by any player behind Sachin Tendulkar's 14192 runs. Virat is 10th in the list of most International runs scored by a player at home. Virat Kohli also became the first Indian captain with 5000 International runs at home. He is overall the 4th skipper to aggregate 5000+ International runs at home. Virat reached the milestone in 84 innings; the fewest of the four players. â 10969 – Kohli completed 9000 and 10000 runs as captain in International Cricket this year. He required 159 innings and 176 innings respectively for those two milestones; the fastest to do so. Ricky Ponting was the previous quickest to both the milestones as he needed 204 and 225 innings respectively. â 11609 – Kohli became the fastest player to complete 11000 runs as he completed the milestone in only 222 innings during the World Cup. Sachin Tendulkar (276) was the previous quickest to 11k runs in ODIs. â 21444 – In 2019, Kohli went past 19000, 20000 and 21000 runs in International cricket and was the fastest to all three milestones taking 399, 417 and 433 innings respectively. Sachin Tendulkar was the previous fastest to all those three feats taking 432, 453 and 473 innings, respectively. View the full article
  9. Over the years, the world of cricket has witnessed numerous batting greats leaving their mark in the sport's rich history, but only a handful come close to the ambition and passion of Virat Kohli. His passion for cricket has made him one of the best batsmen in the world across formats, and has further allowed him to shatter batting records at will. It's also passion that defines Kohli's emotional, effervescent and, at times, explosive character. For him, the world is for the taking and his hunger to succeed has propelled him to the pinnacle of the sport. Taking his technical assiduousness on par with the great Sachin Tendulkar and matching the fitness levels of the top athletes in the world, Kohli has truly established himself as one of the best in business. © Reuters One of the most consistent accumulators across formats of his time, the Indian captain takes a special liking towards challenges which probably explains his ever-increasing tally of runs. His quality stroke-making has not only aided India in dire situations, but has also earned him plaudits from pundits and fans alike over the years. And, owing to his artistry with the willow, the Indian captain has found himself in Wisden's coveted list of 'Top 5 Cricketers of the Decade'. The Wisden Cricketers' Almanac honoured Kohli alongside South African duo of Dale Steyn and AB de Villiers, Australia's Steve Smith and women's cricketer Ellyse Perry in the prestigious list. © Reuters "He is genius has been to rise, time and again, to the challenge. Between the end of the England tour in 2014 and the second Test against Bangladesh at Kolkata in November, Kohli averaged 63, with 21 hundreds and 13 fifties. It left him with a unique set of statistics - the only batsman to average at least 50 in all three international formats," Wisden wrote to honour Kohli. "Even Steve Smith was moved to remark recently that there is no one quite like him. In many ways, there isn't. Since the retirement of Sachin Tendulkar and the gradual waning of MS Dhoni, no cricketer in the world has operated under such daily pressure as Kohli," it added. A deserving candidate for Wisden's list, Kohli has scored 5,775 more international runs than anyone else in the last decade. In the last 10 years, the Delhi lad has scored 7,202 runs in Tests including 27 hundreds, alongside 11,125 runs in ODIs and 2,633 runs in T20Is. In 2019, Kohli scored 2,370 runs across formats at an average of 64.05. It is also the fourth consecutive time that Kohli aggregated 2000-plus runs in a single calendar year. © Reuters For someone who averages more than 50 in all formats, Kohli has already amassed 70 international hundreds and is only behind Ricky Ponting (71) and Sachin Tendulkar (100). He is currently third in the list of leading run-getters of all time with 21,444 runs to his name, only behind Ponting (27,483) and Tendulkar (34,357). Apart from the recent honour, Kohli was also named as the captain of Wisden's Test team of the decade earlier this year. The swashbuckling Indian batsman also found a spot in the Wisden ODI team of the decade alongside his teammates MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma. View the full article
  10. 'Tis the season to be merry and Virat Kohli is doing his part in spreading the Christmas cheer. Recently, he dressed up as Santa Clause and surprised children at a shelter home in Kolkata. The incredible gesture was organised by Star Sports and its video is the most heartwarming thing ever. The smiles on every kid's faces after receiving the gifts they wanted is such a precious thing. Moreover, the big reveal of all of them meeting Virat Kohli was so wholesome. Watch @imVKohli dress up as ð and bring a little Christmas cheer to the kids who cheer our sportspersons on, all year long! This joyful season, let's remember to spread the love. pic.twitter.com/VF8ltmDZPm — Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) December 20, 2019 Christmas really came early for the children there and Virat Kohli deserves all the praise for making it happen. In the video, he says, "These moments are very special for me. All these kids cheer for us throughout the year. And I had a great time bringing joy to all these kids. Merry Christmas and a happy new year." Great job, indeed. This is a really sweet gesture. Great job @StarSportsIndia team. — Aditya Saha (@adityakumar480) December 20, 2019 Perfect comparison. Virat On Field. Virat Off Field https://t.co/tcoOCPzq8c pic.twitter.com/FyJHIAxWtT — HariHaraN (@harihar2408) December 20, 2019 There's a reason. This brings me tears to my eyes for no reason..! :'-) https://t.co/3BZh282bux — à·´ L15H4N à·´ (@lishwebber) December 21, 2019 Yes. 100 % Aggressive on field ð¡ 200% Childish off field ðð¤ The name is @imVkohli #ViratKohli#KingKohli https://t.co/J85KoWTKdZ pic.twitter.com/Ja1swhotO6 — AJITHism™â¤ï¸ (@imThala__Kohli) December 20, 2019 Nothing better than making kids happy. A gr8 gift... Just watching it gives us joy and pleasure, surely virat must have enjoyed it a lottt — NITIN MAHINDRAKAR (@74Nitinmp) December 20, 2019 What a man! Virat Kohli, what a man!â¤ï¸ https://t.co/ZaAIPfiA7a — Bhawana (@bhawnakohli5) December 21, 2019 Hmm. Much needed heart warming stuff! â¤ï¸ https://t.co/M7iiAdQAd3 — GOAT ð (@cric_buff) December 20, 2019 I think they meant unparalleled, but we get the point. Such a kind hearted person he is ð His Love for little fans are always parallel.. Merry Christmas to you too Virat .. @imVkohli #ViratKohli https://t.co/GHWlCb8QLB — ||Kasturi Chakravartyð®ð³|| (@Kasturi_FanGirl) December 21, 2019 Yep. What a human ððððððð https://t.co/EtIr0XzBX1 — Manikandan (@sachinmani07) December 20, 2019 View the full article
  11. For a batsman who has been in scintillating form in the ongoing limited-overs series against the West Indies, Virat Kohli couldn't do much in the 2nd One-Day International (ODI) at Visakhapatnam. On a day, where his teammates accumulated loads of runs, the Indian captain was dismissed for a golden duck. But, despite missing out, Kohli didn't fail to entertain cricket fans. The 2nd ODI saw the likes of Rohit Sharma (159) and KL Rahul (102) in superlative form as they added 227 runs for the first wicket. But, the carnage wasn't restricted to the Indian openers. Following their dismissals, Shreyas Iyer (53) and Rishabh Pant (39) upped the ante with some quickfire knocks. On the second delivery of the 48th over, Iyer smashed Keemo Paul for a single and raised his bat in celebration, assuming he had reached his fifty. However, the right-hander was still one run away from his half-century - something he eventually realised. As he raised his bat, everyone in the Indian dressing room got up to inform Iyer about his premature celebration. Shreyas Iyer raises his bat on 49 Watch “Iyer” on #Vimeo https://t.co/ujUkFXAYo2 — Sanjeev kumar (@SanjSam33) December 18, 2019 Amongst all, Kohli stood out giggling over the hilarious incident while signalling Iyer to stop the early celebration. The video of the entire episode has taken social media by storm with the fans seemingly enjoying Kohli's reaction. Trailing 1-0 in the three-match series, Team India put up a strong batting performance in Vizag. Rohit emerged as the top run-scorer on the back of a blistering knock, while Rahul played a supporting role with his brilliant hundred. Chasing a total of 387 runs, the Windies brigade was undone by Kuldeep Yadav and Mohammed Shami who bagged three wickets apiece. View the full article
  12. The world of cricket has witnessed the excellence of numerous batsmen over the years. But, in the modern era of the sport, the batting charts have been thoroughly dominated by four batsmen - Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Kane Williamson and Joe Root. Labelled as the 'Big Four' of modern-day batting, the quartet has appeared to be in a class of their own. Such has been the level of competition between these four batsmen that it's almost hard to pick who's the best. But, if statistics are anything to go by, the likes of Smith and Kohli, especially in the past couple of years, have clearly left Williamson and Root behind. From scoring centuries at will, dominating ICC rankings to shattering old records, Smith and Kohli have carved their own niche in international cricket, making others look mediocre. Their consistency with the willow has not only left the pundits in disbelief, but also the fans who are truly relishing the contest between Smith and Kohli. Their batting masterclass has changed the way we perceive the gentleman's game and every time someone poses a query over the best batsman around, the answer is either Kohli or Smith. © Reuters While it is still hard to pick between the two, there is little doubt over Smith's excellence, especially in the longest version of the game, Returning to the playing field after a year-long suspension earlier this year, Smith silenced the naysayers and probably all his detractors who felt that he may have lost his touch. Hitting his lowest ebb in years, Australian cricket's darling marked a sensational return and won back his fans after clobbering 774 runs, including two hundreds, a double ton and three fifties, in the Ashes series earlier this year. His brilliant outing also propelled him to the top spot in ICC rankings for batsmen in Test cricket. But, for someone who truly made the longest format his own little playground, Smith couldn't replicate his success during the recently-concluded Test series against Pakistan. The first Test at the Gabba saw the right-hander falling prey to Pakistani spinner Yasir Shah for a mere four runs in the first innings and a brilliant bowling display by Australia denied him an opportunity to bat in the second. © Reuters In the second Test, where his teammates David Warner (335*) and Marnus Labuschagne (162) looked at their menacing best in the first innings, Smith could only manage to score 36 runs before being dismissed by Pakistani seamer Shaheeh Afridi. With Australia offering a follow-on to Pakistan, Smith was once again denied an opportunity to make amends for his mediocre batting display in the second innings. With just 40 runs to his name in the two-match series, Smith didn't just miss out on carrying his fine form, but also lost the no.1 spot in the ICC rankings for batsmen in Test cricket. Smith's loss has proved to be Kohli's gain as the Australian's nemesis has reclaimed his old spot that he had lost earlier this year. Virat Kohli back to No.1! David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne and Joe Root make significant gains in the latest @MRFWorldwide ICC Test Rankings for batting. Full rankings: https://t.co/AIR0KN4yY5 pic.twitter.com/AXBx6UIQkL — ICC (@ICC) December 4, 2019 The Indian captain, who has 7202 runs and 27 hundreds from 84 Tests, currently occupies the top spot with 928 points to his name. He is followed by Smith, who dropped points owing to his recent struggles in Brisbane and Adelaide, with 923 points. The list also includes New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson, at the third spot, whose 51 points adrift at the top. Kohli might have reclaimed the top spot, but the fact that he will not play any more Test matches in 2019, makes him prone to getting dethroned again. Unlike Kohli, Smith, despite losing his top spot to Kohli, will have a great opportunity to snatch the No. 1 spot back when he takes the field in the two Tests against New Zealand later this month. © Reuters While Kohli and Smith continue to upstage each other with their impeccable skills, the cricket fans should be blessed to witness their competitive edge which appears to bring out the best in two of the modern-day batting greats. View the full article
  13. Through the years, it has been well established that cricket and India are inseparable. We pay attention to the smallest of things that the game of bat and ball has to offer us. We want to know about its past, present and future in the country and the players who grow up to become the “Men in Blue”. But the journey to becoming worthy of wearing that jersey is long and testing. The history of Indian cricket has seen some of the finest athletes from our land put in their blood, sweat and tears from a very early age to make it through. The biggest milestone for these young cricketers comes in the form of the biennial tournament known as the ICC Under-19 World Cup and India has been exceptional during the contest. Having won four titles (2000, 2008, 2012, 2018), we have been the most successful team in the tournament's 32-year-old heritage. World Champions#OnThisDay in 2008, India U-19 won the World Cup ! pic.twitter.com/ETJP9UdTbg — Cricketopia (@CricketopiaCom) March 2, 2019 We have seen some brilliant players like Mohammad Kaif, Virat Kohli and Prithvi Shaw lead our side to the championship in the past. It is therefore, evident how much pressure would the captain of the Indian cricket team must feel every time the tournament takes place. With the next edition of the Under-19 World Cup scheduled to take place next month, Meerut-born Priyam Garg has been trusted with this responsibility. Priyam Garg will lead India's 15-member squad at the 2020 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in South Africa. Squad details ð https://t.co/9Xg9LRaYZN — Crypto Papa (@_Crypto_papa) December 2, 2019 The 19-year-old plays as a right-handed top-order batsman who has recorded two centuries in first-class and one century in List A matches. He was also a member of the India C team that fell to Kedar Jadhav and Shahbaz Nadeem's India B team in the Deodhar Trophy final, despite a fine innings played by the youngster (74 runs in 77 balls). Earlier this year, Garg also led the junior Indian side into a tri-series in England where he showed the capability of managing the team on his own. Not only was he amongst the top five run-scorers of the contest but also brought home the trophy after defeating Bangladesh and the hosting England side. Garg will get the opportunity to lead a talented Indian roster, which includes a powerful opening duo of Divyaansh Saxena and Yashasvi Jaiswal alongside Sushant Mishra and Kartik Tyagi from Bihar and UP respectively, who were the top wicket-takers for India during the England-India-Bangladesh tri-series in August. Four-time winner India announce U19 Cricket World Cup squad. Priyam Garg to lead the side. pic.twitter.com/VEIPxe2a2n — BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 2019 India U19 squad for World Cup: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Tilak Varma, Divyaansh Saxena, Priyam Garg (c), Dhruv Chand Jurel (vc & wk), Shashwat Rawat, Divyansh Joshi, Shubhang Hegde, Ravi Bishnoi, Akash Singh, Kartik Tyagi, Atharva Ankolekar, Kumar Kushagra (wk), Sushant Mishra, Vidyadhar Patil View the full article
  14. It has been around five months since India was knocked out of ICC World Cup 2019 semi-finals, thanks to a brilliant team-performance by Kane Williamson and his men. The Men in Blue were the leading prospects to win the 2019 edition of the quadrennial tournament but faced a huge disappointment when their elite batting-order failed to show up in a clutch situation and faced defeat. Hard luck team india .. played a very spirited game through the tournament ðð½ðð½ the wicket of Dhoni and his walk back just broke my heart #INDvsNZ proud nonetheless ðªð½ pic.twitter.com/iGCPhIhLEU — Randeep Hooda (@RandeepHooda) July 10, 2019 And while that loss should have been the takeaway for every Indian that was a part of the team's journey during the contest, news of Bollywood actor and Virat Kohli's wife Anushka Sharma being at the venue is what continues to be the talking point ever since. In October 2019, former Indian wicket-keeper Farokh Engineer spoke about how the BCCI selectors behaved like a “Mickey Mouse” committee and recalled that he'd seen one of the selectors bring tea for Anushka Sharma in the VIP box. “All they (selectors) were doing was getting Anushka Sharma cups of tea. I feel people with the stature of Dilip Vengsarkar should be in the selection committee,” Engineer was quoted as saying by the Times of India. Sharma, who's never been the one to react to such comments made an exception this time and called out Engineer on his comments in an Instagram post the next day. View this post on Instagram A post shared by AnushkaSharma1588 (@anushkasharma) on Oct 31, 2019 at 5:15am PDT After this post, Engineer was slammed for making false accusations against the famed actor and was made a huge ruckus out of. To further save face amidst the fans of Indian cricket, the former cricketer had to make an official statement on live television and clarify that he said all those things in the heat of the moment. MIRROR NOW EXCLUSIVE | Former Cricketer Farokh Engineer clarifies his controversial comment on Actor Anushka Sharma, says, comments are blown out of proportion and I apologise to Anushka Sharma@VirenFerrao pic.twitter.com/zULYPDvRZb — Mirror Now (@MirrorNow) November 1, 2019 Now, Exactly one month since Engineer's clarification, the Indian captain, Virat Kohli has opened up about those comments in an interview with India Today. "She came for one World Cup game against Sri Lanka and the family box and the selector box was different, and there was no selector in that box. She came for one game with two friends," Kohli said during the interview. "As I said, she is known, she's been successful at a very high level so when people take her name, it gets noticed," the India captain added. In the era of social media, the line between personal and private lives of celebrities is getting more and more blurry with each passing day and such comments made by the veterans of the game do not make it easier for people like Anushka Sharma to maintain their calm. Kohli, on the other hand, has been exceptional in keeping it together. He has not only managed to stay at the peak of his skills as a batsman and a captain but has also managed to get some time off the field and spend quality time with his family. “Cricket can't be your life for every minute of every day,” former Australian wicket-keeper batsman Adam Gilchrist had said in an exclusive with MensXp and Kohli, despite being at the centre of the game on an international level has somehow managed to maintain that. View the full article
  15. Australia has been on a roll against a visiting Pakistani side for a three-game T20I series followed by a two-match Test series which is currently underway at the Adelaide Oval. The Australian batsmen are showing no intent of slowing it down with the gigantic totals for their opponents in the first innings and their bowlers, led by a scary Mitchell Starc, are making it absolutely suffocating for Azhar Ali's men to survive at the pitch. "The higher you go, the body starts going back."@glennmcgrath11 explains why Mitchell Starc's 'small change' makes a 'massive difference'.#AUSvPAK pic.twitter.com/H65s8tRShz — #7Cricket (@7Cricket) November 30, 2019 Essentially, Tim Paine's men are looking like the Justice League with every member of the team looking like a superhero against an under-talented Pakistani side. They are destined to win the second and final Test to hand their opponents a wash-out defeat in every game that they played on Australian soil during their current trip. But Paine got in the way of history being made when he made his best batsman, David Warner to return to the dressing room in the middle of a once-in-a-lifetime batting performance. With 39 boundaries and a solitary maximum, Warner broke Don Bradman and Mark Taylor's record by scoring 335 runs. This achievement made him the owner of the tenth spot in the list of the highest individual scores in Test cricket. David Warner becomes the 7th Australian to score a triple century in Tests ðª pic.twitter.com/3tup9XUnIX — ICC (@ICC) November 30, 2019 However, based on the way Warner didn't lose his focus despite facing 418 deliveries, he looked well on his way to reaching for the 400-mark and maybe even defeat Brian Lara's all-time record. After Paine declared the match at the twilight of day two of the match, Warner was asked about his skipper's decision to not allow him to reach for the stars and he did a decent job at protecting him. “... I said 'when are we declaring', and they said '5.40pm' and I said 'ok'. I kept on asking when we were out there, we got to five, then ten past five, and I was making sure that was still the message and it was. Until I think that last over before, it just ticked over [5.40pm] and Painey wanted me to try and get past that 334 mark," Warner said after the match in favour of Paine's decision to declare the first innings. Basically it was predetermined, even before Warner was at the crease, that Australia will declare at 5:40 regardless of how many runs a batsman would have made by then and they stuck to it. They wanted enough time to dismiss the Pakistani batting order twice to win the second match as well. And this is where Tim Paine should have realised that what David Warner did was special and so rare that only nine players in the entire history of the game had been able to score more runs than him. Hey Babysitterð¶ Australian temporary captain @tdpaine36 (Tim Paine) we were waiting for our champion Mr.David Warner's 4th century (400) but you did poor captaincy and declared 1st inning on 589/3. He was on 335* & still 42 overs were left to stump day 2.#AUSvsPAK pic.twitter.com/ILcezy8eAs — Ravindra Varak (@VarakRavindra) November 30, 2019 Sure, a win at this point in the ICC World Test Championships was important for the Australians but that would have come anyway. All Warner needed were a few more overs and some support from his captain to do the unthinkable, but none of those two things happened for the 33-year-old southpaw. This is where captaincy becomes completely different for Team India's leader, Virat Kohli. Even though winning is the top priority for Kohli and they have been doing a brilliant job in doing so (undefeated in the ICC World Test Championships till date), he is willing to stay flexible and motivate his players to do great things at the pitch. The greatest example of Kohli's spirit was seen during India's first Test match against Bangladesh. Even though it was almost certain that India will go on to win the Indore clash, Kohli encouraged his opener, Mayank Agarwal to score as many runs as he can. Coach Virat Kohli Explains Why He Pushed Mayank Agarwal For The Double-Century Vs Bangladesh https://t.co/tVxrGb9ygV via @MensXP — à¤à¤¶à¥à¤¤à¥à¤· (@aka_saurabh) November 18, 2019 When Agarwal celebrated reaching the 150-run mark, Kohli demanded him to score 200 runs. When he reached 200, the skipper raised three fingers and motivated him to make 300. Although Kohli was all smiles after Agarwal was dismissed at 243, he later made sure that the world knew why he pushed his man to give his best for the team. View this post on Instagram "Don't want others to make the mistakes I made as a youngster" - @virat.kohli on pushing @mayankagarawal to score double tonð A post shared by Team India (@indiancricketteam) on Nov 16, 2019 at 5:11am PST “I know how much time it took me to get those big hundreds,” said the Captain. “I know the importance of getting big runs and when the guy is in the moment, it is important as a senior batter to let them know that 'you need to focus, you need to keep going," he added. “Once you put down a marker, the guy sets guard again and it just helps the team overall,” Kohli explained his target-based challenges for Agarwal. “I want the guys to not make the mistakes that I made as a youngster and learn from them quickly so that they can be world-class players very soon," he said. Vision and the ability to think about the future of his fellow teammates has not only made Kohli an excellent leader of the team in the longest and the most demanding format of the game, but has also made him the leader of the team with the best record in the world right now. Pre-planned or not, Tim Paine should have shown similar flexibility in his approach towards Warner's heroic display with the bat because the win against Pakistan was almost certain. View the full article
  16. For someone who wasn't satisfied with his body early in his career, Virat Kohli, now, has arguably become the face of fitness in the Indian cricket team. Watching his diet and sweating it out in the gym, Kohli has transformed himself into a vital asset for Team India, with his fitness levels on par with other top-class athletes, even other than cricket. It was Kohli's stress on the need to gain adequate fitness levels which eventually sparked a revolution in the Indian team which is now one of the most athletic sides in international cricket. But, while Kohli can surely be credited for kickstarting a fitness revolution amongst his teammates, he, despite his chiselled physique and unmatched work ethic, is not the fastest man in the Indian dressing room. It's Ravindra Jadeja instead. Often labelled as the best fielder in world cricket, Jadeja needs no introduction when it comes to brilliance in the field. Whether it's converting singles into doubles, diving full length to stop the ball or hitting the stumps with perfection, Jadeja is an asset many cricket teams can only dream of. Love group conditioning sessions. And when Jaddu is in the group, itâs almost impossible to outrun him ðð. @RishabhPant17 @imjadeja pic.twitter.com/QMK4nysoFh â Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) November 25, 2019 While Jadeja's athleticism is well documented, his ability to outrun his Team India mates was testified by captain Kohli following their conditioning session. Taking to Twitter, the Indian captain shared a picture of himself in the company of Jadeja and Rishabh Pant, and captioned it: "Love group conditioning sessions. And when Jaddu is in the group, it's almost impossible to outrun him". On the other hand, India continue to dominate their home season and currently occupy the top spot in the ICC World Test Championship table with 360 points, well ahead of the second-placed Australia. The Kohli-led brigade began their World Test Championship campaign with a 2-0 whitewash in West Indies and carried their fine form to the home season where they crushed South Africa and, more recently, Bangladesh. While the Indian pace battery have undoubtedly emerged as a positive for India's recent success at home, Jadeja has also made his mark in the role of India's No. 6 batsman. The Saurashtra all-rounder scored three fifty-plus scores, including a knock of 91 runs, in five matches batting higher up the order. And, his batting position further allows Kohli to be flexible with his team selection. After cutting Bangladesh a sorry figure with a 2-0 whitewash in the recently-concluded Test series, Team India will now host West Indies in three Twenty20 (T20) Internationals and a three-match One-Day International (ODI) series, slated to begin from 6th December in Hyderabad. View the full article
  17. The Indian cricket team just picked a phenomenal series win against Bangladesh after absolutely dominating them with an innings defeat in both the Test matches. After receiving the trophy, the captain of the Indian side, Virat Kohli thanked former skipper and the current president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Sourav Ganguly for bringing about a winning culture in the dressing room. View this post on Instagram Adding one more glistening silverware to our ðð cabinet #TeamIndia #PinkBallTest @paytm A post shared by Team India (@indiancricketteam) on Nov 24, 2019 at 1:23am PST "The idea is to establish yourself in the middle and we have learnt to stand up and give it back. It all started with Dada's team and we are just carrying it forward," Kohli said after bagging the series. Now, the tale of how Ganguly's aggressive attitude as a leader rejuvenated the status of the Men in Blue especially amidst the spot-fixing allegations over its members and a chaotic environment in the Indian cricket board, is well known and talked about. Sourav Ganguly became captain and lifted Indian cricket out of turmoil after his predecessor Mohd Azharuddin was at the centre of the match-fixing scandal. To see them in one frame, when Ganguly is again back at the helm, is massively ironic. pic.twitter.com/HJ7YnidG0M — Rahul Fernandes (@newspaperwallah) October 25, 2019 However, evidently, Kohli's comments seemed to have irked former Indian batsman and ICC Hall of Famer Sunil Gavaskar who said: "This is a fantastic win but I would like to make a point. The Indian captain said that this thing started in 2000 with Dada's (Ganguly's) team. I know Dada is the BCCI President, so maybe Kohli wanted to say nice things about him. But India were also winning in the '70s and '80s. He wasn't born then." "A lot of people still think that cricket started only in 2000s. But the Indian team won overseas in the '70s. The Indian team also won away in 1986. India also drew series overseas. They lost like other teams did," Gavaskar added. Maybe Kohli wanted to say nice things about BCCI president Ganguly: Gavaskar takes a dig at India captain pic.twitter.com/YPHiACxOnk — Nitish Shekhawat (@nitishshekhawa1) November 24, 2019 It was Sourav Ganguly's first series as the head of BCCI and he made some executive decisions like organising the first ever pink-ball Test in the country, in his hometown of Kolkata, which led to significant rise in Test-match viewership and a packed Eden Gardens stadium. Given Ganguly's aforementioned attitude towards acting on pressing matters and the fact that he is here to make significant changes within the Indian cricketing culture in a very limited time-span of less than eight months now, he is the most feared man right now. It is therefore obvious that literally anyone and everyone would want to be in his good books. “I know Dada is the BCCI President, so maybe Kohli wanted to say nice things about him,” Gavaskar's words suddenly sound a lot more wiser. View the full article
  18. There is a reason why the captain of the Indian cricket team, Virat Kohli monopolised the 2018 edition of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Awards. From being named the Captain of ICC Test and ODI Teams of the Year to being crowned the ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year, Kohli won it all. ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year â ICC Men's Test Cricketer of the Year â ICC Men's ODI Cricketer of the Year â Captain of ICC Test Team of the Year â Captain of ICC Men's ODI Team of the Year â Let's hear from the man himself, @imvKohli! #ICCAwards ð pic.twitter.com/3M2pxyC44n — ICC (@ICC) January 22, 2019 And that reason is the level of consistency the batsman has shown regardless of the location of the match or the format of the game. Red-ball cricket has been a speciality of the Delhi-born especially in 2018 and a better half of 2019 during which he not only achieved some extraordinary achievements such as becoming the first Indian skipper to win a Test series against Australia on their home turf but also maintained his number one spot in the ICC Men's Test Batting ranking until September 2019. Congratulations to @imVkohli and his team for reaching one of Indian cricket's final frontiers and winning a test series in Australia for the first time. Gritty batting, marvellous fast bowling and a fine team effort has done us proud. Let's make a habit of it! #PresidentKovind — President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) January 7, 2019 If you thought the pressure of a limited-over game would get the better of the man, Kohli's numbers in the 50-over format of the game are even more marvellous. Against the top teams of the international circuit, namely Australia, England, New Zealand and South Africa, Kohli has played a total of 117 innings with an average of 57.19 and a stunning strike rate of 92.19. Overall, the cricketer boasts an average of 60.31 with a strike rate of 93.21 in 239 One-Day Internationals in his career. And what does he do in the first pink-ball game that he becomes a part of? He goes on a rampage against the Bangladesh bowling attack, slams 18 boundaries on his way to a monstrous 136-run innings, 30 more runs than the entire Bengal Tigers batting lineup in the first innings. Century No.70 ðð White ball Hundred-ðComplete Red ball Hundred-ðComplete Pink ball Hundred-ðComplete #ViratKohli ðKingð pic.twitter.com/UV4o33XDO0 — Karan Patel (@kp85karan) November 23, 2019 Not only did he become the first Asian batsman to score a pink-ball ton, he also went on to surpass Ricky Ponting on the list of most Test centuries as captain with 20 and is only behind South Africa's Graeme Smith who leads the list with 25 tons as a skipper. Kohli also became the fastest batsman in the world to score 70 international centuries with legends like Sachin Tendulkar and Ponting now in his rear-view mirror. For his wonderful performance with the bat at Kolkata's Eden Gardens, Michael Vaughan preached a similar message: Red Ball ... White Ball ... Now Pink Ball ... @imVkohli is the best Batsman across all formats in this era ... #100 #INDvBAN — Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) November 23, 2019 View the full article
  19. Suffering a shock loss in the first Twenty20 International (T20I) in Delhi, the Indian cricket team staged a spirited comeback to eventually win the three-match series 2-1 against Bangladesh. Failing to capitalise on their early lead, the visitors were looking to put up a good show in the two-match Test series. But, the hosts had other plans. Continuing their dominant run at home, Team India produced an all-round performance which had the Bangladeshi side ducking for cover during their emphatic win at Indore in the 1st Test. Leading 1-0 in the two-match series, all eyes are now on the iconic day-night Test that awaits both the teams at the hallowed Eden Gardens. It will be the first time a day-night Test will be hosted on Indian soil when the hosts take on Bangladesh in Kolkata, starting from 22nd November. Since the first-ever day-night Test, which was played between Australia and New Zealand in 2015, the Eden Gardens clash will be the 12th pink-ball match in the history of the longest format. Already dreaming about the historic pink ball test ð pic.twitter.com/KFp4guBwJm — Ajinkya Rahane (@ajinkyarahane88) November 18, 2019 Clearly, there is a lot of excitement and anticipation, not just amongst the fans, but also the cricketers from both sides. But, when it comes to the Indian brigade, it seems that Ajinkya Rahane is the most excited one amongst the lot. Taking to social media, Rahane shared a picture of himself lying on a bed with the iconic pink ball right next to him. He also captioned the photo: "Already dreaming about the historic pink ball test". While Rahane's post, which was shared on Twitter and Instagram, highlighted his excitement for the monumental pink-ball Test, his teammates Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan took the opportunity to troll him. Responding to his post on Instagram, Kohli wrote: "Nice pose jinksy". On the other hand, Dhawan replied by writing: "Sapney mein pic khich gayi". © Reuters Both Kohli and Rahane will be the first among their teammates to reach Kolkata for the much-anticipated encounter. But, it's still unclear if the Indian captain would visit Eden Gardens on 19th November to have a look at the pitch. The wicket is expected to be a green top, something similar to what we saw at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in the 1st Test, which will give teeth to the in-form Indian pace battery. The 22-yard strip has been kept under covers and pitch curator Sujan Mukherjee has made it pretty clear that there won't be any pink ball testing before the cricketing action begins at 1 pm on Friday. View the full article
  20. The first of two Test matches are over and the might of the Indian cricket team in Test cricket was on display as they defeated Mominul Haque's Bangladesh team by an innings and 130 runs in Indore. #TeamIndia go one up in the series, and that's another big heap of points on the board in the World Test Championship. Well done, boys ð¥ð¥#INDvBAN pic.twitter.com/klYjOQxCKy — BCCI (@BCCI) November 16, 2019 The Captain of Team India, Virat Kohli did not get the opportunity to add runs to his personal statistics as he was dismissed for a rare red-ball duck on an LBW appeal by Abu Jayed. However, he made sure that it wasn't a dull day for his fans who love and follow him blindly wherever he goes. Ever since this video popped up on social media, the followers of Indian cricket and those of the Indian skipper from all over the world have not been able to stop praising Kohli's heartwarming gesture. Fan moment for 24 yrs old, Pooja Sharma. I don't know her myself but the Authorities at Holkar stadium, Indore were kind enough and allowed her to meet Virat ⤠@ViratGang @ViratFanTeam@ViratKohliFC @viratliciousFC#INDvBAN pic.twitter.com/80T0O0vDRZ — Akanksha Patodi (@akanksha_patodi) November 16, 2019 As the team returned to the dressing room after winning the match on the third day, Kohli saw a special fan named Pooja Sharma waiting on one side, with a hat and a marker in her hands so that she could get an autograph. Watching her favourite player emerge out of the crowd brought a smile to the 24-year-old Pooja who waved to the Indian Captain in pure joy. Kohli bowed in front of her, signed her hat and stayed there long enough for Pooja's family member to grab some quality shots. This isn't the first time Kohli took out some time to meet and greet some of his most diehard fans. Last month, clearly a diehard 'Viratian' Pintu Behra, who has engraved 15 tattoos on himself as a homage to the cricketer was given special access to Team India's dressing room where he got a warm hug from the cricketer to go with a timeless picture. Virat Kohli With Fan Pintu Behra From Odisha #Cricket #TeamIndia #INDvSA pic.twitter.com/Dh1tyMY8Ra — CricFit (@CricFit) October 2, 2019 Yes, it is true that most of the athletes play to win games, lift big trophies and boast gold medals at major events. But there is a level of greatness above this stage where only a few people reach. That's the level at which they gain something a lot more precious than a gold medal; they get their followers' eternal devotion and Virat Kohli is right there. View the full article
  21. Yet another Test match is in the record books and the Indian cricket team remain unbeaten in the ICC World Test Championship. They are sitting at the top of the list with 300 points while New Zealand in second place just have 60 points. The latest addition to India's win column came against a below-average Bangladesh side that got defeated by an entire innings and 130 runs in the first of a two-match Test series in Indore. #TeamIndia go one up in the series, and that's another big heap of points on the board in the World Test Championship. Well done, boys ð¥ð¥#INDvBAN pic.twitter.com/klYjOQxCKy — BCCI (@BCCI) November 16, 2019 However, we can't take anything away from the fact that a 28-year-old Mayank Agarwal played the knock of his life as he went on to score 243 runs off 330 deliveries, a career-best. There is no stopping this fella. @mayankcricket brings up his 2nd Double ð¯ with a Maximum ð¥ pic.twitter.com/aI21CyAdYn — BCCI (@BCCI) November 15, 2019 But how important of a role did the Indian Captain, Virat Kohli play in Agarwal's double-century? Although the Bengal Tigers got the best of Kohli and got him back-paddling towards the dressing room after a rare duck in the longest format of the game, the skipper decided to help the team and his teammates as a coach and a motivational factor. When Agarwal raised his bat in celebration of his 150, Kohli pushed him to aim to double his score. He raised two fingers and motivated him to go for that double-ton. Unsurprisingly, when Agarwal was able to achieve that feat, Kohli raised three fingers and challenged him to try for a triple-ton. Virat Kohli asking Agarwal to go for double Century after he completed 150 and Mayank said "Roger That, Captain" #INDvBAN pic.twitter.com/l0gSNTZlgs — Aaftab Alam â¤ï¸ð®ð³ (@SRKian_Aaftab) November 15, 2019 While the opener was unable to follow through with that final challenge, his 243-run innings is worth all the recognition. After India wrapped up the entire Bangladesh batting lineup on the third day for the second time, the Indian skipper was asked about the episode and Kohli shared why he pushed his batsman so hard. View this post on Instagram "Don't want others to make the mistakes I made as a youngster" - @virat.kohli on pushing @mayankagarawal to score double tonð A post shared by Team India (@indiancricketteam) on Nov 16, 2019 at 5:11am PST “I know how much time it took me to get those big hundreds,” said the Captain. “I know the importance of getting big runs and when the guy is in the moment, it is important as a senior batter to let them know that 'you need to focus, you need to keep going," he added. “Once you put down a marker, the guy sets guard again and it just helps the team overall,” Kohli explained his target-based challenges for Agarwal. “I want the guys to not make the mistakes that I made as a youngster and learn from them quickly so that they can be world-class players very soon," he said. Even though he did not make an impact on India's scorecard, Kohli made it sure that as the leader of the locker room and on the field, he was there for his teammates and junior players who were looking for that anchor that would keep them focused amidst the gruelling task that Test cricket can become. Such instances clearly show how far Kohli has come along as an international cricketer and worked immensely on his leadership. Once considered to be not a very good captain as compared to someone like Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kohli has definitely made good on his commitment. View the full article
  22. Over the years, the history of Indian cricket has witnessed numerous captains rising through the ranks and leaving a mark on the country's rich cricketing history with their impeccable leadership skills. We've seen Kapil Dev putting India on the international cricket map with a World Cup triumph in 1983. Then, the era of Sourav Ganguly saw India scaling new heights with favourable results overseas. And, who can forget the leadership skills of MS Dhoni who led India to the World T20 title in 2007 and ICC World Cup triumph in 2011. More recently, the Indian cricket team has been thriving under the tutelage of Virat Kohli, undeniably the most aggressive captains of all time. While Kohli has been donning the captain's hat across formats, the Indian team management is also grooming Rohit Sharma as skipper, especially when the Delhi cricketer isn't playing. © Reuters Amongst the country's most prized possessions, Virat and Rohit share a great camaraderie which reflects in their demeanour on the field. But, despite being best of buddies, Virat and Rohit are completely different as captains in their approach towards the game. In recent times, cricket pundits and fans have debated over the differences in their captaincy, but there has never been a definitive answer. Well, not anymore. After playing under Rohit's leadership in the recently-concluded Twenty20 International (T20I) series, opener Shikhar Dhawan spoke about the differences between the captaincy of his opening partner and Kohli. The left-hander, who is also an integral part of Team India's leadership group and is often consulted for the on-field decision, revealed that Rohit is quite different from Kohli as a leader. “They are different characters. In different situations, they make different choices. Whatever they feel right at one particular moment, they go with it. They, of course, discuss with each other. When Rohit is leading, he discusses with me, when Virat is leading he discusses with Rohit and me too,” Dhawan was quoted as saying by HT. © Reuters With Kohli rested, Rohit led India from the front in the recently-concluded T20I series against Bangladesh. Despite trailing 1-0, India, under the leadership of Rohit, made a spirited comeback to eventually win the three-match series 2-1. Following a brilliant win in T20Is, returning Kohli assumed his role as Team India captain when he took the field at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore for the 1st Test against Bangladesh. Apart from weighing in on the captaincy debate between Rohit and Virat, Dhawan also revealed that Team India is currently in the process of building up a strong squad for the much-anticipated ICC World T20 in Australia next year. “We've got one year. Whatever we have to plan we are planning it now and then only we can reach the final combination. I'm confident that this time we'll come back with the cup,” Dhawan said. View the full article
  23. Virat Kohli and the Indian cricket team are currently in the middle of the first of two Tests against the visiting Bangladesh team at the Holkar Stadium in Indore, and while the Tigers find themselves to be short-handed in terms of talent and experience, Team India are here to compete in full force. Training done âï¸ Great to be back with the boys ð pic.twitter.com/Wq9J6nHMez — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) November 12, 2019 With the Captain returning to the squad after a couple of weeks of time off from cricket, India look forward to extending their lead in the ICC World Test Championship, thanks to the extremely loaded roster they possess. But exactly how much of a difference do the two teams have when it comes to dexterity and adroitness of the players who are in the middle of the two-match series? ESPNCricInfo very recently shared some mind-blowing stats that would give you a hint of what Mominul Haque's men are going against. To fully understand the magnitude of Bangladesh's task at hand ⤵ï¸#INDvBAN | https://t.co/9RCgzHPTD5 pic.twitter.com/fwE3CgT46A — ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) November 14, 2019 Ahead of the first Test, Indian skipper Virat Kohli has scored 26 Test tons on his own. This is six centuries more than the entire Bangladesh playing XI. Moreover, Ravichandran Ashwin not only has 104 wickets more than his opposing team but also has 12 more 5-fors than them. © Reuters While these are just two players of the Indian cricket side, when names like Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane and Mohammed Shami are added to the mix, you get a fair estimation of the offensive juggernaut the Indian side really is in the longest format of the game. Ever since the World Test Championship began, India has played four Test series (excluding the Bangladesh series) and has won all of them. They are currently atop the points table with 240 points with New Zealand at the second spot with 60 points. Bangladesh find themselves to be at the bottom of the table with zero points with their Asian rivals in Pakistan. View the full article
  24. Ahead of the third and final T20I match between India and the visiting Bangladesh team, Rishabh Pant is once again in the news. It was not because of his mess-up during the second game but because of what the stand-in captain, Rohit Sharma said about him during a press conference ahead of the deciding final game. "You know there is a lot of talk happening about Rishabh Pant every day, every minute. I just feel that he needs to be allowed to do what he wants to do on the field. I would request everyone to keep their eyes away from Rishabh Pant for a while,” said the skipper. 'I think it's not fair' India captain Rohit Sharma has asked everyone to give Rishabh Pant a break from the constant scrutinyhttps://t.co/6gKMie6EIt — Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) November 9, 2019 "He is a fearless cricketer and we (team management) want him to have that freedom. And if you guys take your eyes off him for sometime, it will allow him to perform even better," added Rohit. The team veteran wants the best for the 22-year-old wicket-keeper, however, simply talking about him makes Pant's name come online and gives social media another excuse to “troll” him and this in turn may be making Pant's life more difficult as an international cricketer. The thing about the criticism from fans of the game and the so called “pundits” is that they often compare the young and upcoming athletes to the best and greatest players of all time, while they were in their prime. Pant can never reach near dhoni. He is just wanna be who try to immitate the dhoni style. — Nobie (@newbie_6) November 7, 2019 Unrealistic expectations is the primary outcome of such comparisons which often leads to further criticism if the said athlete fails to do good in the next match. According to a 2008 report by The Sport Journal, it is clarified how adversely can distractions and criticism drain an athlete's mental energy, causing him to get anxious, depressed and lose focus during the crucial moments of a game. Rishabh Pant is a good player. We have seen in the past, the kind of performance the cricketer can put up both in front of, and behind the stumps. Congrats #Babysitter What a lovely Baby's Day Out entertainer 1st Year of Test Cricket@RishabPant777 #RishabhPant #Pant 300+ Runs in 1st DownUnder 25+28+36+30+39+33+ 159* 2nd Highest Run Scorer in Series* 20*: Most Catches in a Series by IN WK 204:Record 7th Wicket Partnership — Save Hindus (@Hindu_League) January 4, 2019 In December 2018, the then 21-year-old broke Syed Kirmani and Naren Tamhane's record of most catches by an Indian wicketkeeper in a Test series (20) against Tim Paine's Australian side in Melbourne. In September 2019, Pant went on to surpass his predecessor, MS Dhoni in dismissing 50 batsmen from behind the wicket in Test cricket in the least amount of time (Dhoni: 15 Tests, Pant: 11 Tests). The southpaw is also the first Indian wicket-keeper to score a century in England and Australia, including his maiden international ton at The Oval and overtaking Farokh Engineer's record of the most number of runs scored by an Indian keeper Down Under. “"He is a young guy, 22, trying to make his mark in international cricket. Every move he makes on the field, people start talking about him. It is not fair. I think we should allow him to play his cricket which actually he also wants to do," Sharma during the conference. Maybe it's for the best that the skipper says nothing when it comes to Rishabh Pant. After all, no comments make no news. View the full article
  25. Anushka Sharma shares Virat Kohli gets elated when she wears his clothesAnushka Sharma and her husband Virat Kohli have been breaking the internet recently with their loved-up pictures from holiday in Bhutan taking the internet by storm. Read...
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