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  1. As the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) came calling with a scintillating contest between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), the cricket fans geared up for multiple individual clashes that the opening match had to offer. While many were keen to witness the battle between 'Captain Cool' MS Dhoni and 'Captain Fearless' Virat Kohli, others were eager to see the contest between RCB's explosive batting line-up and CSK's experienced bowling unit. Amongst the key battles, there was one between Suresh Raina and the RCB skipper in the race to reach 5,000 runs in the IPL. Ahead of the IPL opener, Raina had amassed 4,985 runs in 3,601 balls (1167 dots, 1533 singles, 256 twos, 11 threes, 448 fours, 1 five and 185 sixes) in the tournament. He was just 15 runs shy of becoming the first player to score 5,000 IPL runs. Twitter/@IPL On the other hand, Kohli had scored 4,948 runs in 3,784 balls (1319 dots, 1575 singles, 266 twos, 11 threes, 435 fours and 178 sixes) in the IPL. While Raina looked in touching distance, Kohli needed 52 runs to achieve the unique feat. But, after Dhoni won the toss and asked RCB to bat first, many would have probably tipped the Indian captain to reach there first. But, contrary to popular perception, Kohli, akin to majority of his teammates, had a forgettable outing as he was sent back into the hut for just six runs. On a raging turner of a track at the MA Chidambaram stadium, perennial underachievers RCB were bowled out for a mere 70 runs. Twitter/@IPL With Kohli bottling his opportunity, all eyes were on Raina when he came out to bat in the third over. After surviving a run-out scare (thanks to Mohammad Siraj's fumble while collecting the ball), Raina tickled the ball towards fine leg for an easy single in the ninth over, etching his name in the history books as the first-ever player to complete 5,000 runs in the IPL. There it is, the magical 5000! What a player! Mr. IPL for reason! #ChinnaThala #WhistlePodu #Yellove #CSKvRCB ð¦ð pic.twitter.com/lyMtouHNlG — Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) March 23, 2019 Blessed & proud to cross #5000runs. Here's to many more victories with the team. Well done guys! @ChennaiIPL — Suresh Rainað®ð³ (@ImRaina) March 23, 2019 After achieving the milestone, Raina was dismissed in the very next over by Moeen Ali who got him caught at long-on. While he couldn't finish the game for Chennai who eventually won by seven wickets, Raina's latest achievement earned him a lot of plaudits from fans and pundits alike. 5000 runs for @ImRaina. He has been an #IPL legend. — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 23, 2019 Suresh Raina becomes the first batsman to score 5,000 runs in the history of IPL. First to score in IPL, 1,000 runs: Adam Gilchrist 2,000 runs: Suresh Raina 3,000 runs: Suresh Raina 4,000 runs: Virat Kohli 5,000 runs: Suresh Raina*#CSKvsRCB — Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) March 23, 2019 Mr. IPL Rocks ⤠Proud of you @ImRaina — RAINA's SAKSHI ⤠(@SakshiRMishra) March 23, 2019 Raina... ððð Hope Raina will get his chance in WORLD CUP by his IPL performance — Call Me Johnny (@CallMeJohnny5) March 23, 2019 I want him to play in world cup, he is way better than Pant and DK in terms of experience.. I hope it happens @ImRaina — Aman@0305 (@Aman03051) March 23, 2019 Congratulations @ImRaina for scoring 5000 runs in @IPL Pure class in t20 for CSK..#CSKvRCB @ChennaiIPL #Raina — Chowkidar Vikas ð®ð³ (@VikasDarji_) March 23, 2019 Legendary!! Legendary!! Legendary!! — AKASH RAINAð¥ (@ImakashRaina) March 23, 2019
  2. More often than not, the busy travelling schedule of the members of the Indian cricket team does not allow the Men in Blue to stay at home during major festivals, surrounded by their loved ones, their friends and family. A couple of years ago, the captain of the Indian side, Virat Kohli, while sending his wishes for the festival of colours in 2017, he said that his Holi would be spent on the road as the roster was going to Patna for a series. Happy Holi everybody. Have a great day today ðð¼ð. Please make sure no harm is done to the animals on the streets. God Bless all. pic.twitter.com/3a3NbUib0a — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) March 13, 2017 Holi 2019, however, could not have come at a better time. There was a small gap between the tiring ODI series against the visiting and the twelfth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the festival fell on such a day that all the cricketers of the Indian squad were at home, happily celebrating the festival of 'good over evil' with their loved ones. "Happy Holi to everyone! Let's celebrate the vibrant hues, the beautiful relationships and the joyous laughter," Virat Kohli wrote in a Tweet. Shikhar Dhawan, who is currently in India preparing for the IPL, shared an emotional post on Instagram. While celebrating the festival with his mother, 'Gabbar' expressed his joy of watching his kids get in on the fun, thousands of miles away, in Australia. View this post on Instagram My festivals brighten up a little extra thanks to these colourful memories. Missing my munchkins a lot! Happy holi from our family to yours. ð #HappyHoli #HoliCelebrations A post shared by Shikhar Dhawan (@shikhardofficial) on Mar 21, 2019 at 1:19am PDT “My festivals brighten up a little extra thanks to these colourful memories. Missing my munchkins a lot,” said the Delhi Capitals skipper. “Happy holi from our family to yours.” Mayank Agarwal, another athlete who had a great start to his international cricketing career in the first days of 2019 in his debut against the Australians on their home-turf, also shared a vibrant photo from yesterday's celebration: Here's wishing everyone a Happy Holi! May you have a colourful year ahead!#HappyHoli pic.twitter.com/S3HLk5cf3u — Mayank Agarwal (@mayankcricket) March 21, 2019 Some of the major franchises of the IPL too sent their best wishes to the world on the joyous occasion: Yeh din hai rangon ka, yeh din hai khushiyon ka! #HappyHoli, Royals family! #HallaBol pic.twitter.com/TCY6oUExkt — Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) March 21, 2019 Bina Gabbar ke Holi bhi koi Holi hai? ð#HappyHoli #ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitals pic.twitter.com/EewQPoc51G — Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) March 21, 2019 Saareyan nu Holi diyan lakh lakh vadaiyaan. ð¨ Here's wishing everyone a very #HappyHoli from the KXIP family. ♥#SaddaPunjab pic.twitter.com/6pPAx5yAcm — Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) March 21, 2019 Let the colour for this Holi be ð!#HappyHoli and have a safe one!#KKRHaiTaiyaar pic.twitter.com/CwbsBwmevG — KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) March 21, 2019
  3. What can be more exciting for an Indian sports fan than seeing two of the country's biggest sporting icons come together? Recently, one of the best cricketers in the world, Virat Kohli, invited the prolific skipper of the Indian football team, Sunil Chhetri, who has more goals for his country than Leo Messi for Argentina, to a net session with the Royal Challengers Bangalore squad. © AP As we all know, both the skippers get along really well and have a history of making their friendship known publicly. Last year, Kohli reiterated Chhetri's plea to support Indian football and this year, Chhetri showing up at his training camp shows the growing bromance between both the icons. This meeting was just another chapter in their bromance. Both Chhetri and Kohli looked quite dynamic on the field. While the football skipper was cheered by his recent exploits in the Indian Super League (ISL) with Bengaluru FC, it was interesting to see King Kohli smiling, especially after his team, FC Goa ended up on the losing side against Chettri's Banglore FC 1-0 in the final of the tournament. © AP Keeping their ISL loyalties aside, both the players were seen sharing a laugh at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. A video uploaded by a fan page shows Kohli giving a heart-warming welcome to his beloved friend before the RCB squad. Later in the day, both went on sharing a few dribbles and strokes on the field. View this post on Instagram @chetri_sunil11 today with @royalchallengersbangalore team at Chinnaswamy ! ðâ¤ï¸ A post shared by BleedKohlism2.0ðµ (@bleedingkohlism) on Mar 19, 2019 at 5:57am PDT On the one hand, where Chhetri's side just wrapped up their league season, Kohli & Co are gearing up for the Indian Premier League opening match against the defending champions Chennai Super Kings on 23rd March. This season, Kohli and his men will be hoping to better their disappointing IPL records and showcase their true worth on the field.
  4. With the Indian Premier League (IPL) less than a week away, passionate fans of the game and more specifically, the league, now have some serious shade thrown by former captain of the Indian cricket team at the current Indian skipper, to discuss and have quarrels over. In an analysis show ahead of the biggest cricketing league in the world initiates, Gautam Gambhir took a killshot at Virat Kohli's abilities as a captain for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). “I don't see him as a shoot captain or a tactful captain. And he hasn't won the IPL,” said the former Delhi Daredevils (DD) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain on the show. “Ultimately a captain is only as good as his record till.” Ever since the league came into existence in 2008, Virat Kohli has been a part of the RCB family. Signed under what was known as a 'Youth Contract' for a mere $30,000, Kohli slowly worked his way up the success ladder with the franchise, year by year. After being the only player to be retained by the team before the 2011 season began, Kohli was promoted to the role of vice-captain and even captained the squad on a couple of occasions when former Kiwi skipper Daniel Vettori went down with an injury. Following his success with the Indian cricket team, as he became one of the more recognised men of the game, for his exceptional batting, charged-up attitude and the knack to take challenges head on, Kohli was named the permanent captain of the RCB roster after Vettori bid adieu to the format. However, what Gambhir pointed out about Kohli's performance when it comes to IPL, has a lot of sense in it. There's no doubting the man's contribution towards Team India's ascension in international cricket. Under Kohli's captaincy, India has been great but the 30-year-old has failed to provide similar output for his Bangalore team. Gambhir also said: “There are people who have won the trophy three times - MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma. So I think he has a long way to go. You cannot compare him to someone like Rohit or Dhoni at this stage...” While players like Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Rohit Sharma have had the privilege to host the IPL trophy in their cities for three seasons each and even Gambhir lifting the cup in 2012 and 2014, Kohli hasn't even had the opportunity to get a whiff of it. Getting eliminated in the league stages in most of the seasons, Kohli and the RCB gang has made it to the IPL Final thrice, only to be put down by Hyderabad Deccan Chargers, Chennai Super Kings and SunRisers Hyderabad in the years 2009, 2011 and 2016, respectively. According to Gambhir, Kohli should thank the decision-makers of the Royal Challengers franchise for continuing to have faith in him and letting him be the captain despite the below-average results simply because of the fact that not a lot of other players have enjoyed such trust and have been dethroned from captaincy for far less. Gautam Gambhir's final season with the Delhi Daredevils comes to mind keeping things in similar context when after a bad start to the season, his duty as the leader of the team was taken away by the team-owners and given to a rookie like Shreyas Iyer. It's sad but it's true.
  5. The world's most celebrated cricket festival, the Indian Premier League (IPL), has begun taking a toll on its fans even before its arrival. Energising and pitting the fans against each other is one of the main elements which keeps the excitement-level at its peak. And what better way to kick off the season than highlighting the rivalry between two of the most beloved and legendary players of Indian cricket, MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli? Both the master-class skippers will cross swords after almost a year when their respective IPL teams, Royal Challenger Bangalore(RCB) and Chennai Super Kings(CSK) kick off this season in Chennai on 23rd March 2019. Continuing the buzz created by the earlier promo of Rishabh Pant and Jasprit Bumrah pulling the legs of Dhoni and Kohli, the advertisers this time went to the next level by depicting how the megastars have succeeded in dividing the loyalties of the Indian cricket fans. Thala vs King â vs ð¥ ð vs ⤠Whose game will your heart beat for when defending champions @ChennaiIPL take on @RCBTweets in the first #VIVOIPL clash? Watch #CSKvRCB on 23rd March, 6 PM onwards LIVE on Star Sports! #GameBanayegaName Like/RT & we'll set the reminder for you. pic.twitter.com/j6bkkLKPVD — Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) March 14, 2019 In the new promo, both the skippers can be been seen enjoying the tussle between their team's fans from a rooftop. Enjoying a good view of the feud while sipping on hot tea, the CSK skipper tells his RCB counterpart, "don't be late" in what promises to be a cracker of an opening game between the top two teams. Focusing on the concept of 'game more than the name,' Kohli sarcastically replies saying “sure” while covering dhoni's glass with an RCB coaster, highlighting the chemistry between the best friends. Keeping in mind their title victory in their comeback season last year, CSK will be hoping to continue the same form, whereas Kohli and Co, on the other hand, had a disaster of a season last year and will be looking forward to starting strong. Meanwhile, fans, not waiting for the actual battle on the field, have already started their feud on social media to prove that their team is the best. @imVkohli RCB will win this match...â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ Kohli kohli kohli kohli kohli kohli kohli kohli kohli kohli kohli kohli kohli kohli kohli kohli kohli kohli...... — Girraj Sharma18 (@GirrajS30956768) March 14, 2019 Dhoni Dhoni Dhoni... just couldn't stop laughing at 15 seconds !!! Ee Sala.. Bring it on. Don't be late !!! ðð¦ #whistlepodu #csk — Saravanan Hari ð ‏ (@CricSuperFan) March 14, 2019 Lion is always a lion... Dhoni is a headmaster... Kohli is a student — HARISHANKAR â¤ï¸ (@Haripoomani17) March 14, 2019 #RCB @RCBTweets @imVkohli pic.twitter.com/3esMkVZtcX — M. Prasanth SK (@MPrasanthSK2) March 14, 2019
  6. In today's era of sports where fame is directly related to fortune, ESPN has come up with a list of 100 of the most famous athletes from all over the world who enjoy a great fan following. What criteria were taken into consideration while forming the list? According to the website, the list was based on the stats in three different areas: 1. Search Score: How often is the name of the particular sportsperson looked up on the internet. The list fixes Cristiano Ronaldo's score of 100 as the baseline and the rest of the athletes were ranked accordingly. 2. Endorsement Dollars: Based on the reports provided by credible sources such as Forbes on the athletes' monetary worth based solely on their endorsement earnings. 3. Social Media Followers: The total number of followers the athletes have across all social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. However, keeping in mind that not a lot of the famous athletes are not present on every social media platform, the numbers of their most famous account has been taken into account. After going through such a gruelling yet organised method of research, here is the list of the 10 most famous athletes of the world: For the fourth year in a row, Cristiano Ronaldo tops our ranking of the biggest names in sports: ESPN World Fame 100. pic.twitter.com/z25QVCqTzD — ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) March 12, 2019 1. Cristiano Ronaldo 2. Lebron James 3. Lionel Messi 4. Neymar Jr. 5. Conor McGregor 6. Roger Federer 7. Virat Kohli 8. Rafael Nadal 9. Stephen Curry 10. Tiger Woods While the top four players mentioned in the list are without doubt deserving, the fact that Conor McGregor was ranked fifth, especially with athletes like Roger Federer and Virat Kohli's immense popularity, seems a bit odd. ESPN World Fame 100 - 2019 list: 1. Cristiano Ronaldo 2. LeBron James 3. Lionel Messi 4. Neymar 5. Mcgregor 6. Roger Federer 7. VIRAT KOHLI 8. Rafael Nadal 9. Stephen Curry 10. Tiger Woods pic.twitter.com/jiGj0FvWfs — Mohammed Ibrahim Farooqui (@iBM1105) March 12, 2019 We also have to keep in mind that the list comes after whatever actions the numerous athletes took back in 2018. McGregor's memorable bout with Floyd 'Money' Mayweather definitely catapulted his name's worth amongst the audience that followed sports other than MMA. Following that, the major rivalry between the Irishman and his Russian opponent Khabib Abdulmanapovich Nurmagomedov which became uglier after the fight, also must have played a huge role, especially in the 'Search Score' and 'Social Media Following' categories. Having said that, the Indian cricket team's captain Virat Kohli too had the best year of his career. Winning all the three top ICC awards for his brilliance in every format of the game, namely Men's Cricketer of the Year, Test and ODI Cricketer of the Year. He was also named the captain for both ODI and Test Team of the Year.
  7. The 2019 Lok Sabha election is around the corner. In a democracy, this is the time when the people of the society must voice their opinion and elect the leader that they believe will not only understand the sufferings of the public but also actively make suitable decisions to deal with them. While a steady increase in the percentage of votes polled has been noted in the last three nationals elections ie; 58.1% in 2004, 58.2% in 2009 and 66.4% in 2014 (source: data.gov.in), the overall voting turnout continues to be very low, especially for a country that boasts of being the largest democracy in the world. Thus, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi took to Twitter to urge some of the biggest influencers of our country including cricketers like Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virat Kohli, and Rohit Sharma to “inspire the 130 crore people of India” to take some time out of their day to vote during the 2019 elections. All the aforementioned cricketers enjoy massive fan-followings, a major part of which comprises of the younger generation who have finally come of age to exercise their right to vote in the last five years. Dear @msdhoni, @imVkohli and @ImRo45, You are always setting outstanding records on the cricketing field but this time, do inspire the 130 crore people of India to set a new record of high voter turnout in the upcoming elections. When this happens, democracy will be the winner! — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 13, 2019 “Dear @msdhoni [MS Dhoni], @imVkohli [Virat Kohli] and @ImRo45 [Rohit Sharma], You are always setting outstanding records on the cricketing field but this time, do inspire the 130 crore people of India to set a new record of high voter turnout in the upcoming elections,” Tweets PM Modi. “When this happens, democracy will be the winner!” He goes on to urge some of the other megastars of the Indian sports fraternity to come forward and do their bit in creating awareness and asking their followers to vote: Dear @anilkumble1074, @VVSLaxman281 and @virendersehwag - your heroic deeds on the cricket pitch have inspired millions. Come, it is time to inspire people once again, this time to vote in record numbers. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 13, 2019 Dear @srikidambi, @Pvsindhu1 & @NSaina, The core of badminton is the court and the core of democracy is the vote. Just like you smash records, do also inspire a record-breaking voter turnout. I request you to increase voter awareness & motivate youth to vote in large numbers. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 13, 2019 The prolific Phogat sisters, @geeta_phogat, @BabitaPhogat, @PhogatRitu and @Phogat_Vinesh manifest the best of Indian sporting talent. We've seen you in the wrestling world. I urge you all to support the movement to ensure greater voter participation in the 'Chunavi Dangal.' — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 13, 2019 When @mangeshkarlata Didi, @sachin_rt and @arrahman say something, the nation takes note! I humbly request these remarkable personalities to inspire more citizens to come out and vote in the 2019 elections. A vote is a great way to make the people's voice heard. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 13, 2019 India is proud of @Neeraj_chopra1, @DuttYogi and @WrestlerSushil. However, they made India win because they participated. I request Neeraj, Yogeshwar and Sushil to encourage people to participate in the elections and vote so that India wins here too! — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 13, 2019
  8. You remember the English wicket keeper-batsman Ben Duckett, right? No? Well, we don't blame you. He used to play for the main English roster all the way back in 2016, before they became really, really good and one of the top contenders for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019. However, the lefty has been sent to their second-tier level team called 'England Lions' that recently lost to India's second-tier squad 'India A' in the One-dayers and unofficial Test series at the latter's soil. While the southpaw did have a brilliant 50-run innings during the second unofficial Test in Mysore, he would be better known to the Indian cricket fans as 'the guy who tried to troll Virat Kohli'. Even after the Indian captain bagged his career's 40th ODI in Ranchi, the Men in Blue lost to a rejuvenated Australian cricket team who took a breath of fresh air and have been dominating ever since (checkout Australia's exceptional run-chase in the fourth ODI at Mohali). Post the defeat, a cricket-enthu Twitter account trivially asked a fill in the blank question: Complete the sentence. Virat Kohli is _______________ — Cricket Shouts (@crickshouts) March 8, 2019 While the question got a lot of positive reactions like calling his “annoyingly good” and “a batsman even better than Sachin Tendulkar”, there was one particular response that was put under that spotlight. Ben Duckett's response: A joke?.............................. https://t.co/APryZGy3lf — Ben Duckett (@BenDuckett1) March 8, 2019 Apparently, Duckett called Virat Kohli “a joke” in order to show his regards towards the genius of the batsman, maybe somethings in the lines of 'he is a joke to the ODI format because he is that good', but the Viratians weren't buying it. It is plausible that as soon as the Englishman tweeted, he regretted his decision as he was hit by a barrage of raging Indian fans who called him out. Get ready for yet another episode of abusements. — Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) March 8, 2019 pic.twitter.com/7LyJnVFM5z — Scorpio (@IND_Scorpio) March 9, 2019 Virat Kohli is you fatherð — itz_me_wahed (@Waheduzzaman15) March 9, 2019 Ben duckett pic.twitter.com/wyJYFlPsdu — Shreyas (@DeaconSG97) March 9, 2019 Do you even play cricket anymore Ben?ðððð — Daniel Clark (@DanClincs) March 9, 2019 Hey Ben , not talking about your career here — Ishan Mishrað®ð³ (@ishan31396) March 9, 2019 After watching a former teammate take in so much heat, Ben Stokes (https://www.mensxp.com/sports/cricket/39889-ben-stokes-brawl-why-england-s-bad-boy-needs-a-role-model-to-be-actually-be-one-for-his-fans.html) sent in a friendly word of advice: ð¤¦‍âï¸ð¤¦‍âï¸ð¤¦‍âï¸ð¤¦‍âï¸ why? You may as well of just walked into a wall. Indians don't get this type of context Ben https://t.co/xn4QtOaLf7 — Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) March 9, 2019 Probably something that could've been said behind closed doors, Stokes?
  9. After taking a crucial 2-0 lead in the five-match series, the Indian cricket team's marauding run came to a halt as Australia romped their way to a 32-run triumph in the 3rd One-Day International (ODI) at the JSCA international stadium in Ranchi. For a team that is considered one of the strongest batting units in international cricket, Indian batsmen, barring Virat Kohli, failed to negate the Aussies in the third match of the series. But, on 10th March, the batting woes that had given India a reality check in Ranchi were nowhere to be found as the hosts romped their way to a mammoth 358-run total in the 4th ODI at the Punjab Cricket Association stadium in Mohali. Opting to bat first, India were given a sensational start by Shikhar Dhawan (143) and Rohit Sharma (95) who hammered the opposition bowlers all around the park during their 193-run opening partnership. If the openers got India to a flyer, the pivotal cameos by Rishabh Pant (36) and Vijay Shankar (26) ensured their side didn't lose momentum later in the game. Twitter/@BCCI While there was no shortage of star performers during India's innings, there was one man who stole the limelight from the rest. Arguably one of the best death-overs bowlers in limited-overs cricket, Jasprit Bumrah is known for his bowling prowess and ability to get the better of some of the best batsmen in business. But, when he came out to face Pat Cummins for the final delivery of India's innings, neither a cricket pundit, nor any fan would have anticipated what Bumrah had in store for them. Virat Kohli after seeing Bumrah hit six #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/ZOFZnMrICr — Ananth (@Imanantht) March 10, 2019 Cummins had just notched up his five-for after dismissing Yuzvendra Chahal a ball earlier and probably fancied his chances of claiming a sixth scalp in the match. But, it wasn't meant to be as Bumrah smashed the length delivery over midwicket for a towering six. And, while Bumrah's hit was quite surprising, the reactions were pretty obvious. That moment when @Jaspritbumrah93 hits the last ball for a maximum ðð#INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/e6iOHorg8N — BCCI (@BCCI) March 10, 2019 First six for Jasprit Bumrah for India! Bumrah's 4th in List A games and third in T20s. And look at that reaction! #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/FxwDTiP8Nx — Subhayan Chakraborty (@SubhayanTweets) March 10, 2019 Bumrah's meaty blow had Cummins in disbelief, Kohli jumping in excitement and the Mohali crowd on their feet. Walking off with a wide grin, Bumrah was mighty pleased with his six which powered India to 358-run total in the end. It was the first six for Bumrah in international cricket. He now has seven sixes to his name, four in List A games and three in T20s. That last six from Bumrah had everyone in splits. Even on an excellent batting surface, 358 is a formidable score. — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 10, 2019 That last six from Bumrah had everyone in splits. Even on an excellent batting surface, 358 is a formidable score. — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 10, 2019 This is beyond scienceðð — Rajan (@Rajan_hotSpur) March 10, 2019 Bumrah fans right nowðððð #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/n5pyt5j0hR — RocKy Edward..ðð®ð³ð (@imRockylahariya) March 10, 2019 Moments line these is what a cricket fan lives for #INDvAUS #bumrah & #kohli you are the gold of Indian team ð®ð³ð®ð³ — Say What ââ (@onlinetrollssuk) March 10, 2019 Strike rate of 600! Record breaking inning by Bumrahðð — Manav Dave (@Manav_Dave_24) March 10, 2019 Bumrah is the best during death oversð — Ranjit Singh (@ranjit_singh11) March 10, 2019 This is simply priceless for me — Ravi Malamanti (@malamantiravi) March 10, 2019
  10. Ever since Delhi boy Virat Kohli became the captain of the Indian cricket team, subtlety has been knocked out of the park. Mahendra Singh Dhoni's era as the skipper was full of awards and achievements but the man had a cool and calm attitude which reflected in his celebrations. While Kholi's reign has not lacked in bringing laurels for the country, the intensity of commemorating them has definitely gone up dramatically. Make no mistake, these are great ways of expressing your achievements and hey, when you are the best cricketer in the world, who are we to criticise? Therefore, joining the bandwagon of crazy fans of the sport, we list out the four times Virat Kohli celebrated his achievement in the most epic ways: 1. 'My Bat Does The Talking' Cricket has always been a gentleman's game but that does not stop the players from mouthing off hurtful things to their opponents every once in a while. Something similar happened during India's latest visit Down Under when bowler Pat Cummins assured the whole world that Kohli will not be scoring a century during this tour. If you know anything about Kohli, you know that he is never one to shy away from challenges. During the second Test match that took place in Perth King Kohli sent the ball for the boundary on the third day to record his 5th Test century of 2018 and then did this: An incredible innings from a remarkable player. What a celebration from Virat Kohli! #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/kTHMmycfFb — Cricket Network (@CricketNetwork) December 16, 2018 2. Mic Drop During the final ODI match between England and India in 2018, English skipper Joe Root celebrated his brilliant knock with a move he derived from musicians and rockstars and maybe even the former US President, Barack Obama when he dropped his bat on the floor while Kohli looked on. During the first Test match up the next month, however, it was Virat's turn to give Root a taste of his own medicine. A brilliant direct-throw to the wickets on Root's side led him back to the dressing room. On his way back, from the corner of his eye, Root could see Kohli drop the imaginary mic to celebrate the farewell. 3. The Pujara Dance This one comes after the historic Test-series victory against Tim Paine's team on Australian soil. Following a masterclass of a batting performance by India's second Wall, Cheteshwar Pujara (193), India went on to win the four-match Test series 2-1 after the third Test was cancelled due to rain and bad light. Kohli brought in Pujara and the rest of the team in a hurdle to celebrate the feat. in the funniest way possible, by doing the 'Pujara Dance'. Albeit, Rishabh Pant was the one who came up with the 'moves', it was Kohli who did the impossible when he made Pujara dance as well. Cheteshwar Pujara: can bat, can't dance? ð¤£ð¤£ Celebrations have well and truly begun for Team India! #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/XUWwWPSNun — cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 7, 2019 4. Kiss For The Belle During the third Test match against England at Trent Bridge all the way back in August of 2018, Virat Kohli notched a heroic 149-run innings to bring the Men in Blue back into the game. His wife Anushka Sharma was present at the venue as well and saw him take the English bowlers to task. As the batsman secured his 23rd ton in Test cricket, he took his helmet off and began to blow flying kisses to his wife, who stood tall in the stands, proud of Kohli's achievements. View this post on Instagram Here comes the special century from the RUN MACHINE #Virushka⤠Cr: Manav Manglani A post shared by VirUshka : Nushkie&Bubs♥ (@virushkaforeva) on Aug 20, 2018 at 8:28am PDT
  11. Over the years, Indian cricket fans took a special liking towards MS Dhoni calling the shots on the field. And, why not. Under his leadership, the Indian cricket team scaled new heights (needless to mention the World T20 triumph in 2007 and World Cup title win in 2011). But, then, came a change - one that brought a more expressive and aggressive leader to the fore. Virat Kohli took over the reins as India's new captain and his never-say-die attitude created a new environment in the dressing room. But, despite being the captain, Kohli doesn't shy away from seeking out Dhoni on the field. Whether it's about placing the fielders in the right positions, taking DRS calls or even giving advice to the bowlers, Dhoni has pretty much been the unofficial captain whose experience and know-how of the game is being wisely used by his successor Kohli. Such has been Dhoni's judgement that not only Kohli but Rohit Sharma - who has often been seen leading the Indian side as stand-in captain - also looks up to the former Indian captain for advice. © AP But, on 5th March, the Indian cricket fans witnessed a rare moment of magic when all these three captains combined their acumen to eke out a thrilling eight-run win over Australia at the Vidarbha Cricket stadium in Nagpur. Defending a below-par total of 250 runs was always going to be difficult in the modern-day setup. And, India never looked in complete control of the match against the Aussies. As the match reached its climax, Kohli was contemplating the idea of using Vijay Shankar for the 46th over. But, a brief discussion with Rohit and Dhoni saw him changing his decision as he gave the ball to Jasprit Bumrah. "I was thinking of using Vijay in the 46th over, but I spoke to Rohit and MS, and they said, let's stick with Shami and Bumrah, and if they get some wickets we're on top, and that's exactly what happened," Kohli revealed after the game. © AP The decision bore fruit immediately as Bumrah dismissed Nathan Coulter-Nile and Pat Cummins in the 46th over to put pressure on dangerous-looking Marcus Stoinis. The seesaw battle between the two sides eventually boiled down to 11 runs off the final six deliveries. The situation looked tailor-made for death-overs specialist Bumrah, but he had already bowled his quota of 10 overs. And, that's when Kohli pulled another ace in the pack following yet another crucial discussion with Rohit and Dhoni. "We had a discussion on whom to give the final bowler. We had a thought that if a spinner's delivery comes in the radar, then it will be easier to step out and hit it for a six. There was reverse swing on offer for a fast bowler. So, I was hoping that Vijay would be able to reverse swing a bit," Kohli said. "If he bowls in the right areas, the batsman might go for a swing and miss, which happened on the first ball. And then it reversed a bit on the final ball, and we won. So we were hoping he could exploit the swing on offer. 11 runs were needed in the final over, so I knew it could be easier for Vijay. Because then the batsman had to go for a big hit. And they just had two wickets left," he added. © AP It was a battle of nerves as the Indian skipper tossed the ball to Shankar, who had earlier aided his team with a gem of an innings. The first delivery of the over saw Stoinis getting trapped in front of the stumps and even a review couldn't save him. The second ball allowed Adam Zampa to score two runs. And, the third delivery - a perfect yorker - resulted in another wicket and dashed Australia's hopes. "I was ready to bowl that over. Only if I do it will people know I can. It was just about being mentally clear, not be crowded mentally. Wanted to hit the hard lengths because it was reversing a bit, and I told myself to bowl at the stumps. I think when you play for the country you have to be ready to do whatever the team needs. I keep telling myself to work on all aspects of the game, and when the opportunity comes, be ready to grab it. I thought I was timing the ball well, rotating the strike in the middle overs. I was confident of doing that and it was a good partnership," Shankar said. © AP` Kohli, too, heaped praise on Shankar and his contribution in India's 500th ODI win. But, the sight of three important members of the side coming together and sharing their experiences and tactics is what stands out in India's triumph. The likes of Dhoni, Kohli and Rohit will be key for India's chances in the ICC World Cup in England & Wales, not just in their assigned roles, but also in making crucial decisions for the team. "Vijay kept it stump-to-stump, kept it simple, and it worked. It's always nice to speak to Rohit, he's the vice-captain, MS has been around for so long, and you go and speak to the bowler as well. Invariably they're all on the same page. Bumrah is a champion, two wickets in an over, just turned the game, happy to have him in our team. Just coming through these kinds of games gives us confidence. It's important to look ugly at times, and come through and win. We might get these low-scoring games in the World Cup as well," Kohli concluded.
  12. For someone who has developed a knack for shattering records at will, Virat Kohli romped his way to yet another individual milestone as he brought up his 40th hundred in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) on 5th March. Carrying the baton for his side, Kohli led from the front as he hammered the opposition bowlers all around the park during his strokeful innings of 116 runs including 10 fours against Australia in the 2nd ODI in Nagpur. In the process, the Delhi lad became only the second man to reach 40 ODI hundreds after great Sachin Tendulkar who currently leads the list with 49 tons. King Kohli scores his 40th century against Australia in Nagpur. ð¯#INDvAUS https://t.co/7V5ywUDPMl — Twitter Moments India (@MomentsIndia) March 5, 2019 Coming out to bat, with India reeling at 0/1 following the early dismissal of Rohit Sharma, Kohli held the fort at one end as he stitched crucial partnerships with his teammates to stabilise the innings for his side and ensure they managed to post a competitive total of 250 runs. As he reached the 22-run mark, the 30-year-old also reached 9,000 international runs as a captain. He achieved the feat in 159 innings while breaking Ricky Ponting's record that was notched up by the Aussie great in 203 innings. ð¯ Stand up and applaud. The Run Machine brings up his 40th ODI Century ðð What a player #KingKohli ð#INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/9s2ziwh6kR — BCCI (@BCCI) March 5, 2019 Kohli also became the sixth player to score 9,000 runs in international cricket as captain. Graeme Smith (220 innings), MS Dhoni (253), Allan Border (257), Stephen Fleming (272) are the other former captains in the list. Later, Kohli also brought up his 50th ODI fifty and now boasts of over 10,570 runs in the 50-over format with a brilliant average of over 59. #KingKohli Has Completed 9,000 International Runs As Captain ð®ð³ 159 -- Innings* 9000 -- Runs 66.66 -- Average 35 -- ð¯ 4515 -- Test 3879 -- ODI 606 -- T20i#INDvAUS #AUSvIND @imVkohli Congratulations skipper #ViratKohli ðððð pic.twitter.com/cWGLiNBNJ4 — KARTHICK (@KarthickS_31) March 5, 2019 Overall, it was Kohli's 7th ODI hundred against Australia, two less than Tendulkar, who also leads the list of most hundreds by a batsman in India-Australia ODIs. For a man who had a sensational run in 2018 where he scored 11 tons across formats, Kohli appears to be in ominous form this year. Already touted as one of the greats, Kohli has been enjoying a sensational run ever since he took over MS Dhoni as India's captain in 2017. The right-hander has slammed 18 hundreds while leading India in ODI cricket. As many as 24 of his 40 ODI tons have come while chasing - something that proves how efficient he has been under pressure. On a day, when other Indian batsmen failed to get going, Kohli stepped up to the task and aided his side with a brilliant knock. There was no surprise to see 'King Kohli' drawing plaudits on the social media following his majestic innings. Top innings. Another day at work. Century for Virat Kohli. 40 in 224 innings is an unreal stat. — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 5, 2019 Virat Kohli moving towards maximum international hundreds... #IndvsAus pic.twitter.com/Jx0TePb3bF — The-Lying-Lama (@KyaUkhaadLega) March 5, 2019 Kohli. Not human. ðð» Time to fight @cricketcomau !! #INDvsAUS ð — Erin Holland (@erinvholland) March 5, 2019 Virat Kohli will have 50 ODI hundreds by year end. #INDvAUS — Jamie Alter (@alter_jamie) March 5, 2019 After 224 ODIs - Sachin Tendulkar - 8350 runs, ave 42.6, SR 86.45, 23 hundreds, 44 fifties Virat Kohli - 10686* runs, ave 60.03, SR 92.61, 40 hundreds, 49 fifties. It isn't even close for the best ODI batsman ever any more. Kohli wins hands down. — Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) March 5, 2019 Sources: Virat Kohli looking to break Sachin's ODI record by early 2020. — Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) March 5, 2019 I mean, Kohli's last 10 hundreds came in his last 25 innings. That is just ridiculous. Otherworldly. — Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) March 5, 2019 Number 40 for the King, what a champion. A great innings on this surface by Kohli. #IndvAus pic.twitter.com/GPH9o4uuA0 — Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) March 5, 2019 ODI century No. 40 for Kohli. In Rome, they would have said that he XLs as a batsman.#MildSelfThoo — Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) March 5, 2019 I'm shooting so didn't get a chance to watch, but I hear another top knock by Kohli. The hurry that he's in, I won't be surprised if he goes past 50 ODI centuries by the end of the WC ðð½#KingKohli #INDvAUS — Saiyami Kher (@SaiyamiKher) March 5, 2019
  13. For a man who has helped his country scale new heights in international cricket, Mahendra Singh Dhoni continues to be an asset that any team wouldn't hesitate to add to their line-up. Whether it's his captaincy, batting skills or mighty quick glovework, Dhoni has a knack of finding unique ways to aid the Indian cricket team. The Jharkhand cricketer may no longer be the captain, but such has been his experience and know-how of the game, that Virat Kohli is often seen seeking his help in setting up the field and the bowlers continue to thrive under his guidance from behind the stumps. While a former and current captain might find it difficult to get along, Kohli and Dhoni continue to share mutual respect and admiration as their close bond aims to take Indian cricket to greater achievements. © AP Dhoni's impeccable knowledge of the game and his camaraderie with Kohli were both in full display during the 2nd Twenty20 International (T20I) at the M. Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru. The duo was seen forging a vital 100-run partnership for the fourth wicket that allowed India to post a competitive total of 190 runs. While Kohli slammed a blistering 38-ball 72 (including two fours and six sixes), Dhoni, too, looked in sublime touch during his 23-ball 40 which was decorated with three fours and as many sixes. The camaraderie that this duo share ð#INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/zw837vxHGj — BCCI (@BCCI) February 27, 2019 If their batting partnership aided India in a crucial situation, their camaraderie during Australia's chase elated the home fans. In a brief video shared by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Kohli can be seen gesturing towards Dhoni after a dismissal which was probably affected by the latter's inputs. While India lost the match and eventually the two-match T20I series, the camaraderie between Kohli and Dhoni surely cheered up the home fans. #MahiRatððððððððð — â¤TomKiJerryâ¤ð (@isrodivya) February 27, 2019 Favourite duo⨠#Mahirat @msdhoni @imVkohli — Savvvi.ð« (@ImSavvvi21) February 27, 2019 30 years old Kiddo n his Mahi bhai ðð#Mahirat ⤠— Sanaað¥ (@Bepannaaholic) February 28, 2019 DHONI MASTERMIND — ADITHYA (@ADITHYA26743475) February 27, 2019 dhonis idea .. — Salmanâ³ (@Salmancaprico) February 27, 2019 Thala Dhonið¥ð¥ — HBD HULK ðMR.Whiteð CSK ð (@RajeshOyite_) February 27, 2019
  14. With less than a month before the first match of the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and the reigning champions, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) takes place on 23rd March, new IPL promos have been made available to the fans. These promos come as responses to young cricketers Rishabh Pant and Jasprit Bumrah, who took shots at veterans like Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Indian skipper Virat Kohli. In what was considered to the first very first promo for the 2019 IPL, Rishabh Pant taunted former Indian captain MS Dhoni as he vowed to make the 'Captain Cool' lose his cool when his team, Delhi Capitals take on Dhoni's CSK. The fun banter is on ððð@RishabPant777 from @DelhiCapitals is going one up against @ChennaiIPL Captain @msdhoni - What will be Thala's reply? Watch this space for more ðð #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/aI2fO5bl4x — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) February 24, 2019 On the other hand, Indian pacer and the world's best ODI bowler, Jasprit Bumrah challenged “Cheeku Bhaiya” aka Virat Kohli who sits atop ICC ODI and Test Rankings for batsmen ahead of their matchup. The World's Best Bowler vs The World's Best Batsman. Who will come out winning? @mipaltan's @Jaspritbumrah93 or @RCBTweets's @imVkohli - Bring it on ðð¤ #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/wFVN9cgptD — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) February 24, 2019 Now that the youngsters have extended the challenge, it was time for the more experienced veterans to snap back and snap back they did. In the first promo launched earlier yesterday, we see MS Dhoni watching Pant sledging him on his mobile phone sitting in a bus. How's that for a response from Captain Cool? ðð#VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/BAMYwNLA7v — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) February 28, 2019 “Aaja Rishabh… Wicket ke peeche toh main hi rahoonga,” Captain cool calls his apprentice out as he exits the bus. If Dhoni got down to responding to Pant's challenge, how can we expect Kohli to stay behind? The @RCBTweets Captain has a befitting response to the @Jaspritbumrah93 yorkers ðð Check it out ð#VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/m9iEHq0gge — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) February 28, 2019 Surprised at being called out as “Cheeku Bhaiya” Kohli was pleased to see a relative rookie like Bumrah trying to sledge his captain. “Apne captain ko sledge karega? Chal, aakhir seekh hi gaya tu,” says a very jolly Kohli. Replying to Bumrah's yorkers, Kohli made it very clear that the bowler should not expect any leniency from him when he enters the field to bat. These promos are great and provide us with a great preview of the level of competition we are going to witness in the 12th edition of the cricket league. With some of the best cricketers returning to the colourful jerseys, we are surely in for a treat.
  15. For a team that recorded historic win in Tests before winning the ODI series Down Under, the Indian cricket team got a stark reminder of Australia's capabilities in the first Twenty20 International (T20I) following their three-wicket loss in Visakhapatnam. Barring KL Rahul, none of India's batting superstars stepped up as they stuttered to a mediocre total of 126 runs. The Indian bowlers tried to put up a brave fight despite few runs to play for, but in the end, Umesh Yadav's 14-run final over saw Australia to eke out a thrilling win and allowed them to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match T20I series. Going into the 2nd T20I, the Indian cricket team needs to put their best foot forward as they take on the visitors in the must-win clash at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru. But, while the hosts aim to bounce back in a bid to level the series, some of India's biggest superstars will also fancy notching up individual records. © BCCL The likes of Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma are all in fray to etch their name in the history books with the potential individual records they can achieve during the 2nd T20I on 27th February. Rohit is on the verge of shattering the record for most sixes in the shortest format. The Mumbai batsman has slammed 102 sixes in 86 T20I innings so far. He is just two 'big hits' away from overtaking the likes of Chris Gayle and Martin Guptill who are currently tied at the top in the list of most sixes in T20Is. The 31-year-old is already leading the list of Indian batsmen with most sixes in T20Is. The nearest person to his tally of T20I sixes (in India) is Yuvraj Singh who boasts of 74 maximums in 51 innings in the shortest format. He is way ahead from the likes of Dhoni and Kohli who have 49 sixes in 84 innings and 48 'big hits' in 61 innings respectively. © BCCL Both, Kohli and Dhoni might be behind Rohit in the list of most T20I sixes, but, going into today's clash, the duo will be seen competing in a race of their own. The two cricketers are on the verge of bringing up a half-century of sixes in T20Is. And, with Dhoni needing just one and Kohli requiring two 'big hits', it'll be interesting to see who reaches the milestone first. While the individual milestones wouldn't really be on their minds, these three vital cricketers will be eager to produce an improved performance to help their side level the T20I series against Australia today.
  16. The wee hours of 26th February witnessed the Indian Air Force (IAF) pulling off a brave operation that was carried out across the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan. A group of 12 Mirage 2000 aircrafts carried out swift air strikes to eliminate multiple terror camps and launch pads. The Indian fighter jets dropped bombs weighing 1,000 kgs in a 21-minute operation that resulted in the elimination of the biggest terror camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Balakot. India's retaliatory strike came in the wake of the dastardly suicide attack in Pulwama, that claimed the lives of more than 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel. Ever since the news of India's so-called 'surgical strike 2.0' surfaced, everyone has been saluting the IAF for successfully carrying out the brave operation. #India struck biggest training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammad in Balakot; a very large number of terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and fidayeenjihadis were eliminated: Sh Vijay Gokhale, Foreign Secretary pic.twitter.com/D8kk4gWfWI — PIB India (@PIB_India) February 26, 2019 While some hailed the Indian fighter pilots for avenging the Pulwama martyrs, others took immense pride in India's new approach of tackling fire by fire. Amid all the congratulatory messages, the sports fraternity wasn't far behind either. From Virender Sehwag to Saina Nehwal, the Indian sports fraternity was seen joining the chorus in lauding the IAF. IAF's pre-dawn strike across the border also evoked a response from Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli, who will be seen leading his side against Australia in the 2nd T20I on 27th February. Taking to Facebook, Kohli shared a picture of himself alongside his teammates in what appears to be a training session. The Indian skipper captioned the image with the popular phrase: "How's the Josh?". The phrase comes from the Bollywood flick, 'Uri - The Surgical Strike' - a dramatised account of the Indian Army's retaliation to the 2016 Uri attack in the valley. Going by the mood in the country, it wasn't hard to guess what Kohli was trying to say with his social media post. But, it was great to see the Indian captain drawing inspiration from the IAF to motivate himself and his team going into the second and final T20I - a must-win game that'll help the hosts in levelling the series.
  17. Arguably one of the biggest names in international cricket, Virat Kohli's leadership skills and artistry with the willow has earned him a strong fanbase across the globe. Whether he's playing at home or abroad, Kohli continues to garner praise and win accolades on the back of his consistent on-field exploits. But, apart from his cricketing skills, it is Kohli's character that makes him different. His passion, clubbed with aggression, makes him one of the fierce competitors the game has ever seen. Whether it's taking on an opposition bowler with the willow or verbal volleys, Kohli doesn't back down from a fight, which saw him earning the tags of a boorish cricketer and spoilt brat, early in his career. However, those who have followed the Indian cricket captain would know, that while he's aggressive and competitive on the field, Kohli is equally humble and grounded off it. Staying true to his nature, the Delhi lad has once again garnered plaudits from the cricket fans for his latest touching gesture. Sweet #viratkohli celebrates his security personnel #faizalkhan birthday while on work ððð A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Feb 21, 2019 at 11:29am PST The 30-year-old was recently busy shooting for an advertisement when he was told about the birthday of his security personnel Faizal Khan. The Indian cricketer immediately halted the work he was engrossed with and cheered for Faizal during his cake-cutting ceremony. His security personnel, who was elated with Kohli's presence, offered the cake to his employer who didn't just oblige, but also gave him an expensive gift. While his recent gesture was hailed on the social media, Kohli will now be expected to lead from the front when India hosts Australia for two Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) and five One-Day Internationals (ODIs), slated to begin from 27th February.
  18. 14th February 2019 marked one of the darkest days in India's rich history. A cowardly terror strike in the Pulwama district of Awantipora robbed India of more than 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel on the spot, while injuring several others. The tragic incident has since become the topic of great discussion, further fuelling backlash for Pakistan over their alleged role in the deadly strike. In protest against the Pulwama attack, the Indian government withdrew the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status awarded to Pakistan. Upon withdrawal, basic customs duty on all goods exported from Pakistan to India has been raised to 200 per cent with immediate effect. More recently, IMG Reliance, too, pulled out of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) as their main broadcaster, as a mark of respect for the CRPF martyrs. © AP The Cricket Club of India (CCI) also removed the portrait of Pakistan PM Imran Khan from their restaurant wall. While the world was condemning the horrendous act, the Pakistan PM didn't even bother to comment on it which led to the CCI's move. "We condemn the terror activities carried out against our army and CRPF personnel. Though CCI is a sporting association but nation comes first even before sports," CCI Secretary Suresh Bafna had told ANI, while also suggesting to skip the Pakistan clash in the ICC World Cup in June. Amid growing calls for revenge, Indian cricket fans, too, have asked skipper Virat Kohli and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to boycott Pakistan at the World Cup in England and Wales. Expel the country Pakistan from every global arena, at first, expel them from ICC World cup 2019. It's mandatory. Separate them is every stage.ð ð¡ Jai Hind. #ICC we don't want to see Ind vs Pak match WC #ExposeDeshDrohis #PulwamaTerrorAttacks #ICC #BCCI pic.twitter.com/udBFAbUvpc — Shomedeep Mondal (@MondalShomedeep) February 17, 2019 @BCCI @imVkohli @RaviShastriOfc The general emotion of the Indian public is don't play Pakistan in world cup as well, let ICC award the 2 points to Pakistan. I am sure you all can do ur bit for our Marty's wth this Gesture!! Jai Ho!!! — Amit Manohar Narang (@amit0283) February 17, 2019 Let's boycott Pakistan in @ICC Cricket World Cup! Let's stand together against the terrorism they are sponsoring. @BCCI @CricketAus @OfficialCSA @OfficialSLC @cricketworldcup #BoycottPakistan — Ishaan Datta (@datta_ishaan) February 16, 2019 As a mark of respect for our armed forces Indian cricket team should not play cricket with Pakistan in June world cup match — Vinod Punwani (@vpunwani56) February 17, 2019 If you have the spine @BCCI then give a strong message to @ICC Either India will be part of World Cup 2019 or Pakistan. You have enough funds to pull this off Will you do it @msdhoni @imVkohli — #RenukaJain, FCA ð®ð³ (@RenukaJain6) February 15, 2019 #boycottindvspakworldcupmatch @BCCI & @imVkohli please boycott Ind Vs Pak match in world cup 2019. @imVkohli 2 point bhikh me de do pak walo ko. We do not want to see Indian team with Atankistan on the same field. Proud to be an indian. #PulwamaAttack — Keshav Pandey (@Pandey_k100) February 17, 2019 ICC gets most profit from IND vs PAK matches. Boycott this event they will sure show Pakistan its place — Sumit gupta (@Virus0uploading) February 18, 2019 Dear @BCCI there is a IND vs PAK WC fixture on 16/6/19 so please make sure this match is cancelled otherwise we will have to boycott the @cricketworldcup #Pulwama #PulwamaAttack #PulwamaTerrorAttack — Dr. Hanni Billu (@SavageRaptor7) February 15, 2019
  19. On 14th February, while the entire world was celebrating love in the wake of Valentine's Day, India was taken over by a state of mourning as its citizens bemoaned the loss of 40 CRPF paramilitary troopers who laid down their lives for the country in what is being termed as the deadliest terrorist strike in three decades in Jammu and Kashmir. A 20-year-old suicide bomber, Adil Ahmad Dar, from the notorious terror group Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) rammed his explosive-laden SUV into the CRPF convoy at Awantipora town in the Pulwama district. With about 80kg of explosives suspected to have been used, the blast blew one of the buses carrying CRPF personnel to smithereens, killing 40 soldiers and injuring others. AP The ghastly attack has, since, been condemned by politicians, celebrities and other bigwigs alike. There were also heartfelt messages posted on the social media from the sports icons of the country. Amid all the messages, Virat Kohli, too, voiced his displeasure at the cowardly attack and mourned the loss of Indian bravehearts. To further show his respect to the CRPF personnel martyred in Pulwama, the Indian cricket captain also postponed the RP-SG 'Indian Sports Honours' which was to take place on 16th February. An initiative of the 'Virat Kohli Foundation' and Sanjiv Goenka's 'RP-SG Group', the 'Indian Sports Honours' is an annual awards ceremony that celebrates the excellence of sportspersons in the country. The RP-SG Indian Sports Honours has been postponed. At this heavy moment of loss that we all find ourselves in, we would like to cancel this event that was scheduled to take place tomorrow. — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) 15 February 2019 "The RP-SG Indian Sports Honours has been postponed. At this heavy moment of loss that we all find ourselves in, we would like to cancel this event that was scheduled to take place tomorrow," Kohli tweeted. Sanjiv Goenka and @imVkohli are deeply pained at the recent unfortunate event in Pulwama and express their solidarity to the families of the Martyrs. They have hence decided to postpone the 2nd edition of the ISH which was scheduled for 16th Feb19 in Mumbai, to a later date. — Indian Sports Honours (@sportshonours) 15 February 2019 "The RP-SG Indian Sports Honours that was supposed to happen tomorrow night has been postponed by Virat as a mark of respect to the CRPF jawans who were martyred at Pulwama by a tragic terror attack," the 'Virat Kohli Foundation' said in a statement. "The who's who of entertainment and sports industry were supposed to be present for the award ceremony. Every partner and all the sports stars and delegates associated with this award have been informed and communicated with, stating that hosting an event was unacceptable at this moment when India is mourning the death of its jawans," the statement further added. Kohli's decision to postpone the event was further hailed by his fellow countrymen on the social media. Kudos buddy . That would be great if @BCCI would be able to play a charity match and help such affected families #responbilitesMartyredFamilies — suman Gorantla (@sumanGorantla_7) 15 February 2019 Great move!ð Entire nation should condemn this heinous act.Its high time to retaliate the attack.This time we will not sit quietly.#PulwamaAttack #IndiaWantsRevenge — ð®ð³àªà«àª¯à«àª¤àª¿ð®ð³ (@_sujyoti1) 15 February 2019 Thats the spirit and move my champ ð Also please boycott Pakistan team whenever you get that opportunity. Cricket is not bigger than our country. ð — Ross Taylor (@iRoshan_Rv) 15 February 2019 Thank you for doing the right thing. ðð»â¤ï¸ — saumya. (@dilsevirat18) 15 February 2019 Well Done Champ! So Proud Of You. ðð®ð³ — Juhi ð¸ (@muskaan15_) 16 February 2019 And respect for virat to take the decision to postpone the awards.. The kind of preparations that have to be done for such a prestigious award function are huge. Truly a leader @imvkohli And condolences to families of martyrs..Such deep pain and sorrow, nation is going throughð — lifeiscool (@xyz1906) 16 February 2019 Great move... Proud of you — sonu mahi 7 (@SonuPan62748435) 15 February 2019
  20. 14/2/2019 will be marked as one of the darkest days in the history of our nation, as a fidayeen attack claimed the lives of over 40 CRPF jawans, who were killed in a suicide bomb attack in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir. A CRPF convoy of buses, trucks and SUVs containing over 2000 personnel, mostly who were returning to the base after their leaves, was rammed by a JeM terrorist driving a vehicle laden with almost 350 kgs of RDX, which caused the deadly explosion. With the entire county being thrown into a state of shock, anger and anguish, many of our nation's personalities have taken to social media to condemn the cowardly attack and have expressed their solidarity with the families of the martyrs. The nation's sports fraternity also joined hands to condemn the attack and express their condolences. “I'm shocked after hearing about the attack in Pulwama, heartfelt condolences to the martyred soldiers & prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured jawans,” said Indian skipper Virat Kohli in a tweet. I'm shocked after hearing about the attack in Pulwama, heartfelt condolences to the martyred soldiers & prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured jawaans. — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) February 15, 2019 In another tweet, former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir, who was visibly enraged post the attack, said, “this time conversation has to be in the battleground.” Yes, let's talk with the separatists. Yes, let's talk with Pakistan. But this time conversation can't be on the table, it has to be in a battle ground. Enough is enough. 18 CRPF personnel killed in IED blast on Srinagar-Jammu highway https://t.co/aa0t0idiHY via @economictimes — Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) February 14, 2019 Several other sportspersons have also paid their tributes to the victims of the attack and have requested the government to give the necessary response to this deadly provocation. Shocked and saddened to hear the news of the #Pulwama attack on our jawans. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. @crpfindia #CRPF — Manika Batra (@manikabatra_TT) February 14, 2019 à¤à¤¬ तठà¤à¤¡à¤¼à¥ निà¤à¤¦à¤¾ हà¥à¤à¥ ? ð®ð³ðð½ #Pulwama — Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) February 14, 2019 A day of mourning for India, for humanity. Pained. Who wants this? Who endorses this! Let's ask the right questions & give answers that offer solutions not accusations to stop this mindless killing of people. Let us stop blaming. Let us live. In peace. Let's value life! #Pulwama https://t.co/h8u5W3vQQZ — Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) February 14, 2019 Terribly saddened to hear the news of the #Pulwama attack. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.ðð» — Sakshi Malik (@SakshiMalik) February 14, 2019 वॠà¤à¤ फिर शहà¥à¤¦ हॠà¤à¤...ताà¤à¥ हम à¤à¤¼à¤¿à¤à¤¦à¤¾ रहॠसà¤à¥....ð­ð­ð­ ð®ð³à¤­à¤à¤µà¤¾à¤¨ सभॠà¤à¥ परिवारà¥à¤ à¤à¥ हिमà¥à¤®à¤¤ दà¥...बहà¥à¤¤ हॠदà¥à¤à¤¦ð­ — praveen kumar (@praveenkumar) February 14, 2019 Really pained by the cowardly attack on our CRPF in J&K in which our brave men have been martyred . No words are enough to describe the pain. I wish a speedy recovery to those injured.#SudharJaaoWarnaSudhaarDenge — Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 14, 2019
  21. Last November, the Indian cricket team embarked on a long journey away from home that included gruelling tours of Australia and New Zealand. During that time, India drew the Twenty20 International (T20I) series before winning the Tests and One-Day Internationals (ODIs) against Australia. And then, they travelled to New Zealand where they demolished the hosts in ODIs before stuttering in the T20Is. While their overseas tour has come to an end, India, now, await their next challenge which, once again, involves the Australian brigade. With revenge on their mind, the Aussie team will travel to India for two T20Is and five ODIs, slated to begin from 24th February. But, after spending three months on the road, the Indian cricketers finally had a breather as the T20I series against Australia is still more than a week away. Several Indian cricketers were seen making the most of their time at home after they shared pictures and videos on the social media. From Rohit Sharma to Virat Kohli, here's how Indian cricketers are unwinding following their long overseas tour: Rohit Sharma How happily he is playing with his daughterâ¤ð­! Rohit Sharma and his daughter Samairað!@ImRo45 @ritssajdeh pic.twitter.com/wpyDBDwvv9 — Niyati (@niyati_45) February 12, 2019 The Indian opener didn't really have a great time as stand-in captain in the T20Is against New Zealand, losing the series 2-1. But, the 'Hitman' did find a reason to cheer for as he became the leading run-getter in the shortest format following a brilliant fifty in the second T20I in Auckland. Upon his return to India, Rohit was elated to spend time with his daughter 'Samaira'. A video of Rohit playing with his daughter was also shared on the social media. Kuldeep Yadav After a long and gruelling tour, time to head back home with loads of happy memories to cherishð®ð³ðð»âð» pic.twitter.com/tvMUL1hZfO — Kuldeep yadav (@imkuldeep18) February 11, 2019 One of India's premier spinners, Kuldeep had a decent outing in both, Australia and New Zealand. Thanks to his exploits, the wrist-spinner recently notched up a career-best second position in the ICC's T20I rankings for bowlers. Clearly, the young spinner was happy to be home as he shared a photograph of himself in the company of his Team India mates Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant and Yuzvendra Chahal. Shikhar Dhawan It is time to knuckle up! #knuckleup #workout #hardwork #life #tuesdaythoughts #keepgoingðª pic.twitter.com/CSeSbaur3L — Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) February 12, 2019 The marauding Indian opener had a mixed outing in Australia and New Zealand. While he did get a lot of starts, Dhawan just couldn't capitalise and convert them into big individual scores. With the Aussies coming to India this month, Dhawan will be eager to make his presence felt in a bid to win over the fans. And, that's exactly what might have been on his mind when he shared a brief video where the left-hander can be seen doing push-up on his knuckles. Virat Kohli Instagram After helping his side in gaining an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match ODI series, Kohli was rested from the last two 50-over contests and the three T20Is against New Zealand. While his team stuttered to a narrow 2-1 loss in the T20Is, Kohli was seen exploring the scenic beauty of New Zealand with wife Anushka Sharma. Early on Tuesday, the couple returned home and as soon as they landed at the Mumbai airport, the Indian captain shared a selfie of their arrival with the cricket fans on the social media. Dinesh Karthik Instagram The Indian middle-order batsman was recently slammed for his antics during India's four-run loss against New Zealand in the deciding T20I. His decision to deny Krunal Pandya a crucial single in the final over didn't go down well with the fans. Karthik did manage to hit a six off the last ball, but it wasn't good enough to take India home. But, that is now a thing of the past. The T20I series is done and dusted. And, Karthik is just happy to be back home and dig in to south Indian delicacies. MS Dhoni .@msdhoni back in bay after New Zealand & Australia tour!ð®ð³ð@seemantlohani @mihir_diwakar #Dhoni #MSDhoni #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/vOiDlbdMrP — MS Dhoni Fans Official (@msdfansofficial) February 12, 2019 For someone who desperately needed to prove his mettle, MS Dhoni made the most of time during India's tour of Australia and New Zealand. The former Indian captain shut his critics with his 'Player of the Series' performance in the ODIs against Australia and then continued to play a crucial role in the middle-order against the Kiwis. On the back of some sublime performances, Dhoni has not only won over fans, but has also impressed the selectors who'll surely take note of his exploits before announcing the Indian squad for the ICC World Cup in England and Wales. But, for now, Dhoni seemed really happy to return home.
  22. The Indian cricket team has been on a roll recently. Making and breaking precious world records while dominating over their competition in some of the greatest teams of the world like Australia and New Zealand, in every format of the game, the Men in Blue are stronger than ever. After winning their first ever Test series against Australia on their home turf and defeating the Kiwis in an ODI series in New Zealand for the first time in nearly a decade, the 'Josh' is high in Virat Kohli and his boys. But just like a proud parent, Indian head coach Ravi Shastri just cannot hide his happiness while talking about his team. Just yesterday, Shastri publicly advocated Kuldeep Yadav as India's number one spinner abroad after his impressive run in Australia and New Zealand which also included a five-wicket haul in the fourth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground. India bowl Australia out for 300! Kuldeep Yadav led the attack with a brilliant five-wicket haul on Day 4 at the SCG. The hosts are still trailing by 322 runs and India enforce the follow-on.#AUSvIND LIVE â¬ï¸https://t.co/c2fCH8UcMc pic.twitter.com/M8kXGjiYnS — ICC (@ICC) January 6, 2019 "Already! He plays overseas Test cricket and he gets five wickets, so he becomes our primary overseas spinner. Going ahead, if we have to play one spinner, he is the one we will pick," he told Cricbuzz. And today, the coach compared India's greatest batsman of the new generation, Virat Kohli to the timeless Sir Vivian Richards. After Kohli became the first batsman to win the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year, ICC Test Cricketer of the Year as well as ICC Men's ODI Cricketer of the Year in a single year last month, Shastri has gone gaga over the man. "Virat Kohli is a guy who is as dominant as Sir Vivian Richards" – Ravi Shastri says the India captain is the 'closest' he's seen to the Windies legend. READ â¬ï¸ https://t.co/JFENN2gcBc pic.twitter.com/sBFdbRATPK — ICC (@ICC) February 6, 2019 “Here is a guy who is as dominant as Sir Vivian Richards. The closest I have seen to the great man. Virat is in your face, he wants to dominate and has a work ethic like no one else. Whether it comes to discipline, training, sacrifice or self-denial, it is unbelievable,” the fanboy in Shastri expressed to Cricbuzz. Shastri's has also shown love towards the team as a whole. “We're not the underdogs,” he had proudly acclaimed after the Test series win against the Aussies while also declaring that it was “as big, or even bigger” than the 1983 World Cup. Incredible effort by #TeamIndia to take a 2-1 lead, especially @Jaspritbumrah93 who has played an instrumental role in this win. He has gone from strength to strength in all formats of the game. Definitely one of the best in the world today. #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/vweoHd0nEE — Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) December 30, 2018 Shastri has been known for making controversial comments more often than not but with the recent success the Indian cricket team is enjoying, we think he should be allowed to pour his heart out to his boys just like a proud dad would do. Know the feeling? Yeah, neither do we...
  23. From Rihanna, Dwayne Johnson, Shah Rukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, to Katrina Kaif; everyone has found their twin aka doppelganger enjoying a portion of their fame, in some other part of the world. The latest celebrity to join this bandwagon is our very own Anushka Sharma. This is Anushka Sharma, chilling with her husband Virat Kohli. View this post on Instagram Days like these â¤ï¸ð¥° A post shared by AnushkaSharma1588 (@anushkasharma) on Jan 13, 2019 at 4:22am PST This is Anushka Sharma's doppelganger, smashing her way into all our hearts. Honestly, had we not gone through her Instagram account, we would have easily believed her to be the real Anushka Sharma, only with blonde hair. © Instagram In fact, Anushka Sharma' doppelganger, or her lost twin sister as people are calling her, is none other than American singer-songwriter Julia Michaels, whose uncanny resemblance to the Indian star has left the internet baffled. View this post on Instagram ð§ ð£ A post shared by Julia Michaels (@juliamichaels) on Jan 28, 2019 at 1:06pm PST View this post on Instagram Hello :) A post shared by Julia Michaels (@juliamichaels) on Dec 28, 2018 at 4:43pm PST We hope they meet someday and collaborate for a song called, 'Zero Anxiety' (if you know what I mean). View this post on Instagram I kind of feel like... **** it. Let's put out a new song soon. What do you think? Into it? A post shared by Julia Michaels (@juliamichaels) on Jul 25, 2018 at 2:27pm PDT Even since Julia posted the picture, social media has lost its cool and have since, tagged Anushka and Virat a gazillion times already. @AnushkaSharma's Doppelganger is @juliamichaels!! ð±ð pic.twitter.com/dGniSARH92 — Tavish Jain (@OldCitySaint) February 3, 2019 Julia Michaels must be wondering what just happened . Why she's getting so much attention.#AnushkaSharma #JuliaMichaels #kohli pic.twitter.com/IkcDYNjgQe — 12th Man (@Splendordeflame) February 3, 2019 @juliamichaels looks more like @AnushkaSharma than Anushka herself! pic.twitter.com/KydtxkhrzP — Chandler Bing (@SarcasmChamp) February 3, 2019 @AnushkaSharma is that really you i really got confused but both of u are beautiful @juliamichaels @juliamichaels looks like @AnushkaSharma @juliamichaels what are your thoughts on this. Do yall look the same. @AnushkaSharma @juliamichaels Doppelganger pic.twitter.com/xM6TVsWnh4 — Aditya (@SmritiFC18) February 4, 2019 pic.twitter.com/u5Mgmayu0N — ðash (@Yash__Aamirian) February 3, 2019 @AnushkaSharma Is that you cosplaying some Australian character? https://t.co/G3WDl01vtl — Atul (@Hugsandbeer) February 3, 2019 Anushka Sharma during her Australian tour https://t.co/QDWZY0RgrT — Aniket Das ð´âªð®ð³ð®ð³ (@andas8) February 3, 2019 When it's Anushka, there have to be memes and this picture too has had its fair share. That aunty type The same girl Girl of your class on farewell day Whole Year. pic.twitter.com/hYyEJpvTAz — Mr.Bauva (@BadmashBauva) February 3, 2019 When North Delhi girl shifts to south delhi. pic.twitter.com/QSbBwGnRIQ — Mask Ishan (@Mr_LoLwa) February 3, 2019 Indian girls before going abroad. Indian girls after going abroad.#NZvIND pic.twitter.com/sY0ugtwjlZ — 㤠㤠㤠㤠㤠㤠㤠㤠㤠(@theesmaarkhan) February 3, 2019 There are as many as 7 people in the world who look exactly like us or so we've heard. Given the 7.6 billion population of the world, chances of us finding our lookalike is literally one in a billion. View this post on Instagram Thank you @dior for letting me wear the most incredible, sparkly dresss ever :) A post shared by Julia Michaels (@juliamichaels) on Aug 28, 2017 at 7:27pm PDT For the internet, that's like a few minutes of surfing to find your carbon copy and thanks to people's efforts, we now have a never-ending list of celebrities and their not-so-famous doppelgangers.
  24. For a team that had hammered Australia in their own backyard and then took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series in New Zealand, high-flying Team India was shot to the ground by the Kiwis in the fourth ODI at the Seddon Park in Hamilton on 31st January. Amid the impactful absence of Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni, India's so-called strong batting line-up collapsed like a pack of cards against a rampant bowling attack of New Zealand. Team India was given a reality check by New Zealand's swing sensation Trent Boult. Recording sensational figures of 5-21, the 29-year-old ran through the Indian batting order to ensure they were bundled out for a paltry total of 92 runs. It all began in the sixth over when Boult trapped Shikhar Dhawan (13) in front of the stumps to hand the visitors an early blow. In his next over, Boult sent Dhawan's opening partner Rohit Sharma (7) back into the hut with a caught and bowled effort. While Boult was breathing fire at one end - hitting young Shubman on the head once, Colin de Grandhomme struck twice - dismissing Ambati Rayudu (0) and Dinesh Karthik (0) - in his first over. ð¨ RECORD ALERT ð¨ Trent Boult picks up his fifth five-wicket haul for New Zealand in ODIs, equalling the legendary Richard Hadlee's record. Follow #NZvIND live ðhttps://t.co/goloMnOKex pic.twitter.com/smJ3GbGVLG — ICC (@ICC) January 31, 2019 But, Boult wasn't done as he struck again to dismiss Shubman with his second caught and bowled effort to push India on the backfoot at 33/5 in 12 overs. Kedar Jadhav (1) became his next victim after a steaming in-swinger had the Indian batsman in trouble right in front of the stumps. Hardik Pandya (16) tried to hold fort for his side, but he couldn't stop a rampant Boult from bagging a five-for when the left-arm seamer forced an edge off the Indian batsman through to the wicket-keeper. Only four Indian batsmen managed to score in double digits, while the remaining seven couldn't even score 10. Two of the Indian batsmen failed to open their account. And, the fact that Yuzvendra Chahal (18*) emerged as the top-scorer pretty much sums up India's outing with the willow. © Twitter/BLACKCAPS In reply, New Zealand lost two wickets early in their innings, but a mediocre target of 93 runs was never going to be a problem for the hosts. Riding on the back of an unbeaten 54-run partnership between Ross Taylor (37*) and Henry Nicholls (30*) for the third wicket, the Kiwis romped their way to victory with eight wickets and 212 balls to spare. While the victory gave the home fans something to cheer for, it once again brought Team India's middle-order woes to the fore. Clearly, the Indian fans weren't happy as they took to the social media to express their disappointment and rue the absence of Kohli and Dhoni. #NZvIND #4thODI #Indvnz Meanwhile When Virat opened his T.V pic.twitter.com/qgu5YPPFqz — HIMANSHU (@UnIndian_) January 31, 2019 1. Indian batting 2. Indian batting without Kohli & Dhoni#NZvInd pic.twitter.com/4ZsTpHln1T — Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) January 31, 2019 India with and without Virat Kohli. ð#NZvIND pic.twitter.com/Hka97BQo0l — bet365_aus (@bet365_aus) January 31, 2019 Pic 1 : Indian batting with Kohli and Dhoni Pic 2 : Indian batting without them pic.twitter.com/LuNU2KN1Lh — Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) January 31, 2019 India's lowest score at the fall of 6th wicket in ODIs: 28 vs SL in 2017 (No Kohli) 35 vs NZ in 2019 (No Kohli)* — Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) January 31, 2019 This is why you need MS Dhoni in the squad. Finishing matches are great but saving team from collapses is not everyone's cup of Tea.#4thODI #INDvsNZ — Prahalad Yadav (@Prahalad47) January 31, 2019 #4thODI pic.twitter.com/FZQIzrtBiI — Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) January 31, 2019
  25. Taking a 2-0 lead in the five-match series, the Indian cricket team was eager to seal the deal as they took the field against New Zealand at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui in the 3rd One-Day International (ODI) on 28th January. Expected to make a strong comeback in a bid to stay alive in the series, the Kiwis, once again, stuttered as the Virat Kohli-led India romped their way to another clinical win. After deciding to bat first, the hosts lost their top three early on before Ross Taylor and Tom Latham stepped up to the task with a pivotal 119-run partnership for the fourth wicket. But, the Kiwis couldn't capitalise on that partnership as they continued to lose wickets before being bundled out for a mediocre 243-run total. © Twitter/@BCCI In reply, Rohit Sharma (62) and Kohli (60) added 113 runs for the second wicket after the early dismissal of Shikhar Dhawan (28). While both Rohit and Kohli missed out on an opportunity to bag a hundred, a 77-run partnership between Dinesh Karthik (38*) and Ambati Rayudu (40*) got the visitors over the line with seven wickets and 42 balls to spare. A great bowling performance, backed by responsible batting, paved another win for the Indian side. While the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya and Yuzvendra Chahal all claimed a brace, it was undoubtedly Mohammed Shami whose influential figures of 3-41 were crucial in India's win. For someone who was adjudged the 'Man of the Match' in the first ODI, it wasn't surprising to see Shami claiming the honours in the third game as well. And after his majestic bowling earned him plaudits, Shami's communication skills in English won over Simon Doull at the presentation. Shami surprises Simon Doull by speaking in English who responds in Hindi "your English bahut achha (very good)" #IndvNZ pic.twitter.com/F9p9GDH0Ez — Navjot Piddu (@DesiFamilyGuy) January 28, 2019 Unlike the first match in Napier, where he had Kohli for company who translated the questions for his teammate, Shami decided to go solo this time around and gave his best shot at answering Simon Doull's queries at the presentation ceremony. "It's really difficult to bowl against the wind. One comes with the wind and the other is against the wind. It is difficult but not too hard. Bhuvi at the other end was also a great help. Sticking to areas where we want to bowl is the key," Shami said. Doull, the former New Zealand fast bowler who was conducting the presentation ceremony, was so impressed with Shami's effort that he complimented him in Hindi after the interview. "Your English bahut acha, congratulations," Doull told Shami as Kohli burst out laughing. Ur English bohat aacha ðð - Simon Doull To Shami #NZvIND — JATIN (@Alias_jatin) January 28, 2019 In this match i enjoyed only three thing..1.Irfan bhai commentary 2.Mohammad shami english 3.Simon doull comment on shami english "your english bahut achha hai" Hahaha well done shami ð¤£ð¤£ðð @MdShami11@IrfanPathan #NZvIND — Sanu Tripathi (@sanutripathi771) January 28, 2019 Simon Doull you won a million fans with that Shami interview ð — Arvind Ramachander (@arvindia4u) January 28, 2019 Shami goes on to collect his Man of the match award with translater Kohli and starts speaking in English. Simon Doull : "Your English is bahut accha"#NZvIND — Dr. Parimal Tripathi (@EminentAuditor) January 28, 2019 Simon Doull to Shami - Your english bohot accha hai ! Somebody give him a cookie ðªð­ðð»#NZvsIND #INDvsNZ — Ankita Rathore (@imankitarathore) January 28, 2019
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