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  1. Making his debut in 2008, not many would have thought a chubby and overtly aggressive Virat Kohli would go on to achieve bigger and greater things, let alone become the captain of the Indian cricket team. But, a career-changing lifestyle change didn't just see him become an inspiration for the country's youth, but also allowed him to become one of India's most prized possessions. His unmatched work ethic and dedication towards the sport saw him sparking a fitness revolution in Team India. And, his aggressive brand of cricket has allowed his team to scale new heights in recent times. While his on-field exploits have earned him plaudits, Kohli's demeanour and conduct away from it has further struck a chord with fans, earning him a fanbase beyond borders. View the full article
  2. On World Social Media Day, letâs talk about how the internet has become an integral part of our lives today. Be it expressing oneâs opinion on on-going issues, sharing information to help people on a mass scale or even making ridiculous videos just for the heck of it, days without social media seem to be impossible to bear. This transformation has taken place over the past decade with people beginning to understand its true potential in the early 2010s and capitalising (some even abusing) it by 2019-2020. But before the era of digital media began to catch pace, there were certain individuals, certain members of the international cricketing fraternity who made it to Twitter well ahead of everyone else but werenât too sure of what to do once they were there. Here are the first tweets shared by international cricketers: Virat Kohli@yuvsingh09 Aiieeeeeee me too me too â Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) September 4, 2009 Yes, Virat Kohliâs first tweet was a clearly excited reply to Yuvraj Singh who was looking forward to a match. Anil KumbleFinally on Twitter...& on a day that am a yr older and hopefully wiser! Looking forward...cheers â Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) October 17, 2014 Back in 2014, when former Indian head coach Anil Kumble entered the big bad world of Twitter, he wasnât too sure of how itâd help him. A couple of years later, he would drop a bomb on the same social media platform, presenting his resignation as coach publicly, while putting Kohli under spotlight. Yuvraj SinghComing Soon !!!! â Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) July 25, 2009 You know itâs 2009 when a cricketer teases his Twitter debut MS Dhonifeels good to be connected!!!!!!!! â Mahendra Singh Dhoni (@msdhoni) September 17, 2010 If Mahendra Singh Dhoniâs Twitter handle could speak, it would sound just as humble as the former Indian skipper himself. Sachin TendulkarFinally the original SRT is on twitter n the first thing I'd like to do is wish my colleagues the best in the windies, â Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) May 4, 2010 The âgod of cricketâ made his arrival in style. âFinally the original SRT is on Twitter,â he said. In the same post, he also showed why he was Indiaâs beloved poster boy when it came to the game of cricket when he wished his team well ahead of a Windies tour. Ajinkya Rahane Am in England now..Ready to have PLAY.. â Ajinkya Rahane (@ajinkyarahane88) August 28, 2011 The deputy in-charge of Indiaâs Test team wanted to give an update to his fans. Ravichandra Ashwin I wish i cud have been in chennai to join in my hands for the protests..INDIA is surely turning it around... â Ashwin (During Covid 19)ð®ð³ (@ashwinravi99) August 20, 2011Ashwin started his Twitter innings by showing his support towards the anti-corruption movement led by Anna Hazare in 2011. Virender SehwagOpening the Twitter innings!!! Yeh mera effort hai aap se directly connect karne ka. I am excited to start sharing and tweeting.. â Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 19, 2010 Sehwag made a promise almost 10 years ago and has kept it till date. He continues to be one of the most active people of social media and responds to his fans regularly. Harbhajan Singh Hey, let's try this twitter thing :) â Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) August 10, 2011From trying out the âTwitter thingâ to dominating it, Harbhajan Singh has come a long way. James Faulkner@mitchmarsh235 @calferguson12 @tdpaine36 @beery19 It's a pleasure to be involved on Twitter with u boys! â James Faulkner (@JamesFaulkner44) June 15, 2011The Aussie finally made his Twitter debut after his fans kept bugging him to do so for years. He finally gave up and wrote his first tweet, sharing pleasantries with his laddies. Shakib Al Hasantysey6ului7tsdtuyfd65 â Shakib Al Hasan (@Sah75official) June 1, 2010 Uh⦠Whatcha doin there, Shakib? Dwayne Bravoa â Dwayne DJ Bravo (@DJBravo47) September 6, 2010Yeah, just the letter âaâ. Neat, DJ. Very neat. Chris GayleI'm heading to bed in 10mins!! â Chris Gayle (@henrygayle) June 8, 2009 Of course the âUniverse Bossâ wanted to announce his bedtime to the world in his first tweet. Classic! Glenn McGrathG'day everyone, first time tweeting. Thought it about time I joined the 21st century. Sitting at the airport on my way to Carnarvon, WA. â Glenn McGrath (@glennmcgrath11) March 25, 2011 The Australian bowler was getting bored, waiting for his flight on a fine March morning and decided to do something new and he picked Twitter. Andrew FlintoffNo idea what I'm meant to do on this ! Going to mexico with goughie tomorrow I'm sure he'll know . Please help ! â Andrew Flintoff (@flintoff11) September 28, 2010 Absolute openness by Freddie, here. He had no idea what Twitter was and even asked his followers to help him get a sense of things. View the full article
  3. While cricketers are expected to perform well on the field and make their country proud by winning tournaments like the World Cup, there lies a certain set of additional prerequisites if that cricketer is Indian. Doing well in school academically and earning a respectable score in your 10th and 12th class board exams are few of those requisites. Two of the greatest members of the Men in Blue in the modern era of Indian cricket, namely Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli, however did NOT meet those expectations. © Reuters Back in 2017, in an interview with The Print , Dhoni had spoken about how much he loved maths during his days as a young student and even though the subject started going over his head with the introduction of algebra after class VI, he still chose math as his favourite subject. I was very good at Maths till class V, and after that, algebra and everything came in, and I started playing cricket, so it became slightly tough. So, if I have to pick something, I would say I like Maths, the reason being I was good at it, and even after class VI, though I was quite bad, I loved geometry,â said Dhoni. © Reuters A year later, on visiting former Indian opening batsman Virender Sehwagâs school near Delhi, Dhoni even revealed how much he scored in the two examinations that mattered the most in a school-studentâs life, class 10th and 12th boards. He disclosed that he was able to secure 66% and 56% in 10th and 12th respectively. Current Indian skipper, Virat Kohli too wasnât too big on leaving an impact on the world with his academic achievements. Unlike Dhoni, it was maths that kept Kohli up at night. © Reuters "So in math we used to have exams and the maximum marks we could get in 100, right. I used to get 3, I was that good. I did not understand why someone would even want to learn math," Kohli said in a sports web-show, In Depth with Graham Bensinger. "I could not understand the complications behind it, I have never used those formulas in life. "I just wanted to get through my 10th Grade exam, because they used to happen at a state level and after that you could choose if you wanted to continue with math or not. I'm telling you, I have never worked that hard in cricket the way I did to pass in that exam," Kohli added. While the cricketers admit of not being such great students inside the classroom, iit must be taken into account that the majority of their time at school went on the field, practicing and working the thing that actually mattered for the career they wanted to pursue - getting better at cricket. Forbes highest-paid athletes 2020 1. Roger Federer 2. Cristiano Ronaldo 3. Lionel Messi 4. Neymar 5. LeBron James -- 66. Virat Kohli (Highest paid cricketer)#ViratKohli pic.twitter.com/Jh00O1VrFH â RCB Trends⢠(@Offl_RcbTrends) May 30, 2020 It is therefore understandable how despite Kohli scoring 3/100 is the highest earning cricketer in the world. Maths simply does not matter for the Delhi-born, well other than to count the number of zeros in his pay-cheque. Also Read: 6 Indian Cricketers Who Didnât Finish Their Studies View the full article
  4. There is no point in denying the fact, that Virat Kohli is one of the most gifted batsmen in the world. Even purists, as much as they hate to say this, will agree that when it comes to technique, and timing the ball, Kohli is one the best batsmen ever, and he has the potential to be counted among the all-time greats. © Reuters As a bowler, however, Virat Kohli, well, isnât that well versed, to put things lightly. In an interview with Gaurav Kapoor, he has stated that there was a time when he thought that he was a great bowler and that he could deceive batsmen. This illusion was rather quickly shattered when he started bowling somewhat frequently. As âbadâ a bowler Virat is, there is a record that he holds, that is very very odd. So much so, that it is unlikely that anyone is unlikely going to break that one. Wondering what it is? © Reuters Virat Kohli is the only cricketer to take a wicket, concede a run, and not have the delivery counted as a ball. Technically, he had a wicket and given away a run on his 0th delivery. Wondering how the hell did that happen? Back in 2011, when India was touring England, India lost a test series, pretty badly. 4-0, to be exact. Before the ODI series was set to begin, India was playing England in a T20. India put up a respectable score of 170. England on the other hand, started off strong with 58 runs in the first 6 overs. Kevin Pietersen was proving to be a serious problem for India. © Wiki Commons MS Dhoni, being the genius that he is, decided to give Kohli the ball. Now mind you, Kohli had never bowled a ball in T20 before. © Reuters Kohli delivered an inswinging ball to Pietersen which went wide. Pietersen while trying to attack the ball, charged down the pitch. He missed the ball completely, and Dhoni being Dhoni, took the bails off in the blink of an eye. Thus, England got a run off an extra, and Kohli dismissed Pietersen without conceding a ball. All this, on the 0th ball of his T20 career (yes, 0-th and not first as it was a wide and wasn't technically counted). © Reuters Man, sometimes, tidbits, like this is why we love to love back retrospectively on the game. View the full article
  5. For someone who was often labelled as brash and overtly aggressive early in his career, Virat Kohli has come a long way to not only mature into an astute leader for Team India, but also as one of the best batsmen in modern-day cricket. Today, he stands tall with numerous batting and captaincy records highlighting his success in international cricket. Owing to his success with the willow, Kohli is one of the only three cricketers to enjoy a lucrative A+ central contract with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that allows him to earn a staggering Rs 7 crore per year. Apart from that, he earns quite handsomely through brand endorsements due to his popularity amongst fans. For someone who has success, fame and money, it's quite obvious to see Kohli boasting of some of the most desirable and ridiculously expensive things. From swanky cars, luxury pads to exclusive timepieces, 'King Kohli' has got it all. Here's a look at 5 of the most expensive things owned by the Indian captain that truly make him a cut above the rest: 1. Rolex Daytona Rainbow Everose Gold (Rs 69 Lakh) © YouTube Often labelled as the 'king' of modern-day cricket, the 31-year-old, for all his wealth, quite understandably owns properties in the plush areas of Indian cities. Amongst the houses he owns, Kohli has one luxurious bungalow in Gurugram, Haryana. Located in DLF Phase 1, the 500-square-yard bungalow is no less than a palace. With modern architecture and jaw-dropping interiors, Kohli's bungalow, just like its owner, breathes elegance and style. From the exquisite swimming pool, well-decked bar to alluring designs inside, the house is everything that Kohli represents, both on and off the field. The Indian captain shelled out a whopping Rs 80 crore to buy this property right after his marriage to Anushka Sharma in Italy. View the full article
  6. Indian cricket team captain and arguably the best batsman in the modern era, Virat Kohli has been included in Forbesâ list of âWorldâs Highest-Paid Athletesâ for 2019-2020 and this time around, he has climbed through the ranks, placed at the 66th spot. 2017 FORBES World Ranking : #89 2018 FORBES World Ranking : #83 2019 FORBES World Ranking : #100 2020 FORBES World Ranking : #66 Sole Indian and Only Cricketer to feature Four times in FORBES World Rankings.#KingKohli #ViratKohli pic.twitter.com/yoyk6tqwdb â King Kohli Telugu FC (@KingkohliTFC) May 30, 2020 This year, Forbes has recorded his annual salary at $2 million and endorsements at $24 million, making his total earnings worth $26 million (approximately Rs 196. 36 Crore). The number is $1 million more than last year, when the Indian skipper barely made the cut and was ranked 100th on the list with an annual salary of $4 million and endorsements worth $21 million, making his combined earnings worth $25 million. @imVkohli at 66 chlo koi toh aaya top 70 me.. â Rajveer_thakur (@rssolanki1644) May 29, 2020 Now, even though a remarkable growth amongst Kohliâs ranks in the list has been seen in the last two years, a major external factor was to be considered at the time of making the list- the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, which led to numerous athletes taking pay cuts and several major sporting events being cancelled all over the world. Leading the list for the very first time since making his professional debut in 1990 is Switzerlandâs Roger Federer who was estimated to have earned $106 million (pre-tax). He is also the first tennis star in 30 years to achieve the top spot with a whopping $100 million earning from deals with brands such as Uniqlo, Credit Suisse and Mercedes-Benz. Roger Federer is the highest-paid athlete for the first time in his career, dethroning Cristiano Ronaldo from the No. 1 spot The tennis star is only the ninth athlete to rank in the top spot in the last 30 years, per @Forbes pic.twitter.com/O87BvBoBCW â Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 29, 2020 Top 10 ranks holders of the Forbes list of Worldâs Highest-Paid Athletes are: 1. Roger Federer ($106 million) 2. Cristiano Ronaldo ($105 million) 3. Lionel Messi ($104 million) 4. Neymar Jr. ($95.5 million) 5. LeBron James ($88.2 million) 6. Stephen Curry ($74.4 million) 7. Kevin Durant ($63.9 million) 8. Tiger Woods ($62.3 million) 9. Kirk Cousins ($60.5 million) 10. Carson Wentz ($59.1 million) According to Forbes, the top 100-athletes have taken a combined hit of $3.6 billion which is 9% below 2019 and the first decline since 2016. This includes a combined drop of $28 million between football megastars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who have shared the top spot of the list three out of the last four years. Star athletes @RogerFederer, @Cristiano, #LionelMessi, @neymar & @kingjames round out the top 5 on @Forbes' Highest-Paid Athletes List. The 100 athletes on this yearâs ranking earned a combined $3.6 billion over the past year. https://t.co/fdwF1g7EJL â Forbes Communications (@ForbesPR) May 29, 2020 The fact that Virat Kohli is yet again the only cricketer to be on the list shows exactly how âfamousâ the sport is globally, as compared to India. Albeit, India came up with the brilliant money-making machine known as the Indian Premier League (IPL) which skyrocketed the earnings of many international cricketers, when compared to the athletes of sports such as football, basketball and tennis, the result is negligible. View the full article
  7. The relationship between Indian captain Virat Kohli and former South African skipper AB de Villiers isnât hidden from anybody. Having shared the Royal Challengers Bangalore dressing room for the past nine years, the duo has come to enjoy the kind of fraternity which is unheard of, especially, between players from two different countries. Nonetheless, both the superstars donât miss out the opportunity to compliment each other and based on the previous interviews and shows they have been a part of as a unit, you can tell that their words of mutual admiration are genuine. AB de Villiers Reveals Favourite Memory with Virat Kohli pic.twitter.com/2QVQ4Y8fr8 â Himanshu (@himanshux_) April 24, 2020 Recently, in an Instagram Live chat with former Zimbabwe cricketer Pommie Mbangwa, de Villiers spoke about the kind of batsman his RCB teammate is. When Mbangwa asked him to draw a comparison between Kohli and Australian batsman Steve Smith, he said: âIt's a difficult one, but Virat is definitely the more natural ball-striker, there's no doubt about that. " Virat Kohli is more of a natural ball striker. If you You look at natural ball strikers, Virat is like Federer. Steve Smith is more like nadal, he's mentality very strong." - Ab de Villiers pic.twitter.com/bdnZckGxqu â Farhan Khan (@Farhan_Khan_1) May 11, 2020 "In tennis terms, I'd say he's more like a (Roger) Federer whereas Smith is like a (Rafael) Nadal. Smith is mentally very strong and figures out a way of scoring runs - he doesn't look natural, but he ends up writing records and doing amazing things at the crease. "I think mentally, Smith is one of the best I have ever seen. Virat has also scored runs all over the world and won games under pressure," de Villiers added. View this post on InstagramA post shared by (@virat.kohli) In terms of chasing a huge total to bring home the victory is concerned, the skills seem to be a bit of a speciality for the current leader of the Men in Blue and de Villiers believes that he might even be better than the âGod of Cricketâ Sachin Tendulkar when it comes to batting second: "Sachin is a role model for both of us (him and Kohli). The way he stood out in his era, the things he achieved and with the grace he did all that is a great example for everyone," de Villiers said. © Reuters "And I think Virat will also say that he set the standards for us to follow. "But personally, in a chase, I'd say Virat is the best I've seen in my life. Sachin was amazing in all formats and all situations, but Virat comes out on top while chasing." Recently, both Kohli and de Villiers shared a very entertaining Instagram Live chat in which they spoke about the most entertaining partnership that they had shared a for their Indian Premier League franchise, how the two grew up to trust each other and even Yuzvendra Chahalâs new found obsession with making TikTok videos. Ab De Villiers: "Yuzi Chahal calls me at 1 am in the Morning, Yuzvendra Chahal is crazy.oh Man." Virat Kohli: "Just go and see his Tik Tok videos. You won't believe he plays international Cricket and he is 29 years old. He is an absolute CLOWN." pic.twitter.com/jJypLEs4K2 â CricketMAN2 (@man4_cricket) April 24, 2020 The camaraderie between the two legends of modern-day cricket is rare and very special. Despite being thousands of miles away from each other, they continue to think and speak so highly of each other which is something every working professional aspires to hustle for. Earning respect from one's rival is a feat and Kohli and de Villiers have done that without a doubt. View the full article
  8. Cricket is an odd game, really. It somehow manages to unite people from two very different parts of the world and form the kind of relationship many fail to have with those who live around them all the time. Something similar happened between the current captain of the Indian cricket team and former South African skipper AB de Villiers, who have been sharing the Royal Challengers Bangalore locker room since 2011. In an Instagram Live conversation between the two legends of the sport, they went down memory lane to discuss the very first time theyâd met after learning that they were going to be teammates in the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League. AB de Villiers Reveals Favourite Memory with Virat Kohli pic.twitter.com/2QVQ4Y8fr8 â Himanshu (@himanshux_) April 24, 2020 "I remember the first time we met after you were picked up by RCB. It was in Johannesburg and we came down the tunnel. You guys were finishing practice and we were just starting ours. I came and said âhelloâ and said âwe are going to be teammatesâ and you were like 'I am excited for that'. Such a brief chat. Nine years we have been such good friends and such a great journey. Yeah, it's been wonderful," Kohli said. This is when Mr 360 revealed that he didnât actually trust the youngblood back then. âIt's an interesting story because it is a very human thing to do when you hear about someone for quite a few years and Boucher had told me a lot about you,â de Villiers said. © Twitter/IPL âI certainly remember walking up the tunnel and even though I said âhiâ but I didn't trust the guy yet. I have seen the hair and seen the style but it didn't take me long to get to know you better,â he added. That was back in 2011. Since then, the kind of relationship the two have developed simply by playing alongside each other for a month and a half every year is simply special. The 126-run partnership they shared during the 2016 season in which both batsmen scored a ton, is still considered to be one of the best batting displays in the history of the tournament. Kohliâs heartfelt farewell message to the Protea when he decided to retire from international cricket in 2018 in which he actually called de Villiers his âbrotherâ also adds to how deep their relationship is. Wish you all the best in everything that you do my brother. Youâve changed the way batting was seen in the time youâve played international cricket. My best wishes to you and your family for this amazing journey ahead @ABdeVilliers17 pic.twitter.com/uxtRAPl3zA â Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) May 26, 2018 And finally, de Villiers complimenting Kohliâs âgood wifeâ as the reason behind his success on the international forum, shows how personal their bond is. AB's kids knock Anushka and Virat's door at the hotel every morning to wake them up and wish them good morning. "The best thing that has happened to me is me getting married", Virat got me gushing over them again. âStability, balance & good wivesâ https://t.co/T03I8FnjT6 â m (@Manasa2922x) April 14, 2019The conversation came a full circle when the two described their relationship in the best ways they could. While AB de Villiers called it âtimelessâ it was Virat Kohli who said that it was âbased on trust.â View the full article
  9. The entire world is battling this deadly and contagious virus called COVID 19. The news channels continue to telecast how Coronavirus is affecting all the countries and that is surely resulting in panic and anxiety, as people sitting at home are struggling to deal with it. Well, itâs better we trust the accounts of the people who are actually COVID 19 positive or have recovered from it so as to get a clearer picture in our heads. Purab Kohli took to Instagram to share his account with all his fans and posted that he and his family are not contagious anymore. The former VJ said he wanted his fans to know about it as he thought this would help reduce the panic a little. View this post on InstagramHey guys, weâve just had a flu and given our symptoms our GP says we were down with Covid 19. Pretty similar to a regular flu with a stronger cough and a feeling of breathlessness. Inaya got it first and very mild. A cough and a cold for two days. Then Lucy got it more in the chest, quite similar to the cough symptom everyone has been talking about. Then me, i got a solid cold for one day which was horrid then it vanished and this irritating cough set in for 3 days. Three of us had only mild 100-101 temperatures and fatigue. Osian got it last with a 104 fever for 3 nights. Also a runny nose and a slight cough. His fever disappeared only on his 5th day. We were constantly in touch with the GP on the phone. Apparently everyone in London is getting it and its rampant here, and a few people we know have gotten it. Just wanted to share it with you if it helps reduce the panic a little to know someone who has had it and is fine. On Wednesday last week we were out of self imposed quarantine and are not contagious any longer. We were doing 4 to 5 steams and salt water gargles a day, ginger haldi honey mixtures to sooth the throat really helped. Also warm water bottles on the chest really helped relax the chest. Hot baths helped the fluie feelings. And of course lots and lots of rest even now after two weeks we can feel our bodies still recovering. Please stay safe. I hope none of you get it but if you do, know that your body is strong enough to fight it. Seek proper advice from your doctors as intensity of each case is different as was in my household alone. And please stay home and rest the body as much as possible. Lots of love. #CoronaVirus #Covid19 #Recovery #DontPanic #Breathe #CalmA post shared by (@purab_kohli) MensXP got in touch with Purab Kohli to know how he battled anxiety and how his family dealt with the situation as all the members tested positive for COVID 19. Here are the excerpts from the interview: First of all, I am more than happy to know you and your family are recovering and are doing better. I know these are hard times and even in those hard times, you reached out to all your fans and followers to make them understand the importance of self-quarantine and social distancing. I am more than happy to know that you are happy that I have recovered and I am doing well. Well, I wanted to reduce the sense of panic because I felt that was the need of the hour. When our doctor told us that we had mild to medium symptoms, we realized that our daughter was in contact with someone a week before who got the virus and was taken to the hospital and there's when we got confirmed that we are down with COVID 19. After we got a confirmation, we sent out messages to our friends. We got a very positive response and there was a sense of relief that we all felt. So, they suggested that I should put it out as a post and it might help a lot of people. Well, people are writing to me that they are feeling relieved after reading that message. I am glad that my post did the job because the media has the tendency of showing the worst and people are only looking at the deaths happening because of the virus. The number of cases contracted can create paranoia but then there are people who are getting recovered so that's hope. One of my biggest intentions to share it on social media was to show this side of the story too. When you found out about being COVID 19 positive, did you have any sort of anxiety considering the nature of the pandemic? The first four or five days, as I said, I didn't believe that we have got COVID 19 so then there was no panic as such. Honestly, we were feeling a bit fatigued and I have had a worse bout of flu. When it actually started getting worrying was between the sixth and the eighth day. My wife started feeling breathless, I also started to feel the same way but it wasn't as bad as hers, especially in the night when we were sleeping. I am sure my son was also getting a little breathless, he is a 15-month-old baby and can't speak but we could notice his breath getting heavier at night. There was a very irritating feeling, sort of dry and scratchy sorts just above the chest. It was actually then we realized that this is no joke and my son's fever also shot up. All of it combined was very stressful. View this post on Instagram#Dada Kohli #Daddy Kohli #OsianNur Kohli #Kohlis #threegenerationsA post shared by (@purab_kohli)It would be great if you could give tips on how to stay mentally fit when you are already tackling such a big issue? How did you manage your stress with your health not being okay? We reached a point that we decided to switch off our phones and stopped reading information scattered all over. It's flu at the end of the day. We were doing basic things like consuming turmeric, ginger, hot water gargles and keeping a hot water bottle on the chest. In fact, keeping a hot water bottle on the chest was the advice given by my wife's friend who also had COVID 19. To keep ourselves mentally calm, we stopped responding to the WhatsApp forwards that were telling what we should be doing and what not. We were meditating as keeping calm was the only way out. If there's breathlessness, your mind would obviously go into panic mode that would put the body in the panic mode. Just calm yourself and give your body ample rest. We reduced all sorts of communications at that time. In India, we have been staying under the lockdown as we cannot step out. What are you doing to keep yourself busy in this self-quarantine period? In London, there's not much of a lockdown per se. We do go for walks but yes, we weren't stepping out when we had COVID 19. For almost 2 weeks, we completely closed down and at that time; we were spending time with the kids, cooking food and doing all the household chores. We have two kids, one is 4 and one is 15-month-old, we are seeing them grow. We have got games to keep the kids busy. View this post on Instagram#InayaAmeliaâs pretend #TeaParty #BTS #OutofLove #BBCstudiosIndia #HotstarVIPA post shared by (@purab_kohli) How have you guys been a pillar of strength to each other when everyone was battling the virus? It was hard with all the four people in the household being sick. The kids kept waking up at the night and we had to take care of them and in the process, take care of ourselves. We had to do everything related to household chores so we kept our head down and kept going. My kids also realized that something is wrong, so they understood completely. It was surely stressful. View this post on Instagram#Grouphug and Bowbow comes everywhere.A post shared by (@purab_kohli) There are people who are scared of it and are even running away from quarantine centres. Would you want to give them any solid advice as they are scared and are not ready to take it seriously? Taking it seriously and being scared are two different things. If people are thinking that 'mere ko nahi hoga', that's a stupidity because there are many cases here in the UK who are the carriers but aren't showing any symptoms. The virus is in them but isn't affecting them; probably they have a stronger immune system. But, it doesn't mean that they are not carriers. They are a bunch of older people around and you can pass this on to them. In India, I don't know the correct details if the Government is taking people under quarantine or not but here in the UK, people are asked to be in self-quarantine. Here, we can go out to pick groceries and walk in the park. When we contracted COVID 19, people were helping us with groceries and they were dropping it at the doors. This can be cured but going in denial that 'mujhe nahi hoga or mujhe nahi hua hai' won't help. My advice is to quarantine yourself when you start having symptoms. In our case, it was my daughter who got it first, then my wife and then me. For the first few days, I wasn't ready to believe that we have got COVID 19. It was only after my son got a fever, we started calling our doc and she listened to our symptoms. She also told us that people are having different symptoms and still contracting the virus. I would advise people that it's a contagious disease, so please take care. View this post on Instagram#Storytelling #InayaAmelia #OsianNur Reading the life of #FreidaKahloA post shared by (@purab_kohli) So, thereâs a myth that people in high-rise buildings and sanitized homes canât contract this virus, do you have anything to say on this? I think the virus can go anywhere through the human body and hard surfaces. Everyone should be just careful, be it you're staying in sanitized homes or underground. Has something changed in your approach towards life post battling this deadly pandemic as a lot of people are now respecting life & understanding its importance? I have always been a believer that panic always brings trouble. If there's something that I have learnt is that panic is the worst emotion, so it's better to try and stay steer clear of it. Well, it's better to focus on achieving calmness. When it comes to appreciating life, I have always been an appreciator. My thoughts haven't changed on that front. I really hope that the world changes and people start loving the environment more. In a deeper way, this feels that that planet is asking us to stop. Mother Earth is actually telling us to calm down and people have started to respect each other. I think after the lockdown lifts, it will be difficult for people to go back to the hustle-bustle life and I wish the world changes for the better. We hope you got clarity after reading the information Purab shared. In case you or anyone around you starts showing symptoms, donât get scared of getting tested and donât let panic run on your mind. Practice social distancing and continue following guidelines. View the full article
  10. Arguably one of the most popular sportspersons in the country, Virat Kohli has carved his own niche in cricket and has emerged as a befitting role model for the country's youth over the years. The Indian captain is one of the best batsmen in the modern era of the gentleman's game. His artistry with the willow and ability to deliver under pressure continue to aid Team India in dire situations. The world of cricket is not alienated to cricketers rising through the ranks and taking their place amongst the greats of the game. But, there is something about the Delhi cricketer. It's not just the batting prowess of the Indian captain, but his discipline towards fitness that has allowed him to reach the pinnacle of the sport. One of the fittest players around in international cricket, Kohli is an absolute livewire in the field. From converting ones into twos, batting for long hours to saving crucial runs in the field, Kohli has not only managed to reach his full potential, but has also sparked a fitness revolution in Team India. © Instagram/@mayank.dagar The 21-year-old spinner, who is not in contention presently, was a part of Kings XI Punjab in the 2018 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Dagar, the nephew of Virender Sehwag and represents Himachal Pradesh in domestic cricket, has played 11 first-class, 10 List A and 13 T20 games till now. Karun Nair View this post on InstagramPosted @withrepost ⢠@kunalkapoor09 In order to be explosive, you need to train explosive. You still need to have a good foundation in relative strength though, in order to maximise being explosive/powerful. You donât get to run without learning how to walk do you? . Mimicking the Trap Bar Jumps with Kettlebells & @karun_6 - Trap bar jumps are a great way to improve explosive strength,speed & power. Can be used to help increase force production and Rate of Force Development. There are a lot of athletes who are extremely gifted on the field but arenât technically equipped to carry out Olympic lifts (cleans,snatches)in the gym,especially when they are newly exposed to it close to an event/tournament. Trap bar jumps provide a good and relatively safer alternative to an Olympic lift, as they are technically less demanding and can be learnt in quick time. That being said, the athlete must have good landing mechanics and good eccentric strength in order to absorb the forces of the landing in this exercise. . Ps - Your talent is no good if you arenât playing on the field so train smart. ___________ ⢠⢠#strength #strengthandconditioning #athlete #sport #cricket #coach #tripleextension #jump #power #legs #trainhard #trainsmart #hardworkbeatstalentA post shared by (@karun_6) In October 2018, the Indian selectors had raised a few eyebrows with their selection for the two Tests against West Indies. The likes of Rohit Sharma and Karun Nair were left out which saw the latter questioning the then MSK Prasad-led selection committee. It was then that Nair made a claim which still remains unbelievable. Claiming to be the fittest player in Team India, Nair had said: "Iâve been spending a lot of time with (Shanker) Basu Sir, our trainer and Sanjay Bangar sir as well, our batting coach. Obviously a lot of throwdowns and a lot of net sessions. But mainly I have been spending time with Basu Sir. According to him, I am the fittest person in the team right nowâ. Sardar Singh View this post on InstagramYou are in control of yourself. Get in the gym. Work hardA post shared by (@sardarsingh8) Arguably one of the most iconic sportspersons in the country, Sardar Singh was one of the most vital cogs in the Indian hockey team during his playing days. He became the youngest captain to lead India in 2008 when he marshalled the troops at Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. In 2015, he was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri for his contributions to Indian hockey. And, in 2018, he called time on his international career. While the list of achievements for Sardar remains long, there is one particular feat that continues to turn heads in the sports fraternity. Months before his retirement, Sardar made a sensational comeback to the Indian hockey team. Dropped from the squad due to his inconsistent speed on the turf, Sardar put in the long hours and sweated it out in the training sessions to achieve the necessary fitness levels. And, while doing so, he also recorded a sensational score of 21.4, currently the highest registered in Indian sports, in the 'Yo-Yo Test'. View the full article
  11. Virat Kohli has become the face of cricket and not just in India but the entire world. He has taken the responsibility of leading the most influential team in the international scenario while somehow managing to keep up with his batting prowess. The transformation that he has brought about in himself and the Indian cricket team is considered to be revolutionary by his supporters and critics alike. Therefore, it is highly likely that that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would want you to forget about some of the eyebrow-raising things the Indian captain has done in the past: 5. Flipping The Bird: © Twitter A young Virat Kohli showing the finger to the intimidating Australian crowd at Sydney Cricket Ground is something the âgentlemen of cricketâ would certainly frown upon. Yes, the Aussie cricket fans are known to get under the skin of the opponents but for a cricketer to revert, especially with a not-so-subtle hand gesture, got Kohli in the wrong kind of limelight in 2011. Kohli was fined 50% of his match fee for unprofessionalism on the field. "The matter has been sorted out. The player felt guilty and sorry and the matter has been closed," India team media manager GS Walia said, according to a 2012 BBC report. "When he went to the match referee, he said sorry and that 'out of emotions I must have done it'. 4. The Clash Of The Delhiites: © Twitter Ah, how the âDilli se hun bhench*dâ attitude got the Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli in an altercation against Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir, whoâs also from Delhi (who would have guessed, huh?) during the sixth season of the Indian Premier League. Considered to be one of the worst fights of the league till date, it broke out as Kohli lost his wicket but instead of moving back to the pavilion, he stood next to the pitch and started a verbal battle with his India teammate, who was celebrating with his KKR team nearby. What could have turned into a fistfight was thankfully disrupted by Rajat Bhatia, another Delhi lad! 3. Abusive Misidentity: © Twitter By 2015, MS Dhoni had retired from Test cricket and Kohli became the new red-ball captain of the team. However, he still needed some fine-tuning with his hotheadedness. After a practice session during World Cup 2015, Kohli lashed out at a journalist and abused him badly for writing a bad article about his future wife, Anushka Sharma, only to find out that it was the wrong person. Clearly the Indian cricket team and the Indian cricket board want you to forget about it as they denied anything of such manner taking place, despite Indian media covering it at length. 2. Bad History With ICC Tournaments © Twitter Virat Kohli has been an excellent chaser throughout his professional career when it comes to bilateral series in any format of the game, but there is one stain that continues to attach itself to the captainâs name - not winning any ICC tournament. The last time India won an ICC tournament was in 2013, under the leadership of MS Dhoni. Ever since, India has developed more of a âchokersâ tag, especially when it matters the most. Virat kohli tested positive for being a choker in ICC knockouts. â ANSHUMAN (@AvengerReturns) March 14, 2020 It is not only Kohliâs record as a captain but also as a batsman that takes a massive hit during the knockout rounds. The biggest proof of this is the 2015 World Cup during which Kohli maintained a decent form until the semi finals and headed back to the dressing room with just one run under his name while India tried to chase Australiaâs 328. 1. Anil Kumbleâs Resignation Letter © Twitter Arguably the most talked-about controversy that Kohli has been a part of, is and probably will always be, his rift with Indian legend and former head coach of the Men in Blue in Anil Kumble. The two never met eye to eye but the situation got out of hand specifically after the disappointing end of the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017. Thank you! pic.twitter.com/eF5qVzdBRj â Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) June 20, 2017Stories of problems between Kumble and Kohli leaked out, people began to ask questions and by the end of June 2017, Kumble stepped down from his role as the coach. That he directly mentioned Kohliâs âreservationsâ with the way he worked in his resignation letter, also wouldnât make a case in the captainâs favour. View the full article
  12. Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma on Saturday took to Instagram to share a selfie with husband Virat Kohli
  13. Travel restrictions, quarantine camps and curfews, the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), once looked upon as a mere case of influenza in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has brought the world to its knees and has left governmental authorities scurrying for preventive measures. The virus, which primarily spreads between people via respiratory droplets from coughing or sneezing, has led to more than 2,46,000 confirmed cases and over 10,000 deaths across the globe. It's considered most contagious when people are symptomatic, COVID-19 symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Currently with no vaccine or specific antiviral treatment available, people are forced to rely on preventive measures include handwashing, covering the mouth when coughing, maintaining distance from other people, and monitoring and self-isolation for people who suspect they are infected. View the full article
  14. In what, initially, began as a cause of concern for China, the novel Coronavirus has now become a major threat to mankind. As of today, a total of 1,45,686 cases of COVID-19 have emerged across the globe, claiming the lives of 5,436 individuals. Owing to the contagion and unavailability of vaccine or specific antiviral treatment, the fast-spreading virus, similar to influenza, has got the world on lockdown. It's spread to countries like Italy, Iran, United Kingdom, the United States and Australia, amongst others, have led to travel restrictions, quarantine camps and curfews. While the countries continue to battle the epidemic, COVID-19 has also handed a major blow to the sporting world, leading to the suspension of leagues and cancellation of sporting events. © Reuters The National Basketball Association (NBA) had its first Coronavirus victim in Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert. Italy's famed Serie A saw Juventus star Daniele Rugani testing positive for the deadly virus. The English Premier League found its first case of Coronavirus in Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta. Similarly, the world of cricket suffered a scare when New Zealand's Lockie Ferguson was put in isolation following complaints of a sore throat. With India joining the other unfortunate nations who're currently battling the epidemic, Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli delivered an inspirational message to cricket fans across the globe. Taking to Twitter, Kohli tweeted: "Let's stay strong and fight the #COVID19 outbreak by taking all precautionary measures. Stay safe, be vigilant and most importantly remember, prevention is better than cure. Please take care everyone". Let's stay strong and fight the #COVID19 outbreak by taking all precautionary measures. Stay safe, be vigilant and most importantly remember, prevention is better than cure. Please take care everyone. â Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) March 14, 2020 Given the situation at hand, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has also taken preventive measures lately. The Board called off the remaining two One-Day Internationals (ODIs) between India and South Africa. And, it also took a key decision of suspending the much-anticipated season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) till 15th April. View the full article
  15. For a batsman who was busy hammering opposition bowlers all around the park and, in turn, shattering records at will last year, Virat Kohli, to the sheer frustration of Indian fans, is currently not at his prolific best with the willow. The right-hander had scored 5,775 more international runs than anyone else in the last decade. Last year alone, he had amassed 2,370 runs across formats - the fourth consecutive time he had aggregated 2000-plus runs in a single calendar year. But, this year has been a different story altogether. The so-called 'Indian run-machine' has looked a pale shadow of the world-class batsman he is generally celebrated as. And, his batting woes in the recently-concluded tour of New Zealand further dented his reputation as a modern-day great. © Twitter/@BCCI With scores of 45, 11, 38 and 11, Kohli ended the T20I series against the Kiwis without a fifty to his name. The much-awaited fifty did come in the 1st ODI where he scored 51 at Hamilton, but his cheap dismissals - 15 and 9 - in the next two matches continued to highlight his struggles with the willow. The Indian Captain would have definitely wanted to make amends with a better performance in the two-match Test series, but it wasn't meant to be. The 10-wicket loss at Wellington saw him registering scores of just 2 and 19 across two innings. And, he could only manage 3 and 14 over the course of two innings as India suffered a seven-wicket loss at Christchurch and a subsequent 2-0 Test series defeat. Amid immense criticism, Kohli ended the New Zealand tour with just 218 runs (across 4 T20Is, 3 ODIs and 2 Tests) to his name. © Reuters After enduring one of the worst tours of his otherwise decorated career, Kohli will be eager to silence the naysayers and return to form with a better performance against the visiting South African brigade for the three-match ODI series. But, apart from winning back the fans with a swashbuckling performance, Kohli will have an opportunity to enter the record books in the 1st ODI against South Africa. Taking the field at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) stadium in Dharamsala on 12th March, the Indian captain will have a great opportunity to enter his name in the history books as only the sixth cricketer to reach 12,000 runs in ODI history. The Delhi lad is currently 133 runs away from achieving the milestone and entering the elite ODI list which also includes Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar. The Indian skipper, once he reaches 12,000 ODI runs, will become only the second Indian cricketer to achieve the feat. He will also be the fastest to achieve the milestone as other five batsmen including Tendulkar in the elite list took more than 300 innings to get there. When compared with them, Kohli has played just 239 innings so far, with a staggering 11,867 runs to his name. © Reuters While both Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri have publicly played down the importance of the upcoming three-match ODI series against Proteas owing to Team India's focus on World T20 in Australia this October, there is no doubt that Kohli will be eyeing it as an opportunity to hit back at his critics. Also, Kohli's men can ill-afford to lose another series, especially against an inexperienced South African brigade, buoyed with their crushing 3-0 win over Australia recently. The Indian captain will also be in a better headspace this time around with the return of their pivotal all-rounder Hardik Pandya to the side. Pandya proved his fitness on the back of a spectacular performance in the recently-concluded DY Patil T20 tournament. Apart from him, the likes of Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, too, will be seen returning in national colours to bolster the Indian side against dangerous-looking Proteas. View the full article
  16. The world of cricket, over the years, 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. 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 the business. 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. A slightly open-chested stance, strong bottom-hand grip and quick footwork have all added to Kohli's ability to pace his innings and aid Team India in dire situations. In the age of Twenty20 (T20) cricket, while many continue to reinvent their shots, Kohli, still, relies on traditional strokes and focuses on timing instead. © Reuters Pick either of Kohli's memorable innings, even in the shortest format, and you'll straightaway notice the difference from the rest. His innings generally do not have the savagery of a Chris Gayle tempest, nor does it boast of the creativity of an AB de Villiers storm. But still, there is something about Kohli that makes his innings hard to forget. One of the most aggressive batsmen in modern-day cricket, the Indian captain boasts all kinds of shots in his repertoire. An accomplished strokemaker all round the wicket, Kohli's defensive technique is organised and his timing on the legside is especially silken. The 31-year-old might have endured a dismal outing on the New Zealand tour recently, but he's still got all the shots in the books to make amends in the upcoming ODI series against South Africa and win his fans back. The Exquisite Cover Drive One of the most exquisite shots associated with Kohli is his effortless drive along the ground, piercing the cover region. The right-hander leans forward and opens the face of his bat to punch the ball past the cover fielders for a valuable boundary. Though the shot might not appear as destructive as his other shots, but Kohli's cover drive has found a way in the hearts of a million cricket fans across the globe, with many comparing its quality with the renowned straight drives of the great 'Little Master'. The Effortless Swat-Flick Shot Playing on the spinning wickets consistently, a flick shot is something that probably comes naturally to every sub-continent batsmen. We've seen Mohammad Azharuddin and VVS Laxman flicking the ball from outside the off-stump towards the onside with relative ease. But, Kohli's flick shot is not the same as other sub-continent batsmenâs. It's more powerful and the wrist-work is a bit too strong. Learning from the greats, Kohli has reinvented the flick shot where he isn't just a bottom-handed player but uses the top hand perfectly well when he wants to. So, when the ball is on the off-stump, he can play the punchy cover drive, but suddenly, also use his bottom hand and strong wrists to smash it for a six over midwicket. Kohli's isn't a fick, really. If you take a closer look and compare it with the contemporaries, you'd notice, it's a mutant, swat-flick maybe. His bottom-hand powered shot feels like a stroke borrowed from table tennis. The Mighty Pull Shot © Reuters Cricket has witnessed many international careers flounder because of the inability to handle bouncers. But, not Kohli. The aggressive Delhi lad has developed a liking towards the short deliveries which is clearly visible in his muscular pull shots. He has got all the time to open his arms while pulling, and the courage to take on the fastest bowlers in the world when they dig one in short. Shifting his weight on the backfoot to pull, Kohli has also mastered the art of keeping it in control to pick the gaps to perfection and get the most out of his shot. The Delicate Square Cut © Reuters Apart from using his sheer power to pull the ball, Kohli can also play delicate shots to complement his aggressive brand of cricket. His square cut through point and third-man region is one of his most sophisticated weapons in all forms of cricket. Using the depth of his crease, Kohli quickly transfers his weight on the backfoot and swats the ball with an open face of the bat to send it racing past the point fielder towards the boundary. The shot has proved particularly efficient against turning deliveries outside the off-stump. The Flamboyant Inside-Out Shot © Twitter/@BCCI If the limited-overs cricket has led to the evolution of innovative stroke-making by modern-day cricketers, then the inside-out shot has got to be one of the top finds. The shot allows the batsman to go against the protective field setting of the opposition to earn some valuable runs. Kohli, with his impeccable technique and an astute mind, plays the inside-out shot to perfection. Moving towards the onside, Kohli thrives on the room while lofting the ball over the infield for some quick runs. The shot has helped Kohli earn a lot of runs against both, the flighted deliveries of the spinners and the pitched up balls by the seamers. Apart from Kohli, Suresh Raina, currently out of favour at Team India, is another batsman who has used this shot to full use in cricket. View the full article
  17. The Indian womenâs cricket team was considered to be the favourites to win the ICC Womenâs T20 World Cup in Australia. The assumption was made very rightly so as Harmanpreet Kaur and Co. looked unstoppable throughout the tournament. They were the only team to win every match that they played during the league round and made their way to the final as rain washed over South Africaâs dreams in the semi finals. However, the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground was a whole different story. Congratulations Australia on winning the #T20WorldCup! Not the result we wanted today but we are proud of the way #TeamIndia played throughout the tournament. #INDvAUS Scorecard https://t.co/oNy9gq275c pic.twitter.com/uz6e0IKFUY â BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) March 8, 2020After losing the toss, Kaurâs side was asked to bowl first and the downfall of the team, in the moment when it mattered the most, began. From the jump, the Australians looked determined to establish a massive score for their opponents. Openers Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney, both of whom were given extra lives at the inception of their innings with dropped catches, went on to score 75 and 78 runs respectively. It was the ideal start to the finals that the Aussie would have hoped for. Openers power Australia to 184/4 in the #T20WorldCup final Beth Mooney - 78* | Alyssa Healy - 75https://t.co/rbnmWmvj49 pic.twitter.com/yoQlSufjRn â Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) March 8, 2020Even though the rest of the batswomen that followed were not able to perform like their predecessors, the damage was already done. Kaurâs women had to chase a mammoth total of 184 runs within 20 overs to win their first World Cup title. Indiaâs opening batswoman Shafali Verma, who was phenomenal throughout the World Cup and achieved the number one spot in ICC World Rankings for Women in T20I, was dismissed in just two runs, Smriti Mandhana couldnât add more than 11 runs to Indiaâs total, Jemimah Rodriguez went away for a duck and skipper Harmanpreet Kaur disappointed with a four-run innings. Game over for India? Jess Jonassen has the big wicket of Harmanpreet Kaur, 30 for 4 https://t.co/64krkQLr7q #T20WorldCup #FillTheMCG pic.twitter.com/srWxwj4tlK â ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) March 8, 2020As dominating as India looked throughout the tournament, they looked like a completely different, young and inexperienced team against Mag Lanningâs squad. Losing in the match which matters the most, after being dominating throughout the world cup tournament, has been a recurring theme for all the Indian cricket teams be it Virat Kohliâs side, Priyamg Gargâs U19 squad or Kaurâs womenâs team. Back in 2019, Virat Kohli and the Men in Blue remained unbeaten throughout the ICC World Cup 2019 in England and Wales. They fell to Kane Williamsonâs New Zealand without even offering them a close contest. Harmanpreet Kaur in this WC, Priyam Garg in U-19 WC and Kohli recently. Indian captains aren't having a great time. â Kaushal Baid (@crickaushal168) March 8, 2020In January 2020, Priyam Garg and Yashasvi Jaiswalâs roster looked like the team to reckon with in South Africa but none of the âhard-hittingâ batters managed to keep their wicket against the Bangladesh bowling attack. And in March, 2020, the womenâs team failed to even reach the 100-run mark before losing all 10 wickets in an upsetting loss. Yes, they played well throughout the tournament, yes they were the youngest of all the 10 teams, and yes, their journey to the final was heroic. The future might be bright for Indian womenâs cricket but they will have to wait for two more years to prove their worth. View the full article
  18. Nine runs, thatâs how much New Zealand needed to chase in the second innings to win the first Test match in Wellington. Openers Tom Latham and Tom Blundell did that in just 10 deliveries and took the rest of the day off to enjoy the spoils of victory. Blundell and Latham knock off the runs to give New Zealand their th Test win! A great all-round performance by the hosts to take a 1-0 series lead #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/grV2LtFDal â CricLovers (@CricLovers5) February 24, 2020 After the match, Indian skipper, Virat Kohli came out and said that one loss does not mean that the team was bad, while also clarifying that they did not play during the first four days of the first Test. "We understand that we need to play well to win, also at home. There's no cakewalk at international level as teams will come and beat you. You accept it and that defines our character as a side," Kohli told the reporters in the post match conference. This makes complete sense. India have been one of the leading forces in red-ball cricket for the better half of 2019 and are the number one team in the world according to the ICC Rankings. It also happens to be their first loss of the ICC World Test Championships, although they still lead the table with Australia and England in the second and third place respectively and New Zealand sliding down to the fifth spot after being second for a stretch. © ESPNcricinfo Having said that, Kohliâs personal journey as a batsman has come to an abrupt juncture wherein he is struggling a bit with his form and has not been the man we know him to be, especially when it comes to putting the burden of the team on his shoulders and leading it to victory. Even in his comments, the Delhi-born has turned mild, specifically when it comes to assessing himself and his performance with the bat. âYou can't really walk in thinking that âI have to do it every timeâ,â he said. âYou want to do it but if it doesnât come off, you donât have to beat yourself up too much.â © Reuters On a personal level, such comments feel more like a step back in his competitive nature rather than a sign of maturity Remember the time when a ruthless Virat Kohli would leave no opportunity to let the audience know that âhis bat did the talking for himâ? In the last couple of games, the bat hasnât said a lot and it is the batsman himself who is having to justify the poor form. The bat does the talking for Virat Kohli #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/SGdevMJ8w5 â #7Cricket (@7Cricket) December 16, 2018 During Indiaâs tour of New Zealand, Kohli has played nine innings including all formats of the game and has only scored one half-century. His scoring sequence reads: T20I: 45, 11, 38, 11; ODIs: 51, 15, 9; Test 1: 2 and 19. âI am absolutely fine, I am batting really well. I feel that sometimes scores donât reflect the way you are batting,â he said after the match. âThatâs what happens sometimes when you donât execute really well. Look when you play so much cricket and play for so long, you will obviously have 3-4 innings which donât go your way. If you try and make too much out of it, it will keep piling on. I think itâs about staying in a good space,â he added. Every cricketer goes through a rough phase, every batsman continues to gain and lose his form, but according to his comments, he has chosen ignorance over reality, apparently. View the full article
  19. Standing tall at a staggering six feet and eight inches (2.03 metre), Kyle Jamieson first grabbed limelight when was included in the New Zealand squad of the One-Day International (ODI) series against India. While his bowling capabilities was still unknown on the international circuit, Jamieson did get attention after becoming New Zealand's tallest cricketer in history, taller than Kiwis batting coach Peter Fulton (6'6). After sitting out in the 1st ODI, Jamieson was handed his international debut in the second match where he bagged two wickets including the brilliant in-swinger to send Prithvi Shaw back into the hut. The third and final ODI saw him taking just one wicket, after he castled Mayank Agarwal's stumps, but his bowling skillset was hard to overlook. Move over Two Metre Peter! Meet NZ's *new* tallest cricketer Kyle Jamieson 2.03 metres (6'8) in jandals #FordTrophy pic.twitter.com/eLbZFMWz4U â BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) January 16, 2016 A seamer of Morne Morkel's mould, only taller by three inches, Jamieson has an ability to extract extra bounce and swing the ball at will which was touted to trouble prominent right-handers in the Indian line-up. But, that's not all. The 25-year-old, despite his inexperience internationally, has proved his understanding of the game as a bowler to trouble the opposition with testing line and length - something that was on full display during Day 1 of the 1st Test between India and New Zealand. The lanky seamer would likely have not played the clash at the Basin Reserve if Neil Wagner, away on paternity leave, had been available. But, on his Test debut, Jamieson might have left an indelible mark on the match and probably the series with the wickets of Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and Hanuma Vihari on Day 1. © Twitter/@BLACKCAPS Jamieson welcomed Kohli with a short ball, so short that it was deemed a wide by the on-field umpire. In his next over, he bowled a couple of short balls before following it up with a fuller delivery. His first full-length delivery to Kohli was too straight which further allowed the Indian captain to work it for a couple. Whether itâs James Anderson Or Jamieson Virat Kohli Getting Out Nicking One To The Slips is Permanent. Imagine Reaching To The Ball Wayyy Outside Off So Early in The First Session Of The Game. Poor From @imVkohli #NZvIND ?? pic.twitter.com/XK1YYVDcOA â CriCkeT KinG?????? (@imtheguy007) February 21, 2020 But, on the next occasion, he bowled a wide length ball, the troubling channel for Kohli. Unable to stop himself from following the delivery, Kohli, despite being mindful of the bounce, couldn't help but edge it to first slip where Ross Taylor did the rest. NZ players on Test debut to dismiss the current #1 ranked batsman 1949 - Harry Cave (Denis Compton) 1949 - Fen Cresswell (Denis Compton) 1951 - Alex Moir (Len Hutton) 2010 - Andy McKay (Sachin Tendulkar) 2020 - KYLE JAMIESON (Virat Kohli) @BLACKCAPS #NZvsIND â Swamp (@sirswampthing) February 21, 2020 While Agarwal and Ajinkya Rahane immediately got to rebuilding the innings, Jamieson, after the drinks break, got back to haunt the visitors with his impressive bowling. He drew blood again with what looked like a repeat of the Pujara dismissal, only this time getting rid of Hanuma Vihari (7) to have India reeling at 101/5. He nearly grabbed his fourth wicket after bouncing Rahane with a mean short of a length delivery. But, despite taking his eyes off the ball and throwing his bat up in self-defence, Rahane was fairly lucky the ball lobbed to safety. From initially being aggressive to batting solidly, a change in approach from Rahane allowed him to weather the storm as he continued to play the ball late and with soft hands, stitching a much-needed 21-run partnership with Rishabh Pant (10*) at Stumps. First Test cap ?? Three wickets, including Virat Kohli ?? Bowling with the wind ?? "No complaints" from Kyle Jamieson, as you'd expect ??#NZvIND pic.twitter.com/TAoDeqV4VH â ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) February 21, 2020 On a day that saw the Indian batting unit ducking for cover, Jamieson was arguably the brightest star in the New Zealand bowling attack. His impressive spell of 3-38 which included prized wickets of Pujara, Kohli and Vihari didn't just allow the home side to gain a crucial upper-hand, but also allowed Jamieson to establish his reputation as a brilliant seam-bowling option for the Kiwis. View the full article
  20. Indian cricket has witnessed numerous batsmen who have managed to capture the imagination of cricket fans over the years. But, in modern-day cricket, no one even comes close to the might and popularity of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, who continue to help India pull off miracles on the field. While Kohli has carved his niche as one of the most consistent run-scorers in international cricket, Rohit has earned plaudits for his knack of scoring big runs in dire situations. The Indian duo was at their prolific best, hammering opposition bowlers all around the park, during their team's dominating home season last year. And, it appears that there is no stopping these two this year either. © Reuters During his innings that came at a strike rate of over 140, Kohli became India's leading run-getter in the shortest version of the game. The right-handed batsman was 25 runs away from the milestone before the start of the third game. As he completed his 25th run, Kohli surpassed his predecessor MS Dhoni's tally of 1,112 runs to achieve the feat. When it comes to the overall list, Kohli now finds himself at the third spot with a tally of 1,125 runs as captain. He is only behind South Africa's Faf du Plessis (1,273 runs) and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson (1,148 runs) who currently occupy the second and first spot in the coveted list. © Twitter/@BCCI On the day, when Kohli etched his name in the history books for a milestone that will take some doing, Rohit impressed everyone by stepping up at a time when India needed it the most. While he might not be as consistent as one would like, there is no denying the batting talent this incredible right-hander brings to the table. View the full article
  21. Often labelled as one of the best batsmen in modern-day cricket, Virat Kohli clearly needs no introduction to the gentleman's game. His textbook strokes and ability to deliver consistent performances have not only aided Team India in dire situations but also saw him establishing himself as one of the greats at just the age of 31. The Delhi lad looked in ominous form last year, hammering the opposition to all parts of the ground during India's dominant home season. Carrying his fine form this year, his batting masterclass was key to India's success against Australia during their 2-1 win in the three-match ODI series. Even as India travelled to New Zealand for their next assignment, there seems to be no stopping to Kohli's artistry with the willow. His brilliant knock of 45 runs played a key role in India's six-wicket triumph in the first T20I at Eden Park. And, even as he missed out in the second match, Kohli continued his carnage in the third T20I. View the full article
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
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