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  1. India versus Pakistan is one of the most talked about things about the ICC World Cup 2019. Based on the age-old rivalry between the two cricketing titans, people were hoping for a great match at Old Trafford, Manchester today and boy did the Indian batting order stay true to those expectations. Opening the Indian batting innings, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul did exceedingly well in scoring more than 100 runs and gave the Men in Blue a great start. Once Sharma was dismissed off a catch at the hands of Hasan Ali after scoring his fastest ODI ton (85 balls), it was time for the Indian skipper Virat Kohli to take over. Often regarded as one of the finest batsmen of the modern era, Kohli took over alright. During his innings against Sarfaraz Ahmed's men, the Delhi born was also able to score his 11,000th run, which made him the fastest cricketer in the world to reach that number (222 innings) in 54 fewer innings than Sachin Tendulkar, who previously held that record. #ViratKohli scores his 11,000th ODI run! He reaches the landmark in 54 fewer innings than anyone else ð pic.twitter.com/mebDOLJESs — Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 16, 2019 However, the end to his record-breaking innings was probably one of the most bizarre ones. Short of 23 runs of scoring a century, the Indian captain declared himself out off a bouncer by Pakistani pacer Mohammad Amir as he believed that the ball edged his bat and went into the hands of the wicket-keeper. The gesture of simply walking away, without even waiting for the umpire to give out the final decision does seem like good sportsman spirit. The only thing that was wrong in the whole episode was the fact that KOHLI WAS NOT OUT. Kohli gave away his wicket even when he wasn't out , nothing much just a gift from the father on father's day ð #KingKohli #FathersDay#IndiaVsPakistan pic.twitter.com/2NPGNGltwu — Prashant Kumar (@IamPrashantPk) June 16, 2019 That's right. Kohli walked away when he was not out and you can't blame the umpire, Bruce Oxenford, as he did not give declare him out. Later during the match, Kohli was seen in the dressing room with the bat in his hand. Judging by the looks of it, Kohli and MS Dhoni were testing the rigidity of the bat. Shaking and thumping the bat against a couch, the two cricketers might have found a small crack between the handle and the body of the bat which could have made a sound which might have led Kohli to believe that the ball touched the bat. Of course, this is a conjecture and no official statement has come from the cricketer or the team. Nonetheless, Kohli's fans were heartbroken: @Atheist_Krishna Kohli gave away his wicket even when he wasn't out , nothing much just a gift from the father on father's day ðð Akhir Baap Baap Hota Haið¤£ð#IndiaVsPakistan — Ritik chaturvedi (@ritikcha2rvedi) June 16, 2019 Virat Kohli walked off thinking he has nicked but reply suggests that he was not out...#CWC19 — #CWCUP2019 (@FaST_CricBuzz) June 16, 2019 Kohli introduced a new way of getting out - Voluntary Out — Bhavin mehta (@Bhavin25996297) June 16, 2019 Wasn't even a wicket. Kohli just walked off.. He wasn't out. — Farhan Arain (@FarhanArain) June 16, 2019 All credit to Virat Kohli for walking when he thought he was out. That is so rare today. He and India were incredibly unlucky... nevertheless a formidable total. Stunning atmosphere #INDvsPAK #CWC19 — Mike Caplan (@myklc) June 16, 2019 #IndiaVsPakistan #CWC19 Kohli walks when he is not out pic.twitter.com/gNtcv2nQjD — Panipuri (@Bindaass_bol) June 16, 2019
  2. The ICC World Cup 2019 match up between India and Pakistan has been nothing short of brilliant, well at least for the Indian fans, thanks to the power-packed innings played by the Indian vice-captain, Rohit Sharma and the skipper himself, Virat Kohli. While Rohit 'The Hitman' Sharma helped the Indian batting order with a great start as he scored the fastest century of his career (85 balls), it was Virat Kohli that quickly became the topic of hilarious rants on social media and that too because of no fault of his! WHAT AN INNINGS! India opener Rohit Sharma brings up his century off just 85 balls. How many more can he add to his tally from here? #TeamIndia | #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/j1z8OSoCf4 — ICC (@ICC) June 16, 2019 After Sharma got dismissed off a dolly at the hands of Hasan Ali, Virat Kohli turned the notch up on his game and began taking quick singles and doubles between the balls with Hardik Pandya by his side. The quick runs were good enough to visibly bother Sarfaraz Ahmed and his side. #ViratKohli scores his 11,000th ODI run! He reaches the landmark in 54 fewer innings than anyone else ð pic.twitter.com/mebDOLJESs — Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 16, 2019 Having said that, the speed at which Kohli was running between the wickets impressed cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar. During one such single, it was calculated that the Kohli ran at the speed of 25 kmph between the creases and Manjrekar instantly compared the Delhi-born to the greatest sprinter of all-time, Usain Bolt, who, by the way, can reach up to the speed of 37 kmph. Manjrekar further credited the Indian cricketer of running with such velocity despite having so much of extra weight of the pads and other protective gear along with the bat in his hands. Albeit, Kohli's speed and athleticism is exceptional and second to none, however, this comparison caused a rift on Twitter with even the Indian fans of the cricketer begging the commentator to stop: Did he just compare Kohli to Bolt ð©ð©ð©ð©ð©ð© — NA (@nmase97) June 16, 2019 Sanjay Bihari Majnu: Virat Kohli has top speed of 25km. We need to compare him with Usain Bolt. Bihari Majnu "Van Dijk" has top speed of 34km. Compare Kohli with him. Then continue your irritating commentary. & pls for god sake stop copying Nasser Hussain's words. Indian Idiot — Musharaf Nabi (@MusharafNabi95) June 16, 2019 @sanjaymanjrekar are you comparing Usain Bolt running with Kohli...?!really...?!wats your avg IQ levelð¤ð¤ — lokam_godave_na_godava (@NaGodave) June 16, 2019 Sanjay Manjrekar: "Virat Kohli's top speed is 25kmph. Wonder what that is of Usain Bolt? But he doesn't have to run with a bat..." ð — Tanuj Lakhina (@tanujlakhina) June 16, 2019 Can't believe stupid Sanjay Manjrekar is comparing Kohli's running between wickets speed to Usian Bolt. #INDvPak — Blinkist (@khaarabath) June 16, 2019 LOL!! @StarSportsIndia @sanjaymanjrekar and other commentators comparing Kohli's 25 with usan bolt 27. Someone please tell them one is kmph and other is mph.. #IndiaVsPakistan — Deep (@deepayan04) June 16, 2019 Kohli is running at 25kph and our great commentator @sanjaymanjrekar conpares with bolt. How intelligent.. ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£#IndiaVsPakistan — Swami (@siva1302) June 16, 2019
  3. One of the finest batsmen to have ever stepped onto the pitch for the Indian cricket team, Virat Kohli has added another achievement to his resume. Ever since the Delhi born made his One-Day International debut against Sri Lanka in August 2008, he has played a total of 222 innings in which he has scored more than 11,000 runs. While the sheer number is extremely impressive in itself, what makes it more special is that fact that the 30-year-old has become the fastest cricketer to achieve this feat. the 222 innings are 54 fewer than the Indian master blaster, Sachin Tendulkar who had previously held the said record. #ViratKohli scores his 11,000th ODI run! He reaches the landmark in 54 fewer innings than anyone else ð pic.twitter.com/mebDOLJESs — Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 16, 2019 The rate at which the Indian skipper is scoring and the fact that he has been extremely consistent through the years and has only aged like fine wine, has not only established his No.1 rank on the ICC ODI batsmen but also provided him with the records of scoring the fastest 8,000, 9,000 and 10,000 runs as well. Kohli has been exceptional during the ICC World Cup 2019 matchup between India and Pakistan. While batting alongside Rohit Sharma, Kohli acted as the backup support for the Hitman who was having an innings of a lifetime. When Sharma got dismissed, the skipper quickly switched gears, taking the front seat and smacking boundaries here and there. Even though the game's paused due to rain, Kohli's innings might be as crucial as Rohit Sharma's if not more.
  4. Virat Kohli is arguably the best ODI batsman in the world of cricket for the past year or so and has enough silverware to support this argument. 2018 was probably his best year as a professional athlete ever since he was picked as one of the Men in Blue in 2008 and slowly escalated to become the leader of the team late in 2014. Having said that, the Delhi born had made a name for himself as a bit of a hot-head in the early years of his cricketing career and when he was made the captain of such a prestigious and famed team, people began to criticise his overzealous attitude and inability to control his temper. Indian fans of the game thought that Kohli's abusive language on the field brought disgrace to the uniform he wore, the same uniform that all-time great skippers like Sourav Ganguly, Kapil Dev and MS Dhoni had donned so proudly in the past. But according to the skipper, ever since Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma and he tied the knot in December 2017, his methods of both playing the game and leading the team have changed for the better. Today we have promised each other to be bound in love for ever. We are truly blessed to share the news with you.This beautiful day will be made more special with the love and support of our family of fans & well wishers. Thank you for being such an important part of our journey. pic.twitter.com/aobTUwMNAK — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 11, 2017 “You become extremely responsible in your life and you start putting things into perspective a lot more. It has not only made me a better player and a better captain but also a better human being outside the field,” said Virat Kohli about the changes in him after marriage, in an interview with the International Cricket Council (ICC). And surely, the 30-year-old has transformed his etiquette as a cricketer and put a lid on his anger, especially under pressure situations and foreign soil in the presence of a hostile audience. Be it bowing in front of a shrewd Australian crowd or asking the cricketing fans to stop booing Steve Smith (for the sandpaper gate in South Africa) and urging them to cheer for him instead for the brilliant cricketer that he is, Kohli has taken a 180 degree turn. Sure, there are times when Kohli lets one or two 'gaalis' out in excitement or frustration, but that's the competitive nature of an elite sportsman that will not (and should not) ever get away from him.
  5. The twelfth edition of the ICC World Cup in England & Wales has already started to frustrate participating fans and teams - all because of persistent rain and poor weather conditions. While the quadrennial event has enthralled us with memorable moments this year, its rain-hit ties has equally left everyone annoyed. As many as four games have already been affected by rain wherein two have been abandoned, one led to no result and another was concluded via Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method. But, it seems there's no stopping to rain disruptions in the ongoing World Cup anytime soon. In yet another frustrating day for both the teams and fans, persistent rain at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, first, delayed the start of India's much-anticipated clash against New Zealand and, then, forced it to abandoned. In a match that pitted two unbeaten sides in the tournament, India and New Zealand, despite their bid to secure two crucial points, had to eventually settle for one apiece. While the Kiwis remain at the top of the table with seven points, the Indian side climbed to the third, behind Australia (six points) with five points in their kitty. Reuters In a single-group format, akin to the 1992 edition, losing key points, due to rain, could have drastic implications on a title aspirations of the participating nations. And, while rain-hit ties can dent the chances for some of the strongest sides, it can equally prove to be a blessing in disguise for the weaker ones. For instance, take a look at Sri Lanka. Arguably one of the weakest sides in the tournament, the Lankans were humbled by the Kiwis comprehensively in their opening match. Having lost two points early on, the Lankans found themselves in a spot of bother after Afghanistan bowled them out for 201 runs. But, a rain disruption worked to their advantage and a revised target of 187 runs in 41 overs (D/L) proved a tad too difficult for the Afghans. After recording their first points in the tournament, the Lankans were surely not the favourites to come out on top against Pakistan. But, again, poor weather conditions came to their rescue and handed them a key point as the match got abandoned without a single ball being bowled. The story of their fourth match was pretty much the same against Bangladesh as heavy rainfall saw another game getting abandoned. Reuters Though some might argue that the Lankans could have defeated Bangladesh in their last match. But, the fact that the Tigers had earlier defeated the mighty South Africans should somewhat tilt tie in their favour, if not completely. So, in four matches so far, where the Lankans would've probably garnered two points (giving Bangladesh the benefit of doubt), rain disruptions have allowed them to secure four. Now, coming back to India's clash against New Zealand. Given the fact that the 'Men in Blue' have secured wins in as many matches, the rain washout shouldn't really have a major implication on their World Cup title dreams. They already have four points in their kitty and sharing a point with the Kiwis will now make it five with six games still to go. In the coming days, India will be seen locking horns with Pakistan (16th June), Afghanistan (22nd June), West Indies (27th June), England (30th June), Bangladesh (2nd July) and Sri Lanka (6th July). Out of their remaining six matches, India, given their form, probably need to just worry about England. Reuters While the likes of Pakistan and West Indies cannot be taken lightly, we reckon, the two teams will find Team India too hot to handle in their upcoming fixtures. In the other ties, India should easily see off the likes of Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Expecting them to lose to England (quite an ask for the hosts though), India should secure 10 points from their remaining six games - which should be good enough to propel them into the knockouts. On the other hand, the weather predictions for India's next six matches paint a different picture altogether. Their clash against Pakistan at Old Trafford in Manchester is expected to get disrupted by some showers. The weather prediction for their clash against Afghanistan at Rose Bowl, Southampton is cloudy, with some showers. Reuters Their tie against the Windies at Old Trafford, Manchester might see a rare afternoon shower. Thankfully, there are showers expected during India's much-anticipated match against England at Edgbaston, Birmingham as the weather predicted is sunny and a bit cloudy. The clash against Bangladesh might witness a shower or thunderstorm in the afternoon in an otherwise cloudy day. And, India's final group match against Sri Lanka at Headingley, Leeds is expected to be a bit cloudy, with some showers predicted later in the day. Well, we can all have our permutations and combinations, but what eventually will unfold in India's remaining group games cannot possibly be predicted - neither on the basis of weather predictions, nor in terms of anyone's past performances. Sadly, just like Virat Kohli & co, we all have to wait and watch while keeping our fingers crossed.
  6. It was not a good day at the office for the Australian Cricket team as they lost to India by 36 runs at The Oval in London in match 14 of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. A marvellously paced century from Shikhar Dhawan, a well-made 82 from skipper Virat Kohli and cameos from Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni led to a superlative batting performance that was enough for Team India to grab a second consecutive victory at the World Cup. © Twitter-cricketworldcup It was, however, the Indian skipper's outstanding sportsmanship that grabbed headlines after the game. During the first innings, when Kohli was batting in the middle, he noticed a large section of fans showing dissent towards Australian batsman Steve Smith and took matters into his own hands as he can be seen gesturing to the crowd to applaud Smith instead of booing him. The gesture was appreciated by not only Smith and the rest of the Australian team, but also from fans of cricket across the world. With India fans giving Steve Smith a tough time fielding in the deep, @imVkohli suggested they applaud the Australian instead. Absolute class ð #SpiritOfCricket #ViratKohli pic.twitter.com/mmkLoedxjr — ICC (@ICC) June 9, 2019 After last year's ball-tampering scandal, Smith and fellow australian David Warner have established themselves as the villains of international cricket. Having served a 12-month ban handed to them by Cricket Australia, they still cannot seem to break that image of themselves as they return to International Cricket. Speaking at a press conference after the game , the Indian Skipper mentioned that despite the fact that him and Smith have had altercations on the field in the past, he does not appreciate seeing something like that on the cricketing field. “If I was in a position where something had happened with me, and I'd apologised and accepted it, and came back and still I would get booed, I wouldn't like it either.”#ViratKohli on why he asked the fans to stop booing Steve Smith. #CWC19 | #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/CIMicjoSA0 — Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 9, 2019 Kohli said “even in the IPL I saw him (get booed by fans), it's not good to see someone down like that.” Urging fans to forget about Smith's mistake in the past he then went on to say that “just because there's a lot of Indian fans in the crowd, I don't want to see them set a bad example.” India are well on their way to make a mark in this year's World Cup as they look to extend their run of consecutive victories against New Zealand on 13th June at Trent Bridge. As the Indian Team continues to raise the bar in terms of top order batting, death bowling and fielding; the Indian captain is showing how they are raising the standard for sportsmanship as well. All things said and done, it was an incredible gesture which will not be forgotten by Smith or Australian cricket fans anytime soon.
  7. Virat Kohli - he may be one of the most influential personalities in the world, but the Indian cricket captain is much more than the aggressive and headstrong persona that dominates the field. For one, Forbes declared him as one of the highest paid athletes in the world in 2018, and that only goes on to show that Kohli owns both money and matter when it comes to living life king size. View this post on Instagram Black on black swag with #one8 ð Comfort levels. ð A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on Oct 26, 2018 at 2:46am PDT He earned close to rupees 170 crores in 2018 alone, through a number of channels which range from his cricketing career to endorsements and business ventures. We feel that given all the wealth stacked away in his locker, it surely calls for a rundown of all ridiculously expensive things Kohli possesses, and here's what we found: 1. Range Of Luxury Cars Starting Rs 80 Lakh (c) Twitter Virat Kohli has a special liking for sleek luxury cars and he owns some of the top of the range cars to prove it. Virat owns a Range Rover worth Rs. 80 lakh, an Audi Q7 priced at Rs. 83 lakh, a BMW X6 that costs Rs. 1.2 crore, as well as two more hi-tech Audi cars, A8 W12 Quattro and R8 V10 LMX which are priced at Rs. 2 crore and Rs. 3 crore respectively. 2. Designer Watches View this post on Instagram My tissot helps me keep a check on time and oozes style at the same time ðð. Love it totally. Get one for yourself people ðð. It's worth it. ðð A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on Nov 7, 2016 at 5:06am PST Not just cars, but Kohli also has a strong obsession with luxury watches as well. The Indian skipper owns a Panerai Luminor 1950 GMT 3 Days Automatic Acciaio worth Rs. 6.5 lakh. Kohli is also a proud owner of a Tissot T-Touch Limited Edition worth Rs. 1 lakh. 3. Expensive And Expansive Homes View this post on Instagram A very happy and prosperous Diwali to everyone from our home. Wishing everyone peace, happiness and good health. God bless. ðð⤠@anushkasharma A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on Nov 7, 2018 at 6:26am PST Virat Kohli already owned a sea-facing apartment in Worli, Mumbai that is worth Rs 34 crore, but after he got married to Anushka Sharma, he invested in a bungalow in DLF Phase-1, Gurugram worth Rs 80 crore! 4. A Restaurant In New Delhi's Most Expensive Neighbourhood View this post on Instagram About last night with my valentine â¤ï¸ð«. #greatmeal #nueva #loveit @anushkasharma @nueva.world A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on Feb 14, 2019 at 1:02am PST We are all aware of all the buzz that surrounded Virat's launch of his own South American cuisine-serving restaurant, Nueva in South Delhi, which enjoys constant pouring of an elite clientele. 5. Owns A Fashion Label View this post on Instagram Anticipation. #Forever A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on Feb 18, 2017 at 8:08am PST Though this wouldn't come as news to any Kohli fan, we all know Virat owns his own fashion label that boasts of trendy youth fashion and fans swear by it!
  8. Here's something that may drastically steal focus from the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. While currently in England for the World Cup, Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper, is in a wee bit of a soup back home, with the Gurugram Municipal Corporation! Obviously, while the team is working hard to bring home the cup, we hear Kohli isn't doing his bit to play the perfect citizen, who can set examples with some great civic sense, along with showcasing great skills on the field, of course. So, here's what Kohli is in trouble for. The GMC (Gurugram Municipal Corporation) has issued a challan against Kohli for wasting drinking water, while washing his car, outside his house, which is located in DLF Phase 1 of Gurugram. © Pintrest The fine was imposed when Kohli's domestic help was seen washing his car(s) with drinking water and he was fined INR 500 for doing so. According to a news report, it was Kohli's neighbours who actually lodged a complaint against thousands of litres of water going to waste, as Kohli's domestic help would wash half a dozen cars, including two SUVs, with plain drinking water. While the temperatures continue to across all of Northern India, there is an ongoing water crisis in most parts, as water bodies are drying up due to the temperature being close to 45-degrees Celsius. And obviously, Gurugram isn't free of the water crisis, just like most parts around Delhi and NCR. Along with Kohli's residence, ten other houses were fined for wasting water while washing their cars. The Gurugram Corporation Commissioner has now warned people for wasting drinking water further and has said stricter action will be taken if the regulations are violated by any more people around the neighbourhood. © Pintrest As for the ICC World Cup, seems like team India got to a good start by defeating South Africa in its opener. Rohit Sharma bagged a century to set his targets right for the remainder of the campaign. After successfully beating the Proteas, the Indian Cricket team has a solid task ahead of them, with their upcoming match with Australia on Sunday. Here's wishing the team boatloads of luck and Virat some common civic sense!
  9. Season 12 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will come to an end today when two of the most successful teams of the league, Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings and Rohit Sharma's Mumbai Indians will lock horns for either of their fourth championship, tonight. However, while IPL 2019 will be remembered for the action-pact games on a nightly basis along with some of the most entertaining television commercials to promote them, it will also be remembered for something a lot more peculiar. Ever since the beginning of the contest, the relationship between players and the umpires has only gotten worse. Some of the most infamous incidents included Indian captain Virat Kohli trying to barge inside the umpire's room, after a no-call cost Kohli and the Royal Challengers Bangalore a game against MI. Then we had 'Captain Cool' losing his temper and march out of the dug-out and into the field to show his disagreement with the officials. Things got out of hand, played were abused and looked down at and cricketers like Dhoni even had to pay half their match fee for “breaching the code of conduct”, which is great, by the way. It is important to maintain decorum, especially for a game like cricket that attracts millions of eyeballs, daily. The whole perspective changes when the heat comes from the other side of the altercation. Umpires and match referees are known for keeping their calm under crucial moments of the game and are expected to handle a situation with care if something seems to be getting out of hand. However, when almost a week ago, when English umpire Nigel Llong was bombarded by Virat Kohli and Umesh Yadav with questions over the incorrect no-ball decision given by him, Llong's anger got the better of him and he ended up breaking a door of the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. "It was an unfortunate incident. As a state association, we are writing to the COA today," Sudhakar Rao, Secretary, Karnataka State Cricket Association, told The Times of India. Indeed, it was an unfortunate incident, but to let Llong go unscathed and without punishment for such a display of anger has to be an example of the Council's double standards. To add insult to injury, Nigel Llong is also the umpire who will be officiating the IPL final, later today.
  10. This season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) seems to have aggravated the growingly unhealthy relationship that cricketers and umpires have shared in the recent years. The 'human factor' behind an official's decision-making has caused for the end result to be incorrect but the number of occurrences of something like that is extremely low. Sure, with the inclusion of technology such as the hawk-eye which detects the trajectory of the ball had it not been interrupted by the batsman's pad, sensors in the stumps and bails to detect contact and even the snickometer to observe even the lightest contact between the ball and the bat, they all have added to the efficacy of the final result, however, there will always be times when an umpire makes a decision on his own and it could end up being wrong. Through the ongoing season of IPL, there have been some moments when the umpires and players seem to disagree on a particular decision. It happened when Dhoni walked out of the dug-hole and onto the field to get into a verbal bout with the officials, it happened when Rohit Sharma did not agree with an LBW decision and ended up breaking the stumps with his bat and it happened with Virat Kohli who went to the umpires' dressing room to fight them when they didn't call a potential match-winning 'no-ball' in favour of his Royal Challengers Bangalore. However, the current skipper of the Indian cricket team seems to be dealing with some extra bad luck as the tiff with an on-field umpire took place once again on Saturday in a match against Kane Williamson's SunRisers Hyderabad. In the first innings the match with RCB on the bowling side, it was Umesh Yadav who was having a super expensive final over during which he has given away 20 runs in the first four deliveries. On the second-to-last ball of the over, English umpire, Nigel Llong raised his hand sideways to hint that Yadav has overstepped the crease and it was therefore a 'no-ball'. The extra not only gave Hyderabad two runs but they also ended up scoring a boundary on the final delivery. The twist, however, was the fact that the delivery was legit as the screen-replay showed Yadav's foot being well behind the line. Watching the replay, both Yadav and Kohli charged at the umpire to argue and reverse the decision, both of whom were shunned away by the Englishman. © AP What was later reported was that Llong was so frustrated with the two Indian cricketers way of arguing with him that he ended up furiously kicking the door of the umpires' dressing room while breaking it in the process. "It was an unfortunate incident. As a state association, we are writing to the COA today," Sudhakar Rao, Secretary, Karnataka State Cricket Association, told The Times of India. What is probably a solitary moment of frustration and anger shown by an umpire in the past couple of years, must not be taken lightly. What the players and the fans of the game do not realise is the fact that these officials are humans too and like the others, they too, have the right to express their anger when things go south. It also shows how difficult a job is that of an umpire. While players surrounding them have the freedom to express joy, anger, or sadness without a worry, the umpires must keep it neutral and professional.
  11. There are days when the Indian Premier League (IPL) consists of non-stop action, world class cricket and becomes a source of brilliant sportsmanship, as cricketers from all over the world visit our country and play for eight of the highly celebrated and prestigious franchises and show respect towards each other. However, the day Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore and Ravichandran Ashwin's Kings XI Punjab locked horns in the former's home ground of M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, it wasn't one of those days. No thanks to the drama created by the RCB skipper, who made a rather “questionable” gesture with his hands after he dismissed the rival captain at the long on with a catch. Virat Kohli gesturing to Ashwin's Mankading absolute savage ! #RCBvKXIP pic.twitter.com/JPiFqM5IBm — Trojan_Horse (@sampath0272) April 24, 2019 Kohli's theatrics clearly worked wonders as Ashwin was visibly furious and threw a fit as soon as he reached the dugout, slamming his batting gloves on the ground in rage. Once the 'Play Bold' franchise were able to prevent Kings XI from chasing their total of 202 and won the match, a comparatively vented out Ashwin took to the microphone to describe the extremely animated exchange that took place between the two former teammates who once used to play for Team India. "I just played with passion, so does he (Virat). That's it. As simple as that," Ashwin said in the post-match press conference, trying to bury the matter and look forward. However, it's clear as day that Ashwin's team, Kings XI Punjab, weren't done with the Indian captain and decided to slay him with sarcasm. Organising their very first “Kuch Bhi Awards”, KXIP honoured Kohli with the 'Stuart Broad Humility Award.' Virat Kohli's gesture after taking our skipper Ashwin's catch has earned himself a Kuch Bhi Award from us. Find out which one: https://t.co/eFDfg3kD2f ð¸ - Hotstar #SaddaPunjab pic.twitter.com/zJ0zCwiO9c — Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 28, 2019 “Nothing warms the heart like a display of sportsman spirit on the field. And during Kings XI Punjab match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore, opposition skipper Virat Kohli showed just why he's hailed as a beacon of sportsmanship. After grabbing the match-winning catch, Kohli showed concern towards the batsman's well-being and politely asked, “How're you doing?” with a hand gesture,” says their website. “For this noble act, we give Kohli the Stuart Broad Humility Award and his team two points.” Now if a rival gang is throwing shade at your captain, how can you stay behind in responding? RCB's Twitter reacted to Kings XI's tweet: Kuch bhi https://t.co/60obCYFP0e — Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 28, 2019 Who doesn't love a good-quality banter? This is how the fans of both sides reacted: ðððadmin ððð — RAINA'S Preetha (@PreethaRaina3) April 28, 2019 That's perfect ððð After winning matches he acts like he won #WC2019 and after this high aggressive behaviour #rcb is first team to out of #IPL2019 ððso it's perfect ... Kuch bhi ððð — Shahzad gori (@sgreatgori) April 28, 2019 Ashwin: pic.twitter.com/4elm6QoyAT — DôçtÅr štrãÅgÄ (@h4riuu) April 28, 2019 Now I got to know the real value of this celebration. Now I love it more than beforeð¤£ð¤£ — Basavaraj Nargal (@BasavarajNargal) April 29, 2019 "...beacon of sportsmanship" ð¤£ð¤£ But a humility award is well deserved by the RCB skipper. ð𤠗 Romel Raj Krishna (@romel_rk) April 28, 2019 @imVkohli he doesn't want your kuch bhi award! Because the award doesn't have worth to have virat! Taking about that match ,ashwin is not big hitter and he don't deserve this much issue! — pranav shiri (@pranav_shiri) April 28, 2019 Kuch bhi Nahi hua is Saal bhi. I am not Punjab fan nor Ashwin is my fav cricketer , but this gesture from Kohli for his colleague with whom he still plays international was not needed. — Chowkidar Sumit Agrawal (@sumitagrawal83) April 28, 2019 rcb admin : pic.twitter.com/v7sIufhpWj — Cinderellað¸ (@ViratAnushka18) April 28, 2019
  12. Voting is our fundamental right and like I said earlier, the entire nation's fate depends on the tiny mark of blue ink on your fingers. Be it commoners or actors, cricketers and politicians; everyone is busy exercising their right and urging other people to do the same. So is cricketer Virat Kohli. Instagram Virat Kohli, one of the finest batsmen in the world and RCB (Royal Challengers Bangalore) captain, is all set to cast his vote in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections 2019 and he announced the same on his Instagram on Sunday. Sharing his voter ID on Instagram story, Kohli wrote, "Ready to vote in Gurugram on the 12th May. Are you?" Instagram However, he deleted the stories, probably because his personal information was revealed in public. He later posted only the front side of his voter ID and blurred out the details. Voting in Delhi and Gurugram will be held on May 12. But, do you know what else is on May 12? The final match of IPL 2019 is in Hyderabad. Although, Virat Kohli's RCB is at the bottom in the point table, if they miraculously manage to enter the finals then Kohli will have a tough time travelling between the two cities. Instagram In other news, at least Kohli's goofy expression on his Voter ID card is making us feel less miserable about our Aadhar card pictures.
  13. It feels as if Virat Kohli has finally found himself the mighty Infinity Stones and is using them to help his Royal Challengers Bangalore get on a late-tournament winning streak after starting out horribly, losing six straight matches and sulking at the bottom of the points table in the first leg. Winning their last three matches, Kohli and the 'Play Bold' franchise have found new life and even took over Steve Smith's Rajasthan Royals for a day in terms of total points, before they spoiled Dinesh Karthik's heroic innings and defeated the Knight Riders in Kolkata last night. Currently fixed in a peculiar spot, RCB, RR and Dinesh Karthik's Kolkata Knight Riders are competing for the sixth spot with 6 points apiece. Such a comeback looks nothing short of magic and just when we began to realise that something supernatural was at play here, King Kohli came up with this video: View this post on Instagram This snap would probably help the Avengers better. ðPresenting the special edition cricket can from #Oceanone8 energy drinks. #one8 #PlayTheDay @oceanbeverages A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on Apr 25, 2019 at 8:26am PDT “This snap would probably help the Avengers better,” said Kohli's Instagram caption. The video was a commercial for an energy drink produced by the Indian skipper's athleisure brand, Ocean One 8. Originally in a blue can, the mundane colours 'Decimated' away in thin air as soon as Kohli snapped his fingers with the new shiny colours of the limited cricket edition visible on the can. Having said that, the fans of 'Avengers: Endgame' were not impressed with the commercial and let the RCB captain know it: Thanos be like:Maa meri shaktiyo ka galat istemal ho rha haiðâï¸ — Rafale Kumar (@goon_liberal) April 25, 2019 Bhai IPL me RCB ki halat aisi na ho Jae!!! — Dr.Himanshu Nayak (@DrHimanshuNayak) April 25, 2019 bina infinity gauntlet pehne snap adhura hai....................... pic.twitter.com/yFJWY0tuFk — abhishek singh rajput (@abhi171090) April 25, 2019 Behnchod ye kya chutiappa h — Vidya Nand Giri (@VidyaNandGiri7) April 26, 2019
  14. The twelfth season of the Indian Premier League has been quite eventful for the Kings XI Punjab captain, Ravichandran Ashwin. First, he made the headlines for controversially 'mankading' Rajasthan Royals batsman Jos Buttler. Then he tried the same with the Delhi Capitals opener, Shikhar Dhawan but failed miserably and got trolled by 'Gabbar' instead. And now, in yet another mid-match wrangle, Ashwin found himself come in the spotlight with no fault of his this time. In a match between Kings XI and Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Ashwin misread an Umesh Yadav delivery and sent the ball flying towards long on and directly into the hands of a brilliant fielder in Virat Kohli. Kohli, who was clearly driven by emotion at the time, celebrated Ashwin's dismissal with an objectionable gesture. Virat Kohli gesturing to Ashwin's Mankading absolute savage ! #RCBvKXIP pic.twitter.com/JPiFqM5IBm — Trojan_Horse (@sampath0272) April 24, 2019 The send-off clearly irked the Chennai-born all-rounder who was visibly angry as he reached the dugout and threw his gloves on the ground with force. Ashwin, however, clarified the exchange that took place between the two former teammates who once used to play for Team India in all formats of the game. "I just played with passion, so does he (Virat). That's it. As simple as that," Ashwin said in the post-match press conference. As far as the match is concerned, the former Proteas captain AB de Villiers found a brilliant batting form midway his innings and went on to score an unbeaten 82 off just 44 deliveries while established a grand total of 202 runs, which turned out to be overwhelming for Punjab. Winning their fourth win of the tournament, RCB look like a new team altogether as they sit on a three-game winning streak and have surpassed Rajasthan Royals in the points table, grabbing the seven spot in the league. However, the gesture made by Kohli did not sit well with the fans of cricket as a whole and they reacted to it with a lot of anger on social media: Ashwin did nothing.. Kohli mocks him by abusive act...if someone act same like him to his family member..how he feel ð¤#RCBvKXIP pic.twitter.com/ETFSPtBZHz — dinesh (@dnshblj) April 24, 2019 #UnpopularOpinion What Kohli did when 'celebrating' his catch to dismiss Ravi Ashwin was beyond puerile & reprehensible. How will their equation be when they play Tests? Does he think that all is fine after a send-off like that? Does he even think in the heat of the moment? — Victor Tarapore (@VictorTarapore) April 24, 2019 Virat Kohli on field behavior disgraceful why is he giving such a send-off to Ashwin after loosing 7 games almost in a row learn from Ms Dhoni and Rohit Sharma — TIMOROUS ENIGMA (@enigma_timorous) April 24, 2019 We like your win but not kohli unprofessional Gestures when #R Ashwin# was out — IamRaj (@brajukumar1) April 24, 2019 We like your win but not kohli unprofessional Gestures when #R Ashwin# was out — IamRaj (@brajukumar1) April 24, 2019 What's wrong with u Virat Kohli. This is not a celebration it's abusing someone. Ashwin is ur team mate. Give respect ur team mate. This is unacceptable from Indian Captain. At d end of d day you'll be remembered for ur behavior Be Aggressive not to be Arrogant#RCBvKXIP #IPL pic.twitter.com/KbaVadBVNC — Rohitian World #MI (@RohitianWorld) April 25, 2019
  15. Virat Kohli is a name that doesn't really need an introduction, as he is the most popular cricketer that India has seen since the legend Sachin Tendulkar. Kohli is someone who is always seen leading the Indian team from the front, be it with the bat or on the field. But what really sets him apart is not just his cricketing skills, but his fitness too. © Reuters When it comes to fitness, the Indian captain just keeps on raising the bar and has become the fitness icon of India when it comes to sportsmen, as no other Indian athlete can match his fitness levels at present. In fact, I am also sure that his chiselled and amazing body is something that a lot of people are striving to get for themselves. In this article, I am going about how you can build a sportsman-like physique just like Virat Kohli: 1. Dietary Control In a recent interview, Virat himself said that he hasn't tasted 'butter naan' and 'butter chicken' in the last 5 years which used to be his favourite dish. This not only shows his immense discipline towards his diet but also tells you that he stays away from any kind of junk foods at all. You can't expect your body to look and respond like a sportsman if you're going to feed it junk food every now and then. Your diet should be as nutritious as possible. Avoid eating highly processed and less nutritious food all the time. 2. Increase Your Protein Intake The combination of the chiselled physique with explosive energy is impossible to achieve without a good amount of protein in your diet. Your body needs to have muscles to look muscular. Protein is the building block for muscles, thus it is very important that you include enough protein in your diet on a daily basis. Having 1.5 grams protein per Kg of body weight is a good place to start with and thereafter you can increase it according to your own individual needs. 3. Combination Of Resistance And Agility Training If you look at Virat's physique carefully, you will realize that he doesn't have too much of muscle mass. He is not bulky like a bodybuilder but yes, he has muscles. © Reuters To build muscles, you need to train with weights. When your muscles are subjected to resistance training regularly, your body tries to build new muscle fibres. Also, sport-specific performance like Kohli's will need regular agility training as well. You could choose from various forms of agility drills like ladder drills, cone drills or medicine balls. Working out at least 5 to 6 days in a week with a combination of resistance training and agility training will be best suited for a body like Virat's. 4. Consistency Virat didn't become Virat overnight. It took him years and years of hard work, dedication and discipline to become what he is today. You have to keep this in mind when you make a target to be like him. There will be temptation around you for skipping your workouts or to cheat on your meals, but you have you show your commitment towards your goals. This is what differentiates an achiever from a loser. Just do the hard work, be patient and you will see the results coming your way. Anuj Tyagi, author of this article, is a Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist from American Council on Exercise (ACE). Now an Online Health Coach, he is also a Chartered Accountant by education. You can connect with him through Instagram on:- https://www.instagram.com/sixpacktummy_anuj/
  16. After the extremely unfortunate terror attack in Pulwama on Valentine's Day this year, the wounds of the loss of our CRPF jawans had not even healed yet and the heart-breaking news of bombings in the neighbouring land of Sri Lanka has left South Asia along with the rest of the world praying for those who lost their lives in the attack and their families who will never get to reunite with their loved ones. What has been described as the “river of blood”, the attacks in churches across Negombo, Batticaloa and the national capital of Colombo on Easter sunday included a total of eight blasts at the hands of suicide bombers that led to the loss of more than 200 individuals with more than 500 severly injured. Unlike the attack in Jammu & Kashmir's district of Pulwama, which was instantly claimed by the notorious terror group, Jaish-e-Mohammed, yesterday's attacks weren't accepted by any group or organisation. The country, however, has been home to a decade-long civil war and an attack as big as this has to have some negative impact on the already tense environment. Realising the political scenario of his state, former Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara took to social media to request his people to not jump to conclusions and let the process of detecting the speculators of such a horrendous act unveiling with time and complete rationality: “I am shocked and saddened by these despicable acts of barbarism,” said Sangakkara in an Instagram post. “My heart breaks for the victims and all of you are in my thoughts and prayers. I would like to extend my love and condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives and I wish all those injured a speedy and full recovery. I also wish more strength to the hearts and hands of the first responders and the medical personnel who are attending to the injured and to the security personnel who are trying to bring the situation under control." “While we struggle to comprehend the depths of depravity people can descend to, and while we all grieve in unison, we need to find the strength to stand together as Sri Lankans; shoulder to shoulder and heart to heart. Together we can get through. Divided we have but little hope. Even though our hearts are overwhelmed with emotion, it is vital that we force our minds to be rational and intelligent. Do not rush to judgement or conclusions. Let's give ourselves time to grieve. Let's give ourselves the space to try and understand the ground reality. Loved ones have died. Fellow Sri Lankans have died. Guests visiting our country have died." “Do not buy into the spin or conjecture or the conspiracy theories. This is not a game. Eschew the efforts of those who shamefully try to politicise this tragedy. Let the authorities investigate. Let the authorities bring these cowardly terrorists to justice." “For us, our focus should be to love and support those who have been affected. To continue to have compassion and empathy for our neighbours. To keep each other safe. To try and ensure our thoughts, words and deeds enable and empower us to lift each other out of this tragedy. To join together and try our hardest to ensure that no such tragedy can ever occur again.” Love and care for one another know no boundaries and will always prevail wherever a conflict against fear takes place. Keeping that in mind, the sports fraternity of India showed their remorse towards our neighbours, praying for the lives of the victims and their families and extended their wishes towards the nation. Shocked to hear the news coming in from Sri Lanka. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this tragedy. #PrayForSriLanka — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) April 21, 2019 Saddened to hear about the terror attacks in various parts of Sri Lanka. Strongly condemn these acts of terror. Hatred and violence will never overpower love, kindness and compassion. ðð» #SriLanka — Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) April 21, 2019 Deeply saddened by the terrible attacks in #SriLanka .My sincere prayers with the people of Sri Lanka in this very difficult time. — VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) April 21, 2019 Thoughts and prayers go out to the families affected by the blasts in #SriLanka. We stand as one with our neighbours in this hour of trouble ðð» pic.twitter.com/lqTp8Xo9NY — Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 21, 2019 Shocked to hear about the terror attacks in #SriLanka. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected! Stay strong! ð — KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 21, 2019 Deeply saddened to hear the news from Sri Lanka on Easter! Thoughts and prayers with the victims and their families. May they be given more strength! ð — Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) April 21, 2019
  17. For a team that has often been labelled as underachievers, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) continued to live up to that reputation after losing six games on the trot in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Despite boasting of some of the biggest names in international cricket, the Bangalore franchise consistently failed to get past their opponents in this year's edition. However, their dismal losing streak finally came to an end after a strong showing against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) saw them securing a convincing eight-wicket win in their last match. A brilliant batting performance by Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers got RCB over the line, giving their fans something to cheer for. While RCB finally managed to register their first points this season, their troubles aren't over yet. Following their win over KXIP, captain Kohli was handed a fine of Rs 12 lakh for breaching the IPL's Code of Conduct. Twitter/@IPL The Team India captain was found guilty of maintaining a slow-over rate in the clash against KXIP which led to the unfortunate ramifications. "Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli has been fined after his team maintained a slow over-rate during their VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 match against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali on 13th April 2019," said an IPL statement. "As it was his team's first offense of the season under the IPL's Code of Conduct relating to minimum over-rate offenses, Mr. Kohli was fined Rs 12 lakh," it added further. In the process, Kohli became only the third captain this season to be handed a fine for his team's slow over-rate. Mumbai Indians' captain Rohit Sharma and Rajasthan Royals' skipper Ajinkya Rahane were also fined by IPL governing council for maintaining slow over-rate earlier this season. Twitter/@IPL As per the rules, a second violation for slow over-rate would result in a fine of Rs 24 lakh for the captain and 25% of the match fee from every other player in the team. And, a third offence will lead to a one-match ban for the captain and an increased fine of Rs 30 lakh. With RCB returning to the winning ways, Kohli will surely feel less burdened, but the Indian batting sensation will need to be careful about the slow over-rate when his team visits the Wankhede stadium to lock horns with Mumbai on 15th April.
  18. The curse is finally over, ladies and gentleman! Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have finally won their first IPL match of the twelfth season and looked really good while doing so, too. After Ravichandran Ashwin's King XI Punjab (KXIP) set a respectable total of 173 on their home ground at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali, behind an excellent knock played by Chris 'Universe Boss' Gayle (99 not out), it was time for Kohli and gang to try and chase it down. RCB openers AB de Villiers and Kohli, himself, walked down to the pitch with an aggressive mindset from the beginning and managed to keep the assertion alive for the better half of the second innings, which helped the 'Play Bold' army seal the deal in the final overs. Forming yet another successful partnership, Kohli (67 off 53) and de Villiers (59 not out) were finally able to help the team “cross that line” as the skipper mentioned in an interview after the match. In a different feature video uploaded on the Indian Premier League's official website, it was the South African who held the microphone for the Indian captain for a brief Q&A during which de Villiers asked Kohli about the reasons behind the 30-year-old 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. 'Stability, balance & good wives' https://t.co/T03I8FnjT6 — m (@Manasa2922x) April 14, 2019 “I think over the last year or so, the best thing to have happened to me is me getting married. It has literally changed my whole world,” he said. “I have the most beautiful wife, the most beautiful person and that has been the strongest factor in my life.” “It has changed the way I was before, I was too intense in life but she always keeps me motivated and positive,” Kohli showed appreciation towards Anushka Sharma. “I could not have been luckier to have someone who understands my mindset being in that position herself.” “'Stability, balance and a good wife' is a good life,” said the former Proteas leader in the end.
  19. Let's just get one question out of the way before we dive deep into the discussion, we are, in no way, doubting the immense talent and limitless potential of the current leader of the Indian cricket team as a scorer and a batsman. If we look down the past, the only athlete that comes even closer to being mentioned in the same sentence as the all-time great Sachin Tendulkar has to be Virat Kohli, currently ranked number one on International Cricket Council's list of batsmen in both ODI and Test formats of the game. Chasing the legacy of someone who is considered to be the finest product of the game since the 'master blaster', Kohli has literally been on top of the game for ages. Fans and players from all over the world, yes, even the ruthless Aussies, believe that Kohli's got what it takes to challenge every single record created by notable batsmen in the history of international cricket. “I love watching Virat Kohli bat. I love his aggression And serious passion that I used to have. He reminds me of myself”, Sir Vivian Richards had once said about the Indian prodigy and he was bang on point. The man, who's known to have a hot head on his shoulders, has found a way to channelise all that rage through his bat. When the Delhi-born decided to spill water all over Sri Lanka's joy in a 2012 matchup in Hobart, Australia, cricketing world first took notice of the beast in the making. Scoring an unbeaten 133 off just 86 deliveries to successfully chase a mammoth total of 321 in as few as 40 overs, Kohli made a name for himself. “The king of run-chase”, they called him. King Kohli was born. Jump seven years ahead, Virat Kohli, the batter has only risen in ranks and become one of the most successful hitters of modern day cricket. 2018 was specifically his year as ICC just happened to decorate his trophy room with all of the most prestigious recognitions they could. In a single year, Kohli, the batsman became ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year, ICC Men's Test, Cricketer of the Year and ICC Men's ODI Cricketer of the Year. Not to take away any credit from Virat Kohli the skipper as he was honoured as the Captain of ICC Test Team of the Year and Captain of ICC Men's ODI Team of the Year also. ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year â ICC Men's Test Cricketer of the Year â ICC Men's ODI Cricketer of the Year â Captain of ICC Test Team of the Year â Captain of ICC Men's ODI Team of the Year â Let's hear from the man himself, @imvKohli! #ICCAwards ð pic.twitter.com/3M2pxyC44n — ICC (@ICC) January 22, 2019 However, there always has been that one stain on the captain of the Men in Blue that Kohli's captaincy has been successful only because of the presence of a certain former-skipper of the squad who is considered to be the greatest leader of Team India, Mahendra Singh Dhoni. “I think the best thing for Virat Kohli is that he has got MS Dhoni as keeper. You can see whenever he is in the deep, MS Dhoni helps him with the field, talks to the bowlers in crucial situations,” Indian Hall of Famer Sunil Gavaskar had said in March. Surely, there were numerous Kohli supporters who shut his claims down way back then. “He is a great captain on his own”, they'd said. And then, the twelfth season of Indian Premier League (IPL) happened and all those supporters began to believe in their own words lesser and lesser. With no Dhoni to back him up in Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Kohli's reign crumpled a little with every match that he lost. Currently sitting at the bottom of the points table of the league, it might be too late for RCB to make a miracle return as well. It is evident that the horrible losing streak is having an adverse impact on Kohli's performance as a batsman. In the six matches, the Bangalore captain has amassed just 203 runs with only one half-century in a deflating loss to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Andre Russell's bat. "We just weren't good on the given day. That's the whole story of RCB this season," Kohli said in disappointment after losing the match against Shreyas Iyer's Delhi Capitals on Sunday. A player must never be judged on the basis of a month-long tournament, certainly, but if you have the remotest idea about the mentality of an athlete, especially as competitive as Kohli, such stents have a devastating effect on your form and psyche. With the 2019 ICC World Cup less than two months away, a man so humbled must not lead the Indian roster, if we want to win it all, that is. This is not a half-cooked notion either. People from all over the country believe that Kohli should step down from the throne and let somebody like Rohit Sharma spearhead the team. Virat the batsman ð¤ But Virat the captain is hampering his batting at the moment. should step down and concentrate on his batting. — happy mohanty (@HappyDebabrata) April 7, 2019 Virat Kohli plss..,plsss, you retire from captain of rcb then rcb will win plss, don't disappoint us ,pls — Ek Villain (@EkVillain9091) April 7, 2019 Let the truth be told: Virat is not captain material. Time to change the captain! — Vishwanath Narayan (@Vishwanath0305) April 7, 2019 Virat Kohli should Retire With Immediate Effect from Indian Team's Captaincy. Atleast we can have hope for World Cup. Rohit Sharma should lead Team India in World Cup Atleast Virat Kohli will be able to focus on his Batting. ð — Alokk Verma (@AlokkVerma75) April 7, 2019 Anyday better captain then virat No doubt about that — Sachin Raj (@rajsachin767) April 7, 2019 Is it just me that thinks @ImRo45 should captain team India too !!! #MumbaiIndians #TeamIndia — Glorious Girl (@GloriousGirl_97) April 7, 2019 Dear @BCCI make @ImRo45 captain of India for ODI & T20 and if possible then for world cupâ¤ï¸ no doubt Virat is better batsman but Rohit is better captain than him #Rohitsharma — Shraddha_SW (@Shraddha_wagh09) April 6, 2019 Dear @BCCI make @ImRo45 captain of India for ODI & T20 and if possible then for world cupâ¤ï¸ no doubt Virat is better batsman but Rohit is better captain than him #Rohitsharma — Shraddha_SW (@Shraddha_wagh09) April 6, 2019 Make no mistake, none of these people are criticising Kohli as a cricketer. All they ask of him is to take some time away from captaincy and focus of bringing back the beast of a batsman he once used to be and has the potential to do so.
  20. It is official ladies and gentleman, Virat Kohli and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are cursed for the entire 2019 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The first half of the match between RCB and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) gave the viewers the feeling that Virat Kohli and his side will finally pick up their first win of the season. The skipper played his best innings this year and his feat of 84 runs also helped him become only the second Indian cricketer to score 8000+ runs in the Twenty20 format, behind Suresh Raina. Kohli also became the fastest Indian to reach the milestone. The @RCBTweets Skipper departs after a terrific knock of 84 runs ðð#RCB 172/1 pic.twitter.com/bJl9RnuCCd — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 5, 2019 Even AB de Villiers, who was struggling to put up big numbers this year, came to Kohli's aide and played like his old self scoring quick 63 runs in just 32 balls to establish a rock-solid total of 205. Well into the second half of the game when it was KKR's turn to try and chase the massive score, it felt as if Bangalore can finally celebrate the win at their home ground. Even though batsmen like Chris Lynn, Robin Utthapa and Nitish Rana were able to put up decent numbers, the journey to chasing 205 runs seemed long and difficult. But the best (the worst for RCB) was yet to come. With the dismissal of KKR captain Dinesh Karthik, entered Andre Russell, who has been in superhuman form and has been referred to as the destroyer of bowlers on multiple occasions by multiple commentators. After taking four balls to dig his feet into the pitch, Russell looked locked and loaded to making the seemingly impossible task look like a child's play. The demolition of RCB and Virat Kohli's spirit began in the 17th over when Mohhamad Siraj bowled a beamer. As the ball paced for Russell's head he tried to deflect it with his bat. The velocity of the ball combined with the brute strength of the Carabean beast made the 'no-ball' travel across the boundary for a six. This delivery being Siraj's second beamer of the game forced him to give up the ball to Marcus Stoins, who in turn had to bowl the rest of the four deliveries of Siraj's over. Unfortunately for Stoins, the first ball he had to delivery was eligible for a 'free-hit'. Half-heartedly, the Aussie bowled at the length of 'the slot' which just happens to be Russell's favourite portion of the crease. Hitting a long maximum off the free-hit, Russell wanted to end the game as soon as possible. He then scored another six on the next ball and a hat-trick of sixes in the next over to tie the game at 205 runs a piece. Ruthless. Relentless. Russel ðªð¥ The absolute hitting that led to this though ðð@KKRiders @Russell12A #RCBvKKR pic.twitter.com/4Ou1HzYS34 — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 5, 2019 The first ball of the over enabled the duo of Russell and Shubhman Gill to take an easy single to win the game. Watching the deconstruction of his dreams to finally win an IPL game this season, Kohli stood by the boundary line with his arms raised in amusement and eyes wide open in disbelief. While Twitter fans were awestruck by the Windies allrounder's showdown, our thoughts and prayers go out to the disheartened RCB fans who showed their frustration and anger online: Speechless. #RCBvKKR #VIVOIPL2019 — Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 5, 2019 RCB after every IPL match.. since 2008..#RCBvKKR pic.twitter.com/SMzQ4fIs4O — Another Rohit (@which_rohit) April 5, 2019 Siraj's No ball costed RCB the game? Nah, this is where they lost. #RCBvKKR pic.twitter.com/ua6cbPPd2Y — Peeyush Sharma (@peeyushsharmaa) April 5, 2019 RCB players after match... #KKRvsRCB #RCBvsKKR pic.twitter.com/N3slrRnvFl — Sumer kadale (@Sumerkadale) April 5, 2019 Mood #Rcb ð pic.twitter.com/bq7YKvwdJC — Divyað¤(ashdeep exist ðâ¤) (@randeepashiii) April 5, 2019 mood watching RCB matches pic.twitter.com/KmsWUGANb0 — ð¹ð¸ (@JoBhejiThiDuaa) April 5, 2019 RCB bowlers to each batsman pic.twitter.com/14PuueykkX — Mumbaicha engineer (@berozgaarhoo) April 5, 2019 this season #RCB will be like pic.twitter.com/AIAh4ybx42 — DHRUV JAIN (@imdhruvjain) April 5, 2019 Good batting, great strategy, fielding , well maintained bowling, match winning.. RCB~ pic.twitter.com/y8M7VcL2t0 — ð°ï¸man (@_single_ladka_) April 5, 2019
  21. Do you remember the inaugural match of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the one which was initiated by none other than Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders in 2008? And in the first match itself, we got to witness some scintillating fireworks by Brendon McCullum when he scored an unbeaten 158. Astonishingly, whenever KKR and RCB have been pitted against each other, something or the other has happened that has intensified the rivalry between these two giants. From Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli's verbal spat in 2013 to RCB being bundled out for 49 in 2017. Other than this, Chris Gayle's dominance to Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn's 100 + partnership in the power-play, there are several instances that come to mind. With the teams locking horns for the first time in IPL 2019, we hope we get to see another epic encounter like this. © Instagram Talking of KKR first, winning two out of the three games in the tournament so far, the Shah Rukh Khan-owned team will be playing after a long gap of five days. Hoping they are over with their loss in the super over to Delhi Capitals, it will be exciting to see how they keep up the motivation at M Chinnaswamy, Bangalore – a venue that has been a happy hunting ground for the franchise. Being in a good form off lately, Dinesh Karthik and men would be looking to stabilise their upper order so that there is someone to accompany the Caribbean Andre Russell in the finishing overs. © AP RCB, on the other hand, are still trying to find the winning combination in this edition of the IPL. Having played four games and lost all of them, skipper Virat Kohli would be eager to lead from the front and make it count against arch-rivals KKR. A consistent cause of worry for the men in red has been their bowling attack. While Yuzvendra Chahal has eight wickets in four outings and is the current Purple Cap holder, the rest of the RCB bowlers have half the number of Chahal's wickets in as many games. Mohammed Siraj's tally of four wickets is followed by Umesh Yadav's two. Another big concern for RCB will be their sloppy fielding in the game time and again. They have dropped catches and missed opportunities that could have changed the whole scenario of the game. While the team is desperate to get two points on the board, it is important that they do the basics right and pay attention to each department. With this, let's hope King Kohli is able to get a point on the board and end his winless drought.
  22. Another day, another disappointment for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) who continue their winless streak in the twelfth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) having played four matches and have found themselves at the bottom of the league's points table. After captain Kohli got dismissed by a magnificent Shreyas Gopal (who ended up with a three-wicket-haul), the second RCB opener, Parthiv Patel put the burden on his shoulders to help his side reach a respectable total of 158. Patel's bat contributed with 67 runs off 41 balls which also included 9 boundaries and a maximum. However, Rajasthan Royals (RR) opener Jos Buttler and Steve Smith were too hot to handle for the men in red and gold as they spearheaded Royals to win their first game of the season. Having said that, Tuesday's match against Rajasthan got Virat Kohli an incredible feat to boast about as it provided him with the opportunity to captain an IPL squad for the 100th time and make him only the third cricketer in the world to do so, behind Chennai Super Kings star Mahendra Singh Dhoni (162 matches) and former IPL player, Gautam Gambhir (129 matches between Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils. Today our skipper – @imVkohli becomes the third captain in IPL history to play as captain in 100 matches. Congratulations Virat, keep playing bold! #PlayBold pic.twitter.com/Ar5FASqB24 — Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 2, 2019 Ironically, such a record that should normally bring a sense of pride to any athlete, also brings immense shame to RCB skipper as Kohli has the worst record amongst the men who have reached such a status. Amongst the 162 games led by Dhoni, he has a win percentage of 60.24% while Gambhir's is at 55.42% with three and two titles under their belts, respectively. Kohli, on the other hand, is at a below average mark of 46.87% wins as captain. Not to forget the fact that Bengaluru have never won the trophy. With another loss of the season in what appears to be a lost cause, RCB fans have resorted to humour to hide their pain but we see right through it: RCB Fans: When will we win our 1st IPL title??? Kohli: pic.twitter.com/82N5h9wpR2 — Arun Gunasekaran (@arung410) April 2, 2019 #RCBvRR Match 1 - Let's talk with losing team captain virat kohli Match 2 - Let's talk with losing team captain virat kohli Match 3 - Let's talk with losing team captain virat kohli Match 4 - Let's talk with losing team captain virat kohli Hope this doesn't happen in world cup — . quo Wendi Jay's (@Rakshit02769233) April 2, 2019 *Virat Kohli's win %* while playing while playing for RCB for India. pic.twitter.com/s8JkhxaFtE — NeeraJ. (@AjeebPrani) April 1, 2019 Shreyas Gopal after Dismissal of Virat Kohli ~#RRvRCB #IPL2019 pic.twitter.com/kZmr00joFT — Rohitian #MI ð¥ (@imRohitian__) April 2, 2019 Ghambhir to Kohli : How u doin ?#SRHvRCB pic.twitter.com/rfninlY4qM — à¤à¤à¥à¤à¤¾ ð®ð³ (@JAGGA1313) March 31, 2019 Sid Mallya & Virat Kohli started celebrating RCB's 5th loss in ADVANCE!! ðð#RRvRCB pic.twitter.com/BH30VB7wDF — Ankit Prakash Ching (@arunankit46) April 2, 2019 #RCB lose 4 matches constantly , last in points table , and team's net run rate is also very poor. Virat kohli:- #RRvRCB pic.twitter.com/8gMzX0Jtvq — Romesh sachdev (@sarcasticroms) April 2, 2019
  23. While the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has fared pretty well for majority of the teams so far, the same cannot be said for the likes of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Rajasthan Royals (RR). Both the sides have endured tough defeats and, currently, find themselves searching for their first win this season. Thus, when Bangalore and Rajasthan locked horns in the 14th match of the tournament in Jaipur, both Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane made a few changes to turn their fortunes around. While Royals brought in Stuart Binny and Varun Aaron, Royal Challengers handed a debut to Akshdeep Nath and included the likes of Navdeep Saini and Marcus Stoinis in their line-up. "Why did you pick Stuart Binny against likes of Virat Kohli and ABD. @rajasthanroyals team management:#RRvRCB #IPL2019 pic.twitter.com/ZtbFZqw5YD — Shivam Chowkidar (@itsShivam18) April 2, 2019 And, after the changes were announced, the RCB fans were busy trolling the hosts for their decision to include Binny in their playing XI, especially against the likes of hard-hitting Kohli, AB de Villiers and Shimron Hetmyer. But, that prediction rarely affected Royals, not because Binny bowled just one over, but because Shreyas Gopal came to the party with his wrong'uns. For someone who began his cricketing journey as a middle-order batsman, Gopal, over the years, has come into his own to establish himself as a potent all-rounder. If his technically correct batting strengthens Rajasthan's middle-order, his short bursts of accurate spin bowling gives Rahane an additional option in that regard. On 2nd April, Rajasthan didn't really needed Gopal's batting as his spin bowling proved way too deadly for the RCB's star batsmen. The Karnataka cricketer's wrong'uns sent Kohli and De Villiers packing, and a googly brought an early end to dangerous Hetmyer. Twitter/@IPL Introduced in the seventh over, the 25-year-old bowled an absolute ripper of a delivery to breach Kohli's defence and rattle the stumps. In his next over, Gopal - thanks to another wrong'un - got rid of ABD whose hurried effort to jam his bat down resulted in a simple caught and bowled dismissal. His consistency to pick wickets in every over continued as he got Hetmyer out caught behind the stumps on a googly. 3 - Shreyas Gopal has dismissed AB de Villiers every time he's bowled to him in the #IPL (3 instances). Liking. #IPL2019 #RRvRCB — OptaJim (@OptaJim) April 2, 2019 There are a total of 19 instances where a bowler managed to dismiss Kohli and De Villiers in the same innings in the IPL. But, thanks to his latest exploits, Gopal became only the second bowler to do so twice after RCB's current bowling coach Ashish Nehra. He had also dismissed the two star batsmen in the same innings last season. Thanks to his impressive figures of 3-12, Rajasthan managed to restrict Bangalore to 158/4 before chasing down the total with seven wickets and a delivery to spare. Rightly adjudged the 'Man of the Match', Gopal's brilliant spell had everyone singing his praise. Great reaction from Shreyas Gopal to getting Kohli bowled. Just joy and a bit of surprise. — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 2, 2019 Shreyas gopal must be playing for indian one day side .. He can be a Back up option for Chahal who having bad days very often these days.... #Rotationpolicy #RRvRCB — Mano Hanks ... (@south235) April 2, 2019 All RCBian are dancing on Shre Gopal' flute. #RRvRCB #IPL2019 — Jaiprakash Rathi (@JPRATHI11) April 2, 2019 He is better bowler than chahal should take his place in the Indian team — Vaibhav (@vtawade) April 2, 2019 He is knocking the doors of selectors — Anmol Gaurav Johar (@GauravAnmol) April 2, 2019 Picked him in #dream11 as a budget equaliser. But he's giving some valuable points here — Ravi Kiran (@crravikiran) April 2, 2019
  24. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), a team which contains one of the best players in the world, but still couldn't win anything till now. Since the first edition of the Indian Premier League, RCB has been known for more of a one-man show and not a team effort, be it the squad of Anil Kumble, Daniel Vettori or now of Virat Kohli, there have always been one or two players who have played well while the rest of the team has struggled to find their form. With the trio of Ab De Villiers, Chris Gayle and Kohli coming together, many thought that this would surely bring them the trophy. But despite reaching the final twice in the presence of these icons, RCB could never manage to get their hands on the cup. © AP In the last season also, around 60 per cent runs were scored by Kohli and De Villiers, who despite scoring well for their team, couldn't get them past the finishing line. The same old story was repeated in yesterday's game where the men in red lost to the 'MI Paltans' only because no one else stood up for the team other than Kolhi and ABD. After Moeen Ali and Parthiv Patel failed to provide a stable start, Kohli came to the rescue of the team and scored a crucial 46 before getting caught on a well directed short ball by Jasprit Bumrah. Once he left, De Villiers took the charge, but the constant pressure of not getting out stopped him from playing his shots. Though he did manage to play the anchor innings of 67, he never got the support from the other end to wrap the game in their corner. © AP The only solution we can think of from this discussion, is that if RCB wants to get anywhere near the cup, then everyone in the team needs to start taking responsibility of their actions rather than putting the pressure on the main two to three players.
  25. Not to lead anyone to the horrible trap of superstition and unfounded belief systems, but we have to pay attention to the fact that when it comes to Virat Kohli and his Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) , their fate is doomed at the Indian Premier League (IPL) ever since the franchise was introduced in 2008. Having made it to just three IPL finals (2009, 2011 and 2016), RCB has never won a single title despite the team being loaded with world-class talents from the best squads seen at the international cricketing level. Ever since Kohli took up the role of the leader of the team ahead of the 2014 season of the league, his run as the skipper is flooded with unfortunate losses, embarrassing moments (RCB hold the record for the lowest IPL total of 49 runs) and heartbreaking exits from the tournament through the years. One such incident took place on Thursday in a nerve-racking game against Rohit Sharma's Mumbai Indians (MI). With Bengaluru needing seven runs off the final delivery of match, the loss was almost certain for the players in red and gold. Mumbai pacer and Sri Lankan legend Lasith Malinga let out a full-toss to an unprepared batsman in Shivam Dube who managed to connect and failed to take a single run. The twist however comes at a technical level. While Malinga took his run-up for the final ball, he overstepped which usually calls for the umpire to call it a 'no-ball'. This time around, the on-field umpire S. Ravi missed the call, resulting in RCB's unfortunate loss. Bed and poor umpiring by the umpires if the umpire consider the no ball the result was different and gone to RCB's sideðð captain Kohli says the same thing that,"umpires ko ankhain khuli rakhni chahiain!!!"ð ð¤ð¡........ pic.twitter.com/neTAlxM4lm — Imakash_n6.o (@akash_nad) March 29, 2019 What makes this incident even more excruciating is the 'what if' factor. If the umpire had called out for the 'no-ball', it not only would have resulted in an extra delivery but also an additional run awarded to Kohli's side making it possible for them to win with a maximum at the last ball. When Kohli was approached after the game, he was ready to share a piece of his mind with the public. Without holding back anything Kohli charged at the umpire for messing it up big time and very rightly so. "We are playing at the IPL level. We are not playing club cricket. That is just a ridiculous call -- last ball. The umpires should have their eyes open. It was a no-ball by an inch. It's completely different game altogether,” said a furious Kohli. “If it is a game of margins, I don't know what is happening. They should have been more sharp and careful out there." Sympathising with the umpires after the debacle, fans showed their concerns about the poor officials' wellbeing on Twitter: Virat kohli waiting for umpire #RCBvMI pic.twitter.com/gvrW2NXBH6 — SANJEEV KUMAR YADAV (@skysanjeevyadav) March 29, 2019 Umpire to Kohli after d match#noball #RCBvMI pic.twitter.com/8D8LO4KHbz — Shadab Yazdani (@Shadab_Yazdani) March 28, 2019 Kohli right now to Umpire #RCBvMI pic.twitter.com/sbOnTZhjAJ — Ravi Prakash (@raviprakash91) March 28, 2019 Virat Kohli to Umpire after the last ball #RCBvMI #RCBvMI pic.twitter.com/aQMjSaujM4 — Ajeet (@Kingofipl_dhoni) March 28, 2019 Kohli to Umpire after presentation ceremony: pic.twitter.com/JWOMIHFeYE — Nitish Ranjan (@nitish_ranjan) March 28, 2019 A massage from Virat kohli to umpire #RCBvMI #MIvsRCB pic.twitter.com/WwNQ0URsqr — भाà¤à¤¸à¤¾à¤¹à¤¬ (@Bhai_saheb) March 28, 2019 Umpire when Kohli meets him after the match #RCBvMI pic.twitter.com/3kTzdRtzFa — Rajpurohit (@gajender00) March 28, 2019 Virat Kohli looking for the Umpire#RCBvMI #IPL2019 #NoBall pic.twitter.com/3dRV9pl2G8 — Why So Silly® (@silly_why) March 28, 2019 Kohli is fuming. That umpire is unemployed now. — Abhishek (@Sajjanlaunda) March 28, 2019 Kohli meeting Umpire today #RCBvMI pic.twitter.com/MUhlIawrMC — Faad Dunga BC (@naalaYUCK) March 28, 2019
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