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  1. The world of cricket has witnessed the excellence of numerous batsmen over the years. But, in the modern era of the sport, the batting charts have been thoroughly dominated by four batsmen - Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Kane Williamson and Joe Root. Labelled as the 'Big Four' of modern-day batting, the quartet has appeared to be in a class of their own. Such has been the level of competition between these four batsmen that it's almost hard to pick who's the best. But, if statistics are anything to go by, the likes of Smith and Kohli, especially in the past couple of years, have clearly left Williamson and Root behind. From scoring centuries at will, dominating ICC rankings to shattering old records, Smith and Kohli have carved their own niche in international cricket, making others look mediocre. Their consistency with the willow has not only left the pundits in disbelief, but also the fans who are truly relishing the contest between Smith and Kohli. Their batting masterclass has changed the way we perceive the gentleman's game and every time someone poses a query over the best batsman around, the answer is either Kohli or Smith. © Reuters While it is still hard to pick between the two, there is little doubt over Smith's excellence, especially in the longest version of the game, Returning to the playing field after a year-long suspension earlier this year, Smith silenced the naysayers and probably all his detractors who felt that he may have lost his touch. Hitting his lowest ebb in years, Australian cricket's darling marked a sensational return and won back his fans after clobbering 774 runs, including two hundreds, a double ton and three fifties, in the Ashes series earlier this year. His brilliant outing also propelled him to the top spot in ICC rankings for batsmen in Test cricket. But, for someone who truly made the longest format his own little playground, Smith couldn't replicate his success during the recently-concluded Test series against Pakistan. The first Test at the Gabba saw the right-hander falling prey to Pakistani spinner Yasir Shah for a mere four runs in the first innings and a brilliant bowling display by Australia denied him an opportunity to bat in the second. © Reuters In the second Test, where his teammates David Warner (335*) and Marnus Labuschagne (162) looked at their menacing best in the first innings, Smith could only manage to score 36 runs before being dismissed by Pakistani seamer Shaheeh Afridi. With Australia offering a follow-on to Pakistan, Smith was once again denied an opportunity to make amends for his mediocre batting display in the second innings. With just 40 runs to his name in the two-match series, Smith didn't just miss out on carrying his fine form, but also lost the no.1 spot in the ICC rankings for batsmen in Test cricket. Smith's loss has proved to be Kohli's gain as the Australian's nemesis has reclaimed his old spot that he had lost earlier this year. Virat Kohli back to No.1! David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne and Joe Root make significant gains in the latest @MRFWorldwide ICC Test Rankings for batting. Full rankings: https://t.co/AIR0KN4yY5 pic.twitter.com/AXBx6UIQkL — ICC (@ICC) December 4, 2019 The Indian captain, who has 7202 runs and 27 hundreds from 84 Tests, currently occupies the top spot with 928 points to his name. He is followed by Smith, who dropped points owing to his recent struggles in Brisbane and Adelaide, with 923 points. The list also includes New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson, at the third spot, whose 51 points adrift at the top. Kohli might have reclaimed the top spot, but the fact that he will not play any more Test matches in 2019, makes him prone to getting dethroned again. Unlike Kohli, Smith, despite losing his top spot to Kohli, will have a great opportunity to snatch the No. 1 spot back when he takes the field in the two Tests against New Zealand later this month. © Reuters While Kohli and Smith continue to upstage each other with their impeccable skills, the cricket fans should be blessed to witness their competitive edge which appears to bring out the best in two of the modern-day batting greats. View the full article
  2. It has been around five months since India was knocked out of ICC World Cup 2019 semi-finals, thanks to a brilliant team-performance by Kane Williamson and his men. The Men in Blue were the leading prospects to win the 2019 edition of the quadrennial tournament but faced a huge disappointment when their elite batting-order failed to show up in a clutch situation and faced defeat. Hard luck team india .. played a very spirited game through the tournament ðð½ðð½ the wicket of Dhoni and his walk back just broke my heart #INDvsNZ proud nonetheless ðªð½ pic.twitter.com/iGCPhIhLEU — Randeep Hooda (@RandeepHooda) July 10, 2019 And while that loss should have been the takeaway for every Indian that was a part of the team's journey during the contest, news of Bollywood actor and Virat Kohli's wife Anushka Sharma being at the venue is what continues to be the talking point ever since. In October 2019, former Indian wicket-keeper Farokh Engineer spoke about how the BCCI selectors behaved like a “Mickey Mouse” committee and recalled that he'd seen one of the selectors bring tea for Anushka Sharma in the VIP box. “All they (selectors) were doing was getting Anushka Sharma cups of tea. I feel people with the stature of Dilip Vengsarkar should be in the selection committee,” Engineer was quoted as saying by the Times of India. Sharma, who's never been the one to react to such comments made an exception this time and called out Engineer on his comments in an Instagram post the next day. View this post on Instagram A post shared by AnushkaSharma1588 (@anushkasharma) on Oct 31, 2019 at 5:15am PDT After this post, Engineer was slammed for making false accusations against the famed actor and was made a huge ruckus out of. To further save face amidst the fans of Indian cricket, the former cricketer had to make an official statement on live television and clarify that he said all those things in the heat of the moment. MIRROR NOW EXCLUSIVE | Former Cricketer Farokh Engineer clarifies his controversial comment on Actor Anushka Sharma, says, comments are blown out of proportion and I apologise to Anushka Sharma@VirenFerrao pic.twitter.com/zULYPDvRZb — Mirror Now (@MirrorNow) November 1, 2019 Now, Exactly one month since Engineer's clarification, the Indian captain, Virat Kohli has opened up about those comments in an interview with India Today. "She came for one World Cup game against Sri Lanka and the family box and the selector box was different, and there was no selector in that box. She came for one game with two friends," Kohli said during the interview. "As I said, she is known, she's been successful at a very high level so when people take her name, it gets noticed," the India captain added. In the era of social media, the line between personal and private lives of celebrities is getting more and more blurry with each passing day and such comments made by the veterans of the game do not make it easier for people like Anushka Sharma to maintain their calm. Kohli, on the other hand, has been exceptional in keeping it together. He has not only managed to stay at the peak of his skills as a batsman and a captain but has also managed to get some time off the field and spend quality time with his family. “Cricket can't be your life for every minute of every day,” former Australian wicket-keeper batsman Adam Gilchrist had said in an exclusive with MensXp and Kohli, despite being at the centre of the game on an international level has somehow managed to maintain that. View the full article
  3. Australia has been on a roll against a visiting Pakistani side for a three-game T20I series followed by a two-match Test series which is currently underway at the Adelaide Oval. The Australian batsmen are showing no intent of slowing it down with the gigantic totals for their opponents in the first innings and their bowlers, led by a scary Mitchell Starc, are making it absolutely suffocating for Azhar Ali's men to survive at the pitch. "The higher you go, the body starts going back."@glennmcgrath11 explains why Mitchell Starc's 'small change' makes a 'massive difference'.#AUSvPAK pic.twitter.com/H65s8tRShz — #7Cricket (@7Cricket) November 30, 2019 Essentially, Tim Paine's men are looking like the Justice League with every member of the team looking like a superhero against an under-talented Pakistani side. They are destined to win the second and final Test to hand their opponents a wash-out defeat in every game that they played on Australian soil during their current trip. But Paine got in the way of history being made when he made his best batsman, David Warner to return to the dressing room in the middle of a once-in-a-lifetime batting performance. With 39 boundaries and a solitary maximum, Warner broke Don Bradman and Mark Taylor's record by scoring 335 runs. This achievement made him the owner of the tenth spot in the list of the highest individual scores in Test cricket. David Warner becomes the 7th Australian to score a triple century in Tests ðª pic.twitter.com/3tup9XUnIX — ICC (@ICC) November 30, 2019 However, based on the way Warner didn't lose his focus despite facing 418 deliveries, he looked well on his way to reaching for the 400-mark and maybe even defeat Brian Lara's all-time record. After Paine declared the match at the twilight of day two of the match, Warner was asked about his skipper's decision to not allow him to reach for the stars and he did a decent job at protecting him. “... I said 'when are we declaring', and they said '5.40pm' and I said 'ok'. I kept on asking when we were out there, we got to five, then ten past five, and I was making sure that was still the message and it was. Until I think that last over before, it just ticked over [5.40pm] and Painey wanted me to try and get past that 334 mark," Warner said after the match in favour of Paine's decision to declare the first innings. Basically it was predetermined, even before Warner was at the crease, that Australia will declare at 5:40 regardless of how many runs a batsman would have made by then and they stuck to it. They wanted enough time to dismiss the Pakistani batting order twice to win the second match as well. And this is where Tim Paine should have realised that what David Warner did was special and so rare that only nine players in the entire history of the game had been able to score more runs than him. Hey Babysitterð¶ Australian temporary captain @tdpaine36 (Tim Paine) we were waiting for our champion Mr.David Warner's 4th century (400) but you did poor captaincy and declared 1st inning on 589/3. He was on 335* & still 42 overs were left to stump day 2.#AUSvsPAK pic.twitter.com/ILcezy8eAs — Ravindra Varak (@VarakRavindra) November 30, 2019 Sure, a win at this point in the ICC World Test Championships was important for the Australians but that would have come anyway. All Warner needed were a few more overs and some support from his captain to do the unthinkable, but none of those two things happened for the 33-year-old southpaw. This is where captaincy becomes completely different for Team India's leader, Virat Kohli. Even though winning is the top priority for Kohli and they have been doing a brilliant job in doing so (undefeated in the ICC World Test Championships till date), he is willing to stay flexible and motivate his players to do great things at the pitch. The greatest example of Kohli's spirit was seen during India's first Test match against Bangladesh. Even though it was almost certain that India will go on to win the Indore clash, Kohli encouraged his opener, Mayank Agarwal to score as many runs as he can. Coach Virat Kohli Explains Why He Pushed Mayank Agarwal For The Double-Century Vs Bangladesh https://t.co/tVxrGb9ygV via @MensXP — à¤à¤¶à¥à¤¤à¥à¤· (@aka_saurabh) November 18, 2019 When Agarwal celebrated reaching the 150-run mark, Kohli demanded him to score 200 runs. When he reached 200, the skipper raised three fingers and motivated him to make 300. Although Kohli was all smiles after Agarwal was dismissed at 243, he later made sure that the world knew why he pushed his man to give his best for the team. View this post on Instagram "Don't want others to make the mistakes I made as a youngster" - @virat.kohli on pushing @mayankagarawal to score double tonð A post shared by Team India (@indiancricketteam) on Nov 16, 2019 at 5:11am PST “I know how much time it took me to get those big hundreds,” said the Captain. “I know the importance of getting big runs and when the guy is in the moment, it is important as a senior batter to let them know that 'you need to focus, you need to keep going," he added. “Once you put down a marker, the guy sets guard again and it just helps the team overall,” Kohli explained his target-based challenges for Agarwal. “I want the guys to not make the mistakes that I made as a youngster and learn from them quickly so that they can be world-class players very soon," he said. Vision and the ability to think about the future of his fellow teammates has not only made Kohli an excellent leader of the team in the longest and the most demanding format of the game, but has also made him the leader of the team with the best record in the world right now. Pre-planned or not, Tim Paine should have shown similar flexibility in his approach towards Warner's heroic display with the bat because the win against Pakistan was almost certain. View the full article
  4. For someone who wasn't satisfied with his body early in his career, Virat Kohli, now, has arguably become the face of fitness in the Indian cricket team. Watching his diet and sweating it out in the gym, Kohli has transformed himself into a vital asset for Team India, with his fitness levels on par with other top-class athletes, even other than cricket. It was Kohli's stress on the need to gain adequate fitness levels which eventually sparked a revolution in the Indian team which is now one of the most athletic sides in international cricket. But, while Kohli can surely be credited for kickstarting a fitness revolution amongst his teammates, he, despite his chiselled physique and unmatched work ethic, is not the fastest man in the Indian dressing room. It's Ravindra Jadeja instead. Often labelled as the best fielder in world cricket, Jadeja needs no introduction when it comes to brilliance in the field. Whether it's converting singles into doubles, diving full length to stop the ball or hitting the stumps with perfection, Jadeja is an asset many cricket teams can only dream of. Love group conditioning sessions. And when Jaddu is in the group, itâs almost impossible to outrun him ðð. @RishabhPant17 @imjadeja pic.twitter.com/QMK4nysoFh â Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) November 25, 2019 While Jadeja's athleticism is well documented, his ability to outrun his Team India mates was testified by captain Kohli following their conditioning session. Taking to Twitter, the Indian captain shared a picture of himself in the company of Jadeja and Rishabh Pant, and captioned it: "Love group conditioning sessions. And when Jaddu is in the group, it's almost impossible to outrun him". On the other hand, India continue to dominate their home season and currently occupy the top spot in the ICC World Test Championship table with 360 points, well ahead of the second-placed Australia. The Kohli-led brigade began their World Test Championship campaign with a 2-0 whitewash in West Indies and carried their fine form to the home season where they crushed South Africa and, more recently, Bangladesh. While the Indian pace battery have undoubtedly emerged as a positive for India's recent success at home, Jadeja has also made his mark in the role of India's No. 6 batsman. The Saurashtra all-rounder scored three fifty-plus scores, including a knock of 91 runs, in five matches batting higher up the order. And, his batting position further allows Kohli to be flexible with his team selection. After cutting Bangladesh a sorry figure with a 2-0 whitewash in the recently-concluded Test series, Team India will now host West Indies in three Twenty20 (T20) Internationals and a three-match One-Day International (ODI) series, slated to begin from 6th December in Hyderabad. View the full article
  5. The Indian cricket team just picked a phenomenal series win against Bangladesh after absolutely dominating them with an innings defeat in both the Test matches. After receiving the trophy, the captain of the Indian side, Virat Kohli thanked former skipper and the current president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Sourav Ganguly for bringing about a winning culture in the dressing room. View this post on Instagram Adding one more glistening silverware to our ðð cabinet #TeamIndia #PinkBallTest @paytm A post shared by Team India (@indiancricketteam) on Nov 24, 2019 at 1:23am PST "The idea is to establish yourself in the middle and we have learnt to stand up and give it back. It all started with Dada's team and we are just carrying it forward," Kohli said after bagging the series. Now, the tale of how Ganguly's aggressive attitude as a leader rejuvenated the status of the Men in Blue especially amidst the spot-fixing allegations over its members and a chaotic environment in the Indian cricket board, is well known and talked about. Sourav Ganguly became captain and lifted Indian cricket out of turmoil after his predecessor Mohd Azharuddin was at the centre of the match-fixing scandal. To see them in one frame, when Ganguly is again back at the helm, is massively ironic. pic.twitter.com/HJ7YnidG0M — Rahul Fernandes (@newspaperwallah) October 25, 2019 However, evidently, Kohli's comments seemed to have irked former Indian batsman and ICC Hall of Famer Sunil Gavaskar who said: "This is a fantastic win but I would like to make a point. The Indian captain said that this thing started in 2000 with Dada's (Ganguly's) team. I know Dada is the BCCI President, so maybe Kohli wanted to say nice things about him. But India were also winning in the '70s and '80s. He wasn't born then." "A lot of people still think that cricket started only in 2000s. But the Indian team won overseas in the '70s. The Indian team also won away in 1986. India also drew series overseas. They lost like other teams did," Gavaskar added. Maybe Kohli wanted to say nice things about BCCI president Ganguly: Gavaskar takes a dig at India captain pic.twitter.com/YPHiACxOnk — Nitish Shekhawat (@nitishshekhawa1) November 24, 2019 It was Sourav Ganguly's first series as the head of BCCI and he made some executive decisions like organising the first ever pink-ball Test in the country, in his hometown of Kolkata, which led to significant rise in Test-match viewership and a packed Eden Gardens stadium. Given Ganguly's aforementioned attitude towards acting on pressing matters and the fact that he is here to make significant changes within the Indian cricketing culture in a very limited time-span of less than eight months now, he is the most feared man right now. It is therefore obvious that literally anyone and everyone would want to be in his good books. “I know Dada is the BCCI President, so maybe Kohli wanted to say nice things about him,” Gavaskar's words suddenly sound a lot more wiser. View the full article
  6. There is a reason why the captain of the Indian cricket team, Virat Kohli monopolised the 2018 edition of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Awards. From being named the Captain of ICC Test and ODI Teams of the Year to being crowned the ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year, Kohli won it all. ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year â ICC Men's Test Cricketer of the Year â ICC Men's ODI Cricketer of the Year â Captain of ICC Test Team of the Year â Captain of ICC Men's ODI Team of the Year â Let's hear from the man himself, @imvKohli! #ICCAwards ð pic.twitter.com/3M2pxyC44n — ICC (@ICC) January 22, 2019 And that reason is the level of consistency the batsman has shown regardless of the location of the match or the format of the game. Red-ball cricket has been a speciality of the Delhi-born especially in 2018 and a better half of 2019 during which he not only achieved some extraordinary achievements such as becoming the first Indian skipper to win a Test series against Australia on their home turf but also maintained his number one spot in the ICC Men's Test Batting ranking until September 2019. Congratulations to @imVkohli and his team for reaching one of Indian cricket's final frontiers and winning a test series in Australia for the first time. Gritty batting, marvellous fast bowling and a fine team effort has done us proud. Let's make a habit of it! #PresidentKovind — President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) January 7, 2019 If you thought the pressure of a limited-over game would get the better of the man, Kohli's numbers in the 50-over format of the game are even more marvellous. Against the top teams of the international circuit, namely Australia, England, New Zealand and South Africa, Kohli has played a total of 117 innings with an average of 57.19 and a stunning strike rate of 92.19. Overall, the cricketer boasts an average of 60.31 with a strike rate of 93.21 in 239 One-Day Internationals in his career. And what does he do in the first pink-ball game that he becomes a part of? He goes on a rampage against the Bangladesh bowling attack, slams 18 boundaries on his way to a monstrous 136-run innings, 30 more runs than the entire Bengal Tigers batting lineup in the first innings. Century No.70 ðð White ball Hundred-ðComplete Red ball Hundred-ðComplete Pink ball Hundred-ðComplete #ViratKohli ðKingð pic.twitter.com/UV4o33XDO0 — Karan Patel (@kp85karan) November 23, 2019 Not only did he become the first Asian batsman to score a pink-ball ton, he also went on to surpass Ricky Ponting on the list of most Test centuries as captain with 20 and is only behind South Africa's Graeme Smith who leads the list with 25 tons as a skipper. Kohli also became the fastest batsman in the world to score 70 international centuries with legends like Sachin Tendulkar and Ponting now in his rear-view mirror. For his wonderful performance with the bat at Kolkata's Eden Gardens, Michael Vaughan preached a similar message: Red Ball ... White Ball ... Now Pink Ball ... @imVkohli is the best Batsman across all formats in this era ... #100 #INDvBAN — Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) November 23, 2019 View the full article
  7. For a cricketer who led India to new heights in international cricket, Mahendra Singh Dhoni might have reached the twilight of his illustrious career, but his absence, amid an ongoing sabbatical, has clearly left a void in the national team and fans wondering if he'll ever return. The 38-year-old almost sent India into the ICC World Cup final after coming agonisingly close to pulling off the miraculous run-chase against New Zealand in the tournament's semifinal. But, as India crashed out of the World Cup, the speculations on Dhoni's retirement reached an all-time high. The former Indian captain was expected to call time on his career soon after the World Cup but, months later, there is still no word on it. Taking a sabbatical from the game after the ICC spectacle, Dhoni was expected to return to action at the start of India's home season but the veteran campaigner is yet to don the iconic 'Blue' jersey again. © Reuters He missed the T20I series against South Africa and then failed to make the cut for the limited-overs series against Bangladesh. Recent media reports have also suggested that the Indian selectors have decided to move on from Dhoni, keeping in mind the next year's World T20 in Australia. But, while there may be no official word on Dhoni's return to the playing field, cricket fans are busy speculating if they'll ever see him in the Team India jersey. On 20th November, Virat Kohli fuelled those speculations with a tweet regarding his "partner his crime" on Twitter. Partners in crimeð¤.. Crime : stealing doubles from fielders at the boundary ð. Guess who ð¤ pic.twitter.com/Gk1x6lBIvm — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) November 20, 2019 Taking to the micro-blogging website, the Indian captain shared a photo of himself with another player during what appears to be a practice session. The Delhi cricketer further asked the fans to identify the man in question by captioning the image: "Partners in crime.. Crime: stealing doubles from fielders at the boundary. Guess who?". As soon Kohli put up his post, the Indian cricket fans, who had been anxiously waiting for MSD's return, wasted no time in responding to the Indian skipper's query. The baap of all captains pic.twitter.com/vcZK7koGok — ðð²ð°ð²ðµ ‏ SIVA (@siva_tweets1) November 20, 2019 MSD nd VK ð¤©ð¥ — SaRavanaN (@itisSarwan) November 20, 2019 Kya hum isko Team may wapsi samjhe? — رÙÙاÙا (@RomanaRaza) November 20, 2019 Ye dosti ð¶ð¶ pic.twitter.com/JYb3qTe8jd — ð®ð³ sir-kid (@ooobhaishab) November 20, 2019 The name is Mahindra Singh Dhoni! We call him THALA ð¦ ð¥ð¥ — Selvam (@AGR_Selvam) November 20, 2019 One and only, @msdhoni — Sameer Allana (@HitmanCricket) November 20, 2019 Here is the hero..ðð #thala pic.twitter.com/EVgOWz9ptc — aqueel khan (@aqueel_official) November 20, 2019 View the full article
  8. Suffering a shock loss in the first Twenty20 International (T20I) in Delhi, the Indian cricket team staged a spirited comeback to eventually win the three-match series 2-1 against Bangladesh. Failing to capitalise on their early lead, the visitors were looking to put up a good show in the two-match Test series. But, the hosts had other plans. Continuing their dominant run at home, Team India produced an all-round performance which had the Bangladeshi side ducking for cover during their emphatic win at Indore in the 1st Test. Leading 1-0 in the two-match series, all eyes are now on the iconic day-night Test that awaits both the teams at the hallowed Eden Gardens. It will be the first time a day-night Test will be hosted on Indian soil when the hosts take on Bangladesh in Kolkata, starting from 22nd November. Since the first-ever day-night Test, which was played between Australia and New Zealand in 2015, the Eden Gardens clash will be the 12th pink-ball match in the history of the longest format. Already dreaming about the historic pink ball test ð pic.twitter.com/KFp4guBwJm — Ajinkya Rahane (@ajinkyarahane88) November 18, 2019 Clearly, there is a lot of excitement and anticipation, not just amongst the fans, but also the cricketers from both sides. But, when it comes to the Indian brigade, it seems that Ajinkya Rahane is the most excited one amongst the lot. Taking to social media, Rahane shared a picture of himself lying on a bed with the iconic pink ball right next to him. He also captioned the photo: "Already dreaming about the historic pink ball test". While Rahane's post, which was shared on Twitter and Instagram, highlighted his excitement for the monumental pink-ball Test, his teammates Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan took the opportunity to troll him. Responding to his post on Instagram, Kohli wrote: "Nice pose jinksy". On the other hand, Dhawan replied by writing: "Sapney mein pic khich gayi". © Reuters Both Kohli and Rahane will be the first among their teammates to reach Kolkata for the much-anticipated encounter. But, it's still unclear if the Indian captain would visit Eden Gardens on 19th November to have a look at the pitch. The wicket is expected to be a green top, something similar to what we saw at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in the 1st Test, which will give teeth to the in-form Indian pace battery. The 22-yard strip has been kept under covers and pitch curator Sujan Mukherjee has made it pretty clear that there won't be any pink ball testing before the cricketing action begins at 1 pm on Friday. View the full article
  9. The first of two Test matches are over and the might of the Indian cricket team in Test cricket was on display as they defeated Mominul Haque's Bangladesh team by an innings and 130 runs in Indore. #TeamIndia go one up in the series, and that's another big heap of points on the board in the World Test Championship. Well done, boys ð¥ð¥#INDvBAN pic.twitter.com/klYjOQxCKy — BCCI (@BCCI) November 16, 2019 The Captain of Team India, Virat Kohli did not get the opportunity to add runs to his personal statistics as he was dismissed for a rare red-ball duck on an LBW appeal by Abu Jayed. However, he made sure that it wasn't a dull day for his fans who love and follow him blindly wherever he goes. Ever since this video popped up on social media, the followers of Indian cricket and those of the Indian skipper from all over the world have not been able to stop praising Kohli's heartwarming gesture. Fan moment for 24 yrs old, Pooja Sharma. I don't know her myself but the Authorities at Holkar stadium, Indore were kind enough and allowed her to meet Virat ⤠@ViratGang @ViratFanTeam@ViratKohliFC @viratliciousFC#INDvBAN pic.twitter.com/80T0O0vDRZ — Akanksha Patodi (@akanksha_patodi) November 16, 2019 As the team returned to the dressing room after winning the match on the third day, Kohli saw a special fan named Pooja Sharma waiting on one side, with a hat and a marker in her hands so that she could get an autograph. Watching her favourite player emerge out of the crowd brought a smile to the 24-year-old Pooja who waved to the Indian Captain in pure joy. Kohli bowed in front of her, signed her hat and stayed there long enough for Pooja's family member to grab some quality shots. This isn't the first time Kohli took out some time to meet and greet some of his most diehard fans. Last month, clearly a diehard 'Viratian' Pintu Behra, who has engraved 15 tattoos on himself as a homage to the cricketer was given special access to Team India's dressing room where he got a warm hug from the cricketer to go with a timeless picture. Virat Kohli With Fan Pintu Behra From Odisha #Cricket #TeamIndia #INDvSA pic.twitter.com/Dh1tyMY8Ra — CricFit (@CricFit) October 2, 2019 Yes, it is true that most of the athletes play to win games, lift big trophies and boast gold medals at major events. But there is a level of greatness above this stage where only a few people reach. That's the level at which they gain something a lot more precious than a gold medal; they get their followers' eternal devotion and Virat Kohli is right there. View the full article
  10. Yet another Test match is in the record books and the Indian cricket team remain unbeaten in the ICC World Test Championship. They are sitting at the top of the list with 300 points while New Zealand in second place just have 60 points. The latest addition to India's win column came against a below-average Bangladesh side that got defeated by an entire innings and 130 runs in the first of a two-match Test series in Indore. #TeamIndia go one up in the series, and that's another big heap of points on the board in the World Test Championship. Well done, boys ð¥ð¥#INDvBAN pic.twitter.com/klYjOQxCKy — BCCI (@BCCI) November 16, 2019 However, we can't take anything away from the fact that a 28-year-old Mayank Agarwal played the knock of his life as he went on to score 243 runs off 330 deliveries, a career-best. There is no stopping this fella. @mayankcricket brings up his 2nd Double ð¯ with a Maximum ð¥ pic.twitter.com/aI21CyAdYn — BCCI (@BCCI) November 15, 2019 But how important of a role did the Indian Captain, Virat Kohli play in Agarwal's double-century? Although the Bengal Tigers got the best of Kohli and got him back-paddling towards the dressing room after a rare duck in the longest format of the game, the skipper decided to help the team and his teammates as a coach and a motivational factor. When Agarwal raised his bat in celebration of his 150, Kohli pushed him to aim to double his score. He raised two fingers and motivated him to go for that double-ton. Unsurprisingly, when Agarwal was able to achieve that feat, Kohli raised three fingers and challenged him to try for a triple-ton. Virat Kohli asking Agarwal to go for double Century after he completed 150 and Mayank said "Roger That, Captain" #INDvBAN pic.twitter.com/l0gSNTZlgs — Aaftab Alam â¤ï¸ð®ð³ (@SRKian_Aaftab) November 15, 2019 While the opener was unable to follow through with that final challenge, his 243-run innings is worth all the recognition. After India wrapped up the entire Bangladesh batting lineup on the third day for the second time, the Indian skipper was asked about the episode and Kohli shared why he pushed his batsman so hard. View this post on Instagram "Don't want others to make the mistakes I made as a youngster" - @virat.kohli on pushing @mayankagarawal to score double tonð A post shared by Team India (@indiancricketteam) on Nov 16, 2019 at 5:11am PST “I know how much time it took me to get those big hundreds,” said the Captain. “I know the importance of getting big runs and when the guy is in the moment, it is important as a senior batter to let them know that 'you need to focus, you need to keep going," he added. “Once you put down a marker, the guy sets guard again and it just helps the team overall,” Kohli explained his target-based challenges for Agarwal. “I want the guys to not make the mistakes that I made as a youngster and learn from them quickly so that they can be world-class players very soon," he said. Even though he did not make an impact on India's scorecard, Kohli made it sure that as the leader of the locker room and on the field, he was there for his teammates and junior players who were looking for that anchor that would keep them focused amidst the gruelling task that Test cricket can become. Such instances clearly show how far Kohli has come along as an international cricketer and worked immensely on his leadership. Once considered to be not a very good captain as compared to someone like Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kohli has definitely made good on his commitment. View the full article
  11. Over the years, the history of Indian cricket has witnessed numerous captains rising through the ranks and leaving a mark on the country's rich cricketing history with their impeccable leadership skills. We've seen Kapil Dev putting India on the international cricket map with a World Cup triumph in 1983. Then, the era of Sourav Ganguly saw India scaling new heights with favourable results overseas. And, who can forget the leadership skills of MS Dhoni who led India to the World T20 title in 2007 and ICC World Cup triumph in 2011. More recently, the Indian cricket team has been thriving under the tutelage of Virat Kohli, undeniably the most aggressive captains of all time. While Kohli has been donning the captain's hat across formats, the Indian team management is also grooming Rohit Sharma as skipper, especially when the Delhi cricketer isn't playing. © Reuters Amongst the country's most prized possessions, Virat and Rohit share a great camaraderie which reflects in their demeanour on the field. But, despite being best of buddies, Virat and Rohit are completely different as captains in their approach towards the game. In recent times, cricket pundits and fans have debated over the differences in their captaincy, but there has never been a definitive answer. Well, not anymore. After playing under Rohit's leadership in the recently-concluded Twenty20 International (T20I) series, opener Shikhar Dhawan spoke about the differences between the captaincy of his opening partner and Kohli. The left-hander, who is also an integral part of Team India's leadership group and is often consulted for the on-field decision, revealed that Rohit is quite different from Kohli as a leader. “They are different characters. In different situations, they make different choices. Whatever they feel right at one particular moment, they go with it. They, of course, discuss with each other. When Rohit is leading, he discusses with me, when Virat is leading he discusses with Rohit and me too,” Dhawan was quoted as saying by HT. © Reuters With Kohli rested, Rohit led India from the front in the recently-concluded T20I series against Bangladesh. Despite trailing 1-0, India, under the leadership of Rohit, made a spirited comeback to eventually win the three-match series 2-1. Following a brilliant win in T20Is, returning Kohli assumed his role as Team India captain when he took the field at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore for the 1st Test against Bangladesh. Apart from weighing in on the captaincy debate between Rohit and Virat, Dhawan also revealed that Team India is currently in the process of building up a strong squad for the much-anticipated ICC World T20 in Australia next year. “We've got one year. Whatever we have to plan we are planning it now and then only we can reach the final combination. I'm confident that this time we'll come back with the cup,” Dhawan said. View the full article
  12. Virat Kohli and the Indian cricket team are currently in the middle of the first of two Tests against the visiting Bangladesh team at the Holkar Stadium in Indore, and while the Tigers find themselves to be short-handed in terms of talent and experience, Team India are here to compete in full force. Training done âï¸ Great to be back with the boys ð pic.twitter.com/Wq9J6nHMez — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) November 12, 2019 With the Captain returning to the squad after a couple of weeks of time off from cricket, India look forward to extending their lead in the ICC World Test Championship, thanks to the extremely loaded roster they possess. But exactly how much of a difference do the two teams have when it comes to dexterity and adroitness of the players who are in the middle of the two-match series? ESPNCricInfo very recently shared some mind-blowing stats that would give you a hint of what Mominul Haque's men are going against. To fully understand the magnitude of Bangladesh's task at hand ⤵ï¸#INDvBAN | https://t.co/9RCgzHPTD5 pic.twitter.com/fwE3CgT46A — ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) November 14, 2019 Ahead of the first Test, Indian skipper Virat Kohli has scored 26 Test tons on his own. This is six centuries more than the entire Bangladesh playing XI. Moreover, Ravichandran Ashwin not only has 104 wickets more than his opposing team but also has 12 more 5-fors than them. © Reuters While these are just two players of the Indian cricket side, when names like Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane and Mohammed Shami are added to the mix, you get a fair estimation of the offensive juggernaut the Indian side really is in the longest format of the game. Ever since the World Test Championship began, India has played four Test series (excluding the Bangladesh series) and has won all of them. They are currently atop the points table with 240 points with New Zealand at the second spot with 60 points. Bangladesh find themselves to be at the bottom of the table with zero points with their Asian rivals in Pakistan. View the full article
  13. With the Indian cricket team ready to take on Bangladesh in a two-match Test series, Virat Kohli has announced his return to the team as the captain with a bunch of pictures showing the athlete attend practice sessions with the rest of the boys. Training done âï¸ Great to be back with the boys ð pic.twitter.com/Wq9J6nHMez — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) November 12, 2019 An extremely talented cricketer to say the least, Kohli was the best batsman in the world until a couple of months ago when Australia's Steve Smith edged him during the Ashes 2019 series in England. His consistency, fitness and mental stability under extreme pressure has not only made him one of the most successful captains India has ever seen but has also allowed him to gain international recognition as arguably the best cricketer of this generation. But how is Kohli doing all of this when we have seen some of the greatest athletes crumble and fall apart as soon as crisis strikes? Can his success and overall superiority to his opponents in all aspects of the game be traced back to the fact that not more than one year ago, he pledged veganism and it is because of his plant-based diet that he is being able to perform at a level few in the world are capable of? This is @imVkohli and to be clear when he says “vegetarian” he means “#vegan” #Cricket #India #IncredibleIndia pic.twitter.com/34EQjvGq3k — Ashwanið±Garg ðºð¸ â¯ç¦â¸ï¸ ðâ®ï¸ð®ð³ (@agargmd) November 6, 2019 In a recently released Netflix documentary called The Game Changers, dietitians and doctors from all over the world talk about the advantages of a vegan diet while scientifically debunking some of the biggest myths related to the disadvantages of not consuming meat and dairy products. According to the documentary, athletes from various sports normally have a meat and dairy-heavy diet in hopes of getting all the important nutrients such as protein and vitamin B12 which are found to be very limited or unavailable in plants. Saw game changers on Netflix. Being a vegetarian athlete has made me realise what I have believed all these years regarding diet was a myth. What an amazing documentary and yes I've never felt better in my life after I turned vegetarian. — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) October 23, 2019 However, the film also goes to to say the animals the meat comes from are simply the middlemen and the true source of nutrients are still plants which when consumed directly will lead to better and higher absorption of the said nutrients. Another major positive of veganism according to the film was that it not only maintains the blood circulation inside your body but also cleans your blood vessels and arteries in the process to rapidly bring down the risk of facing heart-related issues while boosting your recovery process. View this post on Instagram What was your reaction to this scene? Sum it up with ONE WORD in the comments!ð . . Then TAG someone who needs to meet #TeamGameChangers! And remember to RATE the film on Netflix, Rotten Tomatoes, and IMDB. ð A post shared by The Game Changers (@gamechangersmovie) on Oct 23, 2019 at 7:10am PDT The documentary also claims that human beings weren't meant to consume non-vegetarian food and called it “the wrong kind of fuel” for the engine that our body is and is a major cause of some really serious health-related issues. So, is it really because of the fact that Kohli has given up eating meat and dairy products that completely switched to plant-based foods to meet his nutritional demands that he is so good? If there is anything that needs to be accepted regardless of the value of Kohli's diet is the fact that there has been a visible improvement in the cricketer's physique and stamina ever since he changed his eating habits in October 2018. He is leaner but can hit more power shots than before. He runs faster, reacts more quickly and his fitness while fielding has been second to none. His transformation over the years âºðð RT if u like him ð#HappyBirthdayViratKohli #HappyBirthdayVirat #Kohli #KingKohli #ViratKohli #Virat #Virushka pic.twitter.com/zENSWvHBgs — '⤠(@itz_bharani) November 5, 2018 So maybe there is some truth to the fact that going vegan might just have the ability to make an athlete or a normal human being evolve themselves into better versions of themselves. View the full article
  14. Ahead of the third and final T20I match between India and the visiting Bangladesh team, Rishabh Pant is once again in the news. It was not because of his mess-up during the second game but because of what the stand-in captain, Rohit Sharma said about him during a press conference ahead of the deciding final game. "You know there is a lot of talk happening about Rishabh Pant every day, every minute. I just feel that he needs to be allowed to do what he wants to do on the field. I would request everyone to keep their eyes away from Rishabh Pant for a while,” said the skipper. 'I think it's not fair' India captain Rohit Sharma has asked everyone to give Rishabh Pant a break from the constant scrutinyhttps://t.co/6gKMie6EIt — Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) November 9, 2019 "He is a fearless cricketer and we (team management) want him to have that freedom. And if you guys take your eyes off him for sometime, it will allow him to perform even better," added Rohit. The team veteran wants the best for the 22-year-old wicket-keeper, however, simply talking about him makes Pant's name come online and gives social media another excuse to “troll” him and this in turn may be making Pant's life more difficult as an international cricketer. The thing about the criticism from fans of the game and the so called “pundits” is that they often compare the young and upcoming athletes to the best and greatest players of all time, while they were in their prime. Pant can never reach near dhoni. He is just wanna be who try to immitate the dhoni style. — Nobie (@newbie_6) November 7, 2019 Unrealistic expectations is the primary outcome of such comparisons which often leads to further criticism if the said athlete fails to do good in the next match. According to a 2008 report by The Sport Journal, it is clarified how adversely can distractions and criticism drain an athlete's mental energy, causing him to get anxious, depressed and lose focus during the crucial moments of a game. Rishabh Pant is a good player. We have seen in the past, the kind of performance the cricketer can put up both in front of, and behind the stumps. Congrats #Babysitter What a lovely Baby's Day Out entertainer 1st Year of Test Cricket@RishabPant777 #RishabhPant #Pant 300+ Runs in 1st DownUnder 25+28+36+30+39+33+ 159* 2nd Highest Run Scorer in Series* 20*: Most Catches in a Series by IN WK 204:Record 7th Wicket Partnership — Save Hindus (@Hindu_League) January 4, 2019 In December 2018, the then 21-year-old broke Syed Kirmani and Naren Tamhane's record of most catches by an Indian wicketkeeper in a Test series (20) against Tim Paine's Australian side in Melbourne. In September 2019, Pant went on to surpass his predecessor, MS Dhoni in dismissing 50 batsmen from behind the wicket in Test cricket in the least amount of time (Dhoni: 15 Tests, Pant: 11 Tests). The southpaw is also the first Indian wicket-keeper to score a century in England and Australia, including his maiden international ton at The Oval and overtaking Farokh Engineer's record of the most number of runs scored by an Indian keeper Down Under. “"He is a young guy, 22, trying to make his mark in international cricket. Every move he makes on the field, people start talking about him. It is not fair. I think we should allow him to play his cricket which actually he also wants to do," Sharma during the conference. Maybe it's for the best that the skipper says nothing when it comes to Rishabh Pant. After all, no comments make no news. View the full article
  15. Anushka Sharma shares Virat Kohli gets elated when she wears his clothesAnushka Sharma and her husband Virat Kohli have been breaking the internet recently with their loved-up pictures from holiday in Bhutan taking the internet by storm. Read...
  16. Anushka Sharma, Virat Kohli's loved-up Bhutanese getaway: Photo: InstagramBollywood megastar Anushka Sharma and Indian skipper Virat Kohli are painting the town red on their romantic vacation to Bhutan.The recurrent updates from B-Town hottest...
  17. It's been a couple of days since the world celebrated the 31st birthday of the Indian cricket captain, Virat Kohli. While the cricketer is taking time off cricket and is currently on a private vacation in Bhutan with wife Anushka Sharma, the world came together to wish him well for the years to come. However, it was Yuvraj Singh's message that stuck in Kohli's heart. Yeh bhi din they ! Aur ek aaj ka din hai ! Jahan bhi ho khush raho , God bless you always ! Happy birthday @imVkohli pic.twitter.com/kIuqtCwXIl — yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) November 5, 2019 “Yeh bhi din they ! Aur ek aaj ka din hai ! Jahan bhi ho khush raho , God bless you always,” wrote the recently-retired cricketer in his tweet to Kohli. Uparwaale ke diye sab din mehr hain paji. Rab rakha. Lots of love to you always — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) November 6, 2019 “Uparwaale ke diye sab din mehr hain paji. Rab rakha. Lots of love to you always,” responded the skipper. Both Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh have played very important roles in making the Men in Blue the success they are today. Representing their country in numerous international series and major ICC tournaments, the two batsmen have also had the opportunity to lift the World Cup trophy in 2011. The duo also had the opportunity to play together for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2014 but the Kingfisher Employee Union wrote Singh a letter, requesting him to not play for the franchise. Amidst all the travelling and sharing the dressing rooms with each other, Kohli found not only an idol but also a great friend in Yuvraj Singh and has shown unconditioned respect and love for the Chandigarh-born cricketer. “Congratulations on a wonderful career playing for the country paji. You gave us so many memories and victories and I wish you the best for life and everything ahead. Absolute champion,” Kohli had led tributes for Yuvi when the cricketer had decided to hang his gloves earlier this year. Eagerly waiting for Kohli to respond to Singh's birthday wish, the fans of the power duo and that of the Indian cricket team showed their love online: Who else was eagerly waiting for Kohli's reply on this particular tweet? — Sajal Jain (@sajaljain17) November 6, 2019 And the way he responded shows how much he respects yuvi — Tushar Bhardwaj (@TusharB78696779) November 6, 2019 Beautiful...both yuvi n chiku. Miss u yuvi... — rajiv sharma (@jollywell) November 6, 2019 Virat is so spiritually inclined that anything he says now sounds like Guru's words !! — (@ayusingh7) November 6, 2019 View the full article
  18. Not more than a year ago, Shubman Gill was being looked upon as a budding batsman who could potentially realise his dreams of playing for the Indian cricket team. But, by the time India clinched the 2018 U-19 World Cup trophy, Gill, who was eventually adjudged the 'Player of the Tournament', was hailed as a key ingredient to his team's success in the tournament. Upon his success in the U-19 World Cup, many wondered if he had the temperament of repeating his heroics while playing with proven masters of the game. But, Gill, since then, continues to dish out one brilliant performance after another, bolstering his case for selection in the national team. © Twitter/@BCCI From turning heads in the Indian Premier League (IPL) to raking in runs on the domestic circuit, the 20-year-old, in the past year or so, remains one of the most consistent performers in Indian cricket. His artistry willow earned him the honour of leading the India C side in the recently-concluded Deodhar Trophy. Tasked to lead India C, Gill led from the front in the first match, slamming a sensational 142-ball 143 - his highest List A score - to power his side to a formidable total of 366 against India A. Coming out to bat with Mayank Agarwal (120), Gill set the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi on fire with an absolute carnage of an innings which was laced with 10 fours and six sixes, eventually paving way for their massive 232-run triumph. After his blazing knock saw him earning plaudits from pundits and fans alike, Gill, then, went on to etch his name in the history for another feat. Leading India C in the 47th Deodhar Trophy final against India B, Gill entered the record books as the youngest skipper to lead a side in the tournament's final. Shubman Gill is the youngest-known captain in Deodhar Trophy finals. He is just 20 years, 57 days old. #DeodharTrophy pic.twitter.com/5iufYxQAO4 — Johns (@CricCrazyJohns) November 4, 2019 The Punjab-born cricketer broke Indian skipper Virat Kohli's record which stood tall for 10 years. Kohli, who also happens to be Gill's idol, had led North Zone in the Deodhar Trophy final when he was 21-years-old and 124 days old in the 2009/10 season. While surpassing his role model would have surely left him elated, but Gill could not make the occasion more special by scoring big runs. The India C skipper was dismissed by Mohammad Siraj for just one run as his team succumbed to a 51-run defeat as a collective effort by Kedar Jadhav and Shahbaz Nadeem saw India B lifting the trophy. © BCCL But, despite tasting defeat in the summit clash, Gill's ominous form in the recent past should lift his mood. The youngster had a productive series against South Africa A, slamming 187 runs in two first-class matches. He was also included in the Team India squad for the three-match Test series against South Africa. But, while Kohli & co romped to a 3-0 series triumph, Gill couldn't get a game. Despite struggling to find opportunities in a star-studded Team India brigade, Gill's performances, more recently in Deodhar Trophy, should strengthen his case for the national team's squad as selectors gear up to take their pick for the ICC World T20 in Australia next year. View the full article
  19. "There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living." Nelson Mandela's famous quote is probably the best way to describe Virat Kohli's love affair with cricket. His passion for cricket has made him one of the best batsmen in the world across formats and has further nurtured him into a ruthless captain. It's also that very passion that defines Kohli's emotional, effervescent and, at times, explosive character. For him, the world is for the taking and his hunger to succeed has propelled him to the pinnacle of the sport. © Reuters While the world of cricket, over the years, has witnessed numerous stars rising through the ranks to eventually capture the imagination of fans as demigods, Kohli, in his own unique way, remains a sports icon of a different breed. His batting records highlight how good he has been with the willow. And, with Team India scaling new heights under his tutelage, Kohli's reputation as a leader continues to grow. But, it isn't just his exploits on the field that makes Kohli a fan-favourite. In fact, it's his approach towards life, in general, that makes truly him a befitting role model for the youth. #HappyBirthdayViratKohli Run machine ð¥ Best batsman in the world ð Attitude ð¥ Reason why i still watch Cricket â¤ï¸ Champion ð@imVkohli Wishing you a very happy birthday ð¥ pic.twitter.com/174pT3fbzo — Siddharthâ (@TheNameIsSiddu) November 5, 2019 On 5th November, as he celebrates his 31st birthday, Kohli has come a long way, from once being labelled as brash and boorish, to become a master batsman, an astute leader and one of the country's prized possessions. But, the hunger and will of this supreme competitor to succeed and consistently improve himself hasn't died down. My journey and life's lessons explained to a 15-year old me. Well, I tried my best writing this down. Do give it a read. ð #NoteToSelf pic.twitter.com/qwoEiknBvA — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) November 5, 2019 While the cricket fraternity and his millions of fans were busy wishing him on his special day, Kohli penned down an emotional letter to his 15-year-old self. Taking to Twitter, Kohli shared the heartfelt letter, full of his 'life's lessons', with a caption that read: "My journey and life's lessons explained to a 15-year old me. Well, I tried my best writing this down. Do give it a read. ?? #NoteToSelf". The handwritten note, addressed to Kohli's 15-year-old version, began with a simple birthday wish. Anticipating that his younger self will have a lot of questions about the future, the Indian captain refrained from answering too many of them, ensuring he doesn't kill the surprise element. He does give a hint of what the future holds for Kohli's younger self by claiming the journey to be "SUPER". © Reuters Reiterating on the big things that life has in store, the Indian captain urged his younger self to be ready and make the most of each and every opportunity that comes along. He further advised his younger version to never take things for granted. And, even when failure comes calling, Kohli sought a promise from his younger self to keep trying irrespective of the hate and criticism that might come along. From displaying his commitment to the gentleman's game by turning up at the Feroz Shah Kotla despite losing his father on the same day to dedicating his life to fitness in a bid to find the best version of himself to succeed, Kohli, over the years, has emerged as an emotional, yet a self-aware, character who continues to redefine the stereotypes associated with a popular icon or a role model. His emotional letter, on the eve of his birthday to his younger self, shows his steely determination and winning spirit that has become the hallmark of his illustrious cricket career. It also shows that Kohli is in a league of his own, fighting unceasing battles against his own expectations every day. And, to actually become a man that was better than the one yesterday. View the full article
  20. The captain of the Indian cricket team, Virat Kohli turns 31 today and while he is on a private vacation in Bhutan with wife Anushka Sharma, where they will be celebrating his birthday, we, the fans of the cricketer take a look back at how phenominal a year 2019 has been for the skipper. Kohli's journey towards completing his 31st birth anniversary began on a historic note when the Delhi-born became the first Indian skipper to have won a Test series against Australia on their home turf. While the Aussies managed to win the second Test, Team India won the first and third red-ball matches to bring home the victory at the end of the Border-Gavaskar Cup as the fourth and final match ended in a draw. A couple of weeks later, Kohli crossed another point from his team's 'To-Do' list when his side defeated Aaron Finch's men for the very first time in a bilateral ODI series. Team India beat Australia by 7 wickets. First ever Test and ODI (bilateral) series win for India in Australia. Historic Tour comes to an end. So much positives for team India. ððð®ð³ #INDvAUS #AUSvIND — Sir Jadeja fan (@SirJadeja) January 18, 2019 By the end of January, Kohli had not only humbled the men from Down Under in the longer formats of the game, he had also dominated the International Cricket Council (ICC) Awards. He became the first cricketer in the history of the game to all three major ICC awards in a single year. He was named the Men's Cricketer of the Year as well as the Test and ODI Cricketer of the Year and the competition was nowhere near for the top-order batsman. 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 In February, Kohli went on to become the first and only batsman to score 2500-plus runs in a single ground when he played a blistering 72 off 38 balls innings during the second T20I match against Australia at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru. As the captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore, the stadium is a home ground for the cricketer where he has scored three centuries as well. March saw the cricketer score his 40th ODI ton which placed him just second to Indian master blaster Sachin Tendulkar. The 116-run innings against Australia also made him the fastest captain to score 9000 runs and made him the only cricketer in the world to score seven or more centuries against three countries: Sri Lanka (8), West Indies (7) and Australia (7). Virat Kohli now the fastest to reach 4000 Runs 5000 Runs 6000 Runs 7000 Runs 8000 Runs 9000 Runs in International cricket as a captain — Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) March 5, 2019 While during the ICC World Cup 2019 that began in May and went on till mid July, Virat Kohli made and broke numerous records, the most important and iconic one would have to be when he surpassed Tendulkar and Windies legend Brian Lara to become the fastest cricketer to score 20,000 runs in all formats of the game. In June, the Indian cricketer also made it to the Forbes list of the world's highest-paid athletes. Ranked 100th on the list with an annual salary of $4 million and endorsements worth $21 million, Kohli was the only cricketer and the only Indian to make an appearance in the famous Forbes catalogue. The World's Highest-Paid Athletes 2019 1.ð¦ð· Lionel Messi: $127m 2.ðµð¹ Cristiano Ronaldo: $109m 3.ð§ð· Neymar: $105m 5.ð¨ð­ Roger Federer: $93m 8.ðºð¸ LeBron James: $89m 11.ðºð¸ Tiger Woods: $63.9m 13.ð¬ð§ Lewis Hamilton: $55m 98.ðªð¬ Mohamed Salah: $25.1m 100.ð®ð³ Virat Kohli: $25m (Forbes) — World Index (@theworldindex) September 19, 2019 During the second ODI against the West Indies host in August, Kohli walked in and slammed 120 runs, thereby shattering a 26-year-old record which was previously held by Pakistan's Javed Miandad for most ODI runs for any batsman in the world against the West Indies. What is also interesting that while Miandad took 64 innings to achieve this feat, Kohli did it in just 34 games. In September, the Indian captain surpassed the interim captain and white-ball opener for the Men In Blue, Rohit Sharma in becoming the highest run scorer in T20 Internationals. During the second T20I match against the Proteas, Kohli slammed an unbeaten 74 off 52 deliveries. In total, Kohli went on to make 2441 runs in 71 games, while Sharma had made 2434 runs in 97 innings. Most runs in T20 Internationals 2441 Virat Kohli * 2434 Rohit Sharma 2283 Martin Guptill 2263 Shoaib Malik 2140 Brendon McCullum#INDvSA — Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) September 18, 2019 The now 31-year-old also outdid the timeless 'Don' of cricket, Don Bradman when he set the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium ablaze and struck an unbeaten 254 off his bat during the second Test against Faf du Plessis' side and became the captain with the most number of 150-plus individual scores in the history of the game, even more than the Australian himself. While November has just begun and Kohli is currently out of action, it is yet to be seen what sorts of records will the cricketer make or break this month. Nonetheless, there is no doubt in saying that Virat Kohli is the finest batsman this game has ever seen. His technicality, consistency and the ability to perform under pressure don't just make him a brilliant cricketer but an elite class athlete. View the full article
  21. Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli are currently holidaying in Bhutan and are having fun together where they will celebrate the latter's 31st birthday on Tuesday. Recently, Anushka, on her Instagram story, shared interesting pictures of her vacation including her visit to the local vegetable market. She wrote, "Felt genuine joy of being in a sabzi mandi... Brought childhood memories back.” The 31-year-old actor looked stunning in black jeggings with a black print pullover and a baseball cap. However, so far, we haven't seen a picture of Virat and Anushka together from their Bhutan vacation. Here's what she posted: © Instagram/Anushka Sharma Here are some more from their Bhutan trip: © Instagram/Anushka Sharma © Instagram/Anushka Sharma Before heading out on a vacation with her husband, Anushka was in the soup where former cricketer Farokh Engineer said that the Indian team selectors and players served tea to Anushka during the 2019 World Cup. Later on, he claimed that he never meant to demean the actress. We have never seen Anushka reacting to any false rumours or any controversies but this time around she broke her silence calling the statement false. She also shed light on other controversies she has been dragged into in the past. Read the full letter here: View this post on Instagram A post shared by AnushkaSharma1588 (@anushkasharma) on Oct 31, 2019 at 5:15am PDT The actress was hailed for this step and was praised by fellow members of the industry, including Arjun Kapoor, Ranveer Singh and many more. On the work front, she was last seen in Shah Rukh Khan starrer Zero directed by Aanand L Rai. View the full article
  22. Anushka Sharma, Virat Kohli get in the holiday mode for Bhutan. Photo: InstagramAnushka Sharma and Virat Kohli without a doubt are one of the most sought after stars in India with a massive number of fans clinging on to their every move.The power...
  23. One of them is the most impactful cricketer on the planet right now, and the other one is a stalwart in her own right, making some of the most impactful and commercially successful movies that we have seen this decade. © Instagram/virat.kohli Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma are the definitive Power Couple that we have in India as of now. Not only do they set some major relationship goals for us (ask your girlfriend and you'll get a clue what we are on about), from time to time, they also set some really cool and doable style goals that should be on your shared bucket lists. Desi Outfits With A Modern Twist © Instagram/virat.kohli On its own, Virat's asymmetrical kurta is one hell of a piece that warrants a lot of praise. However, with Anushka in the simplistic but elegant sari next to him, the outfit takes on a whole new meaning. This just goes on to show that desi outfits, with liberal and contemporary touches, is bound to work, always. Striding In Stripes © Instagram/anushkasharma It seems that Virat & Anushka had meticulously planned this outfit. The combination of each element works really well. This is actually a nice way of striking a chord with your partner, without those cringy 'his and hers' t-shirts and sweatshirts that people normally go for. Once again, the individuality of these outfits isn't lost, and yet, they seem to complement each other really well. Moral of the story? One of the two should wear something with a little colour if the other one is planning to keep things all plain and simple. The Perfect Outfit For The Perfect Evening © Instagram/virat.kohli There's a lot going on here that ideally shouldn't work, but at the end of the day, they actually do. First, even though it's a cocktail dress, things with too much glitter can be an eyesore. Plus, Virat's outfit doesn't really work well, considering that its a monochrome ensemble, barring the jacket. It probably has to do something with the fit, it just does not sit well. However, when we consider the ensembles as a pair, things fall perfectly into place. The glitter and shine of the cocktail dress sit in perfect harmony with the simple, and apparently “insipid”, outfit. They work really well in tandem. Yin & Yang © Instagram/anushkasharma This sort of continues on the previous theme, albeit with some minor differences. Virat in his all-white ensemble actually looks quite good. Anushka, on the other hand, seems to one-up him, with the playful set of ghagra-choli. Plus, the fact that the playfulness carries over to the tone of the photograph, actually makes this quite Insta-worthy. Even other than these four, there have been a number of occasions when the power couple coordinated their outfits for the maximum impact. Like this one, when they went shopping for their pet dog. © Instagram/anushkasharma Or, for instance, this one. © Instagram/anushkasharma We finally get the appeal of couples making joint Instagram accounts. Not that we are saying you should too. View the full article
  24. Arguably one the most popular and decorated cricketers in the country, Mahendra Singh Dhoni continues to live in the hearts and minds of cricket fans across the globe. After taking Indian cricket to new heights, the Jharkhand cricketer is now in the twilight of his illustrious cricketing career. The 38-year-old almost sent India into the ICC World Cup final after coming agonisingly close to pulling off the miraculous run-chase against New Zealand in the tournament's semifinal. But, as India crashed out of the World Cup, the speculations on Dhoni's retirement reached an all-time high. © Reuters The former Indian captain was expected to call time on his career after the World Cup but, more than three months later, there is still no word on it. Taking a sabbatical from the game after the ICC spectacle, Dhoni was expected to return to action at the start of India's home season but the veteran campaigner is yet to don the iconic 'Blue' jersey again. He missed the T20I series against South Africa and is more than likely to miss the upcoming series against Bangladesh. Recent media reports have also suggested that the Indian selectors have decided to move on from Dhoni, keeping in mind the next year's World T20 in Australia. Look who's here ð pic.twitter.com/whS24IK4Ir — BCCI (@BCCI) October 22, 2019 With no clarity on Dhoni's future, everyone is confused whether they'll see 'Captain Cool' donning national colours again. Following India's emphatic 3-0 Test series win over South Africa, skipper Virat Kohli was asked the same question by a journalist in the post-match press conference. Reporter: When in Ranchi, a visit to the local boy's crib beckons? ð¤ð¤ Virat: Be our guest ðð #TeamIndia #INDvSA pic.twitter.com/HLdDYX3Pxn — BCCI (@BCCI) October 22, 2019 Kohli, as always, didn't delve into the speculation over Dhoni, but dished out a perfect response - one that left everyone in the room in splits. Responding to the reporter's query, Kohli, in his own sarcastic manner, said: "He (Dhoni) is here, in the change-room, come say hello to him". On the other hand, Sourav Ganguly, who will begin his reign as the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on 23rd October, recently told the scribes that he would talk to selectors about Dhoni. "I will find out from the selectors when I meet them on 24th October. We will find out what the selectors are thinking and then I will put forth my opinion," Ganguly said in a media briefing last week. Great to see a true Indian legend in his den after a fantastic series win #Dhoni #TeamIndia #INDvsSA pic.twitter.com/P1XKR0iobZ — Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) October 22, 2019 “We will have to see what Dhoni wants. I will also speak to him what he wants to do and what he does not want to do. Since I was not in the picture, it may be a case that it's not clear with me as of now. Now I am in a position to find out and then will decide on the way forward,” he had added.
  25. There has always been a battle between cricket and soccer. Both sports have a huge fan base and in India, cricket is highly liked. But across the globe, soccer has the biggest fan base. However, we don't intend to compare the two sports and rate which is better. But recently, there is a comparison being done, by Buzz Bingo, on the basis of who is earning more from the social media platform Instagram. View this post on Instagram I love this feeling â½ï¸ð #93... A post shared by Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) on Sep 11, 2019 at 10:30am PDT Cristiano Ronaldo has around 186 million followers and Lionel Messi has around 133 million followers on Instagram. Besides the two soccer players, Indian cricketer, Virat Kohli, who is currently among the best batsmen in the world cricket has around 42 million followers on the social media app. Ronaldo not only beats Messi but also Kendall Jenner in terms of social media followers, as per the study. The Portugal striker has earned a sum of USD 975K per post in his last 34 sponsored posts. Whereas, Messi has earned a revenue of USD 648K per post in his last 36 posts. According to the Republic, it has been confirmed that out of the top 10 earners in the world are players like David Beckham, Neymar, Zlatan Ibrahimovic who have made their way into the list. Kohli stands 11th on the list and has an earning of USD 196k per post. He has earned an amount of USD 1.18 million from Instagram in the last one year. View this post on Instagram Always looking forward to Test Cricket! ð A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on Oct 1, 2019 at 5:52am PDT The Indian Captain is one of the best batsmen across all the formats and has led his team to several accolades under his captaincy. This year he guided India to a Test series win in Australia. He is one of the biggest marketable profiles in India where advertisement companies want to place their money. The Indian captain has a huge fan following compared to other sportspersons in the country.
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