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  1. Mohammad Babar Azam stormed his way into the Pakistani cricket team while quickly making his mark on an international level within fours years of his ODI debut against Zimbabwe in 2015. Having an all-star performance in South Africa, Azam proved his worth as a world class batsman as he was the leading scorer in the three-game T20I series while also making the second most runs during the Test series. Already breaking the Indian skipper's record for becoming the fastest player to reach 1,000 runs in the T20I format (26 innings to Kohli's 27) while also owning the wonderful title of becoming the only batsman to score five consecutive ODI tons in a single country, the opener is considered to be one of the finest batsmen to play for the Shaheens. Often compared to the Indian cricket captain for the strikingly similar charisma and the on-field presence the two command, the 24-year-old was once again put on a pedestal as that of Kohli after he put on a show against the Proteas. This time however, the young Pathan came out in public to give his opinion about the comparisons to an all-time great like Kohli. Babar Azam on people comparing him with Kohli. Very well said. pic.twitter.com/9yQJARcepn — Tuaha Sohail (@TuahaSohail) February 10, 2019 “People compare me to Virat Kohli all the time. According to me he is a great player and I am nowhere near him,” said the talented batsman. “My career has just begun.” “He's achieved a lot. I still have to do that. If my performances are up to that level then you can compare (our performances) but right now there's no comparison.” Everything was well and good. People were happy with the manner in which the young cricketer handled the situation while showing his respect towards Virat Kohli. But then came a troll who, basically edited Azam's voice over a Virat Kohli interview which has led to the internet short circuiting. Virat Kohli opens up about his comparison with Babar Azam pic.twitter.com/H0rusATPIT — PSL Memes (@PSLMemesWalay) February 10, 2019 This is how the internet is reacting: C'mon stop trolling others that's what i said before. Meanwhile how can you compare one with 64 centuries and 9 centuries?? — Vinay Mirchandani (@MirchandaniVinu) February 10, 2019 What was that ðððððð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ — Syeda Ayesha (@sayesha_noor) February 11, 2019 pic.twitter.com/kzhsXRq8Wz — عتÛÙÙÙÙÙÙÙÙÙ (@TeeqWrites) February 10, 2019 @PSLMemesWalay Keha se laate hon idea's ðð — Umair ðµð° | Kings ð (@UmairPTI4) February 10, 2019
  2. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who have been adversely affected by the 14th February 2019 terror attack on the CRPF bus in the Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir. The loss of over 40 of India's finest and bravest soldiers in what is considered to be the biggest terror attack since Uri has left the Indian public in sorrow, sympathetic and irate. Amidst such times of chaos and upheavals, one must show as much support to the victims as they can. The idea of promoting yourself or your team should probably be the last thought in your head right now and the people seemed to feel the same way when they set the Indian cricket captain, Virat Kohli, straight. While the world was mourning on the huge tragedy that took place on Valentine's Day, Virat Kohli decided to put out a couple of tweets asking his fans (essentially the entire nation), to vote for the Indian sports honours for the best cricket club and the best fan club of the year. While celebrities from all over the country including Priyanka Chopra came out to empathise with the families of the martyred jawans and the CRPF soldiers that were injured in the blast, Kohli's tweet felt ignorant, unsympathetic and really just out of place. Absolutely shocked by the attack in #Pulwama...Hate is NEVER the answer!!! Strength to the families of the martyred jawans and the CRPF soldiers injured in the attack. — PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) February 14, 2019 My deepest thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the Pulwama attacks and their families. — Karan Johar (@karanjohar) February 14, 2019 There's no doubt that if the situation was even remotely different from what it is right now, Kohli's Twitter fans, all of 28.2 million, would have hopped onto the bandwagon to vote for their favourite cricket club and fan club in a instant as their leader had asked of them. But in the wake of something as devastating as the Jaish-e-Mohammed attack on J&K, the followers had to hold the torch for the Indian skipper to see things clearly, as they let Kohli know all about their displeasure with his tweets: This is what the cricketer had uploaded but later removed after getting a lot of flak: And here's how his agitated fans responded: Virat aapke team sea jo bhi aapka Social Media Account handle karta hai Wo Bahut Bada Pagal hai — Raja â¤ï¸ (@RaghurajPrSingh) February 14, 2019 Promotional tweet regarding sports honor awards voting. Wrong timing. Andharu dobbaru. Tweet delete cheaadu. — Spidey (@MrStarksPeter) February 14, 2019 please dont post such message till whole country shocked by pulwama attack — shailaishgarg (@shailaishgarg) February 14, 2019 Look at the mood of the nation. Don't you have brains#Pulwama — Shekhar Bhatt (@iShekharBhatt) February 14, 2019 Any word for sacrifice of soldiers in #Kashmir ? U don't deserve Indian Cap...#PulwamaTerrorAttack #Pulwama — SilenceSpeaks (@JayShreeRadhey) February 14, 2019 Such insensitivity in the captain of Indian Cricket Team Whole country is tweeting about #Pulwama and he is busy in his business — Shivam Agrahari DSPð®ð³ (@DSP_Shivam) February 14, 2019 Virat Kohli has been a phenomenal cricketer, his clean sweep at the ICC awards this year dictates this narrative of his loud and clear. He has done some exceptional work to bring the Men in Blue to the stage where they are right now. However, these tweets are just the best examples of 'wrong time, wrong place'.
  3. Last November, the Indian cricket team embarked on a long journey away from home that included gruelling tours of Australia and New Zealand. During that time, India drew the Twenty20 International (T20I) series before winning the Tests and One-Day Internationals (ODIs) against Australia. And then, they travelled to New Zealand where they demolished the hosts in ODIs before stuttering in the T20Is. While their overseas tour has come to an end, India, now, await their next challenge which, once again, involves the Australian brigade. With revenge on their mind, the Aussie team will travel to India for two T20Is and five ODIs, slated to begin from 24th February. But, after spending three months on the road, the Indian cricketers finally had a breather as the T20I series against Australia is still more than a week away. Several Indian cricketers were seen making the most of their time at home after they shared pictures and videos on the social media. From Rohit Sharma to Virat Kohli, here's how Indian cricketers are unwinding following their long overseas tour: Rohit Sharma How happily he is playing with his daughterâ¤ð­! Rohit Sharma and his daughter Samairað!@ImRo45 @ritssajdeh pic.twitter.com/wpyDBDwvv9 — Niyati (@niyati_45) February 12, 2019 The Indian opener didn't really have a great time as stand-in captain in the T20Is against New Zealand, losing the series 2-1. But, the 'Hitman' did find a reason to cheer for as he became the leading run-getter in the shortest format following a brilliant fifty in the second T20I in Auckland. Upon his return to India, Rohit was elated to spend time with his daughter 'Samaira'. A video of Rohit playing with his daughter was also shared on the social media. Kuldeep Yadav After a long and gruelling tour, time to head back home with loads of happy memories to cherishð®ð³ðð»âð» pic.twitter.com/tvMUL1hZfO — Kuldeep yadav (@imkuldeep18) February 11, 2019 One of India's premier spinners, Kuldeep had a decent outing in both, Australia and New Zealand. Thanks to his exploits, the wrist-spinner recently notched up a career-best second position in the ICC's T20I rankings for bowlers. Clearly, the young spinner was happy to be home as he shared a photograph of himself in the company of his Team India mates Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant and Yuzvendra Chahal. Shikhar Dhawan It is time to knuckle up! #knuckleup #workout #hardwork #life #tuesdaythoughts #keepgoingðª pic.twitter.com/CSeSbaur3L — Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) February 12, 2019 The marauding Indian opener had a mixed outing in Australia and New Zealand. While he did get a lot of starts, Dhawan just couldn't capitalise and convert them into big individual scores. With the Aussies coming to India this month, Dhawan will be eager to make his presence felt in a bid to win over the fans. And, that's exactly what might have been on his mind when he shared a brief video where the left-hander can be seen doing push-up on his knuckles. Virat Kohli Instagram After helping his side in gaining an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match ODI series, Kohli was rested from the last two 50-over contests and the three T20Is against New Zealand. While his team stuttered to a narrow 2-1 loss in the T20Is, Kohli was seen exploring the scenic beauty of New Zealand with wife Anushka Sharma. Early on Tuesday, the couple returned home and as soon as they landed at the Mumbai airport, the Indian captain shared a selfie of their arrival with the cricket fans on the social media. Dinesh Karthik Instagram The Indian middle-order batsman was recently slammed for his antics during India's four-run loss against New Zealand in the deciding T20I. His decision to deny Krunal Pandya a crucial single in the final over didn't go down well with the fans. Karthik did manage to hit a six off the last ball, but it wasn't good enough to take India home. But, that is now a thing of the past. The T20I series is done and dusted. And, Karthik is just happy to be back home and dig in to south Indian delicacies. MS Dhoni .@msdhoni back in bay after New Zealand & Australia tour!ð®ð³ð@seemantlohani @mihir_diwakar #Dhoni #MSDhoni #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/vOiDlbdMrP — MS Dhoni Fans Official (@msdfansofficial) February 12, 2019 For someone who desperately needed to prove his mettle, MS Dhoni made the most of time during India's tour of Australia and New Zealand. The former Indian captain shut his critics with his 'Player of the Series' performance in the ODIs against Australia and then continued to play a crucial role in the middle-order against the Kiwis. On the back of some sublime performances, Dhoni has not only won over fans, but has also impressed the selectors who'll surely take note of his exploits before announcing the Indian squad for the ICC World Cup in England and Wales. But, for now, Dhoni seemed really happy to return home.
  4. The nation saw a star in the making when a 20-year-old PV Sindhu stepped up to the occasion in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and went head-to-head against Spain's Carolina Marin in the match of a lifetime, was overwhelmed by the experienced Spaniard and won the silver medal in the Badminton women's finals. © Reuters Since then, Sindhu has dominated women's badminton. Winning significant awards like the silver medal in singles and the gold in mixed doubles during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, she had established herself as one of the greatest, most talented sportswomen in the world. But, it was time for her to get paid for her greatness and China's sports accessories giant Li-Ning realised her true worth. Sindhu, who was once a brand ambassador for the Chinese brand back in 2014-15, signed with the brand for the second time in 2019. While back in the day, India looked at Saina Nehwal as the only successful female shuttler, now, this young Hyderabad-born prodigy has shown to the world that she is worth every penny (maybe even more?) as Nehwal. In this extremely lucrative four-year contract between Li-Ning and Sindhu, the star is going to be paid â¹40 crore as sponsorship money while approximately â¹10 cr. for equipment, making for a deal worth a sum total of a whopping â¹50 crore. © Reuters One of the biggest deals in Badminton, the handsome contact came Sindhu's way a month after Kidambi Srikanth signed a four-year â¹35 cr. deal with the same brand. Sindhu was ranked seventh on the Forbes List of the richest sportswomen of 2018 according to which, the shuttler was worth $8.5 million (Rs. 64 cr. approx.). Add this big fat paycheque to the mix and you've got yourself a really comfortable lifestyle. Sindhu's deal is remarkably similar to that of Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli, who signed an eight-year deal with Puma for a total of â¹100 crore split in annual payouts, i.e., â¹12.5 crore per year.
  5. The Indian cricket team has been on a roll recently. Making and breaking precious world records while dominating over their competition in some of the greatest teams of the world like Australia and New Zealand, in every format of the game, the Men in Blue are stronger than ever. After winning their first ever Test series against Australia on their home turf and defeating the Kiwis in an ODI series in New Zealand for the first time in nearly a decade, the 'Josh' is high in Virat Kohli and his boys. But just like a proud parent, Indian head coach Ravi Shastri just cannot hide his happiness while talking about his team. Just yesterday, Shastri publicly advocated Kuldeep Yadav as India's number one spinner abroad after his impressive run in Australia and New Zealand which also included a five-wicket haul in the fourth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground. India bowl Australia out for 300! Kuldeep Yadav led the attack with a brilliant five-wicket haul on Day 4 at the SCG. The hosts are still trailing by 322 runs and India enforce the follow-on.#AUSvIND LIVE â¬ï¸https://t.co/c2fCH8UcMc pic.twitter.com/M8kXGjiYnS — ICC (@ICC) January 6, 2019 "Already! He plays overseas Test cricket and he gets five wickets, so he becomes our primary overseas spinner. Going ahead, if we have to play one spinner, he is the one we will pick," he told Cricbuzz. And today, the coach compared India's greatest batsman of the new generation, Virat Kohli to the timeless Sir Vivian Richards. After Kohli became the first batsman to win the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year, ICC Test Cricketer of the Year as well as ICC Men's ODI Cricketer of the Year in a single year last month, Shastri has gone gaga over the man. "Virat Kohli is a guy who is as dominant as Sir Vivian Richards" – Ravi Shastri says the India captain is the 'closest' he's seen to the Windies legend. READ â¬ï¸ https://t.co/JFENN2gcBc pic.twitter.com/sBFdbRATPK — ICC (@ICC) February 6, 2019 “Here is a guy who is as dominant as Sir Vivian Richards. The closest I have seen to the great man. Virat is in your face, he wants to dominate and has a work ethic like no one else. Whether it comes to discipline, training, sacrifice or self-denial, it is unbelievable,” the fanboy in Shastri expressed to Cricbuzz. Shastri's has also shown love towards the team as a whole. “We're not the underdogs,” he had proudly acclaimed after the Test series win against the Aussies while also declaring that it was “as big, or even bigger” than the 1983 World Cup. Incredible effort by #TeamIndia to take a 2-1 lead, especially @Jaspritbumrah93 who has played an instrumental role in this win. He has gone from strength to strength in all formats of the game. Definitely one of the best in the world today. #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/vweoHd0nEE — Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) December 30, 2018 Shastri has been known for making controversial comments more often than not but with the recent success the Indian cricket team is enjoying, we think he should be allowed to pour his heart out to his boys just like a proud dad would do. Know the feeling? Yeah, neither do we...
  6. From Rihanna, Dwayne Johnson, Shah Rukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, to Katrina Kaif; everyone has found their twin aka doppelganger enjoying a portion of their fame, in some other part of the world. The latest celebrity to join this bandwagon is our very own Anushka Sharma. This is Anushka Sharma, chilling with her husband Virat Kohli. View this post on Instagram Days like these â¤ï¸ð¥° A post shared by AnushkaSharma1588 (@anushkasharma) on Jan 13, 2019 at 4:22am PST This is Anushka Sharma's doppelganger, smashing her way into all our hearts. Honestly, had we not gone through her Instagram account, we would have easily believed her to be the real Anushka Sharma, only with blonde hair. © Instagram In fact, Anushka Sharma' doppelganger, or her lost twin sister as people are calling her, is none other than American singer-songwriter Julia Michaels, whose uncanny resemblance to the Indian star has left the internet baffled. View this post on Instagram ð§ ð£ A post shared by Julia Michaels (@juliamichaels) on Jan 28, 2019 at 1:06pm PST View this post on Instagram Hello :) A post shared by Julia Michaels (@juliamichaels) on Dec 28, 2018 at 4:43pm PST We hope they meet someday and collaborate for a song called, 'Zero Anxiety' (if you know what I mean). View this post on Instagram I kind of feel like... **** it. Let's put out a new song soon. What do you think? Into it? A post shared by Julia Michaels (@juliamichaels) on Jul 25, 2018 at 2:27pm PDT Even since Julia posted the picture, social media has lost its cool and have since, tagged Anushka and Virat a gazillion times already. @AnushkaSharma's Doppelganger is @juliamichaels!! ð±ð pic.twitter.com/dGniSARH92 — Tavish Jain (@OldCitySaint) February 3, 2019 Julia Michaels must be wondering what just happened . Why she's getting so much attention.#AnushkaSharma #JuliaMichaels #kohli pic.twitter.com/IkcDYNjgQe — 12th Man (@Splendordeflame) February 3, 2019 @juliamichaels looks more like @AnushkaSharma than Anushka herself! pic.twitter.com/KydtxkhrzP — Chandler Bing (@SarcasmChamp) February 3, 2019 @AnushkaSharma is that really you i really got confused but both of u are beautiful @juliamichaels @juliamichaels looks like @AnushkaSharma @juliamichaels what are your thoughts on this. Do yall look the same. @AnushkaSharma @juliamichaels Doppelganger pic.twitter.com/xM6TVsWnh4 — Aditya (@SmritiFC18) February 4, 2019 pic.twitter.com/u5Mgmayu0N — ðash (@Yash__Aamirian) February 3, 2019 @AnushkaSharma Is that you cosplaying some Australian character? https://t.co/G3WDl01vtl — Atul (@Hugsandbeer) February 3, 2019 Anushka Sharma during her Australian tour https://t.co/QDWZY0RgrT — Aniket Das ð´âªð®ð³ð®ð³ (@andas8) February 3, 2019 When it's Anushka, there have to be memes and this picture too has had its fair share. That aunty type The same girl Girl of your class on farewell day Whole Year. pic.twitter.com/hYyEJpvTAz — Mr.Bauva (@BadmashBauva) February 3, 2019 When North Delhi girl shifts to south delhi. pic.twitter.com/QSbBwGnRIQ — Mask Ishan (@Mr_LoLwa) February 3, 2019 Indian girls before going abroad. Indian girls after going abroad.#NZvIND pic.twitter.com/sY0ugtwjlZ — 㤠㤠㤠㤠㤠㤠㤠㤠㤠(@theesmaarkhan) February 3, 2019 There are as many as 7 people in the world who look exactly like us or so we've heard. Given the 7.6 billion population of the world, chances of us finding our lookalike is literally one in a billion. View this post on Instagram Thank you @dior for letting me wear the most incredible, sparkly dresss ever :) A post shared by Julia Michaels (@juliamichaels) on Aug 28, 2017 at 7:27pm PDT For the internet, that's like a few minutes of surfing to find your carbon copy and thanks to people's efforts, we now have a never-ending list of celebrities and their not-so-famous doppelgangers.
  7. Arguably one of the most exciting young talents in the country, Shubman Gill had garnered all the limelight with a potential debut on cards in the 4th One-Day International (ODI) between India and New Zealand on 31st January. For someone who boasts of 1,089 runs in nine first-class games and another 1,529 runs in 36 List A matches, Shubman understandably came highly recommended. Virat Kohli had already lauded the youngster, claiming that he was not even 10 per cent of the kind of player Gill is when he was 19. Then, the likes of Sourav Ganguly and Sunil Gavaskar, too, sang Gill's praise and stressed on the importance of his debut for India. Early on Thursday, Shubman finally realised his dream of featuring in the senior team after he was handed his cap by MS Dhoni, becoming the 227th player to represent India in ODI cricket. But, the day Shubman must've been dreaming of as a kid, soon turned into a nightmare as the youngster was sent back into the hut for a mere nine runs. Proud moment for young @RealShubmanGill as he receives his #TeamIndia cap from @msdhoni ðð #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/2oRc4ozwZq — BCCI (@BCCI) January 31, 2019 Coming out to bat, with India reeling at 21/1, the 19-year-old got a chance to partner Rohit Sharma in a bid to stabilise the innings. With Trent Boult breathing fire with his swing bowling, Shubman was a mere spectator as Rohit, Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik got dismissed one after another at the other end. While the right-hander, himself, became the next victim of Boult, his stay at the crease for 21 balls was nervy, but still gave a glimpse of his capabilities. The first six balls he faced, didn't yield a single run. But, the application of the young batsman made it good to watch. There were solid defences, played with confidence. And, a beautiful cover drive that went straight to the fielder. Rather than getting frustrated with the dot balls, Shubman showed great maturity in waiting for the right delivery to strike. And, he finally opened his account with a wristy clip off the toes through square leg for a boundary - his first runs in international cricket. On the very next ball, the right-hander, once again, showed great presence of mind as he pushed the drive with soft hands in a bid to keep the ball along the ground. AP The 10th over saw Shubman getting struck on the helmet on Boult's fiery bouncer. But, the youngster didn't lose his composure and carried on like a pro. His stint was eventually cut short when he played a length ball on the up, sending it straight into the hands of Boult who claimed his third scalp of the game. While some thought that the youngster wasted an opportunity, others gave him the benefit of the doubt and backed him to come good in future. But, how did young Shubman really fare on his debut? Let's put things into perspective. Despite scoring just nine runs off 21 balls, the debutant, in his shot selection and approach to the game, showed signs of maturity and confidence. But, is that enough? Well, we tried to compare Shubman's ODI debut with his idol Kohli and there was not much difference. The debutant @RealShubmanGill all smiles with his teammates ðð#TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/8xusQXbaoh — BCCI (@BCCI) January 31, 2019 Just like Shubman, Kohli had a triumphant run in the 2008 U-19 World Cup when he was fast-tracked into the Indian team. The same year, he was handed his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in Dambulla and asked to open the innings alongside Gautam Gambhir when Virender Sehwag was rested in the first match. With Chaminda Vaas sending Gambhir back into the pavilion on the second delivery of the match, Kohli was watchful in his approach and began really slow. In fact, he had scored 12 runs off 21 balls he faced till the seventh over. The Delhi lad was finally dismissed by Nuwan Kulasekara after being wrapped on the pads in front of the stumps. And, his ODI debut came to an end at a score of 12 runs off 22 balls. Kohli's maiden outing in ODI cricket was not really different than Shubman. Both the cricketers played their shots and approached with caution against a fire-breathing left-armer. Despite their mediocre debut scores, both Shubman and Kohli, with their sensible approach, showed they belong to the big stage. Both of them played goo-looking shots and held his own against a dangerous bowling attack in conditions which aided seamers. AP Giving perspective to Gill's outing, Gavaskar made a fair point. "Well, for whatever little time he was there, he was a little bit tense, nervous. That's understandable because he is playing for the country for the first time. Even then, when Boult was swinging the ball, he was able to get in line, yes...he was hit by the short ball as well. I think this guy's got a future, you have got to be patient with him," Gavaskar told Star Sports. Gill, in his brief debut, showed that he has a great technique (something a batting sensation like Kohli approves of). On a surface that had plenty of bounce, the young gun had the ability to punch the ball off the backfoot. It was also great to see him picking up the length nicely. And, just like Kohli, it looks like this youngster has got a lot of time to play his shots and a bright future going forward.
  8. For a team that had hammered Australia in their own backyard and then took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series in New Zealand, high-flying Team India was shot to the ground by the Kiwis in the fourth ODI at the Seddon Park in Hamilton on 31st January. Amid the impactful absence of Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni, India's so-called strong batting line-up collapsed like a pack of cards against a rampant bowling attack of New Zealand. Team India was given a reality check by New Zealand's swing sensation Trent Boult. Recording sensational figures of 5-21, the 29-year-old ran through the Indian batting order to ensure they were bundled out for a paltry total of 92 runs. It all began in the sixth over when Boult trapped Shikhar Dhawan (13) in front of the stumps to hand the visitors an early blow. In his next over, Boult sent Dhawan's opening partner Rohit Sharma (7) back into the hut with a caught and bowled effort. While Boult was breathing fire at one end - hitting young Shubman on the head once, Colin de Grandhomme struck twice - dismissing Ambati Rayudu (0) and Dinesh Karthik (0) - in his first over. ð¨ RECORD ALERT ð¨ Trent Boult picks up his fifth five-wicket haul for New Zealand in ODIs, equalling the legendary Richard Hadlee's record. Follow #NZvIND live ðhttps://t.co/goloMnOKex pic.twitter.com/smJ3GbGVLG — ICC (@ICC) January 31, 2019 But, Boult wasn't done as he struck again to dismiss Shubman with his second caught and bowled effort to push India on the backfoot at 33/5 in 12 overs. Kedar Jadhav (1) became his next victim after a steaming in-swinger had the Indian batsman in trouble right in front of the stumps. Hardik Pandya (16) tried to hold fort for his side, but he couldn't stop a rampant Boult from bagging a five-for when the left-arm seamer forced an edge off the Indian batsman through to the wicket-keeper. Only four Indian batsmen managed to score in double digits, while the remaining seven couldn't even score 10. Two of the Indian batsmen failed to open their account. And, the fact that Yuzvendra Chahal (18*) emerged as the top-scorer pretty much sums up India's outing with the willow. © Twitter/BLACKCAPS In reply, New Zealand lost two wickets early in their innings, but a mediocre target of 93 runs was never going to be a problem for the hosts. Riding on the back of an unbeaten 54-run partnership between Ross Taylor (37*) and Henry Nicholls (30*) for the third wicket, the Kiwis romped their way to victory with eight wickets and 212 balls to spare. While the victory gave the home fans something to cheer for, it once again brought Team India's middle-order woes to the fore. Clearly, the Indian fans weren't happy as they took to the social media to express their disappointment and rue the absence of Kohli and Dhoni. #NZvIND #4thODI #Indvnz Meanwhile When Virat opened his T.V pic.twitter.com/qgu5YPPFqz — HIMANSHU (@UnIndian_) January 31, 2019 1. Indian batting 2. Indian batting without Kohli & Dhoni#NZvInd pic.twitter.com/4ZsTpHln1T — Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) January 31, 2019 India with and without Virat Kohli. ð#NZvIND pic.twitter.com/Hka97BQo0l — bet365_aus (@bet365_aus) January 31, 2019 Pic 1 : Indian batting with Kohli and Dhoni Pic 2 : Indian batting without them pic.twitter.com/LuNU2KN1Lh — Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) January 31, 2019 India's lowest score at the fall of 6th wicket in ODIs: 28 vs SL in 2017 (No Kohli) 35 vs NZ in 2019 (No Kohli)* — Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) January 31, 2019 This is why you need MS Dhoni in the squad. Finishing matches are great but saving team from collapses is not everyone's cup of Tea.#4thODI #INDvsNZ — Prahalad Yadav (@Prahalad47) January 31, 2019 #4thODI pic.twitter.com/FZQIzrtBiI — Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) January 31, 2019
  9. We have often said that Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma absolutely rock as a couple, and honestly speaking, we couldn't go back on our words even if we tried. Because obviously, these guys know how to take care of the intricacies of a blooming relationship, even with their demanding work commitments to take into consideration. Keeping with the spirit of their budding relationship as a much-in-love couple, we have seen Anushka do her bit as a supportive and doting wife as she travels around the world with her husband and Indian skipper Virat Kohli, in-between the free time she gets between shoots, to cheer for him and the Indian cricket team. View this post on Instagram Follow ð@viratkohli__cricket Follow ð@viratkohli__cricket Follow ð@viratkohli__cricket Follow ð@viratkohli__cricket . . . . . #viratkohli #indiancricket #bcci #cricket #cricketindia #ipl #rcb #indiancaptain #captain #india #indvssa #captainkohli #bollywood #vk #testcricket #kingkohli #runmachine #viratianforever #viratkohlifans #viratian #dhawan #pandya #dhoni #sachin #mahirat #yuvrajsingh #raina #msdhoni #proudviratian #one8crew A post shared by Virat Kohli (@viratkohli__cricket) on Jan 7, 2019 at 10:05pm PST This holds true even now as Virat is touring New Zealand with the Indian team to play against the host country in the ongoing ODI and T20 series, because Anushka has joined Virat on this tour and their recent pictures tell us that having a supportive partner can really work well when you want to mix work and pleasure, besides the mental support you get from your SO being with you. View this post on Instagram No filters needed #NewZealand 𥰠A post shared by AnushkaSharma1588 (@anushkasharma) on Jan 20, 2019 at 11:22pm PST Given team India's performance in the test series so far, the couple obviously was in the mood to celebrate and let go, and what better way to do it than spending some quality time together? Virat and Anushka seemed to have done just that, and their Instagram posts will show you as much. The two can be seen enjoying the picturesque landscape of New Zealand and each other's company. View this post on Instagram Away we go â¤ï¸ð#travelswithher A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on Jan 28, 2019 at 2:19pm PST This only confirms that all of us should have the good luck to mix work and pleasure sometimes, because going by their pictures, surely it would only do us some good.
  10. Taking a 2-0 lead in the five-match series, the Indian cricket team was eager to seal the deal as they took the field against New Zealand at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui in the 3rd One-Day International (ODI) on 28th January. Expected to make a strong comeback in a bid to stay alive in the series, the Kiwis, once again, stuttered as the Virat Kohli-led India romped their way to another clinical win. After deciding to bat first, the hosts lost their top three early on before Ross Taylor and Tom Latham stepped up to the task with a pivotal 119-run partnership for the fourth wicket. But, the Kiwis couldn't capitalise on that partnership as they continued to lose wickets before being bundled out for a mediocre 243-run total. © Twitter/@BCCI In reply, Rohit Sharma (62) and Kohli (60) added 113 runs for the second wicket after the early dismissal of Shikhar Dhawan (28). While both Rohit and Kohli missed out on an opportunity to bag a hundred, a 77-run partnership between Dinesh Karthik (38*) and Ambati Rayudu (40*) got the visitors over the line with seven wickets and 42 balls to spare. A great bowling performance, backed by responsible batting, paved another win for the Indian side. While the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya and Yuzvendra Chahal all claimed a brace, it was undoubtedly Mohammed Shami whose influential figures of 3-41 were crucial in India's win. For someone who was adjudged the 'Man of the Match' in the first ODI, it wasn't surprising to see Shami claiming the honours in the third game as well. And after his majestic bowling earned him plaudits, Shami's communication skills in English won over Simon Doull at the presentation. Shami surprises Simon Doull by speaking in English who responds in Hindi "your English bahut achha (very good)" #IndvNZ pic.twitter.com/F9p9GDH0Ez — Navjot Piddu (@DesiFamilyGuy) January 28, 2019 Unlike the first match in Napier, where he had Kohli for company who translated the questions for his teammate, Shami decided to go solo this time around and gave his best shot at answering Simon Doull's queries at the presentation ceremony. "It's really difficult to bowl against the wind. One comes with the wind and the other is against the wind. It is difficult but not too hard. Bhuvi at the other end was also a great help. Sticking to areas where we want to bowl is the key," Shami said. Doull, the former New Zealand fast bowler who was conducting the presentation ceremony, was so impressed with Shami's effort that he complimented him in Hindi after the interview. "Your English bahut acha, congratulations," Doull told Shami as Kohli burst out laughing. Ur English bohat aacha ðð - Simon Doull To Shami #NZvIND — JATIN (@Alias_jatin) January 28, 2019 In this match i enjoyed only three thing..1.Irfan bhai commentary 2.Mohammad shami english 3.Simon doull comment on shami english "your english bahut achha hai" Hahaha well done shami ð¤£ð¤£ðð @MdShami11@IrfanPathan #NZvIND — Sanu Tripathi (@sanutripathi771) January 28, 2019 Simon Doull you won a million fans with that Shami interview ð — Arvind Ramachander (@arvindia4u) January 28, 2019 Shami goes on to collect his Man of the match award with translater Kohli and starts speaking in English. Simon Doull : "Your English is bahut accha"#NZvIND — Dr. Parimal Tripathi (@EminentAuditor) January 28, 2019 Simon Doull to Shami - Your english bohot accha hai ! Somebody give him a cookie ðªð­ðð»#NZvsIND #INDvsNZ — Ankita Rathore (@imankitarathore) January 28, 2019
  11. If cricket is a religion, then Virat Kohli is arguably no less than a demigod himself. Often labelled as India's run-machine, the right-hander continues to live up to his tag, shattering one record after another in international cricket. The Indian skipper has been so convincing with the willow that it undoubtedly makes him a cut above the rest - something that was justified at the recently-concluded ICC Awards where he sweeped top honors. While his batting prowess and passion for cricket makes him a fierce competitor on the field, his humility and modesty highlights his human side off it. When Kohli is not busy smashing the opposition bowlers all around the park, Kohli, just like any other human being, enjoys simple pleasures of life. If anyone has followed the feeds of his social media accounts, they would have seen nothing but beautiful posts where Kohli is seen enjoying his time off the field. From his impromptu bhangra moves on the streets to heartfelt message for his wife Anushka Sharma, Kohli's social media accounts successfully highlight his human side. Instagram/@virat.kohli Another example, supporting that argument is his posts centred around his canine friends. Kohli's love for dogs has, for long, reflected through his social media posts. Most notably, he visited a dog shelter in Bengaluru and adopted as many as 15 destitute dogs in 2017. And, his latest post has once again reminded us how much he loves dogs. View this post on Instagram One from my favourite kind of shoots!!! ð¶ #FlashbackFriday #BTS @AudiIN A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on Jan 24, 2019 at 11:49pm PST Taking To Instagram, Kohli shared a picture where he was being dragged on the floor by a dog that looked like a golden retriever. While it seems, the picture is from one of his shoots for a commercial, it did gave Kohli a chance to enjoy the company of man's best friend.
  12. For a man who recently sweeped the top honors at the ICC Awards, Virat Kohli is arguably in the best form of his life. On the back of consistent performances, the Indian captain has been breaking one record after another in international cricket. Not many in the current crop of cricketers can stake claim to what Kohli has been able to pull off with relative ease. But, when he is not breaking batting records or cutting a sorry figure for the bowlers, the Delhi lad enjoys his life just like any other individual. His social media accounts are a testimony to that, where he often shares photographs of himself doing things that makes this godly cricketer human. Basking in the sun. âï¸ð pic.twitter.com/BEcZ2y2qrt — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 24, 2019 After his leading his team to a clinical eight-wicket triumph in Napier, the right-hander was seen making the most of the rare day off ahead of the 2nd One-Day International (ODI) in New Zealand. He also shared a picture where he was seen chilling with his shades on in the sun. "Basking in the sun," read the caption of Kohli's post on Twitter. Looks a bit like you're more in the shade, bro! ð — Kevin Pietersenð¦ (@KP24) January 24, 2019 While Kohli's tweets generally garner a lot of engagement from cricket fans, this one attracted a comment from Kevin Pietersen who also has been pretty active on the social media. Taking a dig at Kohli, the former England cricketer wrote: "Looks a bit like you're more in the shade, bro!”. Well in that case you should've seen my first caption. Much worse. ð PS - the face is still in the sun 𤪠— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 24, 2019 Kohli saw the funny side of Pietersen's remark and replied: "Well in that case you should've seen my first caption. Much worse. PS - the face is still in the sun”. And, for once, the godly cricketer we've come to know as Kohli, looked human as he struggled to caption his post. I'll let you off cos I love you! ð — Kevin Pietersenð¦ (@KP24) January 24, 2019 In response, Pietersen gave the Indian skipper the benefit of doubt before confessing his love to Kohli. “I'll let you off cos I love you,” Pietersen tweeted. On the cricket front, after taking the lead in the five-match series, India will now be eager to extend their winning run when they lock horns with the Kiwis in the 2nd ODI at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, Tauranga on 26th January.
  13. Following their historic outing in Australia, the Indian cricket team faced their next challenge in New Zealand where five One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) awaited them. While many had backed the Indian brigade to come good, some had their doubts as beating the Kiwis in their own backyard could be tricky. But, when the Virat Kohli-led brigade took the field in the first ODI at the McLean Park in Napier, the visitors made sure there was no lack of intensity or form from their outing Down Under. Asked to bowl first, the Indian team gave the hosts a run for their money with a brilliant bowling performance. Twitter/@BCCI The likes of Kuldeep Yadav (4-39), Mohammed Shami (3-19) and Yuzvendra Chahal (2-43) hunted the Kiwis in a pack before bundling them out for a below-par total of 157 runs. For a strong batting side like India, the paltry total was never going to be a problem. And, as expected, the unbeaten knock of 75 runs by Shikhar Dhawan and another 45-run innings by Kohli ensured India notched up the total with eight wickets and 85 balls remaining. While the Kiwis have a lot of learn from their defeat, the Indian team, with their emphatic win, once again reminded everyone the kind of form these guys have been in lately. Surely, it called for celebrations. But, since it was only the first ODI and there are still four more matches to go, the likes of Kohli and MS Dhoni decided to have some fun on the field. Post-game shenanigans courtesy @msdhoni & @imVkohli This looks fun ððð#TeamIndia #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/0EXXHYh2v7 — BCCI (@BCCI) January 23, 2019 The duo was seen enjoying the Segway rides following the post-match presentation at the McLean Park. While Dhoni looked calm and composed in his antics, Kohli was a bit more animated with his funny gestures. Needless to say, the Indian fans loved it and congratulated the team for their clinical performance. Virat thought how could I run faster between wickets...problem solvedð — dhruv kapoor (@dhruv_kapur) January 23, 2019 @msdhoni & @imVkohli is video very nice... Captain cool @msdhoni is always coolð.... Luv u both...ððð — Dilkush Raja (@iamdilkushraja) January 23, 2019 Kolly bhi ek number ka ranveer singh hai, yaha bhi over kar diya ðð𤣠— Dexter (@MunnaKaTunna) January 23, 2019 Both elder (Dhoni) and younger (Kohli) brothers are enjoying and having fun. ðððððððð — Expounder -Boxoffice, Cricket & TV shows (@Pappu03951480) January 23, 2019 Nice video ð. Enjoy and keep rocking — Murukesh (@dmurukesh) January 23, 2019 Congratulations team india — Anish Upadhyay (@AnishUp06833716) January 23, 2019 Cute..ððð¥ð¥ — Sugaielfathima18 (@Sugaielfathima1) January 23, 2019
  14. After India's eminently fruitful trip Down Under during which they succeeded in beating Australia on their own turf in a Test series and a bilateral ODI series, for the very first time ever since India began to play the game on an international level, the Men in Blue are all set to show what they are made of, against their neighbours, the Kiwis. In a five-match ODI series against New Zealand, Virat Kohli, the best batsman in the world according to ICC's ODI rankings, will go head to head against NZ's finest, Ross Taylor, ODI ranked 3. It seems like a tremendously exciting matchup to watch as both hitters are looking to find their top form with the 2019 ICC World Cup approaching. With just hours to go for the battle to take place, let's compare what the two batsmen have been to provide to their teams and take them to victory: © Reuters In the 17 ODI matches Virat Kohli has played in between 1st January 2018 and today, he has put up 1,355 runs including a huge 160* innings against South Africa. With the batting average of 112.91, Kohli has been in form throughout the year, getting seven out of his 39 ODI tons during this time. © Reuters Taylor, on the other hand, has played like an elite himself. In the 14 innings between 1st January 2018 and today, the former NZ captain has made 920 runs in total with a batting average of 92.00. His extraordinary 181* knock against England comes to mind when remembering his skill set on the pitch. If we go on the numbers, Virat Kohli, in terms of a supporting cast has a much better side with Rohit Sharma (World Rank 2) and Shikhar Dhawan (World Rank 9) as compared to Taylor's back up in Kane Williamson (World Rank 11) and Martin Guptill (World Rank 14). However, considering the ODI series between India and Australia, it would be safe to say that Guptill and Williamson look a lot more in-sync as compared to Sharma and Dhawan. While India (2) is one rank above NZ (3) in ICC ODI rankings, India's trips down there have not been too positive. Out of the 34 matchups there, India have only been able to win 10 till date with a series sweep back in 2010. The last time the two sides had an ODI series in New Zealand in 2014, India faced a humiliating 4-0 defeat at the hands of the Kiwis. But with the grand victories in Australia, Kohli's boys seem more confident than ever and are hopeful to have another great series before the World Cup.
  15. “Self-belief and hard-work will always earn you success,” this not just a statement given by a random person. It's by the man who stands by his words and has almost claimed every award a cricketer could get his hands on in international cricket. Yes, it's none other than our very own Virat Kohli. Arguably the most successful cricketer of his generation, Virat Kohli has achieved yet another milestone as he becomes the first player in the history to win all 3 major ICC awards in a single year. From bagging the Men's Cricketer of the Year to be named as the Test and ODI Cricketer of the Year, Kohli has won it all at once. And his accolades don't stop there. The Delhi lad has also been appointed as the captain for both ODI and Test Team of the Year. 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 We know winning awards for King Kohli must be a regular thing by now, but even he would be elated bagging them all at once. Following a blistering run in 2018, Kohli amassed a total of 1,322 runs at an average of 55.08 with five centuries in just 13 Tests. On the other hand, his statistics in One-Day Internationals are out of the world. The right-hander has piled up 1,202 runs at an astonishing strike-rate of 133.55 with six hundreds in just 14 ODI games – something that substantiates his credentials as the one of the best in business. During a pre-match press conference, ahead of the first ODI against New Zealand, Kohli said: “It has been an amazing year. I was able to play in a manner that I would not have imagined. If the intention is right and you keep working hard, the results are there in front of your own eyes”. “The intent has always to be helping your team at any cost, that is when these performances come by and you are pushing yourself to the limit, which you otherwise will not be able to. That is something I experienced in 2018 a lot,” he added. Apart from Kohli, his teammates Jasprit Bumrah and Rishabh Pant were also included in the Test Team of the Year, while Kuldeep Yadav and Rohit Sharma made the cut for the ODI Team of the Year. Congratulations to the ICC Test Team of the Year 2018! ð³ð¿ @Tomlatham2 ð±ð° @IamDimuth ð³ð¿ Kane Williamson ð®ð³ @imVkohli (c) ð³ð¿ @HenryNicholls27 ð®ð³ @RishabPant777 ð @Jaseholder98 ð¿ð¦ @KagisoRabada25 ð¦ðº @NathLyon421 ð®ð³ @Jaspritbumrah93 ðµð° @Mohmmadabbas111 â¡ï¸ https://t.co/ju3tzAxwc8 pic.twitter.com/0H28spZUmm — ICC (@ICC) January 22, 2019 Keeping at par with the Indians, the ODI squad also features 4 players from England and the Test squad includes 3 from New Zealand. Presenting the ICC Men's ODI Team of the Year 2018! ð ð®ð³ @ImRo45 ð´ó §ó ¢ó ¥ó ®ó §ó ¿ @jbairstow21 ð®ð³ @imVkohli (c) ð´ó §ó ¢ó ¥ó ®ó §ó ¿ @root66 ð³ð¿ @RossLTaylor ð´ó §ó ¢ó ¥ó ®ó §ó ¿ @josbuttler (wk) ð´ó §ó ¢ó ¥ó ®ó §ó ¿ @benstokes38 ð§ð© @Mustafiz90 ð¦ð« @rashidkhan_19 ð®ð³ @imkuldeep18 ð®ð³ @Jaspritbumrah93 â¡ï¸ https://t.co/EaCjC7szqs#ICCAwards ð pic.twitter.com/dg64VGuXiZ — ICC (@ICC) January 22, 2019
  16. Virat Kohli is on an all-time high right now. After leading India in the extensive series against Australia and emerging victorious, the captain is reaping the sweet fruits of his success with some private time with wifey Anushka Sharma in tow. The two are vacationing in Australia at the moment. View this post on Instagram ♥ï¸ A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on Jan 13, 2019 at 5:03am PST The couple is a tennis fan and since Virat is a self-proclaimed Roger Federer fan himself, they ended up having a fan moment of their own with the tennis legend himself. View this post on Instagram What a day at the Australian open. â¤ððð An amazing way to finish the Australian summer. Forever gratefulððâ¤#ausopen A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on Jan 18, 2019 at 11:42pm PST So when the two legends met, their respective fans obviously got elated at the picture. Someone crop me in the place of anushkaðð¼ðð¼ please #kohli #federer #photoshop #PhotoshopFriday #AusOpen2019 #AO #INDvsAUS #virat @rogerfederer @imVkohli pic.twitter.com/qkMImNu6JM — ChakradharRF (@Chakradhar26) January 19, 2019 Being a kohli and a federer fan, that would be my ultimate fan pic — ChakradharRF (@Chakradhar26) January 19, 2019 So beautiful ððð¤ð¤ Roger Federer and Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma @imVkohli @rogerfederer @AnushkaSharma https://t.co/9IA6q7DTS6 — Sourav Banerjee (@SouravB24658781) January 19, 2019 On the cricket front, Kohli is going to lead India on their next tour in New Zealand which begins from 23rd January.
  17. Virat Kohli is on an all-time high right now. After leading India in the extensive series against Australia and emerging victorious, the captain is reaping the sweet fruits of his success with some private time with wifey Anushka Sharma in tow. The two are vacationing in Australia at the moment. View this post on Instagram ♥ï¸ A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on Jan 13, 2019 at 5:03am PST The couple is a tennis fan and since Virat is a self-proclaimed Roger Federer fan himself, they ended up having a fan moment of their own with the tennis legend himself. View this post on Instagram What a day at the Australian open. â¤ððð An amazing way to finish the Australian summer. Forever gratefulððâ¤#ausopen A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on Jan 18, 2019 at 11:42pm PST So when the two legends met, their respective fans obviously got elated at the picture. Someone crop me in the place of anushkaðð¼ðð¼ please #kohli #federer #photoshop #PhotoshopFriday #AusOpen2019 #AO #INDvsAUS #virat @rogerfederer @imVkohli pic.twitter.com/qkMImNu6JM — ChakradharRF (@Chakradhar26) January 19, 2019 Being a kohli and a federer fan, that would be my ultimate fan pic — ChakradharRF (@Chakradhar26) January 19, 2019 So beautiful ððð¤ð¤ Roger Federer and Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma @imVkohli @rogerfederer @AnushkaSharma https://t.co/9IA6q7DTS6 — Sourav Banerjee (@SouravB24658781) January 19, 2019 On the cricket front, Kohli is going to lead India on their next tour in New Zealand which begins from 23rd January.
  18. Anushka Sharma has mostly been associated with meaningful ad campaigns. Be it the Manyavar advertisements with her husband and Indian skipper Virat Kohli, or her long standing association with Pantene. We have also witnessed that Anushka has been very vocal about her stance on certain endorsements, and declining those that do not align with her personal ideologies. Be it adopting and openly promoting a vegan lifestyle or declining offers for fairness cream ads, Anushka has been selective about the brands she has associated herself with. Let goodness shine ! â¨â¨â¨ #AchchaiKiChamak @DS_SilverPearls #RajnigandhaPearls pic.twitter.com/JsoxvvA6iI — Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) January 14, 2019 Anushka took to Twitter earlier this week, and shared a short video snippet of her new commercial promoting a pan masala brand's product. Ever since Twitter has tormented the 'Zero' star with negative comments and trolled her for giving up on her said ethics. While some have called Anushka out on Twitter for promoting a brand that's responsible for numerous health risks amongst its consumers, others have simply come forward to share their disappointment with her. Here's what Twitter is saying: Won't this be surrogate advertising. Promoting a brand known for its banned product. ! wonder why on earth she need to endorse a tobacco brand and take a stand that it's for promotion of cardamom. — Inconviniencd Public (@sushovan03) January 14, 2019 लà¥à¤ à¤à¤¹à¤° à¤à¤¾ पà¥à¤°à¤à¤¾à¤° à¤à¤°à¤à¥ भॠशà¥à¤¹à¤°à¤¤ बà¤à¥à¤° रहॠहॠà¤à¤° हमॠà¤à¥à¤¨à¤à¤¾à¤° à¤à¤¹à¤¤à¥ हॠलà¥à¤ बिना à¤à¥à¤ à¤à¤¿à¤ हॠ— Satish Kumar (@esatish999988) January 14, 2019 Are nahi yaar. Hadd hai. Rajnigandha ??ð¡ Cheee..ð¤¦‍âï¸ð¤¦‍âï¸ — Mohit Singh (@im_ms_) January 15, 2019 pic.twitter.com/6S7aGSJOme — Ritesh Ghorecha (@RiteshGhorecha) January 14, 2019 Anushka sharma's ad on Rajnigandha 'pearl' is absolutely horrendous. No clue as to what's happening in that ad. — Savitha (@SavithaKartha) January 16, 2019 As a role model/celebrity, please do not promote harmful products through surrogate advertising. — Parichay (@ParichaySharan) January 14, 2019 after @priyankachopra you have let this country down by endorsing #Rajnigandhasilverpearls. Do you know #panmasala causes cancer? Do you such products, also when advertised by a tobacco brand, are a gateway for the masses to get on to tobacco addition? — Vaishakhi Mallik (@vaishakhimallik) January 15, 2019 बस यहॠपà¥à¤°à¤à¤¾à¤° à¤à¤°à¤¨à¤¾ बà¤à¤¾ था..@imVkohli सॠà¤à¥à¤ सà¥à¤ लà¥à¤à¤¿à¤¯à¥ वॠà¤à¥à¤ à¤à¤¸à¥ बà¥à¤°à¤¾à¤à¤¡ à¤à¤¾ पà¥à¤°à¤à¤¾à¤° नहॠà¤à¤°à¤¤à¥ à¤à¥ सà¥à¤¹à¤¤ à¤à¥ लिठनà¥à¤à¤¸à¤¾à¤¨à¤¦à¥à¤¹ हà¥,à¤à¤¸à¤à¥ पà¥à¤à¥ तॠबड़ॠपà¥à¤®à¤¾à¤¨à¥ पर लिà¤à¤¾ रहता हॠà¤à¤¿ *सà¥à¤µà¤¾à¤¸à¥à¤¥à¥à¤¯ à¤à¥ लिठहानिà¤à¤¾à¤°à¤* । हद हॠà¤à¤¯à¤¾ हॠ, लà¥à¤ पà¥à¤ à¤à¥ लिठà¤à¥à¤ भॠà¤à¤° सà¤à¤¤à¥ हà¥à¥¤à¥¤ — Sudheer Mishra (@Sudheer95656356) January 14, 2019 @AnushkaSharma this my first tweet 4 u. Admired you coz of ur character & movies. Seeing u in an ad of rajnigandha pearls left me in shock. Could not match ur character with the ad. — Udipto Bhowmik (@udiptobowmik) January 16, 2019 @AnushkaSharma If Rajnigandha truly believed that goodness can make the world a better place, they should stop manufacture of gutkha which disfigures & kills it's users. They are using you to kill more people. pic.twitter.com/wL6joGV8HN — IndianCancerSociety (@IndianCancerSoc) January 15, 2019
  19. The Indian team may have done poorly in the first ODI against Australia in Sydney, and suffered a loss no fan is proud of. But that hasn't stopped skipper Virat Kohli to take out time from his schedule and have a good time with wife and actress Anushka Sharma. View this post on Instagram Days like these â¤ï¸ð¥° A post shared by AnushkaSharma1588 (@anushkasharma) on Jan 13, 2019 at 4:22am PST Anushka is currently in Australia with Virat, where the Indian cricket team is playing ODIs against the Australian team. However, post the recent historic test series win against Australia, the latest loss has rubbed cricket fans the wrong way. When Virat recently shared a picture with his wife on Twitter, in what looked like a pastoral countryside in Australia, cricket fans on the platform began to troll the guy in no time at all. ♥ï¸ pic.twitter.com/uLa7UwLvMX — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 13, 2019 While some shared their disappointment with the team's last performance, others advised Kohli to focus on his game instead of whiling away his time over less important things. Now, we are all aware of how lame and notorious Twitter can get when it comes to giving out their not-so-important opinions on others, and this time was no different. Twitter came out full force to remind Virat of the need of the hour, and here are a few tweets that were particularly hard. Take a look at what people said: ye sab chhodo.. runs kaise bane uspe dhyan de — Parshva (@Parshva7939) January 13, 2019 Next match la concentration kholi — Sarkar Ramesh (@SarkarRamesh3) January 13, 2019 Start practice #King_kohli ,, don't do anything wrong in 2nd ODI be away from @AnushkaSharma as much as possible... — @Sangukotin18...!!!@imvkohlið© !DBOSS....ð© (@sangukotin18) January 13, 2019 Grt preparing for 2nd ODI vs @CricketAus — SENDILNATHAN P (@sendil_ajith) January 13, 2019 Bro please play well atleast in 2nd odi, u r not consistent after ur century in perth-17,81,0,28,3 this is not d VK we seen — Pradeep Vijay (@Pradeep95572466) January 13, 2019 For ur INCONSISTENCY,Another reason is creating, SORRY TO SAY THis,U STARTED TO POST PIC ON PRE EVE OF NEW YEAR,there started — Pradeep Vijay (@Pradeep95572466) January 13, 2019 Bhai khel pe bhi dhyan dedo thoda — Akbar (@rider_akbar) January 13, 2019 You aren't practicing for next ODI — Krishna Kumar (@imswingtrader) January 13, 2019 ♥ï¸ pic.twitter.com/uLa7UwLvMX — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 13, 2019 Well, there you see. Twitter has gone all out, and isn't really happy about the fact Virat and Anushka are making memories like any other couple in this world. They can't seem to look beyond the Indian skipper to acknowledge that Virat also happens to be a husband and has a life outside of the cricket field. Can we stop with the criticisms already please?
  20. It seems as if the Australians are so flustered by their recent poor performance, that their reporters have begun to hope and pray for the Indians to retire so that Tim Paine's men have the time for a breather. What's India Captain @imVkohli's retirement plans? ððð #TeamIndia #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/xGxBOxMSdE — BCCI (@BCCI) January 11, 2019 Just hours before the three-game ODI series begins between India and Australia in Sydney, one reporter just happened to ask Indian captain, Virat Kohli about his retirement plans and whether the batsman is planning to play domestic or league cricket, once he departs from the international level. Kohli, with his caustic wit, immediately responded saying that he has played a lifetime worth of cricket in the past five years and once he hangs the gloves, he will be in no state to play anymore post that. The skipper believes that he will continue to represent his country until he is completely 'spent' and once that happens, he will completely vanish from the cricketing world. Obviously, the question did not go down well with the Indian fans who either got really angry or really emotional at the thought of the prodigy bidding adieu. This question is an exhibition of ausiss frustration :) — ANIL KUMAR N R (@anil0520) January 11, 2019 Wtfð Why that man is even asking for his retirement? He is just 29. Many more years he has to play. Many more records yet to break. Many more achievements India yet has to get. Yeh Journalists k pass retirement k alawa koi question nahi hota kya? ð — Aparna ð®ð³ (@Jayaa_IND) January 11, 2019 "I won't pick up my bat again" listening this from u is horrible for us @imVkohli ð¢ð — Just for ViRat (@riyaViratkohli) January 11, 2019 Cricket will be boring without Virat... I love everything about him as a cricketer ðð — Ùرحا٠حسÛÙ (@Faryfarhan) January 11, 2019 Retirement? Not so soon.yes,can retire from captaincy so that can concentrate on batting only to topple Sachin's record. Offcourse Sachin is all time great. And Rohit is better captain. — Musakalli Mulla (@musakallimulla) January 11, 2019 do not talk about retirement, you have to play a lot now. You still have to break a lot of records. It is a lot of people have to ignore you. ð­ — Mohd Sahil (@Mohd_Sahil9090) January 11, 2019 Ok kill me now. I'm hurt!!!!!! — Suprasanna Baruah (@SuprasannaBarua) January 11, 2019 Sometimes I feel these reporter's are totally nuts and their brains have gone for a walk.Asking a batsman who is mere 30 and at the peak of his batting prowess about retirement plan is total madness.. — Amit Dhiman (@Amit_Dhiman86) January 11, 2019 Noooooo....,,ðð£ð£ ,,,, Don't even think about, that reporter got brain fade,,,,,,, you're not done @imVkohli .U can play for 10 yrs more....upto 150 International centuries.......even time could change it's way for U.....ððð — Ayush Raghuwanshi (@AyushRag95) January 11, 2019 All jokes aside, while Kohli is evolving his game as he gains more and more experience, a comparable difference can be seen in his maturity as the head representative of his country and as the captain of his team. The way Kohli responded to the crucial question proves his awareness of the expectations attached to him and the responsibility he shoulders as the leader.
  21. At a time when the comments made by Indian cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul at film director and actor Karan Johar's talk show, 'Koffee With Karan' have made for one of the most trending issues buzzing all around, a lot of people were wondering what the Indian skipper, VIrat Kohli, had to say about the whole matter. After the 24-hour show cause notice levied by BCCI during which Pandya and Rahul were ordered to present their justification towards the indecent remarks made by the duo at the chat show, both the cricketers have been banned for two ODI matches upon the recommendations made by the Committee of Administrations Chairman, Vinod Rai. In the latest occurrence, the captain of the Indian cricket team, Virat Kohli, who had kept himself completely aloof of the whole issue, finally spoke on behalf of the entire squad. “We, definitely, as the Indian cricket team do not support views like that and that has been communicated,” Kohli said in a media coverage at the Sydney Cricket Ground ahead of the three-game ODI series against Australia. “I can definitely say that as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers we definitely don't align with those views and those are purely individual views.” But the additional comments made by Kohli is what makes him a great team leader. In an atmosphere of high tension where everyone is shaming Pandya and Rahul, Virat while showing his disagreement to their comments, didn't abandon them. “... the two concerned players felt what has gone wrong and they have understood the magnitude of what's happened,” Kohli didn't forget to mention. “Definitely, it has to hit anyone hard, they will definitely understand the things that have not gone right.” Kohli's take on the entire issue speaks volumes about his evolution as an aware captain. He feels responsible for his team both on and off the field and has been with them during the harshest of times. It's time for ODI cricket. Who do you reckon will lift this trophy after the end of the 3rd game.#AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/ESskDamvDj — BCCI (@BCCI) January 11, 2019 Consecutively, the absence of the two extremely talented cricketers, especially the all-rounder in Hardik Pandya will leave a deep void in the roster, filling which will be a real task for the team. Meanwhile, Hotstar, the mobile app broadcasting Karan Johar's show has taken down the episode featuring the vexed cricketing duo.
  22. The Indian cricket team created history by becoming the touring party in 71 years to secure a Test series win on the Australian soil. Virat Kohli-led India achieved the feat following their 2-1 win in the four-match Test series. While the visiting team would've fancied their chances in the fourth Test (which resulted in a tame draw), Kohli & Co would still take immense pride in what they've achieved Down Under. Owing to their historic triumph, the social media was buzzing with congratulatory messages and wishes for the Indian cricket team. From former cricketers, prominent politicians to popular celebrities, the Indian side received plaudits from every corner of the country. Amid all the praise, there was one from Bollywood diva Preity Zinta who is also the co-owner of Kings XI Punjab. Taking to Twitter, the Bollywood actress showered praise on Kohli's men for etching their name in the history books. “Congratulations to the boys in blue for being the first Asian team to win a test match down under@cheteshwar1 take a bow#AUSvsIND #victory #ting #TeamIndia #IndianCricketTeam @BCCI”, she had tweeted. While her interest in cricket continues to grow, Zinta's knowledge about the gentleman's game was questioned following her gaffe in the tweet. Unfortunately for her, India are not the first Asian team to win a Test in Australia - they are actually the first side to win a Test series Down Under. Highlighting her error, cricket fans took turns to troll the Bollywood star who later deleted the questionable tweet. Correction: *Test Series — Rant Punditry (@flukypunditry) January 7, 2019 @realpreityzinta-so PZ doesn't know d difference between a test match and test series...Beauty without brains pic.twitter.com/zudpqBeaGO — vijay babu (@vijayvictory19) January 7, 2019 Series preity not match — Lakhbir Singh (@100000bir) January 7, 2019 Not a test match. India is the first Asian team to win a test series down under. ðððð — Saransh Swarup (@panda_saransh) January 7, 2019 Madam its test series — dhaval gala (@gala_dhaval) January 7, 2019 Test series to be precise — Frieden Benötigt (@Sportkommentatr) January 7, 2019 Half knowledgable very dangerous not the first team to win Test match madam first team to Win Test series Test matches have been won in past also — Miheer Shah (@MiheerShah79) January 7, 2019 @realpreityzinta And another correction, boys are not in blue (this is not one day series), they are in white ð — UDay SIngh (@askuday) January 7, 2019
  23. At this point, Virat Kohli may be the only cricketer the Australian fans hate more than Mitchell Marsh. Calling him a “wanker” and asking him to show his passport is proof of how much they despise the Indian skipper. However, when Kohli entered the Sydney Cricket Ground to bat on Thursday, amongst the perpetual booing one could hear loud cheers from the Australian fans in the pavilion. The positive response towards Kohli was due to his bright pink grip, the pink MRF logo proudly visible on his bat, and the pink stripes on his gloves. This oddity in his batting attire was the Indian captain's way of showing his support towards the McGrath Foundation, a breast cancer support and education charity raising money, with an aim to put McGrath Breast Care Nurses in every corner of Australia and to increase awareness about Breast Cancer within the country. The foundation was started by Australian cricket legend Glenn McGrath, to honour his late wife who battled breast and bone cancer and passed away at the age of 42, in 2008. Kohli's noble gesture was well-received by cricket fans of both nations, who took to Twitter to appreciate the batsman's deed. Virat Kohli @imVkohli showing his passionate support for the McGrath Foundation with his pink bat and gloves ð What. A. Legend!#pinktest #IndianCricketTeam #AUSvsIND #itsyourpinktest pic.twitter.com/Vpqeui7MGw — McGrath Foundation (@McGrathFdn) January 3, 2019 One for the occasion - Going all Pink Mr. Kohli #TeamIndia #AUSvsIND pic.twitter.com/dfVnQ65XYw — BCCI (@BCCI) January 3, 2019 That's Awesome @imVkohli . You make us proud for that! It's for a cause! Well played Skipperð@BCCI @RaviShastriOfc@PMOIndia @MIB_India — Vikram Vashisht (@VikramVTweeting) January 3, 2019 Lots of respect for @imVkohli supporting the @McGrathFdn with pink stickers on bat and pink on his batting gloves.ðð½ #AUSvIND #PinkTest — Jason Gillespie ð±ð(@dizzy259) January 3, 2019 Kohli's bat grip is in pink and also his gloves! Its an amazing gesture by Indian captain to show his respect towards Sydney's pink test. Jeeve Jeeve Kohli ðð¿ — Desi Mojito (@desimojito) January 3, 2019 All credit to Virat Kohli by putting PINK MRF sponsor on his bat & PINK batting grip for the PINK TEST (McGrath Foundation) ðð»ðð»ðð»#AUSvIND — ðDAVIDð (@turtlemagpies) January 3, 2019 Virat Kohli has come out with pink lettering and grip on his MRF bat too. That's nice to see. #AUSvIND — Vinayakk (@vinayakkm) January 3, 2019
  24. It's not news to hear athletes adopting new diet trends in order to improve their form, however, when Indian skipper Virat Kohli announced that he was going vegan, it raised eyebrows. He turned vegan last year to make major improvements in his fitness and another reason for him becoming a vegan was that the chicken in his diet had high cholesterol. Kohli is arguably one of the fittest cricketers around the globe and has adopted a strict diet and workout plan after giving up his love for butter chicken and cholle bhathure following a drought of form in 2012. Now, months after his shift in diet, Krishi Vigyan Kendra - an agricultural extension centre in India, has recommended Virat Kohli and the BCCI to opt for the 'Kadaknath' chicken in their diet, instead of grilled. Kadaknath is a breed of chicken found in central Madhya Pradesh and is known to have low cholesterol and high protein count. © Amazon The Agricultural centre has written a letter to BCCI stating “It has been known by the media that Virat Kohli and other players of India cricket team are eating Grilled Chicken in their diet. But due to higher quantities of cholesterol and fat in Grilled Chicken, you are stop it's in your diet and adopted vegan diet (sic)." Marvelling at the tremendous improvement in the performance of the Indian Team in the past few months, it can be seen that the boys have worked really hard to reach where they are, and we are not only talking of fitness but proper sleep and a proper diet plan as well. Keeping that aside, this new type of 'healthy' chicken might help them improve even more, and if by any chance it doesn't work, they can always go back to their old diet regime.
  25. In what was touted to be a dogfight amongst the last two teams in the points table, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) managed to clinch their second win this season after beating Delhi Daredevils (DD) by six wickets at the M Chinnaswamy stadium. Having lost three games, RCB needed its players to step up and to the occasion was none other 'Mr. 360' AB de Villiers. With a wide array of strokes, the explosive batsman powered his way to an unbeaten 90 off just 39 deliveries including ten fours and five sixes. His stay at the crease ensured RCB chased down the competitive total of 174 runs with two overs to spare. But, while RCB were lifted by De Villiers and Yuzvendra Chahal (2-22), Delhi, too, witnessed the moments of brilliance through its players. © BCCI Shreyas Iyer's knock of a 31-ball 52 was pivotal in stabilising Delhi's innings after early struggles, while Rishabh Pant's 85-run innings ensured the visitors had a respectable total on board. In the RCB's run-chase, another exemplary display came through Trent Boult whose brilliance in the field sent Virat Kohli back into the hut. MUST WATCH: Boult from the Blue – @trent_boult's one-handed screamer stuns Virat Is this the greatest catch of the #VIVOIPL? We have seen him take amazing catches, but he has outdone himself with this sensational catch of #RCB's captain Virat Kohli. â¶ï¸https://t.co/gFuLkpt8rV pic.twitter.com/SjZZhIDXlI — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 21 April 2018 With both Kohli and De Villiers beginning to threaten Delhi's chances with their brewing partnership, Boult pulled off a stunner to bring his side back into the contest. Harshal Patel's full-toss straying on the leg side was heading over the ropes when Boult timed his jump to perfection, raising his right-hand to catch the ball and then carefully landing on his stomach just inches away from the boundary. It was one of those rare moments that you had to see to believe it. The catch left the home crowd open-mouthed with Kohli himself appearing shell-shocked and the ball-boy near Boult couldn't hold himself back from expressing his wonder at the brilliance in the field from the Delhi star. So much so that the RCB skipper himself couldn't help by shower praise on Boult's magnificent effort. "[The catch} I was stunned when he took it, that's a brilliant catch, it happens in the IPL especially. Good to see. That's a catch when you look back, you don't feel bad about getting out," Kohli said after the match. On the other hand, Boult's catch also became the topic of discussion on social media with cricket bigwigs labelling it as the greatest ever catch in the history of the game. I think we could quite easily have just seen the Greatest EVER catch .... #TrentBoult #IPL #Virat — Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) 21 April 2018 A night of what the.... in the #IPL2018 !! Trent Boults catch is as good a catch as you will ever see & ABD batting was an exhibition & all class !! Wow.... — Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) 21 April 2018 Don't think you can even describe that as a catch....that's something different ð²ð²ð² #trentbolt — Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) 21 April 2018 What a catch ! What a catch! What a catch ! https://t.co/56MmwrJEIf — David 'Bumble' Lloyd (@BumbleCricket) 21 April 2018 I'm literally one of the biggest @imVkohli fans but WOW @trent_boult what a STUNNER!!! BEST catch I've seen in like ever!! #IPL2018 — Dane van Niekerk (@danevn81) 21 April 2018 That is ridiculous from Boult — Alex Hales (@AlexHales1) 21 April 2018 The BEST catch by @trent_boult we will see in this @IPL ! #Boult #boult — Alan Wilkins (@alanwilkins22) 21 April 2018 Saturday was the day of batsmen. Some sensational hitting. Lynn, Gayle, Rahul, Pant, AB. But I'll remember this day for that Trent Boult one-handed magic. Might not see a better catch in the entire IPL. #respect #RCBvDD — Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) 21 April 2018 Stop what you're doing and go look at the catch Trent Boult just took. That is one of the best catches that the game of Cricket has ever seen without any doubt. Just breathing distance and he took it with ease. #RCBvDD — Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) 21 April 2018