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  1. Virat Kohli is a name that doesn't really need an introduction, as he is the most popular cricketer that India has seen since the legend Sachin Tendulkar. Kohli is someone who is always seen leading the Indian team from the front, be it with the bat or on the field. But what really sets him apart is not just his cricketing skills, but his fitness too. © Reuters When it comes to fitness, the Indian captain just keeps on raising the bar and has become the fitness icon of India when it comes to sportsmen, as no other Indian athlete can match his fitness levels at present. In fact, I am also sure that his chiselled and amazing body is something that a lot of people are striving to get for themselves. In this article, I am going about how you can build a sportsman-like physique just like Virat Kohli: 1. Dietary Control In a recent interview, Virat himself said that he hasn't tasted 'butter naan' and 'butter chicken' in the last 5 years which used to be his favourite dish. This not only shows his immense discipline towards his diet but also tells you that he stays away from any kind of junk foods at all. You can't expect your body to look and respond like a sportsman if you're going to feed it junk food every now and then. Your diet should be as nutritious as possible. Avoid eating highly processed and less nutritious food all the time. 2. Increase Your Protein Intake The combination of the chiselled physique with explosive energy is impossible to achieve without a good amount of protein in your diet. Your body needs to have muscles to look muscular. Protein is the building block for muscles, thus it is very important that you include enough protein in your diet on a daily basis. Having 1.5 grams protein per Kg of body weight is a good place to start with and thereafter you can increase it according to your own individual needs. 3. Combination Of Resistance And Agility Training If you look at Virat's physique carefully, you will realize that he doesn't have too much of muscle mass. He is not bulky like a bodybuilder but yes, he has muscles. © Reuters To build muscles, you need to train with weights. When your muscles are subjected to resistance training regularly, your body tries to build new muscle fibres. Also, sport-specific performance like Kohli's will need regular agility training as well. You could choose from various forms of agility drills like ladder drills, cone drills or medicine balls. Working out at least 5 to 6 days in a week with a combination of resistance training and agility training will be best suited for a body like Virat's. 4. Consistency Virat didn't become Virat overnight. It took him years and years of hard work, dedication and discipline to become what he is today. You have to keep this in mind when you make a target to be like him. There will be temptation around you for skipping your workouts or to cheat on your meals, but you have you show your commitment towards your goals. This is what differentiates an achiever from a loser. Just do the hard work, be patient and you will see the results coming your way. Anuj Tyagi, author of this article, is a Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist from American Council on Exercise (ACE). Now an Online Health Coach, he is also a Chartered Accountant by education. You can connect with him through Instagram on:- https://www.instagram.com/sixpacktummy_anuj/
  2. After the extremely unfortunate terror attack in Pulwama on Valentine's Day this year, the wounds of the loss of our CRPF jawans had not even healed yet and the heart-breaking news of bombings in the neighbouring land of Sri Lanka has left South Asia along with the rest of the world praying for those who lost their lives in the attack and their families who will never get to reunite with their loved ones. What has been described as the “river of blood”, the attacks in churches across Negombo, Batticaloa and the national capital of Colombo on Easter sunday included a total of eight blasts at the hands of suicide bombers that led to the loss of more than 200 individuals with more than 500 severly injured. Unlike the attack in Jammu & Kashmir's district of Pulwama, which was instantly claimed by the notorious terror group, Jaish-e-Mohammed, yesterday's attacks weren't accepted by any group or organisation. The country, however, has been home to a decade-long civil war and an attack as big as this has to have some negative impact on the already tense environment. Realising the political scenario of his state, former Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara took to social media to request his people to not jump to conclusions and let the process of detecting the speculators of such a horrendous act unveiling with time and complete rationality: “I am shocked and saddened by these despicable acts of barbarism,” said Sangakkara in an Instagram post. “My heart breaks for the victims and all of you are in my thoughts and prayers. I would like to extend my love and condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives and I wish all those injured a speedy and full recovery. I also wish more strength to the hearts and hands of the first responders and the medical personnel who are attending to the injured and to the security personnel who are trying to bring the situation under control." “While we struggle to comprehend the depths of depravity people can descend to, and while we all grieve in unison, we need to find the strength to stand together as Sri Lankans; shoulder to shoulder and heart to heart. Together we can get through. Divided we have but little hope. Even though our hearts are overwhelmed with emotion, it is vital that we force our minds to be rational and intelligent. Do not rush to judgement or conclusions. Let's give ourselves time to grieve. Let's give ourselves the space to try and understand the ground reality. Loved ones have died. Fellow Sri Lankans have died. Guests visiting our country have died." “Do not buy into the spin or conjecture or the conspiracy theories. This is not a game. Eschew the efforts of those who shamefully try to politicise this tragedy. Let the authorities investigate. Let the authorities bring these cowardly terrorists to justice." “For us, our focus should be to love and support those who have been affected. To continue to have compassion and empathy for our neighbours. To keep each other safe. To try and ensure our thoughts, words and deeds enable and empower us to lift each other out of this tragedy. To join together and try our hardest to ensure that no such tragedy can ever occur again.” Love and care for one another know no boundaries and will always prevail wherever a conflict against fear takes place. Keeping that in mind, the sports fraternity of India showed their remorse towards our neighbours, praying for the lives of the victims and their families and extended their wishes towards the nation. Shocked to hear the news coming in from Sri Lanka. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this tragedy. #PrayForSriLanka — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) April 21, 2019 Saddened to hear about the terror attacks in various parts of Sri Lanka. Strongly condemn these acts of terror. Hatred and violence will never overpower love, kindness and compassion. ðð» #SriLanka — Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) April 21, 2019 Deeply saddened by the terrible attacks in #SriLanka .My sincere prayers with the people of Sri Lanka in this very difficult time. — VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) April 21, 2019 Thoughts and prayers go out to the families affected by the blasts in #SriLanka. We stand as one with our neighbours in this hour of trouble ðð» pic.twitter.com/lqTp8Xo9NY — Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 21, 2019 Shocked to hear about the terror attacks in #SriLanka. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected! Stay strong! ð — KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 21, 2019 Deeply saddened to hear the news from Sri Lanka on Easter! Thoughts and prayers with the victims and their families. May they be given more strength! ð — Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) April 21, 2019
  3. For a team that has often been labelled as underachievers, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) continued to live up to that reputation after losing six games on the trot in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Despite boasting of some of the biggest names in international cricket, the Bangalore franchise consistently failed to get past their opponents in this year's edition. However, their dismal losing streak finally came to an end after a strong showing against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) saw them securing a convincing eight-wicket win in their last match. A brilliant batting performance by Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers got RCB over the line, giving their fans something to cheer for. While RCB finally managed to register their first points this season, their troubles aren't over yet. Following their win over KXIP, captain Kohli was handed a fine of Rs 12 lakh for breaching the IPL's Code of Conduct. Twitter/@IPL The Team India captain was found guilty of maintaining a slow-over rate in the clash against KXIP which led to the unfortunate ramifications. "Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli has been fined after his team maintained a slow over-rate during their VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 match against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali on 13th April 2019," said an IPL statement. "As it was his team's first offense of the season under the IPL's Code of Conduct relating to minimum over-rate offenses, Mr. Kohli was fined Rs 12 lakh," it added further. In the process, Kohli became only the third captain this season to be handed a fine for his team's slow over-rate. Mumbai Indians' captain Rohit Sharma and Rajasthan Royals' skipper Ajinkya Rahane were also fined by IPL governing council for maintaining slow over-rate earlier this season. Twitter/@IPL As per the rules, a second violation for slow over-rate would result in a fine of Rs 24 lakh for the captain and 25% of the match fee from every other player in the team. And, a third offence will lead to a one-match ban for the captain and an increased fine of Rs 30 lakh. With RCB returning to the winning ways, Kohli will surely feel less burdened, but the Indian batting sensation will need to be careful about the slow over-rate when his team visits the Wankhede stadium to lock horns with Mumbai on 15th April.
  4. The curse is finally over, ladies and gentleman! Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have finally won their first IPL match of the twelfth season and looked really good while doing so, too. After Ravichandran Ashwin's King XI Punjab (KXIP) set a respectable total of 173 on their home ground at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali, behind an excellent knock played by Chris 'Universe Boss' Gayle (99 not out), it was time for Kohli and gang to try and chase it down. RCB openers AB de Villiers and Kohli, himself, walked down to the pitch with an aggressive mindset from the beginning and managed to keep the assertion alive for the better half of the second innings, which helped the 'Play Bold' army seal the deal in the final overs. Forming yet another successful partnership, Kohli (67 off 53) and de Villiers (59 not out) were finally able to help the team “cross that line” as the skipper mentioned in an interview after the match. In a different feature video uploaded on the Indian Premier League's official website, it was the South African who held the microphone for the Indian captain for a brief Q&A during which de Villiers asked Kohli about the reasons behind the 30-year-old is. AB's kids knock Anushka and Virat's door at the hotel every morning to wake them up and wish them good morning. "The best thing that has happened to me is me getting married", Virat got me gushing over them again. 'Stability, balance & good wives' https://t.co/T03I8FnjT6 — m (@Manasa2922x) April 14, 2019 “I think over the last year or so, the best thing to have happened to me is me getting married. It has literally changed my whole world,” he said. “I have the most beautiful wife, the most beautiful person and that has been the strongest factor in my life.” “It has changed the way I was before, I was too intense in life but she always keeps me motivated and positive,” Kohli showed appreciation towards Anushka Sharma. “I could not have been luckier to have someone who understands my mindset being in that position herself.” “'Stability, balance and a good wife' is a good life,” said the former Proteas leader in the end.
  5. Let's just get one question out of the way before we dive deep into the discussion, we are, in no way, doubting the immense talent and limitless potential of the current leader of the Indian cricket team as a scorer and a batsman. If we look down the past, the only athlete that comes even closer to being mentioned in the same sentence as the all-time great Sachin Tendulkar has to be Virat Kohli, currently ranked number one on International Cricket Council's list of batsmen in both ODI and Test formats of the game. Chasing the legacy of someone who is considered to be the finest product of the game since the 'master blaster', Kohli has literally been on top of the game for ages. Fans and players from all over the world, yes, even the ruthless Aussies, believe that Kohli's got what it takes to challenge every single record created by notable batsmen in the history of international cricket. “I love watching Virat Kohli bat. I love his aggression And serious passion that I used to have. He reminds me of myself”, Sir Vivian Richards had once said about the Indian prodigy and he was bang on point. The man, who's known to have a hot head on his shoulders, has found a way to channelise all that rage through his bat. When the Delhi-born decided to spill water all over Sri Lanka's joy in a 2012 matchup in Hobart, Australia, cricketing world first took notice of the beast in the making. Scoring an unbeaten 133 off just 86 deliveries to successfully chase a mammoth total of 321 in as few as 40 overs, Kohli made a name for himself. “The king of run-chase”, they called him. King Kohli was born. Jump seven years ahead, Virat Kohli, the batter has only risen in ranks and become one of the most successful hitters of modern day cricket. 2018 was specifically his year as ICC just happened to decorate his trophy room with all of the most prestigious recognitions they could. In a single year, Kohli, the batsman became ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year, ICC Men's Test, Cricketer of the Year and ICC Men's ODI Cricketer of the Year. Not to take away any credit from Virat Kohli the skipper as he was honoured as the Captain of ICC Test Team of the Year and Captain of ICC Men's ODI Team of the Year also. ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year â ICC Men's Test Cricketer of the Year â ICC Men's ODI Cricketer of the Year â Captain of ICC Test Team of the Year â Captain of ICC Men's ODI Team of the Year â Let's hear from the man himself, @imvKohli! #ICCAwards ð pic.twitter.com/3M2pxyC44n — ICC (@ICC) January 22, 2019 However, there always has been that one stain on the captain of the Men in Blue that Kohli's captaincy has been successful only because of the presence of a certain former-skipper of the squad who is considered to be the greatest leader of Team India, Mahendra Singh Dhoni. “I think the best thing for Virat Kohli is that he has got MS Dhoni as keeper. You can see whenever he is in the deep, MS Dhoni helps him with the field, talks to the bowlers in crucial situations,” Indian Hall of Famer Sunil Gavaskar had said in March. Surely, there were numerous Kohli supporters who shut his claims down way back then. “He is a great captain on his own”, they'd said. And then, the twelfth season of Indian Premier League (IPL) happened and all those supporters began to believe in their own words lesser and lesser. With no Dhoni to back him up in Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Kohli's reign crumpled a little with every match that he lost. Currently sitting at the bottom of the points table of the league, it might be too late for RCB to make a miracle return as well. It is evident that the horrible losing streak is having an adverse impact on Kohli's performance as a batsman. In the six matches, the Bangalore captain has amassed just 203 runs with only one half-century in a deflating loss to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Andre Russell's bat. "We just weren't good on the given day. That's the whole story of RCB this season," Kohli said in disappointment after losing the match against Shreyas Iyer's Delhi Capitals on Sunday. A player must never be judged on the basis of a month-long tournament, certainly, but if you have the remotest idea about the mentality of an athlete, especially as competitive as Kohli, such stents have a devastating effect on your form and psyche. With the 2019 ICC World Cup less than two months away, a man so humbled must not lead the Indian roster, if we want to win it all, that is. This is not a half-cooked notion either. People from all over the country believe that Kohli should step down from the throne and let somebody like Rohit Sharma spearhead the team. Virat the batsman ð¤ But Virat the captain is hampering his batting at the moment. should step down and concentrate on his batting. — happy mohanty (@HappyDebabrata) April 7, 2019 Virat Kohli plss..,plsss, you retire from captain of rcb then rcb will win plss, don't disappoint us ,pls — Ek Villain (@EkVillain9091) April 7, 2019 Let the truth be told: Virat is not captain material. Time to change the captain! — Vishwanath Narayan (@Vishwanath0305) April 7, 2019 Virat Kohli should Retire With Immediate Effect from Indian Team's Captaincy. Atleast we can have hope for World Cup. Rohit Sharma should lead Team India in World Cup Atleast Virat Kohli will be able to focus on his Batting. ð — Alokk Verma (@AlokkVerma75) April 7, 2019 Anyday better captain then virat No doubt about that — Sachin Raj (@rajsachin767) April 7, 2019 Is it just me that thinks @ImRo45 should captain team India too !!! #MumbaiIndians #TeamIndia — Glorious Girl (@GloriousGirl_97) April 7, 2019 Dear @BCCI make @ImRo45 captain of India for ODI & T20 and if possible then for world cupâ¤ï¸ no doubt Virat is better batsman but Rohit is better captain than him #Rohitsharma — Shraddha_SW (@Shraddha_wagh09) April 6, 2019 Dear @BCCI make @ImRo45 captain of India for ODI & T20 and if possible then for world cupâ¤ï¸ no doubt Virat is better batsman but Rohit is better captain than him #Rohitsharma — Shraddha_SW (@Shraddha_wagh09) April 6, 2019 Make no mistake, none of these people are criticising Kohli as a cricketer. All they ask of him is to take some time away from captaincy and focus of bringing back the beast of a batsman he once used to be and has the potential to do so.
  6. It is official ladies and gentleman, Virat Kohli and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are cursed for the entire 2019 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The first half of the match between RCB and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) gave the viewers the feeling that Virat Kohli and his side will finally pick up their first win of the season. The skipper played his best innings this year and his feat of 84 runs also helped him become only the second Indian cricketer to score 8000+ runs in the Twenty20 format, behind Suresh Raina. Kohli also became the fastest Indian to reach the milestone. The @RCBTweets Skipper departs after a terrific knock of 84 runs ðð#RCB 172/1 pic.twitter.com/bJl9RnuCCd — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 5, 2019 Even AB de Villiers, who was struggling to put up big numbers this year, came to Kohli's aide and played like his old self scoring quick 63 runs in just 32 balls to establish a rock-solid total of 205. Well into the second half of the game when it was KKR's turn to try and chase the massive score, it felt as if Bangalore can finally celebrate the win at their home ground. Even though batsmen like Chris Lynn, Robin Utthapa and Nitish Rana were able to put up decent numbers, the journey to chasing 205 runs seemed long and difficult. But the best (the worst for RCB) was yet to come. With the dismissal of KKR captain Dinesh Karthik, entered Andre Russell, who has been in superhuman form and has been referred to as the destroyer of bowlers on multiple occasions by multiple commentators. After taking four balls to dig his feet into the pitch, Russell looked locked and loaded to making the seemingly impossible task look like a child's play. The demolition of RCB and Virat Kohli's spirit began in the 17th over when Mohhamad Siraj bowled a beamer. As the ball paced for Russell's head he tried to deflect it with his bat. The velocity of the ball combined with the brute strength of the Carabean beast made the 'no-ball' travel across the boundary for a six. This delivery being Siraj's second beamer of the game forced him to give up the ball to Marcus Stoins, who in turn had to bowl the rest of the four deliveries of Siraj's over. Unfortunately for Stoins, the first ball he had to delivery was eligible for a 'free-hit'. Half-heartedly, the Aussie bowled at the length of 'the slot' which just happens to be Russell's favourite portion of the crease. Hitting a long maximum off the free-hit, Russell wanted to end the game as soon as possible. He then scored another six on the next ball and a hat-trick of sixes in the next over to tie the game at 205 runs a piece. Ruthless. Relentless. Russel ðªð¥ The absolute hitting that led to this though ðð@KKRiders @Russell12A #RCBvKKR pic.twitter.com/4Ou1HzYS34 — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 5, 2019 The first ball of the over enabled the duo of Russell and Shubhman Gill to take an easy single to win the game. Watching the deconstruction of his dreams to finally win an IPL game this season, Kohli stood by the boundary line with his arms raised in amusement and eyes wide open in disbelief. While Twitter fans were awestruck by the Windies allrounder's showdown, our thoughts and prayers go out to the disheartened RCB fans who showed their frustration and anger online: Speechless. #RCBvKKR #VIVOIPL2019 — Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 5, 2019 RCB after every IPL match.. since 2008..#RCBvKKR pic.twitter.com/SMzQ4fIs4O — Another Rohit (@which_rohit) April 5, 2019 Siraj's No ball costed RCB the game? Nah, this is where they lost. #RCBvKKR pic.twitter.com/ua6cbPPd2Y — Peeyush Sharma (@peeyushsharmaa) April 5, 2019 RCB players after match... #KKRvsRCB #RCBvsKKR pic.twitter.com/N3slrRnvFl — Sumer kadale (@Sumerkadale) April 5, 2019 Mood #Rcb ð pic.twitter.com/bq7YKvwdJC — Divyað¤(ashdeep exist ðâ¤) (@randeepashiii) April 5, 2019 mood watching RCB matches pic.twitter.com/KmsWUGANb0 — ð¹ð¸ (@JoBhejiThiDuaa) April 5, 2019 RCB bowlers to each batsman pic.twitter.com/14PuueykkX — Mumbaicha engineer (@berozgaarhoo) April 5, 2019 this season #RCB will be like pic.twitter.com/AIAh4ybx42 — DHRUV JAIN (@imdhruvjain) April 5, 2019 Good batting, great strategy, fielding , well maintained bowling, match winning.. RCB~ pic.twitter.com/y8M7VcL2t0 — ð°ï¸man (@_single_ladka_) April 5, 2019
  7. Do you remember the inaugural match of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the one which was initiated by none other than Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders in 2008? And in the first match itself, we got to witness some scintillating fireworks by Brendon McCullum when he scored an unbeaten 158. Astonishingly, whenever KKR and RCB have been pitted against each other, something or the other has happened that has intensified the rivalry between these two giants. From Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli's verbal spat in 2013 to RCB being bundled out for 49 in 2017. Other than this, Chris Gayle's dominance to Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn's 100 + partnership in the power-play, there are several instances that come to mind. With the teams locking horns for the first time in IPL 2019, we hope we get to see another epic encounter like this. © Instagram Talking of KKR first, winning two out of the three games in the tournament so far, the Shah Rukh Khan-owned team will be playing after a long gap of five days. Hoping they are over with their loss in the super over to Delhi Capitals, it will be exciting to see how they keep up the motivation at M Chinnaswamy, Bangalore – a venue that has been a happy hunting ground for the franchise. Being in a good form off lately, Dinesh Karthik and men would be looking to stabilise their upper order so that there is someone to accompany the Caribbean Andre Russell in the finishing overs. © AP RCB, on the other hand, are still trying to find the winning combination in this edition of the IPL. Having played four games and lost all of them, skipper Virat Kohli would be eager to lead from the front and make it count against arch-rivals KKR. A consistent cause of worry for the men in red has been their bowling attack. While Yuzvendra Chahal has eight wickets in four outings and is the current Purple Cap holder, the rest of the RCB bowlers have half the number of Chahal's wickets in as many games. Mohammed Siraj's tally of four wickets is followed by Umesh Yadav's two. Another big concern for RCB will be their sloppy fielding in the game time and again. They have dropped catches and missed opportunities that could have changed the whole scenario of the game. While the team is desperate to get two points on the board, it is important that they do the basics right and pay attention to each department. With this, let's hope King Kohli is able to get a point on the board and end his winless drought.
  8. Another day, another disappointment for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) who continue their winless streak in the twelfth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) having played four matches and have found themselves at the bottom of the league's points table. After captain Kohli got dismissed by a magnificent Shreyas Gopal (who ended up with a three-wicket-haul), the second RCB opener, Parthiv Patel put the burden on his shoulders to help his side reach a respectable total of 158. Patel's bat contributed with 67 runs off 41 balls which also included 9 boundaries and a maximum. However, Rajasthan Royals (RR) opener Jos Buttler and Steve Smith were too hot to handle for the men in red and gold as they spearheaded Royals to win their first game of the season. Having said that, Tuesday's match against Rajasthan got Virat Kohli an incredible feat to boast about as it provided him with the opportunity to captain an IPL squad for the 100th time and make him only the third cricketer in the world to do so, behind Chennai Super Kings star Mahendra Singh Dhoni (162 matches) and former IPL player, Gautam Gambhir (129 matches between Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils. Today our skipper – @imVkohli becomes the third captain in IPL history to play as captain in 100 matches. Congratulations Virat, keep playing bold! #PlayBold pic.twitter.com/Ar5FASqB24 — Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 2, 2019 Ironically, such a record that should normally bring a sense of pride to any athlete, also brings immense shame to RCB skipper as Kohli has the worst record amongst the men who have reached such a status. Amongst the 162 games led by Dhoni, he has a win percentage of 60.24% while Gambhir's is at 55.42% with three and two titles under their belts, respectively. Kohli, on the other hand, is at a below average mark of 46.87% wins as captain. Not to forget the fact that Bengaluru have never won the trophy. With another loss of the season in what appears to be a lost cause, RCB fans have resorted to humour to hide their pain but we see right through it: RCB Fans: When will we win our 1st IPL title??? Kohli: pic.twitter.com/82N5h9wpR2 — Arun Gunasekaran (@arung410) April 2, 2019 #RCBvRR Match 1 - Let's talk with losing team captain virat kohli Match 2 - Let's talk with losing team captain virat kohli Match 3 - Let's talk with losing team captain virat kohli Match 4 - Let's talk with losing team captain virat kohli Hope this doesn't happen in world cup — . quo Wendi Jay's (@Rakshit02769233) April 2, 2019 *Virat Kohli's win %* while playing while playing for RCB for India. pic.twitter.com/s8JkhxaFtE — NeeraJ. (@AjeebPrani) April 1, 2019 Shreyas Gopal after Dismissal of Virat Kohli ~#RRvRCB #IPL2019 pic.twitter.com/kZmr00joFT — Rohitian #MI ð¥ (@imRohitian__) April 2, 2019 Ghambhir to Kohli : How u doin ?#SRHvRCB pic.twitter.com/rfninlY4qM — à¤à¤à¥à¤à¤¾ ð®ð³ (@JAGGA1313) March 31, 2019 Sid Mallya & Virat Kohli started celebrating RCB's 5th loss in ADVANCE!! ðð#RRvRCB pic.twitter.com/BH30VB7wDF — Ankit Prakash Ching (@arunankit46) April 2, 2019 #RCB lose 4 matches constantly , last in points table , and team's net run rate is also very poor. Virat kohli:- #RRvRCB pic.twitter.com/8gMzX0Jtvq — Romesh sachdev (@sarcasticroms) April 2, 2019
  9. While the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has fared pretty well for majority of the teams so far, the same cannot be said for the likes of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Rajasthan Royals (RR). Both the sides have endured tough defeats and, currently, find themselves searching for their first win this season. Thus, when Bangalore and Rajasthan locked horns in the 14th match of the tournament in Jaipur, both Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane made a few changes to turn their fortunes around. While Royals brought in Stuart Binny and Varun Aaron, Royal Challengers handed a debut to Akshdeep Nath and included the likes of Navdeep Saini and Marcus Stoinis in their line-up. "Why did you pick Stuart Binny against likes of Virat Kohli and ABD. @rajasthanroyals team management:#RRvRCB #IPL2019 pic.twitter.com/ZtbFZqw5YD — Shivam Chowkidar (@itsShivam18) April 2, 2019 And, after the changes were announced, the RCB fans were busy trolling the hosts for their decision to include Binny in their playing XI, especially against the likes of hard-hitting Kohli, AB de Villiers and Shimron Hetmyer. But, that prediction rarely affected Royals, not because Binny bowled just one over, but because Shreyas Gopal came to the party with his wrong'uns. For someone who began his cricketing journey as a middle-order batsman, Gopal, over the years, has come into his own to establish himself as a potent all-rounder. If his technically correct batting strengthens Rajasthan's middle-order, his short bursts of accurate spin bowling gives Rahane an additional option in that regard. On 2nd April, Rajasthan didn't really needed Gopal's batting as his spin bowling proved way too deadly for the RCB's star batsmen. The Karnataka cricketer's wrong'uns sent Kohli and De Villiers packing, and a googly brought an early end to dangerous Hetmyer. Twitter/@IPL Introduced in the seventh over, the 25-year-old bowled an absolute ripper of a delivery to breach Kohli's defence and rattle the stumps. In his next over, Gopal - thanks to another wrong'un - got rid of ABD whose hurried effort to jam his bat down resulted in a simple caught and bowled dismissal. His consistency to pick wickets in every over continued as he got Hetmyer out caught behind the stumps on a googly. 3 - Shreyas Gopal has dismissed AB de Villiers every time he's bowled to him in the #IPL (3 instances). Liking. #IPL2019 #RRvRCB — OptaJim (@OptaJim) April 2, 2019 There are a total of 19 instances where a bowler managed to dismiss Kohli and De Villiers in the same innings in the IPL. But, thanks to his latest exploits, Gopal became only the second bowler to do so twice after RCB's current bowling coach Ashish Nehra. He had also dismissed the two star batsmen in the same innings last season. Thanks to his impressive figures of 3-12, Rajasthan managed to restrict Bangalore to 158/4 before chasing down the total with seven wickets and a delivery to spare. Rightly adjudged the 'Man of the Match', Gopal's brilliant spell had everyone singing his praise. Great reaction from Shreyas Gopal to getting Kohli bowled. Just joy and a bit of surprise. — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 2, 2019 Shreyas gopal must be playing for indian one day side .. He can be a Back up option for Chahal who having bad days very often these days.... #Rotationpolicy #RRvRCB — Mano Hanks ... (@south235) April 2, 2019 All RCBian are dancing on Shre Gopal' flute. #RRvRCB #IPL2019 — Jaiprakash Rathi (@JPRATHI11) April 2, 2019 He is better bowler than chahal should take his place in the Indian team — Vaibhav (@vtawade) April 2, 2019 He is knocking the doors of selectors — Anmol Gaurav Johar (@GauravAnmol) April 2, 2019 Picked him in #dream11 as a budget equaliser. But he's giving some valuable points here — Ravi Kiran (@crravikiran) April 2, 2019
  10. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), a team which contains one of the best players in the world, but still couldn't win anything till now. Since the first edition of the Indian Premier League, RCB has been known for more of a one-man show and not a team effort, be it the squad of Anil Kumble, Daniel Vettori or now of Virat Kohli, there have always been one or two players who have played well while the rest of the team has struggled to find their form. With the trio of Ab De Villiers, Chris Gayle and Kohli coming together, many thought that this would surely bring them the trophy. But despite reaching the final twice in the presence of these icons, RCB could never manage to get their hands on the cup. © AP In the last season also, around 60 per cent runs were scored by Kohli and De Villiers, who despite scoring well for their team, couldn't get them past the finishing line. The same old story was repeated in yesterday's game where the men in red lost to the 'MI Paltans' only because no one else stood up for the team other than Kolhi and ABD. After Moeen Ali and Parthiv Patel failed to provide a stable start, Kohli came to the rescue of the team and scored a crucial 46 before getting caught on a well directed short ball by Jasprit Bumrah. Once he left, De Villiers took the charge, but the constant pressure of not getting out stopped him from playing his shots. Though he did manage to play the anchor innings of 67, he never got the support from the other end to wrap the game in their corner. © AP The only solution we can think of from this discussion, is that if RCB wants to get anywhere near the cup, then everyone in the team needs to start taking responsibility of their actions rather than putting the pressure on the main two to three players.
  11. Not to lead anyone to the horrible trap of superstition and unfounded belief systems, but we have to pay attention to the fact that when it comes to Virat Kohli and his Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) , their fate is doomed at the Indian Premier League (IPL) ever since the franchise was introduced in 2008. Having made it to just three IPL finals (2009, 2011 and 2016), RCB has never won a single title despite the team being loaded with world-class talents from the best squads seen at the international cricketing level. Ever since Kohli took up the role of the leader of the team ahead of the 2014 season of the league, his run as the skipper is flooded with unfortunate losses, embarrassing moments (RCB hold the record for the lowest IPL total of 49 runs) and heartbreaking exits from the tournament through the years. One such incident took place on Thursday in a nerve-racking game against Rohit Sharma's Mumbai Indians (MI). With Bengaluru needing seven runs off the final delivery of match, the loss was almost certain for the players in red and gold. Mumbai pacer and Sri Lankan legend Lasith Malinga let out a full-toss to an unprepared batsman in Shivam Dube who managed to connect and failed to take a single run. The twist however comes at a technical level. While Malinga took his run-up for the final ball, he overstepped which usually calls for the umpire to call it a 'no-ball'. This time around, the on-field umpire S. Ravi missed the call, resulting in RCB's unfortunate loss. Bed and poor umpiring by the umpires if the umpire consider the no ball the result was different and gone to RCB's sideðð captain Kohli says the same thing that,"umpires ko ankhain khuli rakhni chahiain!!!"ð ð¤ð¡........ pic.twitter.com/neTAlxM4lm — Imakash_n6.o (@akash_nad) March 29, 2019 What makes this incident even more excruciating is the 'what if' factor. If the umpire had called out for the 'no-ball', it not only would have resulted in an extra delivery but also an additional run awarded to Kohli's side making it possible for them to win with a maximum at the last ball. When Kohli was approached after the game, he was ready to share a piece of his mind with the public. Without holding back anything Kohli charged at the umpire for messing it up big time and very rightly so. "We are playing at the IPL level. We are not playing club cricket. That is just a ridiculous call -- last ball. The umpires should have their eyes open. It was a no-ball by an inch. It's completely different game altogether,” said a furious Kohli. “If it is a game of margins, I don't know what is happening. They should have been more sharp and careful out there." Sympathising with the umpires after the debacle, fans showed their concerns about the poor officials' wellbeing on Twitter: Virat kohli waiting for umpire #RCBvMI pic.twitter.com/gvrW2NXBH6 — SANJEEV KUMAR YADAV (@skysanjeevyadav) March 29, 2019 Umpire to Kohli after d match#noball #RCBvMI pic.twitter.com/8D8LO4KHbz — Shadab Yazdani (@Shadab_Yazdani) March 28, 2019 Kohli right now to Umpire #RCBvMI pic.twitter.com/sbOnTZhjAJ — Ravi Prakash (@raviprakash91) March 28, 2019 Virat Kohli to Umpire after the last ball #RCBvMI #RCBvMI pic.twitter.com/aQMjSaujM4 — Ajeet (@Kingofipl_dhoni) March 28, 2019 Kohli to Umpire after presentation ceremony: pic.twitter.com/JWOMIHFeYE — Nitish Ranjan (@nitish_ranjan) March 28, 2019 A massage from Virat kohli to umpire #RCBvMI #MIvsRCB pic.twitter.com/WwNQ0URsqr — भाà¤à¤¸à¤¾à¤¹à¤¬ (@Bhai_saheb) March 28, 2019 Umpire when Kohli meets him after the match #RCBvMI pic.twitter.com/3kTzdRtzFa — Rajpurohit (@gajender00) March 28, 2019 Virat Kohli looking for the Umpire#RCBvMI #IPL2019 #NoBall pic.twitter.com/3dRV9pl2G8 — Why So Silly® (@silly_why) March 28, 2019 Kohli is fuming. That umpire is unemployed now. — Abhishek (@Sajjanlaunda) March 28, 2019 Kohli meeting Umpire today #RCBvMI pic.twitter.com/MUhlIawrMC — Faad Dunga BC (@naalaYUCK) March 28, 2019
  12. Ever since making his debut in 2016, Jasprit Bumrah's consistent bowling performances have allowed him to establish himself as India's go-to bowler in dire situations across formats. If his anomalous, sling-arm action has troubled some of the best in the business, Bumrah's natural pace and peculiar release point of his deliveries make him a nightmare for the opposition batsmen. Such has been his accuracy that the steaming yorkers he bowls manage to find the bottom of the stumps more often, than not. For someone who thrives in limited-overs cricket, Bumrah takes his game to a whole new level in the Mumbai Indians (MI) jersey while plying his trade in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The success and popularity of Bumrah can be ascertained from the fact that a lot of youngsters have been seen trying to copy him in the past. An under-13 youngster was spotted copying Bumrah's action in Hong Kong's U-13 League recently. And, then, during India's tour of Australia, a young kid was also spotted executing Bumrah's unorthodox to perfection. Have RCB found their Jasprit Bumrah? ð¤ #IPL2019 pic.twitter.com/ib4C2oCSFW — ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) March 26, 2019 A similar incident came to the fore recently when a young seamer, with an action similar to Bumrah, was seen bowling to Moeen Ali in the nets during the training session of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). The brief video shared on the social media showing the young bowler imitating Bumrah has taken social media by storm. The young bowler in question is believed to Mahesh Kumar, a local lad, who has been a net bowler for RCB in the past. Though it will still take some time for the youngster to get a game with RCB, cricket fans were clearly smitten by the next Bumrah. While some claimed that RCB might have unearthed a new Bumrah, others were just in awe of the similarities between the two. Virat Kohli-led RCB will hope to make use of the young bowler, if he's given an opportunity, to turn their fortunes in the IPL. After suffering a crushing seven-wicket defeat at the hands of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the opening match, RCB will be eager to bounce back when they host Mumbai in what promises to be a pulsating contest on 28th March.
  13. Mahendra Singh Dhoni needs no introduction to cricket. If great Sachin Tendulkar is deemed god of the sport, then Dhoni will always be remembered as the greatest contributor to Indian cricket. Over the years, we have witnessed Dhoni flourishing in different roles. Whether it's his leadership skills, lightening quick glovework or finishing abilities, Dhoni has successfully managed to do it all. And, while age might be catching up on him and he may no longer be the finisher he once was, Dhoni, even now, has no match when it comes to understanding the game and taking key decisions that tends to aid his team more often, than not. In the last two One-Day Internationals (ODIs) against Australia at home, Dhoni's absence was heavily felt, not just behind the stumps, but also on the field. Virat Kohli-led India failed to read the conditions on both the occasions that eventually saw them bottling a 2-0 lead to eventually losing the five-match ODI series 3-2. The opening match of the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) witnessed something similar and, once again, showed how important Dhoni is for his team. Ahead of the match, while Kohli decided to go for two spinners and three pace bowlers, Dhoni read the pitch down to the core before including an all-out spin attack. Twitter/@IPL He raised a few eyebrows by picking a playing XI that included veteran Harbhajan Singh who took just seven wickets in 13 games last season. Dhoni also had Imran Tahir and Ravindra Jadeja in the line-up with the likes of Suresh Raina and Kedar Jadhav more than capable of chipping in with their spin bowling. In fact, the CSK skipper appeared so convinced in his spinners that he dropped an extra batsman in Faf du Plessis and went with just three overseas players into the opening match. At the toss, Dhoni claimed: "We have played a few practice games and it looks slightly on the slower side. We are not sure about the wicket, so we are not sure which target to set". But, knowing someone as shrewd a tactician as Dhoni, you'd agree that he was probably bluffing while holding all the right cards in his hands. And, as expected, Dhoni's masterstroke of playing a spin-heavy bowling attack paid off big time. Starting off with Deepak Chahar, both the teams got to know that it wasn't going to be an ideal run-fest you'd expect from an opener. Sensing that the ball wasn't coming onto the bat, Dhoni introduced spin right from the second over, tossing the ball to Bhajji. For a man who took his last T20 wicket against Rajasthan Royals (RR) on 11th May last year, the CSK offie caused all sorts of problems to the RCB batting line-up. Twitter/@IPL He struck in his second over to get rid of destructive Kohli who picked Ravindra Jadeja in the deep after scoring six runs off 12 deliveries. In his next over, Harbhajan sent Moeen Ali packing after his clever variation resulted in a simple caught and bowled dismissal. His final over began with frustration as Tahir dropped AB de Villiers at deep square leg, but Harbhajan got his man on the very next delivery - thanks to a brilliant diving catch by Jadeja. Dhoni's decision to bowl Harbhajan out resulted in three key wickets - Kohli, De Villiers and Ali, apart from IPL debutant Shimron Hetmyer's run-out which also came in the same over. He did the same with Chahar from the other end before giving Jadeja and Tahir full four-over spells, banking on them to finish off the visitors before bringing on the fast bowlers in the death overs as a contingency plan. But, the fast bowlers weren't really needed as Tahir and Jadeja ran through RCB's middle-order like knife on butter. While Tahir struck in his first over to get rid of Shivam Dube, Jadeja followed in the South African's footsteps by sending Colin de Grandhomme packing in the 11th over. Twitter/@IPL Smelling blood, Tahir got excited when his googly trapped Navdeep Saini right in the front. The on-field umpire had initially ruled the RCB batsman not out, but a DRS review for the LBW eventually led to the batsman getting the marching orders for caught behind - something only Dhoni can pull off. While the replays showed Saini getting struck outside the line of the off stump, it also highlighted a faint inside edge that had eventually lobbed towards Shane Watson at first slip. Tahir made Yuzvendra Chahal his third victim of the night after getting him out caught at deep square leg in the 14th over. The next over saw Jadeja getting excited for a potential LBW and, despite knowing the outcome, Dhoni, just to prove Jaddu wrong, called for a review. The replays showed Dhoni telling the bowler what he thought of the appeal and the result was exactly what the 'DRS king' had predicted: not out. After being embarrassed on the giant screen, Jadeja, eventually, got his second wicket after rattling Umesh Yadav's off stump in the 17th over. The services of Dwayne Bravo were finally used in the 18th over (for just one ball to be precise) where he dismissed lone warrior Parthiv Patel to help CSK bowl RCB out for a mere 70 runs - the sixth-lowest total in tournament's history. Twitter/@IPL At the end of it all, Dhoni's spin-heavy attack had resulted in impressive bowling figures of Harbhajan (3-20), Tahir (3-9) and Jadeja (2-15). A total of eight wickets fell to the CSK spinners - the joint-most in the IPL. Chennai ended up equalling their own record. Their spinners had taken eight wickets against now-defunct Deccan Chargers in 2012. While Harbhajan was eventually adjudged the 'Man of the Match' - his first in four years, it was undeniably Dhoni the tactician whose masterstrokes ensured Chennai remained unbeaten at Chepauk against Kohli-led RCB in over a decade.
  14. As the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) came calling with a scintillating contest between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), the cricket fans geared up for multiple individual clashes that the opening match had to offer. While many were keen to witness the battle between 'Captain Cool' MS Dhoni and 'Captain Fearless' Virat Kohli, others were eager to see the contest between RCB's explosive batting line-up and CSK's experienced bowling unit. Amongst the key battles, there was one between Suresh Raina and the RCB skipper in the race to reach 5,000 runs in the IPL. Ahead of the IPL opener, Raina had amassed 4,985 runs in 3,601 balls (1167 dots, 1533 singles, 256 twos, 11 threes, 448 fours, 1 five and 185 sixes) in the tournament. He was just 15 runs shy of becoming the first player to score 5,000 IPL runs. Twitter/@IPL On the other hand, Kohli had scored 4,948 runs in 3,784 balls (1319 dots, 1575 singles, 266 twos, 11 threes, 435 fours and 178 sixes) in the IPL. While Raina looked in touching distance, Kohli needed 52 runs to achieve the unique feat. But, after Dhoni won the toss and asked RCB to bat first, many would have probably tipped the Indian captain to reach there first. But, contrary to popular perception, Kohli, akin to majority of his teammates, had a forgettable outing as he was sent back into the hut for just six runs. On a raging turner of a track at the MA Chidambaram stadium, perennial underachievers RCB were bowled out for a mere 70 runs. Twitter/@IPL With Kohli bottling his opportunity, all eyes were on Raina when he came out to bat in the third over. After surviving a run-out scare (thanks to Mohammad Siraj's fumble while collecting the ball), Raina tickled the ball towards fine leg for an easy single in the ninth over, etching his name in the history books as the first-ever player to complete 5,000 runs in the IPL. There it is, the magical 5000! What a player! Mr. IPL for reason! #ChinnaThala #WhistlePodu #Yellove #CSKvRCB ð¦ð pic.twitter.com/lyMtouHNlG — Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) March 23, 2019 Blessed & proud to cross #5000runs. Here's to many more victories with the team. Well done guys! @ChennaiIPL — Suresh Rainað®ð³ (@ImRaina) March 23, 2019 After achieving the milestone, Raina was dismissed in the very next over by Moeen Ali who got him caught at long-on. While he couldn't finish the game for Chennai who eventually won by seven wickets, Raina's latest achievement earned him a lot of plaudits from fans and pundits alike. 5000 runs for @ImRaina. He has been an #IPL legend. — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 23, 2019 Suresh Raina becomes the first batsman to score 5,000 runs in the history of IPL. First to score in IPL, 1,000 runs: Adam Gilchrist 2,000 runs: Suresh Raina 3,000 runs: Suresh Raina 4,000 runs: Virat Kohli 5,000 runs: Suresh Raina*#CSKvsRCB — Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) March 23, 2019 Mr. IPL Rocks ⤠Proud of you @ImRaina — RAINA's SAKSHI ⤠(@SakshiRMishra) March 23, 2019 Raina... ððð Hope Raina will get his chance in WORLD CUP by his IPL performance — Call Me Johnny (@CallMeJohnny5) March 23, 2019 I want him to play in world cup, he is way better than Pant and DK in terms of experience.. I hope it happens @ImRaina — Aman@0305 (@Aman03051) March 23, 2019 Congratulations @ImRaina for scoring 5000 runs in @IPL Pure class in t20 for CSK..#CSKvRCB @ChennaiIPL #Raina — Chowkidar Vikas ð®ð³ (@VikasDarji_) March 23, 2019 Legendary!! Legendary!! Legendary!! — AKASH RAINAð¥ (@ImakashRaina) March 23, 2019
  15. More often than not, the busy travelling schedule of the members of the Indian cricket team does not allow the Men in Blue to stay at home during major festivals, surrounded by their loved ones, their friends and family. A couple of years ago, the captain of the Indian side, Virat Kohli, while sending his wishes for the festival of colours in 2017, he said that his Holi would be spent on the road as the roster was going to Patna for a series. Happy Holi everybody. Have a great day today ðð¼ð. Please make sure no harm is done to the animals on the streets. God Bless all. pic.twitter.com/3a3NbUib0a — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) March 13, 2017 Holi 2019, however, could not have come at a better time. There was a small gap between the tiring ODI series against the visiting and the twelfth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the festival fell on such a day that all the cricketers of the Indian squad were at home, happily celebrating the festival of 'good over evil' with their loved ones. "Happy Holi to everyone! Let's celebrate the vibrant hues, the beautiful relationships and the joyous laughter," Virat Kohli wrote in a Tweet. Shikhar Dhawan, who is currently in India preparing for the IPL, shared an emotional post on Instagram. While celebrating the festival with his mother, 'Gabbar' expressed his joy of watching his kids get in on the fun, thousands of miles away, in Australia. View this post on Instagram My festivals brighten up a little extra thanks to these colourful memories. Missing my munchkins a lot! Happy holi from our family to yours. ð #HappyHoli #HoliCelebrations A post shared by Shikhar Dhawan (@shikhardofficial) on Mar 21, 2019 at 1:19am PDT “My festivals brighten up a little extra thanks to these colourful memories. Missing my munchkins a lot,” said the Delhi Capitals skipper. “Happy holi from our family to yours.” Mayank Agarwal, another athlete who had a great start to his international cricketing career in the first days of 2019 in his debut against the Australians on their home-turf, also shared a vibrant photo from yesterday's celebration: Here's wishing everyone a Happy Holi! May you have a colourful year ahead!#HappyHoli pic.twitter.com/S3HLk5cf3u — Mayank Agarwal (@mayankcricket) March 21, 2019 Some of the major franchises of the IPL too sent their best wishes to the world on the joyous occasion: Yeh din hai rangon ka, yeh din hai khushiyon ka! #HappyHoli, Royals family! #HallaBol pic.twitter.com/TCY6oUExkt — Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) March 21, 2019 Bina Gabbar ke Holi bhi koi Holi hai? ð#HappyHoli #ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitals pic.twitter.com/EewQPoc51G — Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) March 21, 2019 Saareyan nu Holi diyan lakh lakh vadaiyaan. ð¨ Here's wishing everyone a very #HappyHoli from the KXIP family. ♥#SaddaPunjab pic.twitter.com/6pPAx5yAcm — Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) March 21, 2019 Let the colour for this Holi be ð!#HappyHoli and have a safe one!#KKRHaiTaiyaar pic.twitter.com/CwbsBwmevG — KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) March 21, 2019
  16. For someone who was mocked as an old warhorse and heavily criticised for his exploits on the field, Mahendra Singh Dhoni made his critics eat their own words on the back of a 'Man of the Series performance' that allowed Team India to script the historic ODI series win in Australia. Thriving in his new role as a sheet anchor, Dhoni continued to impress in the series to follow. In fact, his absence in the last two ODI against Australia was one of the pivotal reasons why India ended up throwing away their 2-0 lead to eventually lose the five-match series 3-2. Whether it's his batting, wicket-keeping or impeccable know-how of the game, Dhoni remains an asset that will undeniably bolster any side he plays for. And, as the cricketers gear up to shed their national colours to pledge allegiance to their respective franchises, the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is set for a cracking opening clash between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on 23rd March. Dhoni, Dhoni, @msdhoni or Kohli, Kohli, @imVkohli? We can't wait for this battle of the greats. Match 1 of #VIVOIPL between @ChennaiIPL and @RCBTweets #GameBanayegaName pic.twitter.com/4ZzvAtZ8fa — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) March 14, 2019 With the IPL opener pitting two of the biggest names in cricket - Dhoni and Virat Kohli - against each other, the RCB and its captain faces a major roadblock in the Jharkhand cricketer whose Herculean stats can undoubtedly spoil the party for the Bangalore-based franchise. A key player for CSK, Dhoni has played 175 matches in the IPL so far. He is only second, behind his teammate Suresh Raina, in the list of most games played by a cricketer in the history of India's cash-rich T20 tournament. Out of the 159 games, where he led CSK, Dhoni has managed to win 94 matches - most by any captain in the IPL. His winning rate of 59.49 is another key factor that shows his leadership skills. He is only behind Steve Smith who boasts of a brilliant winning rate of 66.6 to lead the charts in the IPL. Dhoni's winning rate is one of the biggest reasons why Chennai has managed to win the IPL title on three occasions - the joint most in the T20 tournament alongside Mumbai Indians. © Instagram/IPL On the other hand, Dhoni is also one of the three captains to have won multiple IPL trophies as captain with the same franchise. He achieved the feat last season after guiding CSK to the 2018 IPL title. Dhoni had earlier won the title with CSK in 2010 and 2011. He is joined by Gautam Gambhir and Rohit Sharma - who won the IPL titles with Kolkata Knight Riders (in 2012 & 2014) and Mumbai Indians (in 2013, 2015 & 2017) respectively - in the elite list. But, if you thought Dhoni's milestones with his team are amazing, wait till you hear about his personal achievements. A proven leader for CSK in the IPL, Dhoni's individual feats are second to none. The former Indian captain is currently placed second in the list of most runs scored by a CSK player, only behind Raina, in the tournament. In the overall list, Dhoni stands at the seventh spot. © Instagram/IPL When it comes to hitting big, Dhoni also holds the record of most sixes by an Indian player in the tournament. With 186 sixes to his name, Dhoni is only behind Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers who have slammed 292 and 187 maximums respectively. In the wicket-keeping department, Dhoni has effected 116 dismissals so far in the IPL. He is second only to Dinesh Karthik who has 124 dismissals to his name from behind the stumps. While Dhoni's stats in the tournament undoubtedly make him a key player, Chennai will still need to be at their prolific best if they intend to carry on their winning momentum from last season when they lock horns with Kohli-led RCB at the MA Chidambaram stadium this Saturday.
  17. What can be more exciting for an Indian sports fan than seeing two of the country's biggest sporting icons come together? Recently, one of the best cricketers in the world, Virat Kohli, invited the prolific skipper of the Indian football team, Sunil Chhetri, who has more goals for his country than Leo Messi for Argentina, to a net session with the Royal Challengers Bangalore squad. © AP As we all know, both the skippers get along really well and have a history of making their friendship known publicly. Last year, Kohli reiterated Chhetri's plea to support Indian football and this year, Chhetri showing up at his training camp shows the growing bromance between both the icons. This meeting was just another chapter in their bromance. Both Chhetri and Kohli looked quite dynamic on the field. While the football skipper was cheered by his recent exploits in the Indian Super League (ISL) with Bengaluru FC, it was interesting to see King Kohli smiling, especially after his team, FC Goa ended up on the losing side against Chettri's Banglore FC 1-0 in the final of the tournament. © AP Keeping their ISL loyalties aside, both the players were seen sharing a laugh at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. A video uploaded by a fan page shows Kohli giving a heart-warming welcome to his beloved friend before the RCB squad. Later in the day, both went on sharing a few dribbles and strokes on the field. View this post on Instagram @chetri_sunil11 today with @royalchallengersbangalore team at Chinnaswamy ! ðâ¤ï¸ A post shared by BleedKohlism2.0ðµ (@bleedingkohlism) on Mar 19, 2019 at 5:57am PDT On the one hand, where Chhetri's side just wrapped up their league season, Kohli & Co are gearing up for the Indian Premier League opening match against the defending champions Chennai Super Kings on 23rd March. This season, Kohli and his men will be hoping to better their disappointing IPL records and showcase their true worth on the field.
  18. The world's most celebrated cricket festival, the Indian Premier League (IPL), has begun taking a toll on its fans even before its arrival. Energising and pitting the fans against each other is one of the main elements which keeps the excitement-level at its peak. And what better way to kick off the season than highlighting the rivalry between two of the most beloved and legendary players of Indian cricket, MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli? Both the master-class skippers will cross swords after almost a year when their respective IPL teams, Royal Challenger Bangalore(RCB) and Chennai Super Kings(CSK) kick off this season in Chennai on 23rd March 2019. Continuing the buzz created by the earlier promo of Rishabh Pant and Jasprit Bumrah pulling the legs of Dhoni and Kohli, the advertisers this time went to the next level by depicting how the megastars have succeeded in dividing the loyalties of the Indian cricket fans. Thala vs King â vs ð¥ ð vs ⤠Whose game will your heart beat for when defending champions @ChennaiIPL take on @RCBTweets in the first #VIVOIPL clash? Watch #CSKvRCB on 23rd March, 6 PM onwards LIVE on Star Sports! #GameBanayegaName Like/RT & we'll set the reminder for you. pic.twitter.com/j6bkkLKPVD — Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) March 14, 2019 In the new promo, both the skippers can be been seen enjoying the tussle between their team's fans from a rooftop. Enjoying a good view of the feud while sipping on hot tea, the CSK skipper tells his RCB counterpart, "don't be late" in what promises to be a cracker of an opening game between the top two teams. Focusing on the concept of 'game more than the name,' Kohli sarcastically replies saying “sure” while covering dhoni's glass with an RCB coaster, highlighting the chemistry between the best friends. Keeping in mind their title victory in their comeback season last year, CSK will be hoping to continue the same form, whereas Kohli and Co, on the other hand, had a disaster of a season last year and will be looking forward to starting strong. Meanwhile, fans, not waiting for the actual battle on the field, have already started their feud on social media to prove that their team is the best. @imVkohli RCB will win this match...â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ Kohli kohli kohli kohli kohli kohli kohli kohli kohli kohli kohli kohli kohli kohli kohli kohli kohli kohli...... — Girraj Sharma18 (@GirrajS30956768) March 14, 2019 Dhoni Dhoni Dhoni... just couldn't stop laughing at 15 seconds !!! Ee Sala.. Bring it on. Don't be late !!! ðð¦ #whistlepodu #csk — Saravanan Hari ð ‏ (@CricSuperFan) March 14, 2019 Lion is always a lion... Dhoni is a headmaster... Kohli is a student — HARISHANKAR â¤ï¸ (@Haripoomani17) March 14, 2019 #RCB @RCBTweets @imVkohli pic.twitter.com/3esMkVZtcX — M. Prasanth SK (@MPrasanthSK2) March 14, 2019
  19. In today's era of sports where fame is directly related to fortune, ESPN has come up with a list of 100 of the most famous athletes from all over the world who enjoy a great fan following. What criteria were taken into consideration while forming the list? According to the website, the list was based on the stats in three different areas: 1. Search Score: How often is the name of the particular sportsperson looked up on the internet. The list fixes Cristiano Ronaldo's score of 100 as the baseline and the rest of the athletes were ranked accordingly. 2. Endorsement Dollars: Based on the reports provided by credible sources such as Forbes on the athletes' monetary worth based solely on their endorsement earnings. 3. Social Media Followers: The total number of followers the athletes have across all social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. However, keeping in mind that not a lot of the famous athletes are not present on every social media platform, the numbers of their most famous account has been taken into account. After going through such a gruelling yet organised method of research, here is the list of the 10 most famous athletes of the world: For the fourth year in a row, Cristiano Ronaldo tops our ranking of the biggest names in sports: ESPN World Fame 100. pic.twitter.com/z25QVCqTzD — ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) March 12, 2019 1. Cristiano Ronaldo 2. Lebron James 3. Lionel Messi 4. Neymar Jr. 5. Conor McGregor 6. Roger Federer 7. Virat Kohli 8. Rafael Nadal 9. Stephen Curry 10. Tiger Woods While the top four players mentioned in the list are without doubt deserving, the fact that Conor McGregor was ranked fifth, especially with athletes like Roger Federer and Virat Kohli's immense popularity, seems a bit odd. ESPN World Fame 100 - 2019 list: 1. Cristiano Ronaldo 2. LeBron James 3. Lionel Messi 4. Neymar 5. Mcgregor 6. Roger Federer 7. VIRAT KOHLI 8. Rafael Nadal 9. Stephen Curry 10. Tiger Woods pic.twitter.com/jiGj0FvWfs — Mohammed Ibrahim Farooqui (@iBM1105) March 12, 2019 We also have to keep in mind that the list comes after whatever actions the numerous athletes took back in 2018. McGregor's memorable bout with Floyd 'Money' Mayweather definitely catapulted his name's worth amongst the audience that followed sports other than MMA. Following that, the major rivalry between the Irishman and his Russian opponent Khabib Abdulmanapovich Nurmagomedov which became uglier after the fight, also must have played a huge role, especially in the 'Search Score' and 'Social Media Following' categories. Having said that, the Indian cricket team's captain Virat Kohli too had the best year of his career. Winning all the three top ICC awards for his brilliance in every format of the game, namely Men's Cricketer of the Year, Test and ODI Cricketer of the Year. He was also named the captain for both ODI and Test Team of the Year.
  20. The 2019 Lok Sabha election is around the corner. In a democracy, this is the time when the people of the society must voice their opinion and elect the leader that they believe will not only understand the sufferings of the public but also actively make suitable decisions to deal with them. While a steady increase in the percentage of votes polled has been noted in the last three nationals elections ie; 58.1% in 2004, 58.2% in 2009 and 66.4% in 2014 (source: data.gov.in), the overall voting turnout continues to be very low, especially for a country that boasts of being the largest democracy in the world. Thus, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi took to Twitter to urge some of the biggest influencers of our country including cricketers like Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virat Kohli, and Rohit Sharma to “inspire the 130 crore people of India” to take some time out of their day to vote during the 2019 elections. All the aforementioned cricketers enjoy massive fan-followings, a major part of which comprises of the younger generation who have finally come of age to exercise their right to vote in the last five years. Dear @msdhoni, @imVkohli and @ImRo45, You are always setting outstanding records on the cricketing field but this time, do inspire the 130 crore people of India to set a new record of high voter turnout in the upcoming elections. When this happens, democracy will be the winner! — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 13, 2019 “Dear @msdhoni [MS Dhoni], @imVkohli [Virat Kohli] and @ImRo45 [Rohit Sharma], You are always setting outstanding records on the cricketing field but this time, do inspire the 130 crore people of India to set a new record of high voter turnout in the upcoming elections,” Tweets PM Modi. “When this happens, democracy will be the winner!” He goes on to urge some of the other megastars of the Indian sports fraternity to come forward and do their bit in creating awareness and asking their followers to vote: Dear @anilkumble1074, @VVSLaxman281 and @virendersehwag - your heroic deeds on the cricket pitch have inspired millions. Come, it is time to inspire people once again, this time to vote in record numbers. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 13, 2019 Dear @srikidambi, @Pvsindhu1 & @NSaina, The core of badminton is the court and the core of democracy is the vote. Just like you smash records, do also inspire a record-breaking voter turnout. I request you to increase voter awareness & motivate youth to vote in large numbers. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 13, 2019 The prolific Phogat sisters, @geeta_phogat, @BabitaPhogat, @PhogatRitu and @Phogat_Vinesh manifest the best of Indian sporting talent. We've seen you in the wrestling world. I urge you all to support the movement to ensure greater voter participation in the 'Chunavi Dangal.' — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 13, 2019 When @mangeshkarlata Didi, @sachin_rt and @arrahman say something, the nation takes note! I humbly request these remarkable personalities to inspire more citizens to come out and vote in the 2019 elections. A vote is a great way to make the people's voice heard. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 13, 2019 India is proud of @Neeraj_chopra1, @DuttYogi and @WrestlerSushil. However, they made India win because they participated. I request Neeraj, Yogeshwar and Sushil to encourage people to participate in the elections and vote so that India wins here too! — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 13, 2019
  21. You remember the English wicket keeper-batsman Ben Duckett, right? No? Well, we don't blame you. He used to play for the main English roster all the way back in 2016, before they became really, really good and one of the top contenders for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019. However, the lefty has been sent to their second-tier level team called 'England Lions' that recently lost to India's second-tier squad 'India A' in the One-dayers and unofficial Test series at the latter's soil. While the southpaw did have a brilliant 50-run innings during the second unofficial Test in Mysore, he would be better known to the Indian cricket fans as 'the guy who tried to troll Virat Kohli'. Even after the Indian captain bagged his career's 40th ODI in Ranchi, the Men in Blue lost to a rejuvenated Australian cricket team who took a breath of fresh air and have been dominating ever since (checkout Australia's exceptional run-chase in the fourth ODI at Mohali). Post the defeat, a cricket-enthu Twitter account trivially asked a fill in the blank question: Complete the sentence. Virat Kohli is _______________ — Cricket Shouts (@crickshouts) March 8, 2019 While the question got a lot of positive reactions like calling his “annoyingly good” and “a batsman even better than Sachin Tendulkar”, there was one particular response that was put under that spotlight. Ben Duckett's response: A joke?.............................. https://t.co/APryZGy3lf — Ben Duckett (@BenDuckett1) March 8, 2019 Apparently, Duckett called Virat Kohli “a joke” in order to show his regards towards the genius of the batsman, maybe somethings in the lines of 'he is a joke to the ODI format because he is that good', but the Viratians weren't buying it. It is plausible that as soon as the Englishman tweeted, he regretted his decision as he was hit by a barrage of raging Indian fans who called him out. Get ready for yet another episode of abusements. — Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) March 8, 2019 pic.twitter.com/7LyJnVFM5z — Scorpio (@IND_Scorpio) March 9, 2019 Virat Kohli is you fatherð — itz_me_wahed (@Waheduzzaman15) March 9, 2019 Ben duckett pic.twitter.com/wyJYFlPsdu — Shreyas (@DeaconSG97) March 9, 2019 Do you even play cricket anymore Ben?ðððð — Daniel Clark (@DanClincs) March 9, 2019 Hey Ben , not talking about your career here — Ishan Mishrað®ð³ (@ishan31396) March 9, 2019 After watching a former teammate take in so much heat, Ben Stokes (https://www.mensxp.com/sports/cricket/39889-ben-stokes-brawl-why-england-s-bad-boy-needs-a-role-model-to-be-actually-be-one-for-his-fans.html) sent in a friendly word of advice: ð¤¦‍âï¸ð¤¦‍âï¸ð¤¦‍âï¸ð¤¦‍âï¸ why? You may as well of just walked into a wall. Indians don't get this type of context Ben https://t.co/xn4QtOaLf7 — Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) March 9, 2019 Probably something that could've been said behind closed doors, Stokes?
  22. After taking a crucial 2-0 lead in the five-match series, the Indian cricket team's marauding run came to a halt as Australia romped their way to a 32-run triumph in the 3rd One-Day International (ODI) at the JSCA international stadium in Ranchi. For a team that is considered one of the strongest batting units in international cricket, Indian batsmen, barring Virat Kohli, failed to negate the Aussies in the third match of the series. But, on 10th March, the batting woes that had given India a reality check in Ranchi were nowhere to be found as the hosts romped their way to a mammoth 358-run total in the 4th ODI at the Punjab Cricket Association stadium in Mohali. Opting to bat first, India were given a sensational start by Shikhar Dhawan (143) and Rohit Sharma (95) who hammered the opposition bowlers all around the park during their 193-run opening partnership. If the openers got India to a flyer, the pivotal cameos by Rishabh Pant (36) and Vijay Shankar (26) ensured their side didn't lose momentum later in the game. Twitter/@BCCI While there was no shortage of star performers during India's innings, there was one man who stole the limelight from the rest. Arguably one of the best death-overs bowlers in limited-overs cricket, Jasprit Bumrah is known for his bowling prowess and ability to get the better of some of the best batsmen in business. But, when he came out to face Pat Cummins for the final delivery of India's innings, neither a cricket pundit, nor any fan would have anticipated what Bumrah had in store for them. Virat Kohli after seeing Bumrah hit six #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/ZOFZnMrICr — Ananth (@Imanantht) March 10, 2019 Cummins had just notched up his five-for after dismissing Yuzvendra Chahal a ball earlier and probably fancied his chances of claiming a sixth scalp in the match. But, it wasn't meant to be as Bumrah smashed the length delivery over midwicket for a towering six. And, while Bumrah's hit was quite surprising, the reactions were pretty obvious. That moment when @Jaspritbumrah93 hits the last ball for a maximum ðð#INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/e6iOHorg8N — BCCI (@BCCI) March 10, 2019 First six for Jasprit Bumrah for India! Bumrah's 4th in List A games and third in T20s. And look at that reaction! #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/FxwDTiP8Nx — Subhayan Chakraborty (@SubhayanTweets) March 10, 2019 Bumrah's meaty blow had Cummins in disbelief, Kohli jumping in excitement and the Mohali crowd on their feet. Walking off with a wide grin, Bumrah was mighty pleased with his six which powered India to 358-run total in the end. It was the first six for Bumrah in international cricket. He now has seven sixes to his name, four in List A games and three in T20s. That last six from Bumrah had everyone in splits. Even on an excellent batting surface, 358 is a formidable score. — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 10, 2019 That last six from Bumrah had everyone in splits. Even on an excellent batting surface, 358 is a formidable score. — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 10, 2019 This is beyond scienceðð — Rajan (@Rajan_hotSpur) March 10, 2019 Bumrah fans right nowðððð #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/n5pyt5j0hR — RocKy Edward..ðð®ð³ð (@imRockylahariya) March 10, 2019 Moments line these is what a cricket fan lives for #INDvAUS #bumrah & #kohli you are the gold of Indian team ð®ð³ð®ð³ — Say What ââ (@onlinetrollssuk) March 10, 2019 Strike rate of 600! Record breaking inning by Bumrahðð — Manav Dave (@Manav_Dave_24) March 10, 2019 Bumrah is the best during death oversð — Ranjit Singh (@ranjit_singh11) March 10, 2019 This is simply priceless for me — Ravi Malamanti (@malamantiravi) March 10, 2019
  23. Ever since Delhi boy Virat Kohli became the captain of the Indian cricket team, subtlety has been knocked out of the park. Mahendra Singh Dhoni's era as the skipper was full of awards and achievements but the man had a cool and calm attitude which reflected in his celebrations. While Kholi's reign has not lacked in bringing laurels for the country, the intensity of commemorating them has definitely gone up dramatically. Make no mistake, these are great ways of expressing your achievements and hey, when you are the best cricketer in the world, who are we to criticise? Therefore, joining the bandwagon of crazy fans of the sport, we list out the four times Virat Kohli celebrated his achievement in the most epic ways: 1. 'My Bat Does The Talking' Cricket has always been a gentleman's game but that does not stop the players from mouthing off hurtful things to their opponents every once in a while. Something similar happened during India's latest visit Down Under when bowler Pat Cummins assured the whole world that Kohli will not be scoring a century during this tour. If you know anything about Kohli, you know that he is never one to shy away from challenges. During the second Test match that took place in Perth King Kohli sent the ball for the boundary on the third day to record his 5th Test century of 2018 and then did this: An incredible innings from a remarkable player. What a celebration from Virat Kohli! #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/kTHMmycfFb — Cricket Network (@CricketNetwork) December 16, 2018 2. Mic Drop During the final ODI match between England and India in 2018, English skipper Joe Root celebrated his brilliant knock with a move he derived from musicians and rockstars and maybe even the former US President, Barack Obama when he dropped his bat on the floor while Kohli looked on. During the first Test match up the next month, however, it was Virat's turn to give Root a taste of his own medicine. A brilliant direct-throw to the wickets on Root's side led him back to the dressing room. On his way back, from the corner of his eye, Root could see Kohli drop the imaginary mic to celebrate the farewell. 3. The Pujara Dance This one comes after the historic Test-series victory against Tim Paine's team on Australian soil. Following a masterclass of a batting performance by India's second Wall, Cheteshwar Pujara (193), India went on to win the four-match Test series 2-1 after the third Test was cancelled due to rain and bad light. Kohli brought in Pujara and the rest of the team in a hurdle to celebrate the feat. in the funniest way possible, by doing the 'Pujara Dance'. Albeit, Rishabh Pant was the one who came up with the 'moves', it was Kohli who did the impossible when he made Pujara dance as well. Cheteshwar Pujara: can bat, can't dance? ð¤£ð¤£ Celebrations have well and truly begun for Team India! #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/XUWwWPSNun — cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 7, 2019 4. Kiss For The Belle During the third Test match against England at Trent Bridge all the way back in August of 2018, Virat Kohli notched a heroic 149-run innings to bring the Men in Blue back into the game. His wife Anushka Sharma was present at the venue as well and saw him take the English bowlers to task. As the batsman secured his 23rd ton in Test cricket, he took his helmet off and began to blow flying kisses to his wife, who stood tall in the stands, proud of Kohli's achievements. View this post on Instagram Here comes the special century from the RUN MACHINE #Virushka⤠Cr: Manav Manglani A post shared by VirUshka : Nushkie&Bubs♥ (@virushkaforeva) on Aug 20, 2018 at 8:28am PDT
  24. For someone who has developed a knack for shattering records at will, Virat Kohli romped his way to yet another individual milestone as he brought up his 40th hundred in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) on 5th March. Carrying the baton for his side, Kohli led from the front as he hammered the opposition bowlers all around the park during his strokeful innings of 116 runs including 10 fours against Australia in the 2nd ODI in Nagpur. In the process, the Delhi lad became only the second man to reach 40 ODI hundreds after great Sachin Tendulkar who currently leads the list with 49 tons. King Kohli scores his 40th century against Australia in Nagpur. ð¯#INDvAUS https://t.co/7V5ywUDPMl — Twitter Moments India (@MomentsIndia) March 5, 2019 Coming out to bat, with India reeling at 0/1 following the early dismissal of Rohit Sharma, Kohli held the fort at one end as he stitched crucial partnerships with his teammates to stabilise the innings for his side and ensure they managed to post a competitive total of 250 runs. As he reached the 22-run mark, the 30-year-old also reached 9,000 international runs as a captain. He achieved the feat in 159 innings while breaking Ricky Ponting's record that was notched up by the Aussie great in 203 innings. ð¯ Stand up and applaud. The Run Machine brings up his 40th ODI Century ðð What a player #KingKohli ð#INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/9s2ziwh6kR — BCCI (@BCCI) March 5, 2019 Kohli also became the sixth player to score 9,000 runs in international cricket as captain. Graeme Smith (220 innings), MS Dhoni (253), Allan Border (257), Stephen Fleming (272) are the other former captains in the list. Later, Kohli also brought up his 50th ODI fifty and now boasts of over 10,570 runs in the 50-over format with a brilliant average of over 59. #KingKohli Has Completed 9,000 International Runs As Captain ð®ð³ 159 -- Innings* 9000 -- Runs 66.66 -- Average 35 -- ð¯ 4515 -- Test 3879 -- ODI 606 -- T20i#INDvAUS #AUSvIND @imVkohli Congratulations skipper #ViratKohli ðððð pic.twitter.com/cWGLiNBNJ4 — KARTHICK (@KarthickS_31) March 5, 2019 Overall, it was Kohli's 7th ODI hundred against Australia, two less than Tendulkar, who also leads the list of most hundreds by a batsman in India-Australia ODIs. For a man who had a sensational run in 2018 where he scored 11 tons across formats, Kohli appears to be in ominous form this year. Already touted as one of the greats, Kohli has been enjoying a sensational run ever since he took over MS Dhoni as India's captain in 2017. The right-hander has slammed 18 hundreds while leading India in ODI cricket. As many as 24 of his 40 ODI tons have come while chasing - something that proves how efficient he has been under pressure. On a day, when other Indian batsmen failed to get going, Kohli stepped up to the task and aided his side with a brilliant knock. There was no surprise to see 'King Kohli' drawing plaudits on the social media following his majestic innings. Top innings. Another day at work. Century for Virat Kohli. 40 in 224 innings is an unreal stat. — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 5, 2019 Virat Kohli moving towards maximum international hundreds... #IndvsAus pic.twitter.com/Jx0TePb3bF — The-Lying-Lama (@KyaUkhaadLega) March 5, 2019 Kohli. Not human. ðð» Time to fight @cricketcomau !! #INDvsAUS ð — Erin Holland (@erinvholland) March 5, 2019 Virat Kohli will have 50 ODI hundreds by year end. #INDvAUS — Jamie Alter (@alter_jamie) March 5, 2019 After 224 ODIs - Sachin Tendulkar - 8350 runs, ave 42.6, SR 86.45, 23 hundreds, 44 fifties Virat Kohli - 10686* runs, ave 60.03, SR 92.61, 40 hundreds, 49 fifties. It isn't even close for the best ODI batsman ever any more. Kohli wins hands down. — Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) March 5, 2019 Sources: Virat Kohli looking to break Sachin's ODI record by early 2020. — Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) March 5, 2019 I mean, Kohli's last 10 hundreds came in his last 25 innings. That is just ridiculous. Otherworldly. — Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) March 5, 2019 Number 40 for the King, what a champion. A great innings on this surface by Kohli. #IndvAus pic.twitter.com/GPH9o4uuA0 — Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) March 5, 2019 ODI century No. 40 for Kohli. In Rome, they would have said that he XLs as a batsman.#MildSelfThoo — Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) March 5, 2019 I'm shooting so didn't get a chance to watch, but I hear another top knock by Kohli. The hurry that he's in, I won't be surprised if he goes past 50 ODI centuries by the end of the WC ðð½#KingKohli #INDvAUS — Saiyami Kher (@SaiyamiKher) March 5, 2019
  25. The cricketing world has seen some of the most extreme examples of sledging in recent history. If you want to learn how to be a classic sledger, challenging your opponents through psychological warfare, getting under their skin and finding the minutest of opportunities to irk them, so that they do something foolish in anger or because of being too distracted mouthing off to you, you have to learn that from the epic rivalry we got to see between the Indian and Australian wicketkeepers Rishabh Pant and Tim Paine. Stump mic on ð It's cricket like never before, no commentary in the whole over ð®#AUSvIND #foxcricket pic.twitter.com/8R2nwVMa9W — Fox Cricket (@FoxCricket) December 10, 2018 On the contrary, if you want to learn the kind of things that are a complete 'No-No' when it comes to banter-talks in cricket, you have to let Pakistani captain Sarfraz Ahmed become your master, who not only went too far with his words but also managed to make the entire nation of South Africa despise him with his ultra-racist comments. Sarfaraz Ahmed to Andile Phehlukwayo: "abbay kaale teri Ami kahan bethi hoyi hain aaj, kya parhwa kay aya hai aaj" "black man wheres your mother sat? What have you asked your mother to pray for you today?"#SAvPAK pic.twitter.com/vw6yuE73OE — Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) January 22, 2019 Trash-talking should display cunningness. It should be the things that, on the surface appears to be nothing much but on the inside, it eats up the victim with rage and frustration. Exhibit A: Australian spinner, Adam Zampa's sly comments about getting the Indian skipper Virat Kohli out for cheap on two of three encounters they have had during their time here in India. Adam Zampa has dismissed Virat Kohli twice on the Aussie's tour of India, and he's ready for a rematch in Nagpur, writes @samuelfez https://t.co/WMnKEaPkuM #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/1MVcviL88y — cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) March 4, 2019 Zampa has had the pleasure of sending Kohli back to the dressing room twice. While the first came during the first T20I when Kohli made just 24 runs in an India loss, the second dismissal came during the previous ODI match when the leggy trapped Kohli in front of the wickets and the third-umpire responded in favour of the bowler on an LBW appeal upon a DRS review. “It's also one of those things where he (Virat Kohli) probably won't want to get out to me again...” said the 26-year-old, while admitting that his team takes some extra time out figuring out a plan to try and send Kohli packing early. If anyone knows anything about the captain of the Indian side, they know that Kohli lives and breathes competition. He strives on opponents calling him out in public and then shutting them up with his batting performance, followed by some of the best celebrations ever (hinting: 'mic drop' against Joe Root and Team England. With the second match scheduled for today, we have to see how Kohli responds to Zampa's taunts.
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