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  1. Making his debut in 2008, not many would have thought a chubby and overtly aggressive Virat Kohli would go on to achieve bigger and greater things, let alone become the captain of the Indian cricket team. But, a career-changing lifestyle change didn't just see him become an inspiration for the country's youth, but also allowed him to become one of India's most prized possessions. His unmatched work ethic and dedication towards the sport saw him sparking a fitness revolution in Team India. And, his aggressive brand of cricket has allowed his team to scale new heights in recent times. While his on-field exploits have earned him plaudits, Kohli's demeanour and conduct away from it has further struck a chord with fans, earning him a fanbase beyond borders. View the full article
  2. On World Social Media Day, letâs talk about how the internet has become an integral part of our lives today. Be it expressing oneâs opinion on on-going issues, sharing information to help people on a mass scale or even making ridiculous videos just for the heck of it, days without social media seem to be impossible to bear. This transformation has taken place over the past decade with people beginning to understand its true potential in the early 2010s and capitalising (some even abusing) it by 2019-2020. But before the era of digital media began to catch pace, there were certain individuals, certain members of the international cricketing fraternity who made it to Twitter well ahead of everyone else but werenât too sure of what to do once they were there. Here are the first tweets shared by international cricketers: Virat Kohli@yuvsingh09 Aiieeeeeee me too me too â Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) September 4, 2009 Yes, Virat Kohliâs first tweet was a clearly excited reply to Yuvraj Singh who was looking forward to a match. Anil KumbleFinally on Twitter...& on a day that am a yr older and hopefully wiser! Looking forward...cheers â Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) October 17, 2014 Back in 2014, when former Indian head coach Anil Kumble entered the big bad world of Twitter, he wasnât too sure of how itâd help him. A couple of years later, he would drop a bomb on the same social media platform, presenting his resignation as coach publicly, while putting Kohli under spotlight. Yuvraj SinghComing Soon !!!! â Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) July 25, 2009 You know itâs 2009 when a cricketer teases his Twitter debut MS Dhonifeels good to be connected!!!!!!!! â Mahendra Singh Dhoni (@msdhoni) September 17, 2010 If Mahendra Singh Dhoniâs Twitter handle could speak, it would sound just as humble as the former Indian skipper himself. Sachin TendulkarFinally the original SRT is on twitter n the first thing I'd like to do is wish my colleagues the best in the windies, â Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) May 4, 2010 The âgod of cricketâ made his arrival in style. âFinally the original SRT is on Twitter,â he said. In the same post, he also showed why he was Indiaâs beloved poster boy when it came to the game of cricket when he wished his team well ahead of a Windies tour. Ajinkya Rahane Am in England now..Ready to have PLAY.. â Ajinkya Rahane (@ajinkyarahane88) August 28, 2011 The deputy in-charge of Indiaâs Test team wanted to give an update to his fans. Ravichandra Ashwin I wish i cud have been in chennai to join in my hands for the protests..INDIA is surely turning it around... â Ashwin (During Covid 19)ð®ð³ (@ashwinravi99) August 20, 2011Ashwin started his Twitter innings by showing his support towards the anti-corruption movement led by Anna Hazare in 2011. Virender SehwagOpening the Twitter innings!!! Yeh mera effort hai aap se directly connect karne ka. I am excited to start sharing and tweeting.. â Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 19, 2010 Sehwag made a promise almost 10 years ago and has kept it till date. He continues to be one of the most active people of social media and responds to his fans regularly. Harbhajan Singh Hey, let's try this twitter thing :) â Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) August 10, 2011From trying out the âTwitter thingâ to dominating it, Harbhajan Singh has come a long way. James Faulkner@mitchmarsh235 @calferguson12 @tdpaine36 @beery19 It's a pleasure to be involved on Twitter with u boys! â James Faulkner (@JamesFaulkner44) June 15, 2011The Aussie finally made his Twitter debut after his fans kept bugging him to do so for years. He finally gave up and wrote his first tweet, sharing pleasantries with his laddies. Shakib Al Hasantysey6ului7tsdtuyfd65 â Shakib Al Hasan (@Sah75official) June 1, 2010 Uh⦠Whatcha doin there, Shakib? Dwayne Bravoa â Dwayne DJ Bravo (@DJBravo47) September 6, 2010Yeah, just the letter âaâ. Neat, DJ. Very neat. Chris GayleI'm heading to bed in 10mins!! â Chris Gayle (@henrygayle) June 8, 2009 Of course the âUniverse Bossâ wanted to announce his bedtime to the world in his first tweet. Classic! Glenn McGrathG'day everyone, first time tweeting. Thought it about time I joined the 21st century. Sitting at the airport on my way to Carnarvon, WA. â Glenn McGrath (@glennmcgrath11) March 25, 2011 The Australian bowler was getting bored, waiting for his flight on a fine March morning and decided to do something new and he picked Twitter. Andrew FlintoffNo idea what I'm meant to do on this ! Going to mexico with goughie tomorrow I'm sure he'll know . Please help ! â Andrew Flintoff (@flintoff11) September 28, 2010 Absolute openness by Freddie, here. He had no idea what Twitter was and even asked his followers to help him get a sense of things. View the full article
  3. While cricketers are expected to perform well on the field and make their country proud by winning tournaments like the World Cup, there lies a certain set of additional prerequisites if that cricketer is Indian. Doing well in school academically and earning a respectable score in your 10th and 12th class board exams are few of those requisites. Two of the greatest members of the Men in Blue in the modern era of Indian cricket, namely Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli, however did NOT meet those expectations. © Reuters Back in 2017, in an interview with The Print , Dhoni had spoken about how much he loved maths during his days as a young student and even though the subject started going over his head with the introduction of algebra after class VI, he still chose math as his favourite subject. I was very good at Maths till class V, and after that, algebra and everything came in, and I started playing cricket, so it became slightly tough. So, if I have to pick something, I would say I like Maths, the reason being I was good at it, and even after class VI, though I was quite bad, I loved geometry,â said Dhoni. © Reuters A year later, on visiting former Indian opening batsman Virender Sehwagâs school near Delhi, Dhoni even revealed how much he scored in the two examinations that mattered the most in a school-studentâs life, class 10th and 12th boards. He disclosed that he was able to secure 66% and 56% in 10th and 12th respectively. Current Indian skipper, Virat Kohli too wasnât too big on leaving an impact on the world with his academic achievements. Unlike Dhoni, it was maths that kept Kohli up at night. © Reuters "So in math we used to have exams and the maximum marks we could get in 100, right. I used to get 3, I was that good. I did not understand why someone would even want to learn math," Kohli said in a sports web-show, In Depth with Graham Bensinger. "I could not understand the complications behind it, I have never used those formulas in life. "I just wanted to get through my 10th Grade exam, because they used to happen at a state level and after that you could choose if you wanted to continue with math or not. I'm telling you, I have never worked that hard in cricket the way I did to pass in that exam," Kohli added. While the cricketers admit of not being such great students inside the classroom, iit must be taken into account that the majority of their time at school went on the field, practicing and working the thing that actually mattered for the career they wanted to pursue - getting better at cricket. Forbes highest-paid athletes 2020 1. Roger Federer 2. Cristiano Ronaldo 3. Lionel Messi 4. Neymar 5. LeBron James -- 66. Virat Kohli (Highest paid cricketer)#ViratKohli pic.twitter.com/Jh00O1VrFH â RCB Trends⢠(@Offl_RcbTrends) May 30, 2020 It is therefore understandable how despite Kohli scoring 3/100 is the highest earning cricketer in the world. Maths simply does not matter for the Delhi-born, well other than to count the number of zeros in his pay-cheque. Also Read: 6 Indian Cricketers Who Didnât Finish Their Studies View the full article
  4. There is no point in denying the fact, that Virat Kohli is one of the most gifted batsmen in the world. Even purists, as much as they hate to say this, will agree that when it comes to technique, and timing the ball, Kohli is one the best batsmen ever, and he has the potential to be counted among the all-time greats. © Reuters As a bowler, however, Virat Kohli, well, isnât that well versed, to put things lightly. In an interview with Gaurav Kapoor, he has stated that there was a time when he thought that he was a great bowler and that he could deceive batsmen. This illusion was rather quickly shattered when he started bowling somewhat frequently. As âbadâ a bowler Virat is, there is a record that he holds, that is very very odd. So much so, that it is unlikely that anyone is unlikely going to break that one. Wondering what it is? © Reuters Virat Kohli is the only cricketer to take a wicket, concede a run, and not have the delivery counted as a ball. Technically, he had a wicket and given away a run on his 0th delivery. Wondering how the hell did that happen? Back in 2011, when India was touring England, India lost a test series, pretty badly. 4-0, to be exact. Before the ODI series was set to begin, India was playing England in a T20. India put up a respectable score of 170. England on the other hand, started off strong with 58 runs in the first 6 overs. Kevin Pietersen was proving to be a serious problem for India. © Wiki Commons MS Dhoni, being the genius that he is, decided to give Kohli the ball. Now mind you, Kohli had never bowled a ball in T20 before. © Reuters Kohli delivered an inswinging ball to Pietersen which went wide. Pietersen while trying to attack the ball, charged down the pitch. He missed the ball completely, and Dhoni being Dhoni, took the bails off in the blink of an eye. Thus, England got a run off an extra, and Kohli dismissed Pietersen without conceding a ball. All this, on the 0th ball of his T20 career (yes, 0-th and not first as it was a wide and wasn't technically counted). © Reuters Man, sometimes, tidbits, like this is why we love to love back retrospectively on the game. View the full article
  5. For someone who was often labelled as brash and overtly aggressive early in his career, Virat Kohli has come a long way to not only mature into an astute leader for Team India, but also as one of the best batsmen in modern-day cricket. Today, he stands tall with numerous batting and captaincy records highlighting his success in international cricket. Owing to his success with the willow, Kohli is one of the only three cricketers to enjoy a lucrative A+ central contract with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that allows him to earn a staggering Rs 7 crore per year. Apart from that, he earns quite handsomely through brand endorsements due to his popularity amongst fans. For someone who has success, fame and money, it's quite obvious to see Kohli boasting of some of the most desirable and ridiculously expensive things. From swanky cars, luxury pads to exclusive timepieces, 'King Kohli' has got it all. Here's a look at 5 of the most expensive things owned by the Indian captain that truly make him a cut above the rest: 1. Rolex Daytona Rainbow Everose Gold (Rs 69 Lakh) © YouTube Often labelled as the 'king' of modern-day cricket, the 31-year-old, for all his wealth, quite understandably owns properties in the plush areas of Indian cities. Amongst the houses he owns, Kohli has one luxurious bungalow in Gurugram, Haryana. Located in DLF Phase 1, the 500-square-yard bungalow is no less than a palace. With modern architecture and jaw-dropping interiors, Kohli's bungalow, just like its owner, breathes elegance and style. From the exquisite swimming pool, well-decked bar to alluring designs inside, the house is everything that Kohli represents, both on and off the field. The Indian captain shelled out a whopping Rs 80 crore to buy this property right after his marriage to Anushka Sharma in Italy. View the full article
  6. The relationship between Indian captain Virat Kohli and former South African skipper AB de Villiers isnât hidden from anybody. Having shared the Royal Challengers Bangalore dressing room for the past nine years, the duo has come to enjoy the kind of fraternity which is unheard of, especially, between players from two different countries. Nonetheless, both the superstars donât miss out the opportunity to compliment each other and based on the previous interviews and shows they have been a part of as a unit, you can tell that their words of mutual admiration are genuine. AB de Villiers Reveals Favourite Memory with Virat Kohli pic.twitter.com/2QVQ4Y8fr8 â Himanshu (@himanshux_) April 24, 2020 Recently, in an Instagram Live chat with former Zimbabwe cricketer Pommie Mbangwa, de Villiers spoke about the kind of batsman his RCB teammate is. When Mbangwa asked him to draw a comparison between Kohli and Australian batsman Steve Smith, he said: âIt's a difficult one, but Virat is definitely the more natural ball-striker, there's no doubt about that. " Virat Kohli is more of a natural ball striker. If you You look at natural ball strikers, Virat is like Federer. Steve Smith is more like nadal, he's mentality very strong." - Ab de Villiers pic.twitter.com/bdnZckGxqu â Farhan Khan (@Farhan_Khan_1) May 11, 2020 "In tennis terms, I'd say he's more like a (Roger) Federer whereas Smith is like a (Rafael) Nadal. Smith is mentally very strong and figures out a way of scoring runs - he doesn't look natural, but he ends up writing records and doing amazing things at the crease. "I think mentally, Smith is one of the best I have ever seen. Virat has also scored runs all over the world and won games under pressure," de Villiers added. View this post on InstagramA post shared by (@virat.kohli) In terms of chasing a huge total to bring home the victory is concerned, the skills seem to be a bit of a speciality for the current leader of the Men in Blue and de Villiers believes that he might even be better than the âGod of Cricketâ Sachin Tendulkar when it comes to batting second: "Sachin is a role model for both of us (him and Kohli). The way he stood out in his era, the things he achieved and with the grace he did all that is a great example for everyone," de Villiers said. © Reuters "And I think Virat will also say that he set the standards for us to follow. "But personally, in a chase, I'd say Virat is the best I've seen in my life. Sachin was amazing in all formats and all situations, but Virat comes out on top while chasing." Recently, both Kohli and de Villiers shared a very entertaining Instagram Live chat in which they spoke about the most entertaining partnership that they had shared a for their Indian Premier League franchise, how the two grew up to trust each other and even Yuzvendra Chahalâs new found obsession with making TikTok videos. Ab De Villiers: "Yuzi Chahal calls me at 1 am in the Morning, Yuzvendra Chahal is crazy.oh Man." Virat Kohli: "Just go and see his Tik Tok videos. You won't believe he plays international Cricket and he is 29 years old. He is an absolute CLOWN." pic.twitter.com/jJypLEs4K2 â CricketMAN2 (@man4_cricket) April 24, 2020 The camaraderie between the two legends of modern-day cricket is rare and very special. Despite being thousands of miles away from each other, they continue to think and speak so highly of each other which is something every working professional aspires to hustle for. Earning respect from one's rival is a feat and Kohli and de Villiers have done that without a doubt. View the full article
  7. Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has brought the world to a standstill. Owing to travel restrictions, quarantine camps and lockdowns across the globe, people are currently being tested to their limits during these ongoing times of crisis. But, the frustration is not just restricted to the general public. Celebrities and sports icons, too, find themselves in the same boat. With not much to do and a lot of idle time at their hands, a lot of celebrities have resorted to sharing videos of themselves, giving an insight of their lives during lockdown. And, the latest fad, appears to be grooming videos. From growing beards to trying new hairdos, celebrities are making the most of their time during self-isolation protocols. There are even some who are setting couple goals by coming to each other's aid at home. Last month, in one of the most popular videos on social media, Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma was seen giving her popular husband Virat Kohli a brilliant haircut at home. View this post on InstagramMeanwhile, in quarantine.. ðð»ââðð»ââA post shared by (@anushkasharma) The video, which showed Anushka using a pair of kitchen scissors to give Kohli a cool haircut with a gradual fade, didn't just strike a chord with the fans, but also inspired others to recreate the turn of events. Since then, a lot of people including celebrities have tried their hand at getting haircuts or shaves by their partners or kins. But, one haircut didn't go as planned. Inspired by Anushka and Virat, former England cricketer Robert Key and his wife Fleur were probably looking to follow in the footsteps of the Indian couple before disaster struck. In one of the major lessons as to why grooming should be left to professionals, the England star was left fuming after his wife removed a major chunk of his hair by accident. Well f*****g done @fleurkey u arenât allowed to moan about hairdressers ever gain pic.twitter.com/ZAKG6fcgRg â Rob Key (@robkey612) April 16, 2020 In arguably one of the most hilarious posts in recent days, Key took to Twitter and shared a picture of himself where a major chunk of his hair on the back of his head was gone. "Well f*****g done @fleurkey u arenât allowed to moan about hairdressers ever gain," Key tweeted alongside his picture. Sorry ?? but you did say âgo all the way up..â ???? https://t.co/te7UjCcc87 â Fleur Key (@fleurkey) April 16, 2020 While his wife did respond with an apology, "Sorry but you did say 'go all the way up'," Key's disastrous haircut sparked a laugh riot on social media, including reactions from England stars Sam Billings and Joe Denly. ?????????? â Sam Billings (@sambillings) April 16, 2020???????????????????????????? â Simon Jones MBE (@si610) April 16, 2020End product???? â Joe Denly (@joed1986) April 16, 2020You going for the number 2 bud ?? pic.twitter.com/KQFcIK7XCt â Rikki Clarke (@RikkiClarke81) April 16, 2020Have you upset her recently?? That looks as if revenge has occurred! â BethTredwell (@Btredders) April 16, 2020I told him Iâm no hairdresser! ???? â Fleur Key (@fleurkey) April 16, 2020Donât worry, Iâve done the same, flipping guard slipped! ?????? â Helen Root (@hrooto1) April 16, 2020???????? this has really made me giggle. Brilliant from @fleurkey remember the name! â Robert Purton (@purts149) April 16, 2020Iâm sure your misses must play golf mate. Thatâs a perfect divot ?????? â pwilsongolf (@pwilsongolf) April 16, 2020Shit thats actually quite bad ?????? â Kris Rudkins (@KrisRudkins) April 17, 2020 View the full article
  8. Arguably one of the biggest and most popular Twenty20 (T20) tournaments in the world, the Indian Premier League (IPL), on the back of slambang cricketing action has a tendency of enticing fans like no other. Bringing some of the biggest names in international cricket to the fore, India's cash-rich tournament remains a highly sought-after affair in the sport. The thirteenth edition of the IPL was expected to garner a similar response if it kickstarted as per its schedule from 29th March. But, sadly, it wasn't meant to be. Thanks to novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the much-anticipated edition of the IPL was, first, postponed till 14th April and, then, suspended indefinitely amid the lockdown protocols in India. NEWS : IPL 2020 suspended till further notice More details here - https://t.co/ZmC2xndkUN pic.twitter.com/zWVIeI61hK â IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 16, 2020 While the official announcement by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) did leave the cricket fans in a state of mourning, the news of IPL's indefinite suspension was further used as an opportunity by trolls to humiliate Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for their poor record in the tournament's history. Every #RCB fan ever... Agar #IPL hota toh... pic.twitter.com/K7WTGK2031 â Crazy Pooper (@Crazypooper1) April 17, 2020IPL 2020 suspended meanwhile MUMBAI INDIAN FANS vs RCB FANS : ???? pic.twitter.com/Sx1DMeCz3q â Akshay (@Akshay0762) April 16, 2020Le* virat kohli and rcb fans after hearing this announcement ????#eesalacupnamde pic.twitter.com/JkEHjB2mWe â i.akshaychhajed (@AkshaychhajedI) April 16, 2020IPL 2020 suspended RCB fans 1.Outside 2.Inside pic.twitter.com/jTGOAtZCdV â Vijay Jaiswal (@puntasticVU) April 16, 2020RCB fans after hearing IPL 2020 is suspended pic.twitter.com/lNI7GAORDz â dead (@_dhol_) April 16, 2020IPL 2020 postponed till further notice. Meanwhile RCB fans - pic.twitter.com/X9ji2FQa9b â Lakshay Taneja (@LakshayTaneja19) April 16, 2020IPL 2020 Postponed, meanwhile CSK and MI fans RCB fans pic.twitter.com/eeMYKXyxdZ â Aparna (@Aparna14714702) April 16, 2020RCB Fans : After 2 years we have decent squad excited for IPL 2020 Corona Virus to IPL pic.twitter.com/i1wacAR7fM â Sai (@akakrcb6) April 16, 2020 View the full article
  9. Often labelled as the best batsman in the modern era of the sport, Virat Kohli needs no introduction in cricket. On the back of consistent batting performances that saw him shattering one record after another, the Indian captain, over the years, has proved to be in a class of his own. It was his artistry with the willow that saw Kohli being named Wisden's 'Leading Cricketer in the World', not once, but on three successive occassions. The Delhi cricketer won the honour for the first time in 2016 before winning it again in 2017 and becoming only the second cricketer, after fellow countryman Virender Sehwag (2008 and 2009), to win it in consecutive years. And, in 2018, the right-hander etched his name in the history books as the first cricketer to bag the honour on three occassions and only one to win it three times in a row. © Reuters But, after reigning supreme for three years, Kohli's rampant run was finally brought to an end by England all-rounder Ben Stokes who was crowned Wisden's 'Leading Cricketer of the World' for the year 2019 on 8th April. In the process, Stokes didn't just dethroned Kohli from the top, but also became the first Englishman since Andrew Flintoff won the honour in 2005. The Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2020, the 157th edition which will be out on 9th April, crowned Stokes as the cricket's pre-eminent player for his heroics in 2019, where he inspired England to an unforgettable triumph in the ICC World Cup before producing one of the greatest innings of all time to win the Ashes Test at Headingley. Producing a stunning all-round performance, the 28-year-old slammed 465 runs, including five fifties, and took seven wickets in England's World Cup-winning campaign at home. In the all-important final, the left-hander propelled England from a disastrous 68/4 to a tie at 241 runs on the back of an unbeaten 84-run knock. But, Stokes wasn't done yet. The swashbuckling batsman once again stepped up, this time in the Super Over, to help England secure a dramatic win that allowed them to lift their maiden ICC World Cup title. Following a sensational run in the World Cup, Stokes continued to aid his side in dire situations, most notably in the third Ashes Test. In what is now being hailed as one of the greatest innings of all time, Stokes slammed a match-winning 135 to help England chase down an improbable target of 356 runs and stay alive in the Test series. He stitched a 74-run partnership for the final wicket with tailender Jack Leach who scored just one run. Towards the end of 2019, Stokes capped of an impressive year by winning the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Earlier this January, Stokes also won the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy at the ICC Awards for being the 'World Player of the Year'. âBen Stokes pulled off the performance of a lifetime â twice in the space of a few weeks,â Lawrence Booth, Wisdenâs editor, wrote in his 'Notes by the Editor' in the 2020 Almanack. This iconic shot of Ben Stokes at the winning moment of last year's Headingley Test, taken by @garethcopley, has been named the Wisden-MCC Cricket Photo of the Year! ?? pic.twitter.com/QZ2p1kqNkT â ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) April 8, 2020 Apart from honouring Stokes, Wisden named Australian all-rounder Ellyse Perry as the 'Leading Woman Cricketer in the World'. On the other hand, West Indies power-hitter Andre Russell was named as the 'Leading T20 Cricketer in the World'. Sadly, no Indian found a spot in the list of Wisden's five 'Cricketers of the Year' which includes Australians Pat Cummins, Marnus Labuschagne and Perry alongside England seamer Jofra Archer and Essex off-spinner Simon Harmer. Wisden Honours Five Cricketers of the Year@JofraArcher @patcummins30 @EllysePerry #wisdenalmanack2020#wisdenhonours pic.twitter.com/XhN4xGGEmb â Wisden Almanack (@WisdenAlmanack) April 8, 2020 From being slammed for letting his country down after giving away 19 runs in the horrific final over that allowed West Indies to win the 2016 World T20 title to almost being written off as a professional cricketer by pundits and fans following his Bristol street brawl in 2017, Stokes has not only managed to redeem himself on the back of a prolific run, and his career's most memorable run, in 2019, but also broke into the company of cricket's greatest players following his latest Wisden honour. View the full article
  10. Right from when they started dating, to the wedding that set the theme for a thousand South-Delhi weddings, to always having each other's back, Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma are legit couple goals. If that weren't established enough, the couple continues to pull off cute stunts that continue giving other couples a healthy mix of complex and aspirations. Right from looking like a million dollars together to getting photoshoots done that will continue to bless our feeds, this couple indeed is the one couple the country looks up to. View this post on Instagram A post shared by AnushkaSharma1588 (@anushkasharma) on Sep 28, 2019 at 10:19am PDT Adding to that already impressive score card, they just hit one more mega-sixer, this time in the grooming zone. Anushka Sharma just gave Mr Kohli a haircut at home, using - wait for it - a pair of kitchen scissors. Don't believe us? Check it out here. (c) Instagram/AnushkaSharma1588 Now, while it looks like the sort of extreme sports most husbands and boyfriends will not be gutsy enough to be a part of (and we don't blame them at all), Virat was not one to back off. He let her do it like the champ he is, even though he started off by saying: "This is what quarantine does to you. You allow things like this to happen." (c) AnushkaSharma1588 However, a little bit into the video, we could clearly see the reason behind his confidence. Looks like Anushka is a pro at it, judging by the beautiful haircut she effortlessly ended up giving her husband. By the end of it, Virat was extremely pleased with it, and had great things to say about the cool 'gradual fade' Anushka gave him, which is also his go-to hairstyle. (c) AnushkaSharma1588 Although we have reservations about Anushka's claim that it's a 'new look she created for him', we do agree, wholeheartedly, that this indeed is a baautiful haircut, and that Anushka deserves a huge round of applause for pulling this off like a seasoned hairstylist. The results spoke for themselves by the time she was done. (c) Instagram/AnushkaSharma1588 (c) Instagram/AnushkaSharma1588 Check out the amazing video here. View this post on Instagram A post shared by AnushkaSharma1588 (@anushkasharma) on Mar 27, 2020 at 9:59pm PDT All we can hope for now, is for our respective spouses to take a hint and help us out with our alarming hair situation during this quarantine season. View the full article
  11. Arguably one of the most popular sportspersons in the country, Virat Kohli has carved his own niche in cricket and has emerged as a befitting role model for the country's youth over the years. The Indian captain is one of the best batsmen in the modern era of the gentleman's game. His artistry with the willow and ability to deliver under pressure continue to aid Team India in dire situations. The world of cricket is not alienated to cricketers rising through the ranks and taking their place amongst the greats of the game. But, there is something about the Delhi cricketer. It's not just the batting prowess of the Indian captain, but his discipline towards fitness that has allowed him to reach the pinnacle of the sport. One of the fittest players around in international cricket, Kohli is an absolute livewire in the field. From converting ones into twos, batting for long hours to saving crucial runs in the field, Kohli has not only managed to reach his full potential, but has also sparked a fitness revolution in Team India. © Instagram/@mayank.dagar The 21-year-old spinner, who is not in contention presently, was a part of Kings XI Punjab in the 2018 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Dagar, the nephew of Virender Sehwag and represents Himachal Pradesh in domestic cricket, has played 11 first-class, 10 List A and 13 T20 games till now. Karun Nair View this post on InstagramPosted @withrepost ⢠@kunalkapoor09 In order to be explosive, you need to train explosive. You still need to have a good foundation in relative strength though, in order to maximise being explosive/powerful. You donât get to run without learning how to walk do you? . Mimicking the Trap Bar Jumps with Kettlebells & @karun_6 - Trap bar jumps are a great way to improve explosive strength,speed & power. Can be used to help increase force production and Rate of Force Development. There are a lot of athletes who are extremely gifted on the field but arenât technically equipped to carry out Olympic lifts (cleans,snatches)in the gym,especially when they are newly exposed to it close to an event/tournament. Trap bar jumps provide a good and relatively safer alternative to an Olympic lift, as they are technically less demanding and can be learnt in quick time. That being said, the athlete must have good landing mechanics and good eccentric strength in order to absorb the forces of the landing in this exercise. . Ps - Your talent is no good if you arenât playing on the field so train smart. ___________ ⢠⢠#strength #strengthandconditioning #athlete #sport #cricket #coach #tripleextension #jump #power #legs #trainhard #trainsmart #hardworkbeatstalentA post shared by (@karun_6) In October 2018, the Indian selectors had raised a few eyebrows with their selection for the two Tests against West Indies. The likes of Rohit Sharma and Karun Nair were left out which saw the latter questioning the then MSK Prasad-led selection committee. It was then that Nair made a claim which still remains unbelievable. Claiming to be the fittest player in Team India, Nair had said: "Iâve been spending a lot of time with (Shanker) Basu Sir, our trainer and Sanjay Bangar sir as well, our batting coach. Obviously a lot of throwdowns and a lot of net sessions. But mainly I have been spending time with Basu Sir. According to him, I am the fittest person in the team right nowâ. Sardar Singh View this post on InstagramYou are in control of yourself. Get in the gym. Work hardA post shared by (@sardarsingh8) Arguably one of the most iconic sportspersons in the country, Sardar Singh was one of the most vital cogs in the Indian hockey team during his playing days. He became the youngest captain to lead India in 2008 when he marshalled the troops at Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. In 2015, he was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri for his contributions to Indian hockey. And, in 2018, he called time on his international career. While the list of achievements for Sardar remains long, there is one particular feat that continues to turn heads in the sports fraternity. Months before his retirement, Sardar made a sensational comeback to the Indian hockey team. Dropped from the squad due to his inconsistent speed on the turf, Sardar put in the long hours and sweated it out in the training sessions to achieve the necessary fitness levels. And, while doing so, he also recorded a sensational score of 21.4, currently the highest registered in Indian sports, in the 'Yo-Yo Test'. View the full article
  12. Virat Kohli has become the face of cricket and not just in India but the entire world. He has taken the responsibility of leading the most influential team in the international scenario while somehow managing to keep up with his batting prowess. The transformation that he has brought about in himself and the Indian cricket team is considered to be revolutionary by his supporters and critics alike. Therefore, it is highly likely that that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would want you to forget about some of the eyebrow-raising things the Indian captain has done in the past: 5. Flipping The Bird: © Twitter A young Virat Kohli showing the finger to the intimidating Australian crowd at Sydney Cricket Ground is something the âgentlemen of cricketâ would certainly frown upon. Yes, the Aussie cricket fans are known to get under the skin of the opponents but for a cricketer to revert, especially with a not-so-subtle hand gesture, got Kohli in the wrong kind of limelight in 2011. Kohli was fined 50% of his match fee for unprofessionalism on the field. "The matter has been sorted out. The player felt guilty and sorry and the matter has been closed," India team media manager GS Walia said, according to a 2012 BBC report. "When he went to the match referee, he said sorry and that 'out of emotions I must have done it'. 4. The Clash Of The Delhiites: © Twitter Ah, how the âDilli se hun bhench*dâ attitude got the Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli in an altercation against Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir, whoâs also from Delhi (who would have guessed, huh?) during the sixth season of the Indian Premier League. Considered to be one of the worst fights of the league till date, it broke out as Kohli lost his wicket but instead of moving back to the pavilion, he stood next to the pitch and started a verbal battle with his India teammate, who was celebrating with his KKR team nearby. What could have turned into a fistfight was thankfully disrupted by Rajat Bhatia, another Delhi lad! 3. Abusive Misidentity: © Twitter By 2015, MS Dhoni had retired from Test cricket and Kohli became the new red-ball captain of the team. However, he still needed some fine-tuning with his hotheadedness. After a practice session during World Cup 2015, Kohli lashed out at a journalist and abused him badly for writing a bad article about his future wife, Anushka Sharma, only to find out that it was the wrong person. Clearly the Indian cricket team and the Indian cricket board want you to forget about it as they denied anything of such manner taking place, despite Indian media covering it at length. 2. Bad History With ICC Tournaments © Twitter Virat Kohli has been an excellent chaser throughout his professional career when it comes to bilateral series in any format of the game, but there is one stain that continues to attach itself to the captainâs name - not winning any ICC tournament. The last time India won an ICC tournament was in 2013, under the leadership of MS Dhoni. Ever since, India has developed more of a âchokersâ tag, especially when it matters the most. Virat kohli tested positive for being a choker in ICC knockouts. â ANSHUMAN (@AvengerReturns) March 14, 2020 It is not only Kohliâs record as a captain but also as a batsman that takes a massive hit during the knockout rounds. The biggest proof of this is the 2015 World Cup during which Kohli maintained a decent form until the semi finals and headed back to the dressing room with just one run under his name while India tried to chase Australiaâs 328. 1. Anil Kumbleâs Resignation Letter © Twitter Arguably the most talked-about controversy that Kohli has been a part of, is and probably will always be, his rift with Indian legend and former head coach of the Men in Blue in Anil Kumble. The two never met eye to eye but the situation got out of hand specifically after the disappointing end of the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017. Thank you! pic.twitter.com/eF5qVzdBRj â Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) June 20, 2017Stories of problems between Kumble and Kohli leaked out, people began to ask questions and by the end of June 2017, Kumble stepped down from his role as the coach. That he directly mentioned Kohliâs âreservationsâ with the way he worked in his resignation letter, also wouldnât make a case in the captainâs favour. View the full article
  13. Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma on Saturday took to Instagram to share a selfie with husband Virat Kohli
  14. Travel restrictions, quarantine camps and curfews, the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), once looked upon as a mere case of influenza in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has brought the world to its knees and has left governmental authorities scurrying for preventive measures. The virus, which primarily spreads between people via respiratory droplets from coughing or sneezing, has led to more than 2,46,000 confirmed cases and over 10,000 deaths across the globe. It's considered most contagious when people are symptomatic, COVID-19 symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Currently with no vaccine or specific antiviral treatment available, people are forced to rely on preventive measures include handwashing, covering the mouth when coughing, maintaining distance from other people, and monitoring and self-isolation for people who suspect they are infected. View the full article
  15. In what, initially, began as a cause of concern for China, the novel Coronavirus has now become a major threat to mankind. As of today, a total of 1,45,686 cases of COVID-19 have emerged across the globe, claiming the lives of 5,436 individuals. Owing to the contagion and unavailability of vaccine or specific antiviral treatment, the fast-spreading virus, similar to influenza, has got the world on lockdown. It's spread to countries like Italy, Iran, United Kingdom, the United States and Australia, amongst others, have led to travel restrictions, quarantine camps and curfews. While the countries continue to battle the epidemic, COVID-19 has also handed a major blow to the sporting world, leading to the suspension of leagues and cancellation of sporting events. © Reuters The National Basketball Association (NBA) had its first Coronavirus victim in Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert. Italy's famed Serie A saw Juventus star Daniele Rugani testing positive for the deadly virus. The English Premier League found its first case of Coronavirus in Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta. Similarly, the world of cricket suffered a scare when New Zealand's Lockie Ferguson was put in isolation following complaints of a sore throat. With India joining the other unfortunate nations who're currently battling the epidemic, Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli delivered an inspirational message to cricket fans across the globe. Taking to Twitter, Kohli tweeted: "Let's stay strong and fight the #COVID19 outbreak by taking all precautionary measures. Stay safe, be vigilant and most importantly remember, prevention is better than cure. Please take care everyone". Let's stay strong and fight the #COVID19 outbreak by taking all precautionary measures. Stay safe, be vigilant and most importantly remember, prevention is better than cure. Please take care everyone. â Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) March 14, 2020 Given the situation at hand, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has also taken preventive measures lately. The Board called off the remaining two One-Day Internationals (ODIs) between India and South Africa. And, it also took a key decision of suspending the much-anticipated season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) till 15th April. View the full article
  16. There was a time when most of us were inspired by trends that we would see on the runways. Cut to 2012, it was Bollywood that became the definitive source of style inspiration for men. It was also at this time that celebrities metamorphosed into fashion icons. And then there was also the Indian cricket team, who were in a league of their own. From Hardik Pandya to KL Rahul to MS Dhoni, their style eccentricities remain unmatched to this day. © Instagram/Virat Kohli The consistency with which Virat makes his appearances has helped him score numerous brownie points over the years, thanks to his sense of style. It is pretty evident that this man has a versatile wardrobe filled with casual ensembles and striking suits. However, this wasn't the case when he started out. Here's Virat's journey that shows how the game has changed and how he has knocked it out of the park with his impeccable style sensibilities. © Instagram/Virat Kohli 1. 2008 was the beginning of Virat's journey. He had a quintessential style of a teenage boy from Delhi and would often sport his basic denim jeans with basic T-shirts. He would also add one flashy element and make a rather flamboyant statement. We also love the way he used to wear his ear studs. © Instagram/Virat Kohli © Instagram/Virat Kohli 2. In 2009, there was a phase where Virat usually had a laid-back sense of style. Mostly driven towards casual trends, he would turn up at events in relaxed silhouettes. For example, this particular appearance of his, in which he is seen wearing a short-sleeved shirt and similarly coloured pants. © Instagram/Virat Kohli 3. In 2011, Virat matured as a cricketer and with his game, his style and fashion choices also evolved. It was at this point, he became experimental with his hairstyle. We couldn't miss noticing his Mohawk hairstyle that he started sporting during the World Cup. © Instagram/Virat Kohli © Instagram/Virat Kohli 4. His style transformed dramatically in 2012, when he started showing up at events in suits and sharp silhouettes. Speaking of his hairstyles, they became even more popular as he took an unconventional route and started sporting hair, cut from the side, with a light scruff. © Instagram/Virat Kohli 5. Then came the phase which saw the beginning of Virat being inundated with praise from the fashion fraternity. By 2013, Virat had developed a lean physique and could carry everything with panache. His hair remained on the shorter side while his sartorial style started developing even further. © Instagram/Virat Kohli © Instagram/Virat Kohli 6. From his polos and chinos to classy formals, Virat came a long way, with everything that he wore becoming a rage. Virat's sartorial sensibilities remained unabated by 2014 and literally, everyone started taking style notes from him. At this point, his stubble had evolved into a full beard while the length of his hair remained short. © Instagram/Virat Kohli © Instagram/Virat Kohli 7. By 2015, we could see that he was all about sports-luxe and athleisure. From wearing oversized bomber jackets to sporting camouflage T-shirts and making statements in denims, Virat pulled off everything with some aplomb. © Instagram/Virat Kohli © Instagram/Virat Kohli 8. From 2015 up until now, there's hardly been anything that has changed in Virat's ensembles. But the fact that his style is still experimental, quirky and definitely above the norm, shows that his fashion game is going strong. Cut to 2020, Virat is still a style icon for the youth with an ever-growing fanbase. It will be quite interesting to see how his fashion choices evolve from this point. © Instagram/Virat Kohli © Instagram/Virat Kohli Let us know what you think of Virat's style evolution in the comments below. View the full article
  17. For a batsman who was busy hammering opposition bowlers all around the park and, in turn, shattering records at will last year, Virat Kohli, to the sheer frustration of Indian fans, is currently not at his prolific best with the willow. The right-hander had scored 5,775 more international runs than anyone else in the last decade. Last year alone, he had amassed 2,370 runs across formats - the fourth consecutive time he had aggregated 2000-plus runs in a single calendar year. But, this year has been a different story altogether. The so-called 'Indian run-machine' has looked a pale shadow of the world-class batsman he is generally celebrated as. And, his batting woes in the recently-concluded tour of New Zealand further dented his reputation as a modern-day great. © Twitter/@BCCI With scores of 45, 11, 38 and 11, Kohli ended the T20I series against the Kiwis without a fifty to his name. The much-awaited fifty did come in the 1st ODI where he scored 51 at Hamilton, but his cheap dismissals - 15 and 9 - in the next two matches continued to highlight his struggles with the willow. The Indian Captain would have definitely wanted to make amends with a better performance in the two-match Test series, but it wasn't meant to be. The 10-wicket loss at Wellington saw him registering scores of just 2 and 19 across two innings. And, he could only manage 3 and 14 over the course of two innings as India suffered a seven-wicket loss at Christchurch and a subsequent 2-0 Test series defeat. Amid immense criticism, Kohli ended the New Zealand tour with just 218 runs (across 4 T20Is, 3 ODIs and 2 Tests) to his name. © Reuters After enduring one of the worst tours of his otherwise decorated career, Kohli will be eager to silence the naysayers and return to form with a better performance against the visiting South African brigade for the three-match ODI series. But, apart from winning back the fans with a swashbuckling performance, Kohli will have an opportunity to enter the record books in the 1st ODI against South Africa. Taking the field at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) stadium in Dharamsala on 12th March, the Indian captain will have a great opportunity to enter his name in the history books as only the sixth cricketer to reach 12,000 runs in ODI history. The Delhi lad is currently 133 runs away from achieving the milestone and entering the elite ODI list which also includes Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar. The Indian skipper, once he reaches 12,000 ODI runs, will become only the second Indian cricketer to achieve the feat. He will also be the fastest to achieve the milestone as other five batsmen including Tendulkar in the elite list took more than 300 innings to get there. When compared with them, Kohli has played just 239 innings so far, with a staggering 11,867 runs to his name. © Reuters While both Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri have publicly played down the importance of the upcoming three-match ODI series against Proteas owing to Team India's focus on World T20 in Australia this October, there is no doubt that Kohli will be eyeing it as an opportunity to hit back at his critics. Also, Kohli's men can ill-afford to lose another series, especially against an inexperienced South African brigade, buoyed with their crushing 3-0 win over Australia recently. The Indian captain will also be in a better headspace this time around with the return of their pivotal all-rounder Hardik Pandya to the side. Pandya proved his fitness on the back of a spectacular performance in the recently-concluded DY Patil T20 tournament. Apart from him, the likes of Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, too, will be seen returning in national colours to bolster the Indian side against dangerous-looking Proteas. View the full article
  18. The world of cricket, over the years, has witnessed numerous batting greats leaving their mark in the sport's rich history, but only a handful come close to the ambition and passion of Virat Kohli. Taking his technical assiduousness on par with the great Sachin Tendulkar and matching the fitness levels of the top athletes in the world, Kohli has truly established himself as one of the best in the business. His passion for cricket has made him one of the best batsmen in the world across formats, and has further allowed him to shatter batting records at will. A slightly open-chested stance, strong bottom-hand grip and quick footwork have all added to Kohli's ability to pace his innings and aid Team India in dire situations. In the age of Twenty20 (T20) cricket, while many continue to reinvent their shots, Kohli, still, relies on traditional strokes and focuses on timing instead. © Reuters Pick either of Kohli's memorable innings, even in the shortest format, and you'll straightaway notice the difference from the rest. His innings generally do not have the savagery of a Chris Gayle tempest, nor does it boast of the creativity of an AB de Villiers storm. But still, there is something about Kohli that makes his innings hard to forget. One of the most aggressive batsmen in modern-day cricket, the Indian captain boasts all kinds of shots in his repertoire. An accomplished strokemaker all round the wicket, Kohli's defensive technique is organised and his timing on the legside is especially silken. The 31-year-old might have endured a dismal outing on the New Zealand tour recently, but he's still got all the shots in the books to make amends in the upcoming ODI series against South Africa and win his fans back. The Exquisite Cover Drive One of the most exquisite shots associated with Kohli is his effortless drive along the ground, piercing the cover region. The right-hander leans forward and opens the face of his bat to punch the ball past the cover fielders for a valuable boundary. Though the shot might not appear as destructive as his other shots, but Kohli's cover drive has found a way in the hearts of a million cricket fans across the globe, with many comparing its quality with the renowned straight drives of the great 'Little Master'. The Effortless Swat-Flick Shot Playing on the spinning wickets consistently, a flick shot is something that probably comes naturally to every sub-continent batsmen. We've seen Mohammad Azharuddin and VVS Laxman flicking the ball from outside the off-stump towards the onside with relative ease. But, Kohli's flick shot is not the same as other sub-continent batsmenâs. It's more powerful and the wrist-work is a bit too strong. Learning from the greats, Kohli has reinvented the flick shot where he isn't just a bottom-handed player but uses the top hand perfectly well when he wants to. So, when the ball is on the off-stump, he can play the punchy cover drive, but suddenly, also use his bottom hand and strong wrists to smash it for a six over midwicket. Kohli's isn't a fick, really. If you take a closer look and compare it with the contemporaries, you'd notice, it's a mutant, swat-flick maybe. His bottom-hand powered shot feels like a stroke borrowed from table tennis. The Mighty Pull Shot © Reuters Cricket has witnessed many international careers flounder because of the inability to handle bouncers. But, not Kohli. The aggressive Delhi lad has developed a liking towards the short deliveries which is clearly visible in his muscular pull shots. He has got all the time to open his arms while pulling, and the courage to take on the fastest bowlers in the world when they dig one in short. Shifting his weight on the backfoot to pull, Kohli has also mastered the art of keeping it in control to pick the gaps to perfection and get the most out of his shot. The Delicate Square Cut © Reuters Apart from using his sheer power to pull the ball, Kohli can also play delicate shots to complement his aggressive brand of cricket. His square cut through point and third-man region is one of his most sophisticated weapons in all forms of cricket. Using the depth of his crease, Kohli quickly transfers his weight on the backfoot and swats the ball with an open face of the bat to send it racing past the point fielder towards the boundary. The shot has proved particularly efficient against turning deliveries outside the off-stump. The Flamboyant Inside-Out Shot © Twitter/@BCCI If the limited-overs cricket has led to the evolution of innovative stroke-making by modern-day cricketers, then the inside-out shot has got to be one of the top finds. The shot allows the batsman to go against the protective field setting of the opposition to earn some valuable runs. Kohli, with his impeccable technique and an astute mind, plays the inside-out shot to perfection. Moving towards the onside, Kohli thrives on the room while lofting the ball over the infield for some quick runs. The shot has helped Kohli earn a lot of runs against both, the flighted deliveries of the spinners and the pitched up balls by the seamers. Apart from Kohli, Suresh Raina, currently out of favour at Team India, is another batsman who has used this shot to full use in cricket. View the full article
  19. The Indian womenâs cricket team was considered to be the favourites to win the ICC Womenâs T20 World Cup in Australia. The assumption was made very rightly so as Harmanpreet Kaur and Co. looked unstoppable throughout the tournament. They were the only team to win every match that they played during the league round and made their way to the final as rain washed over South Africaâs dreams in the semi finals. However, the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground was a whole different story. Congratulations Australia on winning the #T20WorldCup! Not the result we wanted today but we are proud of the way #TeamIndia played throughout the tournament. #INDvAUS Scorecard https://t.co/oNy9gq275c pic.twitter.com/uz6e0IKFUY â BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) March 8, 2020After losing the toss, Kaurâs side was asked to bowl first and the downfall of the team, in the moment when it mattered the most, began. From the jump, the Australians looked determined to establish a massive score for their opponents. Openers Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney, both of whom were given extra lives at the inception of their innings with dropped catches, went on to score 75 and 78 runs respectively. It was the ideal start to the finals that the Aussie would have hoped for. Openers power Australia to 184/4 in the #T20WorldCup final Beth Mooney - 78* | Alyssa Healy - 75https://t.co/rbnmWmvj49 pic.twitter.com/yoQlSufjRn â Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) March 8, 2020Even though the rest of the batswomen that followed were not able to perform like their predecessors, the damage was already done. Kaurâs women had to chase a mammoth total of 184 runs within 20 overs to win their first World Cup title. Indiaâs opening batswoman Shafali Verma, who was phenomenal throughout the World Cup and achieved the number one spot in ICC World Rankings for Women in T20I, was dismissed in just two runs, Smriti Mandhana couldnât add more than 11 runs to Indiaâs total, Jemimah Rodriguez went away for a duck and skipper Harmanpreet Kaur disappointed with a four-run innings. Game over for India? Jess Jonassen has the big wicket of Harmanpreet Kaur, 30 for 4 https://t.co/64krkQLr7q #T20WorldCup #FillTheMCG pic.twitter.com/srWxwj4tlK â ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) March 8, 2020As dominating as India looked throughout the tournament, they looked like a completely different, young and inexperienced team against Mag Lanningâs squad. Losing in the match which matters the most, after being dominating throughout the world cup tournament, has been a recurring theme for all the Indian cricket teams be it Virat Kohliâs side, Priyamg Gargâs U19 squad or Kaurâs womenâs team. Back in 2019, Virat Kohli and the Men in Blue remained unbeaten throughout the ICC World Cup 2019 in England and Wales. They fell to Kane Williamsonâs New Zealand without even offering them a close contest. Harmanpreet Kaur in this WC, Priyam Garg in U-19 WC and Kohli recently. Indian captains aren't having a great time. â Kaushal Baid (@crickaushal168) March 8, 2020In January 2020, Priyam Garg and Yashasvi Jaiswalâs roster looked like the team to reckon with in South Africa but none of the âhard-hittingâ batters managed to keep their wicket against the Bangladesh bowling attack. And in March, 2020, the womenâs team failed to even reach the 100-run mark before losing all 10 wickets in an upsetting loss. Yes, they played well throughout the tournament, yes they were the youngest of all the 10 teams, and yes, their journey to the final was heroic. The future might be bright for Indian womenâs cricket but they will have to wait for two more years to prove their worth. View the full article
  20. The captain of the Indian cricket team, Virat Kohli is the highest earning cricketer in the world. According to Forbesâ âWorld's 100 most highly paid sportsmen in the year 2019â list, Kohli barely made the cut for at the 100th position with a net worth of $25 million (Rs. 180 crore, approximately). © Reuters According to the report, the Delhi-born made $4 million from his salary as a cricketer, while playing for the national senior team and the Indian Premier League franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore but went on to make a whopping $21 million from endorsements and other businesses. Hereâs a look at the top five sources of income for Virat Kohli other than his cricketing salary: 1. Wrogn: Is there a right way to make ads? Probably the #WROGN way! @staywrogn with us on @hotstartweets and let us know what you're doing in your #WrognTimeout pic.twitter.com/5V619XvysN â Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) April 14, 2019 Arguably the biggest brand that Virat Kohli owns the shares of, Wrogn is a company known to produce graphic T-shirts, shirts and denim jackets. It was founded by Anjana Reddy, Universal Sportsbiz Pvt Ltd. The youth fashion platform was founded by Anjana Reddy, Universal Sportsbiz Pvt Ltd and Indian master blaster Sachin Tendulkar is a co-investor as well. From doing a business worth of just Rs 4.8 crore till 2014, the brand shot up to revenue generation worth Rs. 101 crore in 2017, with the ascension of Kohli. Ahead of the 2018 season of IPL, Wrogn also became the brand sponsor of Royal Challengers Bangalore, the team Kohli captains. 2. One8: 2020 loading #one8 pic.twitter.com/MtaaO0vDDt â Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 27, 2019 In association with the sports brand Puma, Virat Kohli co-founded One8 which brought business worth Rs. 100 crore within a year of its inception from selling luxury footwear, athleisure and performance apparel online. 3. Goa FC: Goa FC turned out to be the first investment Virat Kohli made as a businessman when he was just 25-years-old. Led by his passion for football and the opportunity to step into the relatively unexplored field of football leagues back then. Kohli became a co-owner of Indian Super League franchise in a heartbeat. According to a GQ India article, the franchise made approximately Rs. 33 crore between 2018-19. 4. Sport Convo: Virat Kohli Sport Convo Party Enjoy This Time.. pic.twitter.com/TO3wn8rcvB â Mamun Al Muqtadir (@MamunMuqtader) September 5, 2016 A London-based tech start-up, Sport Convo was Kohliâs second business venture after Goa FC and it provides a platform for sports fans from a variety of sports to meet and talk about the games and players they adore. Kohli shares the ownership of the venture with Real Madrid Forward and Welshman Gareth Bale, who has said in the past that he is a fan of the cricketer that Virat Kohli has become. 5. Chisel Gym: Visited the new @chisel_india gym at Bangalore yesterday. Incredible to see the hard work put by the team. #NeverStop pic.twitter.com/RG0k2kssTv â Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) September 26, 2015 Much like some of the other well-established athletes of the country like Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kohli has also expanded his business horizon towards fitness and health. The 31-year-old has opened a fitness chain by the name of âChiselâ, which enables the working-class to stay in touch with their wellbeing with the help of state of the art technology. View the full article
  21. Indian cricket has witnessed numerous batsmen who have managed to capture the imagination of cricket fans over the years. But, in modern-day cricket, no one even comes close to the might and popularity of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, who continue to help India pull off miracles on the field. While Kohli has carved his niche as one of the most consistent run-scorers in international cricket, Rohit has earned plaudits for his knack of scoring big runs in dire situations. The Indian duo was at their prolific best, hammering opposition bowlers all around the park, during their team's dominating home season last year. And, it appears that there is no stopping these two this year either. © Reuters During his innings that came at a strike rate of over 140, Kohli became India's leading run-getter in the shortest version of the game. The right-handed batsman was 25 runs away from the milestone before the start of the third game. As he completed his 25th run, Kohli surpassed his predecessor MS Dhoni's tally of 1,112 runs to achieve the feat. When it comes to the overall list, Kohli now finds himself at the third spot with a tally of 1,125 runs as captain. He is only behind South Africa's Faf du Plessis (1,273 runs) and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson (1,148 runs) who currently occupy the second and first spot in the coveted list. © Twitter/@BCCI On the day, when Kohli etched his name in the history books for a milestone that will take some doing, Rohit impressed everyone by stepping up at a time when India needed it the most. While he might not be as consistent as one would like, there is no denying the batting talent this incredible right-hander brings to the table. View the full article
  22. Often labelled as one of the best batsmen in modern-day cricket, Virat Kohli clearly needs no introduction to the gentleman's game. His textbook strokes and ability to deliver consistent performances have not only aided Team India in dire situations but also saw him establishing himself as one of the greats at just the age of 31. The Delhi lad looked in ominous form last year, hammering the opposition to all parts of the ground during India's dominant home season. Carrying his fine form this year, his batting masterclass was key to India's success against Australia during their 2-1 win in the three-match ODI series. Even as India travelled to New Zealand for their next assignment, there seems to be no stopping to Kohli's artistry with the willow. His brilliant knock of 45 runs played a key role in India's six-wicket triumph in the first T20I at Eden Park. And, even as he missed out in the second match, Kohli continued his carnage in the third T20I. View the full article
  23. The New Zealand cricket team was upstaged in their own backyard by a marauding Indian brigade last year. Travelling to New Zealand for an ODI and T20I series, the 'Men in Blue' left the hosts red-faced with a fine performance overseas. The Indian team killed the contest following three consecutive wins in the five-match ODI series before romping to a 4-1 triumph. And, then, despite some resistance from the hosts, secured a 1-1 draw in the T20I series. Undone at home, the Kiwis, months later, managed to exact their revenge in a stage and at a competition that mattered the most. Taking on one of the tournament's favourites India, the Kiwis sent the 'Men in Blue' packing and their cricket-crazy fans into a state of mourning following an 18-run triumph in the crucial semifinals. © Reuters Contrary to the popular perception, Kohli believes that New Zealand is filled with such nice cricketers that India will never be able to think of revenge against them. The Delhi lad further revealed that Team India was actually happy to see Williamson and his teammates secure their berth for the World Cup final. "Even if you want to think of revenge these guys are so nice that you can't get into that zone. It's all about being competitive on the field. They are one side that has set the right example for teams to carry themselves on the international stage. We were actually happy for them when they qualified for the World Cup finals. When you have lost you have to look at the larger picture. So nothing about revenge," Kohli revealed, while addressing reporters at the eve of 1st T20I at Eden Park. View the full article
  24. 2434.52 metres, that is how much Virat Kohli ran between the wickets during the three-match ODI series against the visiting Australian team. The first match in Mumbai turned out to be an unlikely outing for the Indian skipper, who gave away his wicket to Adam Zampa in a caught and bowled, early in his innings. While smashing a solitary six, the batsman could only manage to put up 16 runs in Indiaâs below average total of 255. Even then, 10 of his runs came from singles. Kohli falls to Zampa once again...for the 4th time in the ODIs. No spinner has dismissed Kohli more than 4 times in the ODIs. The best ball ever bowled to Kohli in the ODIs is also from a leggie. When Adil Rashid cleaned up Kohli. #INDvAUS â slowyorker (@slowyorker1) January 14, 2020 The other two matches were a completely different story altogether. In the second ODI in Rajkot, 78 runs came off Kohliâs bat in 76 deliveries as he helped opener Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul build a mammoth total of 340 after being asked to bat first by Aaron Finch. Out of Kohliâs 78-run stint, he scored 54 of them by taking singles and changing strikes with his partner. Yesterday Shikhar Dhawan Was Disappointed He Missed His 100. But Virat Kohli Was Even More Disappointed.! That's Virat Kohli For You Perfect Team Man.!#ViratKohli #KingKohli #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/2U8icUILA3 â Tamil Viratians ð¥ (@Tamil_Viratians) January 18, 2020 And in the third ODI in Bengaluru, 57 runs of his 89-run innings came the same way as well. Even though the top-order batsman is known for a variety of qualities such as his textbook cover drive and the well-documented capacity to chase big total, Kohliâs ability to take singles often goes unnoticed. The biggest, most recent example comes from Indiaâs win over the Aussies at the M. Chinnaswamy stadium on Sunday when the Men in Blue were to chase down 286 runs in 50 overs. Rohit Sharma was having his typical high-scoring game amidst which Kohli stepped onto the pitch after KL Rahul got trapped with an Ashton Agar LBW. Understanding that his deputy-in-chief was in the zone, Kohli tried to give Sharma more and more opportunities to reduce the gap as much as he could. The duo maintained a run-rate closer to what was required throughout the middle overs and prevented any massive gaps in scoring which would have returned later to haunt them. Best thing about kohli is no ego. He is happy to be silent when Rohit is playing. He is just taking singles and hitting odd boundaries. Making this partnership as big as it can. #INDvsAUS â Nishant Singh Parihar (@nsp2607) January 19, 2020 Once the opener gave up his wicket on a Zampa leggie after a masterful 119-run knock, the skip decided to take it upon himself to carry his team all the way to victory. With Shreyas Iyer on the other end, Kohli pushed for quick singles amidst a boundary every now and then. The strategy was simple. Choose the bowlers youâd like to score against and those you would just want to end their spells. For Kohli, it was Zampa, who had dismissed him five times in the last eight innings. Even then, Kohli managed to sneak four or five runs during his overs as well. It was because of Kohliâs activity between the wickets that the target felt more like cakewalk for Team India. Even though he got bowled out at the hands of Josh Hazlewood after being found to be a bit greedy for his century, it didnât affect the final result of the match. India now needed fewer runs than balls left to win, the damage was already done. Champions ð®ð³#INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/168H5qeSSa â BCCI (@BCCI) January 19, 2020 A couple of boundaries by Manish Pandey and a surprisingly good innings by Iyer and India finally won the match and the series to carry along the glory of beating one of the better Australian sides in the recent past. Kohliâs singles made it happen. They not only kept his side closer to the required run rate but also created a sense of frustration amongst the Australian fielders who couldnât stop these pesky singles from taking place. ð®ð³ð®ð³#TeamIndia ð pic.twitter.com/IQmm5Vrf8I â BCCI (@BCCI) January 19, 2020 These are the kind of things that Virat Kohli brings to the team. Things like the willingness to share the crease with his partner, watching him score big runs while standing on the other side of the pitch, and motivating younger cricketers amidst immense pressure. These qualities not only make him a great batter but also a phenomenal captain. View the full article
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