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Anushka Sharma is fuming over leaked video of Kohli’s hotel suite

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Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma is miffed over a video of her husband Virat Kohli’s hotel room that got leaked by a fan and probably a staff member of the hotel that he was staying in.

Earlier in the day, Virat took cognisance of the video that was being circulated online and shared the same on his Instagram telling his fans how upset he was with such behaviour and total lack of privacy.

Anushka too took to the story section of her Instagram and shared the video. She wrote on the video: “Have experienced a few incidents where some fans have shown no compassion or grace in the past but this really is the worst thing”.

Calling the video “an absolute disgrace and violation of a human being”, she further mentioned in her note: “Anyone who sees this and thinks celebrity ho toh deal Karna padega (If you are a celebrity then you will have to deal with this) should know that you are also part of the problem. Exercising some self control helps everyone. Also, if this is happening in your bedroom then where is the line?”

This is not the first time that Anushka has reacted strongly to the issue of breach of privacy. The actress had earlier come down heavily on paparazzo who clicked picture of the Sharma-Kohli couple, Vamika Kohli.

On the work front, the actress is prepping up for her upcoming film ‘Chakda ‘Xpress’. The biopic, directed by Prosit Roy, is based on the Indian pacer Jhulan Goswami. The film will be released on OTT platform Netflix.

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T20 World Cup: Virat Kohli slams unbeaten 82 in India’s incredible four-wicket win over Pakistan

Virat Kohli re-iterated on Sunday why he is considered one of the best chasers in cricket, slamming an unbeaten 82 off just 52 balls to power India to an incredible four-wicket victory over archrivals Pakistan in a thrilling Super 12 match of Men’s T20 World Cup in front of 90,293 fans at a sell-out Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.

After the right-left fast-bowling duo of Hardik Pandya and Arshdeep Singh picked three wickets each to restrict Pakistan to 159/8 in their 20 overs, Kohli and Hardik Pandya (40) shared a match-winning stand of 113 off 77 deliveries, lifting India from 31/4 to 160/6 on the last ball of the match to get their campaign off to a winning start.

In their chase, India were struck a huge blow when K.L Rahul chopped onto his stumps while trying to defend against Naseem Shah in the second over. Two overs later, Haris Rauf had Rohit Sharma poking tentatively at a 145kph length ball and the thick edge flew to the first slip, who dived low to pouch a blinder of a catch.

Suryakumar Yadav sweetly punched a drive off Rauf and then pulled off the front foot over mid-wicket to collect a brace of fours. But the right-arm pacer had the last laugh as his back-of-the-length ball on stumps cramped Suryakumar for room, who looked to cut the ball away.

All he could do was to nick behind to the keeper, leaving India at 26/3 in 5.3 overs. Things went from bad to worse for India as a mix-up in the middle for a non-existent single resulted in run-out of Axar Patel.

Kohli and Pandya took some time before opening up against Pakistan’s spin twins, leg-spinner Shadab Khan and left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz. Pandya began by drilling a drive straight down the ground off Shadab before he smacked sixes over long-on and deep mid-wicket off Nawaz, sandwiched between Kohli launching a glorious six over long-on to make it 20 runs off the 12th over.

Apart from collecting plenty of twos with Pandya, Kohli brought out his deft touch with a fine glance off Shaheen, playing the cut off his wrists past deep cover off Shadab and flicked past a diving short fine-leg off Naseem to collect three quick fours.

On the back of India scoring 55 runs in 11-15 overs, Pakistan brought back Rauf and Shah and the duo gave away just six runs each in the 16th and 17th overs respectively. With 48 needed off the last three overs, Kohli brought up his fifty by fetching a short ball from outside the off-stump to pull Afridi through mid-wicket for four and ended the over with another four, swivel-pulled over short fine leg.

Kohli then smacked back-to-back sixes off Rauf — a straight loft down the ground was followed by using the pace of the ball to flick off wrists over fine leg — to make it 16 runs needed off the final over.

Nawaz dealt a huge blow on the first ball of the final over when he had Pandya miscuing the slog and the thick edge went to cover-point. On the fourth ball, Kohli smacked a waist-high full toss high over deep square leg fence which was called a no-ball.

After Nawaz conceded a wide, Kohli and Dinesh Karthik ran three byes on the free-hit delivery before the latter was stumped on the fifth ball. Nawaz conceded a wide yet again and Ashwin finished off the chase with a loft over mid-off to win a thriller for India.

Brief scores: Pakistan 159/8 in 20 overs (Shan Masood 52 not out, Iftikhar Ahmed 51; Hardik Pandya 3/30, Arshdeep Singh 3/32) lost to India 160/6 in 20 overs (Virat Kohli 82 not out, Hardik Pandya 40; Haris Rauf 2/36, Mohammad Nawaz 2/42) by four wickets

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Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma’s Costliest Farmhouse

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Virat Kohli is the highest earner among the Indian cricketers. He got married to actress Anushka Sharma and the duo is blessed with a baby girl. The duo now invested a bomb on a farmhouse near Alibaug which is one of the most happening destinations for farmhouses around Mumbai. Almost all the top celebrities and businessmen own properties near this coastal line. Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma bought an 8-acre land in Zirad, a village near Alibaug for a whopping Rs 19.24 crores. The transaction was completed recently. They will soon construct a lavish farmhouse and it would be personally designed by Anushka Sharma. Virat Kohli is currently in Dubai playing Asia Cup 2022 and Anushka Sharma is busy with her Bollywood assignments.

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Kohli frequently danced to Chiranjeevi’s songs

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Former India U19 cricketer Dwaraka Ravi Teja recently resorted to social media to share a few photos of himself with Virat Kohli. He also left a note for the famed cricketer after the two met after a six-year gap, indicating that the duo referred to each other as ‘Chiru,’ a reference to megastar Chiranjeevi.

Dwaraka Ravi Teja claimed that Virat Kohli was his roommate during his U15 days and that the two would frequently dance to Telugu star Chiranjeevi’s songs. Ravi Teja mentioned that they had begun calling each other Chiru.

Dwaraka Ravi Teja penned: “Met him after six long years after IPL in UK and the first thing he tells me is Chiru kaisa hai tu? Throwback to U-15 days when we were roommates and I used to watch Chiranjeevi’s songs on tv and he used to dance to them”.

Ravi Teja explained: “From then on we never called each other by our names and Chiru was the nickname we gave each other and whenever we met post that we always called each other Chiru”.

“Such fond memories and even after so many years everything still felt the same and nothing has changed. It was great seeing you Chiru and hope to meet you again super soon.”

This post by Ravi Teja quickly went viral. Social media users, particularly Chiranjeevi’s admirers, are ecstatic to learn about this charming little fact about Virat Kohli’s friendship with Ravi Teja.

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Going Viral: Virat Kohli shakes his leg for Pushpa song

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Oo Antava Oo Oo Antava is a special item number from Pushpa: The Rise which was an instant chartbuster. Samantha will be seen shaking her leg with Allu Arjun in this song. Indian star cricketer Virat Kohli danced to the song in the post-wedding celebrations of Glenn Maxwell last night. The other cricketers who were present joined Virat to groove for the number. Glenn Maxwell got married to Vini Raman on March 18th and he hosted a lavish reception last night. Dressed in a black kurta, Virat was in a perfect party mood and enjoyed the evening.

The video of Virat Kohli grooving for Oo Antava Oo Oo Antava is now going viral across social media circles. Virat was in perfect sync with the song. Several star cricketers attended the reception. Royal Challengers Bangalore suffered two back-to-back debacles in IPL 2022 and Virat Kohli has been struggling for form. Maxwell’s wedding reception came as a major relief for the RCB players.

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Virat Kohli steps down as Test captain of India, day after losing series against South Africa

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A day after India lost the series 1-2 to South Africa with a seven-wicket defeat at Cape Town, Virat Kohli has stepped down as the Test captain.

Kohli, who first captained India at the Adelaide Test in 2014 against Australia, was appointed to the full-time role after MS Dhoni announced his retirement from the format ahead of the fourth Test at Sydney in January 2015. It also means that the Cape Town Test was the last match of Kohli as India captain.

“It’s been 7 years of hard work, toil and relentless perseverance everyday to take the team in the right direction. I’ve done the job with absolute honesty and left nothing out there. Everything has to come to a halt at some stage and for me as Test Captain of India, it’s now. There have been many ups and also some downs along the journey, but never has there been a lack of effort or lack of belief,” said Kohli in his statement posted on his social media accounts on Saturday.

Kohli stepped down from Test captaincy as the most successful skipper in the longest format of the game for India and fourth overall. Under his time as the captain, India played 68 Tests, winning 40, losing 17 and drawing 11 matches, having a win percentage of 58.82 while registering memorable wins in overseas and home conditions.

“I have always believed in giving my 120 percent in everything I do, and if I can’t do that, I know it’s not the right thing to do. I have absolute clarity in my heart and I cannot be dishonest to my team. I want to thank the BCCI for giving me the opportunity to lead my country for such a long period of time and more importantly to all the teammates who bought into the vision I had for the team from day one and never gave up in any situation. You guys have made this journey so memorable and beautiful,” added Kohli.

The most notable victories from the time under Kohli will be the 2018/19 Border-Gavaskar Trophy win, where India won a Test series in Australia for the first time and leading 2-1 in England in the 2021 series apart from reaching the World Test Championship (WTC) final at Southampton in the same year. He also took the Indian team to the number one ranking in Tests apart from overseeing the development of the pace-attack reaching a world-class level and fitness being given prime importance.

“To Ravi Bhai and the support group who were the engine behind this vehicle that moved us upwards in Test Cricket consistently, you all have played a massive role in bringing this vision to life. Lastly, a big thank you to MS Dhoni who believed in me as a Captain and found me to be an able individual who could take Indian Cricket forward,” concluded the 33-year-old Kohli.

In September 2021, Kohli had announced that he would be leaving the T20I captaincy after the Men’s T20 World Cup in the UAE. He had also stepped down as the captain of IPL side Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) after the completion of the second half of the tournament in the UAE. Two months later, in December, Kohli was replaced by Rohit Sharma as the ODI captain.

It will be interesting to see who becomes the next Test captain of India. The team’s next Test assignment will be against Sri Lanka in a two-match series at home in February-March.

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Hyd youth held for rape threat to Virat Kohli’s daughter

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A Hyderabad youth was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly issuing online rape threats to a top Indian cricketer’s child after India recently lost their T20 World Cup fixture against Pakistan.

Mumbai police have identified the accused as Ramnagesh Akubathini, a 23-year-old techie who had earlier worked with a food delivery services app.

The threat messages had gone viral and caused widespread outrage after they were posted on social media. The threat message targeting star cricketer Virat Kohli had initially been presumed to have originated in Pakistan.

The Mumbai Police cyber cell tracked the threats to Hyderabad and zeroed in on Ramnagesh. The accused is being taken to Mumbai for further questioning, police sources said.

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Kohli to step down as T20 skipper after World Cup

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Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli announced on Thursday that he will be quitting as the T20I captain after the completion of the men’s T20 World Cup in Oman and the UAE in October.

Through his official Twitter account, Kohli has thanked everyone who have supported him in his journey as the captain of the Indian team in all formats. He also said that he has given everything to the team as the T20I captain and will continue to contribute to the team as a batsman in future.

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Virat Kohli and Anushka are proud parents now

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Indian star cricketer Virat Kohli got married to actress Anushka Sharma some time ago. The duo announced that they are expecting their first child months ago. Virat Kohli had to skip the crucial Australian tour and is on a paternity break. Virat and Anushka are now proud parents of a baby girl. Virat took his official Instagram page to make the news official. Virat announced that they are thrilled to share the news and he thanked everyone for the showered love. Both Anushka and baby girl are doing fine. Virat Kohli also wanted everyone to respect their privacy at this time.

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Absolute peak of rowdy behaviour: Kohli condemns SCG racial abuse

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Regular captain Virat Kohli on Sunday strongly condemned reported incidents of racial abuse during the third Test between Australia and India, saying it was sad to see what happened with his teammates at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

Taking to Twitter, Kohli — who is in India for the birth of first child — said that strict action should be taken against the offenders to set things straight.

“Racial abuse is absolutely unacceptable. Having gone through many incidents of really pathetic things said on the boundary lines, this is the absolute peak of rowdy behaviour. It’s sad to see this happen on the field,” Kohli said.

“The incident needs to be looked at with absolute urgency and seriousness and strict action against the offenders should set things straight for once,” he added.

The Indian team had apprised match referee David Boon of alleged racial abuse at the end of the third day’s play. Match and stadium officials were alert on the fourth day and as such play was halted and six people were evicted following another incident just before Tea during Australia’s second innings.

Sunday’s incident followed alleged racial abuse of Indian players — Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj — by a section of the SCG crowd, the complaint of which was officially made by the Indian team on Saturday.

Right-arm pacer Mohammad Shami also condemned the incidents and said it was disappointing to see his teammates becoming subject to racial abuse repeatedly in Sydney.

“Disappointing to see that my teammates were subjected to racial abuse repeatedly in Sydney. There is no place for racism in today’s world and it is not acceptable. I hope that strict action is taken against those who misbehaved,” he tweeted.

“I personally have heard many things on the field while playing in Australia about me, my religion, my colour and much more. This isn’t the first time the crowd is doing this nonsense. How do you stop them??? #AUSvIND,” tweeted Harbhajan Singh while condemning the incidents.

VVS Laxman tweeted: “Very unfortunate to see what’s happening at SCG. There is no place for this rubbish. Never understood the need to yell abuse at players on a sporting field. If you’re not here to watch the game and can’t be respectful then please don’t come and spoil the atmosphere.”

Meanwhile, Cricket Australia (CA) has apologised to Team India and assured strict action against the offenders.

“CA is awaiting the outcome of the International Cricket Council’s investigation into the matter reported at the SCG on Saturday. Once those responsible are identified, CA will take the strongest measures possible under our Anti-Harassment Code, including lengthy bans, further sanctions and referral to NSW Police. As series hosts, we unreservedly apologise to our friends in the Indian cricket team and assure them we will prosecute the matter to its fullest extent,” said Carroll, Cricket Australia’s Head of Integrity and Security in an official statement.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) also condemned the incidents of racism and said it has offered Cricket Australia all necessary support in investigating the incidents.

“There is no place for discrimination in our sport and we are incredibly disappointed that a small minority of fans may think that this abhorrent behaviour is acceptable,” said ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney.

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Absolutely top knock from Rahane: Kohli

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Virat Kohli was all praise for Ajinkya Rahane on Sunday after the latter’s 12th Test century put India in a commanding position in the second Test against Australia here. Rahane ended the second day of the Boxing Day Test on 104 off 200 balls, helping India take a lead of 82 runs.

“Another great day for us. Proper test cricket at its best. Absolutely top knock from Jinks @ajinkyarahane88,” Kohli tweeted after the end of the day’s play.

Rahane is captain of the Indian team for the rest of their four-match series in Australia as Kohli returned to India for the birth of his first child after the first Test.

He came in at no. 4, the position that Kohli occupies in India’s Test batting lineup, and shared partnerships of 52 and 57 with Hanuma Vihari and Rishabh Pant, respectively.

Ravindra Jadeja then dropped anchor and the pair will start the third day on a partnership of 104. Jadeja himself ended the day unbeaten on 40.

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Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma expecting their first baby

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Star cricketer Virat Kohli and actress Anushka Sharma are married and they have been in their happy space. Respecting their professions, they balanced their personal and professional lives. The duo announced that they are expecting their first baby in January 2021. Virat and Anushka shared the latest picture in which Anushka Sharma was spotted with a baby bump. “And then, we were three! Arriving Jan 2021” posted Virat Kohli on his Instagram page. Virat flew to UAE for the IPL 2020 which will commence from September 19th. Anushka is away from acting from the past few months and she is producing movies, web series.

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Kohli remains India’s most valuable celebrity

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Team India skipper Virat Kohli is a modern-day idol for many youngsters. He has innumerable records to his name in the game of cricket and his popularity can also be judged by his brand endorsements which is currently highest among celebrities in India.

According to a study by global advisory firm, Duff and Phelps, Kohli topped the brand valuation list for the third consecutive year as his value rose by an impressive 39 per cent to $237.5 million in 2019.

In the study titled Celebrity Brand Valuation Study 2019: “New is Gold.” which provides a ranking of India’s most powerful celebrities based on brand values derived from their endorsement contracts, the 31-year-old Indian skipper was ahead of many Bollywood stars Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shah Rukh Khan.

Akshay Kumar is second in the list when it comes to brand endorsements with brand value of $104.5 million, at a growth of 55.3 per cent.

Celebrated Bollywood couple Ranveer Singh and Deepika, claimed the third spot with a brand value of $93.5 million each. Deepika retained her most valuable female celebrity status for the second consecutive year whereas Ranveer moved up a spot, to now occupy the same position as that of his wife.

The other sportspersons in the list are all cricketers with M.S. Dhoni claiming the 9th position with a value of $41.2 million, Sachin Tendulkar taking the 15th spot and Rohit Sharma in the 20th place.

Kohli is currently leading Team India in New Zealand in the three-match ODI series. India had won the five-match T20I series 5-0 and would now be looking to stage a comeback in the ODI series after they lost the first match on Wednesday.

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Skipper Kohli adds another feather to cap, goes past Dhoni

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Run-machine Virat Kohli added another feather to his cap on Wednesday when he surpassed former skipper M.S. Dhoni to score most runs in T20Is as India captain.

Kohli took only 37 matches to go past Dhoni’s tally of 1112 runs as captain in T20I cricket. South Africa captain Faf du Plessis holds the record for most runs as captain in T20I cricket with 1273 runs. New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has 1148 runs in T20Is.

Kohli finished the Hamilton T20I with 1126 runs (as captain). The India captain was dismissed for 38 from 27 balls in the penultimate over of the innings as he perished while eyeing a late charge.

New Zealand paceman Hamish Bennett took three wickets to put Rohit Sharma’s half century in a shade as the hosts restricted India to 179/5 in 20 overs in the third T20I at Seddan Park.

India raced to 69/0 in the first six overs and it looked like New Zealand’s ploy of asking India to bat first to blunt their strength of chasing would fall flat. But the Kiwi bowlers came back beautifully to tighten the screws on the Indian batsmen. The visitors made some ground in the final over as Manish Pandey and Ravindra Jadeja hit a six each to take 18 off Tim Southee’s over.

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Kohli stays on top, Rahane moves upward in ICC Test rankings

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India skipper Virat Kohli maintained his top spot in the ICC Test Rankings for batsmen which were updated on Friday. Cheteshwar Pujara has been able to retain his sixth position whereas Ajinkya Rahane moved up by a place and is currently at the eighth spot.

In the latest rankings update that also includes the Port Elizabeth Test, which England won by an innings and 53 runs to go 2-1 ahead in the four-Test series against South Africa, sees Ben Stokes equal his career-best second ranking among all-rounders after his knock of 120.

Stokes has moved back to the spot he had occupied in August last year while he is presently ranked 10th among batsmen and 29th among bowlers. Off-spinner Dominic Bess’s five-wicket haul in the first innings has lifted him 49 places to 62nd, while Curran, Jack Leach and Stuart Broad have gained one slot each in the bowlers’ list.

Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews has advanced eight places to reach 16th position after his unbeaten 200 in Harare helped his side win by 10 wickets in Harare to take a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series against Zimbabwe.

The former Sri Lanka captain’s best ranking was third, achieved in August 2014, while he has also been among the top 10 among batsmen in ODIs.

Team India’s next assignment in Test cricket is against New Zealand where both the teams will contest in two matches beginning February 21.

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Rajkot ODI: India level series with 36-run win

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India beat South Africa by 36 runs in the second ODI at the SCA stadium in Rajkot to level the three-match series between the two sides 1-1. Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli helped India post a total of 341 to chase. In response, Australia were all out for 304 despite Steve Smith scoring 98.

Openers David Warner and Aaron Finch, who posted a record 258-run stand to help Australia stroll to a win in the first ODI, could not do a repeat of their heroics with the former being dismissed in the fourth over. Smith came in at number three and put up 62 with Finch before the Australian captain fell to Ravindra Jadeja on account of a close stumping call in the 16th over.

Finch had attempted to hit Jadeja over extra cover but missed the delivery due to the turn. Finch dragged his backfoot marginally outside the crease and wicketkeeper Rahul whipped the bails off immediately. Replays made it a tough call for the umpire to make but the decision went India’s way in the end.

However, Marnus Labuschagne, playing his first ODI innings, stuck on with Smith and the pair gave Australia the upper hand in the middle overs. They put up 96 for the third wicket before Labuschagne holed out at mid-off off Jadeja on 46. Smith however looked settled and was cruising to his ninth ODI ton when a loose shot cost him his wicket.

Kuldeep Yadav, who was wicketless in the first eight overs, bowled the 38th over and got Carey when the latter sent the ball straight to Kohli at extra cover. It was Kuldeep’s 100th ODI wicket and two balls later, Smith played on and had to walk back two runs shy of his hundred.

Ashton Turner and Pat Cummins were dismissed off consecutive deliveries by Mohammed Shami in the 44th over. Both players were done in by pinpoint yorkers directed at the middle stump. Shami sent in a leg stump yorker for his hat-trick ball and hit Mitchell Starc on his pads but the umpire didn’t raise his finger with the ball clearly going down the leg side.

Navdeep Saini then got India closer in the 47th with the wickets of Ashton Agar and Starc off the first and third balls of the over. Kane Richardson then delayed the inevitable by smashing Mohammed Shami for three fours and a six in the penultimate over. Jasprit Bumrah ended the match by dismissing Adam Zampa off the first ball of the last over.

Earlier, Shikhar Dhawan scored his third straight fifty with a sublime 96 from 90 balls, his innings laced with 13 fours and a six as skipper Kohli smashed a 76-ball 78 (6×4). But it was Rahul, batting at No.5 who gave India the much-needed push in the last ten overs with his aggressive batting and range of shots. Rahul was run out in the final over for 80 off just 52 balls, his quickfire knock studded with six fours and three sixes.

For the Aussies, leg-spinner Adam Zampa was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3/50.

The decisive third ODI will be played on Sunday at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru.

Brief scores: India: 340/6 in 50 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 96, KL Rahul 80, Virat Kohli 78; Adam Zampa 3/50) vs Australia 304 (Steve Smith 98, Marnus Labuschagne 46; Mohammed Shami 3/77)

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Rajkot ODI: Dhawan, Kohli, Rahul fifties propel India to 340/6

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Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and K.L. Rahul cracked fluent half centuries as India threw down the gauntlet at Australia by posting a challenging 340/6 in 50 overs in the second one day international here on Friday. The Indians were penalised five runs for repeated running on the pitch and that will see Australia start the chase at 5/0. The incident took place in the 48th over with Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja at the crease.

Dhawan scored his third straight fifty with a sublime 96 from 90 balls, his innings laced with 13 fours and a six as skipper Kohli smashed a 76-ball 78 (6×4). But it was Rahul, batting at No.5 as the regular keeper in place of Rishabh Pant, who gave India the much-needed push in the last ten overs with his aggressive batting and range of shots. Rahul was run out in the final over for 80 off just 52 balls, his quickfire knock studded with six fours and three sixes.

For the Aussies, leg-spinner Adam Zampa was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3/50.

Put in to bat first by Aussie captain Aaron Finch, India got off to a steady start with Rohit and Dhawan looking in control of proceedings on a flat deck which later proved to be a batting paradise.

The pair added 81 runs for the opening wicket in 14 overs with Dhawan looking in sublime touch and Rohit also finding the middle of the bat. Zampa broke the stand as he trapped Rohit in front. Rohit missed a sweep but felt the ball was missing the leg stump and went for a review only to be proven wrong.

But it did not dent India’s surge as Kohli walked in — back at his usual No. 3 position after dropping a rung in the first ODI — to join hands with Dhawan for a century-run partnership in which Dhawan score 61 runs.

The Delhi southpaw looked good to score a hundred but against the run of play, holed out to Mithcell Starc at fine leg off Kane Richardson in the 29th over.

It was, nonetheless, an innings to cherish as Dhawan continued his love affair with Australia by driving, cutting and sweeping to perfection. Dhawan brought up the 100-run stand with Kohli with a delectable straight drive over Richardson’s head just before getting out.

Just after the Dhawan show, Kohli took over in his peerless fashion. The ace batsman played some exquiste shots and kept the scoreboard ticking with some excellent running to propel India to 249/3 in 40 overs.

But just as he and Rahul looked to tee off in the last 10 overs, Zampa sent Kohli back in the 44th, this time thanks to a brilliant relayed catch on the fence which was completed by Starc. Ashton Agar, who had an off day with the ball, took a clean catch about six inches from the rope and lobbed the ball over to Starc as the Aussies broke the 78-run stand for the fourth wicket.

Australia got another wicket in the next over, Manish Pandey (2) getting caught by Agar cheaply off Kane Richardson.

But Rahul ensured a collapse like the last game was not on the cards as he hit Starc for 15 runs in the 46th over to bring up his fifty as India rode his fireworks to pile up 91 runs in the last 10 overs.

Rahul looked at his best when he came up against Pat Cummins who had bowled brilliantly till then albeit without a wicket. Rahul hit him for two fours despite his first three balls getting the better of the batsman as 14 came of the 49th over. Crossing the 350-run mark was on the card, but sadly Rahul’s dismissal left India 10 short.

Brief Scores: India: 340/6 in 50 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 96, KL Rahul 80, Virat Kohli 78; Adam Zampa 3/50) vs Australia

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Kohli’s journey from ‘spoilt brat’ to winning ‘Spirit of Cricket’ award

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India skipper Virat Kohli is surprised to have won the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award for 2019 on Wednesday, as for many years he has been under the scanner for all the wrong reasons.

Back in 2008, when the 20-year-old broke into the international circuit, he gave the impression of being an immensely talented but temperamental kid who never shied away from verbal spats and taking on the opposition.

“I’m surprised that I have got it, after many years of being under the scanner for the wrong things,” Kohli said in a statement issued by the ICC.

Whenever he used to reach a milestone, it was for sure that fans would see some of the choicest expletives come out of his mouth.

While his predecessors like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and V.V.S. Laxman preferred talking with the bat, Kohli never shied away from giving it back to the opposition whenever they crossed the line and would rather come out with more intense reaction, thus provoking the person concerned.

He was even called a “spoilt brat” by Australian cricketers after the culmination of numerous events that unfolded during India’s 2014 tour Down Under.

While he was still scoring runs, more often than not, Kohli was involved in controversies and was criticised by many in the cricket fraternity.

Not to forget the famous Sydney Test where after being sledged by the crowd, Kohli was seen flipping the bird to the crowd, something which he later said he regretted doing.

The Delhi boy, who had swept the Player of the Year, Test Player of the Year and ODI Player of the Year for 2018, has won the award for 2019 for his gesture at last year’s World Cup, when he egged the crowd on to support Australian batsman Steve Smith rather than boo him soon after his return to international cricket from a one-year suspension for the infamous sandpaper-gate controversy.

Explaining his reasons for backing Smith the way he did, Kohli said: “It is part of camaraderie that sportsmen must have with each other. That moment was purely understanding an individual’s situation.”

“I don’t think a guy who is coming out of a situation like that needs to be taken advantage of. You can sledge, can have banter on the field, you say things to the opposition in wanting to beat them. But booing someone is not in the spirit of any sport, I don’t endorse it.

“Also, that should not be a representation of our fans and what we stand as a cricketing nation, a sporting nation. We need to all take responsibility towards that,” he added.

It’s the same Smith whom, Kohli had accused of cheating in the DRS usage during Australia’s tour of India in 2017.

Smith, the then Australia captain, had set off a storm of controversy in the second Test when he looked to his dressing room for help while deciding whether to call for a review into his lbw dismissal in Bengaluru — describing the moment a “brain fade”.

“Intimidate the opposition, definitely try and have an upper hand but in a matter that is not targeting someone emotionally. That is not acceptable at any level and people should be wary of that,” Kohli says while urging fans not to be too harsh on players and refrain from making personal comments.

Cut to recent years and one will see that while the aggression and passion for the game remains the same, Kohli has now become much more relaxed and is in a space where he is not only leading the team to new heights but is also setting an example for youngsters.

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Kohli becomes quickest to reach 11,000 International runs as captain

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Virat Kohli became the quickest to reach 11,000 international runs as captain as India took on Sri Lanka in the third and final T20 international tie here on Friday.

Kohli needed just one run to reach the milestone and the batting ace took a single off Lakshan Sandakan to get there. He became the sixth international skipper to reach the mark and the second Indian after Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

India lead the three-match T20 series against Sri Lanka 1-0 after their facile seven-wicket win in Indore on Tuesday. Kohli hit the winning runs by whacking a six as he remained unbeaten on 30 from 17 deliveries.

The first T20I in Guwahati was called off without a ball being bowled due to rain and wet patches on the pitch.

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Don’t want to make ‘irresponsible’ comments on CAA, says Kohli

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India captain Virat Kohli on Saturday insisted that he doesn’t want to be irresponsible while talking on the sensitive Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) which has radical opinions on both sides.

Widespread protests have been witnessed across the country over the CAA which provided a path to Indian citizenship for Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christian religious minorities that had fled persecution from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan before December 2014.

With Guwahati witnessing massive protests against the CAA till some days back, Kohli, on the eve of the three-match T20I series opener against Sri Lanka, was asked about it and the Indian skipper used his words with utmost care.

“On the issue, I do not want to be irresponsible and speak on something that has, you know, radical opinions both sides,” Kohli said.

“I need to have total information, total knowledge of what it means and what is going on and then be responsible to give my opinion on it,” he added.

Kohli also said he will not like to get embroiled in a controversy by commenting on a subject that he doesn’t have full knowledge. “Because you can say one thing and then someone can say another thing. So, I would not like to get involved in something that I don’t have total knowledge of and it’s not going to be responsible on my part to comment on it.”

Guwahati had witnessed widespread protests before the CAB — now an act — was passed by both the houses of the Parliament. Curfew was imposed in many cities of Assam with internet also suspended.

However, as the state returns back to normalcy, Kohli also seemed satisfied with the security arrangements and said that the city is “absolutely safe”.

“The city is absolutely safe. We didn’t see any problems on the roads,” Kohli said.

The Assam Cricket Association has already made it clear that no items, expect mobile phones and purse, would be allowed inside the Barsapara Cricket Stadium. In addition to that, no banners and posters will be allowed.

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