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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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Virat Kohli named in Wisden cricketers of the decade list

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Indian skipper Virat Kohli has been included in the list of five cricketers of the decade announced by Wisden. Along with Kohli, the other four cricketers are – Steve Smith, Dale Steyn, AB de Villiers and Ellyse Perry.

“His genius has been to rise, time and again, to the challenge. Between the end of the England tour in 2014 and the second Test against Bangladesh at Kolkata in November, Kohli averaged 63, with 21 hundreds and 13 fifties,” said Wisden about Kohli.

“It left him with a unique set of statistics – the only batsman to average at least 50 in all three international formats. Even Steve Smith was moved to remark recently that there is no one quite like him.”

“In many ways, there isn’t. Since the retirement of Sachin Tendulkar and the gradual waning of MS Dhoni, no cricketer in the world has operated under such daily pressure as Kohli,” it added.

On Tuesday, ICC posted some astonishing stats about Kohli which showed his dominance in world cricket over this decade. “Virat Kohli this decade: 5,775 more international runs than anyone else, 22 more international hundreds than anyone else,” posted the ICC on its official Twitter handle.

In 2019, Kohli scored 2,370 across formats at an average of 64.05. It was the fourth consecutive time that the 31-year-old aggregated 2000-plus runs in a calendar year.

The Indian skipper has already been named as the captain of Wisden’s Test team of the decade. The Indian run-machine also finds a spot in the Wisden ODI team of the decade alongside MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma and others.

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Kohli, Rohit end 2019 at top of ICC ODI batsmen rankings

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India skipper Virat Kohli and opener Rohit Sharma ended the year on a glorious note after remaining static at the first and second position in the ICC ODI rankings for batsmen. While Kohli has 887 points to his name, Rohit followed him with 873 points.

Rohit Sharma amassed 2,442 runs across formats in 2019. The dashing Mumbai batsman also surpassed Sri Lankan great Sanath Jayasuriya’s 22-year-old record for most runs as an opener in a calendar year across formats.

Earlier on Sunday, Rohit was also named Man of the Series as India chased down 316 to win the three-match ODI rubber against the West Indies 2-1 in Cuttack as the opener contributed with a valiant 63-run knock.

Meanwhile, Windies opener Shai Hope also entered the top 10 of the rankings after showing fine form in the three-match series against India. The wicketkeeper-batsman gained five places to reach ninth position after scoring 222 runs in the series including an unbeaten 102 in the opening match in Chennai, which his side won before going down in Visakhapatnam and Cuttack.

Hope’s teammate Shimron Hetmyer jumped six places to be at the 19th spot while Nicholas Pooran vaulted 33 places to be at the 30th position in the rankings.

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Virushka’s trek diary: Enjoying Bhutanese cuppa after ‘tiring’ out

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Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma and her husband Virat Kohli, who are in Bhutan, for the India skipper’s 31st birthday on Tuesday, stopped for tea in a small village after a 8.5 km uphill trek.

Anushka took to her Instagram, where she shared a string of photographs from a hut of Bhutanese locals. In one photograph she can be seen feeding a calf.

The actress captioned the image: “Today, during our 8.5 km uphill trek we stopped by a small village on a mountain to pet and feed a baby calf who was born just 4 months ago. While we did that the owner of the house asked us if we were tired and wanted to have a cup of tea? So we went in to the home of this beautiful and warm family who had absolutely no idea who we were and yet they treated us with such warmth and love.”

“We spent some time with them chatting and drinking tea and the whole time they just know us as two tired trekkers!”

The “Zero” actress says that she and her Kohli live for simple and pure human connection.

“Whoever knows Virat and me very closely, know that both of us live for such moments of genuine, simple & pure human connection. It fills us with such joy and peace knowing that they just wanted to be kind to two random foreigners (plus our guide) without seeking anything in return.

“If this is not the true meaning of life then I don’t know what is. A memory we will cherish forever,” she said.

This appears to be contradicting Anushka’s earlier claim that she is only a Coffee-person. Following former cricketer Farokh Engineer’s claim that BCCI selectors were busy serving her tea during the World Cup in England, and the actress slammed him saying: “…and for the record I drink coffee”.

Anushka had also shared a string of photographs on her Instagram stories of the mountains, and other picturesque views. The initial photographs seemed to be from a “sabzi mandi”.

Kohli took to Twitter, where he shared a photograph of himself along with Anushka, whom he calls his “soulmate”.

“What a blessing to be able to visit such divine places with my soulmate. Also thank you everyone for your kind wishes from the bottom of my heart,” he wrote.

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Kohli’s ability to find gaps puts pressure on opposition: VVS

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Former India batsman V.V.S. Laxman was all praise for Virat Kohli after the India skipper slammed a career-best unbeaten 254 in the first innings of the second Test against South Africa here on Friday.

Riding on Kohli’s record seventh double century, the most by an Indian batsman, India declared on 601/5 before reducing South Africa to 36/3 at stumps on Day 2.

Laxman said that at this stage of Kohli’s career, the battle against one’s own thought process becomes more crucial than against the bowlers.

“For a player like Kohli, batting at this level is like batting against your thought process and not against the bowlers,” the 44-year-old said in a segment of Cricket Live exclusively aired on Star Sports.

Laxman also said that Kohli’s ability to pick the gaps on a consistent basis puts pressure on the opposition captain and bowlers.

“I’m really impressed with his precise footwork and effective shot selection. It’s amazing how he balances his stance, how he goes forward and plays the ball through the offside. He has the gift of noticing the gaps which puts pressure on the opposition captain and bowlers. He definitely had a different level of concentration today,” Laxman said.

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Virat Anushka set the temperature soaring with beach pic

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Glamour couple Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma’s latest Instagram pic is surely a visual treat for fans.

On Wednesday morning, Virat Kohli posted a selfie on Instagram where he can be seen lying with his head on wife Anushka’s lap, who is sitting on a lounge chair on a sandy beach. In the selfie, which has the appearance of a watercolour painting due to a filter, Anushka flaunts a black bikini and shades. The actress seems to be staring at something while hubby Virat winks an eye looking at the camera and pouts for the selfie.

The picture appears to be clicked during Indian cricket team’s recently concluded West Indies tour where Anushka had joined her skipper husband.

While most of the fans can’t stop gushing, a few have trolled the couple. “When you’re feeling romantic and wanna click, but bae can’t stop checking out other guys,” the user teased.

On the work front, Anushka was last seen in “Zero” alongside Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif.

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Endless blues: Kohli & co cruise Atlantic with Anushka

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After registering a record-breaking win in the first Test against West Indies, Team India members took some time off and went on a cruise on the high sea around the Caribbean Islands.

Opening batsman K.L. Rahul on Tuesday shared a picture on social media in which he can be seen enjoying along with skipper Virat Kohli, Mayank Agarwal and Ravichandran Ashwin. Kohli’s wife Anushka Sharma was also posing in the picture captioned “Endless blues”.

Ashwin also shared the same picture with a caption: “Seaside+sunset+good company.”

Meanwhile, left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav also shared a picture on Intsagram where he can be seen riding a jet ski alongside all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja at Jolly Harbour in Antigua. “Out and about in beautiful Antigua,” he captioned the image.

India, ranked No. 1 in Tests, kicked off their World Test Championship campaign in an emphatic manner by winning the first match by 318 runs in Antigua.

The second Test will begin on August 30 in Jamaica.

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Skipper Kohli equals Dhoni with most Test wins

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Virat Kohli added another feather to his illustrious cap as the India skipper equalled M.S. Dhoni’s record of 27 Test wins after his team registered a massive 318-run record win over West Indies.

The victory made Kohli-Dhoni jointly the most successful captains for India in Test cricket. While it took 60 matches for Dhoni to achieve the feat, Kohli took just 47 Tests.

Dhoni had a win percentage of 45 as captain, after winning 27 matches, losing 18 and 15 draws. On the other hand, Kohli’s win percentage is 55.31 — the best among all other Indian captains in the format. In the 47 Tests under Kohli, India registered 27 wins, 10 losses and 10 draws.

The run-machine also surpassed Saurav Ganguly with the most Test wins in overseas matches for India as captain. Kohli now has 12 away wins as captain in 26 matches, while Ganguly had 11 wins in 28 games.

After Dhoni retired from the longest format of the game during the tour of Australia in 2014, Kohli took over the captaincy.

In 2018, Kohli-led India to their first ever series win in Australia as his team defeated the hosts 3-1 to seal a historic win in the Border-Gavaskar series Down Under.

Speaking at the post-match presentation, Kohli, however, did not say much on his achievement and credited the team for it.

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Bumrah shuts trolls after fans question Insta post

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Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah shared a picture on his social media handles of him and captain Virat Kohli enjoying a day out at Jolly beach ahead of the start of first Test against the West Indies in Antigua. All members of the team, including Kohli himself, had posted pictures from the day out they had at the beach before the grind of long form cricket started.

However, Bumrah’s image with Kohli seemed to garner attention for all the wrong reasons with many noting that the boxer the pacer was wearing revealed far more than what he may have intended. Some of the comments were vicious, suggesting that the photo was vulgar.

Bumrah, however, replied to the trolls saying, “Fun fact: The understanding of lights and shadows isn’t common these days. Hope people recover from it soon.”

Bumrah took the wicket of Darren Bravo during the West Indies innings and thus became the fastest Indian bowler to reach 50 Test wickets. Additionally, he resolutely held on for 14 balls during the Indian innings as Ravindra Jadeja added valuable runs at the other end.

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Kohli posts ‘squad’ pic, fans ask where’s Rohit

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The Indian cricket team has arrived in the US for the upcoming three-match T20I series against the West Indies which starts from Saturday.

Players have been taking to their social media handles posting pictures of themselves while practising and enjoying in Florida.

On Friday, skipper Virat Kohli also posted a picture with his teammates on Instagram with a caption “SQUAD”.

In the picture, Ravindra Jadeja, Navdeep Saini, Khaleel Ahmed, Shreyas Iyer, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and K.L. Rahul can be seen posing alongside Kohli.

However, vice captain Rohit Sharma is missing from the frame, which has once again given ammunition to people who have been speculating about a rift between Kohli and his deputy.

Various fans commented on the picture asking about the absence of India vice captain.

Earlier before the departure for the West Indies tour, Rohit had also posted a photo on Instagram which said: “I don’t just walk out for my Team. I walk out for my country.”

Ever since India’s exit from the World Cup in the semifinals, there have been rumours about a rift between Kohli and Rohit. However, both Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri have denied the reports with the India captain terming the rumours “baffling”.

Rohit doesn’t follow Kohli on Instagram and recently he unfollowed Anushka Sharma — wife of India skipper too, which added fuel to the rift rumours.

However, Kohli still follows Rohit on the picture sharing website, but not his wife Ritika Sajdeh.

Anushka also doesn’t follow Ritika and Rohit on Instagram and same is the case with Ritika who doesn’t follow the Indian skipper and his wife.

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Mistrust seeping into Team India dressing room?

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Skipper Virat Kohli decided to finally speak on the issue of rift in the Indian team before the teams’ departure to the US on Monday. Rather than clearing the air, he ended up pointing fingers at the media for “disrespectfully bringing personal lives into the picture”. He went on to add that media personnel should enter the dressing room and witness for themselves the kind of healthy atmosphere that’s there. But sadly not all players seem to think on Kohli’s line.

The leak of the news that one of the senior players had his family stay with him for longer than the stipulated period and the further clarification that it was done without the permission of skipper Kohli and the coach has created an atmosphere of mistrust in the dressing room.

Speaking to IANS, a member of the team management said that it was appalling to see media headlines wherein a player was said to have broken the ‘family clause’ during the World Cup. He went on to add that the timing of the news raised quite a few eyebrows.

“How is it that no one received any information about someone’s family exceeding the permitted time spent with the player during the tournament? Wasn’t the team manager aware of it when we were in England? How did this emerge only after the first story on WAGs got published? Was that not disrespectful? Was that not breaching the trust of the team members?” he inquired.

A former player said that having issues and ego clashes aren’t something new and have happened even when legends have played together, but to come out and speak about it in the media is something that should have been avoided by the skipper.

“He (Kohli) would do well to not delve into this topic and bring more attention to this as there are a few incidents that may prove to be embarrassing.

“Which team hasn’t had issues and ego clashes? These are sportsmen who have been fighting it out against the best in the world and these tiffs are common when you stay together over a period of time. It has happened even in the past and will again happen in the future. But the captain didn’t need to come and speak on it,” he told IANS.

The fact that Kohli was seen clicking pictures with the rest of the teammates even as Rohit spent time with opening partner Shikhar Dhawan — before the team’s departure — has got people speaking on social media, but the captain said: “If I don’t like somebody, it shows on my face.”

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It’s disrespectful, there is nothing between me & Rohit: Kohli

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India skipper Virat Kohli quashed rumours of a rift in the team, saying he is baffled by talks of things not going well between him and vice-captain Rohit Sharma.

“In my opinion it’s baffling to be honest. It’s absolutely ridiculous to read such stuff that comes out. I have been to a few public events and the sentiment is “aap log kya khele (you guys played so well).

“We are feeding off lies. We are overlooking facts. We are turning a blind eye to all the good things that has happened. We are creating fantasies and scenarios in our head and want to accept that this is the truth,” Kohli said while addressing the pre-tour media conference here ahead of the West Indies tour.

“I have seen this for too long now. Bringing personal lives into the picture. It’s disrespectful after a moment. There is nothing between me and Rohit,” kohli said.

It all started when news was leaked in the media that a senior player had got his wife to stay with him for longer than the ‘family clause’ of the BCCI allows and that too without the permission of the captain and coach.

This after former CJI R.M. Lodha and senior BCCI officials questioned the decision of the Committee of Administrators (COA) to let the captain and coach decide on the travel plans of WAGs.

In a bizarre move, a Committee of Administrators (CoA) member had told IANS that the committee wouldn’t react to rumours of rift till the players approached them.

“The CoA cannot be reacting to reports in the media. If the players have any issue, they can/should bring it up with us. As far as the committee is concerned, there is no rift till the players talk of it with us,” the member had said.

The trouble apparently started brewing post the loss to England in the World Cup. The bowling unit supposedly felt humiliated post a team meeting after the defeat in the group-stage encounter.

“The bowlers were given a showdown after the loss and they felt that it wasn’t just a case of bad bowling and there were more areas that needed to be looked into before pointing fingers at the bowling unit,” a source in the know of developments had told IANS.

Another board functionary said that the reports of rift need to be addressed at the earliest to avoid a scenario wherein the performance of the team can start getting affected.

“It is like any other discord at a workplace which can affect the performance of the team. If this is not nipped in the bud immediately, there is a real danger of things affecting the spirit of the team and as a result, their performance.

“You cannot have two leaders of a team or their media teams taking pot-shots at one another. There is no denial of a rift and the big shot administrator says that it is a media creation. If that is the case why are they giving impetus to the media creation rather than dispelling it,” the functionary had said.

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