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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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Did India player refuse to post ‘All’s Well’ message post rift reports?

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The rift between senior players in the Indian ODI team appears to be getting wider by the day and the senior administrators of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are supposedly trying to douse the flames by getting one of the senior players to post messages of bonhomie within the team on social media.

Speaking to IANS, a senior board functionary said that one of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) members had spoken to a player and proposed the idea that he could write a message on social media that the team environment is “perfectly fine”.

“Everyone is aware that there is tension brewing and while the CoA has tried its best to deny any rumours of rift in the ODI team in the media, one of the members spoke to a senior player asking him to send out a positive message/statement in the matter. But not much progress has been made in this regard,” the functionary said.

In a bizarre move, a CoA member had told IANS that they wouldn’t get into this till the players bring it up with 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 CoA landed on sticky ground when Rohit Sharma “unfollowed” skipper Virat Kohli’s wife Anushka Sharma on Instagram.

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 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 said.

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Priyanka Chopra and Virat Kohli joins Instagram Rich List

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Social media turned out to be a strong platform to know about the happenings, updates of celebrities. It is a bridge between celebrities and their fans. Several film actors and actresses have been promoting their endorsed brands through their official handles on facebook, twitter and Instagram. Instagram released the Rich List that reveals about the earnings of celebrities through their Insta posts. Priyanka Chopra and Virat Kohli are the only Indian celebrities who made it to the list.

It may be surprising but Priyanka Chopra charges a whopping amount of 271,000 USD per post which is equal to Rs 1.86 crores. Priyanka Chopra has 43.3 million followers which is huge. Indian skipper and star cricketer Virat Kohli is charging 196,000 USD per post which is approximately Rs 1.35 crores.

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India never had Plan B for top-order failure

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Questions about Indias over dependence on the top order was time and again shot down by the team management over the past month, but in the end, it was the opening 40 minutes of the Indian innings in the semifinal against New Zealand at the Old Trafford that showed that this team didnt have a Plan B in place.

India lost to New Zealand by 18 runs after restricting them to 239/8 in the rain-hit semifinal played over two days. The Men in Blue were done in by a top order collapse which saw them lose four batsmen, including Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, inside 10 overs with just 24 runs on board. Though Ravindra Jadeja (77) and M.S. Dhoni (50) shared a 116-run seventh wicket stand to raise hopes of an unlikely victory, it wasn’t enough in the end.

India skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri had time and again said that it was a case of the top order flourishing and that it was only in the game against Afghanistan that the middle-order flopped. But the reality was that even in the group stage game against England, the middle-order was exposed. That time too, the duo of Kohli and Shastri supported the batsmen and said that it was a one-off situation and not something to be too perturbed about.

India started their campaign with a floating number four in K.L. Rahul and that is exactly where the writing was on the wall. The selection committee led by M.S.K. Prasad had also said that Vijay Shankar (58 runs from three games before he was ruled out with an injury) was the number four as he was three dimensional. The team management made it clear that Rahul was their preferred number four and by the time the tournament ended for the Men in Blue, Rishabh Pant (116 runs from four innings) was the batsman batting at number four.

Playing on the big stage against the best in the world and not having a fixed batsman in a position which more often than not decides whether a team scores a defendable total or chases down a tough target was a shocker.

In fact, the over confidence and over dependence on the trio of Kohli, Rohit and Rahul came back to haunt the Indians on their last day in the showpiece event. All the three managed one each and by the time the middle-order came into the action, the game was in New Zealand’s bag.

Jadeja’s 77-run knock — the highest in the history of the World Cup for a batsman batting at number eight in the second innings — did raise hopes of an Indian fightback, but that didn’t hide the fact that after the top three, the Indian batting looked vulnerable.

For all the criticism that Dhoni faced in the tournament, he was the fourth highest run-getter for India in the World Cup with 273 runs behind Rohit (648), Kohli (443) and Rahul (361).

While the team management kept believing that no opposition was good enough to dismiss the top three cheaply in the same game, the New Zealand bowlers led by Matt Henry and Trent Boult showed on Wednesday that past records and the tag of favourites meant nothing on the pitch.

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45 minutes of bad cricket cost us a place in final: Kohli

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India skipper Virat Kohli rued the manner in which India lost the World Cup semifinal against New Zealand at the Old Trafford on Wednesday, saying the team played so well throughout the tournament only to bow out in the last-four stage due to a poor stretch of “45 minutes”.

“Forty-five minutes of bad cricket puts you out of the tournament. Difficult to take it — but New Zealand deserves it. Our shot selection could have been better, but we played good cricket throughout. New Zealand were braver in crunch situations and they deserve it,” Kohli said at the presentation ceremony, referring to the period in which India lost four top-order batsmen, including Rohit Sharma and Kohli, inside 10 overs.

India lost to New Zealand by 18 runs after restricting them to 239/8 in the rain-hit semifinal played over two days.

Indian batters were undone by Matt Henry’s brilliant opening spell as he returned figures of 3/37. Ravindra Jadeja (77) and MS Dhoni (50) shared a 116-run stand for the seventh wicket, but in the end that proved to be not enough, especially after Dhoni was caught short of crease by a brilliant direct hit by Martin Guptill.

“We got what we needed in the field. We knew we had a good day yesterday, we felt like we had the moment, but credit has to go to NZ bowlers for the swing and help they got from the surface,” Kohli said.

The skipper also showered praise on Jadeja, saying: “Jaddu had an outstanding couple of games. He went with so much clarity… MS had a good partnership with him. It was a game of margins and MS was run-out.”

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Kohli, Williamson’s mutual admiration lesson for young turks

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India skipper Virat Kohli calls Kane Williamson special and the New Zealand skipper says his Indian counterpart is a superstar. In the modern era of cut throat competition where every inch counts, the mutual admiration that Kohli and Williamson share is indeed a lesson for youngsters looking to play the gentlemans game.

Speaking on the eve of the first semi-final of the 2019 World Cup, Kohli was the first one to point out how he always saw talent in Williamson. In fact, even as scribes asked him about playing against Williamson in the U19 World Cup in 2008, the India skipper went back to the 2007 U19 Test match he played against New Zealand to recollect his first memory of the Kiwi skipper.

“It’s not even 2008, I remember in 2007, we went to New Zealand and we were playing an U19 Test match and he played a shot off one of our fast bowlers, who was quick, off the back foot and I remember standing in slips and telling guys standing with me, “I have never seen anyone play a shot like that” and he was special, along with a couple more guys, who didn’t make it surprisingly.

“But he was always the stand-out player and you could see when we played New Zealand in New Zealand on that U19 tour and the World Cup again, he was quite special for them. So we always knew he has the special ability to go all the way and now he’s controlling the tempo of the game for New Zealand. Every game that he plays, he’s contributing so well. He is a lovely guy. We get along very well,” he pointed.

Williamson too, had some really good things to say when asked about the Indian skipper who has evolved over the years and is an absolute run-machine at present.

“He was a formidable player, growing up — that seems odd to say because we were at the same age playing against each other on a number of occasions and then to go into international cricket at a youngish age, then IPL and these different sorts of things.

“So it’s obviously been a pleasure watching Virat play and evolve into the superstar that he is,” he smiled.

As the two captains gear up for one of their biggest challenges in their leadership careers, the act of appreciating genuine talent definitely is one that the future stars would look to imbibe.

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Rohit is the ‘best one-day player’: Kohli

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India skipper Virat Kohli was all praise for Rohit Sharma who scored a brilliant century against Bangladesh and termed him as the “best one-day player”.

On Tuesday, Sharma (104) scored his fourth century of the ongoing World Cup, thus helping India post 314/9 which they successfully defended at Edgbaston.

The Indian vice-captain became only the second batsman after Kumar Sangakkara to hit four hundreds in a single World Cup and in the process became the leading run-scorer in this edition of the tournament.

Rohit unfurled a flurry of strokes and played with a lot of freedom while sharing a 180-run opening partnership with K.L. Rahul. During his 32-ball inning, Rohit hit five huge sixes and seven boundaries.

“I have been watching it for years now, I have been saying it publicly, in my opinion Rohit is the best one-day player. When he plays, we are heading towards a big score and really happy with the way he’s playing,” said Kohli at the post-match presentation ceremony.

“When he plays well we know we are heading for a big score. He gives everyone confidence to go out and bat,” he added.

He also praised the Bangla Tigers for putting up a great fight and said: “Bangladesh played some really good cricket and deserve credit for the fight they put up. We had to work hard for the win and we are happy to see a ‘Q’ (qualified) in front of our name now.”

India, who have secured their berth in the semifinals, will now face Sri Lanka in their last group stage game at Headingley, Leeds on Saturday. “Another game as an opportunity for us to do the same things we have done so far in the tournament, and I think that will keep us in the frame of mind heading towards the semi-final,” said the Indian skipper.

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Afghanistan win showed our character: Kohli

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Southampton, June 23 India captain Virat Kohli admitted that his team made to work extremely hard by Afghanistan and things didn’t go as per plan during their narrow 11-run win in their fifth World Cup match in Southampton.

On Saturday, the Indian batting line-up, consisting of the heavyweights like Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni and Kohli, was seen struggling against the Afghan bowlers, especially the spinners. India had to fight for each and every run and were able to post a below-par total of 224 at the Ageas Bowl. It was a fine display of bowling by Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami that India managed to win a nervy battle as they bowled Afghanistan out for 213.

“This game was way more important to be honest as I said it didn’t go as plan. But when things don’t go your way, you need to show some character and bounce back and fight till the last ball and that shows the character of the team. We take a lot of heart from this win and take the confidence going forward,” said Kohli after the match.

Talking about the Indian batting, Kohli said that it was a difficult wicket to bat on and run-scoring was not easy.

“We have been playing some good cricket and you expect yourself to win the toss and put big runs on the board and then you see the pitch being slow with three quality spinners in the opposition, I felt 270 should have been ideal and thought 250 would have been par,” said Kohli.

“A team like Afghanistan who has a lot of talent doesn’t let you play the way you want to play. Everyone had collective belief that we can win this one. They really put pressure on us in the middle overs and as I said our shot selection could have been a lot better,” he added.

Afghanistan were always in the hunt during their chase and it required some special bowling spell from all the Indian bowlers to help their team earn their fourth win in the ongoing tournament.

“It’s simple. We wanted to use him (Bumrah) smartly when the conditions allow. He gets a longer spell and because he can pick wickets in the spell he can get you quick wickets. He is the bowler who can do the damage at any stage of the innings and the opposition knows that as well. The communication was to finish him off at 49th over so that Shami has enough runs to defend in the last over and yeah the plan worked really well today. Keeping Chahal back also worked,” said the Indian skipper.

The 32-year-old was also full of praise for Shami, who was included in the side for injured Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Shami returned with figures of 4/40 in his 9.5 overs, which included a hat-trick as well.

“All in all, the bowling performance was outstanding. Everyone’s waiting for an opportunity and I think Shami was really good today, especially his first spell, he was making the ball do more than anyone else today. Vijay Shankar has come in and he showed intent and he is fielding really well. It’s an honour for everyone to represent their country in the World Cup,” said Kohli.

India will now take on West Indies on June 27 at the Old Trafford.

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NTR and Virat Kohli to join hands

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oung Tiger NTR is one of the top actors of Telugu cinema and he is quite responsible and steps ahead when it comes to bringing social awareness in society. Indian star cricketer Virat Kohli is named as the best cricketers of this generation. NTR and Virat Kohli are joining hands for the first time to bring awareness through ‘Road and Alcohol Awareness Program’. This program will be hosted by NDTV news channel.

The duo along with some other celebrities will bring awareness about the accidents that are caused due to drunk driving. They will also reveal about the disasters caused due to drunk driving. NDTV has roped in a bunch of stars as brand ambassadors for this program. Some official announcements are awaited.

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‘Yes Man’ syndrome a captain’s dilemma

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In cricket, more than in any other team sport, the captain plays a significant role. The onus of all the field placements, bowling changes and behaviour of the players solely rest on his/her shoulder.

The shorter the format, the more difficult it is for the captain to make plans, ascertain his thoughts and execute them. The field restriction rules amplify his problems further, and one can see a helpless leader in the T20 format hoping for divine blessings at most times.

The Indian team under the flamboyant Virat Kohli has been an enlightened side, looking to make a mark in the history of the game. India, one of the favourites to win the upcoming World Cup in England and Wales, have all the ingredients to emerge as the worthy winners.

They have strong and well-established batting and bowling line-up along with a very good fielding unit. Everything seems perfect.

However, the performance of Kohli after the series of recent losses in the shorter format against New Zealand, Australia and now in the Indian Premier League (IPL) has sparked concern amongst the millions of Indian cricket followers.

Fortunately for Kohli, he has the backing of the brilliant cricketing mind of Mahendra Singh Dhoni when playing for India. But in a crunch situation and on a world platform like the World Cup, Kohli will have to stand on his own two feet.

The two World Cup-winning Indian captains — Kapil Dev and Dhoni — are both strong personalities who led through their natural cricketing instincts.

Although lots have been written on leadership and how it is important to strategise towards a goal, in cricket, however, one’s basic instinct is more important than in any other field.

I remember making fielding and bowling changes as a captain based on my natural gut instincts, which often proved successful. I was reprimanded when they failed, but I could bear with that failure rather than the other way around.

Kohli has shown that he is a decisive leader when he leads the Indian side in Test matches. After all, India are the number one side in the world. But he seems to struggle when it comes to the shorter formats. He needs to control every aspect of the game for his franchisee Royal Challengers Bangalore and use the experience of a Gary Kirsten only as a sounding board.

Dhoni is the only captain in the IPL who’s in control at the moment. Maybe his long standing equation with coach Stephen Fleming has compartmentalised his responsibilities well.

The IPL franchise owners must realise that they are not in the same league with football and rugby in Britain or basketball and baseball in the United States. The IPL is a commercially viable tournament of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that has a two-month calendar each year and nothing more.

During the inception of the tournament, one of the criteria was to encourage cricket and develop cricket academies and centres of excellence. But domestic cricket in India already had an existing structure for it.

This, therefore, makes it unviable for the private establishments, which are direct threats to the cricket associations which are present here. The IPL team owners have gone totally awry in the recruitment of support staff and other personnel who are part and parcel of the franchises.

Each IPL team has former cricket legends as mentors, well-known international coaches, batting, fielding and bowling experts with assistants and many more helpers who accompany all of them.

Majority of them are with the teams during the initial months before the tournament and then during the event. But the senior and established players take the centre stage only a few days before the start of the IPL, as the cramped international calendar makes it impossible for them to be released. Even the Indian domestic cricketers remain busy, as with three different formats of the game, cricket has almost become a 365-day affair.

I can well imagine the confusion in the minds of a captain and a player in many of the IPL teams. The other day, while watching the IPL, I imagined myself in the position of Shreyas Iyer, the captain of Delhi Capitals.

The young captain has Ricky Ponting, Sourav Ganguly, Mohammad Kaif and Pravin Amre as advisors. All of them have been successful, not just on the field but also off it. Ganguly and Ponting were acclaimed as the best captains during their playing days.

And hailing from Mumbai, Iyer must have interacted a lot with Amre. So one can well imagine Iyer and his teammates’ dilemma as to whom to listen to. I am sure the other players in the IPL are also facing the same problem.

This kind of support staff is ideal if one has a full year programme or if its for a national side. But it is a futile exercise, as well as expenditure, for a two-month tournament which has no permanency for a junior or a senior player.

Unfortunately, the player, in order to please the authorised individuals, becomes a “yes man” to all concerned. After all, “money does make the world go round.”

Although the IPL is great for Indian cricket, especially for the young talent to get recognised, a more compact staffing and performance-based leadership of a captain and a coach is the best way forward.

Presently, the IPL teams are functioning like the popular saying “too many cooks spoil the broth”. The franchises are not the messiahs of Indian cricket and it should be the responsibility of the BCCI to unearth cricketing talent, not theirs.

(Yajurvindra Singh is a former Test cricketer)

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Virat Kohli and Anushka Show Social Responsibility

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The star cricketer Virat Kohili and the Bollywood’s feisty actress Anushka Sharma tied the knot last December in the midst of their family and close friends. Ever since, they have been on the news for good reasons! Now, Virat has posted a video of his wife questioning a passerby on not being responsible enough on roads!

The video features Anushka questioning a random person on road about why he is throwing plastic on the road and spoiling the environment. It has obviously become viral and bringing some sense to all the common folks who get carried away on roads by throwing litter on streets!

It is indeed interesting to see the star couple showing such responsible and promoting healthy and clean India!

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Virat Kohli scared of Anushka Sharma

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Indian star cricketer Virat Kohli got hitched to his rumored girlfriend Anushka Sharma last year through a destination wedding. After a short holiday, the duo got back to work and Anushka is eagerly waiting for the release of her next film Pari which is a horror thriller. Anushka played the title role and she bankrolled Pari on Clean Slate Films. An excited Anushka hosted a special screening of the film last night for her close friends including her husband Virat Kohli.

Virat was left scared with Anushka’s performance in the film and he left Anushka in heaps of praises. He took his official twitter handle saying “Watched Pari last night, has to be my Wife’s best work ever! One of the best films I’ve seen in a long time. Got quite scared but so very proud of you @AnushkaSharma”. Directed by Prosit Roy, Pari features Anushka Sharma, Parambrata Chatterjee, Ritabhari Chakraborty in the lead roles which released all over today.

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Plenty of cricket still to be played in the series

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Free-flowing advice has poured in from across the cricketing world for Virat Kohli and his teammates after the setback at Newlands. Much of it for the batsmen, a little to bowlers and the team management.

Old-timers talked about the batsmen’s lack of technique, the line and length of the bowlers and some dissected the team selection and some others turned sports psychologists going into the mindset of players when the seaming ball is flying around.

All after one bad defeat. This is not the first time the India team was rattled by fast bowlers nor is it the first time they lost the first Test of a series. Why overseas, they lost the first Test even at home to Australia by a massive 333 runs at Pune last year and before that to Sri Lanka at Galle. On both the occasions they bounced back to take the series 2-1. The difference is in both the Tests it was not the pace but the spin of Steve O’Keefe and Rangana Herath that baffled the Indians.

The situation is different now, and also the conditions. The bounce in South Africa is disconcerting to the batsmen, and, to make matters worse, the seaming ball posed questions at the Newlands. It is not that the batsmen have not coped with such conditions. They have done well in different atmospheric and pitch conditions in England, Australia and in South Africa, managing to win Tests if not series like they are used to back home.

No one can allege that India win Tests on doctored pitches any longer. South Africa, England and Australia were beaten on good wickets the last time they toured India. For that matter, Kohli did not blame the Newlands pitch for his team’s defeat, he was all praise for it as it had something for everyone. Batsmen who could play the cut and pull were happy with the bounce and so were those who could hit through the line. Only those who poked at deliveries well outside their off-stump or played across the line looked inept and ungainly.

Having said that, on another day the Indian batsmen would put the same attack to the sword in slightly different conditions.

Losing a Test chasing 208 runs can demoralise the best of teams and it will surely hurt the World Number One team. But looking at India’s record at the venues India will be playing the remaining two Tests, at SuperSport Park at the Centurion, starting Saturday, and then at the Wanderers in Johannesburg, they need not be disheartened even if the pitches there are known to be quick with bounce.

India played only one Test at the Centurion — on the 2010-11 tour — and lost it by an innings after being put in to bat and bowled out for 136 in the first innings, though they scored 459 in the second knock thanks to Sachin Tendulkar’s century (111) and healthy contributions from Gautam Gambhir (80), Virendra Sehwag (63) and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (90).

At Wanderers India have an unbeaten record, winning in 2010-11 to share the series 1-1, and drawing the other three, including a bizarre finish to a Test which the South Africans should have won, but they chose to settle for a draw, eighth-wicket pair Vernon Philander and Dale Steyn not wanting to take chances, even when they needed eight runs chasing 458.

It only proves that there is still plenty of cricket to be played. Under the circumstances, who should be India’s horses for the two courses? The options for the second Test are limited and, in fact, little if the team management goes by normal cricket sense instead of panicking after the loss at Newlands.

The media waited for the Test to end to ask why Ajinkya Rahane and Lokesh Rahul were not played and Kohli was quick to respond, both Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan were included on current form. So, can they be dropped now after failing in one Test in which the best of batsmen on both sides could not get going?

Don’t forget the year 2017 belonged to both Kohli and Rohit, who had shone across the formats.

If a case is made out for Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit’s camp will ask how can you drop a guy who scored 82, 51 not out, 102 not out, 65 and 50 not out in his last five Test innings, at an average of 175? If the overseas record is taken into account, Murali Vijay has as good a record as any and see how he groped to find his off-stump.

Then there is a suggestion of players playing their natural game. Dhawan tried doing it and did not succeed. Rohit was cautious but he looked good in till he got out without notice. We can‘t also be asking the present lot to bat like Sehwag or V.V.S. Laxman, if not Tendulkar or Rahul Dravid.

Imagine the pressure on Rahul and Rahane if they are pitchforked into the side. You can’t be changing and chopping players after every individual failure and a Test loss.

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Anushka, Virat Kohli hold second, star-studded reception in Mumbai

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After hosting their first reception in Delhi, high-profile couple Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma hosted their second reception attended by stars from both the sporting world and the film world here on Tuesday.

Big Celebrities such as Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut, Rekha and more were spotted at the reception.

After hosting their first reception in Delhi, Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma, the high profile couple hosted their second reception here at St Regis’ Astor Ballroom in Mumbai.

The couple looked beautiful. While Anushka seen in side slick hair with cascading curls and nude lips to go with the elegant vibe of her ensemble and wearing a Sabyasachi creation – a dull gold heavily embroidered and embellished lehenga set teamed with a matching dupatta, cinched at the waist with a signature Sabyasachi belt. She completed the heavy dress with simple earing studs, a diamond neck-piece and traditional Punjabi red bangles set.

Hubby Virat wore a navy velvet bandhgala which he paired with a pair of white pants and brown shoes.

At the reception among the attendees also included people from the sports world and was represented by Chief selector Sandeep Patil, Saina Nehwal, Ravindra Jadeja, M.S. Dhoni, Rohit Sharma, Virender Sehwag, Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, Hardik Pandya, Zaheer Khan, Jaydev Unadkat, Cheteshwar Pujara, Umesh Yadav and many more, while Bollywood bigwigs such as Rekha, Madhuri Dixit Nene, Kangana Ranaut, Prasoon Joshi, Anurag Kashyap, Lara Dutta, Ramesh Taurani, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sidharth Roy Kapur, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Boman Irani, Rajkumar Hirani, newbie Sara Ali Khan and Ibrahim Ali Khan, Dino Morea, Music Maestro A.R. Rahman were present.

Right from their environment-friendly invites with saplings to the anthology of Rumi’s poems as return gifts, the couple seems to have invested great thought in all the functions. They made sure that all the events reflected the spirit of their companionship and their personalities.

After wrapping the wedding festivities, Anushka and Virat will fly off to South Africa, where Virat will stay on for an upcoming series.

Anushka is scheduled to touch base in Mumbai after New Year celebrations, where she will resume her pending work commitments – a film with Aanand L. Rai, YRF’s “Sui Dhaaga” and the promotions of “Pari”.

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