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Shoaib Akhtar lauded Indian skipper Virat Kohli for the evolution of India's pace attack
Shoaib Akhtar lauded Indian skipper Virat Kohli for the evolution of India's pace attack
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Shoaib Akhtar Glad To Be Proved Wrong As He Thought Virat Kohli Was Making A Mistake By Being Team India Skipper

Shoaib Akhtar, a former Pakistan pacer was rich in his praise for India skipper Virat Kohli for instilling aggression in his fast bowlers and for changing the mentality of Indian cricket.

In an exclusive interview with Sportskeeda, Shoaib Akhtar shared his thoughts on India’s evolved pace attack over the last few years.

Shoaib Akhtar. (AFP Photo)
Shoaib Akhtar. (AFP Photo)

Shoaib Akhtar Thinks Virat Kohli Has Done A Wonderful Job As A Captain

So far, Virat Kohli has represented his side in 92 Tests, 254 ODIs, and 90 T20Is, scoring 7547, 12169, and 3159 runs respectively. He is the only player to average above 50 across all the formats. But the batsman is yet to score a ton in any format since his 136 against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens in November 2019. His century drought continued but he will look to make amends in the upcoming 5 Tests against hosts England.

“I think Virat (Kohli) has done a wonderful job as a captain. I said it to Anushka Sharma in a Sony show-‘I think Virat is making a mistake by being a captain. I knew there was a tremendous amount of pressure on him and it would bog him down.”

“In a country like India with a population of a billion, there are around 20,000 TV sets and channels, enough to slam him. In my mind, I was thinking, “he’s a young kid, let him score runs and play his game.”

Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
Virat Kohli, Image Source: AP IMAGE

In a way, the 45-year-old was glad to be proved wrong. In the interview, he credited Virat Kohli for instilling the aggression a tearaway pacer needed.

“He [Kohli] took up that challenge of being a skipper. He took it on and made sure that his replica was instilled within the fast bowlers. He wants to see his aggression in his fast bowlers. He’s not actually a Virat Kohli on the field, he is a fast bowler running in the form of an Ishant Sharma or a Bhuvneshwar Kumar or [Mohammed] Shami.”- Shoaib Akhtar

As a bowling unit, Virat Kohli wants his bowlers in the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, and Ravichandran Ashwin to take twenty wickets and has changed the mentality of Indian cricket.

Shoaib Akhtar Was Feared By Batsmen Across The World For Generating Express Pace While Virat Kohli Is Yet To Win An ICC Trophy As Skipper

Shoaib Akhtar was undoubtedly one of the fastest bowlers in international cricket and his 178 Test wickets and 247 ODI scalps bear proof of his calibre. Known for his ferocious pace, intense aggression, and his ability to provide regular breakthroughs at important critical junctures in the game, he was often seen as the main threat by the opposition batsmen.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)

He headlined news across the world for bowling a delivery at 161.3 km/h (100.23 mph), in an ODI against England during the 2003 Cricket World Cup. Shoaib Akhtar was nicknamed the “Rawalpindi Express” for his breakneck speed. He was also the first bowler to be recorded bowling at 100 miles per hour and did so twice during his career.

Virar Kohli, who was handed the reins for the final Test match against Australia on the 2014-15 tour, has led India in 61 Tests which is the most by an Indian skipper so far. Under Virat Kohli, India has won 36 Test matches.

In the One Day Internationals, Team India has registered 65 victories from the 95 matches. Virat Kohli has captained the T20I side 45 times, and India has won 27 matches. Under Virat Kohli, India has been the most consistent Test side over the past five years.

Under Virat Kohli, India has come close thrice to lift an ICC Trophy – the Champions Trophy in 2017, the 2019 World Cup, and most recently, the WTC final – but have stumbled at the final hurdle. Royal Challengers Bangalore, Virat Kohli’s franchise is also yet to win IPL but finished as runners up on three occasions between 2009 and 2016. They were runners up in 2009,2011 and 2016-the last of which came under Virat Kohli.

Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma. (Photo Credit: PTI)
Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma. (Photo Credit: PTI)
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Indian Men’s And Women’s Cricketers Will Have Their Families To Accompany Them For UK Tour

Indian men and women players will have their families accompany them for the nearly four-month-long tour as the UK government has given a go-ahead.

India men and women players will be able to have their families accompany them for the England tour after the UK government’s clearance. Both the Indian men and women players will be flying out in the same chartered flight along with their family members.

Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma after India's 2018 win in Australia [Photo-Reuters]
Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma after India’s 2018 win in Australia [Photo-Reuters]

Indian Men And Women Players Will Be Accompanied By Families

While the men’s team will play six Tests in near-about four months during their stay in England, the women’s team will play one Test, three ODIs, and as many T20Is. Currently, both Indian men and women players are undergoing 14-day quarantine in a Mumbai hotel following which they will depart for the UK.

The players will land in Southampton where they will reportedly serve another quarantine period of 10 days. Upon its completion, the men’s team will stay put at the Hampshire Bowl to start preparing for the final of the ICC World Test Championship against New Zealand which will start from June 18.

Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami, Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana posed new Test jersey of the Indian women's cricket team. (BCCI)
Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami, Harmanpreet Kaur, and Smriti Mandhana posed new Test jersey of the Indian women’s cricket team. (BCCI)

On the other hand, the women’s team, as per ESPNcricinfo, will move to Bristol for their one-off Test against England. The International Cricket Council (ICC) last week announced that the WTC Final has been “granted an exemption by the UK government” with regards to its strict COVID-19 protocols.

 “As per the bio-safety protocols established for the event, in line with UK government and Public Health England requirements, the Indian Men’s team will arrive in the UK on 3 June 2021 via a charter flight and carrying evidence of a negative PCR Test,” ICC said in a media release.

“Prior to traveling, the party will have spent 14 days in a bio-secure environment in India during which regular testing will have taken place. Upon landing, they will proceed directly to the on-site hotel at the Hampshire Bowl where they will be tested again before commencing a period of managed isolation,” it added.

The families of Indian men and women players and support staff of both the Indian men’s and women’s cricket teams will be allowed to accompany them during their lengthy tour of England this month, a senior BCCI source revealed on Tuesday.

The families of Indian men and women players, including Virat Kohli’s wife and Bollywood star Anushka Sharma and their daughter Vamika, would be on the chartered flight that would be used by the men’s and the women’s teams. They would land in London on June 3. From London, the team will move to Southampton, the venue for the WTC final, according to ESPNCricinfo.

Sourav Ganguly And Jay Shah Will Be Absent For WTC Final Against Kiwis

However, it is learned that none of the BCCI office-bearers, including president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah, will be present for the World Test Championship final against New Zealand in Southampton from June 18-22, due to the strict quarantine rules of the country.

Sourav Ganguly, Jay Shah
Sourav Ganguly, Jay Shah

The ECB didn’t grant permission to Sourav Ganguly and Jay Shah. Normally, administrators go before the Test match but as per quarantine rules, since they are non-playing members, they would have had to undergo hard quarantine of 10 days.

The BCCI had put in a request that the Indian men and women players be allowed the company of their loved ones given that they have to spend a considerable amount of time in a bio-secure bubble due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 24-member men’s team is supposed to play an intra-squad three-day practice game to get into the groove.

R Ashwin
R Ashwin. Image Credits: Twitter
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Ravichandran Ashwin Promised To Distribute N95 Masks To The Needy

Ravichandran Ashwin, an Indian off-spinner has stepped up in the fight against COVID-19 and promised to distribute N95 masks. Wearing a mask is one of the ways to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The second wave of COVID-19 has hit the country hard and India is recording over 3.5 lakh cases regularly. India has also witnessed over 4 lakh cases thrice now and the death toll has also been on the high side. The country is also facing an acute shortage of oxygen, beds, and other equipment.

Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Ravichandran Ashwin Withdrew Midway In IPL 2021 After Family Tested Positive

While the country is facing probably its worst-ever crisis, many celebrities and common rich people are doing their bit in the fight against COVID-19 by donating to various schemes. Ravichandran Ashwin, who recently represented Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, has also stepped up in the fight against COVID-19. Ravichandran Ashwin has promised to buy and distribute N95 masks.

Delhi Capitals player Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo | IPL)
Delhi Capitals player Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo | IPL)

The senior India spinner asked the Twitterati the ways to distribute the masks and wrote: “N 95 masks can be washed and reused. I am happy to buy and give it to people who can’t afford it! Please let me know ways to distribute them if you or anyone on my timeline knows how.”

Wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing are two ways to control the spread of COVID-19. Ravichandran Ashwin himself had a tough time a few weeks back as 10 members of his family tested positive for the infection. The COVID-19 cases saw him withdrawing midway from IPL 2021 during their Chennai leg. The tournament was suspended on May 4 due to 6 confirmed cases in different camps.

Pat Cummins, Brett Lee, And Virat Kohli Among Cricketers Donating In India’s Fight Against Covid-19

Pat Cummins was one of the first cricketers who stepped up in the country’s fight against COVID-19. The Kolkata Kight Riders’ pacer donated $50000 to UNICEF Australia’s India COVID-19 Crisis Appeal. Brett Lee donated 1 bitcoin (43 lakhs) to Crypto Relief. Sachin Tendulkar, Nicholas Pooran, Jaydev Unadkat, and Jason Behrednroff also donated to different relief funds.

Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar [Image Courtesy: Twitter]
Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar [Image Courtesy: Twitter]
Earlier today, India skipper Virat Kohli and his wife Anushka Sharma launched an ‘In This Together’ campaign to raise funds. The couple has donated a sum of Rs 2 crore.
Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
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Sarandeep Singh Opens Up On Virat Kohli’s Attitude

Sarandeep Singh, former Indian selector opened up on captain Virat Kohli’s attitude during selection meetings in a recent interaction. Team India under the captaincy of Virat Kohli has been very successful as they have accumulated several series wins against top cricketing nations like Australia, England, South Africa, and New Zealand.

Virat Kohli has come a long way since debuting in 2008. The 32-year-old has certainly changed a lot since his debut and been rewarded with over 22,000 international runs and 70 tons overall. The former right-handed batsman and a right-arm off-break bowler, who played 3 Tests and 5 ODIs for India, has said that Virat Kohli likes to serve food to guests himself as there are no servants at his house.

Sarandeep Singh (TOI Photo)
Sarandeep Singh (TOI Photo)

Sarandeep Singh: Virat Kohli Is A Good Listener And Is As Down To Earth As He Seems Aggressive On The Field

However, for many, Virat Kohli’s attitude remains a question. Recently, former selector Sarandeep Singh revealed much regarding his attitude during selection meetings and how he is a good listener before making a call.

Sarandeep Singh told on Sportskeeda’s Cricket Page, “Whenever Virat comes, team meetings used to go on for 1, 1.5 hours. Virat is a good listener. I don’t know what people think about him.If you see him in the matches, he’s always charged up while batting and fielding. So it seems like he’s always hot and arrogant, and doesn’t listen to anyone.

“But no, he’s as down-to-earth as he seems aggressive on the field. In selection meetings, he was so polite. He always used to listen to everyone and then finally come to a decision.”

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. Photo credit: Getty Images.

Virat Kohli is one of the fittest cricketers on the international sporting circuit having represented India in 87 Tests, 251 ODIs, and 85 T20Is. He has over 20,000 international runs and is next to the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting for having 70 international centuries.

Sarandeep Singh: Virat Kohli Is Very Down To Earth And Strong-Willed

Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli, married in 2017, announced last August 2020 that they were expecting a baby. Actress Anushka Sharma and cricketer Virat Kohli welcomed a daughter, their first child in 2021.

Sarandeep Singh even went a step ahead and opened up on how Virat and his wife Anushka Sharma manage their house, without any servants. “At his home, there are no servants. He and his wife will serve food to everyone.

“What else do you want? Virat always sits with you, chats with you, and goes out for dinner with you. All the other players have so much respect for him. He’s very down-to-earth and strong-willed.”

 Virat Kohli And Anushka Sharma Instagram Photo
Virat Kohli And Anushka Sharma Instagram Photo. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

He further defended his style of expressive captaincy and said, “On the field, he needs to be that way because he’s the captain. He’s the one who’ll handle the pressure on the ground and make decisions in the heat of the moment.”

Virat Kohli became the Test captain in late 2014 and has done exceedingly well to take India to the top spot in the ICC Test rankings in mid-2016. On the other hand, he became the captain across formats in early 2017 and led India to the semi-finals of the 2019 ODI World Cup. He is India’s most successful Test skipper with 34 wins.

Currently, the Virat Kohli-led Indian team is busy preparing for the third and penultimate Test against England in Ahmedabad. A series win, by 2-1 or 3-1, will take India to the final of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship and will play against New Zealand who has already qualified after Australia’s tour of South Africa was called off.

Virat Kohli, who is yet to score a century in any format in more than a year now, has played some crucial innings in his last three Tests. The Indian captain scored a 74 in the day-night Test in Adelaide against Australia, a solid 73 in the second innings in the first Test in Chennai but his 62-run innings in the second innings of the second Test against England was perhaps the best.

Virat Kohli. Image Credit: Getty Images
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I Don’t Think Any Victory Can Be More Special Than Australia Test Series Win: Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli said that by playing cricket over the last few years he has become quite flexible so learning how to change diapers wasn’t that tough for him and he is satisfied with whatever he has learned so far.

Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma
Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma. Image Credits: PTI

Virat Kohli Reckons He Is Flexible And Learning How To Change Diapers Wasn’t That Tough

“Luckily as a cricketer over the years I have become someone who adapts well to the situations and Ravi bhai (coach Ravi Shastri) would know that using the crease and standing in and out all that kind of stuff… I have become very flexible.
“So, for me to understand how to change diapers and learning all those things wasn’t that tough because I was keen to learn. I wouldn’t say I have mastered it but I am very comfortable with everything that I have learned so far,” Virat Kohli said, in a video posted by on the BCCI website.
Virat Kohli.
Virat Kohli. Image Credit: Twitter.

Asked about where he ranked the recent series triumph in Australia, Virat Kohli said that the cherished victory is right on top especially because after the number of injuries and lack of experience in the squad the odds were stacked up against India as compared to hosts Australia.

“I think if you put things in perspective in terms of the experience in the squad and how much cricket our boys had played against the opposition who had played way more… the odds were stacked up against us after Adelaide. The kind of character and belief shown by the whole squad… I don’t think any victory has been more special than this,” Virat Kohli stated.

Australia began the series on a strong note winning the day-night Test in Adelaide inside three days and handing India one of their worst Test defeats in the recent history as the team registered lowest ever Test score of 36.

Ravi Shastri Asked Players To Wear 36 As A Badge To Not Forget And Ensure That 36 Doesn’t Happen Again

Indian coach Ravi Shastri, who was also part of the interview, said that he had asked players to wear what happened in Adelaide Test as a badge so that it doesn’t happen to them again.

“One of the mornings I told the boys wear this 36 as a badge so that you never forget it and when things are going your way cash in and make the most of it,” Ravi Shastri stated.

Virat Kohli, Ravi Shastri
Virat Kohli, Ravi Shastri. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Virat Kohli had to return home for the birth of his baby after playing the first Test in Adelaide which India lost by eight wickets inside three days.  Virat Kohli acknowledged that he was “a bit anxious” in the beginning but was relaxed a little especially after the way the players bounced back in the second Test in Melbourne.

“I will be very honest, before the Melbourne Test, I was a bit anxious but then the way the whole team played in Melbourne. I was cheering every ball… jumping up from the couch every now and then. Probably not as loud as I am on the field but still the cheers were loud enough for the staff to be heard everywhere in the house,” Virat Kohli, described how he followed the series at home.

Commenting on the return of international cricket in India post-COVID-19, the Indian skipper said that all the players are delighted to be playing cricket on home soil once again. He also said that the series is happening in India at the right time when situation arising due to Covid-19 has been brought under considerable control to a great extent and the players are feeling very safe in the bio-bubble.

Shahid Afridi, IPL
Shahid Afridi (Image Credit: Google)
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India Pulled Off Astonishing 2-1 Series Win To Be Remembered For Long Time: Shahid Afridi

Shahid Afridi, former Pakistan all-rounder congratulated India on winning the Test series against Australia and said the series win will be “remembered for a long time”.

On Tuesday, Australia’s fortress Gabba was finally breached after 32 years and two months, as the unthinkable was achieved as an injury-ravaged young Indian team defeated Australia by three wickets against all odds to take the series 2-1.

India Wins Against Australia
India Wins Against Australia

Shahid Afridi: Incredible Performance As Despite Injuries And Setbacks, India Won

India were without run machine Virat Kohli and pacers Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah besides spinners Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja but yet managed to win the 4th Test with an inexperienced bowling line-up with pace spearhead Mohammed Siraj being most experienced playing only 3 Tests.

“Incredible performance India! Despite so many injuries and setbacks India have pulled off an astonishing series win. Congratulations to Indian team, this series will be remembered for a long time,” Afridi tweeted.

Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi. Image Credit: Twitter.

Regular Skipper Virat Kohli Returned Home But Ajinkya Rahane Led Team Brilliantly

Virat Kohli had also returned home after the conclusion of first Test as he along with wife Anushka Sharma were expecting the birth of their first child. Virat Kohli announced that they have been blessed with a baby girl on the very day when the Indian team played out of its skin to draw the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma
Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma. Image Credits: PTI

In the first Test against Australia, India was bundled out for 36 and there were many pundits who said the visiting team will face a 4-0 drubbing. But proving every critic wrong, the Ajinkya Rahane-led side registered famous victories at Melbourne and Brisbane. The side also recorded a famous draw at Sydney and at every step of the way, this line-up overcame adversity.

Incidentally, Shahid Afridi tweeted that Indian batsmen are still capable of fighting back after the Adelaide debacle. Shahid Afridi had backed arch-rivals India to bounce back in the rest of the matches of the Border Gavaskar Trophy as many experts were predicting Australian whitewash but India not only fought back but won Test series 2-1.

Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma Tighten Up Security To Protect Their Baby Girl From The Public Eye
Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma. Image Credits: Twitter
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Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma To Keep Their Baby Girl Away From The Public Eye

Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma are the most talked and attention-grabber couple in Bollywood as well as the cricket industry. But the two doesn’t want their newborn baby girl to make headlines and trend on social media platforms. For which, they have beefed up the security at the Breach Candy hospital in Mumbai where the baby was born.

As per a report in Bollywood Hungama, they are not accepting any gifts and even the entry of close relatives has been put on hold at the hospital. The visitors in the nearby rooms are also not allowed to have a look at the new-born.

Virat Kohli requested for privacy:

Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma,
Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Virat Kohli and Anushka have also not released a photo of the newborn although the Indian skipper shared the news of the arrival of his first child on Monday(January 11) through a post on Twitter where he requested everybody to respect the couple’s privacy.

“We are thrilled to share with you that we have been blessed with a baby girl this afternoon. We thank you all for your love, prayers and good wishes. Anushka and the baby are both healthy and we are feeling beyond blessed to start this new chapter of our lives. We hope that you can respect our privacy at this time. Love, Virat,” the Indian skipper — Virat Kohli wrote.

From cricket fraternity to Bollywood actors, all have been wishing the couple for starting new innings in their life. Netizens have also been pouring wishes for welcoming the baby.

Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma To Keep Their Baby Girl Away From The Public Eye 1
Image Credit: Getty Images.

After playing the first Test against Australia, Virat Kohli had returned from Australia to be with his wife and witness the precious moment of his life.

Meanwhile, the four-match series between India and Australia is currently leveled with the third match ending in a draw. They will play the last and fourth match of the series in The Gabba, which will commence from January 11.

Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma Tighten Up Security To Protect Their Baby Girl From The Public Eye
Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma. Image Credits: Twitter
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Anushka Sharma And Virat Kohli Welcomes Their 1st Child

Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli, married since 2017, announced last August that they were expecting a baby.

Actress Anushka Sharma and cricketer Virat Kohli welcomed a daughter, their first child today.

Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma
Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma(Image Source: Virat Kohli Instagram)

Anushka Sharma And Virat Kohli Welcomes Their 1st Child A Daughter

Virat Kohli made the announcement on Twitter saying mother and baby are both doing well, as he wrote and signed off with a request for privacy.

Virat Kohli tweeted: “We are thrilled to share with you that we have been blessed with a baby girl this afternoon. We thank you all for your love, prayers and good wishes. Anushka and the baby are both healthy and we are feeling beyond blessed to start this new chapter of our lives. We hope that you can respect our privacy at this time.”

 

Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli, married since 2017, announced last August that they were expecting a baby.

They wrote on their respective social media accounts, “And then we were three! Arriving Jan 2021.”

Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma
Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma. Image Credits: PTI

Congratulatory messages flooded their posts instantly – many of these were from the couple’s celeb friends such as Priyanka Chopra, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Sania Mirza, Kiara Advani, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Taapsee Pannu, Dia Mirza and Parineeti Chopra.

Anushka Sharma: Important That Our Child Is Respectful Of People

Virat Kohli, the captain of India’s cricket team, was granted paternity leave by the Board of Cricket Control in India or BCCI and flew home from Australia towards the end of December after playing the first Test of a four-match Test series and preceding 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is. In his absence, the team is being captained by Ajinkya Rahane, under whom India won 2nd Test and drew 3rd Test.

In December, Anushka Sharma discussed parenting in an interview, saying that she and Virat Kohli did not want to “raise brats.”

Speaking to Vogue magazine, Anushka said, “There are so many similarities in the way we are as people and the way we approach life. So I do think that will work for us. I’ve been thinking about it before I even became a parent. Conditioning is the most important role in how we see the world.

“I come from a progressive background, so that will always be a part of our home. Love is the underlying factor in our home, and what’s important to us is that our child be respectful of people. You have to create that value structure. We don’t want to raise brats.”

Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma
Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma-Twitter

Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli, both 32, dated for several years before marrying in Italy in 2017.

In 2014, Anushka said, “We are not hiding anything. We are two normal young people in a relationship.”

Three years later, they went to Tuscany for a family-and-friends-only wedding, which they followed up with two wedding receptions back home – one in New Delhi and another in Mumbai.

Anushka Sharma, who starred in films such as PK, Band Baaja Baaraat, Dil Dhadakne Do, Sultan and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, was last seen in Zero with Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif.

She also produced the critically acclaimed web-series Paatal Lok and Netflix film Bulbul. Anushka’s production house, Clean Slate Filmz which she runs with brother Karnesh, has also made several films that she’s starred in – NH10 and Pari, among them.

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Virat Kohli. BCCI Twitter.
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Virat Kohli Named ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer Of The Decade

Virat Kohli’s achievements were recognised by ICC as he was named the Men’s ODI cricketer of the decade. The Indian skipper has been one of the most prolific run-getters in international cricket since making his debut in 2008 in ODIs.

But he dominates the 50-over format unlike any cricketer ever as he averages a staggering 59.31 in ODIs which is 2nd highest in the world from players ever to have played the 50 overs format.

Virat Kohli.
Virat Kohli. Image Credit: Twitter.

Virat Kohli Named Men’s ODI Cricketer Of The Decade By ICC

Virat Kohli already has 43 ODI tons at 32 years of age in 251 ODIs which means he is in line to break Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 ODI tons. His consistency in limited-overs means that he is on course and the main competitor to break the records of his idol former batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, whose feats were once considered untouchable.

Sachin Tendulkar has 18426 runs beside his name in 463 matches averaging 44.83 and has scored the most career runs ever in ODIs. The current Indian skipper has 12040 runs in 251 matches and is 6th among leading run-scorers.

Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar
Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar (Image Credit: Google)

The International Cricket Council on Monday recognized Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s achievements by naming him the Men’s ODI cricketer of the decade.

He has been one of the recipients of many awards like the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year in 2017 and 2018, also the ICC Test Player of the Year 2018 and ICC ODI Player of the Year in 2012, 2017 and 2018 besides Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World in 2016, 2017 and 2018. He was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2013, the Padma Shri in 2017 for cricketing achievements and the illustrious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, the highest sporting honour in India, in 2018.

Virat Kohli’s Biggest Achievements Were 2011 World Cup Win, 2013 Champions Trophy Win And Maiden Test Series Victory In Australia In 2018-19

In a video posted by the ICC, Virat Kohli spoke about the three biggest achievements of his career, which included the 2011 ICC World Cup win, 2013 ICC Champions Trophy victory and leading India to their maiden Test series triumph in Australia in 2018-19.

He was appointed as the vice-captain of the ODI team in 2012 and became Test captain following Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s retirement from Tests in 2014. In 2017, he became the limited-overs skipper as well. In ODIs, Virat Kohli has the highest number of centuries in run-chases in the world. Virat Kohli is also India’s most successful skipper with 33 Test wins in 56 Tests captained.

He has currently returned home midway from the Australia series after playing 3 ODIs and as many T20Is and 1st Test as he is on paternity leave and is expecting his first child with wife Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma.

Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma
Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma. Image Credits: PTI

Virat Kohli was also a member of the Indian team that reached the semi-final of the 2015 ICC World Cup. He captained the team to the final of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy and the semi-finals of the 2019 ICC World Cup.

Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma Tighten Up Security To Protect Their Baby Girl From The Public Eye
Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma. Image Credits: Twitter
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Virat Kohli Had No Doubts To Return Home For The Birth Of 1st Child With Anushka Sharma

Virat Kohli said that he has no doubts in his mind in asking for paternity leave so that he could return home to be with his pregnant wife Anushka Sharma.

Virat Kohli is all set to fly back to Mumbai after the conclusion of the first Test between Australia and India which will be played at the Adelaide Oval from December 17 to 21.

Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma
Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma. Image Credits: PTI

Virat Kohli: Decision To Head Home Was Absolutely Clear In Mind As It Is A Special Moment In Life Which Cannot Be Missed At Any Cost

Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane will step into the skipper’s shoes in Virat Kohli’s absence. Virat Kohli is India’s most successful Test skipper with 33 wins in 55 games. Virat Kohli led India to Test series wins in West Indies, Sri Lanka and Australia.

Anushka Sharma
Anushka Sharma (Image Credit: Google)

His decision was met with praise from the Indian sporting fraternity and fans. Virat Kohli said he is “very excited” to welcome his first child with Anushka Sharma while talking about his home return.

“It’s a decision that was absolutely clear in my mind. As committed as you are to play for your country this is a very, very special moment in life that you want to be there for at any cost. It’s a blessed time and we’re very excited,” Virat Kohli said during an informal chat with Steve Smith on the eve of the Border-Gavaskar Test series opener.

Anushka Sharma is an Indian actress and producer who works in Hindi films. Born in Ayodhya and raised in Bangalore, she made her acting debut opposite Shah Rukh Khan in the highly successful romantic film Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008). She also acted in Band Baaja Baaraat (2010), Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012), NH10 (2015), Dil Dhadakne Do (2015), Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016), Sui Dhaaga (2018), Sultan (2016), PK (2014) and biopic Sanju (2018). The couple married in Italy on 11 December 2017.

Virat Kohli: Ajinkya Rahane Is Composed And Knows Strength Of Team And Hope He Does Tremendous Job As Skipper

Virat Kohli also expressed full faith in Ajinkya Rahane‘s captaincy and wished him all the best for the remaining 3 Tests which he won’t be a part of.

“Firstly, Rahane and I have built mutual understanding over the years, we have had great partnerships batting together which is based on trust. Rahane has done a fantastic job in the two practice games, he seems to be very composed and he knows the strengths of our team and how we need to go.”

Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli
Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli- Photo Credit: AFP.

“We already know the template we play with and how we want to go about things. We are on the same page and I am sure Rahane will do a tremendous job in my absence,” Virat Kohli said in a virtual press conference.

Ajinkya Rahane previously led India in two Tests; one against Australia and one against Afghanistan and India won both of them. Ajinkya Rahane will be leading India in overseas for the first time.

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