Nov 092017
 
Virat Kohli, Ronaldo highest-paid athletes on Instagram: Forbes

Indian cricket team’s skipper Virat Kohli, who recently topped ICC rankings for both ODI and T20I, also finds himself on top of the list of the highest-paid athletes on Instagram, according to Forbes.Kohli is currently the most marketable athlete in India and the face of cricket all around the world.According to Forbes, Kohli’s brand value exceeds Barcelona star Lionel Messi, Pro golfer Rory McIlroy and NBA’s Stephen Curry. Kohli who has over 16 million Instagram followers, earns a staggering $500,000 per promotional post on Instagram, that is the same amount as Cristiano Ronaldo, who is the most followed athlete on Instagram with over 114 million followers.Earlier, last month Kohli shot past Barcelona star Lionel Messi in Forbes’ list of the world’s most valuable athletes. Click for detailed story

Nov 042017
 
Virat Kohli calls Shoaib Akhtar a terrifying bowler

Indian skipper, Virat Kohli has called Shoaib Akhtar a terrifying bowler for batsmen to face. During an interview with Breakfast with Champions, Kohli said after Akhtar the next bowler he was terrified of facing was Pakistan’s 7-foot left-arm paceman Mohammad Irfan. Speedster Shoaib Akhtar rides bike in Karachi, surprises fans Motorbikes have played an important role in making me Shoaib Akhtar, says former fast bowler Kohli also spoke about his relationship with Indian actress Anushka Sharma and how she had played a vital role in his life. According to Kholi, the actress had provided him with motivation and confidence. In another interview given earlier this month, Kohli was also all praise for another Pakistani bowler Mohammad Amir. When asked about the best bowler he had faced and who made him nervous, Kohli had replied Mohammad Amir. Click for detailed story

Nov 022017
 
ICC finds no wrongdoing in Virat Kohli?s use of walkie-talkie

TV screen grab shows Virat Kholi using the walkie-talkie The anti corruption unit of the ICC is satisfied with Indian captain Virat Kohli’s conduct during the first T20I against New Zealand. The Indian skipper was seen using a walkie-talkie to communicate with support staff.A source privy to matter has confirmed to Geo.tv that Kohli had sought prior permission from the ICC’s anti-corruption officer at the venue to use the two-way communication device.“The use of two-way walkie-talkies is allowed for communication between the dugout and the dressing room area by player support personnel,” explained the source.“In this case, Virat Kohli had received advance permission to use the device from the ICC anti-corruption manager at the venue, Mr Bir Singh, for the purposes of communicating with player support personnel in the dressing room,” the source added.The source also confirmed that ICC ACU is satisfied that the two-way walkie-talkie system was being used in accordance with the PMOA Minimum Standards.Earlier, the Indian media suggested that Kohli had violated ICC regulations by using a communication device during a match.Though the use of mobile phones is banned in the dressing room, the support staff have access to walkie-talkies under ICC rules.The rule 4.3.1 of conduct at players and match Official area allows the use of two way handheld devices that uses the dedicated frequency over short distance by players support personnel for the purpose of communication between the dugout and the dressing room for the medical and tactical reasons only, provided that such communication devices are [Read More…]

Oct 202017
 

LAHORE: The mutual admiration between Indian skipper Virat Kohli and Pakistan left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir continues as the latter announced himself as one of the biggest fans of the former on Friday. Couple of days ago, a video of Indian skipper Virat Kohli surfaced with Bollywood actor Amir Khan where the former was seen praising Pakistan left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir. mir one of the toughest I’ve faced, reiterates Kohli “In recent times, where I have played, there is Mohammad Amir of Pakistan. He is one of the top-two bowlers in the world. He is one of the toughest bowlers I have played in my career. You have to be always on your ‘A’ game or he will strike. Outstanding, very good bowler,” Kohli had said. Amir, while addressing journalists in the National Cricket Academy, Lahore, returned the favour and thanked Kohli for his kind words. “I am a great fan of the Indian captain,” said Amir. “Virat is one of the toughest batsmen [to get out] in the world. I enjoyed a lot after taking his wicket [in the Champions Trophy].” He added: “Whenever Virat talks about me, it gives me immense pleasure and I want to thank him for his kind words.” Amir further said that getting Kohli out early is the first thing on his mind whenever he plays against India. “If any team gets the wicket of Kohli early, that means they’ve dismissed half the Indian team,” he said. “Whenever we meet on the field I try my [Read More…]

Oct 072017
 
Yadav inspires India to big win in rain-hit T20

RANCHI, India: Spinner Kuldeep Yadav led an inspired bowling effort to help India down Australia by nine wickets in the rain-shortened first Twenty20 international here on Saturday. Chasing a revised target of 48 runs in six overs, the hosts achieved the win with three balls to spare. Opener Shikhar Dhawan, on 15, and Virat Kohli, on 22, remained unbeaten. But it was left-arm spinner Yadav who set up India’s 1-0 lead in the three-match series as he returned figures of 2-16 to restrict Australia to 118-8 in 18.4 overs when rain stopped play for about two hours. Opener Aaron Finch’s 30-ball 42 was the only bright spark for the David Warner-led side. Score Board India won toss Australia *D A Warner b Kumar         8 A J Finch b Yadav     42 G J Maxwell c Bumrah b Chahal      17 T M Head b Pandya   9 M C Henriques b Yadav        8 D T Christian run out 9 †T D Paine b Bumrah 17 N M Coulter-Nile b Bumrah   1 A J Tye not out         0 A Zampa not out      4 Extras (lb 1, w 2)     3 Total (8 wickets; 18.4 Overs)         118 Did not bat: J P Behrendorff Fall: 1-8, 2-55, 3-76, 4-87, 5-89, 6-111, 7-113, 8-114 Bowling: Kumar 3.4-0-28-1; Bumrah 3-0-17-2; Pandya 4-0-33-1; Chahal 4-0-23-1; Yadav 4-0-16-2 India R G Sharma b Coulter-Nile   11 S Dhawan not out     15 *V Kohli not out        22 Extras (lb 1)   1 Total 49/1 (1 wicket; 5.3 Overs)     49 To bat: M K Pandey, [Read More…]

Aug 012017
 
Virat Kohli donates signed bat to Shahid Afridi Foundation

KARACHI: Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli has donated his signed cricket bat to former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi for his foundation Shahid Afridi Foundation. “Thank you @imVkohli for your kind gesture in support of @SAFoundationN. Friends & supporters like you ensure #HopeNotOut for everyone,” Tweeted Afridi from his official account with a photograph of the Kohli’s signed bat. Virat Kohli was quick to reply and wished Afridi the best for his foundation. “You’re most welcome Shahid Bhai. Wishing you and the @SAFoundationN all the luck for the upcoming events. #HopeNotOut,” tweeted the Indian skipper quoting Shahid Afridi’s tweet.Shahid Afridi, meanwhile, spoke to Geo News and said that Kohli’s gesture is great sign for humanity.“We must encourage good things, regardless of who is doing it,” said Afridi. “Kohli is a legend and he has always been very supportive and I am very thankful to him for his support,” he added.Afridi confirmed that Kohli’s bat will be auctioned for his Thar hospital project and the auction will take place in New Castle, England. A signed jersey of Virat Kohli was also auctioned on Monday by the Shahid Afridi foundation. According to reports the winning bid for the jersey was 4,300 Euros.Afridi added that people should support each other.“People in Pakistan want to watch Kohli in Pakistan. I have played a lot in India and can never forget the respect people gave me there,” Afridi said. “We are not politicians and have nothing to do with politics, we are ambassadors and we must [Read More…]

Jul 012017
 

An Indian minister on Saturday accused Virat Kohli and his team of fixing the final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 against Pakistan. India lost the June 18 match at the Oval by a staggering 180 runs. “How could the cricketers, who played so well in the entire tournament, not perform in the final match (in London on June 18)?” NDTV quoted India’s Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale as saying. Rookies and rejects: The Real MVPs of Pakistan’s Champions Trophy triumph “In the match against Pakistan, someone like Virat Kohli who scores a century so often and other accomplished players like Yuvraj Singh who have scored so many runs in the past, looked like they were playing to lose,” he said. “Was the match fixing involved? There should be an inquiry into this.” “Anil Kumble was the coach there. Kohli, who has scored so many runs in the past, what happened to him that day? That’s the reason why I have a doubt that was it a case of match-fixing,” Athawale said. “Our players kneeled in front of a rival like Pakistan. To kneel in front of them in such a way is major act of disrespect to your nation,” the minister added. The post Indian minister claims Champions Trophy final was fixed appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Jun 202017
 
Amir all set to debut for English county Essex this summer

Mohammad Amir. Photo Courtesy: Essex Cricket Champions Trophy hero Mohammad Amir, who destroyed the Indian top three in his fairytale spell in the tournament finale, is all set to make his county debut for Essex this summer. The Pakistan Cricket Board on Tuesday issued a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to the fast bowler for featuring in English county cricket later this season. Amir will represent Essex in the NatWest T20 Blast, England and Wales’ Twenty20 cricket league. Pacer Junaid Khan has also been issued an NOC to play for Leicestershire county this year. Junaid Khan bagged 8 wickets in the recently-concluded Champions Trophy – the third highest wicket-taker in the tournament. Amir claimed 5 wickets, three of which were the crucial wickets of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli in Sunday’s finale.  Click for detailed story

Jun 192017
 
‘Haan Bhai…saray hee har gaye phir!!!’

There was something different about the latest Pakistan and India fixture right from the beginning. The usual animosity was replaced with relative geniality. Saurav Ganguly was defending Pakistan against Amir Sohail’s comments, Indians were standing up for Sarfaraz Ahmed against people making fun of his English and most Pakistanis were simply glad to be in the final – let alone think about winning it. Things were so calm; Sarfaraz Ahmed even gave MS Dhoni his baby. PHOTO: FACEBOOK.COM/SHEHZADGS Everybody knew that India was going to win it and Pakistan was simply there to complete the formality of playing the finals of the Champions Trophy. The entire nation expected the worst when Fakhar Zaman nicked a ball outside his off stump for a regulation catch for MS Dhoni and he held on to the ball like it was Sarfaraz Ahmad’s baby. PHOTO: FACEBOOK.COM/SHEHZADGS But then everything changed – Indians showed that they also had no balls and Fakhar Zaman got a free hit instead of a lot of free s**t from fans. Boy! Did Fakhar Zaman make the most of the respite? Even Azhar Ali was hitting the ball all over the park. At one point, Azhar had 29 of 32 balls and Fakhar Zaman had 16 of 29 balls – finally proving the multiverse theory as clearly this match was being played in some parallel alternative universe. Jasprit Mumrah, wait no Bumrah, could not do much with the ball but he managed to get Azhar Ali run out. Was a [Read More…]

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