Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma Win Over Ex-England Captain With Touching Gesture On Trip To Perth

Virat Kohli and wife Anushka Sharma are celebrating their first marriage anniversary on Tuesday but are making headlines for other reasons. The Team India skipper and the Bollywood star are currently in Australia with the Indian cricket team touring the country for a full series. On Monday, India pulled off a stunning 31-run win over the hosts to register their first victory in a Test Down Under in 10 years. It is a quick turnaround for both teams with the second Test slated to start on Friday in Perth. Former England captain Michael Vaughan revealed in a Twitter post that he witnessed “Virat Kohli and his wife give up their Business class seats” so that Indian pacers could relax and have more comfort on their trip from Adelaide to Perth.

Vaughan posted a message on his official account warning the Australian team that “not only are the quicks more relaxed .. The Skipper is managing his troops with great human touches”.

India won a tightly-contested opening Test at the Adelaide Oval on the fifth day after setting Australia a target of 323, which would have been a record run chase at the ground.

It was a big breakthrough for the Indian cricket team and Kohli, with their last triumph on Australian soil at the WACA Ground in Perth in 2008. In Adelaide, their sole previous win was in 2003.

The victory was built on Cheteshwar Pujara’s first innings 123 and his second innings 71, while wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant took a world record-equalling 11 catches.

The second Test starts on Friday in Perth, with Melbourne and Sydney to follow.

Meanwhile, Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma celebrated their first marriage anniversary with adorable posts for each other on Twitter.

The star couple had tied the knot in Italy on December 11, 2017.

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Virat Kohli Achieves Rare Feat As Captain Of Indian Cricket Team

Virat Kohli has several records as a batsman but on Monday he achieved a rare feat as the Indian cricket team skipper. The 30-year-old Virat Kohli, who represented his nation for the 75th time, became the first Indian skipper to win Tests in Australia, England and South Africa. It also made him the first captain in Asia to win Tests in these three nations. Former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who had helped the national team clinch the No.1 Test ranking in December 2009, had won Tests in England and South Africa.

Indian batting great Rahul Dravid had also led the nation to Test victories in England and South Africa, but had failed to win in Australia.

India’s 31-run victory over Australia in the first Test on Monday, under the leadership of Kohli, was also the first for the tourists in 10 years. The last time India defeated Australia at home was back in 2008 in Perth. This is also the visitors’ first victory in Adelaide since 2003.

Meanwhile, Kohli did not fare too well in the Adelaide Test, notching up the scores of three and 34 in the first and second innings, respectively. Kohli has 6,368 runs in the longest format of the game with an average over 53.

Australia will host India in the second Test at the WACA Ground in Perth from December 14. The final two Tests will be played in Melbourne and Sydney.

India will next play a three-match One-day International (ODI) series that will conclude at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on January 18.

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“Virat Kohli Should Be Made To Earn Every Run,” Jason Gillespie Has A Plan For The Indian Captain

“You need to be switched on from ball one. Because if (Virat) Kohli has faced 20-odd balls and he has got more than 10-15 runs, he usually gets a significant score. And that is why it Is so crucial to impact early. There cannot be any warm-up deliveries against Kohli,” Gillespie was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

“Don’t allow him (Virat Kohli) to get going by giving him an easy shot – a half-volley, a tuck off the hip, a cut shot. If he is going to score runs, make him earn them, make him play really good shots, and make him take a risk,” the 43-year-old Gillespie, who is currently the coach of Sussex County Cricket Club, added.

Kohli, on the other hand, will be eyeing his first Test series victory on the Australian soil.

However, Kohli believes that he has no need to prove anything to anyone and he wants to give his cent percent on the field.

The Indian skipper, who averages over 54 in Tests, had also earlier said that he doesn’t feels anything different while playing in other countries.

Kohli has scored 6,331 with an average over 54 in the longest format of the game. He also has 24 centuries and 19 half-centuries under his belt.

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Captain Manpreet Singh Says India Gave Too Many Chances To Belgium

“We played impressive hockey today but gave too many open chances to the opponents in the first half. We were not able to control our game. However, we defended well in the second half and blocked all their attempts to score,” Manpreet said after the match.

Belgian player Alexander Hendrickx scored the first goal of the match in the eighth minute. The spectators witnessed no goals from either side in the second quarter and Belgium went into half-time with a 1-0 lead.

Harmanpreet Singh scored an equaliser in the 39th minute and Simranjeet Singh found the back of the net in the 47th minute to put India on top. However, the celebration was short-lived for India as Simon Gougnard struck an equaliser for the visiting team in the 56th minute.

Despite the draw, India are currently on the top in the Pool C points table with four points in two matches. Up next, they will take on Canada in the last group stage match of the mega-event.

Manpreet has set his sights on the clash against Canada, and said India will look to convert every opportunity in the crucial match.

“Now, the focus in on Canada. We need to win that match by a good margin to top the pool table. We will look to capitalise on our basic skillset and convert every opportunity into a goal,” he said.

Commenting on India’s position in the tournament, India head coach Harendra Singh said: “I think it (competition) is wide open. With goal difference we are plus five and they are plus two, but it all comes down to that last game.”

“We can forget about the two previous games, the next match is the one that will decide if we are in the quarter-final,” he added.

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Virat Kohli Not As Good As MS Dhoni Yet As Captain, Says Shahid Afridi

Team India skipper Virat Kohli has been breaking records at will in every series he plays and is being considered a modern-day great of the game. However, when it comes to his captaincy, Virat Kohli is still a work in progress, thinks former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi. In an exclusive conversation with NDTV, Afridi said that Kohli is his most favourite batsman in the world but he has a lot to learn from Mahendra Singh Dhoni as far as captaincy is concerned. “As a player Virat Kohli is my favourite but he needs to work on his captaincy because for me Dhoni is still the best,” Afridi said.

India are currently in Australia for a full series and they did not start their much-anticipated tour on a bright note.

The visitors lost the first game of the three-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series by a narrow margin of four runs in Brisbane conceding a 1-0 lead to the hosts.

Afridi thinks that Indian batsmen will have to step up if they want to win on Australian soil.

“Australian pitches are not the same any more the ball bounces but it is easier to hit runs so India can win if they bat well in Australia,” Afridi said.

According to veteran Pakistan batsman Ramiz Raja, India have a world-class batting line-up and they will surely adjust well to the conditions.

“It is all about adjusting to the conditions. Batsmen will get used to the extra bit of bounce and bowlers will have to adjust if they have to win,” Raja said.

India have toured Australia on 11 occasions since 1947 and are yet to win a Test series Down Under.

Before departing to Australia, the 30-year-old Kohli said that he is hoping to play a sledge-free series in Australia this time and Ramiz Raja thinks that Kohli should be his natural self not try to curb his aggression.

“It is very difficult to alter your DNA in a space of 20-25 days. Kohli should be himself and play his natural game. Everything is fine if he plays cricket within the parameters,” Raja concluded.

(With inputs from Rica Roy)

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MS Dhoni Drove Team Bus After Becoming India’s Test Captain, Reveals VVS Laxman

From taking a nap on the field to riding a Hummer H2 past the visiting New Zealand team in Ranchi, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s enigma on and off the field has been unrivalled. In his autobiography ‘281 and Beyond’, former India batsman VVS Laxman has revealed a surprising event involving none other than MS Dhoni.  In 2008, after the third Test against Australia in Delhi, which was Laxman’s 100th five-day game, Dhoni drove the team bus to the hotel. Interestingly, it was Anil Kumble’s farewell Test and the spin legend had passed on the captain’s mantle to Dhoni in all formats of the game.

“One of my abiding memories is of MS (Dhoni) driving the team bus to the hotel in Nagpur, during my 100th Test. I couldn’t believe my eyes – the captain of the team driving us back from the ground! It was his first Test in charge after Anil’s (Kumble) retirement, and he didn’t seem to have a care in the world. But he was like that, playful and grounded. MS never lost the joy, the playfulness. I have never met anyone quite like him,” Laxman wrote in his autobiography, according to a Hindustan Times report.

Laxman also revealed that Dhoni, who is well-known for his calm and composed demeanour, never got flustered even when the team was not doing too well. 

Recollecting the 2011 series of England when the Indian team struggled, Laxman said that Dhoni’s calmness was astounding.

“MS Dhoni’s calmness and equanimity are legendary. He had seen nothing but success until the tour of England in 2011. We had lost 4-0 in England and had already lost the first three Tests in Australia by the end of that year, and were heading for another whitewash. I was a mess, as were most of the guys, but MS was unbelievably composed. Not once did he lash out, and at no stage did he give the impression that he was frustrated or helpless,” Laxman wrote.

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Former England Captain Revels In Australian Cricket Teams’ Failures

Australian cricket is going through a tough period. The men’s team, still reeling from the ball-tampering scandal, have tasted defeat in pretty much all their recent endeavours. The women’s team have been very successful this year but on Saturday night received an absolute pasting at the hands of a rampant India in the Women’s World T20 being held in the West Indies. England and Australia have been long-time rivals and every non-success of the latter is becoming a source of enjoyment for the English — at least for former captain Michael Vaughan.

After India’s emphatic 48-run win over Australia on Saturday night that helped them finish top of Group B, the former England captain took to Twitter to rub salt into Australian wounds.

The men’s team had also been outplayed the same day by South Africa, who won the one-off T20I to inflict a third loss on the Aussies in four limited overs matches.

Before going down in the only T20I on Saturday, Australia had lost the ODI series 1-2 against the Proteas.

Off the cricket field as well there have been some torrid times for Australia in the past 18 months.

It all started with the lengthy pay dispute the players’ union and Cricket Australia (CA). What followed in South Africa was even worse with grave repercussions for the sport in the country.

A massive controversy erupted when Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft was caught trying to alter the ball using sandpaper in the third Test at Newlands.

Captain Steve Smith, Bancroft and fellow conspirator David Warner came under heavy criticism from the public. Smith was stripped of the captaincy and all three players received lengthy bans.

The fallout was quite severe on Australian cricket. 

Chairman David Peever, CEO James Sutherland, coach Darren Lehmann, high performance manager Pat Howard, top media executive Ben Amarfio and board member Mark Taylor all quit in a cleanout of epic proportions.

On the field, the worst might be yet to come for the Australian men’s team.

No.1-ranked Test team, ranked 2nd in ODIs and T20Is, India are in Australia for a long tour where all three formats will be played. They are being led by one of the most prolific batsman ever to the grace the game — Virat Kohli. 

With the Indians in top form and no Smith and Warner, Australia are facing the prospect of getting a thrashing in their own backyard.

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Former Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan joins Rajapakse’s party

खास बातें

  1. महिंदा राजपक्षे की पार्टी में शामिल हुए तिलकरत्‍ने दिलशान
  2. कलुतारा जिले की संसदीय सीट से चुनाव लड़ेंगे दिलशान
  3. श्रीलंका के लिए 87 टेस्‍ट, 330 वनडे और 80 टी20 मैच खेले

कोलंबो: क्रिकेट के मैदान में बल्ले से कमाल दिखा चुके श्रीलंका के पूर्व क्रिकेटर (Sri Lanka’s former cricketer) तिलकरत्ने दिलशान (Tillakaratne Dilshan) अब सियासी मैदान पर अपनी तकदीर आजमाएंगे. शॉर्टर फॉर्मेट में श्रीलंका के सर्वश्रेष्‍ठ बल्‍लेबाजों में शुमार दिलशान राजनीतिक पारी खेलने के लिए महिंदा राजपक्षे ( Mahinda Rajapakse ) की पार्टी ( Political Party ) में शामिल हुए हैं. उन्‍होंनेअपना राजनीतिक जीवन ऐसे दिन शुरू किया है जब राजपक्षे की विवादित सरकार, संसद में अविश्वास प्रस्ताव पर हार गई. राजपक्षे की नवगठित श्रीलंका पीपुल्स पार्टी (एसएलपीपी) के सचिव सागर करियावासम ने कहा कि 42 वर्षीय दिलशान पार्टी के सदस्य बने हैं. दिलशान ने एसएलपीपी की सदस्यता ग्रहण की है. पार्टी सूत्रों ने कहा कि दिलशान कलुतारा जिले की संसदीय सीट से चुनाव लड़ेंगे. गौरतलब है कि वर्ल्‍डकप में चैंपियन बनी श्रीलंका टीम के कप्तान रहे अर्जुन रणतुंगा भी रोनिल विक्रमसिंघे की सरकार में कैबिनेट मंत्री रहे थे.

जानिए, दिलशान ने किस कारण खेलना शुरू किया ‘दिलस्‍कूप’ जो बाद में बना उनकी पहचान..

गौरतलब है कि 14 अक्‍टूबर 1976 को कलुतारा में जन्‍मे दिलशान ने श्रीलंका के लिए 87 टेस्‍ट, 330 वनडे और 80 टी20 इंटरनेशनल मैच खेले. उन्‍होंने टेस्‍ट क्रिकेट में 40.98 के औसत से 5492 रन बनाए जिसमें 193 उनका सर्वोच्‍च स्‍कोर रहा. दिलशान के नाम टेस्‍ट क्रिकेट में 16 शतक हैं.

वीडियो: मैडम तुसाद म्‍यूजियम में विराट कोहली


वनडे इंटरनेशनल में उन्‍होंने 39.27 के औसत से 10, 290 रन बनाए जिसमें 22 शतक शामिल हैं. नाबाद 161 रन वनडे में तिलकरत्‍ने दिलशान का सर्वोच्‍च स्‍कोर है. टी20 इंटरनेशनल में दिलशान में 1889 रन बनाए जिसमें एक शतक और 13 अर्धशतक शामिल रहे. गेंदबाजी में भी दिलशान श्रीलंका के लिए उपयोगी साबित होते थे. अपनी ऑफ ब्रेक बॉलिंग से उन्‍होंने टेस्‍ट में 39, वनडे में 106 और टी20 इंटरनेशनल में 9 विकेट हासिल किए. (इनपुट: एजेंसी)



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Ireland Captain Laura Delany Breaks Down After Pakistan Loss. Watch Video

Propelled by captain Javeria Khan’s unbeaten 74 off 52 balls, the Pakistan women’s cricket team posted their highest T20I total – 139 /6 – in a Women’s World T20 Group B match against Ireland on Wednesday. In reply, Ireland could muster only 101/9 in 20 overs as the Pakistan bowlers ran through their batting order with ease. Apart from Isobel Joyce (30) and Clare Shillington (27), no other batters could reach or cross the double-figure mark. By virtue of this loss, Ireland slumped to their second consecutive loss in the tournament. In the post-match conference, Ireland captain Laura Delany broke down in tears while speaking about the loss. Laura Delany termed her team’s loss “so incredibly frustrating.”

“If we were professional I wonder what the score would have been out there today to lose the match by 40 runs,” said a dejected Laura Delany.

On the match front, Pakistan revived their campaign by recording their first win of the tournament. Pakistan bowlers Sana Mir, Aiman Anwer, Nashra Sandhu, and Aliya Riaz picked two wickets apiece as Ireland surrendered meekly.

Javeria Khan, who was adjudged player of the match, said that her unbeaten 74 was her best innings in terms of scoring runs.

“This is my best innings in terms of scoring runs. Could’ve been better, but I took my time initially and helped my team get a decent total. I had to change a bit of gear because the ball wasn’t coming on nicely to hit and they were bowling a bit slower.

“So, I took my time and seized on bad balls. I have been working hard on my T20 game, I know that you have to score runs quickly in this format. It was a good win,” Javeria further added.

Ireland next play India in their Group B match on Thursday, while Pakistan play New Zealand on the same day.

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